Quarterly Digest – October 2016

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“Books, the children of the brain.” 

― Jonathan Swift

Quarterly Digest – October 2016

Editorial

Welcome to our Quarterly Digest – October 2016.

Entropy Publishing - Quarterly digest October 2016We hope our readers in the Southern Hemisphere are enjoying a beautiful spring season. Autumn is well under way for us at Entropy Publishing and so far it has been a lavish feast for the senses!

In this issue we are pleased to share with you our highlights from August, September and October 2016. We hope you find our free interactive activities useful, benefit from the best quarterly deals and enjoy our recommended reading.

 

With best wishes,

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Inside this Issue

Editorial –  Nature Nurtures, Nurture Nature – August 2016 – Our Polls – September 2016 – Featured Book Review: Language Together – October 2016 – El Rincón de lo Bello – The Coaching Quarter – Subscriber Benefits – Thank You

 

Nature Nurture, Nurture Nature

We are delighted to share with you in our October 2016 issue our featured Quarterly Digest Nature Image and  Quarterly Digest Nature Quote.

 

  • Quarterly Digest Nature Image – October 2016

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Manada de Lobos Ibéricos – Canis Lupus Signatus

(Courtesy of Juan José González Vega, 2007)

The Iberian wolf is a subspecies of grey wolf that inhabits the forest and plains of northern Portugal and northwestern Spain. It is estimated that the total Iberian population is 2,000 – 2,500 wolves.

Its distictive features include white marks on the upper lips, dark marks on the tail and a pair of dark marks in its front legs that give it its subspecies name, signatus (“marked”).

 

 

  • Quarterly Digest Nature Quote – October 2016

“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything”. ― William Shakespeare

(Courtesy of BrainyQuote, 2016)

August 2016

Featured Publications

 

 

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Free Interactive Activities

Our August Spanish quizzes can be found in our blog.  During the month of August we published interactive activities which explored the following topics:

Spanish for Kids

Vocabulary – Outdoor Activities – The Beach

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Spanish Culture – Las Fallas de Valencia

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Grammar – Simple Tenses Formation – Regular Verbs – Present

-You can complete some of these activities here.-

Recommedations

We would like to recommend FlashSticks® Spanish Flash Cards Beginners Box Set as a valuable vocabulary acquisition tool.

 

 

And if you enjoy novels in Spanish,  our recommendation this month goes to Cien Años de Soledad, by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez. 


Our Polls

Your preferences do inform the design and content of our language products. We endeavour to offer you the best educational resources to inspire, guide and support you in your personal language learning journey.

There are two open Polls on our Site at the moment and we would appreciate your participation.

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September 2016

Featured Publications

 

-You can find these titles in our shop.-

Free Interactive Activities

Our September Spanish quizzes can be found in our blog. During September we published activities which explored the following topics:

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Culture Quiz – Spanish-speaking Countries

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Spanish Festivals – La Tomatina de Buñol

Spanish for Kids

Vocabulary – Personality and Body Parts – Pets – Cats

-You can complete some of these activities here.-

Recommedations

We would like to recommend Los fogones de José Andrés: Las recetas del chef que triunfa en España y Estados Unidos by José Andrés and Pilar de la Pena Minguell as a valuable recipe book.

 

If you would rather have a thorough grammar workout instead, try Barron’s Foreign Language Guides: 501 Spanish Verbs by Christopher Kendris and Theodore Kendris, a very useful study guide for intermediate and advanced Spanish language users.

 

 

Featured Book Review

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Language TogetherSpanish Set 1 + English Set 1
by Germaine Choe http://languagetogether.net

 

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The Language Together series of books is an effective resource for very young Spanish and English learners, incorporating content and a teaching methodology that is elegant in its simplicity.

Presentation and Layout

Physically, the books are well designed: they are a manageable length, their dimensions make them easy for young children to hold and use, and the entire set can easily fit into any shelving space. Moreover, the ratio between text and illustration is also well balanced, with a single line on each page providing one target word or phrase for children to learn.

Methodology

The books’ use of Spot Color Immersion Method™ is excellent, highlighting the target language on each page in the same colour as the object it denotes in the illustration, which enables learners to assimilate key vocabulary and phrases more quickly. In addition, the Sets have been specifically designed to enable parent participation, as the discrete inclusion of translations (English – Spanish) and online access to native speaker audio means that no prior knowledge of the target language is essential.

Illustrations

It is also impressive how the cheerful illustrations allow for a deeper engagement with the story, including small details and implications that parents and teachers can draw childrens’ attention to.

