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, 24 de febrero de 2018

Armed teachers with...

... books, pencils, values, etc NOT WITH GUNS!!! Schools are not the Far West, where cowboys used to solve every matter shooting.

Here's a real cowboy, John Wayne, and the way he solved matters. Is this what we want for our schools?

And here's Gary Cooper in High Noon (Click here to watch the full movie). Again any resemblance with a school?



Here are some related articles to read about the issue:

What is the verb that comes from the adjective 'deterrent'? How would you say in English: "La alarma disuadirá a los ladrones de entrar en la casa".

Activities for my 2º ESO students:  What would you like your teacher to be like?



A. Fill in the gaps with these words:     bargain   ,   deal  ,   exchange  ,   rate  

1. There was a fascinating ________________ of views in the debate.
2. It was quite cheap. It was a tremendous _______________ in fact.
3. Let's make a _______________ . You have my sweater, and I'll have your jeans.
4. This isn't the right _______________ . I gave you twenty pounds, not ten!
5. What's the _____________ for dollars today?

And now with:     advice   ,   intention  ,   meaning  ,   mind   ,   opinion

6. In my ___________, I think that marriage is definitely a good thing.
7. I took my mother's ______________ . I didn't get married until I was twenty-five.
8. I can't make up my _____________ whether to get married or not.
9. I have no ____________ of ever getting married.
10. Marriage? My husband doesn't understand the real _____________ of the word!

Solutions to  VOCABULARY exercises in the previous post.

A. 1. borrow    2. lend    3. lend      4. lent    5. borrow   6. borrowing   7. lending
B. 1. fault   2. mistake   3. fault  4. error   5. mistake  6. error/mistake

Here you can read about the difference between error and mistake.   FAULT/ERROR/MISTAKE, further explanation and exercises.

domingo, 18 de febrero de 2018

Drones, the solution or ....???


Becas inmersión lingüística BACHILLERATO

Here's a listening exercise to do: The rise of drones (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)



The future of flying robots (TED talk)


You can read about the issue in the following articles:


Related post: Travelling to Ibiza and Dronies


Secret British Accent Pronunciation Training




A. Complete the following sentences with the correct form of 'lend' or 'borrow'.

1. Could I ............... some money from you?
2. Could you ................. me some money? If you can't, I will have to ask for a loan.
3. Could you .................. me a hand with my English homework?
4. I ................... my brother-in-law a lot of money last month and he still hasn't paid it back.
5. If you're short of money, why don't you ............. some from the bank?
6. I don't believe in .............. money from my friends.
7. I don't believe in ............... money to other people, not even my friends.

Pay attention to the expressions marked in red and tell me what they mean.

B. Complete the following sentences with 'fault', 'error' or 'mistake'.

1. Federer missed the second serve, so he committed a double ...............
2. I took someone else's coat by ................. 
3. The accident wasn't my ................
4. The letter was sent to you in .................
5. It was a big .................... to pay so much for your car.
6. Look! Here's another spelling .............. in this stupid book!

Activities for my 2º ESO students:  What were you and your family doing yesterday at 9 p.m.? Use different verbs even if it i not true.

miércoles, 14 de febrero de 2018

Pirates of the Web

They are not Pirates of the Caribbean, they are ordinary pirates of the web. They download, copy and raid the web stealing anything they find on their ways. Well, actually, everybody is a bit of pirate of the web.


What is music piracy? Have a look at the bottom of this post.

Related articles to read:

David Pogue: The music wars | TED Talk |

How to build & expand your vocabulary - 4 useful steps for improvement  (English with Lucy)

Activities for my 2º ESO students:  How do you get your music? Do you buy any CDs? Do you download music from the web? Do you think music piracy is a crime?

Solutions to the exercises in the previous post:

page 53  Vocabulary. Rewrite these sentences with suitable prefixes.

1 repaint it       2 misspelled my name        3 overcook the meat       4 miscalculated        5 overreacted

page 56  Writing a formal letter.

ANSWERS to the first exercise  1 C 2 D 3 A 4 E 5 B

SUGGESTED ANSWER for the second exercise
       Dear Sir or Madam,

       I am writing in response to the advertisement for a waiter which was published in the evening newspaper on 21 October. I enclose a copy of my CV and I would be grateful if you would consider me for the position. I think I would be suitable for the job because I am polite and hard-working. As you can see from my CV, I worked in a shop last summer, so I have experience of serving customers and dealing with money. I would enjoy the opportunity to work in your restaurant and I am available to start immediately.

