St. Andrew´s Day

The 30th of November is St. Andrew’s Day – the patron saint of Scotland. Scots (The Scottish) celebrate St. Andrew’s Day with traditional Scottish food such as Cullen skink, or lamb or haggis with neeps and tatties. They also take part in Ceilidhs – a traditional Scottish dance and recitals or story-telling. There are also cultural events such as concerts, exhibitions and museums and Edinburgh castle offer free entry.

Cullen skink is a Scottish soup made with potatoes, onions and smoked haddock (Cullen skink es una sopa tradicional escocesa hecha con patatas, cebolla y eglefino ahumado).

Haggis is made with sheep offal (liver, heart, lungs), oats, onions, herbs and spices and it is boiled inside the sheep’s stomach – it is similar to morcilla in texture and colour (parecido a morcilla en color y textura – se cuece dentro del estomago de la oveja las entrañas mezclado con avena, cebolla y especies).

Neeps and tatties is a side dish of mashed potato and mashed parsnip or turnip (es una guarnición de purée de patata y purée de chirivía o nabo).

You can watch some of this year’s St. Andrew’s Day events here:





Black Friday

This Friday (27th November) is Black Friday – when there are big discounts in most shops and online! It started out in the USA – it takes place the day after Thanksgiving – but is now common in most countries. It marks the start of the Christmas shopping season. Are you going to look for a bargain this Friday? Is there something you have got your eye on or do you think that Black Friday is a waste of time and money?

Discounts – descuentos

I’m waiting to see if I can get a good discount on a new TV on Black Friday.

 Christmas shopping – compras de navidad

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

 Bargain – una ganga

Do you like my new shoes? They were a bargain- just 30!

Have (got) your eye on – tener la intención de comprar algo que ya has visto

I’ve got my eye on a gorgeous silver watch.

A waste of time and money – una pérdida de tiempo y dinero

I queued for an hour to get a toy my son wanted and two days later it broke! What a waste of time and money!




It’s Friday the 13th!

In most English-speaking countries Friday the 13th is considered very unlucky. There’s even a word for the phobia of Friday the 13thparaskevidekatriaphobia!

Are you superstitious? Has anything bad ever happened to you on Friday the 13th?

You can learn more about superstitions and Friday the 13th in B2.1 Unit 9 on this app!



Bonfire night – 5th November

“Remember, remember the fifth of November,

Gunpowder, treason and plot.

I know of no reason

Why the gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot.”

On the 5th November we celebrate Bonfire night in the UK. Families gather round the bonfire with sparklers and watch fireworks displays. Traditionally people made a guy with straw and old clothes representing Guy Fawkes* to throw onto the bonfire.

Bonfire = hoguera

Sparklers = bengalas

Fireworks display = espectáculo de fuegos artificiales

Guy = un muñeco de trapo y paja

*Guy Fawkes era un católico que intentó volar el parlamento británico con pólvora y matar al rey protestante Jacobo I. Fue capturado antes de llevarlo a cabo y por esta razón se celebra Bonfire night.

You can learn more about Bonfire Night in A2.4, unit 5a on this app