Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I Don't Want to Miss a Thing

Aerosmith es una banda que ha dado al panorama musical muchos de los temas que hoy son clásicos, pasando por alto barreras generacionales. Seas o no un seguidor de esta banda, te proponemos que te bajes esta canción y te damos la letra en Inglés y su traducción en español, tú solo debes modular tu voz al mejor estilo Tyler…Un toque de romanticismo rockero a nuestro Blog nunca está de más :)

I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
I could stay awake just to hear you breathing
Watch you smile while you are sleeping

While you’re far away dreaming
I could spend my life in this sweet surrender
I could stay lost in this moment forever
Every moment spent with you is a moment I treasure

Don’t want to close my eyes

I don’t want to fall asleep
Cause I’d miss you baby
And I don’t want to miss a thing
Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream will never do
I’d still miss you baby
And I don’t want to miss a thing

Lying close to you feeling your heart beating
And I’m wondering what you’re dreaming
Wondering if it’s me you’re seeing
Then I kiss your eyes
And thank God we’re together
I just want to stay with you in this moment forever
Forever and ever


I don’t want to miss one smile
I don’t want to miss one kiss
I just want to be with you
Right here with you, just like this
I just want to hold you close
Feel your heart so close to mine
And just stay here in this moment
For all the rest of time


Don’t want to close my eyes
I don’t want to fall asleep
I don’t want to miss a thing

No Quiero Perderme Nada
Podría estar despierto sólo para escucharte respirar
Ver tu sonrisa mientras duermes
Mientras estás lejos soñando
Podría emplear mi vida en esta dulce entrega
Me podría perder en este instante eternamente
Cada momento que paso contigo es muy preciado para mí

No quiero cerrar mis ojos 
No quiero quedarme dormido
Porque te echaría de menos
Y no quiero perderme nada
Ya que incluso cuando sueño contigo
El más dulce de los sueños no sería suficiente
Aún te echaría de menos cariño
Y no quiero perderme nada

 Tumbado junto a ti sintiendo tu corazón latir
Y me pregunto qué estás soñando
Me pregunto si soy yo el que ves
Entonces beso tus ojos
Y doy gracias a Dios de que estamos juntos
Tan solo quiero estar contigo en este momento eternamente
Por siempre y para siempre

No quiero perderme ni una sonrisa
No quiero perderme ni un beso
Tan solo quiero estar contigo
Justo aquí contigo así
Tan solo quiero tenerte cerca de mí
Sentir tu corazón tan cerca delo
Y quedarme aquí en este momento
El resto de mis días


No quiero cerrar mis ojos
No quiero quedarme dormido
No quiero perderme nada

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Irregular Past Forms .(2)

Seguimos aprendiendo los famosos verbos irregulares. Esta semana es el turno de los verbos con pasado y participio iguales.

Son muchos los verbos irregulares que forman el pasado igual que el participio. Aunque no todos siguen un modelo, muchos de ellos sí que se parecen entre sí. Completa las tablas siguientes según el modelo.

Los siguientes verbos cambian la –d final por una –t.




Los verbos que aparecen a continuación cambian el grupo –ee por una sola –e y añaden una –t 
al final.





Los verbos siguientes cambian la –y por una –i, y añaden una –d.


tumbar, extender

Un grupo bastante numeroso es el de pasados y participios acabados en –ght. Muchos estudiantes suelen tener problemas a la hora de leerlos. Para pronunciar estos pasados correctamente hay que saber que el grupo –gh es siempre mudo en estos verbos, de manera que sólo se pronuncia la –t.
brought /brot/
brought /brot/
bought /bot/
bought /bot/



Algunos otros verbos que forman el pasado y el participio de la misma manera son más difíciles de agrupar según un modelo, aunque siguen teniendo entre sí un cierto “aire de familia”, así como un cierto parecido, también, con los grupos que te acabamos de describir. A continuación te presentamos una pequeña lista con algunos verbos muy usuales para que te familiarices con ellos y compruebes por ti mismo que algunos se parecen a otros verbos que ya hemos presentado.

tener, haber, tomar
estar sentado
estar de pie
coger, atrapar
conocer, reunirse

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cupcakes: a recipe

Given the increasing (creciente) number of shops that are opening in big cities lately (últimamente), it seems that cupcakes are now coming into vogue (ponerse de moda) in Spain . The name comes from the amount (cantidad) of ingredients used to make the cake: a cupful (una taza llena) of flour, a cupful of butter, cupful of sugar etc. and also from the fact that they were originally baked (horneados) in cups. Cupcakes are one of America’s first and finest (excellente) contributions to world cuisine. They became all the rage (se pusieron de moda) in the United States thanks to the TV series Sex and the City.

Because in Home English, we want you to prepare the best cupcakes in town, here you have a good recipe to make them in the old way. Enjoy them!


A Recipe for Cupcakes from 1828

• 5 eggs.

• Two large tea-cups full of molasses (melaza)

• The same of brown sugar, rolled fine.

• The same of fresh butter.

• One cup of rich milk.

• Five cups of flour, sifted (tamizado).

• Half a cup of powdered allspice (pimienta inglesa) and cloves (dientes de ajo).

• Half a cup of ginger (gengibre).


