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, 22 de marzo de 2019


We've got important events ahead in Spain: the General Elections, municipal elections, elections for the European Parliament... Apart from that, we've still got some hot issues to sort out: Brexit, Cristiano Ronaldo's latest scandals, rumours... And we don't really know if the news we get are true or just FAKE NEWS!!!! So it is not just matter that affects April Fools' Day!


Before, during the Cold War for instance, the problem was the lack of information, but now the problem is just all the opposite: loads of news, among which you never know which ones are really true or just fake. Social networks such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter... contribute to all this world of misinformation.


So what is the meaning of 'fake news'? Can you give an example of a fake news that you have come across lately. What happens on 1st April? 

Here are some articles to read about the issue:

However, this matter could be solved if we got the information face to fave   >>>   Listening exercise for you to do: What your eyes say about your personality  (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English). 


Anyway, the more illiterate we are, the less ability we have to spot what news are fake.


The second term is coming to an end and we are expecting our results. Here are two important verbs to learn:  Wish vs Hope  (English in a Minute)


And now let's revise the RELATIVE CLAUSES (ii)



English with Lucy   >>>>  5 things to practice every day to improve your English communication skills



  • Episode 190320 / 20 March 2019    >>>  Tackling food waste and obesity -  Language related to 'food excess and waste'.  Need-to-know language: leftover, piling up, stale, culinary & loading up.

miércoles, 20 de marzo de 2019

You've got a friend in me

It is not that easy nowadays to find a true friend. Here are some articles for you to read:



You have been listening in this blog to 4 different versions of the song: "You've got a friend". Which one do you like the most? Why?   

  1. the one which is sung by James Taylor   

  2. the one sung by Carole King   

  3. the one sung by both of them   

  4. the one which appears in the film Toy Story (Randy Newman) 


Can you tell all the different meanings of the word 'spring'?

What's your to-do list for this spring? for Easter?

  • Go to York and come back safe and sound

  • Make the video sketch for Albert

  • Write all the comments



Here's the song What do I have to do by Kylie Minogue >>>


In Unit 6 in the level of 4th of ESO we have seen some MODIFIERS, here's further information on the issue: Very vs Really vs Absolutely  (English in a Minute)


And now let's revise the RELATIVE CLAUSES (i)

Phrasal verbs with "UP" - Learn English prepositions



  • Episode 190313 / 13 March 2019    >>>  Electrifying Africa -  Language related to 'Environmentalism: resources and solutions'.  Need-to-know language: sustainability, convert, surplus, small scale & solar system.

domingo, 17 de marzo de 2019

Happy St Patrick's Day!!!!

And in Dublin you've got: St Patrick's Festival 2019    

Click here to see previous posts in this blog related to the issue:   St Patrick's Day




And one day we'll remember... 

Let's have a look at the history of this day  >>>  

Why St Patrick's Day went global  by  The Economist




Saint Patrick's Day (feast day) by Enciclopaedia BRITANNICA   


viernes, 15 de marzo de 2019

Small talk

What do you think 'small talk' refers to? We're shortly going to York on our VII Study trip to the British-Irish Isles and we may be in this kind of situations many times. What can we do?

Here are some articles to read about the topic which may give you a clue about what to do:

A few things to learn about making small talks: How to make small talk during greetings  

and a listening exercise  >>>>

Subjects to avoid in British small talk: Salary (BBC Learning English)

Let's deal now with some big talk >>> VEGANISM

Listening exercise for you to do: Debating veganism: How to change someone's opinion (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English


Some selectivity exams to do: Orthorexia & Wonder Woman (2018)  

International Women's Day marked across the world (The Guardian)



Revision for 4º ESO (PASSIVE VOICE)  >>>


Unit 6. Extra-exercises

Rewrite these sentences into the PASSIVE VOICE:

1. Bakers make bread from flour.
2. They offered Jane a wonderful job.
3. Somebody has sent me a strange letter.
4. Alexander Bell invented the telephone.
5. A woman was training the guard dogs.
6. People of all ages can play Trivial Pursuit.
7. People sell fresh eggs in Vélez Benaudalla. 
8. She has packed the books.
9. Someone types letters for my boss.
10. Israeli troops have attacked the town several times since the beginning of the war.

