English Practice in Medellin

I am pleased to announce a new blog, English Practice in Medellin. It is dedicated to assisting Spanish speakers improve their use of English by providing a safe practice space. If you are interested in participating either as a native English speaker or as learner please visit us at English Practice in Medellin.

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News of Colombia in English

The following link provides access to many Colombian media outlets in both Spanish and English:

http://www.abyznewslinks.com/colomes.htm

The Colombian Media in English page (see left hand column) is a compilation of sites I have found that provide news coverage in English. I am not filtering them so as is generally the case it is best to read several and triangulate.

http://colombiatimes.com/

http://www.colombiareports.com/

http://www.einnews.com/colombia/

http://colombiafm.com/

http://bogotafreeplanet.com/

Street Vendors Learning English

The following is a note from RCN News via Twitter:

ColombiaNews Street vendors from Medellin are receiving English lessons so they can give a better attention to their costumers…. http://bit.ly/Gw7f7

Magic Jack

Nubia picked up a gizmo (Magic Jack) while she was in Florida which allows us to make phone calls as if we had a local number in our US area code. It is great becuse we can call all US numbers for about $US 20.00 per year. Folks there can call us as if making a normal call from their area code. One costs $40.00 and includes one year of service.

Internet Service

I am finding that UNE provides very poor email service. They time-out sessions much too quickly and there are frequent periods when one cannot connect.

Thier DSL connection service is pretty good. It could be faster.