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

lunes, 15 de julio de 2019


We cannot find the appropriate adjectives for matches like the one played by Sir Roger Federer and Relentless Novak Djokovic in the 2019 Wimbledon Final yesterday.



But let's first see what the adjective 'homeric' means by watching this bit in the film The Quiet Man starred by John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara  >>>>


The adjective 'homeric' obviously comes from the Greek writer HOMER. What do you know about him? If you don't much or anything, click on the link!







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

And now let's watch Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer Wimbledon 2019 final highlights



We can also listen to their opinions in the press conferences after the match: 


English in a minute  Verbs of Perception: See & Hear (BBC Learning English)

English with Lucy    >>>   What to respond when someone is RUDE - Funny English Comebacks for Insults


"All work and no play makes Jack/Jill a dull boy/girl"

Vicky The Viking -  

Episode 3 - Imprisoned  

SOLUTIONS to the exercises in the previous post   (and for further exercises on 3º ESO):

69.   1. When did he buy it?     2. Did your grandfather come too?    3. Where did she have to go?
71. 1. to, on      2. in      3. on   4. to    5. in
72.  1. We have got a blue car.     2. Jane has got long dark hair.       3. There are two dark blue chairs and a colour TV in my kitchen.

73.   1. When does he have breakfast ?     2. They get up at 8.00 a.m.      3. I don't work on Sunday.
  4. Do you play basketball ?    5. Students study everyday.

74. 1. Their     2. She , Her       3. They  ,  her  ,   him   4. We     5. them
75.   1. I quite like cars.    2. My mother hates cooking on Sundays.  3. Do you like beer? I don't like it much, but I love Fanta    4. How do you go to school? By car.    5. What time does father get up? At quarter past eight.     6. Where were you yesterday at ten? I was at school.

Tennis >>>   Best of John McEnroe at the 2019 French Open, by The Commissioner of Tennis (Eurosport)

domingo, 14 de julio de 2019

How important is the future for you?

How important is the future for you? What things would you cater for your future needs? Money, love, friends, home....? 


Let's begin reading a nice story that may give you a clue.


Here are some articles for you to read and a listening exercise:

BUT WHY??  😱  When you are in the need to express the cause of something     >>>   English in a Minute: 'Because' / 'As' / 'Since' (BBC Learning English).

Emma in mmmEnglish!! explaining  How to Use WITH & BY ⚡️English Prepositions | Common Grammar Mistakes (English Grammar Lesson)  


Expressions and idioms seen in Emma's quiz in previous post: 

brush up ,  lightning fast  ,  a piece of cake  ,  wouldn't hurt a fly  ,    so far, so good   ,  a pain in the neck  ,    to hit the road  ,   to hit the deck (to fall over) ,   to jump ship  ,  itchy feet  ,    to have (your head) head in the clouds    ,   get something off (my) chest  ,   to feel under the weather   ,  to have a change of heart  ,   to be wrapped around someone's finger  ,   to wing it   ,  to bite off more than one can chew  ,  to bring something to the table    ,    to be in a pickle   ,     to get out of hand


69. 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 ___________________________?
70. 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

71. 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.
72. 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    ________________________________________________________

73. 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)

74. 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.
75. 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.

"All work and no play makes Jack/Jill a dull boy/girl"

Funniest English Class Ever - Try Not To Laugh 10 

SOLUTIONS to the exercises in the previous post   (and for further exercises on 4º ESO):

38.1. How   2. What   3. What an     4.What a  

39.   1. Roberto is the one in jeans and light blue shirt.  2. What is your boyfriend like? He is very funny, but he is quite shy.   3. Who is the girl taking her coat off?   4. We've got exams at school three times a year.   5. How often does your mother do the washing? Twice a week.
40. Sound symbols that match the sound of the letters:   b. who  /h/     d. cinema  /s/   f. knife  /n/      g. verb /v/        h. question /kw/          i. class  /k/  

Tennis >>>  Academia Nadal / #Vamos de Movistar+ (April 2019) 

And today is the Wimbledon Final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic:

viernes, 12 de julio de 2019

This quiz is a piece of cake, but beware of robots!

This quiz is a piece of cake. What does it really mean? Here's a popular idiom 'a piece of cake' you can learn about in the quiz below, among others.


Emma in mmmEnglish!! is teaching us some idioms (English Grammar Lesson) in the following video:



  Which idioms has Emma presented us?


However, robots will be more and more present in our lives taking our jobs and making decisions about the job you can do. Here are some related articles and documents related to the issue (also have a look at the Lingohack section at the bottom of this post):


38. Complete the following sentences with WHAT+suitable article & HOW

1. ______________ interesting!                    2. ______________ old houses!
3. ______________ interesting book!           4. ______________ house you've got!   

