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28 jul. 2008

Dynamite surfing

What do you do when you want to go surfing in Copenhagen? Very creative, low budget commercial. Enjoy it.

27 jul. 2008

I feel Good!

Enjoy I Feel Good by James Taylor, and dance along with this fun animation. Enjoy it!

22 jul. 2008

Argentine Senate rejects farm tax

Read the following report by BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7511111.stm). Very good material to exchange opinions with your peers and teacher. Thanks a lot to prof. Miriam Puyada for this contribution!

The Argentine Senate has narrowly rejected controversial tax increases on agricultural exports that have provoked repeated protests by farmers.

With senators tied 36 to 36 after more than 16 hours of debate, Vice-President Julio Cobos cast the deciding vote to reject his government's proposals.

The outcome is as a blow to President Cristina Fernandez, correspondents say.

Farmers said the taxes would be crippling, but the government said they were needed to fight poverty.

Farmers have won a critical battle but the dispute is not over and Argentina faces some tough days and weeks ahead, says the BBC's Daniel Schweimler in Buenos Aires.

The government has said that it will seek another vote in the lower house, which passed the measures earlier this month.

Food prices

Mr Cobos, who is also leader of the Senate, said it had been "the most difficult day of my life".

Close to tears, he cast his deciding vote.

"They tell me I must go along with the government for institutional reasons, but my heart tells me otherwise. May history judge me, my vote is not for, it's against," he said.

In a Buenos Aires park, hundreds of farmers and their supporters erupted in cheers after watching the vote on big-screen televisions.

Argentina is a major producer of soya, grains and beef, which fetch high prices on international markets.

The dispute between the government and farmers began in March, when President Fernandez's government raised taxes on soya exports from 35% to 45%, and imposed new taxes on other farm exports.

The government argued that they needed to raise taxes on agricultural exports to help build a new Argentina.

It said farmers could afford to pay more, as they were benefiting from high prices.

The authorities also accused farmers and their supporters of undermining democracy by refusing to respect the wishes of the elected government.

However, farmers' leaders said that any profits needed to be reinvested so that Argentina, one of the world's leading agricultural producers, could help to feed a hungry world.

21 jul. 2008

Early bird or night owl?

Are you a night owl, or an early bird? Do this fun activity clicking here. You can also read the script on the page. Enjoy it.

Travelling light

Play this entertaining game which requires concentration and careful listening. Have fun clicking here.

14 jul. 2008

Isabel Allende: Tales of Passion

Novelist Isabel Allende writes stories about passion. Her novels and memoirs tell the stories of women and men who live with passionate commitment. Enjoy her talk.

9 jul. 2008

Commercial with hands

Watch this low budget, highly creative commercial. How many shapes can you name? Have fun.

Beginner dialogues, Introductions, hello, goodbye


Hello. My name's Peter. What's your name?

Where are you from Janet?
I'm from Seattle. Where are you from?
I'm from Madrid.

Are you American?
Yes, I am. Are you Spanish?
Yes I am.

Key Vocabulary
My name is...
What's (is) your name ...
Where are you from?I'm from...
Are you (Spanish, American, German, etc.)? Yes, I am; No, I´m not

Hello and Goodbye - Three Short Conversations

Hello, Peter. How are you?
Fine, thanks. How are you?
I'm fine, thank you.

Goodbye, Janet. See you tomorrow!
Bye bye, Peter. Have a nice evening.
Thanks, you too!

Key Vocabulary
How are you?I'm fine, - OK, - well, thank you
Goodbye, - bye bye
See you tomorrow
Have a nice evening, - day

Beginner Dialogues - Giving and Requesting Personal Information

Personal Information

What's your surname (family name)?

What's your first name?

Where are you from?
Atlanta, Georgia

What's your job? or: What do you do?
I'm a designer.

What's your address?
34 White Street

What is your phone number?

How old are you?

Are you married?
Yes, I am.

Key Vocabulary
surname, family name,

first name
Where are you from?
What's your job? address? phone (telephone) number?
How old are you?
Are you married?married, single, divorced, separated