       I would be happy to attend an interview and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

       Yours faithfully,
        Katie Wilson



  • Episode 180214 / 14 February 2018    >>>  Bus for unemployed young Italians   -  Language related to 'Job interviews'.  Need-to-know language: jobseeker, contract, short-term, candidates & the competition.


A good expression to learn: The best of both worlds (The English We Speak)


Music piracy is copying or downloading music without paying for it.


lunes, 12 de febrero de 2018

The future of travelling

How will we move around in the future? Self-driving cars, virtual voyages, hyperloops...

Here are som related articles about the issue you can read:

What does the expression 'a pie in the sky' mean? Look it up here.

Previous post you can have a look at:



Here's a listening exercise to do: Transport of the future (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

Lucy tells us about 7 Ways to Improve English Writing Skills >>>>

Activities for my 2º ESO students:  What means of transport do you use? Which would you like to use in the future?  Pay attention to the prepositions used. Example: Albert  >>>  I used to cycle to school when I was a student. Now I go to school by car. How would you say in English: "Mis abuelos solían ir al campo a caballo"?

Some extra exercises for my students in 2º Bachillerato  >>>

UNIT  4     Work

page 53  Vocabulary. Rewrite these sentences substituting the underlined words by words with suitable prefixes.

1 The paint is coming off the door. I’ll have to paint it again.
2 I was annoyed because he spelled my name wrongly.
3 Don’t cook the meat too much, or it won’t be nice.
4 We calculated wrongly how long the job would take.
5 Juan reacted too strongly when I told him the news.

page 56  Writing a formal letter. I advise you to have a look at this previous post to remind you certain things to do when writing a formal letter: Formal letter writing

Look at the letter again and find expressions 1–5, then match them with their meanings A–E.

1 in response to                                                               A I would be good at
2 I enclose                                                                      B (I) can
3 I would be suitable for                                                  C because of
4 I would enjoy the opportunity to                                   D I am sending you
5 (I) am available to                                                        E I would like to

Read this letter and elicit all  the things that are too informal. Then, rewrite it using more formal language, using the letter in exercise 1 as a model.

Hi there,
I’m writing because I saw the advert for a waiter which was in the evening newspaper on 21 October. I’m sending you a copy of my CV and I’d like you to think about giving me the job. I think I would be good at the job because I am polite and hard-working. Look at my CV and you will see that I worked in a shop last summer, so I’ve already tried serving customers and dealing with money. I’d love to work in your restaurant and I can start immediately.
I don’t mind attending an interview and I hope to hear from you soon.
See you soon,
Katie Wilson


jueves, 8 de febrero de 2018

Why not Nigeria for our summer holidays?

Our students in 2º ESO have been presented with several attractive holiday destinations in the world. Well, here's an interesting country to visit. Pay attention to the superlatives and comparatives. Let's start with some videos (you can watch them with English subtitles):


12 Incredible Facts About Nigeria

And here's a second one:

Incredible Facts About Nigeria - Part 2 

Some articles for you to read about this African country:


By the way, do you know Hakeen Olajuwon? He's a Nigerian sportsman. Which sport did he practise? Which team did he play for? Why is that team called like that? Here's a video for you to see  >>>>

  TED talk  >>> 

Alison Quirk: Making a difference in the world


Learn 13 idioms for ILLNESS, SICKNESS & HEALTH with English with Lucy

By the way, what is the slight difference between 'feeling sick' or 'feeling ill'?

Activities for my 2º ESO students:  Answer the question above and tell me what language you know about health, doctors and patients.   



"I bought some mineral water"     YOU: "Did you? So did my mother." OR  "Did you? My mother didn't"
"I didn't buy any beer"    YOU: "Didn't you? Neither / Nor did my mother." OR  "Didn't you? My mother did."

1. "My brother is very tired."  YOU: "................? __________________ I".

2. "I always study before dinner."   YOU: ".................? ____________________ my sister."

3. "I've missed my bus to Motril"       YOU: "............? __________________ my parents."

4. "I'm not very good at English."     Víctor: "...................? I ___________________"

5. "I can't speak German"    YOU: ".....................? ________________ we."

6. "I can't find any photos for my tourist brochure."  YOU: "..........................? My English teacher ____________"

7.  "We are going to Edinburgh at the end of March."   YOU: "..................? _________________ Albert's students."

8. "She has got a new boyfriend."    YOU: "................? I _______________"

9. "I don't smoke Havana cigars."    YOU: ".............? ________________ smurfs."

