7 – Baby, would you marry me? (Quieromilk Podcast)

Baby, would you marry me? (Svavar Knutur) 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 on a mountain top or a traffic stop or maybe on a boat that floats into the great unknown? That would be a day to […]

6 – Chit Chat Little Chat… with Makena Marx (Part 2)

En este episodio podéis escuchar el final de nuestra primera charla con nuestra amiga Makenna Marx.  Para más info ver el epidodio 4. Esperamos que os guste. En breve continuaremos… In this episode you may listen to the last part of our first chat with our friend Makenna Marx. More info in episode 4. We hope you like it. We’ll continue soon… Hello! My name is Makenna Marx and I am a senior at Indiana University in Indiana, USA majoring in Speech-Language Pathology. I have been studying Spanish for 9 years and hope to work with bilingual populations […]

5 – The Wrong Word (Quieromilk Podcast)

RAPUNZEL, RAPUNZEL, LET DOWN YOUR CHAIR… En este episodio/sección presentamos la sección The Wrong Word. El peque (de 7 años) lee un trocito de un diágolo de una peli en el que hemos sustituido sólo una palabra (por otra que suena de forma parecida, pero que hace que no tenga mucho sentido lo que lee).  Os damos tiempo para ver quien adivina cual es la palabra que hemos sustituido, The Wrong Word. No sé si os parecera intersante o entretenido, pero con esto conseguimos hacer de la lectura algo divertido y con una finalidad. La primera película que […]

4 – Chit Chat Little Chat… with Makena Marx (Part 1)

  En este episodio os presentamos a nuestra amiga Makenna Marx, una persona extraordinaria. Nuestro primer episodio de la sección Chit Chat Little Chat, tenía que ser con ella.  Estuvimos haciendo video conferencia y grabando el audio sin parar durante más de una hora, primero haciéndole nuestra primera “entrevista” y después jugando a juegos, cantando y haciendo el ganso. Aquí está la primera parte (hasta que el peque decidió que ya él había terminado su parte y dijo que se marchaba) y un poquito de la segunda en la que Makenna nos enseña algo mágico… un kazoo. Esperamos […]

3 – Play the role, have a ball (Quieromilk Podcast)

To have a ball = es una expression informal que se podría traducir como “pasarlo bomba”, o como algo más vulgar si usásemos palabrotas… pero como no las usamos, nos quedamos con “pasarlo bomba”. Play the role sería hacer o desempeñar el papel (por ejemplo en una escena). En este episodio/sección vamos a leer un trocito de un diágolo de una peli y damos tiempo para ver quien la adivina. Después leemos otro diálogo de la misma peli y os lo ponemos super fácil. Es una peli de los 90 que ha visto todo el mundo… aunque la […]

2 – Call the tune (Quieromilk Podcast)

Call the tune = se podría traducir como “llama la melodía”, “chilla la melodía”, o “haz venir a la melodía” pero también es una expresión hecha (idiom) cuya traducción no literal es “llevar la voz cantante” o “llevar la batuta”. En este episodio/sección presentamos la sección Call the tune. Vamos a leer un trocito de la letra de una canción para que la adivinéis. Os damos 2 oportunidades pero no va a ser facil (buena suerte!). Bueno y ya que estamos, contamos algo sobre la canción y de paso decimos lo que pensamos sobre la historia que cuenta. […]

1 – What in the world is this? (Quieromilk Podcast)

What in the world = es una expression informal que se podría traducir como “qué diantres”, o “qué leches”. Algo más vulgar sería “What the hell” aunque hay quien dice que la palabra hell (infierno) se puede utilizar porque al venir en la Biblia, no se considera una palabrota. En este episodio nos presentamos (somos de Sevilla y por los nervios del directo, no sabemos ni qué edad tenemos). Tenemos 7, 9 y 11 años y como grabamos los episodios sin parar de reirnos e improvisando un montón, cometemos errores. De echo tenemos una sección dedicada a nuestros […]

LOS JUEVES, A LAS 9 (Every Thursday at 21:00)

LOS JUEVES, A LAS 9 (EVERY THURSDAY AT NINE O’CLOCK) Esa es la fecha y la hora elegida para lanzar los nuevos episodios de Quiero Milk Podcast cada semana. ¿Y porqué? Pues en inglés no tiene sentido, pero en español rima y se te queda: “LOS JUEVES, A LAS 9” Vale, tienes razón, tienes que pronunciarlo con un acento del sur como el nuestro para que rime, pero si te suscribes, no hace falta que te aprendas la frase, y cada semana tendrás en tu móvil tu “mihita” de inglés semanal. Suerte!!! PS: Sorry mates, I forgot you […]

EXCUSES: pretextos, excusas.

99% of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses (George Washington Carver) Las excusas más utilizadas para no avanzar con nuestro nivel de inglés son: NO TENGO TIEMPO. MI NIVEL ES MUY BAJO. EL INGLÉS ES UN ROLLO. Solución: Escucha 10 minutos de Quiero Milk Podcast a la semana y te quedarás sin excusas para avanzar: No tengo tiempo. Escúchalo mientras haces lo que sea (en el bus, en el gym, en la ducha…) Mi nivel es muy bajo. No hace falta un gran nivel para escuchar a niños que llevan menos años […]

INSANITY: Locura, insensatez, estudipdez.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results (Albert Einstein). Sólo un loco hace una y otra vez lo mismo y espera que el resultado sea distinto. Si quieres que tus hijos aprendan inglés y lo que haces no termina de funcionar, ¿porqué no pruebas algo nuevo? Pregunta en el colegio, en la academia o a “tus amigos guiris”. Todos te dirán que hay que incrementar la exposición al idioma desde pequeño y que lo mejor es aprender de forma divertida. Solución: Escucha con tus hijos un episodio de Quiero Milk Podcast a […]

Episode 0 (Quiero Milk Podcast)

La semana que viene lanzamos los 3 primeros episodios. Aquí os dejo un trocito como aperitivo… No se lo paséis a todo el mundo, que no todos están preparados para aprender de forma divertida… Next week we’ll launch the firt 3 episodes. Here you have a little taste. Please don’t share it with everyone. Some people are just not ready to have fun yet… Era broma. Si  os ha gustado, no seáis egoístas. Gracias por compartir! I was kidding. If you liked it, don’t be selfish, thanks for sharing it!! Suerte!!!

