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Mister, do you know the way? (Saturday Skypecast #29)

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Saturday Skypecast for March 24 was about asking for and giving directions. By means of the Online map editor developed by Igor Zhukovsky, I sketched out the following map (which I called epotiville):


We used this map in the Skypecast to ask for and give directions.

Asking for directions

Excuse me,
where can I find a pharmacy please?can you tell me how to get to the post office?do you know where the EPOTI museum is?what' the best way to go to the airport?Giving directions

Go straight on until you come to the first traffic lightWalk down one/two/etc. block(s)Cross the bridgeTurn left/rightMake a left/rightWalk next to the river until you find the EPOTI hostel on the cornerFollow the riverThe museum is just around the corner, to your rightThat's just next to the gas stationThat's between the post office and the museumThat's opposite the bank
Please leave us a comment with other alternatives :-)

Paulino also brought up the subject of question tags. Instead of saying something li…

Vacation vs Holiday

Both vacation and holiday refer to the time when you're free from school or work (or both!). Which word to use? And how?

Vacation is used in American English, and holiday is the British English counterpart.

Interesting to point out here is the fact that, in other languages, this word is used in the plural:

French: les vacancesGerman: die Ferien (ok, there's the word [der] Urlaub too, which is singular)Portuguese: as fériasSpanish: las vacaciones
In (American) English, however, we talk about "vacation" (singular).

Have you been on vacation this year?My brother's on vacation in South America.I think I'll take a vacation next month.
How is it in your mother tongue? Can you think of some other good example to use in a sentence? Post a comment, then!

(Post based on message #8231 published in the Español-Inglés Yahoo! Group)

What's she like? (Skypecast #27)

What a nice Skypecast we had today! Number 27, a perfect cube (three times three times three makes twenty-seven).

We discussed adjectives to describe people's character, personality and look.

Some adjectives that you probably know by now are: happy, sad, cheerful, nice, kind, friendly, shy, angry, absent-minded, smart, clever, silly, stupid, bad-tempered, stubborn, stern, greedy, ambitious, stingy, honest, earnest, patient, polite, well mannered, ill-mannered, impolite, frank, sincere, intelligent, sweet, brave, courageous, crazy, nutty, introvert, extrovert, outgoing, handsome, beautiful, and the list continues.

Today, we also discussed the following adjectives:

bitchy (informal!): someone who says unpleasant things about other people.open-minded: someone who accepts ideas from other people. The opposite would be narrow-minded.
sapient (very formal): very intelligent.arrogant: an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions (than…

One is such a lonely number

I'd never realized before how many idioms including numbers there are. Robert, a prospective member of the EPOTI crew prepared a report about it, which was the topic of today's (Friday's) Skypecast. An outstanding job. I'll try to summarize here these idioms.

To be one in a million. To be one of a kind. (These two I already explained in a previous post).I love watching the rainbow, but when you've seen one, you've seen them all (I think this one speaks for itself, doesn't it?).At first sight, Sudoku seems to be rather easy, but on second thought, it can baffle you completely.I'm of two minds about going out tonight (= I haven't made my mind about it yet).I had forty winks after lunch today (= I took a nap / I snoozed).I'm in seventh heaven when I look into your eyes (= I feel very happy / I'm walking on air). Alternative: I'm on cloud nine.Cooking is second nature to my grandma (= it's easy for her because she's got a lot of exper…

This video is a must: "Earthlings"

This is a link to a Google video, a documentary in English that lasts 1 hour and 35 minutes, with English subtitles (what makes it a good resource to practice your listening skills).

This video's description is as follows:

EARTHLINGS is a feature length documentary about humanity's absolute dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called "non-human providers." The film is narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix (GLADIATOR) and features music by the critically acclaimed platinum artist Moby.

With an in-depth study into pet stores, puppy mills and animals shelters, as well as factory farms, the leather and fur trades, sports and entertainment industries, and finally the medical and scientific profession, EARTHLINGS uses hidden cameras and never before seen footage to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, all of wh…

How is A related to X?

Today we will be talking about members of the family. This will be a kind of quiz with points to earn and maybe with a prize? It is Ignacio who knows, as he prepared this Skypecast.

Do you have any time to spare?

As usual, we will meet on Friday at 7 pm GMT.

This time we will be talking about leisure time (British English) or free time (American English).

Level: intermediate.

To join our class click on the link to hidden skypecast.

Slides you can find here The title: Leisure time.


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