Knock, Knock

Knock, Knock

When I was in elementary school,  ¨Knock, Knock¨ jokes were very popular among classmates.  We used to spend hours telling these jokes.  Here is one of my favourites.  I remember coming home and telling this one in particular to my parents.  My mom, didn´t understand but then my older brother and I always laughed about it.

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Orange.
Orange who?
Orange you going to let me in?  

 

Here are some others…. maybe you have heard some of these on TV series or films.

 

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Harry.
Harry who?
Harry up, it’s cold out here!

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Lettuce.
Lettuce who?
Lettuce in it’s cold out here

Knock, knock

Who´s There?

A broken pencil

A broken pencil who?

Nevermind, it´s pointless.

 

Do you know of any? or have you ever heard of any? Please share if you know any!

Labor Day

Labor Day

Today we celebrate Labor Day here in Spain but in America, it is celebrated on the first Monday of September.  It also marks the end of the summer for most Americans because on the Tuesday after Labor Day, school starts.  This day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. It is also a national holiday as it is here in Spain and to celebrate, nobody works and there are big ¨end of summer ¨ parties.  People typically have barbecues and pool parties with their friends and family. Contrary to American Labor Day… today is also May Day and for some it marks the beginning of good weather!

 

International Children´s Book Day

International Children´s Book Day

To celebrate International Children´s Book Day, I´d to share a list of popular children´s book. In this list I include some of my favourites but also some classics. Typical books that I´ve read when I was in elementary school.  If you have children I suggest you practice your English by choosing a title and reading one of these or if you are a parent of one of our student´s maybe you can let the child read to you =)

My all-time favourite book is by Dr. Seuss ¨Green Eggs and Ham¨   It´s such a catchy book and children tend to enjoy it.   I like to read it to students and see their reactions, too.

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillarby Eric Carle
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
  • The Berenstein Bears Go To School by Stan & Jan Berenstein
  • The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  • Oh! The Places You Will Go! By Dr. Seuss
  • We´re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenburg and Michael Rosen
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Spring Forward

Spring Forward

 

Don’t forget to spring forward tonight!!! We lose one hour of sleep (or partying) this weekend but the good news is that we´re in Spring and it´s a lovely season!

SAY vs TELL

SAY vs TELL

Here are two words that are very often confused: Tell & Say. Here are some ways for you to remember when to use which.

Tell/ Told

Tell means ¨to give information to a person¨ so the word tell or told is always followed by a person.

Example:

  • Tell me about the movie
  • Did you tell Maria about what happened?
  • The police told us that everything was under control.

Say/Said

With Say or said we use these structures

  1. Say (something)
  2. Say that (something)
  3. Say (something) to (a person)
  4. ¨(something)¨a person said

Examples:

  • Frank says he doesn’t like cake.
  • She said that the new academy was great
  • What did Bob say to you?
  • ¨You look lovely today¨said Iago.

Hope this was helpful!

International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day

Today is International Mother Language Day.  This holiday was proclaimed by the United Nations in November 1999 and is observed to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing heritage.

Here is an article with some background of why this day is celebrated and its importance.

http://www.un.org/en/events/motherlanguageday/background.shtml