Entropy Publishing – Quarterly Digest – Issue 6 – October 2017




“When I have a terrible need of – shall I say the word – religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.”  Vincent Van Gogh.


Entropy Publishing 

Quarterly Digest – Issue 6 – October 2017




Welcome to our Quarterly Digest – October 2017.

In this issue, we are pleased to share with you our highlights from the months of August, September and October 2017.

We hope you find our free interactive activities useful, benefit from the best quarterly deals and enjoy our recommended reading.


With best wishes,


Entropy Publishing




In this Issue

Editorial      –      Nature Nurtures, Nurture Nature      –     August 2017      –      Featured Education Article: The Challenge of Learning Englishes for Refugee Professionals by Dr. Gabriel John Roberts      –       Our Polls      –      September 2017      –     Entropy Publishing: Book Releases & Offers – Spanish Idioms – Volume 1 – ¡Qué Animales Somos!     –      October 2017      –     El Rincón de lo Bello: Poema Octubre de Juan Ramón Jiménez     –    Product Reviews      –      Consultancy Services      –     Subscriber Benefits      –    Previous Issues       –      Thank You


Nature Nurture, Nurture Nature

We are delighted to share with you in our October 2017 issue our featured Quarterly Digest Nature Image and  Quarterly Digest Nature Quote.


Quarterly Digest Nature Image – October 2017


Phyllopteryx taeniolatus – Weedy Sea Dragon

Photograph:  Katieleeosborne (2017)

“The weedy sea dragon, also called the common sea dragon, inhabits the waters off south and east Australia. As with sea horses, sea dragon males are responsible for childbearing.The eggs are fertilised during the transfer from the female to the male. The males incubate the eggs and carry them to term, releasing miniature sea dragons into the water after about four to six weeks.”

National Geographic, 2017


Quarterly Digest Nature Quote – October 2017


Photograph: Pixabay, 2017

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” — Lao Tzu.


August 2017


Featured Publications

Entropy Publishing – Education Articles, Quarterly Magazine and Free Spanish Activities

Pastimes Spanish – Spanish Festivals Series – Volume 2. La Tomatina de Buñol

Spanish for Kids – En el Desierto

Exam Prep Spanish – Test Your Grammar Series – Volume 1. Los Tiempos Pasados

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Free Interactive Activities

Our August 2017  Spanish quizzes can be found in our blog.  During the month of August we published interactive activities which explored the following topics:

Top Languagebites of the Month – August 2017

o   Spanish for Kids

Lunita the Starfish / La Estrella Lunita


o   Spanish for Teens and Adults

Verb Tenses – Preterite – Test 

Poetry in Spanish – Vicente Aleixandre – Se Querían

Holidays and Celebrations – La Tomatina de Buñol


-You can complete some of these activities here.-


Featured Education Article




The Challenge of Learning Englishes for Refugee Professionals

Dr. Gabriel John Roberts

Email: gjroberts@cardiffmet.ac.uk



This week the BBC ran this article  on a subject that is very close to my heart: the language training of refugee healthcare professionals.

The article covers the variety of English that refugee doctors have to learn. This includes not only formal academic English for the IELTS exam and medical English for their profession, but also dialectical English in locales where they will be working.

This presents an enormous challenge for refugee doctors and learning to cope with the flexibility of language in three discrete registers can take up valuable time that arguably could be better spent keeping up with developments in their specialist area.

There is no magic wand here, but if we consider the adjustment to different styles of English that is required, an adjustment which is necessary because other L1 English speaking patients are not asked to make, then we must again recognise the Sysephean task that refugee doctors are confronted with.

Training refugee costs 1/10 of the cost of training doctors in the U.K. yet we confront them with barriers such as an English test on unconnected global topics with ever increasing requirements for doctors and other healthcare professionals, followed by two Professional Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) tests. Perhaps a combined test of language and professional knowledge with combined training would support refugee doctors, the NHS and patients more efficiently and effectively.



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Further reading:

Difficulty of NHS language test ‘worsens nurse crisis’, say recruiters.

Refugee doctors set to fill NHS staff shortages.

The refugee doctors learning to speak Glaswegian. 

The Second Language Acquisition Competences and Knowledge: English Resource Site.

About the author Dr. Gabriel John Roberts:

Dr. Gabriel John Roberts is the Subject Leader for the Cardiff Metropolitan University BA English Language Teaching (Joint Hons) Programmes and a lecturer in ESP on the MA TESOL Programme. His research is on language assessment, with a focus on Refugee Doctors attempting to pass the IELTS test.