39. Translate the following sentences into English:

1. Roberto es el de los vaqueros y la camisa celeste.
2. ¿Cómo es tu novio? El es muy divertido, pero es bastante tímido.
3. ¿Quién es la chica que se está quitando el abrigo?
4. Tenemos exámenes en el instituto tres veces al año.
5. ¿Con qué frecuencia hace tu madre la colada? Dos veces a la semana.
40. PRONUNCIATION. Do the sound symbols match the sound of the letters underlined in the words? If they do, write a tick; and a cross, if they don't.

a. why  /h/       b. who  /h/       c. photograph  /ph/     d. cinema  /s/   e. laugh  /gh/  
f. knife  /n/      g. verb /v/        h. question /kw/          i. class  /k/       j. writing  /wr/

"All work and no play makes Jack/Jill a dull boy/girl"

Shave with Bean | Funny Episodes | Classic Mr Bean 

SOLUTIONS to the exercises in the previous post   (and for further exercises on 4º ESO):

34. My suggestions:   A vacuum cleaner is a machine that helps you dust the house.   //    Dynamite is some dangerous stuff you use to make explosions,   //   A camera is a machine you use to take photos.

35. 1. in  ,  -  ,    by/in front of      2. on   ,  in   ,   of     3.    -  ,  to  ,    at    ,    in    4.  in front of   ,    opposite

36. What is it like? (What does it look like?)    What is it made of?    What is it used for?
1. An alarm clock is something made of plastic or metal that helps you wake up in the morning.
2. A saw is a long metal and wooden gadget that is used to cut wood.
3. A bottle opener is a thing usually made of metar that is used to open bottles.

37.  1. A camera is used for taking photographs.      2. Paper is made in Utah.


  • Episode 190703 / 03 July 2019    >>>  Al recruitment (Are you ready to be hired by a robot?):   Language related to 'job recruitment'.  Need-to-know language: character traits, roles, applicants, talent pool  & jobs market.

Latest on Wimbledon semi-finals between Federer and Nadal:

Will it be Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer in the final? | 2019 Wimbledon (ESPN)

miércoles, 10 de julio de 2019

(Learn, teach and study) how to be a champion

Is it possible to have access to the clues that lead you to be champion? 

More and more people are participating in eSports competitions and they win large sums of money. These new champions need to train and have some special features.

Here are some articles for you to read and something for you to listen to related to the issue:

However, you also want to be champion in your studies and about eLearning, so let's have a look at this ITC tool I have just come across.

Here's the brand new ITC tool to learn/teach/study provided by Google:            



And some other exercises for you to do and documents for you to analyse to be a champion in English >>>>


English with Lucy  >>>  Understand FAST Conversations in English (Advanced Listening Method)

English in a Minute: Impossible or Unreal Conditionals (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)




34. Can you define the following inventions ? (Use RELATIVE CLAUSES)
A vacuum cleaner   -     Dynamite     -    A camera

35. Fill in the gaps with suitable PREPOSITIONS, if necessary.
1. Jane is the girl ________ the pink sweater standing ________ there ________ the bus stop.
2. Lobres is ________ the River Guadalfeo ________ the south ________ Spain.
3. She drove ________ home ________ her office ________ 8 o'clock ________ the evening.
4. "Ted's car is parked ___________ the pub and  ______ the Quick Launderette"

36. DESCRIBE the following objects as well as you can, but first translate into English these useful questions:
¿Cómo es?     -      ¿De qué está hecho?   -      ¿Para qué se usa?   
1. An alarm clock         2.  A saw     3. A bottle opener  

37. Rewrite these sentences in the PASSIVE VOICE:
1. We use a camera for taking photographs.  2. They make paper in Utah.    


  • Episode 190626 / 26 June 2019    >>>  Flying rhinos to Rwanda:   Language related to 'conservation'.  Need-to-know language: feeding time, keepers, released into the wild  & critically endangered.

"All work and no play makes Jack/Jill a dull boy/girl"

At the Hospital | Funny Episodes | Classic Mr Bean 

SOLUTIONS to the exercises in the previous post   (and for further exercises on 4º ESO):

30. 1. is cooking  2. usually cooks    3. does your brother do  ;   works    4. isn't working     5. opens

31.  1. Cervantes is the Spanish writer who wrote Don Quixote, among other novels.
2. Marie Curie is the woman who discovered Radium.   
3. Elisha Otis is the person who invented the lift.

32.   1. have been here for ten    2. 1. was there ten years ago.    3. has had it since 1986

33. Example: Motril is bigger than Trevelez, but the biggest city of the three is Barcelona.

And our Spanish champion in tennis >>>  RAFAEL NADAL: God Mode points 

Another playlist for you: SUMMER HITS 2019 

domingo, 7 de julio de 2019

The rise of women's football.... and basketball!!

More and more women are playing football professionally filling the crowds with huge crowds as we have seen this year in Spain. 



