BEING A TEACHER....

BEING A TEACHER IS A DIFFICULT TASK NOWADAYS, SO I DECIDED TO FOLLOW THIS PIECE OF ADVICE BY BRUCE LEE:

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, 15 de agosto de 2018

Holidays will always be holidays!!!


You may sometimes feel disappointed because your holidays are not as smashing and unforgettable as you would like. However, believe me holidays will always be holidays no matter how dull they may look. To begin with, they are a break in our routines and that will make us stronger when we go back to our routines. Then, and as long as no negative things affect you, it is time to do activities you cannot do during all the year long, such as tidying old papers or having a look at old photographs or videos or meeting friends or relatives you don't usually see or reading books for fun...

 


Anyway, here are some articles for you to read about the issue:




Here's a listening exercise to do: Not going out (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)




A secret about collective nouns (BBC Learning English)

Understand FAST English Conversations [Advanced Listening Lesson]

 


LINGOHACK  >>>

  • Episode 180801 / 01 August 2018    >>>  Child announcer on London Underground   -  Language related to 'safety'.  Need-to-know language: safety, take care, handrail, injured & takes notice.


martes, 14 de agosto de 2018

Food and food waste, a big world problem


Food is a big problem for some people. Hunger, starvation... are common problems in many places in the world such as Africa, India... However, we've got enough people for everybody. Actually, in some places such as USA they have so much food that they waste it.

 

One possible solution >>>>

 

 

Here's an article to read about the issue:

Tesco pledges to end edible food waste by March 2018 (The Guardian)

 

What do you do not to waste so much food at home? Read the following article and watch the video and tell me interesting words connected with the semantic field of 'food'. For instance, 'edible'. What does this word mean? Which verb does this adjective come from?



 

In your comment you can use QUANTIFIERS (Here's a video for you to watch and some exercises for you to do). For example: "At home we eat very little bread, so we do not buy much".

 

Here's some basic vocabulary for the World Cup 2018.


What is the Passive Voice? 😅 English Grammar Lesson

 

A couple of English exercises to do about the PASSIVE VOICE  >>>   1   2  

 

Now let's cook the PERFECT OMELETTE!!!  Watch this video and tell me how to make it using the PASSIVE VOICE. Here's a possible start:

Example: First of all, a frying pan is needed. Then three eggs are taken from the fridge.

Useful verbs you may need: stir, pour, fry, add, set, serve...

 

And obviously a good nose is required to cook  >>>  The English We Speak (BBC Learning English)  >>>  To have a good nose (for something)  

 

Another funny episode of John McEnroe talking about tennis in "The self-appointed Commissioner of Tennis":

Roger Federer's Replacement?

 

 

LINGOHACK  >>>

  • Episode 180606 / 06 June 2018    >>>  Using a smart bin to tackle food waste   -  Language related to 'Inventories'.  Need-to-know language: accurate records, keeping tabs on, adjust & catalogue.


domingo, 12 de agosto de 2018

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!


After some years and long hours of work, Here I present you my latest mission accomplished. In my site you will find not only links to every single episode of the more than 200, but also notes to every single module of the 12 this course has. Enjoy it and make the most of it!!!


NEW THAT'S ENGLISH

In my site I also provide you with this useful link:

   Complete Index and table of contents   




Here are two listening exercises to do: Smartphone addiction & Is technology always the solution? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


Here's an interesting article for you to read telling you how to overcome phone addiction:

How to overcome your phone addiction: Five tips to help you stop checking your mobile (The Independent)


Learn with Lucy the 3 (everyday) words you should NEVER say

 



By the way, do you know the difference between these two verbs?     Raise vs rise  

LINGOHACK  >>>

  • Episode 180808 / 08 August 2018    >>>  Strandbeests   -  Language related to 'mechanics'.  Need-to-know language: engineer, powered by, trial and error, mechanical & robust design.

 

sábado, 4 de agosto de 2018

SUMMER 2018

We are in the middle of the summer and so far we have done many things and there are still loads of more wonderful experiences to live in the coming weeks.


To begin with, we can revise the PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE by watching these two episodes of That's English so that we can talk about our past experiences.


  Unit 9A            Unit 9B   

Do you know the difference between 'meeting' and 'reunion'? And what about 'gathering'?

