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, 26 de julio de 2019


Today is grandparents' day. The role of grandparents has changed along the years. When I was a kid (that was a long time ago) most parents (especially mothers) would take care of children, and grandparents would be those who would cook your favourite meal or tell you a funny story of the past.



Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Telling Our Stories

Some other examples:   1   2    3   4   

However, as both parents began to work outside home, grandparents started to take over and be in charge of their grandchildren with tasks such as taking them to school, and collecting them, spending the afternoons doing homework with them, having them at home for holidays and so on...

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

Nonetheless, all that glitters is not gold, as children's education used to be a responsability of the parents, or they would even learn from other peers playing in the streets. Now this is no longer like that in many cases and here's the problem:

What are your grandparents like? Do they help your parents at home? Do they take care of you?



Answering students' questions: How to use 'likely to' correctly 


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REVISION FOR 1º Bachillerato

For a start, let's begin with this:

Stop Making Mistakes with Relative Clauses! [Which & That]

143. TENSES  and VERB FORMS. Put the verbs in brackets into the correct tense. Some verbs are passive, and there are also examples of the conditionals, indirect speech, infinitives and gerunds (-ing form):

                      An interview with Sarah Jenkins

Sarah Jenkins is an English teacher. She (work) 1. ____________________ in a language school in London. She (teach) 2. ____________________ since she (leave) 3.  ____________________ university five years ago. I asked her first if she (enjoy) 4.  ____________________ teaching English.

'Yes, I do,' she replied. 'It's hard work, but it's very rewarding.'

'(ever, work) 5. ________________________________________   abroad?'
'Yes,' replied Sarah, 'I (spend) 6.  ____________________ two years in Madrid. But the school soon closed and I (make) 7.  ____________________ redundant. Luckily, some of my students asked me if I (continue) 8.  ____________________ to teach them privately, so I stayed in Madrid'.
'Well, a funny thing (happen) 9.  ____________________ while I (work) 10.  ____________________ at the school in Madrid. I had a student called Gloria. On some days she was the best student in the class. But on other days she performed really badly. I tried very hard (help) 11.  ____________________ her, but things got worse. Then, one day, I (meet) 12.  ____________________ Gloria in the street and asked her about her boyfriend. (The day before she (tell) 13.  ____________________ me a sad story about him.) She was surprised and told me that her name (be) 14.  ____________________ Victoria, not her twin sister Gloria.'
Then I asked her about her plans for the future and she said: 'Well, I (begin) 15.  ____________________ a teacher training course next September'. I told her: 'I'm sure you (become) 16.  ____________________ an excellent teacher'. However, she had a problem because she and her boyfriend had already arranged something for the summer. I asked her what it was and she replied: 'We (get) 17.  ____________________ married on the 3rd August!!'
'I don't really know what I (do) 18.  ____________________ if I (have) 19.  ____________________ to take such a decision, but it seems everything turned out to be wonderful because they got married, had three children and she (run) 20.  ____________________ a private academy in Toledo at the moment'.                              

144. Insert the second sentences into the first ones by means of a RELATIVE CLAUSE.

1. Real Madrid have won the Champions League Cup thirteen times. This doesn't please Barcelona supporters.

2. Leonardo DiCaprio played an important role in the film Titanic.  He began his career as an actor working with Robert DeNiro.

3. I was in the cinema. Your father sometimes works there.
4. The chair was not very stable. I was sitting on this chair.
5. Albert guessed the result of the match. His talent to predict the future is similar to Rappel's.


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SOLUTIONS to the exercises in the previous post /for further exercises of this level go to  Mock exams (1º Bach)/:


1. Vodka and tequila
2. Free T-shirts, caps, posters, free vodka for a whole term
3. a. TARGET  b. BRAND  c. TO ENCOURAGE  d. TO BE UNAWARE  e. TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT                                                         


  a. TRUE, because "This means that they spend a lot of time in pubs, bars, discotheques and clubs"

  b. FALSE, because "Therefore, young people are a natural target for advertisers, especially the advertisers who work for liquor companies."

  c. TRUE, because "Companies advertise drinks at cheaper prices together with free T-shirts, caps and posters in order to encourage teenagers to try..."

  d. FALSE, because "Companies advertise drinks at cheaper prices together with free T-shirts, caps and posters in order to encourage teenagers to try..."

  e. TRUE, because "The main danger, they say, is the serious risk to life when young people drink large amounts of liquor and then try to drive home."

  f. TRUE, because "young people are unaware of how drinking affects their judgement and reaction time."

  g. TRUE, because "Liquor companies only care about making a profit on alcohol."       


Advertising  (l. 3)    the activity companies carry out in order to sell their commercial products or services better.  
Prize  (l. 7)      the thing that you get when you win a competition or a contest          
Expert   (l. 9)  people who know a lot about a certain area of knowledge

142. COMPOSITION.   >>>  You can send me your compositions and I will correct them

"All work and no play makes Jack/Jill a dull boy/girl"

The Teacher and the Cop 


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4 comentarios:

  1. For me my grandparents are one of the most important people in my life who have brought me many things and all of them are good things, they have also taken care of us since we were little and then they have seen us grow.

    I always went to see them, I used to go every day even if it was five minutes for me to see or I also stayed there at the time when my parents were not at home for work or any other reason and I had to eat something that they knew that I I liked it a lot and after eating when I had to go to my house they always gave me some money and said they would take it for you to go and buy you something to snack on.

    Our grandparents are always pampering us and what they continue to do and they take care of us and love us very much.


  2. For me my grandparents are the most important thing in my life. Above all, I am closer to my maternal grandparents because they are the ones with whom I spent the most time, and those who, when my parents have worked, have taken care of me since I was little and have always loved me very much. Grandparents are worth a lot since they are like our second parents and for them their grandchildren is the most important thing, and they love them more than everything and many times they do not value that and there are those who do not even go to see them.
    I go to see them every week, and in times when there are no exams or in summer I spent several days with them, because they make me very happy.
    We should take advantage of all the moments with them, because we do not know when they may be missing, and there is nothing to do there besides remembering them foreverand, because when they leave our lives they leave a very big void.
    Nuria Díaz Ruiz

  3. Grandparents are very important people in our lives. They are important because they take care of you, love you, help you, protect you ... Before they took care of our parents (their children) and now they take care of us (their grandchildren). Grandparents advise you and tell you what is right and what is wrong. With grandparents you have a good time, they tell you things from the past. they know a lot because they have lived almost a lifetime. The worst (of grandparents) is that as they are older one day they leave us and we only have good memories of them. I love my grandparents very much because they are very kind and they love me too.

    Francisco José Prados Espinosa