Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Conversational EnglishCentral Videos

Practice speaking English while you watch great videos.

EnglishCentral aims to become the premier, web-based conversational English language learning destination for desktop and mobile users, combining two key elements:

- Helping users with their spoken English, using proprietary speech recognition technology that "listens" to users' speech and then scores that speech based on their pronunciation and syntax.

- Allowing users to choose content they love, from a massive database of video content covering popular subject areas (e.g., travel, sports, politics, business, movies) and existing popular content (e.g., Obama's speeches)

Watch the video demo now:

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Here is what you get when you register:
- Unlimited Access to all the content in our library -- travel, entertainment, business and much more
- Get feedback on your pronunciation
- Post your scores on our scoreboard
- Compete with your friends

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

My own books shelf

Shelfari introduces readers to our global community of book lovers and encourages them to share their literary inclinations and passions with peers, friends, and total strangers (for now).

Shelfari’s members:
* Build virtual bookshelves to express themselves to their friends and to the world
* Discover books that are popular in their trusted circles of friends
* Influence peers by rating and discussing books online
* Discover and learn from people with similar reading tastes
* Participate in online book groups to further explore literature and share ideas
* Interact with and learn from authors

My own books shelf:

Shelfari: Book reviews on your book blog

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Emma by Jane Austen

Emma by Jane Austen

Emma escrito por Jane Austen

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Women against hunger

Help Haiti
Women not only cook food for their families, but also produce between 60 - 80% of food in developing nations.

And yet, 60% of chronically hungry people are women and girls. We're asking people to send a message of solidarity at wfp.org/women

Use this toolkit of facts, video and photos to support your blogging.
You can also find banners here!

You can also find more information here:
WFP: Focus on Women

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Gypsy by Shakira

Broke my heart
Down the road
Spend the weekend
Sewing the pieces back on

Crayons and dolls pass me by
Walking gets too boring
When you learn how to fly

Not the homecoming kind
Take the top off
And who knows what you might find

Won't confess all my sins
You can bet I'll try it
But I can't always win

'Cause I'm a gypsy
But are you coming with me?
I might steal your clothes
And wear them if they fit me
I never made agreements
Just like a gypsy
And I won't back down
'Cause life's already hurt me
And I won't cry
I'm too young to die
If you're gonna quit me
'Cause I'm a gypsy

('Cause I'm a gypsy)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Apertium translation platform

Apertium is a free/open-source machine translation platform.

It is possible to use Apertium to build machine translation systems for a variety of language pairs; to that end, Apertium uses simple XML-based standard formats to encode the linguistic data needed (either by hand or by converting existing data), which are compiled using the provided tools into the high-speed formats used by the engine.

The Apertium architecture is being developed by the Transducens research group at the Departament de Llenguatges i Sistemes Informàtics of the Universitat d'Alacant in collaboration with Prompsit Language Engineering.

Apertium welcomes new developers: if you think you can improve the engine or the tools, or develop linguistic data for them, do not hesitate to contact them.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Lost World - El Mundo Perdido

The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle

El Mundo Perdido escrito por Arthur Conan Doyle

As every Sunday, a book in English and Spanish, to read without leaving the portal.
Como cada domingo, otro libro en versión inglesa y española, para leer sin salir del portal.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The man who went to Malta

Better not to hear this joke, if it wishes to improve speaking skills.

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The Italian man who went to Malta.

One day I gonna to Malta to a big hotel. In the morning I go down to eat breakfast.

I tell the waitress that I want two pieces of toast. She brings me only one piece.

I tell her "I wanna two pieces". She says "Go to the toilet"

I say "You don't understand, I wanna two pieces on my plate"

She says to me "You better not piss on the plate, you sonnawabitch"

I do not even know this lady and she call me a sonnawabitch!!

Later, I go to eat at a bigger restaurant. The waitress brings me a spoon and knife, but no fork.

I tell her "I wanna a fork" and she tells me "Everyone wanna fuck"

I tell her "You don't understand... I wanna fork on the table"

She says "You better not fuck on the table. You sonnawabitch"

So I go back to my room in my hotel and there is no sheets on the bed.

I call the manager and tell him "I wanna a sheet". He tells me to go the toilet.

I say "You don't understand, I wanna a sheet on my bed"

He says: "You better not shit on the bed, you sonnawabitch"

I go to the check out and the man at the desk said: "Peace on you"

And I say: "Piss on you too, you sonnawabicth"

I gonna back to Italy!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Talk a Lot Spoken English Course

Help to teachers: A complete 12-week spoken free English course for students at Elementary - Pre-Intermediate Levels by englishbanana.com

Talk a Lot Spoken English Course - Elementary Book 1

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English is your link to living language.

Look up a word that begins with the letter D or the letter S for examples of sentence pronuntiations. Click on the speaker icon next to the example sentences to hear them pronounced. Click on the speaker icon at the top of the entry and a new window will open. From there, you can hear the headword pronounced in British or American English, and you can hear the example sentences for that entry too. Even names and places are pronounced, for example, Dostoyevsky.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Blue Moon by Leonie Smith

elllo songs are a great way to learn English. Below are some great songs by independent artists. As the students listen, the words are displayed on the screen so students can catch the lyrics as well as work on grammar, pronunciation, reading speed, reading by chunks and common slang and idioms.

Blue Moon by Leonie Smith with subtitles

The mp3 files and text on elllo are Creative Commons. Students and teachers are free to download, copy and distribute these materials for educational purposes. They are not transferable for commercial purposes.

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