Content

The inclusion of idiomatic ‘fun phrases’ is also an intelligently calculated move, drawing as it does on the enthusiasm of young children who will want to repeat the phrases again and again in the context of their own lives, thus ensuring that they practice their language skills with little need for additional encouragement. Furthermore, content is delivered in the form of a straightforward narrative that children can easily follow, and it is commendable that the stories are underpinned by a clear set of values including family, fun, humour, and an interest in the world at large.

 

Overall, Language Together Spanish Set 1 and English Set 1 provide children with an introduction to Spanish and English that is both light and fun, immersive and effective, and which would fit neatly into any language curriculum.

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October 2016

Featured Publications

 

-You can find these titles in our shop.-

Featured Partner Publications 

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Free Interactive Activities

Our October Spanish quizzes can be found in our blog. During October we have published activities covering the following topics:

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Grammar – Simple Tenses Formation – Past Tenses – Imperfect

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Spanish Culture – Calendar – Spanish Bank Holidays

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Grammar – Past Tenses – Quiz

Spanish for Kids

Celebrations – Halloween

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Poetry in Spanish – Pablo Neruda – Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair – Poem 6

-You can complete some of these activities here.-

Recommedations

We would like to recommend a love song entitled No Hay Más by Spanish singer and composer Antonio Orozco.

The song lyrics are entirely written in Spanish and would be suitable for adults with an intermediate Spanish language level or above.

Our film recommendation this month goes to Mar Adentro (The Sea Inside), a fact-based story of Ramón Sampedro, a quadriplegic man who petitions the Spanish government for his right to die.

Directed, co-written and co-produced by Spanish film-maker Alejandro Amenábar, this film would be suitable for intermediate and advanced Spanish language users and can be enjoyed with English subtitles for additional support.

 

El Rincón de lo Bello


Welcome to our section in Spanish, dedicated to all that is beautiful. 

In this Issue, we are delighted to share with our readers Poem 6

by Pablo Neruda, from his beautiful collection of love poems

entitled Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (1924).

Poema Seis

Te recuerdo como eras en el último otoño.

Eras la boina gris y el corazón en calma.

En tus ojos peleaban las llamas del crepúsculo

Y las hojas caían en el agua de tu alma.

Apegada a mis brazos como una enredadera,

las hojas recogían tu voz lenta y en calma,

Hoguera de estupor en que mi sed ardía

Dulce jacinto azul torcido sobre mi alma.

 

Siento viajar tus ojos y es distante el otoño:

boina gris, voz de pájaro y corazón de casa

hacia donde emigraban mis profundos anhelos

y caían mis besos alegres como brasas.

 

Cielo desde un navío. Campo desde los cerros:

Tu recuerdo es de luz, de humo, de estanque en calma

Más allá de tus ojos ardían los crepúsculos.

Hojas secas de otoño giraban en tu alma.

 

― Pablo Neruda

Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Canción Desesperada

Santiago, Editorial Nascimento, 1924

 

 

The Coaching Quarter

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Thank You

Our team at Entropy Publishing would like to take this opportunity to wish you a great quarter. We look forward to sharing with you and yours our next issue in January 2017.

Until then, a big thank you to you all!

Feel free to send us your comments, queries and feedback:

With best wishes,

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Top Languagebites of the Month – October 2016

Top Languagebites of the Month – October 2016

Top Languagebites of the Month

Top Languagebites of the Month 

October 2016

 

Hello,

 

We hope you enjoy this selection of free and interactive spanishlanguagebites.

This monthly update features the most popular activities published during the month of October.

The full collection of interactive activities is available in our Blog.

 

With best wishes,

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Languagebites del Mes Destacados 

Octubre 2016

 

¡Hola!

 

Deseamos que disfrutéis de esta selección de spanishlanguagebites gratuita e interactiva.

En esta entrega mensual incluimos las actividades más populares publicadas durante el mes de octubre.

La colección completa de actividades interactivas está disponible en nuestro Blog.

 

Saludos,

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Past Tenses – Quiz

 

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Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair – Poem 6 – Pablo Neruda

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Past Tenses – Quiz

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The Calendar – Bank Holidays in Spain

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Tense Formation – Imperfect – Irregular Forms

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Celebrations – Halloween

 

 

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Languagebites of the Week – Poetry in Spanish – Pablo Neruda – Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair – Poem 6

Languagebites of the Week 

Poetry in Spanish – Pablo Neruda
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair – Poem 6

 

We hope you enjoy this selection of free and interactive spanishlanguagebites for Spanish language learners.

The full collection of interactive activities is available in our Blog.

With best wishes,

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Languagebites de la Semana 

Poesía en español – Pablo Neruda
Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Canción Desesperada – Poema 6

 

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 Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair - Poem 6

Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair – Poem 6 

– Complete the following tasks. –

 

Task 1. Past Tenses – Imperfect

Pablo Neruda

Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Canción Desesperada

Santiago, Editorial Nascimento, 1924 

 

 

Task 2. Nature Vocabulary – Definitions

 Definitions courtesy of Real Academia Española (2016).