Rewrite these sentences into the ACTIVE VOICE (remember you will sometimes have to invent a subject):

1. The castle was built in 1546.
2. The letters were being written in English by Jane.
3. The parcel has been sent from this post office.
4. Mobile phones mustn't be used during the speech.
5. These exercises can be done without using a dictionary.
6. John was asked a lot of difficult questions.
7. The jewel was taken from this box.
8. This site is visited by many students in Salobreña.
9. The job is going to be finished before midnight.
10. Diana was given a camera.


Lately we have been talking in 4º ESO about medicine and warts, here's an expression "warts and all", watch the video and tell me what it means:

Who was Oliver Cromwell, by the way?

Here's a good expression to learn:   to put someone on the map (The English We Speak)

Stop Saying "I'm Hungry!" - Learn English expressions




  • Episode 190306 / 06 March 2019    >>>  Why are we ticklish? -  Language related to 'the body's reactions'.  Need-to-know language: tickling sensation, nerve endings, electrical signals & defence mechanism.

domingo, 10 de marzo de 2019

Anything on your to-do list you still haven't done?

Our students are working hard these days (Below I present you some of the projects they have been doing), but there may be still many things to do. Have you ever written a TO-DO LIST?


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

Listening exercise for you to do: What's on your to-do list?  (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English).

Let's revise these three words: STILL, ALREADY & YET  

However, our students can!!!

Learn three ways to use 'CAN': 3 USES OF 'CAN'  (English in a Minute)

Birthday party by Lucía Espinosa, Lucía García, Nuria Díaz, María González & Alicia Ortega



Do you like trekking? Here's the leaflet designed by Mihail Livaditis on trekking >>>>


5 Stephen Hawking Predictions That May Come True



jueves, 7 de marzo de 2019

The Science Week at IES Mediterraneo & OUR ARTISTS

What a hectic week we are having!!!!  


The Science Week at our school, students from primary schools visiting us, tomorrow we are celebrating the International Working Women's Day, exams, classes, homework... and last, but not least,  next week we will be celebrating the first anniversary of Stephen Hawking's death and 𝛑 Day on March 14th (3.14).


And now I want to present you some of the experiments and other experiences our students carried out during our Science Week.

Lucía Guirado (4º ESO A) post in her blog  >>  

Marina Guirado (4º ESO A) post in her blog  >>



Latest video to watch about Stephen Hawking:

The Best Of Stephen Hawking


 And remember our previous post: Stephen Hawking, a unique brain.



Tomorrow, as I said above, we are also celebrating the International Working Women's Day and here are the posters done by our students, who won the first and third prize in the town's contest:

Laura Martín

Mª Jesús Burell & Lucía Fernández


For further information about the Science Week and the contest visit our school's blog!!!

And now changing topics, ...

Legendary creatures: the Unicorn

What is Cryptozoology? It is the study of legendary creatures (interesting listening exercise about the topic). Do you know any other legendary creatures? In the listening exercise below you will learn all about this and what is the connection with the current political situation in the United Kingdom.

Listening exercise for you to do: Why are unicorns back in fashion?  (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English).

How To Say Common English Expressions! 💬 Small Talk PART 2 by mmmEnglish

In a minute you'll see the difference between: Everyone vs Anyone  (English in a Minute)


And related to this issue, here are two other aspects to revise:

domingo, 3 de marzo de 2019

Shall we eat? Yes, but...

Are you allergic to nuts or gluten? Are you lactose intolerant? There are so many people nowadays who have some kind of food allergy that it may be a big issue when eating out as you have to check everything before you order your food.

Would you like some FROZEN YOGURT?

