viernes, 15 de febrero de 2019

No ha podido ser, cierro Focus on Learning English

Lo he intentado,pero no ha podido ser, no tengo tiempo para reactivar Focus on Learning English. Cierro este blog, al menos por ahora...

Muchas gracias por vuestro interés.

Posted on viernes, febrero 15, 2019 by Guillermo Beltrán Pilato

domingo, 25 de noviembre de 2018

Using the Wikipedia to learn English... Puppy Bowl Audio

La Wikipedia es un recurso excelente para aprender inglés, entre otras tantas cosas. además, sus contenidos son libres y de libre distribuciñón, mientras no los comercialices.

Un ejemplo de los recursos disponibles son los audios que tenemos a nuestra disposición en Wiki Commons, uno de los proyectos de la Wikipedia. Os dejo un pequeño ejemplo sobre Puppy Bowl (qué es Puppy Bowl):

"This media is in the public domain in the United States because it solely consists of material created and provided by Voice of America, the official external broadcasting service of the federal government of the United States."


Y aquí tenéis el audio sobre Puppy Bowl en Wiki Commons embebido:

Posted on domingo, noviembre 25, 2018 by Guillermo Beltrán Pilato

martes, 20 de noviembre de 2018


Emails en inglés, algunos recursos

Keep It Short and Simple (KISS rule)...

El email (e-mail) o correo electrónico sigue siendo uno de los servicios más utilizados en la Red de redes, Internet, a pesar del auge de determinadas redes sociales como WhatsApp. Y seguramente es una de las herramientas que más utilizamos en nuestro trabajo. 

Os dejo algunos enlaces que considero interesantes sobre cómo redactar correctamente un email en inglés, tanto formales como informales. Espero que os sirva. Aquí los tenéis:


- 5 ejemplos de emails en inglés muy prácticos:

- Cómo escribir un email en inglés:

- Cómo escribir un email profesional en inglés:
https://englishlive.ef.com/es-mx/blog/ingles-de-negocios/como-escribir-un-email-profesional-en-ingles/
https://englishlive.ef.com/blog/career-english/write-perfect-professional-email-english-5-steps/ (English version)

P.D. (PS) Embebo un vídeo de Youtube al respecto. El texto está en francés, pero podéis activar los subtítulos en inglés:

Posted on martes, noviembre 20, 2018 by Guillermo Beltrán Pilato

domingo, 18 de noviembre de 2018

Photography vocabulary, by 'English is a piece of cake'

Os dejo un interesante artículo sobre el vocabulario relacionado con la fotografía (Photography), de la mano de la web 'English is a piece of cake':

I have put together a list of photography vocabulary for ESL teachers and students at intermediate to proficiency level English. The vocabulary and the definitions both provide a wealth of specific words on this topic.

Y aquí tenéis el enlace a la descarga del .pdf con el vocabulario sobre fotografía del post: Photography Vocabulary (.pdf). Y si queréis descargaros algunos libros electrónicos  (ebooks) sin copyright, visitad este enlace del proyecto Gutenberg: Libros: photography (ordenados por popularidad)

Posted on domingo, noviembre 18, 2018 by Guillermo Beltrán Pilato

sábado, 17 de noviembre de 2018

Como os comentaba, vuelvo con Focus on Learning English. Para empezar, os dejo un vídeo de Ted.com sobre la importancia de los niños a la hora de diseñar una ciudad, por el bien de todos...

Es solo un enlace, lo sé, pero creo que es bastante interesante. Nos lo cuenta Mara Mintzer, la autora de esta interesante charla sobre urbanismo. Se titula How Kids can help design cities.

Este es el vídeo:


Y aquí tenéis el enlace con la transcripción en inglés:
https://www.ted.com/talks/mara_mintzer_how_kids_can_help_design_cities/transcript#t-852612

Vocabulario y expresiones:

- urban design
- urban planners
- child-friendly city initiative
- indoor play spaces
- city planning
- innovative city-design solutions
- to go on a field trip with us
- city council and community members
- fast-forward four years
- to get sued
- to design teen-friendly parks
- some of this sounds far-fetched
- When kids dream up a space
- children value beauty in their designs
- to put bright colors (colours) on everything
- to have a biological need to connect with nature
- to take into consideration something
- walkability
- to slow down
- across the board
- to be inclusive
- a city friendly to children is a city friendly to all
- a blind spot
- innovative design solutions


Posted on sábado, noviembre 17, 2018 by Guillermo Beltrán Pilato

miércoles, 7 de noviembre de 2018

Reactivo Focus on Learning English

Valencia, 07/11/2018, G.B.
Vuelvo a reactivar esta web, Focus on Learning English. ¿El motivo? Simplemente ayudar a mis hijas en la asignatura de inglés, nada más.

