Distancing – Tunisia’s famous avenue leads the way to change

15 02 2011

According to BBC News, the elegant boulevard named after Tunisia’s founding father (Habib Bourguiba Avenue) has become the place to speak and be heard.

It has been suggested that a Tunisian-style “Speakers’ Corner” has emerged, one week after the “Jasmine Revolution”.

After weeks of battles with security forces, there is said to be now a place of forceful – but peaceful – arguments over the future of this North African nation.

Apparently all along the tree-lined promenade, Tunisians huddle around orators who have found their voice and the freedom to air their views.

How to share big files

15 02 2011

Sometimes you have a file (film, song, pictures, etc.) you’d like to share with other people, but you can’t because they’re too big to send them by e-mail. There’s a nice and easy way to do it.
Here it is:

Manolo’s song

1 02 2011

What a surprise! Here is Manolo’s song: ‘Mad World’. Listen to him speaking about it.

Phrasal verbs ‘put’ part 4

6 11 2010

Let’s finish with the verb ‘to put’ combined with particles. Here is the final list of expressions:

‘to put money towards’ something means to use a sum of money to pay a part of the cost of something.

  • When he died, he left me some money which I am going to put towards a house.
  • I’m going to put my Christmas bonus towards my summer holiday.

‘to put up’ a building or structure means to erect.

  • Where the old theatre used to be, they have put up a new apartment block.
  • They’re putting up a new sports stadium just outside the town.

‘to put up’ something which is folded means to open it.

  • She hit me with her umbrella as she was putting it up.
  • It only took fifteen minutes to put up the tent.

‘to put up’ money means to provide money for a project.

  • Without guarantees, the bank won’t put up any money for the project.
  • The people in the city put up most of the money for the restoration of the theatre.

‘to put up’ a price means to increase it.

  • We’re not making a profit. We need to put up our prices.
  • Their prices are really high now because they have put them up by ten per cent.

‘to put someone up’ means to let them stay in your home for a short time.

  • If you go to Australia, I’m sure some of the family will put you up during your stay.
  • I can put you up for a few days while the painters finish your flat.

‘to put someone up to’ If you put someone up to something you encourage them to do something wrong or silly.

  • I don’t think it was his idea. I think someone put him up to it.
  • I wonder if John put him up to it. He wouldn’t have done it alone.

‘to put up with’ something means to tolerate it

  • He’s impossible to work with. I don’t know how you put up with him.
  • I really don’t like it but I know I’m going to have to put up with it.

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Picking a Fight

2 11 2010

If you’re looking to fight, you’ve come to the right episode. Learn how to get yourself involved in physical violence – in English!

To go to the podcast, just click on the picture below:


Picking a Fight


People are awesome

31 10 2010

Just take a look…

Earn, make or win money?

30 10 2010

Have you ever had troubles with these three verbs? In Spanish we only have one verb to express this idea, but in English there are three… so, how do you know which one you have to use? If you click on the next link and pay attention, you’ll never doubt again. Press the play button in the following page.