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

sábado, 9 de noviembre de 2019

Thirty years ago and a dazzling mistake!!!

Last summer I visited Berlin, as you may well remember this post: BERLIN. a sad story with a happy ending (we do hope) , and it a was a city that really impressed me because of their historical meaning. I learned yesterday on the news that today is 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall fall. What a great day for Germany and for Europe, in general!!!

Scorpions - Wind Of Change (Official Music Video)

This is the song that is often associated to the fall of the Berlin Wall  (version with lyrics)

Reagan’s ‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall’ was almost left unsaid (extended speech)

And what happened to USSR President? Gorbachev: Treachery killed USSR - BBC News

30th Anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution - Fall of the Berlin Wall   

(Kultur Projekte Berlin) 


Here are some articles and videos dealing the topic:

Listening exercise to do: Why do people like sad music? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

News Review:Can running help you live longer? (BBC Learning English)

Football:  Football’s Greatest Players - Andrés Iniesta   

Spanish brilliance outshines Netherlands in Final


  • Episode 191106 / 11 November 2019    >>>  Oysters: An eco-friendly delicacy?:   Language related to 'lakes and oceans'.  Need-to-know language: loch, mudflats, reefs, incoming tide & estuary.

jueves, 7 de noviembre de 2019

It is said that we are far too many!!!!

Are we supposed to consider this issue as one of the BIG problems to solve in the future? Is climate change also going to be affected? Will there be enough drinking water for all of us? The population is growing bigger and bigger. And the bigger it gets, the fewer natural resources we've got left to live.


In contrast, families have fewer children these days in Spain!!!

I hope you have paid attention to all the PASSIVE VOICE examples we have seen. Here are some exercises for you to do:

    1     2    3    4      


6 Minute Grammar: PASSIVE VOICE (BBC Learning English)

Here are some articles for you to read and some videos to watch about this topic:

Nature is speaking. So listen!!!


Travelling tip   >>>    Grande marée au Mont-Saint-Michel and another one in English...

Inside the walls of Mont St Michel and interior of his abbey 

Stories for Children   >>>   Abdu and the traffic jam  (New series in BBC Learning English) 

Football:  Football’s Greatest Players - Xavi   

lunes, 4 de noviembre de 2019

Who taught you the most things? Why the mother tongue?

Who taught you the most things? Your Mum or your Dad? Or both at the same time? Are the teaching roles inside the family changing nowadays? 


Well, things used to be so different. As babies or little children, we used to spend a lot of time at home with mothers and obviously we would learn from them, but nowadays mothers may be working and we may spend more time with our fathers, with our grandparents, or even at nursery schools.


In northern Europe many mothers, or fathers, may decide to stay at home and raise their children themselves and that would mean that we would go back to square one.

Anyway, children learn their languages from the people that are around them, so sometimes it's the mothers, or the fathers, or grandparents, or the nannies that take care of them! Just before they begin to speak they go through what is called THE SILENT PERIOD, when they just listen and listen without producing anything at all. 



Write about how you learned to speak and to do many other things, and about the people who taught you most.


Why mother tongue matters


Here are some articles for you to read about all this learning process and even a listening exercise for you to do:

The “Silent Period” in Language Acquisition: Truth or Myth?

What is SILENT PERIOD? What does SILENT PERIOD mean? SILENT PERIOD meaning, definition & explanation




English in a Minute: 5 uses of BREAK   (BBC Learning English)




Learn English with Papa  >>>  How Do You Talk To The Doctor In English?       


Nature is speaking. So listen!!!

What's hidden under the Greenland ice sheet? - TED Talks    by Kristin Poinar

Danny Macaskill: Danny Daycare



Football:  Football’s Greatest International Teams .. Germany 1972-1974   



martes, 29 de octubre de 2019

NEVER will I ghost my students!

Let's see first why I have used this bizarre inversion for my post.   >>>

English in a Minute: INVERSION to emphasize   (BBC Learning English)


and then we will have a look at the slang word 'ghost' (to ghost s.o). By the way, do you know any politician who is ghosting another one?

The English We Speak: ghosting   (BBC Learning English)


And talking about ghosts, here are some videos to watch about Halloween:

  • Halloween History | National Geographic



What do you do on Halloween? What do you know about it?


HIGHWAY TO B1 & B2.....


Some activities for my students:



Level 4º ESO


Present Perfect Simple and Continuous  >>   exercises to do    1    2   3

Level 1º Bachillerato

31. TENSES. Put the verbs in brackets into their correct tense, be careful with the position of the other words in brackets:
 1. I (like/go)________________ out tonight with Michelle Pfeiffer.
 2. Most bread in England (now/produce) _______________ by large industrial bakeries.
 3. How many students (pass) _____________ the last English exam?
 4. We (not do)_____________ anything until we (hear)________ from you.
 5. Where (stamps/sell) __________________________ in your country?
 6. Look at my agenda, Mary! We (not/have) ____________________ any more English classes this week.
 7. I (go) _______ into the bathroom just when Julia Roberts (have) _____________ a shower.

