Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

by Bruce Lee

domingo, 9 de junio de 2019

GRANDE RAFA: La douzième à Roland Garros


   Rafael Nadal, encore une fois!!!


Crazy dreams do come true!!!  (NIKE commercial)

Rafael Nadal's Interview with John McEnroe after the victory at RG 2019


One day we will tell our children that once upon a time there was a super-athlete called Rafael Nadal, who used to play tennis amazingly and who won Roland Garros many times and they won't believe it unless we show them these images!!!



Some articles for you to read in French and English:

Roland-Garros : Rafael Nadal, puissance 12 (L'Équipe)

Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win 12th French Open title (The Guardian)

The story of Rafael Nadal's dynasty at the French Open – video report (The Guardian)

Rafael Nadal, Pillar of Roland Garros, Wins the French Open for the 12th Time (The New York Times)

"Nadal Is Not the GOAT, He's the GLOAT!", according to John McEnroe


Rafael Nadal - La Decima told by champions | Roland-Garros


Apart from tennis, other important things are happening, for instance:

IES Mediterráneo - Salobreña Graduación Curso 2018-2019

And here's a nice video sketch (B & B - Your morning programme) done by our students in 3º and 4º ESO (David Bacas, Abraham Haro, Salvador Pretel and José Miguel Albertus) >>>

Finally, here are some important pieces of news about the new Selectivity exam, EVAU:

And now let's do this listening exercise: Can we trust a smart speaker? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English).

English in a minute: Five ways to say 'bye'  


Learn a phrase about people who know it all: Clever clogs (The English We Speak)


  • Episode 190605 / 05 June 2019    >>>  Ultra-processed food health warning:   Language related to 'food'.  Need-to-know language: industrial processing, diets, nutritional content, additive  & rich in.



Tennis >>>  McEnroe. The Commissioner of Tennis: Federer vs Nadal - The Great Rivalry? (Eurosport)

sábado, 8 de junio de 2019

Night shoppers, the new trend

Another variable affecting our sleep!!!  Not long ago we were talking about having problems to fall asleep ( Sleep disorders ). Well, now it has been discovered that people even go shopping in the middle of the night!!!

Here's an interesting article to read a listening exercise to do about the issue:

Online shopping sees 30% rise between midnight and 6am, study says (The Guardian)


Here's a listening exercise to do: Are you a vampire shopper? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English).




And later you need a coffee break. Here's the coffee break proposed by Jonah Nilsson.




English with Lucy  >>>  Respond to "thank you" PROPERLY!




Tennis >>> Roger Federer, Not Novak Djokovic, Is the Golden Goose of Tennis' by John McEnroe, The Commissioner of Tennis

domingo, 2 de junio de 2019

Happy 700!!!

Incredible, but true!!! This is the post number 700 since we set off on this digital journey 9 years ago, so congratulations to everyone because I keep on working on it since I see that my students use it (more than 10,000 comments have been made) and how useful it is for our teaching-learning process of the English language. Even some of you have created your own blogs and sites, and I feel really proud of you all to participate in this DIGITAL PROJECT!!!

Important piece of news to my students, especially those in 3º ESO  >>>  Here are two Reported Speech exercises, which are similar to the ones you will have to do in the exam.

Rewrite the sentences using REPORTED SPEECH. First, decide which verb to use: ‘said’ or ‘told’

1. The student to the teacher: “I don't think it is made of glass”   
The student ....................... ___________________________________________
2. The children: “We collected lots of cans in this river”. 
They .................. ______________________________
3. Jane to her father: “I have invented a new tyre”.  Jane .................. __________________________
4. The students to the robotics teacher: “We are building a smart house.” 
They .................. _______________________________
5. Maria to her boyfriend: “I’ll help you, Tom”. She ................... ____________________________

6. My parents: “We must save more energy”. They ................... ____________________________

REPORTED SPEECH. Have a look at the sentences, decide the appropriate verb to use ( ask , tell , offer, suggest ) and finish the sentence in REPORTED SPEECH.

“Shall we have a picnic?”   //  “Shall I open the window?”  //  “Bring me the newspaper”  //  “Could I have another biscuit, please?”  //  “Will you drive now?”
1. My friends ______________  _________ing  ______________________
2. The little boy _______________ for _________________________
3. Her boyfriend ______________ her to ____________________________
4. The student _____________  to ______________________________
5. My father ____________ me to ____________________________                         



English in a minute: "bored vs boring" (BBC Learning English)  >>>  EXERCISE TO DO!!!  



English with Lucy  >>>  50 Weird & Confusing Facts About British Life & Culture

Do you know how to play cricket?




