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

miércoles, 29 de marzo de 2017

We cut our teeth five years ago going to Edinburgh five years ago!!!!

Our IES Mediterráneo students are about to go on their 6th experience (VI Study trip to the British Isles - Edinburgh 2017). We will be departing from Salobreña next Monday morning. 

Anyway, what does the expression 'to cut someone's teeth doing something' mean? Which tense can you also use instead of 'to be about to do something'?

Here you can look up what TO CUT YOUR TEETH means (The English We Speak, BBC Learning English)


These are the must-see top attractions to see in the city of Edinburgh.

And now some photos of our I Study trip to British-Irish Isles

So far, the weather forecast for the week is fantastic with no rain and temperatures rising.

3 Apr
14 mph vindpil
4 Apr
15 mph vindpil
5 Apr
14 mph vindpil
6 Apr
8 mph vindpil
7 Apr
13 mph vindpil
8 Apr
10 mph vindpil





VOCABULARY. Complete these sentences with suitable prepositions.

1. Newman and Redford wanted to play a trick..........the gangster.
2. Redford wanted revenge ..........the murder of his friend.
3. They succeeded ...............their plan to cheat him.............with a great deal of money.
4. They did this...........passing themselves off as gamblers.
5. The gangster bet the money..............a horse race.
6. It's almost impossible.............times to understand exactly what is happening.
7. But............the end of the film, everything has become clear.
8. This film is probably one of the best...........its kind.
9. It's..............television again next week.

Solutions to VOCABULARY exercises.

1. to take someone in/to deceive; 2. a crook; 3. to pass yourself off as; 4. to cheat; 5. cunning; 6. a trick; 7. to deceive

1. crooks; 2. been deceiving; 3. pass himself off as; 4. cunning; 5. cheats; 6. take you in; 7. betrayed; 8. tricks

lunes, 27 de marzo de 2017

Emoji? An international language?

This is the new language to communicate and that everybody in the world understands. Here are some interesting articles to read about the issue

Listening exercise to do: The rise of the emoji (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


Learn 5 Spring idioms with Lucy  >>

Albert is no longer a spring chicken, I'm afraid!!!  ;-)))))


What does 'an all-you-can-eat buffet' mean? You can also spell it without hyphens. Here's an interesting article to read.    

How to BEAT the all-you-can-eat buffet (Daily Mail)



A. VOCABULARY. Here are some words connected with 'crime'. Match them with their appropriate definition. Two of them are synomyms, so they have the same definition.

cunning  ,   to cheat   ,    a trick   ,    to take someone in  ,  to betray   ,  

to deceive   ,    to pass yourself off as   ,   a crook

1. to make someone believe something that is not true   ____________________
2. a thief or dishonest person   __________________
3. to act like someone or something you are not   ___________________
4. to act dishonestly in order to gain an unfair advantage (especially in games, sports or exams) __________
5. clever in a dishonest way   _________________
6. an act done to confuse someone or sometimes to amuse   _______________
7. to be disloyal to a friend or to your country ________________

B. VOCABULARY. Complete these sentences with one of the words presented above.

1. Redford and Newman play the parts of two  ____________________ in the film.
2. He hasn't really been ill. He has __________________  you.
3. I read a story in the paper about a man who put on a white coat and managed to _____________  himself ____________ a doctor.
4. Animals such as foxes are famous for their ________________
5. Don't play cards with him. He always _________________
6. Don't let that woman   _______________  you  _____________ with all her lies.
7. The man who _______________ his country by giving away secrets was later hanged.
8. Magicians know all sorts of ________________, which they use to entertain people.

Solutions in the next post

jueves, 23 de marzo de 2017

Reminder: Shortly in April it will be time to register for the B1 and B2 exams as freelance students at the EOI

REMINDER FOR OUR STUDENTS >>>>>> B1 & B2 exams!!!!

Mr. Nicolás Benítez has just informed that in a couple of weeks' time you will be able to register for the B1 and b2 exams as freelance student (estudiante libre) from 1st April to 17th April


Thanks, Nicholas!!!

 I'll try to keep this post updated with all the information I find.



Link to the Official Language School in Málaga for more detailed information on the exams

  Módelos de pruebas de cursos anteriores 

Dates for the exams in June and September   >>>>   Click HERE!!!  (Thanks to Andrea Gutiérrez)


domingo, 19 de marzo de 2017

Lunches are not the same everywhere.


