📚 + 📺 Ian Gibson on Spain 🇪🇸

Last night I was really happy to see this interview with Ian Gibson (Irish author and Hispanist) on a Spanish late night show called Late Motiv.

He’s been in Spain for a long time (60 years) and after watching the interview I feel like he knows us so well. People often find interesting the perception others have from us and in this case, I love how in such simple words he characterized Spain and its people with such detail. Bold and clear statements on:

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📺 TV: Conan Without Borders: Made In Mexico 🇲🇽+🇺🇸

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Once again Conan packs his suitcase and this time he and part of his team are taking us to Mexico. In such a troubling time for American-Mexican relations (especially due to the new administration), he decided to bring some comedy in order to make some Mexican friends.

What to expect from this show? Comedy that includes: The border, THE famous wall, telenovelas, Diego Luna, lucha libre, Mexican food, Vicente Fox flipping the bird… and much more.

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📺 italy’s invisible cities 🇮🇹

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Using the latest 3D scanning technology, Alexander Armstrong and Dr Michael Scott uncover the hidden history of Italian civilisation and city life.

Stunning images of places you probably haven’t seen before in Naples, Venice and Florence  in your average touristic route but that you can access now thanks to the last technology. For instance, take a look at this 360 videos that appear in the show:

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📍Auroville 🇮🇳 – (Revision) 🇪🇸

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I was lucky enough to find a chronicle I can relate to most of the topics covered in the AQA A2 exam. It took me some time until I found the perfect story for my students’ revision time.

It is some info about a place called Auroville (in India) and the idea of a place with no official religion, currency and a very particular form of government seems fascinating to me and fortunately my students liked it too so feel free to have a look and use it in your lessons if you find it useful.

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Culture: Valentine’s day 🗺️❤️️+🇪🇸

LOVE. What a great reason to celebrate!

Valentine’s Day is one of those festivities (so commercial and with such a universal topic) that counts with a humongous amount of materials that can be taken to the classroom. For that reason, I’ve decided to share my selection for this year, just in case you want to get some ideas in no time.

My first pic is this infographic (even if I am no big fan of using infographics often because I think they are being overused these days) that reminded me of my uni days and how mistaken I was about how simple the celebration is.

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📺 TV: CONAN IN BERLIN 🇩🇪+🇺🇸

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Conan O’Brien has always been one of my favourite American comedians/ late night hosts and not long ago (last December) he decided to join Flula Borg (German DJ, actor, and YouTube personality among other things) in order to visit the magnificent city that is Berlin.

Even though the show is mainly in English, there are plenty of references to the language and of course to the Germanic culture. All the usual topics about Germany are covered: The Wall, the food, the folklore…

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