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TAKE OFF – despegar – The flight was delayed for two hours and the plane eventually took off at 6 p.m. TAKE OFF – quitarse la ropa – Take off your coat and make yourself comfortable. 

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Why are those seeking political favour from elected officials said to be “lobbying”? The term lobbying originates from the earliest days of the British Parliament, where an extensive corridor runs between the Chamber of Lords and the House of Commons. Because the general public were allowed into this corridor, or lobby, it was where constituents waited to meet with their representatives in order to influence their votes on current legislation. …Read More

Now You KnowWhy when someone tells a secret do we say he’s “spilled the beans”? As a system of voting, the ancient Greeks placed beans in a jar. They called these small beans or balls “ballota,” which gives us the word ballot. A white bean was a “yes” and a brown bean was a “no.” The beans were then counted in secret so the candidates wouldn’t know who voted for or against them. If the container was knocked over, and the beans were spilled, the secret was out of the jar.

Why when someone tells a secret do we say he’s “spilled the beans”? As a system of voting, the ancient Greeks placed beans in a jar. They called these small beans or balls “ballota,” which gives us the word ballot. A white bean was a “yes” and a brown bean was a “no.” The beans were then counted in secret so the candidates wouldn’t know who voted for or against …Read More

Our STARTENGLISH team

Meet the STARTENGLISH team. For 12 years we have been giving English classes to student from ages 5 to 18; to adult  of all ages and at all levels; preparing students for the GESE Trinity exams, the Cambridge exams KET, PET,FCE,CAE,CPE; doing intensive course of 30 -60 hours; one-to-one classes for special needs; working in companies such as ACCIONA, ATEQ, CARRERAS, CIRCONITA, CITA, FORUM, HC ENERGÍA, IDECONSA, CTA, S.A., MERCIER, …Read More