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About Elvira Calderón

Formadora y coordinadora de e-Learning en Elingua. Filóloga inglesa con Máster en Literatura Inglesa y Traducción. Amante de los libros, las buenas historias, las conversaciones interesantes y los viajes culturales.
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    The things that do – and don’t – motivate kids to succeed

The things that do – and don’t – motivate kids to succeed

From the time they are toddlers, children are naturally interested in exploring their environment. From examining a blade of grass to playing with the family pet, toddlers want to know how everything works, feels and tastes. According to experts, it’s not until later that they learn to do something – like sit quietly at a snack table – in […]

Black Friday: Do you know when you’re being manipulated?

Have you bought anything during this Black Friday or Cyber Monday? If so, this news is of interest to you. And if you haven’t bought anything, too. It is Black Friday week and in shop windows, across websites, on the radio and in your email inbox will be discounts to tempt you. Shoppers are expected to splurge almost £8bn […]

The origins and tradition of Thanksgiving Day

It is an annual national holiday in the United States and Canada celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. Americans generally believe that their Thanksgiving is modelled on a 1621 harvest feast shared by the English colonists (Pilgrims) of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people. The American holiday is particularly rich in legend and symbolism, and the traditional fare of the Thanksgiving meal typically includes turkey, bread stuffing, potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. With respect to vehicular […]

How dating app algorithms predict romantic desire

Lots of apps and websites claim to be able to use data to sort through profiles for better matches. By completing their personality tests, they say they can save your thumb the effort of swiping. The issue for scientists who might want to investigate their data, and journalists who want to fact-check their claims, is that the algorithms are […]

How to get along with someone you don’t like at work

We all might work with people we do not like and most of the time we try to ignore it at first but, what about if the problem only gets worse and worse each time you see ‘that’ face? We spend half a life in our workplace so, why would not you want to be happy there? If you […]

Cigarettes: leaders in modern marketing methods?

In the late 19th century, cigarettes were seen as lower-status than cigars, which –crucially– were proving altogether harder to mechanize but the secret to increase its production –and therefore, sales– was in advertising. The idea originated in Virginia by James Bonsack, an inventor who needed to boost its economy (and actually did). By 1923, cigarettes had become the most […]

The origins of trick-or-treat: how did Halloween start?

Trick-or-treating—setting off on Halloween night in costume and ringing doorbells to demand treats—has been a tradition in the United States and other countries for more than a century. Its origins remain murky but traces can be identified in ancient Celtic festivals, early Roman Catholic holidays, medieval practices—and even British politics.

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    Young translators: children helping their parents to communicate

Young translators: children helping their parents to communicate

When a family arrives in a new country, often the children are first to pick up the new language – and inevitably, they become the family translators. Thousands of migrant children in the UK translate for their families every day. Often the children were not pleased to be dragged from Italy to the UK; learning a new language and […]

Femtech: what is it, a wrong term in the right time?

The meteoric rise of the label “femtech” to describe technology products, apps and hardware addressing women’s health and well-being issues divides opinion. While some say it helps the sector secure vital funding from male-dominated venture capitalists, others argue that it unnecessarily pigeonholes women’s health. Nevertheless, there are some relevant points to be taken into consideration such as Carolina Milanesi, […]

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    Identify the signs of scammers in the Spanish market: how to spot fraud when flat-hunting

Identify the signs of scammers in the Spanish market: how to spot fraud when flat-hunting

Martín-Consuegra’s case is one of the many such fraudulent methods used in the rental market in Spain, and which are benefiting from a 50% rise in prices over the last five years. The situation is given current precarious employment and few options to buy properties that live renting as the only option left open.

This is where scammers’ picaresque comes […]