Here are some articles for you to read about the issue and a listening exercise:


Today the final of the Women's World Football Cup in France between the Netherlands and the USA is taking place in Lyon, and so is the Women's European Basketball Cup between Spain and France.

Here's another article and a video to watch:

2019 FIBA EuroBasket Women: Spain will face France in the Final (

BREAKING NEWS: Our golden Spanish girls defeat France and won the gold medal!!!

Spain hammer France to win Women's EuroBasket


Emma in mmmEnglish!! explaining  Each & Every  (English Grammar Lesson) 



30. Put the verbs in brackets in the  PRESENT CONTINUOUS or the PRESENT SIMPLE:

1. 'Where is your mother?'  'I think she _________________ (cook) lunch.
2. She ________________________ (usually cook) lunch at one o'clock every day.
3. What ________ your brother ____________ (do)? He _____________ (work) at a hotel.
4. Today he ___________________ (not work), because he is ill.
5. The bank _________________ (open) at nine o'clock every morning.

31. What do you know about ... ? (Use RELATIVE CLAUSES)

1. ... Cervantes ?      2. ... Marie Curie ?       3. ... Elisha Otis ?  

32. Put the verbs in brackets in the PAST SIMPLE or the PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE, and then fill in the gaps (...) with FOR, SINCE, AGO or -- .

1. I live in Brighton. I ___________________ (be) here ......... ten years now.
2. I lived in Brighton once. I ________________ (be) there ten years ............ .
3. Ann has got a good job. She _________________ (have) it ............. 1986.                     

33. Write about Barcelona, Motril and Trevelez (the precision of the figures is not relevant)

"All work and no play makes Jack/Jill a dull boy/girl"

One Wedding and a Funeral | Funny Clip | Classic Mr Bean 

SOLUTIONS to the exercises in the previous post   (and for further exercises on 1º Bachillerato):

139. 1. You have it painted.  2. they have it done.

140. 1. Millions of cans of coke are drunk everyday.   2. What do you think a nun's life is like? Perhaps a bit boring, but interesting too.     3. He didn't want anyone to see his new car.     4. They finally understood what their father had meant / wanted to say.  5. "I think the baby likes learning English a lot because he is very interested in looking up words in your new dictionary", the mother told the father (said the mother to the father). 

Tennis >>>  Best Of: Rafael Nadal | Roland Garros 2019 | Eurosport  

and now in Wimbledon:

Story of the Match: Rafael Nadal vs Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon 2019


  • Episode 190710 / 10 July 2019    >>>  Britain's largest female sculpture:   Language related to 'describing art'.  Need-to-know language: incongrous, imposing, stance, dynamic  & bemusement.

jueves, 4 de julio de 2019

Setting limits with a new app


Think of a synonym of the word 'limit' or the word that refers to that thing around a building or between fields made of wood, wire... which prevents animals or people from going into that property. 

The answer is 'FENCE'!!! Well, now think what an app called GEOFENCING may be used for. Here's a document that explains it: GEOFENCING   

You can also watch this video:

and here's another one:

Geofencing: 7 Things You'll Kick Yourself for not Knowing


Breaking news: the University of Granada (UGR), among the best in the world, according to the Shangai ranking (IDEAL DE GRANADA)

News review: Puppy dog eyes (BBC Learning English)


English in a minute: 'Go on doing' vs 'Go on to do' 


English with Lucy  >>>>  7 Most DIFFICULT Interview Questions ANSWERED | Business English Course Lesson 5




REVISION FOR 1º Bachillerato

139. Say what you do when you do not do something yourself.

1. Your mother wants you to paint the house, but you can't paint it yourself, .....
so you ________________________________________________________
2. Some students don't like doing English homework,....
so they ________________________________________________________

140. Translate the following sentences into English:

1. Se beben milliones de latas de Coca-Cola todos los días.
2. ¿Cómo crees que es la vida de una monja? Quizás un poco aburrida, pero interesante también.
3. El no quería que nadie viera su nuevo coche.
4. Ellos finalmente entendieron lo que su padre había querido decir.
5. "Creo que al bebé le gusta mucho aprender inglés porque está muy interesado en buscar palabras en tu nuevo diccionario", le dijo la madre al padre.

Tennis >>>  2019 French Open Highlights: Wawrinka wins five-set thriller; Federer, Nadal cruise | NBC Sports

SOLUTIONS to the exercises in the previous post:

137. My proposals   >> 1. What did you have for main course?   2. How much did they pay?
3. Where did he go?   4. What do you do?  5. Who is she writing to?  6. What film are you going to watch?

138.  1. Internet is used by millions of people nowadays.  2. Lunch must be cooked for his baby every day by Albert.   3. That green van is being followed by a police car.  4. How many times was this window broken by the children last year?    5. John wasn't asked a lot of questions  //  A lot of questions weren't asked to John.

"All work and no play makes Jack/Jill a dull boy/girl"

Where do we get milk from