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

martes, 22 de agosto de 2017

Rascals are no longer just naughty boys

    In the old days rascals were just innocent kids who got into trouble because of some mischieves they got involved with. That would be the case of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. 


    Remember that The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is one of the compulsory readers we have got next school year for the level of 2º Bachillerato. Here's a link to the project done by Joaquín García (Project about The Adventures of Tom Sawyer)and now I present two videos about its writer Mark Twain Mr García provided us with (Thanks, Joaquín):

Mini-biography about Mark Twain

Mini cartoon documentary on Mark Twain for kids

However, nowadays sadly we see that some teenagers are no longer just naughty boys, but become real terrorists, as it happened in Barcelone some days ago. Here are some articles related to the issue:

REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

111. Write one question with "HOW LONG?" and give three possible answers using FOR / SINCE / AGO:

112. CONDITIONALS. Finish the following sentences appropriately:
    1. My teacher would be much better....
    2. I got all this exercise wrong. Why didn't I study it if .... ?
    3. I don't think ___________________________ if I hadn't studied.
    4. If we give Albert £1,000,000 _________________________________
    5. If my English teacher had a better car _______________________
    6. If water reaches a temperature of 100ºC _________________(BOIL)

113. Put the following sentences into INDIRECT SPEECH:
    1. David to Liz: ""You should have told this to your family"
    2. Mother to daughter: "Why haven't you waited for me at the hairdresser's?
    3. Brian to his son: "Come here and don't cry any more!"  
    4. Peter to a friend: "Do you think they may help us?"
    5. Sandy to John: "Why doesn't your sister work harder?"
    6. Arthur to Mr Steele: "I will work tomorrow and I won't be late"


Proposed solutions to exercises 108, 109 & 110 in the previous post

Ex108   >>>   
1. I will likely go to...   2. Spain will likely win....     3. They won't likely pass.

Ex109   >>>>    
1. You'd better take your coat.     2. I'd better go home.    3. I'd better go to the supermarket for some coffee.
Ex 110  >>>
1. yet, still     2. already, yet     3. already, still     4. still, already


domingo, 20 de agosto de 2017

Are you a cyberbully yourself?

Have you ever been cyberbullied? or have you ever been a cyberbully yourself without really knowing it?

Let's begin by defining what cyberbullying is:

cyberbullying  ˈsʌɪbəˌbʊlɪɪŋ/ is the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.  


"Children may be reluctant to admit to being the victims of cyberbullying"

Here are some articles to read about cyberbullying:


Oscar Wilde was also bullied in his days.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Part 4: A visit from Earnest   (Parts 5 , 6 & 7)   Dramas from BBC Learning English

Here are 6 TED talks about the issue:  STAND UP TO BULLYING!

REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

108. Express these ideas using "likely":
1. I will probably go to Spain soon.        2. Spain will probably win the World Cup in Italy.
3. Those students who didn't work hard during the year won't       probably pass.
109. Write answers with "had better" appropriate to these situations:
1. It is very cold outside and your brother is going out. What would you say?
2. You have an exam tomorrow and you are in a disco at 11 o'clock.     What would you say to your friends?
3. There's very little coffee and it's Saturday morning.     What would you do?

110. Fill in the blanks with STILL / YET / ALREADY:
1. Haven't you finished __________ ? No, I'm __________ working.
2. My father has __________ paid the bill, but I haven't finished       the lunch __________ .
3. Look at the time! It's _________ 8 o'clock and you're ________       cooking.
4. Do you think I'll __________ be working when I'm 64? I don't think so, because you are __________ tired.

Proposed solutions to exercises 105, 106 & 107 in the previous post

Ex105   >>>   
Shampoo is some soap you use to wash your hair.
An alarm clock is a clock that wakes you up in the morning.
A suitcase is something you use to carry your clothes and other things when you travel.
A bicycle is a two-wheeled vehicle you use use to do sport or to go from one place to another.
A dishwasher is a machine that does the washing up for you.   

Ex106   >>>>    
1. What a           2. How           3. What       4. What an        5. How
Ex 107  >>>
1. So did I.     2. So would she.     3. Neither do we.     4. So are you.      5. So must we.


lunes, 14 de agosto de 2017

What would you like your funeral to be like?


