My Top Posts – Best of this Season (2018/19)

And here we are again. End of the school year, at least in Spain, and the time when me and my blog take a break. And it’s been like this for almost 12 years now. I must confess that sharing my activities with you is one of the greatest joys in my professional life.

I want to say thank you to all of you who read every post I publish and encourage me with their comments to keep on writing. Also, to those who are too shy to say something but encourage me all the same with their “likes” on Facebook or Twitter.

Have a very good summer and if you want to keep your English fresh, do something that you like. It could be listening to music, learning how to cook some delicious dishes or following some youtube influencers; anything that you enjoy as long as it is in English.

I ‘ll be resting for the most part of the summer and doing some professional training in Aberdeen (Scotland) for a couple of weeks. You know me, I cannot keep still for a long time! In fact, I’ll still be active on Twitter LOL 🙂

I want to see every single one of you back here in October when I return to blogging. I’ll be calling attendance! Enjoy and be happy!

I leave you with my favourite posts from this school year.

My Top Posts- Best of this Season (2018/19)

Do you Have One Minute? Four sites to Learn English in One Minute

Do you have a minute? This is all you need for these four highly recommended sites I am going to share with you today.

1. English in a Minute 

If you have never watched English in a Minute, I think it’s time!

Centered on confusing vocabulary or grammar points, this ever-growing collection of video clips has been nominated for the ELTons Awards (English Language Teaching Innovation Awards given annually by the British Council)

Why do I recommend these short videos?

  • They focus on real confusing terms.
  • They are clear, short ( 1 minute) and to the point.
  • Transcript for every video is available, so you can also practise pronunciation if you decide to read along.
  • Most of them have a grammar reference
  • Most of them have  a quiz to test your knowledge

Here you can learn about the difference between:

  • Story and History
  • Stop to do and stop doing
  • Person and people

Click on the picture or here

2. BBC News in One-Minute.

Targeting more advanced students, here you can watch the latest news summary from BBC World News updated 24 hours a day. In one minute. As promised.

Click on the picture or here

One-Minute English

Hugh Dellar from Lexical lab is the star in these videos. I love his videos because they teach you real English, the English you might not find in dictionaries but which is essential if you want to understand native speakers. The videos are easy to follow as he speaks slowly and repeats the target word or chunk several times during the recording.

For example: Do you know what the words “sarnie” or “samey” mean?

Click on the picture or here

English in a minute 

And finally, this is another worth-sharing site. If the site above featured British English, this one run by VOA Learning English (Voice of America) explains expressions used in American English although, in most cases obviously, the expressions on the videos are used both in British and in American English.

Again, click on the picture or here

So, here you are, four awesome sites to learn something every day! Enjoy English! Enjoy learning!