10. "I was born in Salobreña."       YOU: "..........? Albert ____________. I think he was born in Colone, Germany."     


Key to Selectivity exam in the previous post: Key to Sexism in language   




- We use HAD BETTER instead of 'should' or 'ought to' to give advice or as a kind of threat.
You'd better hand in all the compositions Albert asks you to do.
You'd better not be late for class if you don't want the teacher to tell you off.
- We often use WOULD RATHER to express preferences either for yourself or a preference  someone has that another person does something. We use past tenses.
I would like to play tennis rather than football
I'd rather play tennis than football 
I would like you to drive her to the airport.   >>>   I would rather / I'd rather you drove her to the airport

Exercises to do connected with HAD BETTER /WOULD RATHER:


  • Episode 180207 / 07 February 2018    >>>  Nigeria: world's biggest yam producer   -  Language related to 'Commerce'.  Need-to-know language: exporting, generate, diversify, funding & mainstay.

sábado, 3 de febrero de 2018

My name is...


My name is Bond... James Bond. 




No, no, this is no fake post. This post has a lot to do with sexism in language and in life. Ironically, the Anglo-Saxon World has got a big problem with this as women usually graduate with a surname, they get married and lose it, they get divorced and change it again, they get married a second time and they change it again. This is a neverending story and labour market can't stand all this, so many women choose to keep their original surname or even... Have a look at this listening exercise and discover it: What's in a name? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English).

Here are some related articles you can read about the issue:

You can also do this old Selectivity exam: Sexism in language   (I will give you the key to this exam in my next post)


So what is your opinion? Do you agree or do you disagree with any of these trends? Actually, we don't have to care about this in Spain as women keep their family names even if they get married. Anyway, there are certain words in Spanish used in the masculin to refer to both sexes as these are the non-marked terms. There are also new non-sexist terms coming to replace some of the old sexist terms, such as...

Agreeing with someone (Learn English with Papa)


Another interesting video about giving opinions, agreeing and disagreeing  


Solutions to the exercises in the previous post:

Vocabulary. Fill in the gaps with suitable words.   >>>  1  abroad      2  experience     3  hours      4 Staff

A high-flyer is an ambitiously competitive person with high aspirations/expectations.

page 49  Vocabulary. Fill in the gaps with suitable verbs.    >>>>     1 take            2 earn               3 have                 4 took


Activities for my 2º ESO students:  Give me your opinion about the issue dealt in the post. Do you know the meaning of the word 'shortcut'? Have a look at the LINGOHACK section and tell me which means of transport do you prefer. You can do this exercise online.


1. Whose book is this? It's your book. It's yours.   2. Whose pencils are these? They are his pencils. They are his.  3. Whose omelette is this? It is our omelette. It's ours.   4. Whose spoons are these? They are my spoons. They are mine.  5) Whose cars are these? They are their cars. They are theirs.
Fill in the gaps with the right prepositions :
1. about      2. with     3. to, on    4. into, in    5. from   6. in, in


  • Episode 180131 / 31 January 2018    >>>  Hyperloop: the train of the future?   -  Language related to 'Speed'.  Need-to-know language: glimpse, hurtling, miles an hour, test track & cut the journey (remember the word 'shortcut'  >>  How would you translate it into Spanish).

miércoles, 31 de enero de 2018

Albert, your sledge hammer ;-))))

Your English teacher may seem to you as your sledge hammer because he is always telling you what to do, but the thing is that he does not treat teaching as an ordinary job. As well, remember...

Don’t treat love or leisure like a job (The Guardian)  Selectivity exam to do  



In this world of machines you can be easily misled.

Here's a listening exercise to do: Rise of the machines (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


And now let's listen to this song: Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel


Have a look at this version with lyrics. What does 'sledge hammer' mean? However, Sledge hammer! was also a sitcom in the 80's



Learn English with Papa  >>>  "Be up to" vs "Be up for"  


Some extra exercises for my students in 2º Bachillerato  >>>

UNIT  4     Work

page 47  Vocabulary. Fill in the gaps with suitable words.

1 Do you want to work … ?
2 No work … is required.
3 Working … may vary.
4 … need to be flexible.

Define the word 'high-flyer'.

page 49  Vocabulary. Fill in the gaps with suitable verbs.

1 She will not _____________ the lift.
2 I didn’t think I could ___________ a living doing what I loved.
3 I need to ___________ a little danger in my life.
4 It ____________ me three years to qualify.