Have you ever thought about what sort of funeral you would like to have? I'd like to have funeral the Irish way, that is to say, all my relatives and friends having a big party, which would always remember. So every time they would recall my death, happy memories would come to their minds (What a great day we had when Albert died!!!! 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 ) 



Related articles to read:


Listening exercise to do: Fancy dress funerals (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) Word formation


Change your mind in English! with Learn English with Papa Teach Me




REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

105. Define the following words in English:


106. Fill in the blanks with WHAT / WHAT A(N) / HOW:

1. ________ fantastic bargain!        2. ________ nice!        3. ________ strong tea this is!

4. ________ untidy room this is!         5. ________ beautiful she is!


107. Answer either "yo también" or "yo tampoco":

1. She wanted to go to the cinema this afternoon. _____________ I.
2. I would go to the theatre instead. ________________ she.
3. She doesn't like these cakes. _______________ we.
4. He's working in Adra. _______________ you.
5. You must respect your teachers. ________________ we.

Proposed solutions to exercises 102, 103 & 104 in the previous post

Ex102   >>>  1. finished  ,  went    2. had talked  ,  introduced   3.  refused  ,  had apologized   4. had filled up  ,  checked  

Ex103   >>>>    
1. Where is the letter from?   2. Who are you thinking about?   3. Who was the novel...written by?
4. How often does he come to school?  5. How far is Ashford from London?   
Ex 104  >>>
1. He is not as/so stupid as I thought.
2. My brother is less tall than you.
3. You cannot be more intelligent than me, because I am the best
4. She is fatter than her sister.

5. I am uglier than her because she is the most beautiful woman I've ever seen.

viernes, 11 de agosto de 2017

Mass tourism can kill our cities

It is obvious that the issue of tourism in Spain has its downsides, but we must also admit all the positive sides affecting our economy and the unemployment rate. What is your opinion about the issue? It is a good opportunity when writing your comment to practise the advantages/disadvantages scheme.

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




REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

102. Put the verbs in brackets in the correct tense, either the PAST PERFECT or the SIMPLE PAST:

1. When Mary (FINISH)_________ her shopping, she (GO)________home.
2. We (TALK)__________ for more than an hour after we (INTRODUCE) __________ ourselves.
3. I (REFUSE) __________ to speak to him until he (APOLOGIZE)  __________
4. After the mechanic (FILL UP) __________ the radiator, he (CHECK) __________ the tyres.

103. Here are some answers. Write the questions:

1. _________ ? The letter's from the bank.
2. _________ ? I'm thinking about my girlfriend.
3. _________ ? The novel Great Expectations was written by Charles Dickens.
4. _________ ? He comes to school everyday.
5. _________ ? Ashford is 80 miles from London.

104. COMPARATIVES. Translate into English the following sentences:

1. El no es tan estúpido como yo pensaba.
2. Mi hermano es menos alto que tú.
3. Vosotros no podéis ser más inteligentes que yo, porque yo soy el mejor.
4. Ella está más gorda que su hermana.
5. Yo soy más feo que ella porque ella es la mujer más guapa que yo jamás haya visto.

Proposed solutions to exercises 99, 100 & 101 in the previous post

Ex99   >>>  1. she would be    2. If you work   3.  I would buy   4. if you lost   5 Neymar jr would have stayed ,   had paid   6. we would all be rich

Ex100   >>>>    
1. They said they had a lift, but very often it didn't work.
2. He asked who put/had put salt in his coffee.
3. The small boy said he was going fishing with his mother that afternoon.
4. The policeman asked me what she was wearing when I had seen her last.
5. Mrs Pitt said she would sit up till she came in, but that she hoped she wouldn't be late.
Ex 101  >>>
1. Mind your own business! Do you know what I mean?
2. There's still some punch left, so let's drink to the happy couple.
3. Middleford Library's staff did many extra hours. 
4. He was too shy to invite someone to dance with him.
5. The other day Bruce got angry with no reason at all /  without any reason at all.

miércoles, 9 de agosto de 2017

What would you eat for your last meal?

More than 5,300 years ago, Ötzi the Iceman (Europe's oldest known natural human mummy) is supposed to have had bacon for his last meal, according to experts. (Can you put this sentence into the active voice?) 


What would you have for your last meal?

Related articles to read about the issue:

The English we speak: Give us a bell (BBC Learning English) Can you give some other synonym expressions? (Look at the bottom of this post)


Let's see what Eating humble pie (English at work, BBC Learning English) means and let's see the language used for justifying your position.

REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

99. Put the verbs in brackets into the correct tenses:

1. If Sheila loses weight, she (BE) very happy.
2. If you (WORK) hard, you'll soon speak English well.
3. If I were you, I (BUY) a new house.
4. What would you do if you (LOSE) your job ?
5. Neymar jr (STAY) in FC Barcelona if they (PAY) him more money.
6. If money grew on trees, we all (BE) rich.

100. Put the following sentences into INDIRECT SPEECH:

1. "We have a lift, but very often it doesn't work", they said.
2. "Who put salt in my coffee?", he asked.
3. "I'm going fishing with my mother this afternoon", said the small boy.
4. "What was she wearing when you saw her last?", the policeman asked me.
5. "I'll sit up till she comes in, but I hope she won't be late", said Mrs Pitt.

101. Translate these sentences:

1. ¡Métete en tus asuntos! ¿Sabes lo que quiero decir?
2. Todavía queda ponche, así que bebamos por la feliz pareja.
3. El personal de la biblioteca de Middleford hizo muchas horas extraordinarias.
4. Era demasiado tímido para invitar a alguien a bailar con él.
5. El otro día Bruce se enfadó sin razón alguna.

Proposed solutions to exercises 96, 97 & 98 in the previous post

Ex96   >>>  about  ,   at  ,   with  ,  at   ,  in  ,    near  ,  on  ,   of  ,   for   ,   of

Ex97   >>>>   1. My shoes had been cleaned.   2. This room is used only....   3. A light was switched on and the door was opened.   4. Each of us was asked (by the police) about ....   5. Refreshments will be served.    6. These artificial flowers are made of silk.

Ex 98   >>  1. So am I.    2. Neither is my brother.   3. Neither had you.    4. So has Albert.  5. So did we.      

Synonym expressions for 'give us a bell' : give us a ring, give us a call, call us, phone us

lunes, 7 de agosto de 2017

Do you consider yourself an honest person or...?

Are you 100% honest or do you sometimes lie? During the summer time and sometimes in the flirting game, funny situations happen. Let's read this newspaper article and do the listening exercise later, then you can give me your opinion.  😎


Keep the mornings honest, the afternoons for lying and cheating (The Guardian)


Listening exercise to do: How honest are we? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) Word formation  >> How many words do you know that come from 'honest'?



And Billy Joel insists on the topic in this other song: Just the way you are   


Most interesting free app for all students of English  >>>

Here I present a record of all the comments and projects made by our students during the summer time.

   So far, this is our SUMMER SCOREBOARD (Click here and you will discover who is leading our summer ranking). Don't procastinate it for tomorrow. There are only 4 weeks left!!!!



Lucy tells us in this video about 4 secrets to speak quickly and fluently.

REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

96. Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions:

       I  want  to  tell you something ..........  Arthur. He  lives ..........  21  Gladstone Avenue,.......... Mrs Harrison  and  Mr Smithers.  He  works .......... the library ..........  Middleford High  Street. The Sunny Snack Bar is quite ......... the  library ..........  the other side .......... the road. Sometimes he  goes there .......... a cup .......... coffee.

97. Put the following sentences into the PASSIVE VOICE:

1. Somebody had cleaned my shoes.
2. We use this room only in special occasions.
3. Someone switched on a light and opened the door.
4. The police asked each of us about his movements on the night of the crime.
5. Someone will serve refreshments.
6. They make these artificial flowers of silk.

98. Complete these sentences using  SO / NEITHER :

1. He's a student. ......I.    2. You aren't very clever. brother.   3. Mr Steele hadn't arrived yet.    4. Mary has been to France. ..............Albert.   5. Arthur failed his A‑levels.   ...................we.

Proposed solutions to exercises 93, 94 & 95 in the previous post
Ex93   >>>  
1. Shall I buy you a drink?  /   I'll buy you...if you like     
2. Sorry, but I missed the 9.30 bus.
3. Why don't we order a pizza? / Let's...  / What about ordering...?   /   How about....?

Ex94  >>>>>. Define the words: 'tape' & 'palace'   

Ex95  >>>>

1. I wish I passed English.    2. There are fewer exercises in this exam than in the previous one.
3. I am going to have my hair cut before school starts. So is my brother.
4. When the exercises began to get more and more difficult, I asked my elder/eldest brother.
5. I have just remembered that I have to go to the bank right now.