European Day of Languages – 26th September

Let’s celebrate the European Day of Languages this weekend with some language idioms:

In plain English – con lenguaje simple

I can´t understand the instructions, tell me how to do it in plain English.

Watch your language! – No uses palabrotas

Remember there are children here – please watch your language!

To speak the same language – entenderse con alguien (ideas, opiniones etc)

I get on well with Joe because we speak the same language.

 You can learn more about language in B2.3 unit 5.




What is mediation?

Our new courses from B1.1 to C1.2 include linguistic mediation. But what is linguistic mediation?

Linguistic mediation tasks can be written or oral and the aim is to transmit information to another person by summarising, translating, paraphrasing or interpreting information. These activities aim to prepare students for the multicultural world in which we live and to improve communication skills in realistic situations. An example would be helping a foreign friend to decide what to order from the menú del día – explaining what you get for the price (bread, a drink, dessert) and what the dishes are, for example lentejas con chorizo or albóndigas. You can see an example response in B1.1, unit 4.

Los nuevos cursos de That’s English! Incluyen mediación lingüística desde B1.1 hasta C1.2 pero… ¿Qué es la mediación lingüística?

La mediación lingüística puede ser una actividad escrita u oral con el objetivo de transmitir información a otra persona resumiendo, traduciendo, interpretando o usando nuestras propias palabras. Las actividades de mediación preparan a los alumnos para expresarse en nuestro mundo multicultural y trabajan las destrezas comunicativas en situaciones reales. Un ejemplo sería ayudar a un amigo extranjero a decidir qué pedir del menú del día – explicando que incluye (pan, bebida, postre) y cómo son los platos, por ejemplo lentejas con chorizo o albóndigas. Puedes ver una respuesta modelo en B1.1, unidad 4.





Study Tips

Get the most out of your studies!

With the 2020-21 academic year starting, we bring you some study tips to get the most out of your time and studies:

  • Find a comfortable, quiet place with good lighting to study in.

  • Make a realistic study plan – When can you study? How long for? How much can you study in that time?

  • Take breaks if you’re studying for a long time.

  • Get rid of any distractions such as your phone or put it on silent.

  • Make sure you have the material you need before starting – stationery, headphones etc.

  • If you have a friend who is also studying with That’s English! why not study together to practise the speaking activities?

We hope these tips are useful and help to make your study time more productive!

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It’s time to learn english!

Time to hit the books!

Summer is coming to an end and it´s time to hit the books with our new That’s English! course now including C1! Will you sail through the course and pass with flying colours or do you need to brush up on your grammar and go over the vocabulary after a long, lazy summer?

Welcome to That´s English! 2020-21 – we hope you will enjoy the new materials.

To hit the books = ponerse a estudiar en serio

It´s almost time to hit the books again as the new course begins.

 To sail through something = pasar algo sin problema

You´re a great student, I´m sure you´ll sail through the course this year.

 To pass with flying colours = aprobar con muy buena nota

I passed my English exam with flying colours! I´m so proud!

 Brush up on = repasar

I need to brush up on phrasal verbs – I´m not very good at using them!

Go over = repasar/revisar

It´s a good idea to go over your notes from the previous course before starting the next level.

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Did you know there are 6 different ways to pronounce the word ending  -ough?!

/aʊ/  bough, plough (se pronuncia como el ‘ow’ en cow) 

/oʊ/  although, dough (se pronuncia como el ‘o’ en go)

/uː/   through (se pronuncia como el ‘oo’ en too)

/ɒf/   cough, trough (se pronuncia como off)

/ʌf/    rough, enough (se pronuncia como el ‘uff’ en puff)

/ə/     thorough, borough (se pronuncia como el ‘e’ en water)

Can you say this sentence?

A rough ploughman walked through the streets of Scarborough although he had a terrible cough and should have stayed at home.

Visit our Facebook page – That’s English to hear the correct pronunciation!




A summer barbecue

There are just a couple of weeks left of August so why not have a summer barbecue? The USA and Australia are well-known for their love of the bbq with grilled meats, coleslaw, meat and vegetables on skewers, salads, burgers and sausages.

bbq – barbecue* = barbacoa

Let’s have a barbecue this weekend!

I’m going to barbecue some chicken.

*barbecue can be a verb meaning to cook on an outside grill, a noun to mean the grill itself and a noun to mean the event of gathering to cook on a barbecue. It can also be used as an adjective – barbecued. 

grilled meats = carne a la parrilla/ a la barbacoa

Let´s grill this steak on the barbecue! Barbecued steak is delicious!

coleslaw = ensalada de col

I need carrots, cabbage, mayonnaise and vinegar to make some coleslaw.

skewers = brochetas

I love vegetable and prawn skewers. 

You can learn more about cooking in Module 5, Unit 7 on this app!






It’s a scorcher!

In English it’s very common to talk about the weather as it’s so unpredictable! Do you know these expressions to talk about the heat? Can you think of any more?

To say that the weather is hot we can use:

It’s a scorcher – Hace un calor abrumador

38°C – it’s a scorcher today!

It’s sweltering – Hace un calor sofocante

Let´s go to the pool to cool down – it’s sweltering!

It’s boiling – Está hirviendo

It’s boiling – I need a cold drink!

It’s so hot you could fry an egg…. – Hace tanto calor que podrías freír un huevo (en la acera)

It’s so hot today you could fry an egg on the pavement!

To say that we feel hot we can use:

It’s like an oven in here – Está cómo un horno aquí dentro

Put the air conditioning on – it’s like an oven in here!

I’m roasting! – Me estoy asando

I can’t stand this heat, I’m roasting!

I’m melting! – Me derrito de calor

It’s so hot today – I’m melting!

To learn more expressions to talk about the weather listen to the podcast Talking about the weather on this app!



Prepositions of time

Do you know when we use IN, ON or AT to talk about time?

We use IN with: years, decades, months, seasons, centuries, parts of the day (except night) and periods of time (dentro de)

I was born in 1975.

My birthday is in March.

I love going skiing in the winter.

I´ll be ready in ten minutes!

 We use ON with: days of the week, dates and special days

I´m going on holiday on Saturday.

My son was born on 10th February, 2010.

Do you usually visit family on Christmas Eve?

 We use AT with: times of day, mealtimes, holiday periods and night, the moment and the weekend

I start work at 8am.

Call me at lunchtime – I´m busy now.

What are you doing at the weekend?

I always visit my family at Christmas and at Easter.

You can practise prepositions of time in Module 1 Unit 4B on this app!






International Friendship Day

The 30th of July is International Friendship Day. Let´s look at some phrasal verbs and expressions to talk about friendship:

Get on well – llevarse bien

Do you get on well with your new housemates?

Get on like a house on fire – llevarse de maravilla

My best friend and I get on like a house on fire – I´m never bored when we´re together.

Hang out – pasar un rato

At the weekends, I hang out with my friends.

Meet up – quedar/reunirse (con amigos)

I´m meeting up with an old friend this afternoon – I haven´t seen her in ages!

 Count on – contar con

I can always count on my friends – they are so reliable and always help me when I have a problem.

You can learn more about relationships and getting on well in Module 9, Unit 2 on this app!