MISS or LOSE? Lucy explains to us the difference  >>>>

Activities for my 2º ESO students:  Give me your opinion about the sitcom episode Sledge Hammer! , try to translate the song and do these exercises. Also write a sentence with 'lose' and another one with 'miss' after watching Lucy's video.


1. ______ book _________________ ? (you) It's __________ book. _____________________
2. ______ pencils ______________ ? (he) ______________________ .  ____________________
3. ______ omelette _____________ ? (we) ______________________ .  ______________________
4. ______ spoons _______________ ? (I) _______________________ .  _____________________
5) ______ cars _________________ ? (they) ____________________ .  ____________________

Fill in the gaps with the right prepositions :

1. I'm thinking ______ you.      2. Joe is ______ Tom and Jim.     
3. He is listening ______ the radio ______ the beach.
4. Come ______ my house! Come ______ !    5. This postcard is ______ Arthur.    
6. Arthur is sitting ______ an armchair ______ Mrs Harrison's  kitchen.

jueves, 25 de enero de 2018

Stop boozing for a while!!!

Boozing?? What does it mean? What is the difference with 'drinking'? Why should we stop boozing in January? 

Yes, some people believe that we should do it during this month in order to keep healthy and make our body recover from all the Christmas excesses.

Here's a listening exercise to do and some articles to read about the issue:


Two related posts in this blog:

The solution  >>>   Seven ways to make up for Christmas excess before NYE (CTV News)


And here's a Selectivity exam for you to do and that we may correct in class if you like:

The big bottle    As you said, it is also FALSE that the police are afraid teenagers..., because it is the city councils the ones that are afraid ("cautious").    They accept 'repair, mend, fix' as opposites of BREAK   TO COME ACROSS S.O./STH is to meet or find s.o. or sth.  by chance (example: "I came across this book in a second-hand shop")


Learn English Through Story - Jane Eyre - beginner level

You can listen to the story here!!!



Learn English with Papa  >>>  During / While / Meanwhile - How to use them in English


Activities for my 2º ESO students:  Watch the video and write 3 sentences with the words: 'during', 'while' & 'meanwhile'. Then listen to the current soundtrack of my blog and tell me the title of the song you are listening to and what it means in Spanish.



  • Episode 180124 / 24 January 2018    >>>  Antarctic discoveries   -  Language related to 'Antarctica'.  Need-to-know language: glacial ice, icy seas, frigid ice, wall of life & unique ecosystem.

lunes, 22 de enero de 2018


Whenever you are eating something or have a plastic bag in your hands, please drop it into a litter bin and make people realise how important this is as PLASTIC IS THE BIGGEST THREAT FOR OUR MEDITERRANEAN SEA.


Articles to read:

 And remember these previous posts in this blog:



ONE POSSIBLE SOLUTION  >>>  A Massive Let’s Do It! Cleaning up the Mediterranean Coast  


However, this striking paradox can also happen:


Listening exercise to do: Is the Great Barrier Reef under threat? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) Where is it?

Common mistakes with comparatives and superlatives adjectives and adverbs: interesting Anglo-Link lesson.

Solutions to the exercises in the previous post:

GRAMMAR  >>>>  1. have been working, have never been   2. went out, broke up   3. has gone, bought, has never broken down   4. have lived    5. was, died   6. have you had   7. did you have   8. began, lasted   9. began, ended, has been going on   10. Have you ever been, went, did you like, did, liked

VOCABULARY  >>>>   1. salary  2. money   3. salary    4. wages   5. cash


Episode 160727 / 27 July 2016   >>>  Expressions presented: breaking through, elluded, blazes & prematurely.

Try to compile the most interesting words you have come across in all the articles read in this post.

sábado, 20 de enero de 2018

In case you get your laptop, tablet, mobile phone... stolen or lost!!

Technology is really incredible these days. The other day I happened to learn that if you lose or get stolen your tablet, you can easily track it by using some devices you can find in the web. However, you have to be quick because if someone has stolen it from you, he can disable this function these devices have.

Some articles for you to read about the issue:

Interesting video to watch (pay attention to the peculiar accent the presenter has)

We did it again!!!! Two of our 2º Bachillerato students (María Béjar and Joaquín García) have just received some very good news  >>>  They have passed their B2 Cambridge exams. And remember that they already had their B1 in the Official Language School both in English and in French. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Lucy tells us how long it should take to learn English


Activities for my 2º ESO students:  Having page 43 as a reference, write an e-mail to a bed and breakfast requesting information. You can ask about the cost, WI-Fi or places to visit in the area. 



