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, 14 de agosto de 2017

What would you like your funeral to be like?


Have you ever thought about what sort of funeral you would like to have? I'd like to have funeral the Irish way, that is to say, all my relatives and friends having a big party, which would always remember. So every time they would recall my death, happy memories would come to their minds (What a great day we had when Albert died!!!! 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 ) 



Related articles to read:


Listening exercise to do: Fancy dress funerals (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) Word formation


Change your mind in English! with Learn English with Papa Teach Me




REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

105. Define the following words in English:


106. Fill in the blanks with WHAT / WHAT A(N) / HOW:

1. ________ fantastic bargain!        2. ________ nice!        3. ________ strong tea this is!

4. ________ untidy room this is!         5. ________ beautiful she is!


107. Answer either "yo también" or "yo tampoco":

1. She wanted to go to the cinema this afternoon. _____________ I.
2. I would go to the theatre instead. ________________ she.
3. She doesn't like these cakes. _______________ we.
4. He's working in Adra. _______________ you.
5. You must respect your teachers. ________________ we.

Proposed solutions to exercises 102, 103 & 104 in the previous post

Ex102   >>>  1. finished  ,  went    2. had talked  ,  introduced   3.  refused  ,  had apologized   4. had filled up  ,  checked  

Ex103   >>>>    
1. Where is the letter from?   2. Who are you thinking about?   3. Who was the novel...written by?
4. How often does he come to school?  5. How far is Ashford from London?   
Ex 104  >>>
1. He is not as/so stupid as I thought.
2. My brother is less tall than you.
3. You cannot be more intelligent than me, because I am the best
4. She is fatter than her sister.

5. I am uglier than her because she is the most beautiful woman I've ever seen.

viernes, 11 de agosto de 2017

Mass tourism can kill our cities

It is obvious that the issue of tourism in Spain has its downsides, but we must also admit all the positive sides affecting our economy and the unemployment rate. What is your opinion about the issue? It is a good opportunity when writing your comment to practise the advantages/disadvantages scheme.

Here are some related newspaper articles for you to read about the issue:




REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

102. Put the verbs in brackets in the correct tense, either the PAST PERFECT or the SIMPLE PAST:

1. When Mary (FINISH)_________ her shopping, she (GO)________home.
2. We (TALK)__________ for more than an hour after we (INTRODUCE) __________ ourselves.
3. I (REFUSE) __________ to speak to him until he (APOLOGIZE)  __________
4. After the mechanic (FILL UP) __________ the radiator, he (CHECK) __________ the tyres.

103. Here are some answers. Write the questions:

1. _________ ? The letter's from the bank.
2. _________ ? I'm thinking about my girlfriend.
3. _________ ? The novel Great Expectations was written by Charles Dickens.
4. _________ ? He comes to school everyday.
5. _________ ? Ashford is 80 miles from London.

104. COMPARATIVES. Translate into English the following sentences:

1. El no es tan estúpido como yo pensaba.
2. Mi hermano es menos alto que tú.
3. Vosotros no podéis ser más inteligentes que yo, porque yo soy el mejor.
4. Ella está más gorda que su hermana.
5. Yo soy más feo que ella porque ella es la mujer más guapa que yo jamás haya visto.

Proposed solutions to exercises 99, 100 & 101 in the previous post

Ex99   >>>  1. she would be    2. If you work   3.  I would buy   4. if you lost   5 Neymar jr would have stayed ,   had paid   6. we would all be rich

Ex100   >>>>    
1. They said they had a lift, but very often it didn't work.
2. He asked who put/had put salt in his coffee.
3. The small boy said he was going fishing with his mother that afternoon.
4. The policeman asked me what she was wearing when I had seen her last.
5. Mrs Pitt said she would sit up till she came in, but that she hoped she wouldn't be late.
Ex 101  >>>
1. Mind your own business! Do you know what I mean?
2. There's still some punch left, so let's drink to the happy couple.
3. Middleford Library's staff did many extra hours. 
4. He was too shy to invite someone to dance with him.
5. The other day Bruce got angry with no reason at all /  without any reason at all.

miércoles, 9 de agosto de 2017

What would you eat for your last meal?

More than 5,300 years ago, Ötzi the Iceman (Europe's oldest known natural human mummy) is supposed to have had bacon for his last meal, according to experts. (Can you put this sentence into the active voice?) 


What would you have for your last meal?

Related articles to read about the issue:

The English we speak: Give us a bell (BBC Learning English) Can you give some other synonym expressions? (Look at the bottom of this post)


Let's see what Eating humble pie (English at work, BBC Learning English) means and let's see the language used for justifying your position.

REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

99. Put the verbs in brackets into the correct tenses:

1. If Sheila loses weight, she (BE) very happy.
2. If you (WORK) hard, you'll soon speak English well.
3. If I were you, I (BUY) a new house.
4. What would you do if you (LOSE) your job ?
5. Neymar jr (STAY) in FC Barcelona if they (PAY) him more money.
6. If money grew on trees, we all (BE) rich.

