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

jueves, 19 de enero de 2017

Hi, Duck!! What is your most prized possession?

Here's a funny way to greet: Duck! that is analysed in the section The English We Speak (BBC Learning English)

What other greetings you know?  Here are some  >>>   CU l8r, alligator! , In a while, crocodile! ,  what's up? , Cheers! , Cheerio!...

To duck or not to duck     >>>>   Here's Daffy Duck in an amazing cartoon.

Is it duck season or rabbit season?  Click here.

Learn about Lucy's prized possession


It is snowing all over Europe, even in Spain, in parts you would never imagine. At school yesterday we could see some snowflakes falling and we can see all the mountains around us full of snow. What a gorgeous landscape! Here's an article to read about these incredible weather conditions and its consequences:

Italy avalanche rescuers: we’ve called out but heard no replies, no voices (The Guardian)

Listening exercise to do: Life on the edge (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

WISHES AND REGRETS  >>>>  Finish each sentence so that it means more or less the same thing as the one before it:

1. It didn't snow in Salobreña yesterday.    >>>>    I wish.....
2. I'm sorry I haven't got a lot of money.    >>>>>   If only.......
3. What a pity I don't have the answer to that question.    >>>>>   I wish.......
4. I'm sorry I have to work in this terrible place.    >>>>>   If only.......
5. I'm sorry that I can't help you.    >>>>>   I wish.......
6. I'd like to be rich, but I'm not.    >>>>>   If only .......
7. Don't you think it's a pity you can't drive?    >>>>>   Don't you wish.......?
8. I'm sorry I can't speak English perfectly.    >>>>>   I wish .......

Solutions in the next post   

SOLUTIONS to the Use of English exercise in the previous post: 
1. It isn't warm/hot enough to go swimming today.    2. He hasn't visited us for a long time.
3. I prefer staying/to stay stay at home than going/to go to a bad film.// staying at home to going to a bad film.
4. 'What a beautiful day!' exclaimed George.     5. In spite of feeling ill / of the fact that he felt ill,....
6. It was such an awful meal that they refused ......  7. Haven't you finished your homework yet?
8. Jane invited Anne to stay for/to dinner.    9. Your bicycle will be stolen unless you lock it.
10. This is the first time (that) I have been to a safari park.  11. Simon denied taking /that he had taken the money.

English at university: Emergency (episode 18)


Episode 170118 / 18 January 2017   >>>  Expressions presented: predominantly, devastating, cited & controversial.

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  2. I am going to write about the greeting Duck and about what is my most prized possession although I have to choose among a lot of different things.

    The expression duck is used in the English Midlands. This is a form of address to speak politely to someone. Pay attention to it if you hear it, but don’t be hurt as it is just a friendly thing to say. They usually use it when they talk with people with the same age as them or younger people. What’s more, in Glasgow, they use hen instead, but only when they talk to women. Another one is pet, which is used in the North East of England.

    On the contrary, my most prized possession is a ring. It is special because it was given to me by my grandma. I think people have small possessions but they mean a huge amount of feelings for them.

    All in all, I reckon that English has lovely ways to name people; in Spanish we have other greetings, but more informal.

    Andrea Gutiérrez López 1BACH A

  3. In this text commentary I am going to write about what is my most treasured possession and the greeting Duck.
    The duck is a expression used in the English Midlands. It is a form of leadership to speak politely to someone. They usually use it when talking to people the same age as them or younger people. In Glasgow, he uses the name Hen instead, but only when they talk to women. Another denomination of the mascot, that is used in the northeast of England.
    Just like in English, in Spanish there are different ways of addressing people; When we turn to someone much older than us ( for example, an adult) or someone to who you have respect towards we usually refer to them as "you", but when you are relaxed and trust eachother we "tutear"
    On the other hand, my most precious possession is a pair of sunglasses and a watch that my grandfather gave me and have always kept with a lot of care.

  4. People have things that are important by them because it´s has an important meaning. Also, people use a different way to salute someone. In this comment, I´m going speaking about these things.

    People have precious possessions and each person has a thing different because someone is different. My most precious possession is a necklace that my grandmother gave me when I was five years and a figure that I bought when I visited Paris.

    'Duck' is generally used by people talking to those younger than or the same age as themselves. People also use the expression 'Hen' that is used in Glasgow but only when talking to women. Other expression is 'Pet' that is used in the North East of England.

    I think that things remember persons or situations and it causes that it is more important than us. In each country there are different ways to expression because have different costumes.

    PatriciaRodríguez Martín 1BACH

  5. There are many types of greeting people, `` Hello duck''is just one more among all there is. People have things that are very important to them either by economic meaning or by a sentimental meaning.

    There are many people who have things that are very important to them because of their price, since if you have tried hard to buy something that costs a lot you will take great care and it will be important for you. There are other things that are very important for people such as grandmother heritages or things like that, for example a necklace from your grandmother that leaves you in inheritance will be very important for you because of the sentimental meaning that binds you to it.

    `` Hello duck'' is used to talk to people younger than you or your own age, like this in England in Spain there are ways to greet depending on how you are for example young people say `` Hello Uncle'' or Some time ago it became fashionable to greet with a simple `` yee'' everything depends on the area and the generation

  6. "Hi, Duck" is one of the many others ways of greeting someone, It´s most used in English Midlands, You probably ask yourself when does people uses it, people uses it when they are talking to someone who has the same age or younger, It´s just a simply and a friendly way to greet someone

    Personally, I didn´t know about this greet, but I have seen many others ways, And for sure the most used in online games is "Hey Bro"

    Finally, I think my most prized possesion would be my telescope, because I love astronomy and my parents bought me the telescope when I was only seven, of course I didn´t know how to use it, but after some years I learned.

    During this summer I´ve used it a lot, almost every morning I get up to see Venus, In my opinion the easiest planet to see, you can see it early in the morning, like 6 or 7 o´clock, it´s the most brilliant star in the sky and it´s located in North East, I have also seen International Space Station almost every night and It´s just awesome the speed it has

    Eduardo Pérez

  7. I like ducks, I think they´re hillarious :)