A meeting is any kind of gathering of people, a reunion is a meeting where people get back together. For example a school reunion, where former students meet up again after they have left school. 

A meeting is an assembly of people, either by chance or by prior arrangement. This is the most generic term that covers the coming together of two or more people. A gathering is a meeting or an assembly held especially for a social or festive purpose (e.g. a family gathering).

And here's a most completed explanation provided by BBC Learning English.


And if you want to have a look at the notes I have prepared for you, here's the place where you can look them up:

NOTES for Module 3




 

Talking about music, what is the song of the summer 2018? Send me your hints.




And what about your favourite summer food?



Do you know any other words for 'gazpacho'?  Here's another recipe. And if you want to watch it in French, here's my hint. Any other suggestions?


By the way, very few people are working this summer. Here's our link to the  SUMMER SCOREBOARD 

 

viernes, 3 de agosto de 2018

Shopping online

Have you ever bought anything online? Online shopping is so extended, but...


Here are some articles you can read about the issue:




Here's a listening exercise to do: Surf and turf (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


 

 

 

YOU KNOW YOU'RE FLUENT IN ENGLISH WHEN... (fluency quiz! test your English!!) by The English Coach



On the highway to our B1 in 2020   >>>  Some activities for you to do:


65. Fill in the gaps with prepositions:

1. My office is ________ the second floor ________ the lift.
2. My parents live ________ South Street.
3. When do you usually come home? _______ about six o'clock.
4. I work _______ 17, Rocky Lane ________ 9 am_________ 2 pm.
5. I don't go ________ school _______ the afternoon.

66. Now ask when you do these things and then answer the following questions with the times given :

1. ___________ go to school ? ______________________________
2. ___________ have lunch ? ________________________

67. LANGUAGE IN USE. Write questions for these answers :

1. _______________________________ ? I'm from Spain.
2. _______________________________ ? She's 24 years old.
3. _______________________________ ? I'm sorry. I don't know.
4. _______________________________ ? Next to the post office.
5. _______________________________ ? 9, Malaga Avenue.

68. Put in THE where necessary:

1. "I've got one apple and a piece of chocolate." "I'll have ______ chocolate."
2. I don't like ______ fish.
3. She's got two boys and two girls. ______ two girls are Jane and Betty.
4. ______ girls usually like dolls.

And for more revision and extension exercises you can visit this page in my site: MOCK EXAMS (3º ESO) 



LINGOHACK  >>>

  • Episode 180725 / 25 July 2018    >>>  Helping the puffin make a comeback   -  Language related to 'research'.  Need-to-know language: exploring, tracked, identify, monitored & carry out.

lunes, 30 de julio de 2018

Talking machines

We are talking more and more with machines instead of human beings and we don't seem to care much. Is it really good for the humankind and our social skills?


Here are some articles you can read about the issue:



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


Speak English Naturally! Pronunciation Lesson 👉Contractions

 

On the highway to our B1 in 2020   >>>  Some activities for you to do:

61. ADJECTIVES OR ADVERBS ? Underline the correct option:

1. My mother is a very ( good / well ) cook, she cooks especially ( good / well ) the Spanish        omelette.
2. My brother paints ( beautiful / beautifully ) pictures.
3. Be ( nice / nicely ) with your teacher and he will not get ( angry / angrily ).
4. I'm not a very ( good / well ) student, but I speak English ( good / well ).
5. Why do you always speak so ( loud / loudly ) ?
6. Don't drive ( slow / slowly ) or everybody will laugh at you.

62. Fill in the gaps with INDEFINITE PRONOUNS (pay attention to the clue given at the beginning of each sentence) :

1. (thing) Is there __________ to drink in the fridge? No, I don't think there is __________, but   there is __________ in the bottle.
2. (body, one) Yesterday I was alone, __________ came. __________ went to the Betty's party.
3. (where) I'm looking for my socks, but I cannot find them __________. I left them __________   in my bedroom, but now they are not there any more.

63. Translate the following sentences into English:

1. ¿Te gusta hacer el jardín (tarea de la casa)? No, pero alguien tiene que hacerlo.        2. ¡Escuchemos la cinta!    
3. Todos los sitios son más caros que esta tienda.         4. El miércoles por la mañana vamos a leer un libro nuevo.
5. ¿Con qué frecuencia vas al cine? Dos o tres veces al mes.       