100. Put the following sentences into INDIRECT SPEECH:

1. "We have a lift, but very often it doesn't work", they said.
2. "Who put salt in my coffee?", he asked.
3. "I'm going fishing with my mother this afternoon", said the small boy.
4. "What was she wearing when you saw her last?", the policeman asked me.
5. "I'll sit up till she comes in, but I hope she won't be late", said Mrs Pitt.

101. Translate these sentences:

1. ¡Métete en tus asuntos! ¿Sabes lo que quiero decir?
2. Todavía queda ponche, así que bebamos por la feliz pareja.
3. El personal de la biblioteca de Middleford hizo muchas horas extraordinarias.
4. Era demasiado tímido para invitar a alguien a bailar con él.
5. El otro día Bruce se enfadó sin razón alguna.

Proposed solutions to exercises 96, 97 & 98 in the previous post

Ex96   >>>  about  ,   at  ,   with  ,  at   ,  in  ,    near  ,  on  ,   of  ,   for   ,   of

Ex97   >>>>   1. My shoes had been cleaned.   2. This room is used only....   3. A light was switched on and the door was opened.   4. Each of us was asked (by the police) about ....   5. Refreshments will be served.    6. These artificial flowers are made of silk.

Ex 98   >>  1. So am I.    2. Neither is my brother.   3. Neither had you.    4. So has Albert.  5. So did we.      

Synonym expressions for 'give us a bell' : give us a ring, give us a call, call us, phone us

lunes, 7 de agosto de 2017

Do you consider yourself an honest person or...?

Are you 100% honest or do you sometimes lie? During the summer time and sometimes in the flirting game, funny situations happen. Let's read this newspaper article and do the listening exercise later, then you can give me your opinion.  😎


Keep the mornings honest, the afternoons for lying and cheating (The Guardian)


Listening exercise to do: How honest are we? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) Word formation  >> How many words do you know that come from 'honest'?



And Billy Joel insists on the topic in this other song: Just the way you are   


Most interesting free app for all students of English  >>>

Here I present a record of all the comments and projects made by our students during the summer time.

   So far, this is our SUMMER SCOREBOARD (Click here and you will discover who is leading our summer ranking). Don't procastinate it for tomorrow. There are only 4 weeks left!!!!



Lucy tells us in this video about 4 secrets to speak quickly and fluently.

REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

96. Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions:

       I  want  to  tell you something ..........  Arthur. He  lives ..........  21  Gladstone Avenue,.......... Mrs Harrison  and  Mr Smithers.  He  works .......... the library ..........  Middleford High  Street. The Sunny Snack Bar is quite ......... the  library ..........  the other side .......... the road. Sometimes he  goes there .......... a cup .......... coffee.

97. Put the following sentences into the PASSIVE VOICE:

1. Somebody had cleaned my shoes.
2. We use this room only in special occasions.
3. Someone switched on a light and opened the door.
4. The police asked each of us about his movements on the night of the crime.
5. Someone will serve refreshments.
6. They make these artificial flowers of silk.

98. Complete these sentences using  SO / NEITHER :

1. He's a student. ......I.    2. You aren't very clever. brother.   3. Mr Steele hadn't arrived yet.    4. Mary has been to France. ..............Albert.   5. Arthur failed his A‑levels.   ...................we.

Proposed solutions to exercises 93, 94 & 95 in the previous post
Ex93   >>>  
1. Shall I buy you a drink?  /   I'll buy you...if you like     
2. Sorry, but I missed the 9.30 bus.
3. Why don't we order a pizza? / Let's...  / What about ordering...?   /   How about....?

Ex94  >>>>>. Define the words: 'tape' & 'palace'   

Ex95  >>>>

1. I wish I passed English.    2. There are fewer exercises in this exam than in the previous one.
3. I am going to have my hair cut before school starts. So is my brother.
4. When the exercises began to get more and more difficult, I asked my elder/eldest brother.
5. I have just remembered that I have to go to the bank right now.



viernes, 4 de agosto de 2017

Oh,no!!! My battery is flat!!

Nowadays batteries are one of our biggest concerns, if not the biggest. Expressions like these can be uttered with such a desperate feeling that we would think someone is about to die: "My battery is flat", "Your car battery is dead, I'm afraid", "The battery of my mobile phone is too low", "The TV remote control has run out! How are we change channels?"....  And now the problem becomes more and more serious with the appearance of electrical cars.

Articles related to the issue:

By the way, one of our articles was from the website TREEHUGGER. Where does this word come from? (See at the bottom of this post)


Listening exercise to do: It's good to talk (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) 


The English we speak: Echo chamber (BBC Learning English)


REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

93. EVERYDAY ENGLISH. What would you say in these situations?
1. You are in a bar. Offer to buy your friend a drink.
2. You are late for a meeting. Apologize and say why you are late.
3. You have just come home from the cinema. Suggest your friend to order a pizza.

94. Define the words: 'tape' & 'palace' :

95. Translate the following sentences into English:

1. ¡Ojala que apruebe el inglés!     
2. Hay menos ejercicios en este examen que en el anterior.
3. Voy a pelarme antes de que empiece el instituto. Y mi hermano también.
4. Cuando los ejercicios empezaron a complicarse, le pregunté a mi hermano mayor.
5. Acabo de recordar que tengo que ir al banco ahora mismo.