Cut up the butter in the milk, and warm them slightly (ligeramente). Warm also the molasses, and stir it (remueve) into the milk and butter: then stir in, gradually, the sugar, and set it away to get cool. Beat (bate) the eggs very light, and stir them into the mixture alternately with the flour. Add the ginger and other spice, and stir the whole very hard. Butter small tins (moldes de hojalata), nearly fill them (llénalos casi del todo) with the mixture, and bake the cakes in a moderate oven (horno).

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Day

What is the origin of Valentine's Day? Valentine was a Christian priest who lived in Rome in the third century. The emperor, Claudius II, believed that single soldiers would be better than married soldiers so he did not allow(1) his soldiers to marry. Valentine celebrated marriages in secret but, one day, he was caught(2) and sent to prison. In prison, he became friends with the jailer’s(3) daughter and, before his execution, sent her a farewell note(4) signed “From Your Valentine”. Cards still say this today.
So how did the “Day of Love” start? There are two main theories. The first is that it was connected with the Roman feast of Lupercalia. This was a fertility celebration in honour of Juno, the Roman goddess of women and marriage. The day before the festival, each woman wrote a love letter and left it in a large urn(5). Then each man took one of the letters... and the woman who wrote the letter became his companion for a year. The other theory dates back to(6) the Middle Ages, when people realised(7) that birds started tomate(8) on the 14th of February.
The custom of sending cards on the 14th February started in 1415 with a Frenchman, Charles Duke of Orleans. He was in prison in the Tower of London and sent a love letter to his wife on that day. Nowadays, Valentine’s Day cards (or “Valentines”), which are often marked with an X instead of the sender’s name. The X represents a kiss. Many years ago, when people could not write, they signed documents with an X and then kissed the X symbol, in front of witnesses,(9) to show sincerity. In the past, people also used to writeSWAK on the outside of their letters to their lovers. It meant “Sealed With A Kiss”.

Now you know everything you need to know to send an English Valentine to your sweetheart.(10) Don’t miss your chance;(11) it’ll be a nice touch!(12).

Here’s a typical Valentine rhyme:

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet,
And so are you.

Happy St. Valentine’s Day !

(1) permitir, (2) ser pillado con las manos en la masa, (3) carcelero, (4) carta de despedida,(5) urna, (6) remontarse, (7) darse cuenta, (8) aparearse, (9) testigo, (10) enamorado, (11)perder la oportunidad, (12) todo un detalle

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Aphrodisiac Food

Valentine’s Day is here once again (una vez más) and it is time to buy some red roses for our loved ones. And, of course it is the night for a romantic dinner for two, and some time alone… But to ensure (asegurarte) that you and your beloved (amado/a) are feeling sexy, choose the menu carefully. It is a good idea to include some of the various foods that are renowned (famoso/célebre) for being aphrodisiacs. If you follow our advice (consejo) this month, you will definitely have a fantastic Valentine’s night.

Any romantic menu has to begin with champagne, the perfect drink for any special occasion. The bubbles (burbujas) tickle (cosquillean) the tongue and excite our palate. If two people are drinking champagne they will look deep into each other’s eyes and say sweet words as the glasses gently touch. On a more practical level, because we usually drink champagne on an empty stomach, it makes us feel silly. We will probably say and do certain things we would be reluctant to say and do without a few glasses of ‘bubbly’(nombre coloquial para champán) inside us.
And what is the ideal accompaniment to champagne? Caviar, of course. Try not to feel guilty (culpable) about eating it. Your caviar consumption will be an extremely expensive few minutes, but remember that they will prove (demostrará) to your lover how much you care for (te preocupas) him or her. And you can close your eyes and think of that special person as you feel the eggs melt (derretirse) on your tongue.
The oyster, with its soft, sensual texture, is the quintessential sexy food. Eating them raw (cruda) is the best way to appreciate their subtle flavours.(sutiles sabores) They contain a lot of zinc, an essential mineral for creating testosterone. Scientists do not agree on how many you need to eat for them to have an aphrodisiac effect, but a dozen will probably be sufficient. You will have definitely lost your inhibitions if you are capable of swallowing (tragar) twelve raw oysters!

Foie Gras
Like caviar, foie can make us feel guilty. In this case, not only for the money we have spent on it, but also for the fate of the unfortunate ducks that died for our pleasures. After a few glasses of champagne, however,(Sin embargo) you will probably be enjoying the smooth (suave), creamy taste of this delicacy. Any guilt, as in several other contexts, can wait until the morning.
Greek philosophers were fascinated by it, the Popes in Avignon were addicted to it, and Brillat-Savarin called it “the diamond of the kitchen”. He wrote that “the truffle is a positive aphrodisiac, and under certain circumstances makes women kinder, and men more amiable”. A tiny quantity of it in any food gives it that distinctive truffle aroma and flavour and will surely contribute to making your meal deliciously sexy.

The dessert is the climax of the meal, and you have to ensure (asegurarte) that you choose it carefully. The best option is something that contains lots and lots of chocolate. A chocolate cake with a warm chocolate sauce (salsa) would be a good suggestion. Chocolate gives us a lot of pleasure because it melts in the mouth. It also makes our brains (cerebros) release (liberar) serotonin, making us feel happy. And what better way to end the meal than with a passionate, inviting, chocolaty kiss?