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, 30 de julio de 2018

Talking machines

We are talking more and more with machines instead of human beings and we don't seem to care much. Is it really good for the humankind and our social skills?

Here are some articles you can read about the issue:

Here's a listening exercise to do: Talking to machines (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

Speak English Naturally! Pronunciation Lesson 👉Contractions


On the highway to our B1 in 2020   >>>  Some activities for you to do:

61. ADJECTIVES OR ADVERBS ? Underline the correct option:

1. My mother is a very ( good / well ) cook, she cooks especially ( good / well ) the Spanish        omelette.
2. My brother paints ( beautiful / beautifully ) pictures.
3. Be ( nice / nicely ) with your teacher and he will not get ( angry / angrily ).
4. I'm not a very ( good / well ) student, but I speak English ( good / well ).
5. Why do you always speak so ( loud / loudly ) ?
6. Don't drive ( slow / slowly ) or everybody will laugh at you.

62. Fill in the gaps with INDEFINITE PRONOUNS (pay attention to the clue given at the beginning of each sentence) :

1. (thing) Is there __________ to drink in the fridge? No, I don't think there is __________, but   there is __________ in the bottle.
2. (body, one) Yesterday I was alone, __________ came. __________ went to the Betty's party.
3. (where) I'm looking for my socks, but I cannot find them __________. I left them __________   in my bedroom, but now they are not there any more.

63. Translate the following sentences into English:

1. ¿Te gusta hacer el jardín (tarea de la casa)? No, pero alguien tiene que hacerlo.        2. ¡Escuchemos la cinta!    
3. Todos los sitios son más caros que esta tienda.         4. El miércoles por la mañana vamos a leer un libro nuevo.
5. ¿Con qué frecuencia vas al cine? Dos o tres veces al mes.       

6. Yo trabajo duro todo los días, pero este examen es demasiado difícil para mí.

7. ¿Te gusta hacer la limpieza (de la casa)? Sí.     8. ¡Estudiémos inglés! Tenemos que ir de compras esta tarde.
9. ¿Hay algo en el armario? Creo que no hay nada.     10. El miércoles por la mañana vamos a leer un libro nuevo.
11. ¿A qué hora te levantaste esta mañana? A las 9.  12. Mi padre no conduce muy rápido, porque es demasiado peligroso.

64. TENSES. Put in the verbs into their correct tenses (Simple Present, Present Continuous or Simple Past):

"I  (WRITE)__________  a book about voodoo,"  she  (SAY)__________.  "Everyone  here (TALK) __________ about  you.  They  all (SAY) __________ you (BE) __________  the best houngan in  Haiti. They (SAY)__________  you (BE)__________  a very strong and  good  houngan, and that you always (HELP)__________  people."
       Kee (SMILE)__________ . "I  try to  help  good  people,"  he (SAY)__________ . "Come into the house, Dr  Jackson. Let me get you a drink and we can talk."


And for more revision and extension exercises you can visit this page in my site: MOCK EXAMS (3º ESO) 



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6 comentarios:

  1. Nowadays the machines are very present in our lives and it is so important in our actuality society. The technology is in progress and it is causes that many machines get better and people create many new machines. We use machines all the time and it is all the sites, for example, the microwave, the TV, the computer, the mixer, the vacuum cleaner, the phone,…

    Machines have many advantages because it´s a technological advance in the society, in our daily life and in the quality of life. The life is easier because we can have information with internet, we can talk with anyone, we can heat food,….

    In other hand, the machines have some disadvantages because many information on internet is fake, our personal information is not safe and people can use it and phones cause in many people a addiction because they can live without a phone and it is a problem. Also, phones cause a worse communication with people and kids have a worse social integration.

    I think that machines are very important in our lives but only when we use it in the good way.

    Patricia Rodríguez Martín 2ºBach

  2. Nowadays we are talking more and more with machines instead of human beings, but has they got disadvantages too?

    On the one hand, new technologies make our life easier. Moreover, if you want to search something, an human-robot can help you.

    On the other hand, if we talk with machines all the time, we will become antisocial people, and that is very dangerous.

    In my opinion, talking with machines is good for us but we have to be responsible and don´t use them all the time.

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  4. Nowadays machines are very present in our life , but this has advantages and disadvantages.

    On the one hand, machines make our life easier. We can search for information, shopping online or talk with someone. Moreover, scientists have developed an "emotional chatting machine" that can have a conversation with emotions.

    On the other hand, machines can be a problem for the society because they create addictions in many people and sometimes they are not safe.

    In my opinion machines are very useful but if we use them in the correct way.

    Lucía Guirado Ruiz 4ºA.

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  6. Today, there are a lot of virtual assistants, like Siri from Apple. They are programs that are made to help you in your day-to-day life , telling you the weather, searching things for you or playing the song that you want. They are only made yo help you, so I think that they aren´t going to replace anyone, because a machine can´t do many things that a human can, and they aren´t programmed to solve many of the problems from everyday. Probably, in the future we are going to see robots that are going alone in the streets to go shopping, or robots that can cook alone or that can make other household activities, but I think that they aren´t going to affect humankind.