Proposed solutions to exercises 91 & 92 in the previous post

Ex91   >>>  
1. Who did you go to the cinema with?      2. How often does he do the gardening?
3. What is the book about?     4. How long have you been learning English?  
5. What will the weather be like tomorrow?

Ex92  >>>
1. shorter and shorter     2. further    3. the funniest    4. The more polluted, the bigger


TREEHUGGER is a person who hugs trees, that is, a person who loves nature.

miércoles, 2 de agosto de 2017

Mixed feelings when feeling invisible

There may be people, especially famous people or even teachers, that would like to feel invisible at times, that is, they would like to go shopping, go for a drink... and that the people would not stop them or look at them. On the contrary, feeling invisible to the people around you can also be negative, especially when you want someone to pay attention to you. For instance, teachers may feel invisible to their students when they just don't care about what they are telling them. On the whole, mixed feelings.

Do you like feeling invisible to people around you or does it annoy you? Do you feel depressed?

Listening exercise to do: You think you're invisible? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

What does 'mismatch' mean? Can you give other words with the same prefix?

Let's analyse the following sentence from the programme:  

"Not only does the garment make you impossible to see, it also protects you against magic spells."


First, pay attention to the cleft sentence and the inversion "Not only does the garment...., it also....". By the way, if you want to revise what a cleft sentence was, have a look at this post. Secondly, could you tell me what 'spell' means in this context.


Interesting video about accents in English: 

The Jon Snow Accent! - Game of Thrones Accents Tutorial (Learn English with Papa Teach me)

REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

91. Write suitable questions for these answers (pay attention to the underlined words).

1. __________ ? I went to the cinema with my sister.
2. __________ ? He does the gardening   twice a month.
3. __________ ? The book is about the French Revolution.
4. __________ ? I've been learning English since 1985.
5. __________ ? Tomorrow it will be sunny and warm.

92. Fill in the gaps with the comparative forms of superiority or the superlatives  of the adjectives given in brackets:

1. English exams are getting (short)_______________________, Albert must have gone bananas.
2. Sadam Hussein answered that journalists could ask the Minister of Defence for (far) ______________ information on their weapons.
3. She is (funny) ____________________ person I've ever met.
4. (polluted) _________________ our world is, (big) ______________ health problems we have.

Proposed solutions to exercises 89 & 90 in the previous post
Ex89   >>>  
1. A letter hasn't been being written.    2. All the things must be bought because the meat is going to be cooked (by her).    3. Albert was given a wonderful present.   /   A wonderful present was given to Albert.   
4. Was Rose seen by John?   

Ex90   >>>>
1. They said they had a lift, but that very often it didn't work.
2. He asked us who put/had put salt in his coffee.
3. He told her he was going fishing with her mother that afternoon.
4. She told him not to open the door.   
5. The mother asked her daughter if she could pass the exam.


jueves, 20 de julio de 2017

Are you lost?

How do lost cats and dogs find their way home?  When you are visiting a city, are you good at finding your way to the hotel?  Have you ever been lost? What did you do?

Article to read >>>

The Amazing Science Behind Pets That Find Their Way Home (Time Magazine)


Video about >>>  How Do Animals Find Their Way Home Without GPS?



By the way, what does 'stray cat/dog' mean?

Listening exercise to do: How do pets navigate? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

How do you call the person who navigates? And in a bus or a coach?

Last year we visited Dublin on our V Trip to the British-Irish Isles, the hometown of Oscar Wilde. Here I present you with one of his most famous comedies.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Part 1: Earnest or Ernest?   (Parts 2 & 3)   Dramas from BBC Learning English

Ernest is a proper name, but do you know the meaning of the adjective 'earnest'? Misunderstanding is one of the techniques used in this comedy to make us laugh.

REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

89. Put the sentences into the PASSIVE VOICE :

1. Nobody has been writing a letter.  
2. We must buy all the things because she is going to cook the meat.
3. Somebody gave Albert a wonderful present.    
4. Did John see Rose?   

90. Put these sentences into REPORTED SPEECH. (Use suitable introducing verbs)

1. "We have a lift, but very often it doesn't work", they said.
2. "Who put salt in my coffee?", he asked us.
3. "I'm going fishing with your mother this afternoon", he told her.
4. "Don't open the door!", she told him.   
5. "Can you pass the exam?", the mother asked her daughter.

Proposed solutions to exercises 87 & 88 in the previous post
Ex 87  >>>  1. will pass     2. broke down, was listening     3. have studied    4. come, rains   5. to be carried      6. go    7. had been   8.  would listen    9. were

Ex 88  >>>>
1. The post is about Roger Federer's eighth title in Wimbledon, which is the only major tennis....
2. I've just read an article about Roger Federer, whose family was watching the Wimbledon final.
3. Have you ever been to the lake where Nessy usually swims?
4. Queen Elisabeth II lives in Buckhingham Palace, which is just 300 metres far from Trafalgar Square.
5. The detective was questioning the men I had been speaking with the day before.