  • Episode 190529 / 29 May 2019    >>>  The 2019 Cricket World Cup:   Language related to 'tournaments'.  Need-to-know language: rivalries, round-robin, favourites, warm-up game  & trophy.

miércoles, 29 de mayo de 2019

Some advice for your fellow students 2019

May is coming to an end, and so is our school year. First,  I would like you to read previous posts in this blog related with the label: advice , and then give some advice to the students that will follow your steps. Try to be sincere and, using appropriate advice structures, tell them what they should do. Include the level you are referring to at the beginning of your comment.


Exercises on Reported Speech:

A. Transform these sentences into Reported Speech.

1. "I can't stop laughing", the student to the teacher.

2. "They're laughing at me now", said Mary.

3. "I can't afford to buy your car", Albert to Fernando Alonso.

4. "FC Barcelona will win the King's Cup tomorrow", said Messi in the press conference.

5. "We don't like this exercise", said the students.

6. "I'm afraid of spiders", said my mum.

B. Fill in the gaps with 'said' or 'told' and then transform these sentences into Direct Speech.

1. They ....... that they couldn't find a cash machine in that city.

2. Mary ........  them that the fish tasted awful.

3. Fernando Alonso ........ Albert that he was saving for a new car then.

4. My parents ..... my aunt that they wanted to borrow her house in the mountains.

5. Nadal ......... that his elbow was very painful.

6. She ...... me that her coat was made of leather.

Niki Lauda, three-times Formula One world champion, dies aged 70 (The Guardian)

News Review: Niki Lauda dies   

Have you ever had a date? Here's some advice.

Bad dates: The Drunk Date  

Learn English With Emilia Clarke & Ellen

And here comes June!!!

sábado, 25 de mayo de 2019

Sleep disorders

"I feel sleepy the whole day and I can't sleep well at night." This is something that we quite often hear these days. Why is that? Is it due to the spring time?  Am I getting old?

Here are some interesting articles about sleep disorders:

TED TALK: What causes insomnia?  


And now let's do this listening exercise: What to do when you can't sleep (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English).

Click on this label: sleep deprivation  for further information on the topic.

The English We Speak: What does couch surfing mean?   (previous post:  Couchsurfing is no picnic  )  


Another interesting kind of accomodation, especially good for foreign students, is living with a host family (here's a good website to visit: HOMESTAY)


STOP SAYING "Congratulations" - Improve Your English Vocabulary!




David Ferrer Retirement Ceremony & Emotional Speech | Madrid 2019



jueves, 23 de mayo de 2019

Tell me your windmill story!!

First check these labels for more posts on Clean Green Energy:  recycling   ,   upcycling , green energies   &  environmental impact .

How do Wind Turbines work ? Watch this documentary. (Clean Green Energy cartoon)



Watch this cartoon and make up a story about The Windmill Farmer  >>>>


Summers could be entirely powered by clean energy by 2050 (The Guardian)



And talking about windmills, here's the film Monsignor Quixote (based on the famous novel written by Graham Greene) starred by Sir Alec Guinness:



Previous post in this blog you can read about Don Quixote and Cervantes: Once upon a time, 400 years ago, a writer named Cervantes...


Let's do this listening exercise: Being slim: Is it in our genes? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English).


Improve your English listening skills with Lucy (English with Lucy)  >>>>




  • Episode 190522 / 22 May 2019    >>>  Trees talking to trees:   Language related to 'nature'.  Need-to-know language: fungi, nutrients, subterranean, vulnerable  & flourish.

domingo, 19 de mayo de 2019

NADAL: l'imperatore è tornato a Roma!!!

The king of clay, in this case the emperor of clay ( L'imperatore di Roma ), is back in Rome. What an incredible tournament!!!  What an amazing opponent Nole Djokovic is!!!  Congratulations to both of them!!!


Nadal Beats Djokovic To Win Ninth Rome Title (ATP Tour)

Nadal beats Djokovic in Rome for his first title of 2019 (Marca)

Nadal è il signore di Roma. Djokovic si arrende in 3 set (La Gazzetta dello Sport)


Final highlights  (French) 



SHOCKING : Historic SET between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic


Rafael Nadal vs Stefanos Tsitsipas SemiFinal Rome 2019 HD Highlights 


Let's do this listening exercise: Why do we feel awkward? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English).

English in a minute: "In case vs If" (BBC Learning English)

Lucy gives us 1 Simple Trick to Become Fluent in English - Become a Confident Speaker and Stop Translating


Episode 12 - The Liberation   



  • Episode 190508 / 08 May 2019    >>>  Prince Harry: Proud father (Birth of a new royal baby):   Language related to 'Celebrating birth'.  Need-to-know language: well-wishers, settling into, delight, to die for & over the moon.

