Teachify Teacher Chit Chat – Tourism

Teachify Teacher Chit Chat - Tourism

Welcome back to our monthly chitchat everybody and I hope you’re delighted to watch us having another silly chat, you must know by now, but in this episode you’ll see Lewis and Mickey having a good old chitchat about our monthly topic, Tourism. 

To kick off the conversation, Mickey told us about his experience with virtual reality with rollercoasters and a medieval tour of Seville with one of our clients, Past View Experience.  If you haven’t heard of them, then I strongly recommend you check them out for an immersing experience taking a glimpse of what Seville was like hundreds of years ago.

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Following on from that, you will be able to observe an interesting game of would you rather.  For those of you that don’t know this activity, would you rather is another way of saying would you prefer and we use it to answer some dilemmas of would we would prefer to do.  For example, would you rather go backpacking around Asia or go on a luxury cruise ship in the Mediterranean sea.  Let us know which option you would go for! 

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If this introduction has sparked your interest then I suggest you watch our chitchat right now, what are you waiting for? I know I’m looking forward to hearing from you to see what you think of our discussion. 

Last but not least, below you can find some synonyms and examples of a few of the more complicated words and phrases we used. 

Enjoy!

Useful Vocabulary

Seamless = smooth.  “Wow, that was a seamless transition from coal to renewable energy.”

Go backpacking = to travel on a limited budget using a big backpack.  “I went backpacking around South East Asia when I was 24.”

Without a shadow of a doubt = no doubt.  “Yes, I would do that…without a shadow of a doubt.”

Get travel sick or sea sick = become ill because of movement or motion.  “I get travel sick so I would prefer to go wine tasting.”

Get into something = become interested in something.  “I’m getting into wines at the moment because two of our teachers really like wine.”

To look forward to + noun/ing = to be excited about something.  “I am looking forward to going home for Christmas.”

To set off = to begin a journey or depart.  “I’ll be there in 30 minutes, I’m just setting off now.” (I’m leaving my house.)

Widen Your Vocabulary with 10 Sports-Related​ Phrasal Verbs

Widen Your Vocabulary with 10 Sports Related Phrasal Verbs

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As Sports is our Topic of the month for September, we thought that we would share some of our favourite Sports related phrasal verbs.

Many of these phrasal verbs are particularly useful as they can be used in other contexts other than talking about sports.

So the next time you are chatting with your English friends about the football match last night you can impress them with some of these phrasal verbs!

What we learned in our English class?

Work Out: To do exercise.

Eg, yesterday I went to work out at the gym

Work Off: to burn calories or food consumed.

Eg, I need to work off all that Christmas food!

Fall Behind: Begin to lose in a race

Eg, he was winning until he fell behind at the 3rd mile 

Slim Down: To lose weight

Eg, Sheila needs to slim down so that she can fit into her wedding dress.

Take Up: To start doing a new sport or activity

Eg, This summer I want to take up cross fit.

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Try Out For: To Audition for a team

Eg, You’re so good at football, you should try out for the team!

Knock Out: to punch somebody unconscious (usually used in Boxing)

Eg, The boxer knocked out his opponent in the 5th round.

Alternatively Knock Out can also be used to mean that a loser in a tournament is eliminated.

Eg, England were knocked out of the world cup in the semi finals against Croatia.

Catch Up: Reach an opponent in a race.

Eg, After spending most of the race in last place, Tom finally caught up to the rest of the runners in the last 100m.  

Pass Out: To become unconscious.

Eg, I was so exhausted after the marathon that I passed out.

Bulk Up: to gain muscle.

Eg, I’ve been lifting weights at the gym recently so I can bulk up and impress the ladies.

Teachify Teacher Chit-Chat Education

Techify Teacher Chit-Chat Education

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Here we are again, we’re back with our monthly Teachify Teacher chitchat, I’m sure you’ve been dying to watch another video after the last one, so we have delivered. 

You may notice that Mickey has had a makeover since our last chat and all of a sudden, he looks much better and sounds far better with an Australian accent. 

So what did we talk about today?

In Shannon’s first chitchat we discussed our main topic in June, that is Education. 

As part of the syllabus this month we’ve turned back time and tried to recall our memories from the good old days at primary and secondary school before focussing on university, on the job training, apprenticeships, language learning and more. 

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Keeping it short but sweet!

 

Consequently, Shannon and I tried to summarise some of the questions that arise when talking about education. 

Of course, you should be aware that we barely even scratched the surface of the topic during our chitchat as we want to keep it short but sweet.  

That way it’s not too much of a pain to watch the chitchat more than once in order to promote memorisation and acquisition of the language. 

What memories from school stand out for you?

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As always, when we have a chitchat we endeavour to clear up any doubts with the language we use and sometimes we don’t realise when we use some unusual terms and phrases. 

That’s why it’s important to review the explanations you’ll find below which will, hopefully, ensure everything is as clear as day. 

That being said, sit back, get your earphones in and concentrate on what we say…fingers crossed you’ll enjoy it, we certainly enjoyed recording the video as we always do 😊

It's okay! We know it can be difficult to understand.