Give me adjectives to express FEAR:

Less fear  >>>>>                                                                                      <<<< more fear

     frightened, scared                                 terrified                              petrified

Stories for Children   >>>   The perfect thing  (New series in BBC Learning English) 



Nature is speaking. So listen!!!

Further information about teenage gambling.

Teen Gambling Problems: youth gambling is Not a game


Halloween! Get scared with us! (BBC Learning English)

Frankestein. A spooky drama!

Episode 1: A passion for science

What does 'spooky' mean?

domingo, 27 de octubre de 2019

New coming threat for our teenagers: TEENAGE GAMBLING


Who hasn't heard among teenagers how well you feel when you are in one of these places where gambling is allowed? In summer it is so cool and in winter so warm, drinks are much cheaper than anywhere else, you can stay there as long as you like, a super atmosphere with all your gang... However, all this covers a new threat for our teenagers, I'm afraid!!!



And the problem is that you see sport stars and famous people advertising all this gambling on any TV channel and almost at any time!!!!

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

Nature is speaking. So listen!!!



Friday phrase: One in a million    (BBC Learning English)

English with Lucy   >>>  Transition & Linking Words in English | Advanced Writing & IELTS Vocabulary & Grammar

Learners' Questions: 'Fill up', 'fill out' or 'fill in'?    (BBC Learning English)

viernes, 25 de octubre de 2019

PERMAFROST: another victim of climate change

Every day you can learn something. For instance, the other day I learned about this motivational cartoon from our student in 4º ESO Susana, who used on the cover of her folder (great idea!!! Thanks!!!):


This is the right attitude to face challenges in life, especially at school.


But not long ago (actually, it was yesterday), I also learned about something from our Geography and History teacher Mr Jiménez: 'permafrost' and how climate change is affecting it. This could have disastrous consequences in certain regions in the world and could even be a threat to our lives.


Some articles for you to read about the issue:


And some videos:


Inside the permafrost 'time tunnel' - BBC News


Global warming causing Canada's permafrost to release ancient bacteria (CBC)


Climate change thawing permafrost in Northern Canada (CBC)


Siberia: The Melting Permafrost | ARTE Documentary (a very interesting multilingual documentary in English, French and even in Russian!!!)



Listening exercise for you to do:

6 Minute English: Is it a good idea to have a tattoo?   (BBC Learning English)



And here's a quiz to do: JUST , ALREADY or YET  ??  (BBC Learning English)

Nature is speaking. So listen!!!


  • Episode 191023 / 23 October 2019    >>>  Can VR help the memory? (Virtual therapy: helping old people remember):    Language related to 'elderly people'.  Need-to-know language: care home, dementia, trip down memory lane, no longer with us & disorientating.

BASKETBALL  >>>  Vintage NBA

Once upon a time, there was a man, probably from an outer world, who could play basketball  >>>

Michael Jordan - The Last Dance   

martes, 22 de octubre de 2019

Summer holidays passed long ago, but...

... what are your plans for your next holidays? or if you ever win the lottery? This post will deal with travelling, which is a topic that we see in unit 2 with our 1º bachillerato students, so it will be quite suitable for them!!   I hope 😎😎😎😎




Here are some articles for you to read:

Which holiday do you prefer?

  • Tulum is a town in the state of Quintana Roo in south-eastern Mexico. It is known for its beaches, the nearby Mayan temple ruins and the biosphere reserve in Sian Ka'an.




  • Beijing is the capital city of the People's Republic of China. It is a large city in north-eastern China with over 21 million inhabitants. There are several UNESCO world heritage sites in Beijing, including the Forbidden City.




  • The Forbidden City was the home of China's Emperors for nearly 500 years until 1912. The large palace complex has over 900 buildings, and since 1925 it has been preserved as a museum. There are more than 14 million visitors to the museum every year.




  • Guillin is a city in the south of China. It is famous for its beautiful scenery, especially its river and the cone-shaped hills around the city.




  • Shanghai is a large city in the east of China at the estuary of the Yangtze River. Shanghai is one of the largest cities in the world, with a population of over 23 million people.

And talking about gorgeous places to visit in China. here's...

"Avatar" Mountain & Wulingyuan Scenic Area, Zhangjiajie, China   

Visiting Peru

  • Peru >>  The Republic of Peru is a country in the west of South America with a population of over 30 million people, who are called Peruvians.

  • Lima is the capital city of  Peru, situated on the Pacific coast. Lima has many important colonial buildings and museums with pre-Columbian artefacts (objects created byu indigenous people prior to the arrival of Columbus).

  • Cuzco is an ancient Inca city in the south of Peru. It is famous for its archaelogical sites and is popular with tourists who often visit the ruins of Machu Picchu.

  • Altitude sickness is a common problem for visitors to Peru. It is often caused when people travel to places more than 2,500 m above the sea level. Symptoms of altitude sickness include dizziness, feeling sick and having difficulty breathing. It can be very serious, so tourists are advised to rest and get medical help.



Musical hint:  The Traveling Wilburys (playlist)

George Carlin - Saving the Planet




Danny MacAskill’s Imaginate



The English We Speak: SLOW TV   (BBC Learning English)

Stories for Children   >>>   Joe goes fishing  (New series in BBC Learning English)