BASKETBALL  >>>  Vintage NBA


viernes, 17 de mayo de 2019

He told me he hadn't done it.

But why?? He felt so anxious that he couldn't do it!!! However, anxiety can also be good for humans to evolve. It is obvious that if you can overcome anxiety, you will be much stronger after that experience, so anxiety is not that bad in the end!!! 


English in a minute: "In the end" vs "At the end"  


Here are some articles for you to read about the issue:



And now let's do this listening exercise: Evolution and anxiety (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English).

Let's talk about the Reported Speech. Can you tell me how it is also called? What is the opposite? Where do you usually find many examples of Reported Speech? Police questioning / interrogation could also be another typical situation.

What is the BACK SHIFT process? What is the opposite of 'back'? what does 'shift' mean? In which technological device can you find this word?

Have a look at previous posts in this blog. Labels: reported speech , Reported speech exercise 


For those of you sitting B1, B2... exams at the Official Language School, here's a piece of advice for you to bear in mind.

EOI MÁLAGA   >>>   Interesting pages to look up   (B1, B2... exams)



Episode 11 - The Red-Eyed Giants


  • Episode 190515 / 15 May 2019    >>>  Love symbol hidden in masterpiece:   Language related to 'painting'.  Need-to-know language: restoring, varnish, painstaking  & stroke.

jueves, 9 de mayo de 2019

Watermelons are sold here!!

What is the PASSIVE VOICE? What is the opposite? Why and when do we use the passive voice? Click on the label passive voice, on the right-hand side column of the blog and you will discover some interesting facts about it.


- We use the passive voice when the subject is not known or it is not relevant or just because we face a matter from a different perspective. For example, when we see the advertisement 'TOMATOES ARE SOLD HERE', do we really care the name of the seller or the farmer? Not at all. The important thing is the fact that you can buy tomatoes here. On the contrary, if Brad Pitt was the person selling tomatoes, we would never use the passive voice and we would say: Do you know what? Brad Pitt sells tomatoes on the road to Granada.

- You only include the agent when it gives some information. If it doesn't give any information, we tend to omit it (remember our 'pasiva refleja'  >>  Se venden tomates aquí : tomatoes are sold here.) WE NEVER SAY: by someone, by people and we rarely say: by him, her.

- Our indirect object can the be subject of the passive voice.
Example:   ACTIVE  >>   We gave Mary a wonderful present for her birthday.
PASSIVE  >>  Mary was given a wonderful present for her birthday.
or  A wonderful present was given to Mary for her birthday.
But remember that the sentence "We gave a wonderful present to Mary for her birthday" has got only passive possibility (A wonderful present was given to Mary for her birthday).

- BE CAREFUL with sentences whose subject is 'NOBODY' because the sentence is negative.
Example: Ann wasn't offered the job (<< Nobody offered Ann the job)

- 'I was born in Chicago' is actually a passive sentence.

English with Lucy >>>>  20 sayings people get wrong all the time




A million species face extinction. Meeting in Paris discusses findings of a new report. Nature loss: UN report in Paris (News Review)


  • Episode 190424 / 24 April 2019    >>>  Meet Britain's first trainee guide poney: Language related to 'performance'.  Need-to-know language: hack it, coping, taking it ... in its stride  & naysayer.

The Day Nadal And Verdasco Made The Crowd EXPLODE

lunes, 6 de mayo de 2019

BILINGUALISM, FAKE NEWS... All that glitters is not gold.

Talking about real bilingualism, there are obvious advantages to speak several languages, but all that glitters is not gold, as we will see in a minute. That would be the case with certain news we come across from time to time.

Some related articles to read about the issue of bilingualism:

And now changing topics, what do you know about the post truth world? Actually, it is connected with fake news, which we had a post in this blog some time ago (FAKE NEWS!!!)

By the way, what is the noun that comes from the verb 'eroding'?

FC Barcelona is playing against Liverpool this week. Here's something interesting about Liverpool FC coach: The real Jürgen Klopp | A trip back in time with the Liverpool coach


Learn about this expression: "Out of order" (The English We Speak)


Learn English with Lucy   >>>>>> 

4 things to study EVERY DAY to become fluent in English


English in a minute: all together vs altogether (BBC Learning English)


  • Episode 190501 / 01 May 2019    >>>  Using cow waste to fight climate change:   Language related to 'soil quality'.  Need-to-know language: erosion, degradation, dung, pasture  & depleted.



Related Selectivity exams to do: 2018   >>         Bilingual people process maths differently depending on the language & We are living in a post truth world