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

viernes, 15 de febrero de 2019

Trying to make ends meet

How did it go yesterday? I mean St. Valentine's Day. I hope it went well. It is sometimes difficult to make ends meet (have a look below for its meaning, from the economical point of view).

Here are two a listening exercises to do and that may be related to the issue of LOVE: Dating apps (there are previous posts in this blog for you to see, such as: Virtual or real relationship? ) High heels (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English). However, you may have some problems when having a date, such as: Bad Dates - The Drunk date  (the world of dating according to BBC Learning English)



Have a look at what this idiom means: Make ends meet  and tell me how we would say it in Spanish.



Sir Ken Robinson explains everything about education in two minutes


Here's our next episode in the series of BBC Learning English: The Grammar Gameshow, where you can test your knowledge of grammar. Episode 3: Adjectives.



And still talking about adjectives: The + Adjectives ?(English in a Minute)



First, decide what kind of action it is (a. arrangement; b. general prediction; c. plan/decision; d. real conditional; e. instant decision) and, then, put the verbs in brackets into their correct FUTURE TENSE.

1. _____ Let’s organize this weekend. I (call) ________________________ the Sports Hall and we (play) _______________________ on Saturday.
2. _____ "It's so hot in here!"  "I (open) ____________________ the window."
3. _____ My parents (buy) _____________________ me a bicycle if I pass all the subjects in June.
4. _____ Look at my agenda. We (do) _____________________ an English exam next week.
5. _____ In the future, Marco (become) ______________________ a professional football player.
6. _____ "Someone's knocking on the door"  "Don't move! I (go) ____________ and see who it is."
7. _____ If we finish in time, we (have) _______________________  a picnic afterwards.
8. _____ We’ve taken a decision. This afternoon we (prepare) __________________ ____________ everything to do the video sketch in English for Albert.
9. _____ Real Madrid (play) ________________________ against Liverpool in the Champions League Final.
10. ______ Johnny: "I'm so hungry! I haven't eaten since breakfast."   Mum: "I (make) ____________________ a ham and cheese sandwich in a minute."
11. _____ One day students (fly) ________________________ their own helicopter to school instead of walking or taking the bus.
12. _____ We (get) ____________________ our B1 in French in three years’ time if we register at the Official Language School next year.
13. ______ Students in 2º ESO (have) ____________________________ a big night party on St John’s night. They are already collecting some wood.
14. ______ Students: "We can't remember very well the future tenses."   Albert: " Don't worry. I (prepare) ________________ an exercise for you and post it in my blog."


English with Lucy: NEVER say these EVERYDAY American words in the UK!  

John McEnroe, The Commissioner of Tennis, keeps talking about tennis

The mystery of Novak Djokovic

jueves, 7 de febrero de 2019

Mating, sexual harassment, flirtation... and love. Beware of misunderstandings!!!

Mating, flirting... love, but beware of sexual harassment. Spring and St Valentine's Day are nearer and nearer and nature knows that!!!




Here are some articles to read about the issue:

Have a look at the bird seduction techniques   >>>>

And what about cranes in Japan?? Isn't their dance incredible?

Whales and their songs, another issue worth analysing >>>


  • Episode 190206 / 06 February 2019    >>>  The changing sound of whale song -  Language related to 'singing and songwriting'.  Need-to-know language: tunes, singing from the same shong sheet, embellishments, start from scratch & musical repertoire.

Episode 2: Adverbs of frequency in our series of BBC Learning English: The Grammar Gameshow, where you can test your knowledge of grammar.

Here's some advice to new teachers   >>>

Lucy tells us about Top 10 mispronounced English words.

John McEnroe, The Commissioner of Tennis, keeps talking about tennis

McEnroe: Why Roger Federer is mad at me! | The Commissioner of Tennis | Australian Open 2019


  • WHAT is used in exclamative sentences when it is followed by a NOUN or a NOUN PHRASE. It works exactly the same as SUCH.

