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

miércoles, 30 de agosto de 2017

This is not life, but HELL!!!

Crowds, clocks, heat, rush hours, traffic jams... this is not life, but HELL!!! We live in a world where there is no room for solitude and time to think about life itself. How did you spend your summer? Are you looking forward to going back to the routines of the year.

Here I present you a listening exercise to do, related articles to read and a video to watch. I hope you have time to do them all and think about the issue.


Listening exercise to do: Would the world stop without clocks? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


Imagine a world with no clocks (The Independent)

Monk's search for solitude on Georgia hilltop (BBC News)



And here are 13 of the Most Isolated Places on the Planet >>>


REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

117. TENSES. Put the verbs in brackets into their correct tense :

    1/ a. I (just/hear) _____________ that my mother (not/be) _______ very well, and I (like) ________________ to go and see her.
       b. I (be) _________ sorry to hear about your mother's illness, and I (be) __________ glad that you (go) ____________ to Scotland to see how she (be) _______________.
    2/ He (have) ___________ a bad dream when the phone (ring)  __________ and (wake) ___________ him up.
    3/ a. Do you want me to take you to the airport?
       b. No, thanks. Alan (take) _____________ me.
    4/ a. We need some bread.
       b. Oh! do we? I (go) ___________ to the shop now.
    5/ Look! Something very strange (happen) __________ in the street.
    6/ She (still/live) ________________here. She (live) _____________ here for twenty‑nine years.

118. CONDITIONALS. Write the appropriate tense of the verbs in brackets:
1. If you (come) _____________ to my party next Saturday, I (can, introduce) _____________________ you to our new neighbour.
2. It was a pity you (not/come) _____________ on Saturday. If you (come) __________, I (introduce) __________ you to our neighbour.
3. Why are you so miserable? My sister says that if she (be) _________ you, she (go) ___________ away for a holiday.
4. If you (not/look after) ______________ your teeth when you (be) _________ young, you (have) _____________ trouble when you (get) _________ older.

119. PASSIVE / ACTIVE. Rewrite these sentences into the Passive or Active Voice :
1. The work has been done by the children.              2. His horse won the race. 
3. Many things were being broken by children playing at home.           4. He had said many things.  
5. My colleague will do the job.                                6. The government might buy that company.

Proposed solutions to exercises 114, 115 & 116 in the previous post

Ex114   >>>   
1. This is the bed I slept in when.. //  This is the bed where I slept when...
2. Yesterday my cousin visited his mother, who lives....
3. My father has got a Mercedes Benz, which is...
4. I think the house we are looking at is too expensive.
5. I wouldn't read a book, whose writer has been.....
Ex115   >>>>    
1. Milk isn't sold in that shop.      2. The dinner was being cooked when...      
3. Has my brother been seen at school?     4. An orange cannot be eaten if it hasn't been peeled before.
5. We were given some books for you. //  Some books were given to us for you.
Ex 116  >>>
1. Do you believe that some people can predict (foretell) the future?
2. I'm afraid that I was getting ready to go home.
3. I need a new dress for the party, have you got a green one?
4. In five years (In five years' time) I may buy a new car.
5. When you were working in the office which is next to the supermarket, did you ever take part in the demonstrations?
6. When I get older I'll stop playing rugby.
7. If you drive when you are drunk, you will probably have an accident.
8. As soon as I arrive at school I will talk to the teacher.
9. In Cádiz a lot of ships are built.
10. Your father would love to work in another company.
11. My brother wanted you to go and see (meet) him this afternoon.
12. Do you get up as soon as you wake up?
13. Will you keep on working when you are 60?
14. They found out that you did not do the exam.
15. Do you think you will have enough sugar for the cake? There isn't too much sugar, but you needn't buy any more.

The English We Speak: Jiggery-pokery (BBC Learning English)

5 comentarios:

  1. Our summer holidays are coming to the end and now we have to start with the routine again. It might take one or two weeks to get used to the routine.

    In our holidays, we have plenty of time to go out with our friends, to go to the beach or to travel. We are more relaxed than in the time of the school year since we don't have to study every day or to do homework, which takes us much time, and we don't have to get up early in the mornings, it is very difficult!

    During my summer holidays, I usually go to the beach with my friends and we spend almost all the day there, playing with a ball or swimming. However, I have had lessons of English two days a week in order to pass the B2 soon because it might be necessary to get a university degree.

    To sum up, in summer we have a lot of time to do all things we want, we have time to relax and to be with friends, but also to advance work for the next school year.

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  3. Summer holidays are about to end. How sad it is to return to the routine again! This summer has been one of the best summers I remember since I've done lots of funny things.

    I have spent most of my summer in my swimming pool where we sunbathe, relax or play with a ball or cards. In fact, I gave two parties in it where we had a lot of fun. Another thing I've done a lot this summer is going to the beach, since we went with our Molvizar's friends who have a car and in the evening, we used to eat a kebab in Salobreña. Moreover, this summer I had my hair cut as I had it too long and my parents wanted me to have it cut.

    One of the days I've enjoyed the most this summer is when my friends and I went to Playa Granada to surf as there were too many waves, although we had never tried it. I have always wanted to go surfing. If you asked me what water sport I would like to take up, I'm sure I'll probably choose surfing. The other day I enjoyed the most was when I was with muy family in Cazorla, as we used to go there every summer since I was very little and I hadn't gone for about two years. It could be said that the camping where I used to go in Cazorla takes a big part of muy childhood. I have lots of great memories there, so it was very exciting to visit it once again.

    To sum up, I have done plenty of things this summer, except studying and advance work for the next school year. However, I've passed my Philosophy exam, so I can still rest for a few more days.

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    1. Summer holidays finished a month ago and we've already started the school year. All those positive feelings we had about the new school year have disappeared and there are people who are already tired of bachillerato and it's only the beginning! The first day of classes you feel strange because after almost three months of holidays it is hard to restart again. However, after a week I am sure you get used to the routines again. Let's talk about my summer holidays.

      These summer holidays I've been very busy. I want to pass my driving exam this year so I've been going the months of July and August to Molvízar almost everyday. In fact, Molvízar has become something like my second town, I know all streets and I talk with many people from there. Nonetheless, I haven't only been in Molvízar, all years my parents, my brother and I go to our cottage in Itrabo. There, we have a big swimming pool and we also have a big country house. That's very pleasant, because there is no noise, traffic jams, pollution,.... it's in the middle of the countryside so you can relax and think about your life calmly.

      Talking about my summer holidays, the days I've enjoyed the most were in Carchuna's parties and I'm Molvízar's parties. I stayed at my friend's house during three or four days and we had much fun. Although I went to many parties, I spent most of the summer with only one friend in Itrabo. That's the main reason why not all people you speak to want to be with you in their lives. This sounds a bit sad, but I'm very happy of my summer :).

      Concluding, in summer you can do all things you want and you have lot of time for them so I also want to say that I've advanced in this school year doing comments and works for my English teacher because I want to be more relaxed this school year with English.

      Joaquín España 2ºBACH