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Our Polls

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o   Poll 1 – Language Learning Habits

o   Poll 2 – Spanish Language Learning 


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September 2017

Featured Publications

Spanish for Kids – En el Campo – Volume 2   

Spanish for Adults – Pastimes Spanish – Volume 4. Las Navidades en España

Spanish for Students – Exam Prep Spanish – Test Your Vocabulary Series – Volume 1. El Medio Ambiente

Spanish for Kids – Mis Mascotas


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Free Interactive Activities

Our September 2017 Spanish quizzes can be found in our blog. During September we published activities which explored the following topics:

Top Languagebites of the Month – September 2017


o   Spanish for Kids

Desert Plants & Animals


o   Spanish for Teens and Adults

Test your Spanish – Quiz


o   Spanish for Students

Study Aids –  Test

-You can complete some of these activities here.-



Entropy Publishing: Book Releases & Offers


Spanish for Teens & AdultsLost in Translation Series

 Spanish Idioms – Volume 1 

¡Qué Animales Somos!


Would you like to take your Spanish to the next level?

Do you need further practice, dexterity and confidence with Spanish idiomatic expressions?

Are you preparing specific topic areas for your exams and need to improve your range of vocabulary and expressions?


Spanish Idioms –  Lost in Translation Series is an idiomatic expressions practice book collection written in Spanish for intermediate and advanced Spanish language users. All Volumes contain a variety of activities ideal for the introduction, integration and application of Spanish idiomatic expressions in a range of practical contexts. All tasks are presented through the medium of Spanish and answers are included in the book. Volume 1 features the following topic:  Animals.

100+ illustrations

80 examples

50 idiomatic expressions

50 definitions

28 animals

50 sets of exercises

100+ gap-filing tasks

75+ matching tasks

30 multiple-choice tasks

30 writing integration tasks

Free bonus activities

Solutions provided

Target language only

Personalised support available

Master your Spanish Now!


Additional Information

Author Bioamazon.com/author/cristinahigueramartin

Amazon Kindle Format

This book is also available via Amazon on the following devices:

Kindle Tablets & Reading Apps


Fire Tablets

Free Kindle Reading Apps




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October 2017 


Featured Publications

Get it Now – Amazon Kindle Store – Spanish for Kids – Feliz Halloween

Exam Prep Spanish – Test Your Grammar Series – Volume 1. Los Tiempos Pasados

Spanish for Kids – Mi Jardín – Volume 2 

Product Reviews – Entropy Publishing


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Featured Partner Publications 

Spanish for Kids – Language Together – Spanish Set 1 

English for Kids – Language Together – English Set 1

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Free Interactive Activities

Our October 2017 Spanish quizzes can be found in our blog. During October we have published activities covering the following topics:

Top Languagebites of the Month – October 2017


o   Spanish for Teens and Adults

Song Lyrics in Spanish – Joaquín Sabina – Calle Melancolía

Poetry in Spanish – Juan Ramón Jiménez – Octubre

o  Spanish for Students

Pronunciation – Normal Word Stress and Diphthongs – Quiz 


o   Spanish for Kids

Spanish for Kids – Holidays and Celebrations – Halloween

-You can complete some of these activities here.-


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 Octubre by Spanish poet Juan Ramón Jiménez.



Estaba echado yo en la tierraenfrente

del infinito campo de Castilla

que el otoño envolvía en la amarilla

dulzura de su claro sol poniente.

Lentoel aradoparalelamente

abría el haza oscuray la secilla

mano abierta dejaba la semilla

en su entraña partida honradamente.

Pensé arrancarme el corazóny echarlo,

pleno de su sentir alto y profundo

al ancho surco del terruño tierno

a ver si con romperlo y con sembrarlo,

la primavera le mostraba al mundo

el árbol puro del amor eterno.

Juan Ramón Jiménez.


Enjoy more poems by Spanish poet Juan Ramón Jiménez


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Previous Issues

Keep Up to Date with our latest Quarterly Magazine.
You can enjoy our previous 2017 issues here:

Entropy Publishing – Quarterly Digest – July 2017

Entropy Publishing – Quarterly Digest – April 2017 

Entropy Publishing – Quarterly Digest – January 2017


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 2018.


Until then, a big thank you to you all!


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With best wishes,


Entropy Publishing