jueves, 20 de noviembre de 2014

Today in history for November 20th

Hi everyone, 
      OK, so for today's post I thought I'd show you all some important events that have taken place on November 20th. Here is a video showing highlights of this day in history. The video shows the following events: Nazi war crimes trial begins at Nuremberg; Robert F. Kennedy born; Britain's future Queen Elizabeth II marries; Spain's dictator Francisco Franco dies; Mexican Revolution begins; 'Cabaret' hits Broadway. (Nov. 20).


jueves, 13 de noviembre de 2014

Word of the day quiz!

Hi everyone,
        Here you have today's word. Have a look and decide which you think is the correct definition. Leave your answer below and we will reveal it tomorrow ;)

Good Luck!!

Which definition is correct?
Which definition is correct?

A) Incapable of being expressed

B) Resembling a duck

C) Allowing light to pass through

martes, 11 de noviembre de 2014

Poppy memorial at the Tower of London - by numbers

The Tower of London poppy installation has proved hugely popular, attracting millions of visitors so far, with many more to come. Here are the facts behind the awe-inspiring display

In the 98 days since the first of the 888,246 ceramic poppies was planted at the Tower of London, the installation has become a focal point of Britain's remembrance events in this, the 100th anniversary year of the start of the First World War.
The installation, named Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, consists of one poppy for each British and colonial life lost during the conflict.
It was created by the ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper.
An estimated four million people are believed to have visited the display and floodlights were kept on during the nights leading up to Armistice Day to allow more visitors to see the installation.
"We always hoped the installation would capture the public imagination yet we could not predict the level of support we have received," said former army chief General Richard Dannatt, now the Constable of the Tower of London.


miércoles, 5 de noviembre de 2014

Homemade Toffee Apples

Homemade toffee apples

Toffee apples are whole apples covered in a hard toffee or sugar candy coating, with a stick inserted as a handle. These are a common treat at autumn festivals in Western culture in the Northern Hemisphere, such as Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night (Bonfire Night) because these festivals fall in the wake of the annual apple harvest.


  • 8 Granny Smith apples
  • 400g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup


1) Place the apples in a large bowl, then cover with boiling water (you may have to do this in 2 batches). This will remove the waxy coating and help the caramel to stick. Dry thoroughly and twist off any stalks. Push a wooden skewer or lolly stick into the stalk end of each Apple.

2) Lay out a sheet of baking parchment and place the apples on this, close to your stovetop. Tip the sugar into a pan along with 100ml water and set over a medium heat. Cook for 5 mins until the sugar dissolves, then stir in the vinegar and syrup. Set a sugar thermometer in the pan and boil to 140C or 'hard crack' stage. If you don’t have a thermometer you can test the toffee by pouring a little into a bowl of cold water. It should harden instantly and, when removed, be brittle and easy to break. If you can still squish the toffee, continue to boil it.

3) Working quickly and carefully, dip and twist each apple in the hot toffee until covered, let any excess drip away, then place on the baking parchment to harden. You may have to heat the toffee a little if the temperature drops and it starts to feel thick and viscous. Leave the toffee to cool before eating. Can be made up to 2 days in advance, stored in a dry place.

Remember, remember the fifth of November.....

Bonfire Night

"Remember, remember,
the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
We see no reason why
Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!"

In 1605, thirteen young men planned to blow up
the Houses of Parliament. Among them was
Guy Fawkes, Britain's most notorious traitor.

After Queen Elizabeth I died in 1603, English Catholics who had been persecuted under her rule had hoped that her successor, James I, would be more tolerant of their religion. James I had, after all, had a Catholic mother. Unfortunately, James did not turn out to be more tolerant than Elizabeth and a number of young men, 13 to be exact, decided that violent action was the answer.
A small group took shape, under the leadership of Robert Catesby. Catesby felt that violent action was warranted. Indeed, the thing to do was to blow up the Houses of Parliament. In doing so, they would kill the King, maybe even the Prince of Wales, and the Members of Parliament who were making life difficult for the Catholics. Today these conspirators would be known as extremists, or terrorists.