Tricky Vocabulary

Crew – team, company or group

Apprenticeships – paid training programs to learn a trade

On the job training – learning new things at work

Stand out – be very noticeable

Break time – short period of time at school in which you can play

Wrestling – sport or activity in which you fight an opponent

Misunderstand – not understand properly

Detention – punishment at school where you stay after hours

Laid back – relaxed

Set you free – release someone or something

Well-funded – a lot of money provided for a purpose

Leave something behind – forget or stop doing something

Gap year – a year to travel and take time off education or work

Go backpacking – travel at length carrying only a backpack

Graduate – to finish a degree

Get something out of one’s system – free oneself of a desire

Trend – tendency

Bother – make an effort to do something

What’s the point? – what is the reason, motive or need?

 

5 quick tips to help you learn English faster

5 Quick Tips To Help You Learn English Faster!

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A lot of our students ask us what are some of the best ways to make the most of their free time in order to learn English. We always suggest that students try their best to immerse themselves in English.

Now, this can be quite difficult especially when you live in a non English speaking country like Spain.. So we thought we would compile this list of handy things you can do to help practice your English whilst you are at home.

1. Watch Tv Series/Netflix in English

For many of you this shouldn’t be too difficult. Many of our students already watch plenty of American/English Tv series, however unfortunately many of them watch these series with Spanish subtitles or even worse… Dubbed over in Spanish!

This is a great shame as watching Netflix/tv can be very helpful in learning languages especially in regards to pronunciation and listening.

 

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That said,I know watching an entire episode of ‘Peaky Blinders’ in English can seem slightly daunting. I would suggest starting with something easier with shorter episodes, for example ‘Friends’ or ‘The Simpsons,’ and for longer episodes or films (45 mins +) try having the English audio with English subtitles. This will make it much easier to follow for extended periods of time.  

If you don’t own a tv or a Netflix subscription, Youtube is also a great resource for entertaining/interesting videos.

Ensure that you are actually interested in the video you are watching, this will stop you from inadvertently ‘zoning out’ or getting distracted.

2. Listen to Podcasts

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Another thing that we suggest for students to do is to start listening to Podcasts in English as this will help improve your overall listening ability.

At Teachify we actually create our own weekly podcasts which review recent vocabulary and topics which we have studied in class.

3. Listen to English Songs

I am sure that a lot of you already listen to plenty of music in English.

My advice would be to begin to really start listening out for the lyrics and trying your best to translate them in your head.

If you are really struggling you could always get the lyrics up and read through them. This is a great one to improve your pronunciation, grammar structures and vocabulary!

4. Read in English

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Perhaps the best thing you can do to learn another language is to begin reading in that language.

Maybe start off reading children’s books (these are often very easy to understand and follow, this will teach you plenty of basic vocabulary) then maybe move onto reading the daily news in English and when you feel ready maybe try tackling some longer novels!

Once again, make sure that you are actually interested in the topic of the article/book you are reading. This will make it much easier to concentrate.

5. Learning applications

No need to devote to much time to this step, with just 5/10 minutes a day on these programs and you should see some improvement. Some other great online resources for learning English

–        Memrise

–        BBC Learning English

–        Wordable

–        Quiz your English

–        British Council.

So, if you liked these reasons, subscribe below to find out 5 more reasons why you should learn English!

English Cooking Show

Masterchef Sevilla with Daniel Del Toro!

After missing out on various job opportunities promoting Spanish products overseas due to his non existent English, Sevillano chef Daniel Del Toro was looking to make a change.

Daniel reasoned that he had to vastly improve his English in order to have any chance of getting these jobs.

Why did we want to take on the challenge?

Teaching a student English from scratch is no short order. Luckily Teachifyer Micael Soto was up to the task.

Looking for a challenge Micael reached out to Daniel with a suggestion, a 3 month intensive English course which would culminate in a live cooking demonstration at our offices at iSspaces.

It took some persuading but eventually we managed to finally get Daniel to relent and begin his 3 month English course.

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What were the difficulties teaching Daniel?

Teaching a student like Daniel was a totally new challenge for me as he is such a busy man, it was sometimes difficult for us to schedule the necessary classes for him, that said his passion and eagerness was very refreshing. There are very few students that I have taught who are as motivated as Danny! Although perhaps we didn’t manage to get in quite as many hours in as we had hoped I certainly feel that we’ve managed to provide him with the essentials needed for the big cooking show.

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Taking into account my level of English was minus zero and now I am able to hold a basic conversation, I think the classes went pretty well! Although, I should study a lot more!! Haha

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So the big day is almost upon us! For the big cooking show Daniel will prepare two recipes aimed at the busy professional who wants to eat healthily, however does not have time to cook mid week.

Both recipes are quick, healthy and can be prepared in an office with minimal equipment. The demonstration will be not only be a showcase for Daniels famous cooking skills, but also his new English ability!

Where is the cooking show?

So if you are a professional based in Sevilla and are keen to improve your cooking skills along with a good opportunity to utilise your English come on down to iSspaces on Monday 3rd June!