No sé la frecuencia de actualización (voy demasiado liado), pero intentaré que sea al menos semanal, eso pretendo... See you!

Posted on miércoles, noviembre 07, 2018 by Guillermo Beltrán Pilato

martes, 27 de febrero de 2018

Somethig about extreme wheather...

Valencia, 27/02/2018
Como estos días está haciendo bastante frío en toda Europa, dejo un enlace a BBC Learning English, en concreto a su sección 'News Review' en la cual nos habla de 'The Beast From the East', como se ha denominado a la ola de frío siberiano que estamos padeciendo.

As it's getting pretty cold these days all over Europe, I'm leaving a link to BBC Learning English, specifically to its' News Review' section in which it talks about 'The Beast From the East', as the Siberian cold snap we're experiencing has been called by the media.

Nicknamed 'The Beast from the East', a band of extreme cold and snow has hit parts of Europe and the UK. This is causing some travel disruption because most parts of the UK rarely experience heavy snow. BBC Learning English


Related vocabulary:
- to brace
- to engulf
- relentless

- cold snap (wave) / (spell)
- travel disruption
- heavy snow

- extreme cold and snow

More Wheather Vocabulary: - English Club: https://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/weather-vocabulary.htm
- Saberingles.com.ar: http://www.saberingles.com.ar/lists/weather.html

Related news:
- Sudden Stratospheric Warming event: http://theweatherclub.org.uk/node/457

Posted on martes, febrero 27, 2018 by Guillermo Beltrán Pilato

lunes, 24 de abril de 2017

"David Christian teaches an ambitious world history course that tells the tale of the entire universe — from the Big Bang 13 billion years ago to present day." Ted.com
A complete history of the universe in only 18 minutes, by the historian David Christian. Download video.



More information, some links:
David Christian
Big History Project

Posted on lunes, abril 24, 2017 by Guillermo Beltrán Pilato

sábado, 15 de octubre de 2016

Valencia, 15/10/2016
Aquí tenéis 'The Tell-Tail Heart' de Edgar Allan Poe leída por Iggy Pop. "Iggy Pop - The Tell-Tale Heart from Closed On Account of Rabies (1997) double-CD with poems and tales of Edgar Allan Poe."...

Si queréis leer algunos de su libros, visitad el enlace del Proyecto Gutenberg (Project Gutenberg): Edgar Allan Poe.

Aquí tenéis el 'audio book' en Youtube:

Posted on sábado, octubre 15, 2016 by Guillermo Beltrán Pilato

domingo, 18 de septiembre de 2016


The Last Night of the World, reading online
Valencia, 18/09/2016, G.B.
Openculture es un portal en inglés que nos ofrece miles de recursos culturales gratuitos, libres de derechos de autor. Creo que iré añadiendo algún que otro recurso de este magnífico portal en Focus on Learning English...

Hoy os dejo un relato corto del ya fallecido escritor estadounidense Ray Bradbury titulado 'The Last Night of the World'. Para saber más de Bradbury, visitad este enlace de la Wikipedia en inglés: https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Bradbury

Aquí tenéis el relato The Last Night ot the World:

