Perhaps it all started with J.K. Simmons.

At the 2015 Oscars, Simmons was the first to receive an award during the ceremony, and as he picked up the trophy for best supporting actor, he gave a speech that immediately went viral.

He didn’t say anything controversial, and he didn’t call Idina Menzel “Adele Dazeem.” He simply imparted a little bit of advice: “Call your mom.”

That piece of wisdom was apparently what everyone on the Internet needed to hear, as the sentiment grew so popular that Google offered to help set up a reminder.

After Simmons, it seemed nearly every Oscar winner had life lessons and passionate causes to share. Here are four more:

When Patricia Arquette won the best supporting actress Oscar for “Boyhood,” she used the opportunity to take a stand for equal pay. A report by the World Economic Forum has estimated that U.S. women earn about 66% of what their male counterparts earn.

The events in the movie “Selma” may have happened years ago, but the issues the film touches on are as current as ever.

John Legend made that point during his acceptance speech with Common for best original song, which was awarded to “Selma’s” “Glory.”

“Right now, the struggle for freedom and justice is real,” he said. “We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you we are with you, we see you, we love you, and march on.”

The adapted screenplay Oscar winner, “The Imitation Game’s” Graham Moore, also gave an affecting speech that will undoubtedly serve as inspiration for years to come.

Moore revealed that he tried to commit suicide when he was 16 because he “felt weird and … different and I felt like I did not belong,” he said. “So I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. Stay weird. Stay different. And then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along.”

When you win best picture at the Oscars, as Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “Birdman” did this year, you seize the opportunity to speak what’s on your mind.

For Iñárritu, that was the politics of immigration.

“I want to dedicate this award for my fellow Mexicans,” the director said during his speech. “The ones who live in Mexico, I pray that we can find and build the government that we deserve. And the ones that live in this country who are part of the latest generation of immigrants in this country, I just pray that they can be treated with the same dignity and respect of the ones who came before and build this incredible immigrant nation.”





Last Tuesday was SHROVE TUESDAY the day when Pancakes are eaten in UK and as you will see all over the world.
This is why in the UK, Shrove Tuesday is also known as Pancake Day (or Pancake Tuesday ) because it is the day of the year when almost everyone eats a pancake.

What is Pancake Day?
Pancake Day is the last day before the period which Christians call Lent.The Christian festival leading up to Easter Sunday (Easter Day).
Lent is a time of abstinence for Christians. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren’t allowed and you can’t eat in Lent. Pancakes contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.
In our region we celebrate ‘jueves lardero’ eating ‘longaniza’ (spiced sausage?, and the rest of the Latin christian world celebrates Carnival or Mardi Gras in France an other
Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday,then the date varies from year to year. It is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday and is therefore the final day before the commencement of Lent.

shrive:means to confess, people used to confess their sins so that they were forgiven before the season of Lent began.
In UK children and adults celebrate Shrove Tuesday with races, they race with frying pans tossing pancakes into the air and catching them back in the pan while running.

A pancake is a thin, flat cake, made of batter and fried in a pan.CLICK FOR A RECIPE.

PANCAKES: how to make them

Other names for Shrove Tuesday
United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia – Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday
Brazil – Terça-feira gorda – Fat Tuesday – the final day of Brazilian Carnival.
Greece – Apocreas, which means “from the meat” since they don’t eat meat during Lent, either.
Sweden – Fettisdagen (Fat Tuesday).
USA In Catholic and French-speaking parts of the United States this day is called Mardi Gras.

Germany – “Fastnacht” (Also spelt “Fasnacht”, “Fasenacht”, “Fasteloven” (in the Rhine area) or “Fasching” in Bavaria.)

In France they call it Mardi Gras, which means Grease or Fat Tuesday.The name Fat Tuesday comes from the ancient custom of parading a fat ox through Paris on this day. The ox was to remind the people that they were not allowed to eat meat during Lent.
During the Mardi Gras Carnival people disguise themselves and put on crazy masks

PEPPA PIG PANCAKE DAY VIDEO english subtittles

Extensive listening: Redshirting, holding kids back from kindergarten

Red-shirting,delaying kindergarten until children are 6 years old, is a rising trend in the US. Advocates of red-shirting claim that these students will be more successful in school and life, but is that true?CBS correspondent Morley Safer reported on this controversial education issue for CBS’s 60 Minutes back in 2012. This is the way he…





· Introduce the topic and give your opinion. Say whether you agree or disagree with the statement.
· Give a reason to support your opinion.
· Give a second reason to support your opinion.
· Summarize your ideas and repeat your opinion using different words.

Introduce each paragraph with a topic sentence, outlining the main ideas.
Do not write about advantages or disadvantages or points for or against.
Write in formal style.

Don’t use colloquial expressions.
Don’t use short forms.
Don’t use emotive vocabulary.
Don’t give personal examples.


