BEING A TEACHER....

BEING A TEACHER IS A DIFFICULT TASK NOWADAYS, SO I DECIDED TO FOLLOW THIS PIECE OF ADVICE BY BRUCE LEE:

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

domingo, 22 de octubre de 2017

JFK never-seen government documents to be released




More than 50 years ago, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was killed supposedly by a man called Lee Harvey Oswald, who was later also murdered by Jack Ruby. What do you know about all this?


This is how the article in The Guardian starts: "Kennedy assassination documents are set to be released on Thursday...."  Here's the article and some others about the issue:



You can also have a look at this post:  JFK50

 

Listening exercise to do: What's wetiquette? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


English pronunciation   >>>>   Silent letters  (and if you like it, you can watch part 2)






On the way to SELECTIVITY   >>>  VOCABULARY


1.   Match the adjectives to a suitable noun.
Adjectives:    1.   lavish       2.   wealthy       3.   controversial       4.   instant        5.   marvellous        
Nouns:    .... a.  family    .... b.  time    .... c.  success    .... d.  hotel      .... e.  issue
                              
2.   Choose the correct answer to show you have understood the meaning of the words in italics.
1.   He introduced me to his fiancée before / after they got married.
2.   I caught a cold. I need some warm clothes / medicine.
3.   I hope he is willing to punish / help me.
4.   Sherry takes pride in her paintings. She always / never shows them to people.
5.   Mrs Smith gossips a lot about the neighbours / shops.
6.   A talent scout came to the performance looking for a new dancer / manager.
7.   They’re very wealthy, but they live in a huge / small house.
8.   Take your time. We’re leaving in a few hours / immediately.

3. PHRASAL VERBS   >>>   TO COME. Fill in the gaps with appropriate prepositions and write what they mean.

1. My friend came … last night and we watched a film together.
2. Come …, hurry up! We’ll be late!
3. I came … some old photos in a cupboard.
4. Someone knocked on the door, so I shouted, ‘… !’

SELECTIVITY. Solutions to the exercises in the previous post:

1. Nevertheless   2. such as    3. even though     4. also    5. For instance 

1. C   2. B   3. O   4. O   5. C



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miércoles, 18 de octubre de 2017

Be water, my friend!



At last a rainy day!!! How happy all farmers must be!!!

 

Remember the motto of this blog:

"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."

 

Anyway, the issue I would like to deal with here is: Tap water or bottled water? That is the question. You may even feel embarrassed to ask for tap water ('eau de robinet' in French) when you are at a restaurant. I prefer the bottle that comes out of fountains, for instance, in the Alpujarras even if I know that it has not been chlorine-treated.

 

Here's the story of bottled water >>>>

 



Some articles to read about the issue:



Listening exercise to do: Why pay for bottled water? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)



Watch this BBC Learning English video  >> Word on the street 01, which was filmed in Snowdonia (North Wales). Do you remember we were there when we went to Conwy and Caernafon on our IV Study trip to the British-Irish Isles (Chester)?



On the way to SELECTIVITY   >>>  WRITING SKILL. Choose the correct connector.

1.   Martin’s salary isn’t very high. Nevertheless, / Moreover, / For example, he enjoys his job.
2.   There are plenty of things I don’t like about Jenny, such as / as well as / despite the fact that she’s quite spoilt.
3.   We often eat out while / even though / in spite of my parents are excellent cooks.
4.   I’m under a lot of pressure because of exams. I’ve also / in addition / although got a big athletics tournament next month.
5.   My parents often help me. In contrast, / Despite this, / For instance, my mum lent me her car today.
6. Furthermore / However / In addition to the guided tour, the fee includes a lunch at a restaurant.




These sentences are taken from different for and against essays. Write where they belong:
O (in the opening), B (in the body) or C (in the closing).


......  1.  To sum up, I feel that putting people in prison does not help solve crime.
......  2.  On the one hand, limiting the number of cars in the town centre would be inconvenient to the town’s residents.
......  3.  It is true that people who take part in reality TV programmes such as Survivor and Big Brother sometimes win instant fame.
......  4.  The question is, should more practical subjects be added to our educational programme?
......  5.  In conclusion, more and more people today use vitamins and other food supplements.

SELECTIVITY. Solutions to the exercise in the previous post:

1. making   2. arguing, working/to work    3. making/to make, to see     4. crying    5. holding    6. driving    7. eating    8. breaking  9. leaving, going    10. buying   11. going     12. working, going      13. writing   14. borrowing   15. reading   16. reading, smoking   17. seeing  18. waiting 19. having 20. not to touch



sábado, 14 de octubre de 2017

Who are healthier, adults or teenagers?



As a general rule, neither adults nor teenagers are healthier just because of their age. Howver, something is certain if you are a healthy teenager, you will more likely become a healthy adult, with healthy habits.



Here are some articles to read about the issue:

 

 

Listening exercise to do: Do adults exercise enough? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) 


Watch this episode of NEW THAT'S ENGLISH for further practice on the issue (pay attention to the American English used in That's USA! documentary about the State of Connecticut):




And remember you can look up all the notes I took for this episode in my site.

 

Video to watch about the 10 most difficult words to pronounce in English:




On the way to SELECTIVITY   >>>  Fill in the gaps with the -ing form, to-infinitive or bare infinitive (base form).

ING, TO INFINITIVE, or BARE INFINITIVE?
            
1.          Try to avoid (make)_____________ him angry.
2.         Stop (argue)_____________ and start (work)_____________.
3.         The car began (make)_____________ an extraordinary noise, so I stopped (see)_____________ what it was.
4.         It’s no use (cry)_____________ over spilt milk.
5.         I suggest (hold)_____________ another meeting next week.
6.         He was fined for (drive)_____________ without lights.
7.         It is difficult to get used to (eat)_____________ without a plate.
8.         You cannot make an omelette without (break)_____________ the eggs.
9.         He is thinking of (leave)_____________ his job and (go)_____________ to America.
10.       Is there anything here worth (buy)_____________?
11.        I do not enjoy (go)_____________ to the dentist.
12.       I do not feel like (work)_____________ ; what about (go)_____________ to the cinema instead ?
13.       Would you mind (write)_____________ your name and address on the back of the cheque ?
14.       I hate (borrow)_____________ money.
15.       I remember (read)_____________ an interview of that book
16.       After (read)_____________ this article you will give up (smoke)_____________.
17.       I am looking forward to (see)_____________ you.
18.       It’s no use (wait)_____________
19.       He hates (have)_____________ to retire.
20.       He warned her (not touch)_____________ the window.

SELECTIVITY. Solutions to the exercise in the previous post:

1. narrow-minded     2. sun-tanned      3. bad-mannered   4. well-dressed   5. fair-haired   6. clean-shaven   7. self-confident  8. hard-working


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