Lunches are not the same everywhere. In Central Europe they have a light meal which takes you no more than an hour and which is just a break to go on with your working day. What about you? What are the main differences with Spain? Which one do you prefer?

Related articles:

Listening exercise to do: What your lunch says about you (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

REVISION EXERCISES included in Mock exams (1º Bach) in my site.

54. RELATIVE CLAUSES. Join these sentences :
1. The report explains what happened. Mr Robinson wrote this article last week.
2. I work with Joe. Joe's father used to be a friend of my family.
3. My car isn't very fast. I bought it two months ago.
4. I don't know when he wrote the book. He critisized the government in it.
5. My girlfriend is younger than me. She came to see me last summer.
6. I don't remember the name of the island. This island is situated near the northern coast of Scotland.

55. Put the sentences into the PASSIVE VOICE :
1. I think they will finish their holidays in August.
2. People can watch the Cup Final from an armchair.
3. They have written her a postcard. (two ways)
4. We eat a lot of oranges in Spain.
5. You can see the sea from our classroom.
6. He told her that he didn't go to Granada on Thursday.

56. COMPARATIVES. Translate the following sentences :
1. Alain Prost conduce más rápido que yo, pero yo juego al tenis mejor que él.
2. Big Ben es menos alto que la Torre Eiffel.
3. La habitación más templada de la casa es la sala de estar.
4. Aquel chico, que es de Competa, dice que el mejor vino que se hace en Málaga es el de su pueblo.
5. El anillo que me dió no es tan caro como parece.
6. Este es el ejercicio más difícil que yo jamás haya hecho.

57. TRANSLATE the following sentences :
1. Un número record de libros fueron leídos en nuestra biblioteca.
2. La habitación de Arturo era calentada por una estufa de gas que tenía que ser alimentada con monedas cada par de horas.
3. Llegó a casa y se fue directamente a la cama.
4. Se va a celebrar una fiesta en la biblioteca.
5. Debiérais repasar todas las lecciones durante las vacaciones.
6. Este libro se perdió hace siglos, pero la semana pasada lo encontré en tu cajón.
7. El solía decir a la gente lo que ellos debieran hacer.
8. El debiera haberle preguntado a ella si ella quería que él la besara.
9. Mi padre no solía jugar al ajedrez conmigo cuando yo era pequeño, porque yo jugaba peor que él.
10. ¿Qué aspecto tiene? No sé, pero ella solía ser muy guapa.

Solutions to the VOCABULARY exercise in the previous post. 
1. on    2. for   3. in , out of   4. by  5. on    6. at   7. by/at   8. of   9. on


viernes, 17 de marzo de 2017

Happy St Patrick's Day!!!!

Here are some....

Tips for Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland


Here's an interesting selection of Irish music compiled in this playlist by J. Luis (the Philosophy and Robotics teacher)




Last year (Easter 2016) >>>>  

HAPPY ST PATRICK'S!!!! and IES Mediterraneo students were there

Basic vocabulary for St Patrick's Day   >>>>

Green idioms with Lucy   >>>>>

VOCABULARY. Complete these sentences with the correct prepositions.

1. Paul Newman and Robert Redford wanted to play a trick .....  the gangster in the film The Sting. 
2. Redford wanted revenge ... the murder of his friend.    
3. They succeeded ...... their plan to cheat him ...... a great deal of money.   
4. They did this ...... passing themselves off as gamblers.  
5. The gangster bet the money …….  a horse race.  
6. It is almost impossible ..... times to understand exactly what is happening.   
7. But …. the end of the film, everything has become clear.
8. This film is probably one of the best …….. its kind.
9. It's ..... television again next week.  

Solutions in the next post

Solutions to the VOCABULARY exercise in the previous post. 
1. profit    2. job   3. tell   4. rob  5. priceless    6. lonely   7. seriously   8. completely

sábado, 11 de marzo de 2017

Six years ago....

What happened six years ago? I began this incredible digital journey with my site and my blog. Do you think the goals I had in mind for both ITC tools have been achieved? Well, at least, I have made an effort and remember my mottos:

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

And what about this quotation by Albert Einstein? It is most appropriate to my case:

"I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn."