6. Yo trabajo duro todo los días, pero este examen es demasiado difícil para mí.

7. ¿Te gusta hacer la limpieza (de la casa)? Sí.     8. ¡Estudiémos inglés! Tenemos que ir de compras esta tarde.
9. ¿Hay algo en el armario? Creo que no hay nada.     10. El miércoles por la mañana vamos a leer un libro nuevo.
11. ¿A qué hora te levantaste esta mañana? A las 9.  12. Mi padre no conduce muy rápido, porque es demasiado peligroso.

64. TENSES. Put in the verbs into their correct tenses (Simple Present, Present Continuous or Simple Past):

"I  (WRITE)__________  a book about voodoo,"  she  (SAY)__________.  "Everyone  here (TALK) __________ about  you.  They  all (SAY) __________ you (BE) __________  the best houngan in  Haiti. They (SAY)__________  you (BE)__________  a very strong and  good  houngan, and that you always (HELP)__________  people."
       Kee (SMILE)__________ . "I  try to  help  good  people,"  he (SAY)__________ . "Come into the house, Dr  Jackson. Let me get you a drink and we can talk."

 

And for more revision and extension exercises you can visit this page in my site: MOCK EXAMS (3º ESO) 

 




LINGOHACK  >>>

  • Episode 180711 / 11 July 2018    >>>  Rooftop garden market   -  Language related to 'agriculture'.  Need-to-know language: freshest, going green, pesticides, harvested & horticulture.




jueves, 26 de julio de 2018

The eSports are already here!!

Can eSports be really considered as any other average sport? Do they deserve to be included in the Olympic Games?

Some articles for you to read about the issue:





Here's a listening exercise to do: Is gaming a sport? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)



And if you want to have a try here's a good expression  >>>  The English We Speak (BBC Learning English)  >>>  Have a pop   

 

On the highway to our B1 in 2020   >>>  Some activities for you to do:

56. Ask for more information :

 1. My teacher bought a new car. What kind __________________________?
 2. My grandmother came to see us last Saturday.     ___________ your grandfather ____________________, too ?
 3. She got up at six o'clock. Why ___________________________?

57. TENSES. Put the verbs in brackets into the SIMPLE PAST and fill in the four gaps with these     words:    and    magazines  Friday    beautiful 

JOE: On _________ I (travel) ........................  by tube to Heathrow airport. I (buy) ....................        some ____________ at the airport. I (take) .................... a plane to Edinburgh. On the plane       I (have) .................... lunch and (see).................... a film.
MARY: Where (you, stay) ........................................ in Edinburgh?
JOE: I (not stay) ........................ there, I (phone) .................... a friend ____________ we (go)       .................... to his flat in a little village not far from Edinburgh.
MARY: (you, visit) ........................................ the castle?
JOE: Yes, of course. It (be).................... really ______________.                                     / 5

58. Fill in the gaps with the comparative forms of superiority of the adjectives in brackets. Then write sentences using the superlative form in the dotted gaps:

1. Russia is (large)___________ than China.  ............................................................................................................
2. The Suez Canal is (long) ___________ than the Panama Canal.   ...........................................................................
3. Mount Blanc is (high)___________ than Mount Etna.    .....................................................................................
4. A snail is (slow) ___________ than a tortoise.   ........................................................................................................
5. Betis' supporters are (happy)___________ than Sevilla's supporters this season.  ..................................................
6. The Pacific Ocean is (big) ___________ than the Atlantic Ocean.   ....................................................................
7. The Parthenon is (old)___________ than the Colisseum.   ......................................................................
8. Venus is (near) ___________ the sun than Mars.   ..........................................................................
9. Raul plays (good) ___________ than Ronaldo.   ........................................................................
10. This class is (noisy) ___________ than 2º Bachillerato.   .....................................................................

59. GIVING REASONS. Complete these sentences with suitable words and write the questions:

1. Mary went out __________ a walk.  ___________________________________________ ?
2. I'm going to bed __________ I'm tired. ________________________________________ ?
3. He wants a match __________ light his cigarette. _________________________________?

