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

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  & flourtish.

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 (French)


Rafael Nadal vs Stefanos Tsitsipas SemiFinal Rome 2019 HD Highlights  (French)


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

jueves, 2 de mayo de 2019

Our VIII Study trip to the British-Irish Isles?? Our destination: CAMBRIDGE/LONDON??



Next Wednesday, 8th May, 2019 in the language department, we will be having a meeting to talk about what the students thought of our experience in York 2019 and to give information about the possibility of organising our VIII Study trip to the British-Irish Isles. Our destination would be CAMBRIDGE/LONDON.

The teachers organising the activity are:

Mª Luisa, José Luis & Alberto.

The group that has just participated on our VII Study trip to the British-Irish Isles (York 2019) has decided that next year they want to go to Cambridge/London.




A rough idea of our proposal will be given, as well as further interesting details to bear in mind so as to be as quick as possible in the organization of the experience.

and here's also  >>> a Summary report on the answers given to the feedback form by our students and their families.



What makes Cambridge a model cycling city? (The Guardian)

And now have a look at what we did in our II Study trip to the British-Irish Isles in 2013:

  • My blog (Spanish version

  • My site   

  • Although the school we would be going to is different, here's the report that came out of the experience written by the  TEACHERS' 

  • Other interesting material to see: photos, videos (1, 2 )....

Some data about a school trip done this year (2017): flyer & school we would be going to SELECT ENGLISH

Other sites to visit:

Let's do this listening exercise: The decluttering trend (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English).

English in a minute (BBC Learning English) >>>>  less vs fewer  

BASKETBALL  >>>  Vintage NBA

"The Magic Man" Magic Johnson mix (made by NPZ) [ULTIMATE MIX]  

miércoles, 1 de mayo de 2019

Is the POTATO still the solution to save the world?

A long time ago, potatoes changed the world when they were once discovered in America (as you can see in the Selectivity exam below), but potatoes can be the solution to many of the problems that affect us nowadays.



Selectivity exam (2018)   >>         Spanish scientists try to find the "cure" for old age & The plant that changed the world  



Can you tell me another colloquial word for 'potato'? 


Let's have a look at some articles about the issue:



And what about the POTATO POWER?

Potato power: the spuds that could light the world (BBC News)


Let's listen now to the POTATO SONG!!! Pay attention to the lyrics

Finally, what about Mr Potato Head (Toy Story)?


English in a minute (BBC Learning English) >>>>  THE FUTURE PERFECT CONTINUOUS  

Interesting information about grants both for English and French in my SITE.

BASKETBALL  >>>  Vintage NBA



  • Episode 190410 / 10 April 2019    >>>  The popularity of raw milk -  Language related to 'dairy products'.  Need-to-know language: dairy farmer, raw milk, pasteurised  & teat.

sábado, 20 de abril de 2019

Our Viking adventures in York in images

After a lot of hard work and exhausting long hours, here's the video I have made of our trip >>>>


York 19 . VII Study trip to the British-Irish Isles


And here are the report based on the 10 students & families who filled in the feedback form ( SURVEY FOR STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO FILL IN ABOUT THE TRIP  ) >>>>



Let's do this listening exercise: Rabbits: cuddly friends or cunning tricksters?  (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English).

And 25 years ago Joventut de Badalona were champions in Europe!!!!


  • Episode 190417 / 17 April 2019    >>>  Harry Potter: Wizard banking -  Language related to 'finance'.  Need-to-know language: treasures, currency, vault, profits  & turnover.

miércoles, 17 de abril de 2019

The history of another successful story starred by our fearless Spanish Vikings from IES Mediterráneo (Salobreña)

The history of another successful story starred by our fearless Spanish Vikings from IES Mediterráneo (Salobreña)

Imagen relacionada

As far as the teachers are concerned, it has been a complete success for many reasons. For further information about this, please read the report written by the the teachers participating in the study trip:



After our VII Study trip to the British-Irish Isles it is time to come to conclusions and analyse how things have been carried out. We have read about the teachers' opinions, but what about our students and their families? Here's a form to collect their opinions  >>>>



Having seen all this, why do we consider this trip to York the best ever so far?

  • It has been the cheapest one and the Spanish Agency has offered the students' families the easiest payment terms.
  • Apart from the one to Dublin, where we were forced to stay in Ireland two days more due to the French air controllers' strike, it has been the longest one.
  • It has had the most activities, and they were all included in the price of the course.

  • NO STUDENT had to be moved to another host family.

  • It has been the one with the fewest problems

  • A fact that has contributed greatly to this is that we had the strongest students ever as they were able to cope with all the difficulties and problems they came across.

Our VII Study trip to the British-Irish Isles: York (England) 2019   >>>   related posts and photos:

Some other videos for you to see about different matters related to our study trip   >>>>

The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones  

Dracula's Whitby - Mina's Run   

It is not only grammar and vocabulary what you have to learn about a language, but also it's appropriate use and the real meaning certain expressions may have  >>>