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." by Confucius

"To be, or not be: that is the question" (Hamlet, by Shakespeare)

"To pass, or not to pass: that is your choice...... and here I am to help you!!!" (by Albert)

My e-mail:
''No man is an island...' John Donne

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value." by Albert Einstein

  Do you understand them all?



Listening exercise to do: Mermaids - Fact or fiction? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) 

What does 'mermaid' mean?  Where is the statue of the Little Mermaid? 


Do you want to watch the whole movie?   LINK  



VOCABULARY. Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

1. His business makes a good .....    (reward/profit)
2. My sister's got a good .... in an office.    (job/work)
3. You must always remember to ...... the truth.   (say/tell)
4. Look! I think she’s going to .... the bank.    (steal/rob)
5. His jewels are absolutely …….    (priceless/invaluable)
6. My aunt lives on her own, but she isn’t .....     (lonely/alone)
7. Two passengers were ……. injured in the accident.     (seriously/totally)
8. He …….. disagreed with her arguments.    (completely/severely)

Solutions to the USE OF ENGLISH exercise in the previous post. 

1. He asked if Mary was having a party on Friday.    2. The doctor asked her why she hadn't made an appointment earlier.   3. Is smoking allowed in British cinemas?   4. He admitted that he had made a mistake.
5. Would you mind not playing your music so loudly?    6. Neither alcohol nor cigarettes are good for you.
7. They asked me how many times I had been to Spain (we are in England) / in Spain (we are in Spain).
8. You don't mind if I take the car this evening, do you?   9. Would it be all right if I opened the window?
10. I asked the waiter to bring me another cup of coffee.


Episode 170308 / 08 March 2017   >>>  Expressions presented: steeped in, emissions & far-fetched.

domingo, 5 de marzo de 2017

How long would you like to live?

Advances in medicine are so incredible that humans live longer and longer, but do we really want to live so long? In my opinion, the desire to live must always be connected with a good quality of life.

Listening exercise to do: Life expectancy (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) 

Read articles related to the issue:


Learn about what the SCHWA sound is with Lucy  >>





Episode 170301 / 01 March 2017   >>>  Expressions presented: upside, catching their breath & dexterity.

Exercise (BBC Learning English):

Use one of the words or phrases from Lingohack to complete each of these sentences. Note that you may have to change the form of a word or phrase to complete the sentence correctly.

upside / catching their breath / dexterity

1. You can continue your jogging. I will stop here for a minute to ______. I'm not very fit.
2. On the ______, the fall of the pound has boosted exports as goods are now far cheaper on foreign markets.
3. The discovery of an ancient bone at a burial site in Kenya puts the origin of human hand ______ at more than half a million years earlier than previously thought.


Finish the second sentence without changing the meaning.

1. 'Is Mary having a party on Friday?', he asked.  He asked.....
2. 'Why didn't you make an appointment earlier?', the doctor asked.  The doctor asked her....
3. Do they allow you to smoke in British cinemas?    Is.......?
4. 'I have made a mistake,' he said.     He admitted....
5. Please, don't play your music so loudly.    Would you mind.....?
6. Alcohol is bad for you and so are cigarettes.     Neither.........
7. 'How many times have you been to Spain?', they asked me.    They asked me......
8. I'm going to take the car this evening, all right?     You don't mind if .............................?
9. Do you mind if I open the window?    Would it ................?
10. 'Please, bring me another cup of coffee,' I said to the waiter.    I asked........

Solutions in the next post

sábado, 4 de marzo de 2017

Congrats to our team in the First Lego League in Granada!!!

Congrats to our team in the First Lego League in Granada!!!

Just a few months ago our teachers José Luis (Maths), Gustavo (Maths) and J. Luis (Philosophy) started an exciting project with our IES Mediterraneo students on Robotics and here they are participating in the First Lego League held in Granada today.


La 'First Lego League' estimulará el interés de los escolares por la ciencia y la tecnología (IDEAL)

miércoles, 1 de marzo de 2017

Papparazzi, a fair job?

What is the singular form of the word 'papparazzi'? Read this article about the origins of this kind of journalism and tell me.  