 

 

Task 3. Synonyms and Antonyms 

 Synonyms and antonyms courtesy of WordReference (2016).

 

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On Sale Now – Spanish for Kids – Feliz Halloween

Feliz Halloween

Spanish for Kids - Feliz HalloweenKids 6-9

Feliz Halloween is now ON SALE in downloadable PDF format, get it here.

Feliz Halloween invites you to discover didactically vocabulary and phrases associated with this special celebration. The book offers opportunities for language discovery, exploration and consolidation through a variety of contexts, tasks and illustrations in Spanish.

 

Learning and fun in equal proportions. Happy Halloween!

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Table of Contents
  1. La Noche de Halloween
  2. Decoración de Halloween
  3. Animales de Halloween
  4. Comida de Halloween
  5. Disfraces de Halloween
  6. Actividades de Halloween
  7. Adivina, Adivinanza
  8. ¡Ahora Tú!
  9. About the Author / Acerca de la Autora
  10. Agradecimientos / Acknowledgements and Attributions
Pages 48
File Size 0.52MB
System Requirement Adobe Acrobat 7.0 or above.
Language Attributes Spanish

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Languagebites of the Week – Celebrations – Halloween

Languagebites of the Week 

Celebrations
Halloween

We hope you enjoy this selection of free and interactive spanishlanguagebites for Spanish language learners.

The full collection of interactive activities is available in our Blog.

With best wishes,

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Languagebites de la Semana 

Celebraciones

Halloween

Deseamos que disfrutéis de esta selección gratuita e interactiva de spanishlanguagebites para estudiantes de español.

La colección completa de actividades interactivas está disponible en nuestro Blog.

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 Happy Halloween

Celebrations – Halloween

– Complete the following tasks. –

Task 1. Text Completion

 

 

Task 2. Vocabulary – Halloween Food & Objects 

 

Task 3. Key Phrases – Halloween Activities

 

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Featured Book Review – Language Together – Spanish Set 1 + English Set 1

Featured Book Review

Language Together – Spanish Set 1 + English Set 1

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“We endeavor to offer you the best educational resources to inspire, guide and support you in your personal language learning journey.” – spanishlanguagebites – Entropy Publishing (2016)

 

 

Featured Book Review
Language TogetherSpanish Set 1 + English Set 1
by Germaine Choe http://languagetogether.net

 

Language Together - box-set1-english Language Together - box-set1-spanish

 

The Language Together series of books is an effective resource for very young Spanish and English learners, incorporating content and a teaching methodology that is elegant in its simplicity.

 

 

Presentation and Layout

Physically, the books are well designed: they are a manageable length, their dimensions make them easy for young children to hold and use, and the entire set can easily fit into any shelving space. Moreover, the ratio between text and illustration is also well balanced, with a single line on each page providing one target word or phrase for children to learn.

Methodology

The books’ use of Spot Color Immersion Method™ is excellent, highlighting the target language on each page in the same colour as the object it denotes in the illustration, which enables learners to assimilate key vocabulary and phrases more quickly. In addition, the Sets have been specifically designed to enable parent participation, as the discrete inclusion of translations (English – Spanish) and online access to native speaker audio means that no prior knowledge of the target language is essential.

Illustrations

It is also impressive how the cheerful illustrations allow for a deeper engagement with the story, including small details and implications that parents and teachers can draw childrens’ attention to.

Content

The inclusion of idiomatic ‘fun phrases’ is also an intelligently calculated move, drawing as it does on the enthusiasm of young children who will want to repeat the phrases again and again in the context of their own lives, thus ensuring that they practice their language skills with little need for additional encouragement. Furthermore, content is delivered in the form of a straightforward narrative that children can easily follow, and it is commendable that the stories are underpinned by a clear set of values including family, fun, humour, and an interest in the world at large.

 

Overall, Language Together Spanish Set 1 and English Set 1 provide children with an introduction to Spanish and English that is both light and fun, immersive and effective, and which would fit neatly into any language curriculum.

 

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Languagebites of the Week – Grammar – Past Tenses – Quiz

Languagebites of the Week 

Grammar
Past Tenses – Quiz

We hope you enjoy this selection of free and interactive spanishlanguagebites for Spanish language learners.

The full collection of interactive activities is available in our Blog.

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Languagebites de la Semana 

Gramática

Tiempos Pasados – Cuestionario

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 Past Tenses - Quiz

Grammar – Past Tenses – Quiz

– Complete the following five tasks. –

 Question 1

 

 
Question 2

 

Question 3

 

Question 4

 

 

Question 5

 

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