Quieromilk celebra el “Bilingual Education Day” en el Liceo Erasmus de Almería

El próximo sábado 18 de marzo, en el Liceo Erasmus (Bilingual School) se celebra el “Bilingual Education Day” (ver nota).  Es una actividad abierta a todas las familias que lo deseen. Se pretende ofrecer a las familias herramientas prácticas y consejos para que puedan ampliar un entorno de aprendizaje bilingüe en sus hogares.  Para mí es un privilegio el haber sido invitado para compartir durante un hora y media algunas de las experiencias de nuestra “Aventura Bilingüe” que contamos en el libro “Quieromilk: Aprende inglés jugando con tus hijos”. Además habrán un montón de actividades para los peques: deportes ingleses (rugby & cricket), […]

What happened to Peter Carter?

I took Peter Carter for granted and now he’s gone. What happened to him? Help PLEASE! Why does someone record something at home in order to help people learn a new language and a new culture? Why does someone do it for free? Why does someone do it for several years? I have no idea. But thank God someone did it. Peter Carter posted 289 episodes on his website called www.listen-to-english.com. In my opinion, Peter Carter is the best podcaster ever. I’ve learnt so many thing thanks to him that I don’t know to return the favour. His […]

Don’t take anything for granted

 ¿Qué día trae mala suerte? ¿Cuántas vidas tiene un gato? ¿Cuántos continentes hay? According to dictionary.com if we say that you’re taking something for granted, it can mean two things: 1) to accept without question or objection; assume: I took for granted that there were only 5 continents). 2) to use, accept, or treat in a careless or indifferent manner: Don’t ever take someone for granted, we usually don’t know what we have until we lose it. I took Peter Carter for granted. What day brings bad luck? Tuesday the 13th? No, of course, you already know that it […]

Chopping Wood

“People love chopping Wood. In this activity, one immediately sees results” (Albert Einstein) The previous quote means a lot to me, and if you are trying to learn a language, it should mean a lot to you too. If you want immediate outcomes, maybe learning a language is not the best idea. Try something different, like… yes, that. That quote was so important for me that I had the words “chopping wood” as my Whatsapp Status for a long time thinking it was very profound. Suddenly, one day  I found out that to chop wood has another completely […]

QUIEROMILK (The song)

Quieromilk  (The song) With the song of my frog, I wake up every morning, I sleep like a log, but that tune can stop my snoring. (3 snores) (cock-a-doodle-doo) 1,2,3,4… In my house   (in my house) There’s a kitchen (there’s a kitchen) In the kitchen (in the kitchen) There’s a fridge (there’s a fridge) In the fridge  (in the fridge) There’s a bottle  (there’s a bottle) In the bottle  (in the bottle) There’s some milk (there’s some milk) I love milk (I love milk) You love milk (you love milk) We love milk (we love milk) QUIERO  MILK […]

A pain in my back triggers a life-changing decision

            Last Christmas, Santa was very generous and very surprising. He not only brought a lot of presents, but also changed the way he gave them to us. As every year, he brought material things, yet this time, many of them were for the whole family to share (a Solowheel, a scooter…). Apart from material things Santa left a couple of experience-presents to share. The first one was a bunch of tickets for all of us to have free horse riding lessons (mainly because, as he explained on the letter he left, he […]

Cada persona es un mundo y cada pareja son dos

Tu y yo somos distintos, ninguno es mejor, sólo distintos. Esto hay que aceptarlo… como algo positivo porque every person is a new door to a different world (esa frase no es mía). Tengo que matizar que esto no lo estoy escribiendo para que lo lea mi mujer… aunque sé que lo hará… (TQM!) Hay otra frase que me ha acompañado desde la adolescencia (y esta sí es mía) es: “Cada persona es un mundo y cada pareja son dos”. Piénsalo bien. Cada persona es un mundo y cada pareja son dos. Esto sirve para parejas sentimentales (en […]

An average Catholic family can eat chocolate

Todas las palabras coloreadas de ahí abajo tienen algo en común, ¿sabemos qué? Esto lo he aprendido en el programa de Vaughan Radio al que me he enganchado: The Show with no Name… y no tiene nada que ver con que haya asistido de invitado… bueno, un poco sí. Por cierto qué ilusión me ha hecho poner la palabra “milk” en el buscador de la Vaughan Tienda y que aparezca nuestro libro junto a los imprescindibles de Alberto Alonso. Bueno la respuesta. En la todas las palabras coloreadas de ahí arriba hay una letra que no suena, ¿sabemos […]

A memorable day at “The Show With No Name”

El pasado 22 de abril asisití de invitado al  programa de Vaughan Radio al que previamente me había enganchado: The Show with no Name. Está presentado por Alberto Alonso que es un tío “super enrollao” y que se comporta exáctamente igual dentro que fuera del estudio. Vamos, que no hace un papel (aunque es un personaje). Tengo que darle las gracias por invitarme y sobre todo por todo lo que he aprendido con escuchándo su programa los últimos meses (inglés incluido). Thanks mate!!! Me lo pasé de escándalo (aunque reconozco que al principio estaba scared out of my mind), […]

Quieromilk en la Revista Ser Padres: Bilingüe desde pequeño

Hi! El año pasado me hicieron una pequeña entrevista para incluirla en un artículo sobre bilingüismo de la prestigiosa revista Ser Padres. Aunque suene a puro narcisismo aquí os dejo algunas fotos y el link porque creo que tiene información muy interesante… y bueno, en parte también porque salgo yo y me mucha hace ilusión, no lo puedo negar. Aquí os dejo otra versión: http://www.televisa.cl/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/SP2707.pdf Mil gracias Laura!!! Suerte!!!

