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, 8 de diciembre de 2017

Are mobile phones really suitable for children?

Mobile phones, and now smart phones, or any other of these similar electronic devices can be the solution to many things, but it can be the cause of many problems, especially when talking about children and teenagers. Can you, please, tell me which problems mobile phones can be the cause of?


Activities for my 2º ESO studens:  You can write your comment bearing in mind these questions:

Have you go a mobile phone? When did you get it? How much do you think it costs? How many hours do you spend using your mobile phone? What do you use it for? How heavy is it? What colour is it? How old is it? Why do you think it is useful? Did you get it as a Christmas gift?


Read the story included in this newspaper article and some other articles related to the issue:

I regret giving my children cellphones, but not for the reasons you’d think (The Washington Post)

What would you have said if you were the man telling the story? "I wish..."



Here's a listening exercise to do: Do you need to upgrade your phone? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

For further information about the issue we are dealing with, you can also have a look at these two posts in this blog:

This is what happens when you suffer from a smartphone addiction:

Here's another interesting video about how your phone is changing you >>>   CLICK HERE TO WATCH   

And now, changing subject, let's talk about clothes, what's the difference between these two verbs: "to fit" & "to suit" (watch the video) And when do we use the verb "to match"?


  • Episode 171206 / 06 December 2017    >>>  Acidic oceans will 'reduce sea life'   -  Language related to 'biology'.  Need-to-know language: creatures, thrive, ecology, species, food web.

sábado, 2 de diciembre de 2017

Nintendo, the solution?

Let's deal today with the issue of mental health. Here's an interesting article by therapist Marie Miguel for you to read:

How Nintendo Therapy Can Improve Your Patient's Mental Health


This therapist is working on a free mental health project focused on educating people as part of a programme developed by Betterhelp. I highly recommend you to have a look at this page, especially the advice section, as it has relevant vocabulary related to the issue which may useful for our Selectivity exam.


Activities for my 2º ESO studens:  You can have a look at my post popular post Is Internet addiction really a problem???? and answer these questions:

Do you email or message people in another country?
Have you got a personal blog or a personal webpage?
Do you ever chat with strangers on the internet?
Do you play games with people online?

How many hours do you spend surfing the internet?

And here's a really interesting video for you to watch about SO, TOO, REALLY & VERY >>>

And now an article about volcanoes (the Lingohack section also deals with the topic)   >>>>

How dangerous is Bali's Mount Agung and what action has been taken? (The Guardian)


Solutions to the exercises in the previous post:

67.     1. People will not probably need food ....        2. The submarine took the men to Manila.
     3. Nobody had delivered the message yet.
68.   1. sleeping - to camp   2. studying  -  spend  -  watching   3. to pass   - to come  -  dreaming

69. (a) John and Paul, who were working on the roof, left the ladder against the house.
      (b) Bill, whose fingerprints were on the screwdriver, was later caught by the police.
      (c) The bed I slept on has no mattress.       (d) Tom, who had been driving all day, was tired and .....
      (e) He spoke in French,but the people he was speaking to didn't know French.
70.   Of course, I will go to the party.       I took a two-week course on robotics.
He asked me a question.       He asked me to stand up.
I am still writing.      You could hear strange sounds in the still of the night.    Stay still till I tell you so.

71.    (a) She asked me to pass her the salt.        (b) Jim answered she was not the right woman to do that.
(c) The driver said he couldn't find the road in the map.       (d) Peter suggested having dinner somewhere after the theatre.   Ann accepted and suggested going to that place Jack was always talking about.
(e) Ann said Jack's parents had asked her to supper the following night, but she didn't know what to wear (but she wondered what she should wear)
72.   1. I prefer driving rather than travelling by train if you don't mind.   
2. According to certain people, may parents would prefer that their children had less homework. (fewer exercises to do)
3. When I went to England I wasn't used to having breakfast so early, but shortly after I got used to getting up and having breakfast early
4. There's no point (in) worrying about money because you never know what is going to happen tomorrow.
5. We've almost run out of petrol. We'd better stop at the next petrol station to fill it in.
6. May, who is the new British Prime Minister, also stated that it is (high) time something is done / to do something about pollution and the Bosnian problem.
7. I didn't see anybody going into the house, but I could hear how someone was walking on the second floor.
8. At the beginning she didn't want to have dinner with Albert, but in the end he could / was able to convince her.
9. He must have gone out because I have been phoning him since five and nobody answers. Do you think you could lend me a hand with my English homework?
10. We've got plenty of time, so we needn't/don't need to/don't have to hurry up.