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

And here's another previous post about food allergies:

What to eat or not to eat? that is the question!!!

Here's a listening exercise to do: Are food allergies more common now? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


Talking about the word spot we recently saw in class, here's another meaning: To have a soft spot ?(The English We Speak)


Learn about fruit, vegetables and nuts with Lucy


How To Say Common English Expressions! | 💬 Small Talk PART 1 by mmmEnglish

6 Minute Vocabulary: In, at, on with time expressions (BBC Learning English)


  • Episode 190227 / 27 February 2019    >>>  Maya Bay: Saving Paradise -  Language related to 'tourism'.  Need-to-know language: landscape, tourists, tourist attraction, to dock & preservation.

domingo, 24 de febrero de 2019

What really matters in life

In the previous post we talked about the expression 'it doesn't matter'. Now it is time to talk about what really matters in life. We are not plants, so we always try to find a goal in life to achieve and even sometimes if you can't find it, you may break down and have problems to keep on living. That would be the case of lonely elderly people.

Selectivity exam to do: Our love for pets 


Some articles to read about the issue:


A grandchild, a pet, a search for new experiences... may be the key! Do you remember this post: Bucket lists and time capsules ? So try to make a bucket list yourself!

In my bucket list the success of my students is of paramount importance, for example.

What matters most to people around the world? (The Guardian)

Finding Purpose for a Good Life. But Also a Healthy One. (The New York Times)


TED talk - What really matters at the end of life by BJ Miller  >>>>


News Review: Small South African beachside restaurant wins World Restaurant Awards (BBC Learning English)


How to Use WITH & BY ⚡️English Prepositions | Common Grammar Mistakes by mmmEnglish

Do you remember this previous post: Cleaning up space junk ? Well, we are still concerned with space junk >>>


  • Episode 190220 / 20 February 2019    >>>  The harpoon that clears space junk -  Language related to 'space'.  Need-to-know language: mission, space station, satellite, orbit & celestial.

And still talking about what really matters, we have to give our congratulations to our Arts teacher Elisa and his students for their wonderful results in the International Women's Day poster contest. We have won the first and third prizes!!!! Check it here >>>>

Premios Cartel 8 de Marzo

miércoles, 20 de febrero de 2019


What can leave you speechless? First of all, let's start by looking up its meaning. Obviously, 'speechless' comes from the word 'speech', to which you add the suffix '-less'. What is the verb this noun comes from? What is the opposite suffix to '-less'? Can you give some more examples.

The word 'speechless' may also remind you of something we learn in English classes and that is: REPORTED SPEECH, which will shortly see in class. Why is it called 'reported speech' and what is the opposite?

Let's go back to our initial question: What can leave you speechless? A speech, a song... an advance in technology. You will find some of these below, but let me know any other things that can leave you speechless.

For a start, here I present you the song Speechless by Michael Jackson  >>>

And here's another one by Robin Schulz.

You've also got the brand new TV series called SPEECHLESS (presentation on ABC TV). By the way, can you remember a most famous person who also suffered from cerebral palsy? Click here and please watch his inspirational speech: IT CAN BE DONE.

Denzel Washington's speech will leave you speechless - One of the most eye opening speeches ever.

Episode 3: USED TO & WOULD in our series of BBC Learning English: The Grammar Gameshow, where you can test your knowledge of grammar.


You may have some doubts when to use Don't mind vs Doesn't matter , have a look at this episode of English in a minute (BBC Learning English). 



Do you like music? I hope you do. Have you ever heard of a group called Bee Gees? Here's an interesting video about their musical evolution: "Bee Gees - Musical Evolution (1960-2016)" 



  • Episode 190213 / 13 February 2019    >>>  3D  printing human anatomy -  Language related to 'human biology'.  Need-to-know language: anatomy, organs, abdomen & cadavers.

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 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."
15. Albert: "It's hot in here. (you, open) __________________ the window, please?"

Which sentences are polite offers? and which ones are polite requests? Are they instant decisions?


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