How to React to Aliens

Llevo años queriendo escribir esto, no es broma. Como reaccionar en caso de encontrarnos un extraterrestre. Creo que nos va a ser muy útil y lo vamos a convertir en un vinilo bien grande para pegarlo en la cocina: Por si alguien se lo pregunta, no hemos sido visitados por E.T. ni por Alf. Lo anterior es una pequeña guía para recordarnos como reaccionar cuando los peques se portan mal (misbehave) y nos ponen de los nervios (get on our nervs). Si lo leéis de abajo a arriba tendrá todo el sentido del mundo. Suerte!!!

Summertime and the livin’ is easy…

Ayer recibimos las notas. No pueden ser mejores, y no es por vacilar (bueno un poco sí). Ya quisiera yo haber sacado sus notas de pequeño. ¿Tendrá algo que ver esto de los dos idiomas? Quizá sí, quizá no… sea como fuere, lo que está claro es que no les ha retrasado academicamente hablando, y que no se han quedado “atascados” sin aprender ninguno de los dos idiomas correctamente… un mito menos sobre el bilingüismo… Estos son días son importantísimos, porque se reconoce el trabajo bien hecho durante el año. Por eso ayer fuimos a comprar jugetes como […]

Birds don’t just fly, they fall down and get up

Gracias a my 7 y.o. daughter, llevamos unos días sin parar de cantar y bailar (yes, I can dance) una canción de Shakira incluida en la peli Zootropolis. Ella la ha estado preparando para un baile del cole y nos ha contagiado a todos en casa. No es para menos porque es muy catchy (pegadiza) y la letra, que se puede convertir en un imno, es espectacular: Birds don’t just fly, they fall down and get up Nobody learns without getting it wrong I won’t give up, no I won’t give in ‘Til I reach the end and […]

Me? On the radio? No way!

Hi there!  (Si ya te has perdido, la última línea está en español). I just wanted to let you know that this Friday from 10:30 a.m. (Spanish time), I’ll be on a great, GREAT, radio show called “The show with no name“. The Show is hosted by a great, GREAT guy called Alberto Alonso and you can collaborate from wherever you are. Alberto always encourages his listeners to participate via twitter, so feel free to join the Show here: @imalbertoalonso Some copies of the book (Quieromilk: Aprende Inglés Jugando con tus Hijos) will be given away during the […]

Baby, would you marry me? (Cover by my Artists)

Hi! I don’t usually boast, but this time I can’t help it… We’ve covered this song by Svavar Knútur and Markéta Irglová. I hope you like it: Baby, would you marry me? Out in the forest under a tree, lies a dream that you once told to me. Out in the desert, under a stone, lies a poem, that you once wrote to me. Baby, would you marry me under an apple tree or the bottom of the sea or maybe on a train to Spain or some nice place like that? And, baby, would you marry me […]

Un trocito de Quieromilk en la Oxford Magazine

El mundo es un pañuelo, y yo siempre me he considerado una persona con suerte. Estas son las dos principales razones por las que la semana pasada publicaron un artículo mío en la Oxford Magazine for Pre-Primary and Primary Teachers (de Oxford University Press España). El artículo se llama A-E-I-O-U: Cinco Claves Para un Aprendizaje Positivo, y en él detallo cinco cosas que considero esenciales para aprender. Además incluye una foto que me hicieron en el cuarto de baño de un sitio muy chulo al que me llevaron a tomar el té en Londres. Espero que os guste… […]

Sigo en el lago (con música)

Hi!!! Efectivamente, sigo en el lago. Y esto tiene pinta de durar mucho porque ahora tenemos música así que no tengo intención de moverme de aquí durante un tiempo. Si alguien quiere saber como me siento sólo tiene ver lo que estoy escuchando. Suerte!!!  

Happy Christmas to Kayla, Elijah, Kerry & David.

Hi Family! We’ve just recieved some wonderful Xmas cards from Bristol. The kids (and us) are so very excited. It’s not just the books or the cards, but the fact that in spite of the distance, we can feel that some people are very, very close. I know that it would be nice to send cards back, but we’ve come up with another idea. I hope you like it: Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night! Suerte!!! More info about how to make this kind of video here.

Sólo un par de cosas (o menos).