Originally published in the February 1951 issue of Esquire
"What would you do if you knew this was the last night of the world?"
"What would I do; you mean, seriously?"
"Yes, seriously."
"I don't know — I hadn't thought. She turned the handle of the silver coffeepot toward him and placed the two cups in their saucers.
He poured some coffee. In the background, the two small girls were playing blocks on the parlor rug in the light of the green hurricane lamps. There was an easy, clean aroma of brewed coffee in the evening air.
"Well, better start thinking about it," he said.
"You don't mean it?" said his wife.
He nodded.
"A war?"
He shook his head.
"Not the hydrogen or atom bomb?"
"No."
"Or germ warfare?"
"None of those at all," he said, stirring his coffee slowly and staring into its black depths. "But just the closing of a book, let's say."
"I don't think I understand."
"No, nor do I really. It's jut a feeling; sometimes it frightens me, sometimes I'm not frightened at all — but peaceful." He glanced in at the girls and their yellow hair shining in the bright lamplight, and lowered his voice. "I didn't say anything to you. It first happened about four nights ago."
"What?"
"A dream I had. I dreamt that it was all going to be over and a voice said it was; not any kind of voice I can remember, but a voice anyway, and it said things would stop here on Earth. I didn't think too much about it when I awoke the next morning, but then I went to work and the feeling as with me all day. I caught Stan Willis looking out the window in the middle of the afternoon and I said, 'Penny for your thoughts, Stan,' and he said, 'I had a dream last night,' and before he even told me the dream, I knew what it was. I could have told him, but he told me and I listened to him."
"It was the same dream?"
"Yes. I told Stan I had dreamed it, too. He didn't seem surprised. He relaxed, in fact. Then we started walking through offices, for the hell of it. It wasn't planned. We didn't say, let's walk around. We just walked on our own, and everywhere we saw people looking at their desks or their hands or out the windows and not seeing what was in front of their eyes. I talked to a few of them; so did Stan."
"And all of them had dreamed?"
"All of them. The same dream, with no difference."
"Do you believe in the dream?"
"Yes. I've never been more certain."
"And when will it stop? The world, I mean."
"Sometime during the night for us, and then, as the night goes on around the world, those advancing portions will go, too. It'll take twenty-four hours for it all to go."
They sat awhile not touching their coffee. Then they lifted it slowly and drank, looking at each other.
"Do we deserve this?" she said.
"It's not a matter of deserving, it's just that things didn't work out. I notice you didn't even argue about this. Why not?"
"I guess I have a reason," she said.
"The same reason everyone at the office had?"
She nodded. "I didn't want to say anything. It happened last night. And the women on the block are talking about it, just among themselves." She picked up the evening paper and held it toward him. "There's nothing in the news about it."
"No, everyone knows, so what's the need?" He took the paper and sat back in his chair, looking at the girls and then at her. "Are you afraid?"
"No. Not even for the children. I always thought I would be frightened to death, but I'm not."
"Where's that spirit of self-preservation the scientists talk about so much?"
"I don't know. You don't get too excited when you feel things are logical. This is logical. Nothing else but this could have happened from the way we've lived."
"We haven't been too bad, have we?"
"No, nor enormously good. I suppose that's the trouble. We haven't been very much of anything except us, while a big part of the world was busy being lots of quite awful things."
The girls were laughing in the parlor as they waved their hands and tumbled down their house of blocks.
"I always imagined people would be screaming in the streets at a time like this."
"I guess not. You don't scream about the real thing."
"Do you know, I won't miss anything but you and the girls. I never liked cities or autos or factories or my work or anything except you three. I won't miss a thing except my family and perhaps the change in the weather and a glass of cool water when the weather's hot, or the luxury of sleeping. Just little things, really. How can we sit here and talk this way?"
"Because there's nothing else to do."
"That's it, of course, for if there were, we'd be doing it. I suppose this is the first time in the history of the world that everyone has really known just what they were going to be doing during the last night."
"I wonder what everyone else will do now, this evening, for the next few hours."
"Go to a show, listen to the radio, watch the TV, play cards, put the children to bed, get to bed themselves, like always."
"In a way that's something to be proud of — like always."
"We're not all bad."
They sat a moment and then he poured more coffee. "Why do you suppose it's tonight?"
"Because."
"Why not some night in the past ten years of in the last century, or five centuries ago or ten?"
"Maybe it's because it was never February 30, 1951, ever before in history, and now it is and that's it, because this date means more than any other date ever meant and because it's the year when things are as they are all over the world and that's why it's the end."
"There are bombers on their course both ways across the ocean tonight that'll never see land again."
"That's part of the reason why."
"Well," he said. "What shall it be? Wash the dishes?"
They washed the dishes carefully and stacked them away with especial neatness. At eight-thirty the girls were put to bed and kissed good night and the little lights by their beds turned on and the door left a trifle open.
"I wonder," said the husband, coming out and looking back, standing there with his pipe for a moment."
"What?"
"If the door should be shut all the way or if it should be left just a little ajar so we can hear them if they call."
"I wonder if the children know — if anyone mentioned anything to them?"
"No, of course not. They'd have asked us about it."
They sat and read the papers and talked and listened to some radio music and then sat together by the fireplace looking at the charcoal embers as the clock struck ten-thirty and eleven and eleven-thirty. They thought of all the other people in the world who had spent their evening, each in their own special way.
"Well," he said at last. He kissed his wife for a long time.
"We've been good for each other, anyway."
"Do you want to cry?" he asked.
"I don't think so."
They went through the house and turned out the lights and locked the doors, and went into the bedroom and stood in the night cool darkness undressing. She took the spread from the bed and folded it carefully over a chair, as always, and pushed back the covers. "The sheets are so cool and clean and nice," she said.
"I'm tired."
"We're both tired."
They got into bed and lay back.
"Wait a moment," she said.
He heard her get up and go out into the back of the house, and then he heard the soft shuffling of a swinging door. A moment later she was back. "I left the water running in the kitchen," she said. "I turned the faucet off."
Something about this was so funny that he had to laugh.
She laughed with him, knowing what it was that she had done that was so funny. They stopped laughing at last and lay in their cool night bed, their hands clasped, their heads together.
"Good night," he said, after a moment.
"Good night," she said, adding softly, "dear..."

Posted on domingo, septiembre 18, 2016 by Guillermo Beltrán Pilato