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, 28 de noviembre de 2016

sábado, 26 de noviembre de 2016

Fighting for women's rights!!!!

 This figure is just outrageous:  1 in 3 women will be raped, abused or beaten in her lifetime (according to Amnesty International)


TED: Ideas worth spreading (a most interesting site to improve your listening skills)

Sandi Toksvig: A political party for women's equality (you can watch with English subtitles)



How will you mark 16 days of activism against gender abuse? Share your stories

English grammar lesson  >>> 

Linking Words of Contrast & Concession  (Anglo-Link)

Listening exercise to do: Women's right to vote (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

English at university: Getting down to business (episode 10)

English with Lucy >>>> 

How to speak English CONFIDENTLY | My Top 5 Tips 



Episode 161123 / 23 November 2016   >>>  Expressions presented: a murky world, fell into the hands of, falling well short & boom.

lunes, 21 de noviembre de 2016

Run, Forrest, run!!!!

Do you like running? jogging? Well, you need a pair of trainers!!

What's the American word for 'trainers'? "I just felt like running" What does this expression mean?

Joaquin said in his comment that the American word for 'trainer' is 'sneaker' because they were so quiet and that a person wearing them could sneak up on someone. ("escabullirse") 

Listening exercise to do: 'Why we love trainers' (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

Have you seen the film Forrest Gump? You can read about the film HERE. Did you like it? What's your opinion?

Here are some newspaper articles from The Guardian for you to read:

English with Lucy >>>> 

PERFECT the TOP 25 IRREGULAR VERBS | British English Pronunciation 


English at university: Dinner time (episode 9)


miércoles, 16 de noviembre de 2016

Have a glimpse at this supermoon!!!

And the moon from the beach of Calahonda  >>>>

What does 'glimpse' mean? What other sight verbs do you know?

Let's see the difference between 'see', 'look at' and 'watch'    and other verbs of sight >>>>>

glance = to take a brief look (intentionally)
glimpse = to take a brief look (unintentionally); a "glimpse" can also be intentional, for example, when someone is trying very hard to see something and then finally catches a glimpse of it. When intentional, a "glimpse" usually requires more effort, or maybe some stroke of luck.
stare = to give a rude look to somebody; a "stare" is not always rude--I can stare at someone in the same way I might gaze at him or her. Also, you can definitely "stare" at things, which is hardly ever rude. "Staring" generally just means to look at someone or something for a long time, for whatever reason.
gaze = to give a romantic look to somebody; when referred to "someone," it does have a romantic sense, but when referred to something, it may simply have a sense of tranquillity, remarkability, astonishment, etc. For example, "to gaze at the stars."
contemplate = to observe deeply; this does not have much to do with sight.
skim = to read inattentively; yes, but not in a negative sense. It simply means "to gather the main idea(s) of a text by reading it quickly."
scan = to read with attention; this word can overlap with "to skim" at times, but you're right that it usually means "to read more diligently," in the sense that the reader attends to every part of the text.
peek = to take a brief look, secretly
peep = to take a long look, secretly; yes, and this verb is usually used in the progressive: "he was peeping" or "We are peeping"--which adds to the idea of a longer length of time.
peer = to observe searching something; I think you mean "to search for something by making an observation." Also, "to peer" is usually followed by a preposition--"to peer into something," "to peer over something."

Supermoon November 2016: When, Where & How to See It (

Supermoon: world's skywatchers seek clear skies for rare sight (The Guardian)  and...

Spotted the supermoon? Share your photos

What is a 'caterpillar'? Advice from a caterpillar (Alice in Wondeland, BBC Learning English)

English at university: The Library (episode 8)

martes, 15 de noviembre de 2016

A brand new non-bilingual generation at the IES Mediterráneo!!!

Here are some of the writing exercises done by our students in 1º ESO posted in their own blogs in English and even in French:

quill pen writing in book animation

jueves, 10 de noviembre de 2016

Donald Trump wins, but it is said he may not like...

Why may Donald Trump not like Rock and Roll? Have a look at this Selectivity exam:  The birth of Rock and Roll   and read this article in the Washington Post:

‘The History of Rock ’n’ Roll in Ten Songs’

And here's another article to read:

Sam Phillips, Elvis and the invention of rock 'n' roll (CNN)

Listening exercise to do: On your bike (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

English with Lucy >>>>

By the way, what does 'cyberchondriac' mean? Have a look at this episode of The English We Speak (BBC Learning English)


Episode 161109 / 09 November 2016   >>>  Expressions presented: storm, shattering the dreams, makeshift & inspired.


English at university: The Seminar (episode 7)

domingo, 6 de noviembre de 2016

Water bottle flip challenging!!!!

We're going bananas!!!! The best 24 water bottle flip challenges!!!

What is it all about? Read this.

Teens Are Doing a New Challenge That Even You Can Accomplish

However, some of these foolish trends can clearly affect our citizens, such as the egg throwing at Halloween or the Big Bottle every weekend. We live in a society, so we all have to accept certain civic habits so as to preverve each individual freedom. Anti-civic actions, such as the egg throwing at Halloween or the Big Bottle, can end up in stricter laws and probitions (for instance, curfews, fines...) which can affect our individual freedoms, so we should all bear this in mind before doing any bizarre actions.

Let's see what CIVIC VIRTUE really means. What do you think about it? 

Watch these two episodes to learn about the RELATIVE CLAUSES : NEW THAT'S ENGLISH  >>>>  MODULE 6  Unit 4AUnit 4B    


English with Lucy >>>>


Listening exercise:  "Hi, meet my online persona!" (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) 


English at university: Lectures begin (episode 6)


Episode 161102 / 02 November 2016   >>>  Expressions presented: air lifted, side effects & released.