In Your Face: Paparazzi take root in Washington (The Washington Post)

Other related articles  >>>>


And here's a Selectivity exam you can do connected with the issue: Celebrity news (June 2015)

You can do this crossword on NEWSPAPERS 

Watch this interesting TED talk   >>>   Does the media have a "duty of care"?

SOLUTIONS to the B2 exercise in the previous post:  1. A   2. D    3. C    4. D     5. A    6. B    7. D  8. D   9. B   10. C   11. D  12. B   13. B   14. B   15. A   16. C  17. A   18. C   19. B   20. B   21. D   22. D   23. A   24. D   25. B  

lunes, 27 de febrero de 2017

To infinity and beyond!!!

What a great film Toy Story was!!! Did you ever watch it?

Is there life outside the Earth? This is a question that scientists have been trying to answer for decades. Their latest discovery is this:
Exploring our solar system (watch this video)

Listening exercise to do: Gun control without guns (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) 



Multiple-choice exercise on VOCABULARY. Choose the appropriate option:

1. David always ................... over to my house after he had done his homework.   (A  came    B   went   C  gone   D   passed)
2. If you want to have a pet, you must be ready to look .................. it for several years.    (A  at    B   for   C  over   D   after)
3. I am ........................ to come to the meeting on Monday evening. Please apologize for my absence.  (A  capable    B   excused   C  unable   D   disliked)
4. My younger sister is very ..................... and so she loves going out, but I am much quieter and prefer to stay at home.     (A  enjoyable    B   funny   C  pleasing   D   lively)
5. There was nothing to ........................ with the burglary until the police found a gold ring in his car.   (A  link    B   fix   C  place   D  join)
6. We have arranged special insurance to cover medical ..................... in the event of an accident.      (A  prices    B   expenses   C  accounts   D   money)
7. At the hospital I was told that ............ I gave up smoking immediately my illness would get much worse.     (A  except    B   until   C  without   D   unless)
8. The ................ were told to fasten their seat belts as the plane began its descent.        (A  customers      B   riders   C  flyers   D   passengers)
9. All Mike's friends felt sorry ................... him when he had to give up playing football.   (A  with     B  for   C  about   D   at)
10. How .................. you manage to get here so quickly?     (A  used     B   had   C  did   D  have)
11. Ever .......................... he was in junior school Nicholas has wanted to become a doctor.        (A  after    B   always   C  next   D   since)
12. The bank manager .................... me to open a deposit account as soon as possible.  (A  warned   B   advised   C  suggested   D   approved)
13. It will ................. rain later so we should go and have our picnic now.   (A  preferably    B   probably   C  likely   D   usually)
14. I'm afraid that we don't have any ........................ sizes in stock, madam.         (A  higher    B   larger   C  greater   D   taller)
15. They have ............ the old castle and it is now a luxury hotel.   (A  transformed    B   undone   C  remade   D   constructed)
16. ............ each school year all the children were given copies of the school rules.   (A  At first    B   Immediately   C  At the beginning of   D   To start with)
17. I ....................... seeing John tomorrow so I will give him your message.    (A  will be    B   may be   C  would be   D   could be)
18. I can ..................... with most things, but I cannot stand noisy children.   (A  put aside    B   put on   C  put up   D   put off)
19. Clearing the weeds from the churchyard was a much harder ...................... than the children had imagined it would be.           (A  deed    B   task   C  service   D   work)
20. Is there ................ bread for all the sandwiches we have to make?     (A  correct    B   enough   C  plenty   D   equal)
21. There was nothing ............. to eat in the refrigerator or in the cupboard.  (A  at last    B   at least   C  at once   D   at all)
22. Could you please ........................ exactly what you saw?      (A  inform    B   point   C  advise   D  describe)
23. Last summer was so hot that the ....................... in the wood actually dried up.           (A  pond    B   bath   C  bowl   D   flood)
24. The new secretary in the sales department is a fast typist, but her letters are full of spelling  ......... .   (A  wrongs    B   faults   C  tricks   D   mistakes)
25. Membership of the club, ................ costs £10.00 a year, is only open to people over the age of 60.    (A  what    B   which   C  that   D   this)

Solutions will be given in next post.

SOLUTIONS to the USE OF ENGLISH exercise in the previous post: 

1. flat   2. wake  3. failure   4. deny  5. admit   6. cover up  7. awake