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

viernes, 15 de marzo de 2019

Small talk

What do you think 'small talk' refers to? We're shortly going to York on our VII Study trip to the British-Irish Isles and we may be in this kind of situations many times. What can we do?

Here are some articles to read about the topic which may give you a clue about what to do:

A few things to learn about making small talks: How to make small talk during greetings  

and a listening exercise  >>>>

Subjects to avoid in British small talk: Salary (BBC Learning English)

Let's deal now with some big talk >>> VEGANISM

Listening exercise for you to do: Debating veganism: How to change someone's opinion (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English


Some selectivity exams to do: Orthorexia & Wonder Woman (2018)  

International Women's Day marked across the world (The Guardian)



Revision for 4º ESO (PASSIVE VOICE)  >>>


Unit 6. Extra-exercises

Rewrite these sentences into the PASSIVE VOICE:

1. Bakers make bread from flour.
2. They offered Jane a wonderful job.
3. Somebody has sent me a strange letter.
4. Alexander Bell invented the telephone.
5. A woman was training the guard dogs.
6. People of all ages can play Trivial Pursuit.
7. People sell fresh eggs in Vélez Benaudalla. 
8. She has packed the books.
9. Someone types letters for my boss.
10. Israeli troops have attacked the town several times since the beginning of the war.

Rewrite these sentences into the ACTIVE VOICE (remember you will sometimes have to invent a subject):

1. The castle was built in 1546.
2. The letters were being written in English by Jane.
3. The parcel has been sent from this post office.
4. Mobile phones mustn't be used during the speech.
5. These exercises can be done without using a dictionary.
6. John was asked a lot of difficult questions.
7. The jewel was taken from this box.
8. This site is visited by many students in Salobreña.
9. The job is going to be finished before midnight.
10. Diana was given a camera.


Lately we have been talking in 4º ESO about medicine and warts, here's an expression "warts and all", watch the video and tell me what it means:

Who was Oliver Cromwell, by the way?

Here's a good expression to learn:   to put someone on the map (The English We Speak)

Stop Saying "I'm Hungry!" - Learn English expressions




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6 comentarios:

  1. Small talk

    The small talk is an informal type of discourse that doesn’t not cover any topics of conversation. An example of small talk can be made when you are waiting for the meeting to start.

    What I am going to do before I go to York is to write some notes in case my conversation runs dry. Also, I will ask questions to other people and I will try to remember things about them, so then it will be easy for me to have a conversation with them.

  2. The small talk is the conversation two or more people interacty changing opinions or information. An example is when you start to meet a person.

    In the small talk we can feel nervous or uncomfortable. because you do not know the person

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  4. Small talk is a short conversation that has a specific theme that does not have to be extended. A type of talk can be an exposition of a topic or a short talk with your friends

    I'm not going to go to York, but if I would try to have and use a more extensive vocabulary and not have a long talk and if I do not say or pronounce a word I look it up in the dictionary or in the translator and write it down in vocabulary. I do not forget .

  5. A small talk, in this sense, is a conversation between two or more people.
    It is evident that a conversation can be an informal dialogue or a dissertation of a person. In the first case, the communication implies a constant exchange in the roles of sender and receiver of the information, since the message is constructed from the intervention of the participants. The turn to speak is not fixed in advance, but arises from the very dynamics of the conversation.

  6. The talks are small conversations that occur between two or more people in which a specific topic is usually discussed.

    The teenagers where we usually use and listen to the word talk is in the institute, when a few people come to explain something about a specific topic in which they have a lot of experience or know a lot about that topic. We also hear the word talk when our parents want to talk to us about an important issue for them or for us.