In my opinion, …. En mi opinión…
Personally, I think/ I believe (that)…Personalmente, creo que…
I strongly believe that….Creo firmemente que…
It is clear (to me) that…Me parece evidente que…
I feel very strongly that…Siento firmemente que…
I (completely) agree/disagree with …Estoy (totalmente) de acuerdo/ en desacuerdo con….
It seems to me that…Me parece que..
As I see it, …Como yo lo veo…
To my mind….En mi opinión,…
In my view,…Desde mi punto de vista,…
From my point of view, ….Desde mi punto de vista,…
As far I am concerned, …En cuanto a lo que a mí respecta,…
I am sure/ convinced that …Estoy seguro / convencido de que…
I (dis)agree with the statement, because …Estoy de acuerdo/ en desacuerdo con la afirmación porque…

My main reason is….Mi razón principal es..
Another reason is…Otra razón es…
One reason for… is ….Una razón para…. es….
Many people say/ believe that…Mucha gente dice/ piensa que..
Since…Puesto que/ ya que…
Because of/ due to…Debido a…

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It is a well-known fact that …Es un hecho bien conocido que…
Research has shown that…La investigación ha demostrado que…
There are definitely…Definitivamente hay…
It is a fact that…Es un hecho que…
It is clear/ true that…Está claro que/ es verdad que…
For example/ for instance,…Por ejemplo,…

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Moreover/ furthermore/ in addition (to)Además,…
Apart from (that)…Aparte de…
Firstly,…En primer lugar,…
First of all,…En primer lugar,…
Secondly,..En segundo lugar,..
Thirdly,…En tercer lugar,..
Lastly,…Por último,..

ALTHOUGH (aunque)
Although I was feeling depressed, I went to the party.
DESPITE (a pesar de)
Despite the rain, I went to the party.
Despite feeling depressed, I went to the party.
IN SPITE OF ( a pesar de)
In spite of the rain, I went to the party.
In spite of feeling depressed, I went to the party.
EVEN IF (incluso si)
I will go to the party, even if I feel depressed.
WHEREAS (mientras que)
Adults can make their own decisions, whereas teenagers have to do what other people tell them.
HOWEVER (sin embargo)
Mike is a very good singer. However, he can’t play any instruments.

BUT (pero)
Their music is very good. But, their lyrics are not very interesting.
ON THE ONE HAND….. ON THE OTHER HAND (por una parte…. por la otra)
On the one hand, they are extremely rich. But on the other hand, they have lots of debts.

We use linkers of purpose to introduce reasons:

SO (THAT) (para)
I have brought a microphone so that the audience will be able to hear us.

IN ORDER TO ( para)
We need to register with the council in order to vote.

TO (para)
I am phoning to ask information about the event.

SO AS TO(para)
We all need to vote so as to express our opinions.


TO SUM UP,…Para resumir…

TO CONCLUDE,…Para concluir…

IN CONCLUSION,…En conclusion…

IT IS CLEAR THAT…Está claro que

IN SHORT…..En resumen…

ON THE WHOLE…..En general…

ALL IN ALL,…En conjunto, en terminus generals,…

“The teenage years are the best years of your life”. Do you agree?

People often say that the teenage years are the best years of your life. However, I do not agree with the statement.
Firstly, most teenagers have little independence. They have to do what they are told by their parents and teachers. In addition, they usually do not have much money.
Secondly, teenagers may not have the responsibilities adults have, but they have other worries. Teenagers have a lot of pressure form exams, which can determine the rest of their life.
All in all, teenagers have a lot of fun, but I believe that the best years of your life come when you are a bit older, with a job, money and the freedom to do what your like.

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South Korea takes education so seriously that a teacher can become a millionaire if they’re good enough, some even reaching celebrity status. That’s the case of Cha Kil-young, a top-ranked math teacher who, on Thursday, reported he raked in a whopping $8 million during 2014. Cha runs an online “hagwon”, a cram school that specializes in prepping students for South Korea’s version of the SAT and other college entrance exams. Cha broadcasts from a studio in the ultra-glamorous and wealthy Gangnam district of Seoul. It’s also not uncommon for Cha’s broadcasts to include famous guests such as Kpop idols, actors and other South Korean celebs. A recent guest of his being Clara, a South Korean mega celebrity, who joined him to sing a duet titled “SAT Jackpot!” in a full-blown pop music video.

However, many critique the pressure the Korean education system can put on students, the highly-competitive format that follows students from preschool all the way to college, the longer school days which can be 16-hours longs with regular classes lasting until 4 p.m., a break for dinner, going home, followed by extracurriculars in the evenings plus occasional Saturday classes. Comparing that jam-packed schedule to the average U.S. school day — 8 hours — the system sounds exhausting, at best, and oppressive, at worst, but something has to be said for the fact that South Korean schools are preparing students to enter top tier universities such as Harvard, Yale and Princeton in the U.S., and eventually success in the job market, while U.S. public schools fail to prepare American students to attend its own universities. That the majority of U.S. students can’t even enter college without going into crippling debt only to leave college unable to compete in the domestic and global job market with their foreign counterparts.