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Friday's class #5

This Friday we will have the next Skypecast for intermediate level and what is important - a skypecast for a small group which you can join only from this page.

So please join us at 7 pm GMT by:
First joining our chat room with "slide projection"Then the Skypecast ClassIf we experience problems with joining the skypecast every one will get a new link in the chat room.

Here you can find the slides we will be using.

So see you on Friday :)

Flower Power! (Skypecast #21)

The topic for yesterday's Skypecast was flowers. Not an easy one —unless you work at a flower shop— but I got the idea from Jola in the last Skypecast and thought it'd be cool to do it, so I didn't hesitate to prepare something accordingly.

Paulino did an excellent job hosting the Skypecast. To cut a long story short, I had problems with my computer, so he and Jola took turns to host.

These are the flowers I "picked" for the slides (yes, that was a pun):

Bell flowerCarnationChrysanthemumsConeflowerDaffodilDaisyDandelion (the one that becomes a ball of seeds that children blow)Forget-me-notFreesiaLavenderLilacLilyOrchidRoseSunflowerThistle

If you missed the Skypecast or want to review this topic, log into our Let's learn English! Moodle site and enroll in the course Word Center. A new lesson with a comprehensive list with pictures, pronunciation, exercises and of course, more flowers is coming soon! Remember that it's a free service. ;-)

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What Job Would You Like To Do?

On Sunday's Skypecast, we talked about "what kind of job you love to do if you could start your career all over"--nice extension to the "million dollars" skypecast that Ignacio hosted on Saturday.

I guess no one loves his or her current job that much. Quickly, all sorts of fancy jobs emerged from our participants: physicist (smarter than Einstein), astronaut (going to Mars, maybe), computer graphic designer (geek artist?), musician (of a rock band, to be exact), entrepreneur (really good at making money)...the list goes on.

It could have gone much longer if not for the technical problem at Skypecast. During our skypecast, one of our member, Paulino, text messaged us and said he could not joined because the call failed with an error message "This Skypecast has finished already." It's the same bug that has been going on with Skypecast for a while. Sometimes the problem occurred, sometimes not. The biggest problem? You have least clue on when it would …

The million dollar Skypecast (Skypecast #20)

How would you spend one million dollars? What would you do if you had one million dollars? What would you not do if you had them? This was the topic in the Saturday Skypecast that I hosted yesterday, January 13, 2007.

The idea for this topic originated in the wiki "Let's write a story. Together!", in the English Café course in our (EPOTI's) Let's learn English! Moodle site. I really encourage you to plunge in and contribute with your sentence for the story! Remember that it's a free service ;-)

We started out with some slang for money. We mentioned dough, moolah, greenbacks and of course bucks, which are common in the USA. Like always with slang, we do not suggest that you should use these words, but you should be able to recognize them and understand them.

Dough is actually the mixture of water and flour that you use to make bread. Why does this mean money too? Apparently because "bread and honey" rhymes with money, and dough is bread after all. This …

How to join us on Fridays

This Friday we will have the second Skypecast for intermediate level and what is important - a skypecast for a small group which you can join only from this page.

So please join us at 7 pm GMT by:
First joining our chat room with "slide projection"Then the Skypecast ClassIf we experience problems with joining the skypecast every one will get a new link in the chat room.

Here you can find the slides we will be using.

So see you on Friday :)

Animals

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Last Friday we met in a small group and enjoyed learning English together. Thank you for your participation: Robert, Arek and Ignacio.

We talked about animals and learned that:

one sheep and two sheep (fish, deer, reindeer), female form: ewe, male ram and baby lamb (silent b).

Next we looked at plural forms of: goose (geese), louse (lice), mouse (mice) and ox (oxen).

Finally we found out about female forms of: bull (cow), drake (duck), dog (bitch), cock (hen), gander (goose), lion (lioness), tiger (tigress), stag (dow), stallion (mare) and ram (ewe).

Ignacio explained an expression:the former - the latter and proverb: What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

On the Moodle site (letslearnenglish.info) you can find exercises to learn them and repeat to improve your knowledge.

See you next Friday. :)

How to join us today (Fridays)

Recently there are some problems with skypecasts. So please join us at 7 pm GMT by:

1. The first join our chat room

2. Then Skypecast Class and

if we experience any problems with joining skypecast every one will get a new link in chat room.

Here you can find slides we will be talking about.

Celebrate New Year Twice In Two Hours

Our last English Practice over the Internet (EPOTI) skypecast in 2006 was held on Sunday, December 31. It turned out to be a really special one, as the New Year had arrived twice during our session.

Hosting the skypecast from America, I was in the morning hours of the last day of 2006. The big apple was over ten hours away from dropping at the Time Square in New York. But we were celebrating New Year already while our skypecast was in session.

Ian Kim, a young student from South Korea, led our first New Year count down. He’s definitely looking forward to the coming year, as he’s about to go to college. One hour later, Vivian from Taiwan greeted the New Year in the island, telling us that this was her first virtual celebration of New Year.

I picked New Year Resolutions as the topic of this Sunday’s skypecast, and asked everyone to share the number one item in his or her list with us. We had plenty: finishing college (Ignacio), attending college (Ian), taking a tough English exam (Jola),…

Next skypecasts

Friday Skypecast: Class # 1 for intermediate level students

We're introducing a new Skypecast for intermediate level students! We will have slides and will learn together new words and expressions. It will be more like a class with different activities. The first topic is: nouns and animals.

If you find this Skypecast useful, we will repeat it every Friday at 7 pm GMT.

In order to keep it under control, it will be a "hidden" Skypecast. You can find the link on our Moodle site and in this blog, but not in the Skypecast directory (we want to avoid being overcrowded by completely random guys who are not interested in the learning process). A presentation will be available in advance for people to have time to prepare themselves a little bit if they want to.

So, I am looking forward to learning together with others from all over the world.

There is a link to Skypecast Class and here you can find a presentation. If any one thinks that the material is too difficult, let me know and…