GRAMMAR. Complete these sentences with the correct form of the verb:

1. I (work) ..... for this company for a long time and I'm still in the same post. I (be, never) ..... promoted. 

2. Jack and Mary (go out) .... with each other for six years, but then they (break up) ..........
3. My car (go) .... well ever since I (buy) ...... it and (break down, never) ....... . Not once!
4. I (live) .... in La Caleta since 1975 and still don't want to move.
5. Orson Welles, the great actor and director who (be) .... born in 1915 and (die) ...... in 1985.
6. How long (you, have) ..... your present job?
7. How long (you have) ...... the job before that? 
8. World War II (begin) .... in 1939 and (last) ...... for six terrible years.
9. The so-called 'Cold War' (begin) .... when World War II (end) ..... and (go on) .... ever since.
10. "(you ever be) .... to Brazil?"   "Yes, I (go) .... there in 2002."     "Oh! (you like) .... it?"   "Yes, I (do) .... . I (like) ..... it very much."

VOCABULARY. Complete these sentences with: MONEY , CASH , PAY , SALARY , WAGES

1. In this job, you will get a monthly ______________     
2. All he ever thinks about is making ______________
3. The job is interesting, but the ___________ is poor.
4. The __________ are very low for a work like this.
5. In the United States, most people pay by cheque or on credit rather than in __________

You can find the SOLUTIONS to the exercises in the previous post in my SITE.


  • Episode 180117 / 17 January 2018    >>>  Seal pup accomodation crisis   -  Language related to 'recovery'.  Need-to-know language: sanctuary, rescue centre, rehab & recuperate.

miércoles, 17 de enero de 2018

One coffee with a dash of milk, please!

Farmers are always complaining how little they get for all the vegetables they grow. Ethical coffee is a way we have to try to compensate this. In this post you can have some vocabulary related to this issue and all about coffee.

By the way, how do refer to 'a coffee with a dash of milk' in our area?

Previous post in this blog related to coffee and some articles to read:

Do you remember what a suspended coffee was?

Activities for my 2º ESO students:  What do you usually have for breakfast? And what time do you have it? And now watch the English With Lucy video and tell me what you must do to learn English.


Here's a listening exercise to do: Ethical coffee (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


"Do a runner"  Here's an expression you can learn about in The English We Speak (BBC Learning English) What does it meaning? Have you ever behaved like that?

Lucy tells about 5 ways to improve your English daily


Some extra exercises for my students in 2º Bachillerato  >>>

A. Vocabulary (Films). Complete the sentences with the correct word :   released   -   shot   -   debut    -   critics   -   starred

1. The film was … on location in India.
2. She’s a young actress who made her film … last year.
3. The film will be … next month in cinemas worldwide.
4. She has … in several Hollywood films.
5. The film has been praised by film …

B. Phrasal Verbs:  PUT ON. What does 'put on' mean in each sentence? Choose from these:  apply   -   gain   -   switch on    -   play   -   dress oneself in

1. I put on my coat.
2. Can you put the light on, please?
3. Shall I put some music on?
4. I never eat pizza because I don’t want to put on weight.
5. Don’t forget to put on suncream if you’re going out in the sun.

C. Compound adjectives. Answer these questions:   How do you call...

1. ..... a man that looks strange?
2. ..... a young girl that has got fair hair?
3. ..... a lady that dresses badly?
4. ...... some furniture that has been made well?

D. Vocabulary. Fill in the gaps with suitable prepositions:

1. If I really felt I had talent, then I should go … it.
2. I’ve decided that I will stick … my studies.
3. How do you plan to break … the business?
4. My vlog is about trying to get … TV.
5. Can I work … you, please?

E. Read about Mireia Belmonte and tell me the other two swimming styles. What is 'medley style' about?

Mireia Belmonte is a Spanish Olympic swimmer who specializes in freestyle, butterfly and medley events. She was born in 1990 and competed successfully as a junior, becoming the Junior World Champion for 400 m freestyle and 400 m individual medley in 2006. She won two silver medals at the London Olympics in 2012, and won her first Olympic Gold medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

SOLUTIONS to the B2 exercise in the previous post:  1. B   2. A    3. C    4. C     5. D    6. B    7. A  8. D   9. C   10. B   11. C  12. D   13. B   14. A   15. C   16. D  17. A   18. C   19. D   20. B