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Summer Vocabulary

Source: Acdx (Wikipedia)

(to go) abroad - (irse / viajar) al extranjero

(to stay in) accomodation - (alojarse en) alojamiento

barefoot / in your barefeet - descalzo

bat and ball -

a bathing suit - un bañador

a beach bar - un chiringuito

a campsite - un camping

crowded (adj) - lleno de gente, abarrotado

(to go on) a cruise - (hacer) un crucero

a deck chair - una tumbona

(to go for) a dip - (darse) un baño, mojarse, darse un chapuzón

to dive (into the pool) - zambullirse (en la piscina), tirarse de cabeza

flip-flops - chanclas

golden (sand) - (arena) dorada

to pack (your case) - hacer la maleta

(to do) the packing - hacer las maletas

a pebbled beach / pebbles -

sand - arena

a seashell - una concha

scenery - paisaje

(in the) shade - (a la) sombra

(to go) sightseeing - hacer turismo

to splash / a splash - salpicar, chapotear / un chapiteo, un salpicadura

a suitcase - una maleta

to sunbathe - tomar el sol

sunburn - quemadura de sol

sunlounger - una tumbona

(to put on) sunscreen - (poner) l…

Tourist Go Home; Refugees Welcome

Brits accused of TERRORISM in Spain as hotel bed numbers slashed and tourists intimidated SPANISH activists have accused Brits of terrorism in Spain as the Balearic government brings in plans to curb the thousands of UK citizens spending MILLIONS in the region.
Holiday hotspots like Mallorca and Ibiza are set to limit the number of holidaymakers to the islands as locals clash with visitors.

The number of beds sold to tourists will now be CAPPED at a combined 623,624 on the popular islands of Mallorca and Ibiza as boozy British groups are accused of causing mayhem around coastal towns.

New plans will cut that number to 120,000 over the next few years and 70% of the beds assigned will be in Mallorca.

Anyone breaking the laws will be finedup to €400,000.

Tourism minister Álvaro Nadal has said he is urginglawmakers to protect visitors from “those who perpetrate and instigate acts against tourism”.

He said: “Radical groups that attack the #turismo in @España are clearly politicised and se…

Good news for coffee drinkers

Drinking a cup of coffee may add nine minutes per day to your life 
It has become a national pastime but our obsession with drinking coffee could be having unexpected health benefits and even increasing our lifespan byup to nine minutes a day, new research suggests. 

Two new studies, including the largest ever conducted into coffee drinking, have found that imbibing even a single cup a day reduces the risk of dying early from any cause, and dramatically cuts the chance of death from digestive problems.

 People who consumed just one 350ml cup each day slashed their risk of dying early by 12 per cent over 16 years, while three cups reduced the risk by 18 per cent.

Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, calculated that, if causal, it meant a cup of coffee a day extended the average life of a man by three months and a woman by a month.

“Pro-rata, that’s as if that cup of coffee puts, on average, around nine min…

Gangnam Style knocked off top spot

Gangnam Style is no longer the most-played video on YouTube 
Psy's Gangnam Style is no longer the most-watched video on YouTube.

The South Korean megahit had been the site's most-played clip for the last five years.

The surreal video became so popular that it "broke" YouTube's play counter, exceeding the maximum possible number of views (2,147,483,647), and forcing the company to rewrite its code.

But the song has now beenovertaken by another music video - Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's See You Again.

The heart-wrenching ballad has now been streamed 2,895,373,709 times; beating Psy's current count of 2,894,426,475 views.

Adding it up, that means See You Again has been streamed for a total of 21,759 years. If one person was to listen to each of those streams consecutively, they'd have to have started during the glacial peak of the last Ice Age.

The song was written for the action movie Furious 7, playing over the closing credits in tribute to the actor …

Compassionate farmer saves cows

Vegetarian beef farmer gives herd to animal sanctuary 
A vegetarian farmer has given his herd of cows to an animal sanctuary to protect them from the slaughterhouse.

Jay Wilde, 59, who farms in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, sent 63 cattle to a Norfolk rescue centre as he couldno longerbear to send them to be killed.

Mr Wilde, a vegetarian for 25 years, grew up herding cows and took over the family farm when his father died.

"Cows have good memories and a range of emotions. They form relationships. I've even seen them cry," he said.

"It was very difficult to do your best to look after them and then send them to the slaughterhouse for what must be a terrifying death."

The Hillside Animal Sanctuary near Frettenham said 30 of the cows are pregnant and all the animals "would live out their lives essentially as pets".

Founder, Wendy Valentine, said Mr Wilde is not the first farmer to have donated his herd.

She recalls a couple who "could not bear to continue…

More quack-quack, less peep-peep

Researchers suggest replacing car honks with duck quacks
Researchers are tackling sound pollution from loud car horns by developing a beep which apparently sounds like a duck's quack.

The pleasant-sounding horn is designed to alert people to danger while notstressing out others within the vicinity.

A quacking sound was chosen after different sounds were tested on 100 volunteers and it was found to be the most friendly for pedestrians passing by.

The researchwas conducted at Soongsil University in Seoul, South Korea, and looked at the development of the vehicle klaxon since it was first introduced in 1908.

The classical car horn's "ah-oo-gah" remains a famous sound in early motoring, but it came to be replaced by other attention-grabbing sounds.

Some of those klaxons have come to be found very irritating, however. The team of scientists set about trying to find less distressing sound for passers-by.

Lead researcher Professor Myung-Jin Bae said: "In our study we…

No more "manspreading" on Madrid metro

Madrid tackles 'el manspreading' on public transport with new signs  Transport authorities in Spanish capital want to encourage men to respect boundaries on bus seats and keep legs closed  Madrid’s transport authorities are taking a stand against seated male selfishness with a campaign to tackle the social scourge that is manspreading.

Fed up with men whose thighsfail to respect the boundaries of bus seats, the Spanish capital’s Municipal Transport Company (EMT) is to put up signsdiscouraging the practice.

The EMT – which explains that “el manspreading” is “an English term that describes the posture of men who open their legs too wide and take up neighbouring seats” – said the new signs are intended to remind people of the need to respect the space of all bus passengers.

Would-be manspreaders will hopefully be deterred by small pictures of a thoughtless, faceless red man invading the seat to his right.

“This new information sign is similar to those that already exist in other t…

More Verb Patterns

Which of the following sentences are right?  Correct those that are wrong.

 1. A: He recommended us to take the train there.      B: I wouldn't recommend eating there.      C: I bought this mobile after a friend recommended it to me.      D: Doctors recommend that we do thirty minutes of exercise every day.

 2. A: We would like that you come with us.      B: I wouldn't mind to see his latest film.      C: Would you prefer sitting outside?      D: I'd much rather stay in bed than go to work today.

 3. A: She denied lying on her CV.      B: They denied that they had broken any rules.      C: He denied to have cheated in the exam.      D: I refuse to fly with British Airways ever again. 
 4. A: Remind me to phone her tomorrow.      B: Passengers are reminded that smoking is not permitted during the flight.      C: Did you remember to lock the door?      D: I don't remember seeing her at the party.      E: I forgot to thank her for the flowers.

 5. A: She apologised me for…