60. LANGUAGE IN USE. Write questions for the following answers:

1. __________________________________ ? A, L, B, E, R, T.
2. __________________________________ ? On 12th April, 1978.
3. __________________________________ ? A letter to my girlfriend.
4. __________________________________ ? There are 32 students in my class.
5. __________________________________ ? Almost always.
6. __________________________________ ? At ten o'clock in front of the cinema.

  
And for more revision and extension exercises you can visit this page in my site: MOCK EXAMS (3º ESO) 

 

And now, changing topics, a bit about the natural disasters caused in Greece, Sweden, UK... by the wildfires, as every summer. Last year we had similar cases in Portugal and Spain.


Here's an article for you to read:

Daily Telegraph: Sweden fights 80 wildfires amid heatwave  



News Review: Wildfires rage in Greece (BBC Learning English)


LINGOHACK  >>>

  • Episode 180718 / 18 July 2018    >>>  Wildfires in the UK   -  Language related to 'fire'.  Need-to-know language: smoulder, wildfires, smoky, plume & drifting.

miércoles, 25 de julio de 2018

PROBLEM SOLVED!!!

PROBLEM SOLVED!!!  I can already receive your comments in my email account as in the old days, so feel free to write as many comments as you can and I will correct them as soon as I can.

 

And if you have the same problem receiving your comments, let me know and I will help you. It is really easy.


On the highway to our B1 in 2020   >>>  Some activities for you to do:



49. Ask for more information :

 1. My teacher bought a new car. When __________________________?
 2. My grandmother came to see us last Saturday.  _________ grandfather ____________________ ?
 3. She got up at six o'clock. Where ___________________________?
 4. My teacher bought a new car. What kind __________________________?
 5. My grandmother came to see us last Saturday.
   ___________ your grandfather ____________________, too ?
 6. She got up at six o'clock. Why ___________________________?
                                                                                    
50. Tell me what you did last Sunday using the following connectors(circle them):
        and / and then / but / in the afternoon   / in the evening  / until  / when

  
51. Fill in the gaps with prepositions :

 1. I never go ______ school ______ Sunday.      2. My sister works ______ the supermarket.
 3. The shoes are ______ the table.                      4. Listen ______ the recording.
 5. My father is ______ bed because he is ill.
                                                                                                                                            
52. Put the words in the correct order :

1. blue have small a car we got       2. dark has long Jane hair got  
3.TV colour a and chairs blue dark two are there kitchen my in
                                                                                                                                 
53. TENSES. Put the verbs into the Simple Present (+ affirmative;  ‑ negative; ? interrogative):

  1. When _______________ breakfast ? (he / ? to have)
  2. _______________ at 8.00 a.m.  (they / + to get up)
  3. _______________ on Sunday.  (I / ‑ to work)
  4. _______________ basketball ?  (you / ? to play)
  5. _______________ everyday.  (students / + to study)
                                                                                                                                             

 54. Fill in the blanks with : HER /  SHE /  THEIR /  THEM /  HIM / THEY /  WE /  HER

  1. They work in Cambridge. ______ address is 156 Milton Road.
  2. Where does your mother work? ______ works in Almuñécar. ______ job is very interesting.
  3. Mary and Joe are friends. ______ are German.I like ______ , but  I don't like ______ .
  4. My wife and I are teachers. ______ work in Almeria.
  5. Lions are my favourite animals.I like ______ very much.
                                                                                                                                             
 55. Translate the following sentences into English :

  1. Me gustan bastante los coches.       2. Mi madre odia cocinar los domingos.
  3. ¿Te gusta la cerveza? No me gusta mucho,pero me encanta la fanta.
  4. ¿Cómo vas al instituto? En coche.       5. ¿A qué hora se levanta tu padre? A las ocho y cuarto.
  6. ¿Dónde estabas ayer a las diez? Estaba en el instituto.

And for more revision and extension exercises you can visit this page in my site: MOCK EXAMS (3º ESO) 

 

How To Talk About MONEY 💰 English Conversation & Vocabulary





LINGOHACK  >>>

  • Episode 180627 / 27 June 2018    >>>  Daimbars academy's World Cup four   -  Language related to 'success'.  Need-to-know language: passion, motivation, collective achievement & inspiration.