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

sábado, 28 de septiembre de 2013

When will we be able to retire?

Hard times for people who want to retire because they don't feel strong enough to go on or just because it is high time to have some relaxing time.

Read these two newspaper articles:

and listen to this podcast: Retirement

Women in Saudi Arabia

The situation of women in Saudi Arabia will probably sound amazing to most of us, especially if your read this newspaper article:

Uproar over Saudi women's 'SMS tracking'


and if you listen to this podcast:

 Saudi women campaign for the right to drive

Natural disasters: Typhoon in China

Article to read:

Typhoon Usagi kills at least 25 people in China

and listen to this podcast:

Super typhoon hits Hong Kong

President of Venezuela looking for food

Venezuela cuts red tape on imports of essential goods

You can read this article and this one about the problem and then listen to this news report:   Dealing with Venezuela's food crisis   (Pay attention to the vocabulary used because it could be applied to other similar food crisis in the world)

jueves, 19 de septiembre de 2013

Japan switches off nuclear power

Read this newspaper article (The Guardian) and listen about this issue:

and what can you tell me about GREEN ENERGIES?

What does 'nukes' mean?

A lucky escape

Watch this video about an amazing LUCKY ESCAPE.

And some extra practice: TRAIN OF THE FUTURE 

Have you ever felt homesick???

In which situations can you feel homesick?

The adults who suffer extreme homesickness

and listen to this podcast about HOMESICKNESS   (By the way, what does this word mean? and where does it come from?)

Learning English

Read this article: Why Learn English: 10 Reasons to Learn English

 and now listen to this podcast: 70 years of learning 

martes, 10 de septiembre de 2013


Rafael Nadal has done it again and this time on hard court. What an incredible match and what an amazing season for him!!!!

And here's the longest rally of the match and of the whole tournament:


His 13th Grand Slam!!!!! and remember his record of 26 Masters 1000

  and some photos of the match. You can also check the ATP ranking live and see how close Nadal is now to Djokovic.

sábado, 7 de septiembre de 2013

Asking permission and polite requests (business English)

You may find in the future how useful the hints here presented could be as you will probably have to face situations in which you will need to find a job or ask for a grant.

Listening exercise:

Business English: Asking for permission & polite requests

Examples of real semi-formal letters asking for something and their replies:   EXAMPLES