To carry out their plan, the conspirators got hold of 36 barrels of gunpowder - and stored them in a cellar, just under the House of Lords.
But as the group worked on the plot, it became clear that innocent people would be hurt or killed in the attack, including some people who even fought for more rights for Catholics. Some of the plotters started having second thoughts. One of the group members even sent an anonymous letter warning his friend, Lord Monteagle, to stay away from the Parliament on November 5th. 
The warning letter reached the King, and the King's forces made plans to stop the conspirators.
Guy Fawkes, who was in the cellar of the parliament with the 36 barrels of gunpowder when the authorities stormed it in the early hours of November 5th, was caught, tortured and executed.
It's unclear if the conspirators would ever have been able to pull off their plan to blow up the Parliament even if they had not been betrayed. Some have suggested that the gunpowder itself was so old as to be useless. Since Guy Fawkes and the other conspirators got caught before trying to ignite the powder, we'll never know for certain.
Even for the period which was notoriously unstable, the Gunpowder Plot struck a very profound chord for the people of England. In fact, even today, the reigning monarch only enters the Parliament once a year, on what is called "the State Opening of Parliament". Prior to the Opening, and according to custom, the Yeomen of the Guard search the cellars of the Palace of Westminster. Nowadays, the Queen and Parliament still observe this tradition.
On the very night that the Gunpowder Plot was foiled, on November 5th, 1605, bonfires were set alight to celebrate the safety of the King. Since then, November 5th has become known as Bonfire Night. The event is commemorated every year with fireworks and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on a bonfire.





miércoles, 29 de octubre de 2014

Ten Language Interview with the UK's Most Multilingual Student

Alex Rawlings was awarded the title of Britain's Most Multilingual Student, having learned 11 languages by age 21. What is his secret?! Alex has answered your questions on his language learning experiences in this video. He has also written an accompanying blog article on his language learning method: http://blogs.transparent.com/language...

Here is the video  http://youtu.be/CESVNaF8bfg

Contact Alex:
Blog: www.rawlangs.com
Twitter: twitter.com/RawLangs_Blog
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/RawLangsBlog

Transparent Language:

martes, 28 de octubre de 2014

European Enotourism Day, November 6-9


Jerez celebrates each year the European Day of Wine Tourism, thus commemorating the importance of Sherry Wine and Brandy for a territory in which the wine presence dates back thousands of years.
The European Tourism Day is a unique opportunity to enjoy unique activities in autumn, to be found in a comprehensive program that allows you to enjoy the cultural traits linked to wine in the city such as the Sherry wine bike path, Sherry and Cadiz wines paired with gourmet products, open days to wineries, museums, and other attractions, gymcatas (tasting gymkhanas), special wine tasting sessions, bike trails, poetry readings, exhibitions, music shows...


jueves, 23 de octubre de 2014

Website of the week


LearnEnglish Kids has lots of free online games, songs, stories and activities for children to have fun and learn English too.


You can become a member, make your own cool character and enter competitions. When you are a member you can comment across the site and answer questions in your turn to practise your reading and writing.

Parents and teachers

You can become a member of Learn English Parents to download learning resources. As a member you can also watch video tips and download articles from language learning experts.
Go to our Parents forum to share ideas and ask questions about helping your child learn English.

lunes, 20 de octubre de 2014

Why Brits and Americans spell differently

Why did Americans drop the "u" from British words like "humour" and "behaviour"? What about "theater" vs. "theatre?" Siobhan Thompson explains the spelling divide between our nations.


lunes, 6 de octubre de 2014

Writing Competition Winners!

Hi everyone,
         Here we have the winners of the first writing competition of the year! As you know there are two age groups. The younger group is for 7 - 11 year olds and the older group is for 12 - 16 year olds.
          The first winner of the year for the younger group is Máriam. Here is a photo of Máriam with her teacher.

She was very pleased with her certificate and book. Here is a photo of her looking happy with her teacher and classmates. Well done Máriam!!!

The winner of the older group is María Isabel. Here is a photo of her with her book and classmates. She was also very happy with her certificate and prize!!
A very well done from all of the teachers and students at Tenidiomas.

martes, 30 de septiembre de 2014

Story of the week

Surgeon's photo of the Loch Ness Monster

This week I have chosen a story about The Loch Ness Monster.

The Loch Ness monster, also called “Nessie”, is a creature that is supposed to live in Loch Ness, the largest lake in northern Scotland.  Since Roman times the legend of a mysterious sea creature has been alive through numerous sightings of the animal.
When the Romans came to Scotland in the first century the Picts were the main inhabitants.  They were fascinated by animals and spoke of a strange beast swimming in one of the lakes in the Scottish highlands. The first references go back to the sixth century when a man was supposedly saved from the swimming beast of Loch Ness.

