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Gürtel, operations and gates

The other day while I was explaining the word "bribery", the "Caso Gürtel" came up in the conversation.

Nobody knew why the investigation was given the name "Gürtel".

Well, "Gürtel" is the German for "Correa". Francisco Correa is alleged to be at the centre of the corruption scandal.

There are different ways to say "correa" in English:
a lead (for a dog)a strap (for a watch / handbag) Apparently "correa" can be like "cinturón". We'd say "a belt" though I suppose it's the same as "strap".

We had corporal punishment when I was at school. If you were badly-behaved, you could get the strap / belt.



Read more about the Gurtel Case. Source: Wikipedia




In the UK, police investigations are normally called operations.

Read  how the police choose the name  for their operations.     Source: BBC News




And scandals that appear in newspapers are referred to as something"gate".

The first …

Long-lost love

Here is the story that we heard about in class the other day:

How long-lost love letter led to couple marrying after 16 years apart
A couple have married after they were reunited when a long-lost love letter sent ten years ago was found unopened behind a fireplace.

Steve Smith and Carmen Ruiz-Perez, both 42, walked down the aisle on Friday following a separation of 16 years.

The pair fell in love and got engaged in their 20s after Carmen moved to England as a foreign student.

Source: Daily Mail Vocabulary:
to lead to stg (led, led) -

a fireplace -

(to walk down) the aisle -

to get engaged -

to drift apart -

in a bid to -

to rekindle (a romance) -

a mantlepiece -

to slip down -

to remove -

to get in touch with sb -

to pluck up the courage -

to wed -

to set eyes on sb



You can also read this wartime love story. 

A pint after a jog

During a discussion about "diet and lifestyle", Juan informed us that a beer after some exercise is better than water.

There is no better incentive. So I'm looking forward to jogging tomorrow...


Beer after sport 'is good for the body' A beer after playing a game of football, a long run, or a strenuous round of golf can be good for the body, scientists say.

In a rare piece of good news for those who like a pint, Spanish researchers say beer can help someone who is dehydrated retain liquid better than water.

Source: Daily Telegraph 



Vocabulary:
strenuous (adj) -

a round of golf -

to claim -

a bubble -

to quench sb's thirst -

to replace -

beneath (prep) -

a banner -

slightly (adv) -

barley (n) -



Have you got any tips related to diet and lifestyle?

Coke Controversy

Coca-Cola Super Bowl Commercial Sparks Controversy

(Image source: Coca-Cola)

If you tuned into the Super Bowl Sunday night — or at least the commercials — maybe you caught Coca-Cola's "It's Beautiful" ad.

Coca-Cola ad "America the Beautiful"

It featured the patriotic tune in a number of different languages and showed cultures from all around the world.

The ad even showed a gay family for the first time in Super Bowl commercial history. (Via NBC)

In a statement Coke's president of North American brands said, “‘It’s Beautiful’ is exactly what Coca-Cola is all about: celebrating the diversity that makes this country great and the fact that anyone can thrive here and be happy. We hope the ad gets people talking and thinking about what it means to be proud to be American.” (Via Coca-Cola)

But as TIME puts it, Coca-Cola’s “'It’s Beautiful' Super Bowl Ad Brings Out Some Ugly Americans."

And there was no shortage on Twitter. By mid-mo…

Another v other v others (Part 1)

So many students have difficulties with another and other.

Nuria asked me if there was a post on it; well there is now. I am always happy to take requests.


Consider the following sentences:

(a) I'm going to order another bottle of wine.  ✓

(b) I'm going to order other bottle of wine. ✘


We generally use another with singular countable nouns. It's like saying "one more".

My husband wants otheranother son. I'd prefer a daughter.   (We already have a son)I have a student who is from Peru and otheranother who is from Venezuela.Would you like otheranother slice of chocolate cake?We should give him otheranother chance.
Another can also have the meaning of "a different one".

This pen doesn't work. Do you have otheranother one?I'm on holiday next week so you'll have otheranother teacher while I'm away.Let's go to otheranother bar. I'm tired of going to the same one every time.I should get otheranother car. I've had this one for 15 ye…