A winter poem

Winter is the king of showmen,


Turning tree stumps into snow men,


And houses into birthday cakes,


And spreading sugar over lakes.


Smooth and clean and frosty white,


The world looks good enough to bite.


That’s the season to be young


Catching snowflakes on your tongue.


Snow is snowy when it’s snowing


I’m sorry it’s slushy when it’s going.


Ogden Nash

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Today is Thanksgiving Day and most Americans will get together to eat a traditional dinner which consists of:


roast turkey (pavo asado)


mashed potatoes (puré de patatas)


green beans (judías verdes)


corn (maíz)


cranberry sauce (salsa de arándanos)


and pumpkin pie (pastel de calabaza)


And here are some jokes inspired by this menu.


Which side of a turkey has the most feathers? The outside.


What’s the best thing to put in a pumpkin pieYour teeth.


What did the cranberry say to the turkey?


Nothing. Cranberries can’t talk.


What do you get when you cross a potato with an elephant?


Mashed potatoes.

 

Small vs little

Small and little both refer to the size of something but small is more common and neutral.


I have a small/little flat in the town centre.


Little (not small) also expresses sympathy or a liking:


We spent our holiday in a lovely, little cottage by the sea that I would love to go back to next year.


When talking about children, little refers to age (= young) while small refers to height (= short):


He plays the piano very well considering he is so little (young).


He was too small (short) to ride his brother’s bicycle.


In comparative and superlative sentences, small is used rather than little:


Even though our car is smaller than theirs, it uses more fuel.


It is the smallest camera I have ever seen – it looks like a toy.


However, little can be used to talk about quantity but small cannot be used in this way:


Could I have a little bit of mayonnaise, please?


He couldn’t resist having a little ice-cream after his meal.

 

Big vs large

Big and large both refer to something/someone that is of a more than average size, extent or capacity.


They live in a big/large house which has 10 bedrooms and five bathrooms.


My husband comes from a big/large family. He has four brothers and two sisters.


However, big also means important:


My company organises a big event for its customers every year.


Don’t worry about arriving late. It’s no big deal. (No tiene importancia).


Big also means ‘older’:


My big brother is five years older than me.


Big and large are also used in the following expressions:


to be a big mouth = a person who is indiscreet or boastful.


to be too big for one’s boots = to be arrogant


to be larger-than-life = impressive, amazing


Think big = be ambitious

 

 

A November poem

«November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.


With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.


The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.»



Elizabeth Coatsworth

Happy Halloween!

For Hallloween we would like to share a few jokes:


What do you call a witch’s garage? A broom closet.


What’s the problem with twin witches?  You never know which witch is which.


What do skeletons say before they begin dining? Bone appetit!


What does a skeleton order at a restaurant? Spare ribs.


What kind of streets do zombies like the best? Dead ends.


And essential Halloween vocabulary:


witch – bruja


broomstick – escoba


pumpkin – calabaza


spider web – telaraña


bat – murciélago


ghost – fantasma


spooky / scary – que da miedo


haunted house – casa embrujada

 

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Don’t forget to put your clocks back!

This weekend we change to winter time, so don’t forget to put your clocks back one hour.


This means that the days will be shorter and the nights longer but it also reminds us that Halloween is just around the corner and soon we will have Christmas to look forward to.

Strike while the iron is hot!

 

Strike while the iron is hot = to take advantage of an opportunity while the conditions are favourable


=  «La ocasión es como el hierro, se ha de machacar caliente.»


There’s no time like the present Don’t leave for tomorrow, what you can do today


= «No dejes para mañana lo que puedas hacer hoy.»


And now is the time to enrol in That’s English! 


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Recuerda que la matrícula en That’s English! incluye:


Un pack de material didáctico, con libros, audios y vídeos.


Acceso a través de internet a la plataforma de teleformación de That’s English!


Tutorías presenciales optativas en tu Escuela Oficial de Idiomas.


Derecho de presentación a los exámenes oficiales  en la Escuela Oficial de Idiomas en la que te hayas inscrito.


That’s English! es un Programa Oficial de Educación de Inglés a distancia del Ministerio de Educación y Formación Profesional y de las Conserjerías de Educación de las Comunidades Autónomas.

 

Home sweet home!

As today is World Architecture Day, it is a good opportunity to revise the names of different types of housing in English:


detached house / = vivienda independiente


semi-detached house = una casa pareada


terraced house = una casa adosada


bungalow = casa de una planta


cottage = casita de campo


block of flats (UK) / apartment block / condominium (US) = bloque de apartamentos


skyscraper = rascacielos


penthouse = ático


hall of residence (UK) / college dorm = colegio mayor


For more vocabulary related to housing go to That’s English! Module 6, Unit 3 in this app.


And remember “Home is where the heart is.”