Over the centuries the legend of the Loch Ness monster has never gone away. In the 1930s a new road was built along the shore of Loch Ness.  In 1933 , a couple who was driving along this road reported an enormous animal  splashing on the surface of the lake. In the following months newspapers sent reporters and photographers to the lake to make observations. Even footprints of an enormous animal were found.
In the following decades most scientists declared the sightings a fake and claimed that it was impossible for a dinosaur-like creature to have survived for millions of years. However, most of the people who went to Loch Ness were serious and honest and, for sure, were not interested in producing a scam.
Many books were written about the monster of Loch Ness. Several photographs made it to the front pages of the newspapers. The most famous photograph came from a British surgeon in 1934 . Robert Wilson, a London doctor, took a photo of a creature with a long neck that stood out of the water. In 1975 the Sunday Telegraph proved that this photo was fake.

As time went on investigation became more serious. Scientists from all over the world started coming to Loch Ness to investigate the phenomenon. The BBC and four universities led expeditions to the Scottish lake to find out more about the monster.  They were equipped with scientific instruments and machines that could be used in the deep water of the lake. Although the expeditions came up with no real results they did find out that something was moving in the lake , which they could not explain.
In 1975 an American-based expedition used underwater photography and special sonar to examine the Loch Ness.  The underwater camera was able to take images of a moving object that had flippers. Based on these photos some scientists concluded that the 20-foot long creature was possibly an ancient reptile that became extinct with the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago.
In the last three decades more sonar observations were made with even more advanced equipment. And still, they produced objects that could not be identified. Whether fact or fiction, Loch Ness has become a tourist attraction in northern Scotland, and even if there is no monster, the legend lives on.

lunes, 29 de septiembre de 2014

Why English is hard to learn

Hi everyone,
     Here is an interesting poem called 'Why English is hard to learn''. Enjoy and please feel free to leave a comment :)

We'll begin with box;  the plural is boxes,
but the plural of ox is oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, and two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose is never called meese.

You may find a lone mouse or a house full of mice; 
But the plural of house is houses, not hice.
The plural of man is always men,
But the plural of pan is never pen.

If I speak of a foot, and you show me two feet,
And I give you a book, would a pair be a beek?
If one is a tooth, and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn't two booths be called beeth?

If the singular is this and the plural is these,
Should the plural of kiss be ever called keese?

We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him;
But imagine the feminine......she, shis and shim!!

lunes, 18 de agosto de 2014

Autumn term commences September 15th

The holidays are coming to a close and it's time to register for the 2014/15 courses which commence here at Tenidiomas on September 15th.

This year the adult courses will include the A2 level for those students who don't feel ready to sit B1 just yet. We shall also be continuing with the C2 course which proved so popular last year.

jueves, 6 de febrero de 2014

Writing Competition January 2014

A very happy new year to all our students!  The theme this month was our New Year's Resolutions and it looks like our students are aiming for perfection.   Our winners this term are Carlota Vega Vázquez and Antonio Sánchez González.  Check out the photos of our prize winners with their books and certificates - Well done and make sure you keep up the good work
Gavin and Carlota in the Starters classroom

Carlota's classmates are hoping they will win next time! 

Antonio and his classmates take a break from their FCE preparation

miércoles, 29 de enero de 2014

Cambridge Exams - Exams Cadiz

Tenidiomas has developed a new App where you can find out all the latest information about Cambridge exams.  Go to Exams Cadiz to get the lowdown on when and where the next exams will be as well as all the latest news on what's happening with the Cambridge exams.  Also included on this free application are two vocabulary lists which will help you to learn and remember vocabulary wherever you are!

Download your free versión of EXAMS CADIZ today!

lunes, 16 de diciembre de 2013

Cambridge English: Proficiency C2
In January 2014 we will be starting a C2 Proficiency class at Tenidiomas.  It is very exciting news for us to be able to extend the range of courses we offer our students and to cater for the increasingly higher level students we have studying with us.  
If you would like to find out more about the course, please come into the school to get more information .  You can also access the following website http://www.cambridgeenglish.org for up-to-date information.  If you would like to see some sample exercises visit   flo-joe.co.uk where you will find a wealth of information relating to all the Cambridge exams.
Happy studying!
Writing Competition December 2013

Well, here it is, the very last writing competition of 2013!  All of our students wrote a letter to Father Christmas to ask for their presents and to tell him about all the good things they have done this year.  It was a very difficult decision for Father Christmas to make but as ever there can only be two winners.  He did promise to give all the children all the toys they wrote on their lists though!  So I hope you were all telling the truth about your good deeds!

Cristina and her classmates celebrating her win and relaxing after the exams!
Julio was thrilled to receive his certificate and book
Julio Román Rendón and Cristina Corral Salas were the deserving winners of this month's competition.  They also passed their exams with flying colours so congratulations all round!

Verity was very proud of having another writing competition winner in her class

Gavin celebrating with his his winning student