SALC

Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

SALC - Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

Visual dictionary!

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Are you working on a project for your English class? Maybe an Essay, a document or just want to know about different options for you to find words, Here is a Visual Dictionary online, which help you understand and verify different words, How can you use it? Once you get in the webpage (clicking in the picture below) you will see it has several categories such as

You will be able to check each category of your interest and as well to help you in the future ☺ Let us know what do you think about this link in a comment, we would love to know!

CLICK IN THE PICTURE BELOW TO CHECK THIS SITE!

Is English the official language of Music?♪♫♥

♫♪Which is your favorite music genre?♪♫

Have you ever thought about the bands you listen to, if their language is in English or any other language? Interesting, I was browsing the other day about this, I found an article that makes a great point about music, it is that most of music is actually in English, What do you think? Do you agree that English is the official language of music? We would like to hear more about it, your favorite music genres, your favorite singer/band and why? Also which one will you recommend to us? Please let us know in a comment, we would love to know about it! 

♪♫CLICK IN THE PICTURE BELOW TO READ ABOUT THIS INTERESTING TOPIC♪♫

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Here some songs for you to

♪♫ENJOY♫♪

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Reading is Fun

Are you an advanced or upper intermediate student?

If its so you can find articles intended to be interesting to read and equally interesting to discuss, in these web pages we offer you, have lot of fun reading, learning and practicing your reading skills.

It doesn’t matter if you are not an advanced or upper intermediate level if you are not afraid of risks give a try to these web pages and prove your reading skills!

Click the links below to start your journey:

http://www.sunnyskyz.com/articles

 http://fullspate.digitalcounterrevolution.co.uk/english-articles-advanced/

 

Times of Day and Night

There are 24 hours in a day. The day is divided into day(time) and night(-time). Daytime is from sunrise (this varies, but we can say approximately 6am) to sunset (we can say approximately 6pm). Night-time is from sunset to sunrise.

Every day starts precisely at midnight. AM (ante-meridiem = before noon) starts just after midnight. PM (post-meridiem=after noon) starts just after midday. This means that 12am and 12pm have no meaning.

This diagram shows the cycle of a 24-hour day and the words we use to describe its parts. The day starts at midnight (at the bottom of the diagram).

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Phrasal Verbs

A phrasal verb is a combination of a verb and a preposition/adverb that has a meaning different from the original verb.

  • http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/phrasal-verbs/
    A comprehensive dictionary of phrasal verbs. Includes meaning, examples, and  it specifies if they are separable or inseparable phrasal verbs. This website includes many very good quizzes about phrasal verbs.

Concessive Clauses

A concessive clause is a subordinate clause which contains a fact or idea that seems to oppose the information in the rest of the sentence. In the sentence “Although I tried hard, I couldn’t get to sleep“, we know the outcome will be negative because “Although” tells us that the second part of the sentence is going to contrast with the first part.

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Let’s start with the explanation. Visit this website and learn about the Concessive Clauses:

http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/grammar-lesson-concessions.php

Practice:

http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/grammar-exercise-although.php

Some more explaining here:

http://suite101.com/article/clauses-of-concession-how-to-express-contrast-in-english-a403664

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Here is a very detailed advanced explanation about concessive clauses in an academic context. From page 4 and on, you’ll find exercises:

http://writesite.elearn.usyd.edu.au/m2/m2u4/m2u4s4/m2u4s4_4_1.htm

Night: Aurora Borealis

Beautiful footage of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), filmed during a solar storm:

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Here’s the explanation:

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Let’s try with this online lesson. It includes a lot of information, a quiz, and a gallery with images and videos about it:

And here are some very cool articles explaining what an Aurora Borealis is:

Are you ready?

Homelessness (Advanced)

Homelessness describes the condition of people without a regular dwelling. People who are homeless are most often unable to acquire and maintain regular, safe, secure, and adequate housing, or lack “fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence.”

The term homeless may also include people whose primary night-time residence is in a homeless shelter, a warming center, a domestic violence shelter, cardboard boxes or other ad hoc housing situation.

Here are some videos to help you understand the topic, and learn vocabulary related to it. Practice your listening skills. Practice your speaking by discussing this topic with your friends or classmates.

A Youtube video of street performers from New York:

And some readings: