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Saturday, 15 August 2015 09:11

From the UK to Venezuela - Review

130815 smallNot only did we discuss the ills of dictatorship or the drawbacks of democracy, but we also talked about personalities like Pérez Jiménez or Oscar de León, and traditional recipes such as arepas or pabellón criollo. Then, we were told about the magnificence of Venezuelan natural landscapes by René (and Assum, who has been there too!) Now, how do lamas, baboons (?), Bielorússia or Albania fit into the previous discussion is a little more complicated to explain. If you did not come, you missed our participants telling you about all that. Thank you Frank, Eduard and Maria for your valuable and humourous contributions: we had a very good time!!

Published in Life and Culture
Friday, 31 July 2015 07:44

School projects - Review

300715After a few harmless raindrops, twelve people gathered again at the swimming pool in good companionship and lovely weather. With three of the attendants coming from Balaguer, our Speak Up group seems to be gaining popularity. However, we hope Menarguins/ines on holidays and those attending different duties can join us again next week.

Just as promised, here is the short glossary of political terms we introduced yesterday, before a long talk and very nice discussion about projects, parliaments, politicians and historical heroes:

 

POLICY una política

POLITICS la política

POLITICIANS els polítics

DEMOCRACY

POLITICAL PARTIES els partits

TO CALL AN ELECTION convocar unes eleccions

TO HOLD AN ELECTION celebrar 

TO VOTE IN AN ELECTION

CANDIDATES STAND FOR ELECTIONS es presenten

MPs / MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT diputats

TO PASS A LAW aprovar una llei

SEAT escó

STATUTORY LAWS estatut

DEVOLUTION descentralització

DEVOLVED POWERS competències

PRIME MINISTER <> FIRST MINISTER

Published in Politics
Sunday, 26 July 2015 09:11

School projects

DSC 0324Hello everybody,

Next Thursday, without leaving Scotland, Maria del Mar Miret is going to talk about politics and school projects: "Catalonia and Scotland, two nations without a state within Europe”. This is the school project title that they started in 2008 with a group of about thirty students.

As a part of the project they interviewed politicians, economists and so many other experts in that matter, not only here in Catalonia but also in Scotland. They travelled to Edinburgh and they managed to be received in Holyrood Parliament by MPs for the Scottish Nationalist Party and all the other major parties.

Maria del Mar has been teaching English for twenty two years now and she has spent her last eleven years at INS RONDA, Lleida. This school strongly promotes learning foreign languages including English, French, German and even Chinese, and they usually travel abroad as an important part of their projects.      

Published in Politics