Examples: What a (big) house he has bought!     >>>   He has bought such a (big) house.
                    What an (easy) exam we had at the Official Language School in Motril!   >>>  We had such an (easy) exam....
                    What (good) basketball players we have in Spain!    >>>   We have such (good) basketball players in Spain.
                    What (good) wine they make in Itrabo!    >>>  They make such (good) wine in Itrabo.
  • HOW is used in exclamative sentences when it is followed by an ADJECTIVE or an ADVERB. It works exactly the same as SO.

Examples: How expensive it is the car you bought!    >>>  The car you bought is so expensive.
                    How carefully Fernando Alonso drives when it rains!    >>>>   Fernando Alonso drives so carefully when it rains.
  • Remember you can also use SO with NOUNS when talking about quantity. In that case you will need MUCH & MANY depending on the noun.

Examples: We have got so many books to read and so much homework to do this year.
Some sentences to translate into English:
1. ¡Qué bien canta mi primo!

2. ¡Qué canción tan bonita él canto en la fiesta!

3. ¡Qué ejercicio!

4. ¡Qué ejercicio tan fácil estamos haciendo!

5. ¡Qué frío hace en Ítrabo!

6. ¡Qué buen queso hacen en Holanda!

7. ¡Qué buenos futbolistas hay en Holanda!

Complete the exclamative sentences and then fill in the gaps with SO & SUCH+articles if needed.

1. ___________ unreliable McLaren is! Yes, but Alonso drove ……….… carelessly that he crashed it.

2. __________ tasty ham they have in Trevelez! They have …………. good conditions there.

3. _____________ funny this film is! Well, the actors aren’t ………… funny.
4. _____________ fast Usain Bolt runs! He is ………… fast runner.       
Finally, have a look at this post in my blog Neither trekking nor just climbing... it is actually running in the Alps!!!!  , where you can find a link to a page where there are loads of exercises about this issue.

Do you want to revise the exclamative  sentences, SO & SUCH?

 HERE you have got some exercises and the self-correction.

And for further information about the comparatives you can watch these two That's English episodes:

    Unit 8A            Unit 8B        

martes, 5 de febrero de 2019

Year of the Pig

Did you know that today is Chinese New Year (so let me send the best of wishes to all our Chinese visitors)?




Year of the Pig  >>> "Pigs have a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune in life."

Stay alert!!! There may be crocodiles in the neighbourhood: Townsville: crocodiles in flooded streets ?(English in a Minute)



And now let's begin with a new series of BBC Learning English: The Grammar Gameshow, where you can test your knowledge of grammar.

We will begin with the difference between the Present Simple and the Present Continuous.

Why Is Higher Education So Expensive? - Learn Liberty

Lucy teaches us 12 English expressions with ALL.


John McEnroe, The Commissioner of Tennis, still talking about the Australian Open >>>

McEnroe on the "Clown" Australian Tennis Players


domingo, 3 de febrero de 2019

Any broken-down or worn-out items? Remember to upcycle them!

Upcycling is a new concept in the world of recycling you can analyse in our Lingohack episode and later you can also see how to improve your memory.




Apart from that, in this post I also bring you the issue of bilingualism at schools and the discussion about this issue.


  • Episode 190130 / 30 January 2019    >>>  The recycled-goods shopping mall -  Language related to 'the condition of goods'.  Need-to-know language: second-hand, upcycled, broken-down, handmade & worn-out.



Here's a listening exercise to do: Improving your memory (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

And you, how do you think you can improve your memory? 


Myths About Bilingual Children


Now let's read some articles about the issue:

However, it is not all gold that glitters when you have situations like this one:

I am looking forward to watching this video to see the difference between these three verbs: EXPECT, WAIT & HOPE  (English in a Minute)

And now have a look at these interesting links about this issue: explanation & practice, exercise 1 & exercise 2.  

John McEnroe, The Commissioner of Tennis, still talking about the Australian Open >>>

John McEnroe's Andy Murray Tribute!



Solutions to the exercises in the previous post.