Hi!!! Sí, sigo en el lago. Sólo hago un paréntesis para contaros un par de cosas: 1.- Decir que mis peques son unos artistas ahora que esto no es anónimo suena muy pedante. A pesar de saberlo, como el blog es mío y se me cae la baba con ellos, no puedo evitar decirlo, y de paso, aprovecho para dejar constancia de sus creaciones para que las disfruten en el futuro:   Os dejo sólo una pequeña muestra  y, para que este no sea uno de esos post “egoistas”, os recomiendo el que puede ser el mejor regalo de […]

A pain in my back triggers a life-changing decision

            Last Christmas, Santa was very generous and very surprising. He not only brought a lot of presents, but also changed the way he gave them to us. As every year, he brought material things, yet this time, many of them were for the whole family to share (a Solowheel, a scooter…). Apart from material things Santa left a couple of experience-presents to share. The first one was a bunch of tickets for all of us to have free horse riding lessons (mainly because, as he explained on the letter he left, he couldn’t grant little Raúl’s wish and bring a real horse). The second huge surprise was for little María, but it involved the whole family: free flight tickets to London for all of us to spend five days there at the end of January 2017. What a coincidence that we’re arriving in London one day and the day after, I’m attending an event I’ve been invited to, that may change our near future and our lives. Let me explain it.

            I don’t mean to be conceited nor arrogant but, as many of you may know, for several years I’ve been listening to a Financial Times Podcast made by a journalist called Lucy Kellaway. As the FT website indicates, Lucy Kellaway is an Associate Editor and management columnist of the FT. For the past 15 years her weekly Monday column has poked fun at management fads and jargon and celebrated the ups and downs of office life.

            I’ve been a regular listener-admirer to her podcasts because her articles have always given me the chance to kill three birds with one stone: stay abreast and learn about economy and office matters, improve my English, and have lots fun. However, during the last few months I’ve been trying to disconnect from social media (and technology in general) so it had been a while since the last time I listened to one of her magnificent podcasts. It was fate that I had some sores on my lower back at the end of November, and maybe it was because of the karma that the physiotherapist that my wife recommended was a bit behind that day and I had to seat a bit in the waiting room. The fact is that it was purely coincidence that I came across a tweet by Lucy Kellaway in which she explained that she was quitting her 31-year career to retrain in education.

            As people of her level do, not only she was going to quit her job, but also she was co-founding a charity (called Now Teach) to encourage others to do the same. This project is designed to persuade “determined people with a couple of decades’ professional experience to retrains as teachers”. She said that she had grown used to messages from corporate layers, senior managers and bankers bleating “My job no longer has any meaning” and “I want to give something back” but she knew that it wasn’t easy to chuck in a well-paid job and start again in something as hard as teaching. Expecting to find about 20 successful older people within about 8 months, she was surprised to receive more than 20.000 visits on their web and more than 100 applications within 24 hours of her column being published.

          I heard my name and looked up to see a nurse beckoning me to follow her to meet the physiotherapist. During the time the massage lasted, I had stuck on my mind that article that I couldn’t finish reading. Something that I amended as soon as I got back home. Ten minutes later, feeling my lower back muscles much better, I couldn’t believe it when I told my wife and kids, (mainly kidding) that I could find a job in London as a teacher, and my eldest daughter goggled at me and said: “Yes, I want to live in London”.

            Was it my daughter who prompted me to apply for the Now Teach job? Was it a rush of happiness after the relief of the massage? Was it maybe many years of listening to my unprofessional boss absurdities? Never mind, the thing is that I filled out the form on the first of December and a few days later, the selfsame Lucy Kellaway emailed me inviting me to an open evening on the 26th of January and to a brief conversation on the phone to talk about the selection process.

            The week after, we talked on the phone for the first time and after telling her that it was an honour just to talk to her, and that I had listened to many of her inspiring podcasts, she stated that she liked the fact that I described myself as a “bored analyst” on the application. It wasn’t a long chat but it was clear for both of us that I’m not facing an easy decision, although I’m willing to start the process, and that it’s impossible to keep my standard of living in London on a teacher’s salary.

            And now what? Well, so far so good. Now I’m busy planning our trip to London and looking for activities for the whole family. We want to treat us. Once we are there, one afternoon I’ll attend the event, I’ll meet Lucy and the rest of the group (co-founders, trainers, candidates…) and I’ll get more information. If I decide to continue, I must have a one-week experience within 2 or 3 months on a Secondary School there (how exciting!) and after that if I pass a recruitment process, I would start my first year of training while working four days per week (three and a half days in school and half a day in training).

            By the end of my first year, I will have gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and if I complete successfully my second year of the program, I will become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), able to work “anywhere”.


Will I go on? Will I get cold feet at any time of the process? I don’t know. I’ve been teaching at a university here in Seville for several years, so I don’t think I’ll end up realising that teaching is not my cup of tea, but who knows. If I take the plunge, I know it won’t be easy. The fact that I don’t want to be doing the same thing during my whole working life doesn’t mean that I’m willing to forfeit everything I’ve achieved so far. I don’t like to go out on a limb. If I decide to say yes, this will be a life-changing decision so I have to be cautious. I’ll keep you up-to-date.

Suerte!!!

Santa's Letter 2016

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