Here's a song to say goodbye to 2011 and welcome 2012.
We need to take care of our friends for good friends always take care of us.
...As far as I can tell, even opponents of environmental regulation admit that mercury is nasty stuff. It’s a potent neurotoxicant: the expression “mad as a hatter” emerged in the 19th century because hat makers of the time treated fur with mercury compounds, and often suffered nerve and mental damage as a result. ...Being a teacher and so interested in languages, it simply fascinates me to learn the origin of idioms we have acquired as part of our vocabulary. I knew this idiom but not its origin and, of course, it now makes so much sense. Furthermore, it proves my belief that when you are a teacher, whatever your field or rank, the pedagogue in you emerges constantly in your writing as it is the case of Paul Krugman.
Money in brief followed by an irritation of the skin has very black results.The answer was given straight away in the dialogue where such definition was inserted -pitch-, but it took me a while to come up with the explanation which would associate both parties. Actually, it came right away when discussing the activity with the students.
The Perfect (Elevator) Pitch by Aileen Pincus
The term "Anglo-Saxon" can be used in a variety of contexts, often to identify the English-speaking world's distinctive language, culture, technology, wealth, markets, economy, and legal systems.One of the many examples is the festivity of Halloween, which Spanish children are so eager to celebrate at school. My daughter starts to talk about it well before it's due and her main concern is what she will wear on that day.
These shoes are specially designed for toddlers.
Estos zapatos están expresamente diseñados para bebés que empiezan a caminar.
The dinner that evening was especially planned for the occasion.
La cena esa noche fue excepcionalmente planeada para la ocasión.
So, a plea on behalf of the bad language learner: never, never, never mock a second language speaker – even if it’s someone (like George Bush or José María Aznar) whose politics you disagree with. It’s a cheap shot. And, if you are a language teacher, it ill becomes you. It’s your job to encourage second language use, however non-target-like. What’s more, ridicule is counterproductive. There is nothing more de-motivating than being laughed at. (Scott Thornbury's blog)