  • Episode 171129 / 29 November 2017    >>>  Monitoring a deadly volcano   -  Language related to 'volcanoes'.  Need-to-know language: towers above, active, peak, eruption, lava.

martes, 28 de noviembre de 2017

Any couch potatoes around?

What do you mean by 'a couch potato'? What kind of people are you talking about? Are you a couch potato yourself? What do you have to do if you are a couch potato? Do you feel well? (what is the noun that comes from the adjective 'well'?

Related articles to read about the issue:

Activities for my 2º ESO studens: What do you usually do to keep fit? How much television do you watch? Do you do sport alone or in group? What does 'couch potato' mean? Look it up in a dictionary.

Here's a listening exercise to do: Why more of us are getting fitter together? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

Let's learn 10 English Expressions with HAVE - phrasal verbs, idioms and slang sayings with Lucy.

Revision for SELECTIVITY & 2º Bachillerato.

67. Put the following sentences into the ACTIVE VOICE :

     1. Food won't probably be needed next year in Somalia any longer.
     2. The men were taken to Manila by the submarine.
     3. The message had not been delivered yet.

68. GERUND , INFINITIVE or PRESENT PARTICIPLE. Put the verbs in brackets into the correct form :
1. We suggested __________ (sleep) in hotels but the children were anxious __________ (camp) out.
2. I don't feel like __________ (study) English this evening, I'd rather __________ (spend) the whole time __________ (watch) television.
3. Albert would like __________ (pass) every student, so we wouldn't have __________ (come) in September, but unfortunately there's no point __________ (dream) such silly things.

69. Join the following sentences together using a Relative Clause :

      (a) John and Paul were working on the roof. They left the ladder against the house.
      (b) Bill's fingerprints were on the screwdriver. He was later caught by the police.
      (c) The bed has no mattress.I slept on this bed.
      (d) Tom had been driving all day.He was tired and wanted to stop.
      (e) He spoke in French,but the people didn't know French.He was speaking to these people.

70. Write sentences using the following lexical items in two different contexts and with two different meanings :         COURSE    ,          ASK     ,          STILL

71. Write the following sentences in Indirect Speech :

      (a) "Could you pass me the salt, please?", she asked me.
      (b) "She is not the right woman to do this", Jim answered.
      (c) "I can't find the road in the map", the driver said.
      (d) "Shall we have dinner somewhere after the theatre?" said Peter.
          "Yes,let's," said Ann. "What about going to that place Jack is always talking about?"
      (e) "Jack's parents have asked me to supper tomorrow night," said Ann. "What shall I wear?"

72. Translate the following sentences into English :

      1. Prefiero conducir a viajar en tren si no te importa.
      2. Según ciertas personas, muchos padres preferirían que sus hijos tuvieran menos deberes.
      3. Cuando fuí a Inglaterra no estaba acostumbrado a desayunar tan temprano, pero poco después me
          acostumbré a levantarme y desayunar temprano.
      4. No vale la pena preocuparse por el dinero porque nunca sabes lo que va a pasar mañana.
      5. Casi nos hemos quedado sin gasolina. Sería mejor que parásemos en la próxima gasolinera a llenar.
      6. May, que es la nueva Primera Ministra británica, también declaró que ya es hora que se haga algo 
          sobre la contaminación y el problema bosnio.
      7. No ví a nadie entrar en casa, pero podía oir cómo alguien andaba por la segunda planta.
      8. Al principio ella no queria cenar con Alberto, pero al final él pudo convencerla.
      9. Él debe haber salido porque llevo telefoneándole desde las cinco y nadie contesta. ¿Crees tú que 
          me podrías echar una mano con mis deberes de inglés?
      10. Tenemos cantidad de tiempo , así que no hace falta que nos demos prisa.

Solutions to the exercises in the previous post:

63. (a) She did not intend to be unhappy about him as they had all agreed he had to marry someone rich.   (b) He told her he loved her so much.    (c) He behaved like that because he was very nervous about what he was about to say.  