Comprehension questions  >>>

(1) TRUE because the text says: "Tens of thousands of people were on their way to work"

(2) FALSE because the text says: "The war had finished in Europe in May"

(3) TRUE because the text says: "but it was not yet over in the Pacific"

(4) TRUE because the text says: "like nearly every other city in Japan"
(5) FALSE because the text says: "like nearly every other city in Japan"
(6) TRUE because the text says: "because at the very moment an atomic bomb, the most terrible and powerful weapon ever made, exploded over the city"

Definitions  >>>>>
CITY is a large town which is very populated    ///  BUSES are means of public transport people use in cities   ///  WAR is the opposite of peace   ///  QUIET is the opposite of noisy, when there is no noise.

viernes, 1 de febrero de 2019

Still searching for a heart to love?

February, the month of love, is here!! Are you still searching for a heart to love?

Have a look at the lyrics and try to see what they mean. Can you send me your favourite love songs? We will make our LOVE 😍hit parade: Here are some of my favourites:

- Heart to love by Passenger (Official video)

- Endless Love by Lionel Richie & Diana Ross

- I want to know what love is by Foreigner

- How am I supposed to live by Michael Bolton

- Stop loving you by Toto

- Part-time lover by Stevie Wonder  (You are the sunshine of my life)

- Love is by Rod Stewart

- Love will find a way by YES 

- You are the reason by Calum Scott 

- Higher Love by Steve Winwood

YORK 2019 - VII Study trip to the British-Irish Isles

Two interesting episodes of That's English, whose 'That's Britain' section is dedicated to York 

Unit 4B      

and Yorkshire Dales  >>>

           Unit 7B      


And remember for further information you've got my site, where you can find links to every single episode, notes for each module and even a table of contents (Complete Index and table of contents )!!!!



Bill Gates: "Teachers need real feedback"

Stay alert!!! Apple face time bug ?(News Review)

John McEnroe, The Commissioner of Tennis, still talking about the Australian Open >>>

McEnroe: Why Murray Is Like Jesus...



A good expression to learn: From pillar to post ?(The English We Speak)

Revision for ESO students:


A. Read this text carefully:

It was early morning on August 6th, 1945 in the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Tens of thousands of people were on their way to work, travelling on trams and buses and walking through the crowded streets. Thousands more were already at work. The war had finished in Europe in May, but it was not yet over in the Pacific. However, Hiroshima was strangely quiet and untouched by war. American planes had flown over the city many times in the past few months, but had not dropped their bombs. The people of the city found it difficult to believe their luck. Hiroshima was an industrial city with an important naval base and they could not understand why the Americans had not bombed it like nearly every other city in Japan. They were tense and afraid. Every day they expected the American planes to come.

That morning at 8.15 a man was sitting on the marble steps of a large bank in the city's financial area. Perhaps he had sat down on the steps to wait for the bank to open. Perhaps he was a bank worker waiting to start work. We will never know. But we do know a man was sitting there because at the very moment an atomic bomb, the most terrible and powerful weapon ever made, exploded over the city. First there was a blinding flash of light, then a blast which destroyed every building for kilometres around, then a fire-storm, and finally, silence. Not one atom of the man  sitting on the steps remained after the explosion, but in Hiroshima today it is still possible to see his shadow - the shape of a seated man burnt black onto the marble stone.

Now decide if these statements are TRUE or FALSE :

At 8.15 on August 6th, 1945...
(1) Many people were going to work in Hiroshima.  __________
(2) There was still a war in Europe.   __________
(3) The Japanese were still at war.   __________
(4) The Americans had bombed many Japanese cities.   __________
(5) Many Japanese cities were undamaged by bombing.   __________
(6) An atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima.   __________                                          / 3

Define the following words from the text :

CITY(line 1)  _____________________________________________________________
BUSES (line 2) ___________________________________________________________
WAR (line 3) _____________________________________________________________
QUIET (line 4)  ___________________________________________________________

Solutions to the exercises in the previous post.


F.  1. Where is Nicolas Maduro from? 2. Can you speak German? 3. How tall are you?  4. How often do you have French?   5. What do you do? I'm an English teacher.  6. What do you do in your free time?
G.  1. How long have you had that watch? For about 14 years.  2. The most exciting film I have ever seen is 'Forrest Gump'.  3. Neither he nor she can speak English.  4. I hope you don't mind coming next Wednesday. I've got so much to tell you.    5. I can't afford a car, so I always borrow it from a friend.   6. "I haven't read the book"  "Neither have we"