viernes, 28 de marzo de 2014

What is cockney rhyming slang?

Hi guys! I assume you've all got the text we're going to work with. In case you don't, you can get it HERE.

Ok, now, read it carefully and answer the following questions afterwards:

a) Originally, what part of London did Cockneys live?
b) What is the original meaning of the word cockney?
c) What does the rhyming slang cosnsit of?
d) Why did the rhyming phrases often lose the second (or rhyming) part?
e) Is cockney rhyming still used nowadays? What is the trend today?

Now, have a look at the examples in the text and try to provide a translation into standard English as follows:

I can't open the door! I'm talking on the dog!!! >> I'm talking on the phone (dog and bone = phone)

a) I need to buy a new pair of one's for the party.
b) Turn the custard off and let's get to work!
c) Use your loaf to work out the problem.
d) She is the twist I like.
e) If we don't get home on time we'll get into big barney!
f) The kids are in the bedroom: just go up the apples over there

martes, 18 de marzo de 2014

The tune everybody sings along

Pharrell Williams is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and, nowadays, the man with the golden touch. Every single song he's taken part in has become an instant hit, as it happened to Daft Punk's Get lucky or Thicke's Blurred lines. But this year he's made it with his very own worldwide hit Happy

So, let's get to it. First of all the very typical gap filling exercise. You can download the gapped lyrics worksheet right below:

We'll go furhter, though. Let's go game show! As you have probably noticed, William's video is full of people dancing and singing along. You're going to watch it again and, this time you'll have to pay attetion to what you see rather than what you hear. Later, in pairs, you'll take this memory quiz. Good luck!!
What can we do next? A lip dub maybe? It's gone viral and there are loads of them. Need inspiration? Check out this one shot in Abu Dhabi (!!!)

Cool, huh? 

lunes, 10 de marzo de 2014

#quenipintado TIPS

Last week we decided to start working on the Platero-Greco mashup. That's fine! Let's go for it!
I want to give you some tips to get on with your work. Remember, there are only a few guidelines that you must follow:

a) You have to refer to both Platero and I and El Greco - how you do it is completely up to you...

b) English is the language to be used.

c) You should carry out your projects in groups (team work!)

d) You should issue, spread, advertise, publicize, broadcast, promote your work online, especially on social networks. Remember, the tags to be used (on Twitter, Instagram or anywhere else) are #quenipintado (the project hashtag) and #fiii4a (our own)

The rest - what to do (text+illustrations, mural, comic, video, song lyrics, paintings, drawings, photographs), how to do it (digital works or handcraft), doing with or without ICTs - depends on you and just you.

As for this week, we just agreed to create a (powerful) image where both Platero and El Greco would be present. It'd be great to add a short text in English to illustrate the pic. You can either use your own or get it out of Juan Ramón Jiménez's novel (the English translation, of course). Pictures can be digital or you can also choose to work with your hands and take a photograph of your work when you finish. Once you get it done, upload your picture to the blog, Twitter and/or Instagram (don't forget the hashtags!)

I'll give you some links to resources you might find useful. There we go!

- Free online bilingual edition of Platero y yo / Platero and I. You can also try this version, entirely in English.

You can edit your pictures using apps, webapps or software.

One of the best photo editors software is Adobe Photoshop, but you should take into account it is not free (you can download a trial version that will allow you to use it for some days, though) and it's a little bit complex, too. However there are free alternatives; the best one is Gimp, free, easier to use and quite professional (I'm sure most of you are familiar with it)

Yo can also edit your picture on the Internet using free online webapps. Here's a bunch of good ones:
- Picadilo
- Pixlr
- Sumopaint
- PicMonkey
- Picfull

Regarding smartphones and tablets, there are thousands of apps available either for iPhone or Android, and you're all probably using them on a regular basis, so... Anyway, my favourite is Snapseed (free and ready to download both on iTunes and Google Play)

And, even though I provided this link in the previous post, I'd like to remind you here's a bank of resources to find any kind of information you might need about El Greco and Platero: Platero que ni pintado Wix

So, guys, let's get right on it! We'll be waiting for your pics!