64. (a) What did Elisabeth do?     (b) How did she answer him?      (c) How long did he sit down?

65. FORTUNE.- large amount of money, HALF EXPECTED.- when someone is almost sure something is going to happen & TO STRUGGLE.- to fight, to have much difficulty in doing something 
66.    1. The power of poetry cannot be understood.   2. It is said..... ///   The audience is said to have enjoyed very much the play.    ///   The play is said to have been enjoyed very much3. The King's father is trying to be cured.



  • Episode 171115 / 15 November 2017    >>>  Protecting Sudan's 'forgotten' pyramids   -  Language related to 'Ancient history'.  Need-to-know language: tombs, civilisations, anciente wonders, treasure, centuries-old heritage.

domingo, 26 de noviembre de 2017

We all wish it would rain down!!!!

And so does Phil Collins in this song:

How would you translate the sentence? Why do you use 'would'?

We all wish things were and would be so different!!!  That's the case with food waste. What do we do with all the food that is produced and not consumed in developed countries. Here are some related articles for you to read (you can also have a look at the LINGOHACK section, where the issue is also dealt):

'WASTED! The Story of Food Waste' premieres On Demand  (USA today)

Which verb does the word 'edible' (first article) come from? What does 'retailer' mean?

Activities for my 2º ESO studens: What do you usually eat? Do you leave anything on the plate? Do you throw it away? What did you use to eat five years ago when you were younger? What does 'waste food' mean?

And now let's watch this video about SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT in English  >>>

Revision for SELECTIVITY & 2º Bachillerato.

63. Read the following text and then answer the comprehension questions :

          "When  the  others had gone, Elizabeth sat  by  herself, still thinking  about  Colonel Fitzwilliam's story. It was some  comfort that  Mr  Darcy  was going away the day after next and  that  she would  see  Jane  again in two weeks. It was a pity  that  Colonel Fitzwilliam  would  be leaving too, of course, but he had  made  it clear  that  he had to marry someone with a fortune and  she  did not intend to be unhappy about him.

           Suddenly  the  door  bell rang and in  walked  not  Colonel Fitzwilliam  as  she half expected, but Mr Darcy. He  had  come, he said  quickly, to  ask if her headache was better. She  answered him  with  cold politeness. He sat down for a few moments. He  got up  and  walked round the room. Then he came towards her, "I  have struggled  in vain against my feelings," he burst out, "You  must allow me to tell you how much I admire and love you."

(a) Why did she not intend to be unhappy about Colonel Fitzwilliam?
(b) What did Mr Darcy say to her?
(c) Why did he get up and walked around the room?

64. Write questions to the following answers?

(a) ____________________________ ? When the others had gone.
(b) ____________________________ ? With cold politeness.
(c) ___________________________ ? He sat down for a few moments.

65. Define the following words from the text :     FORTUNE, HALF EXPECTED & TO STRUGGLE  

66. Put the following sentences into the PASSIVE VOICE :

1. We cannot understand the power of poetry.

2. Newspapers say the audience enjoyed very much the play.
3. Doctors are trying to cure the King's father.

Solutions to the exercises in the previous post:

59. (a) Ted did.    (b) It was sad, beautiful and it sounded like poetry.    (c) Yes, he did because he was so happy that he could not avoid tears in his eyes. ("there were tears fo happiness in his eyes"

60. (a) Who did the audience applaud?   (b) What were the sounds of the words like?  (c) What did Ted do?    

61. AUDIENCE.- group of people attending a concert or any other show.
 POLITE.- person with good manners. Not rude. 
 FARMER.- A person who owns a farm or who works in the fields.
62.  (a) People won't need food next year.   (Nobody will need food next year)
(b) The submarine took the men to Manila.     (c) Nobody had delievered the message. 

63. (a) The Savage said what those nasty boys were doing there.
(b) He said that nobody believed it was going to happen because/since/as everybody thourght it would pass away.     (c) He told her not to think about it any more.


  • Episode 171122 / 22 November 2017    >>>  Britain's food waste problem   -  Language related to 'waste'.  Need-to-know language: sell-by date, discarded, overproduction, surplus, landfill.