Motivation

woman cleaningMotivation is a noun which is used to express the reason for doing something or behaving in a particular way. For example, my motivation for writing a complaint letter to the National Advertisement Review Board is because I’m sick to the back teeth of household cleaning product TV commercials telling me I’m an idiot.

Seriously, no woman feels over the moon when she has some bleach in her hand. And truthfully, I have never run to the shops thinking: ‘’ I’m super excited, today I’m going to buy some washing powder!’’.

So NARB, please, do us all a favour and baffle me with some science and give me a ‘buy one get one free’ offer. Or, follow in the brilliant footsteps of the supermarket, Aldi, who have one of the most effective British TV advertising campaigns of the decade. Go on, check out their TV commercial for selling tea; it’s top-tastic!

Janette’s August Jukebox: Disco-a-Grease Lightning

Grease Lightning Janette DukeboxSeptember is a sniff away and I’m feeling all loved up!
It’s true, this summer has been about falling in love, dancing in flip flops to ‘Greece Lightning’ at Feria ( yep, it was messy!) drinking cocktails at the beach, getting my ass kicked at beach tennis, playing crazy golf, catching up with old friends, making new ones and hanging out at Recyclo my favourite café in Málaga. I’ve had a blast, and as a result of painting the town red on too many occasions I’m going on the wagon for the month of September.

OMG, I’m already thinking how I can put some vodka in a celery juice so that my sister doesn’t find out. She is the only person who can look at my face and know instantly that I’m telling a fib.

Anyway, I’m saying goodbye to August and saying: Bring it on September, I’m ready for anything!

Want to get in the mood for a fantastic September? Of course you do!!  So, come on, get your dancing shoes on, start shaking those hips and moving your arms; it’s time for: Grease Lightning.

Finally, a note to the guy I smacked in the face when I did the Grease Lightning moves in Plaza de la Flores: ‘’Please accept my apologies, it wasn’t my intention for your face to make contact with my fist’.

Janette’s August Jukebox: Pop-a-Free Soul Band

Free Soul Band MalagaSo, tomorrow is a National Holiday; it’s about half way through Málaga’s alcohol obsessed 10 day city party and I’m on holiday! I’ve ants in my pants to try out my flamenco moves and shakes, I’m going to jiggle my ass off to one of my favourite performing bands from Malaga, Free Soul Band, and I’m going to avoid cartojal like the plague. If you bump into me on the street, I’d recommend running away!
So, if you want to see Free Soul Band they are playing every day during Fería 2015 from 4 to 6pm in the plaza of flowers. They are soooooooooooooooooooo good; be there or be square!

Janette’s August Jukebox: Pop-a-Flamenco!

pablo alboranWhat are you talking about: you’d rather watch paint dry than listen to Pharrel Williams!

Seriously, I’ve got a difficult crowd to please. So, how about moving from one ‘happy clappy’ sound to another ‘clappy’ tune? Moreover, I have chosen a tune from one of our own home-grown talents and it’s my way of saying to Málaga: ‘’Viva Malaga, Viva La Fería– go and paint the town red!’
Finally, last week a gorgeous client taught me how to dance Sevillanas: Pick the apple, eat the apple, and throw away the apple. So yes, I’m completely prepared and you will be if you want to dance like Pablo Alborán.

Janette’s August Jukebox: Pop-athon

happy pwSo, you’re sick to the back teeth of my chilled-out tunes. Seriously, without a shadow of a doubt I have to say that the general response has been very, very negative!
Ok, Janette’s August jukebox is taking a new direction; I’m going ‘commercial’.  So, let’s start with some mainstream pop music and bring out Pharrell Williams and his catchy tune: Happy. Now, if you aren’t clapping along to this tune, you really do need to take some happy pills!

Are Spanish people laid-back or uptight?

easygoing or laid-backTo be laid-back describes a personality trait that means having a relaxed or casual character. A synonym adjective is easygoing.  So, broadly speaking are Spanish people laid-back or are they more like the stereotype of the British personality: reserved and uptight?

Are you like Ben Stiller’s character  and uptight, or are you more like Jennifer Aniston’s character and easygoing?

VOCABULARY CHALLENGE: Feelings

Adjectives to describe feelings:

Emotions and feelings are complex, and we have a lot of vocabulary to describe how we are feeling.  It is often difficult to remember new vocabulary so try to connect the words to situations that mean something to you.  We are more likely to remember things that are personal, than things that we can’t connect to our lives.

Don’t forget to learn verb preposition collocations.

feelings and prepositions

Janette’s August Jukebox: Laid-back tune

JazzmatazzJanette’s Jukebox: Laid-back tune

What do you mean, Nightmare on Wax is a load of old rubbish? Ok, let’s try again.  Well, despite the fact that I’d rather have root canal than listen to jazz, it has to be said that I’m nuts about this jazz, hip hop mix.

So Inglés Málaga community, lay back, kick your shoes off and mellow out to this laid-back tune!
Listen to: Guru ‘ Loungin’

 

Janette’s August Jukebox: Recharge your batteries

Nightmare on waxJanette’s Jukebox: Chill Out

Ok, so Belleruche isn’t your cup of tea!  Thanks for the critical feedback; I’ll keep this love affair all to myself!

So, how about this idea: It is often said that love can be one of the most painful emotions and yet despite this controversial truth, for me, the feeling; the feeling, is always, always about love. With this in mind, recharge your batteries with Nightmare On Wax: ‘Da Feelin’

 

Breaking News: Inglés Málaga Success Stories!

celebrate exam successHot off the press; clients pass the challenging Cambridge FCE qualification and I’m on cloud 9.

It’s not easy passing an exam so when you do, it makes sense to take time out of your daily routine and celebrate.

Finally, it is said that Inglés Málaga clients are absolutely incredible, and that’s a fact!