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

domingo, 30 de agosto de 2020

It is what it is


There are many situations in our everyday life where the only response we've got is "It is what it is" (BBC Learning English)  >>> To say that we must accept the reality of a difficult situation you can say this.


You tried your best, but you still failed the exam. It is what it is.

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Today we'll be revising the modal verb MUST (obligations) & MUSTN'T (prohibitions) with our 1º ESO students:

                                                            SPORTS TIME

(Cambridge University Press)  You will do the exercises  on pages 87-88.



And now some exercises for my 4º ESO & 1º Bachillerato students for the preparation for the B1 & B2 exams >>>


USE OF ENGLISH. Multiple-choice exercise. Choose the appropriate option:

21. He will probably ................... for the newspapers.   (A  take his picture    B   having his picture taken   C  have his picture taken   D   had taken his picture)

22. He is certainly going to arrive home  ..................    (A  late    B   lately   C  more late   D   latest)
23. Larry's horse ........................ eat the grass.  (A  couldn't    B   wouldn't   C  shouldn't   D   mightn't)
24. Eric and Bill are having ............ trouble.     (A  many    B   few   C  a lot of   D   plenty)
25.  Eric says to Bill, "Let's try a bit harder, .................... ?".   (A  will we    B   shall we  C  do we   D  are we)
26. The horse was put ............... by the high fence.     (A  off    B   over   C  away   D   down)
27. Larry was very shocked when he found ............ on the ground.     (A  him    B   to himself   C  his self    D   himself)
28. I think he .................. up.     (A  needs cheer up     B   needs cheering up   C  needs to    D  is needing to)
29. It's time someone ................... to help him.   (A  is going    B  goes   C  went   D   has gone)
30. ................ up, someone will send for an ambulance.        (A  Until he gets      B   Whether he gets   C  If he does get   D   Unless he gets)
31. No doubt he will soon .......................... .        (A  get his accident over    B   get on with his accident   C  get out of his accident   D  get over his accident)
32. Eric and Bill are tired so they'll soon stop .................... a rest.  (A  for have   B  for having   C  to have   D  for to have)
33. Larry .............. better choose a bigger horse next time.   (A would   B  does  C  had    D  should)
34. Eric didn't want to miss his drink. ..................... did Bill.         (A  Either    B   Whether   C  Neither  D  No)
35. But they have to work,  ........ ? (A oughtn't they   B  mustn't they   C won't they  D  don't they)
36. The horse will not move even if three people ........... it.   (A  had pushed    B   pushing   C  will push   D  push)
37. It .............. every time the fence is too high.   (A  stop   B  will stop   C shall stop   D  stopping)
38. "We aren't going to move this horse,", said Eric.
"I'm afraid .................... ," replied Bill.   (A  not    B   yes   C  no   D   that)
39. The harder they tried ...................... they got.    (A  the more hotter    B  hotter   C  the hotter   D   hotly)
40. Larry still doesn't really know ................ has happened.    (A  whether    B   how  C  what   D   if)

Solutions to USE OF ENGLISH exercise in the previous post:

1.  B   2.3. C   4. D   5. D   6. D C D   15.  D   16.  B   17.  D   18.  C   19. C   20. B




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  2. It is not something new that climate change is one of the biggest environmental problems in the world. But, have you ever heard of permafrost and why is it so dangerous for our planet?

    Permafrost is the subsoil layer of the earth's crust that is permanently frozen due to its nature. It is found in very cold regions such as Canada, Alaska and isles located in the Atlantic ocean. The permafrost has existed for thousands of year and now is in danger because it is constantly melting. When the ice begins to melt, tons of methane and carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere.

    The increase in temperatures in recent years have accelerated the process. In fact, many experts point out that an increase of 2ºC would suppose the loss of 40% of the surface of the permafrost. Furthermore, the melting of this layer of ice has destroyed many homes located above the permafrost and also forests and ecosystems.
    Both methane and carbon dioxide are the main gases responsible for the greenhouse effect, and therefore, they contribute to global warming and the progressive destruction of our planet.

    In conclusion, high temperatures contribute to the melting of the permafrost, which emits tons of harmful gases into the atmosphere. For that reason we should do all is in our hands to reduce the earth pollution and to protect our planet.

  3. Climate change is one of the greatest environmental threats facing the planet. The entire planet is experiencing a climate change which has an enormous impact on people’s lives and ecosystems.

    To begin with, it has been reported that the average global temperature has risen by one degree in the last 30 years. Increases in ocean temperature and the Earth´s surface temperature, widespread melting of snow and ice, and the rising of sea level are some of the evidences regarding climate change.

    What's more, scientists worry that climate change brings a real threat to the permafrost. Permafrost is defined as any type of ground that has been frozen continuously for two years or more. It contains massive amounts of carbon which are likely to be released as climate change heats up the world. Around a quarter of the northern hemisphere is covered by permafrost. According to a new study, the absence of sea ice in the Arctic is closely connected to the melting of permafrost.

    All in all, climate change is one of the biggest challenges we face these days. Global warming will cause an important impact on our planet due to the release of high quantities of CO2 of the permafrost melting. It´s important that we all take the appropiate steps to reduce both air and earth pollution in order to save the planet from the consequences of global warming.

  4. Nowadays, climate change is one of the biggest problems in the world. A recent study has shown that one of the problems that most contribute to the warming of our planet is permafrost.Have you ever thought about the importance of the permafrost?

    Permafrost can be defined as a type of soil that has been continuously frozen for two or more years, which has been around for thousands of years. The problem is that it is melting rapidly due to the increase in temperature that our planets have been experiencing during the last years and when it melts it emits large amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. Therefore, if permafrost emits gases like CO2 and methane gas into the atmosphere, the warming of the earth will increase.

    On the other hand, scientists have found a link between sea ice in the Arctic and the presence or absence of permafrost. However, this soil is not only located at the poles, it is also located in some regions of Siberia, Canada, Greenland and Alaska, where approximately twice the amount of carbon that is currently in the atmosphere is stored. So, if the earth increases the temperature of the soils, greenhouse gases will rise due to the melting of the permafrost. In addition, the melting of this ice sheet has already destroyed many houses, forests and even ecosystems located on the permafrost.

    To put all into a nutshell, it is very important that we take care of our planet. So, if we do not reduce both air and land pollution, it will be impossible to control global warming in the future.