Showing posts from September, 2012

Lazy husband means happy marriage

Couples who share the housework are more likely to divorce, study finds Divorce rates are far higher among “modern” couples who share the housework than in those where the woman does the lion’s share of the chores, a Norwegian study has found.
In what appears to be a slap in the face for gender equality, the report found the divorce rate among couples who shared housework equally was around 50 per cent higher than among those where the woman did most of the work.

Source: Telegraph


to share -

to be likely to -

the divorce rate -

the lion's share of -

chores -

a slap in the face for -

a lack of -

a break-up / to break up -

the figures -

to go on -

to step on sb's toes -

a quarrel -

to get into -

a squabble -

to pull your weight -

a spouse -

childrearing -

a backround -

laid out (adj) -

fraught (adj) -

to work out -

to tend to -

to come to a head -

stuff (n) -

to shoulder -

a burden -

slightly (adv) -

overall -

Do you agree with the findings of the survey?

Who does the ch…

Demonstration on streets of Madrid

Spain and Portugal see big anti-austerity rallies  Tens of thousands of people have rallied in Spain and Portugal in protest at spending cuts and tax rises in the debt-hit countries. In Madrid, public sector workers from all over Spain blocked the capital's Plaza de Colon square and nearby roads. Protests were held in Lisbon and across Portugal, with one person reportedly attempting to set himself on fire.

The Spanish and Portuguese governments say the austerity measures will lead to economic recovery. Source: BBC News Vocabulary:  a/to rally -

spending cuts -

debt-hit (adj) -

nearby (adj) -

to set stg on fire -

to lead to -

to ferry -

a crowd -

to chant -

to blow (blew, blown) -

a whistle -

to wave -

a banner -

to sink (sank, sunk) -

to quote -

to shrink (shrank, shrunk) -

a measure -

to lay the foundations -

wage(s) -

a loan -

to be set to -

a scuffle -

to set stg alight -

a tax rise -

to raise taxes -

a budget -

a bailout -

a deal -

a review -

the last straw -

sharply (adv) -

Have you ever …

First Harry, now Kate

Kate and William angered by 'grotesque' invasion of privacy The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are hugely saddened over the "grotesque and unjustifiable invasion of privacy" by a magazine which published topless photos of Kate, a royal spokesman says.
French publication Closer printed the pictures of the duchess, taken during their private holiday in France.

The royals are now considering legal action over the case.

Closer's editor says the couple were "visible from the street" and the images are "not in the least shocking".
Source: BBC News  Vocabulary: to seek - a big step - to mount - (a look of) thunder - meanwhile - not in the least + adj - blurry (adj) - upsetting (adj) - on behalf of - to be entitled to - to be due to - to turn down - to breach - to defy - a warning - a set of (pictures) - to run (a company) - a statement -
Do you think royalty have a right to privacy? Should the magazine have published the photos? Are William and Kate right to …

Flying vocab (part 1)

Source: Arpingstone (Wikipedia)

an air hostess            
air traffic control
an aircraft
an airline 
an aisle seat
to approach (the runway) 

baggage / luggage
baggage allowance
a baggage handler  
baggage reclaim
to board 
a boarding pass 
a bumpy flight

checked luggage
the check-in desk
the cockpit
a connecting flight conexión
the (cabin) crew
to cruise 

the departure lounge
the departures board
the descent
to disembark
a domestic flight 
duty free 

the emergency exit
an emergency landing 
excess baggage
an excess baggage charge

to fasten (a seatbelt)
a final call
a flight attendant
to frisk

the gate

hand luggage

a jet bridge 
jet lag

to land
the landing 
a life-vest
a long-haul flight

Torture returns to TVE

Live bullfights return to Spanish TV after six-year ban
Spain's public TV will broadcast a live bullfight for the first time in six years after conservative PM Mariano Rajoy lifted a ban on the tradition.

The fight in the northern city of Valladolid will screen on Television Espanola (TVE) on Wednesday evening.

The previous socialist government cut live transmissions as they were costly and aired in children's viewing time.

Source: BBC News Vocabulary: live (adj) - a ban - to broadcast - to lift (a ban) - to screen - to air - on the rise - to outlaw - mainland (Spain) - a supporter - deep rooted (adj) - to date back - to sweep to power - in turn - to pave the way for - a comeback - the odds stacked against - to face - a tough task - heartlands - Do you think bullfighting should be televised?

Driving / car vocab (part 1)

Photo: Osvaldo Gago (Wikipedia)
Just in time for Operación Retorno, here is a list of driving related vocabulary.

Part 1 usually is from A to M but somehow I deleted all the words; which means I'll have to redo it. Aaaaargh!!!

an offence                                       una infracción
oncoming traffic                             tráfico que viene de frente
a one-way street                              una calle de sentido único
to overtake                                      adelantar

a parking meter                                             un parquímetro
a parking space (garage)                              una plaza de aparcamiento
a parking ticket                                            una multa por aparcamiento
a pavement (UK) / a sidewalk (US)              una acera
a pedestrian crossing                                   un paso de peatones
penalty pointspuntos de carnet
petrol                                                           gasolina
the petrol pump              …