Quieromilk Podcast: Coming very soon…

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learnt in school.  (Albert Einstein) Este verano no hemos hecho deberes en absoluto. En lugar de eso hemos empezado este nuevo projecto: A podcast to LEARN & HAVE FUN. Esperamos que vosotros tambíen aprendáis y os lo paséis bien. Para ello nos hemos inventado un montón de secciones (family first, quote the quote, simple science, call the tune…), y juegos, y hemos compuesto un montón de canciones. Además vamos a hacer algunas”entrevistas” (en inglés, of course), por si alguien quiere apuntarse…  Y todo está grabado non-stop, así […]

Futuro y Presente: Si este video no te hace pensar, eres un robot.

Un par de cosas para pensar sobre el futuro, y sobre el presente. Alguien me dijo que probablemente el trabajo que tendrán mis hijos el día de mañana no existe aún a día de hoy. ¿Alguien sabía lo que era un community manager hace 20 años? En esta web hay un inquietante estudio hecho por  Oxford University y por Deloitte en el que intentan estimar la probabilidad de que dentro de 20 años, tu trabajo lo haga un robot. Interesante para el que quiera aprender nombres de profesiones en inglés y para el que aún piense que va […]

I’ve decided to quit the Now Teach program

Dear Lucy, I’d like to inform you that I’ve decided to quit the Now Teach program. As you already know, the step I was about to take was particularly life-changing for me because it involved moving to another country with my whole family. I could come up with a lot of excuses to explain why I’ve decided to make this decision (I’m “just” forty something, I don’t think all we can live on a teacher’s salary, I’m not sure I can survive London weather/English food, even Brexit is a good excuse, why not?). But the only excuse I […]

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 […]

Shiny Happy People living in Sevilla: Chelsea Krieg

Chelsea Krieg (survivingonspanglish.wordpress.com) is a twenty-something American, born and raised in a rural suburban town in southeastern Virginia. She holds a BA in English: Creative Writing from the University of Mary Washington where she cultured her love for literary journals and used books. While at university, she met a tall and handsome local who convinced her to marry him, whisked her off to North Carolina for his graduate endeavors, and then landed her in Spain. For four years, she has worked remotely as a technical writer for a growing medical company based in Virginia and she dabbles in freelance and volunteer editing on the side. Despite her bill-paying job as a stuffy technical writer, she also writes poetry and will be pursuing an MFA at North Carolina State University this fall.

1. How did you end up living in Sevilla?

My husband is pursuing a PhD in hispanic literature at the University of North Carolina in the United States. Through this program, he earned a work exchange position at CINECU in EUSA. There, he serves as program assistant to the study abroad program that brings American undergraduate students to study in Sevilla for a semester. I am along for the ride.

2. What’s the thing you like the most of Sevilla?

I love how much sevillanos get to know people on a personal level. In the United States, everyone is so busy hustling and bustling about that they often don’t have (or don’t make) the time to sit down and enjoy one another’s company. Sobremesa is my favorite Spanish word and it doesn’t surprise me that there is no direct translation in English.

Oh, and the wine. I really love the wine.

3. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about Sevilla?

It is sad that such a beautiful city can often be so dirty and that graffiti tags are everywhere. I also really miss carpet.

4. How do you cope with homesickness?

Skype is a wonderful tool that allows me to “visit” with family members and friends on a regular basis. I also beg visitors to bring me things from America like peanut butter and dark beer (sometimes a Cruzcampo just doesn’t cut it). Mostly, however, I am enjoying my time here and don’t get too homesick.

5. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?

When I was young, my bear Felix and I were inseparable. As of late, I have traded my furry friend for a long-haired and bearded husband; they are both cuddly.

6. Any children’s book and/or film you consider essential?

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster is an incredible book, especially for older children who are learning to play with language and homonyms. When I was very young, I favored The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams and Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McClosky (but, perhaps mostly because my mother made up portions of the story).

7. What still-airing kid’s TV show character do you love?

I’m a sucker for Winnie the Pooh. He just makes you want to love him.

8. Do you remember any embarrassing mistake you’ve made while learning Spanish?

Let me count the ways! I am only in the B1 level of Spanish because I didn’t know Spanish at all before I moved here last August, so needless to say, it has been quite a journey. Because I learned French in college, I often replace Spanish words with French words and occasionally write oui in my homework, so that is frustrating. Otherwise, I try not to think about how many mistakes I
am making when I speak Spanish!

9. Any suggestion (or magic potion) to learn English effortlessly?

Well, I wouldn’t say that learning any new language is effortless, but practice is key. Immerse yourself in movies, music, TV, terrible tabloids – anything you find interesting in your native tongue, try branching out in English. Through learning Spanish, I have also learned that forcing yourself to speak with others (even if you make mistakes!) is very important.

10. Can we know what your plans for the future are?

My husband and I will return to America in August when he will return to his studies and I will begin pursuing a master’s degree in poetry. Before that, however, we plan to travel as much as we can and enjoy our easy-access to Europe. We are planning to begin the Camino de Santiago in June.

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