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domingo, 30 de julio de 2017

The moment of truth is right here!!!





Yes, the moment of truth is right here!! This third term will be really short and it is time for students to do their best, especially those in Bachillerato or those preparing for certain exams.

 



Now you have to be flexible and ready to work in a broader range of jobs, so you'll need a university degree, a good level of foreign languages and so many more things. Here are some articles to read about the issue before you do the listening exercise I propose you:

Couchsurfing is no picnic



Again it is getting hotter and hotter, but we are getting tired of going to the beach!!! First, this post would like to present these two expressions you can find in the section The English We Speak (BBC Learning English):

 

  • No picnic   >>>  What does it mean in Spanish?

  • Wet weekend   >>>>  Was last weekend a wet weekend for you?


Some related articles:

 

By the way, do you know what Airbnb is? It comes from two concepts: 'airbed' and 'bed & breakfast'.


Best songs for summer 2017



Summer is a wonderful time to relax, to dance and for music. There will always be songs that bring you unforgettable memories for the rest of your life. Give me some hits of your best songs in English for this summer. Here are some songs that may be popular this summer:

 

English with Lucy: 5 English conversation tips  >>>  How to improve your communication skills. They could be really useful for flirting this summer!!!

 


 

 

sábado, 15 de julio de 2017

Unbearable conditions at our schools

Can teachers really teach and can our students really learn in these weather conditions? Some politicians think we can from their air-conditioned offices!!!!



Teaching in the heatwave: help, my classroom is too hot (The Guardian)


Where does the word 'unbearable' mean? Which verb does it come from?

Some articles to read about the heatwave we have had in Europe and its consequences (for instance, huge fires in Portugal and Spain)   >>>> 


 

Listening exercise to do: Mindfulness (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

Where does the noun 'mindfulness' come from?

LINGOHACK  >>>


Anyway, what kind of holidays are you planning to have? Perhaps a busman's holiday (The English We Speak, BBC Learning English)




martes, 11 de julio de 2017

Do you trust first impressions?




Do you trust first impressions or do you need more time to get to know a person and then decide what kind of relationship you are going to have with him/her?


Listening exercise to do: Faces and first impressions (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

 

Which verb does the adjective 'trustworthy' come from? What does it mean?   

 

What does the expression 'to go with your gut' mean?

 

 

Article to read about the issue:

First Impressions: what can babies see? (The Guardian)

 

 

What does 'a drill' mean? It has got mainly two meanings. Here's one from the point of view of teachers:  DRILLING TECHNIQUE (The teachers' room, BBC Learning English)




Is Television helpful or harmful for our society?



Here are some articles to read about the issue:
Crossword on TELEVISION (BBC Learning English)

Vocabulary and Listening exercise to do: Language to use in research (English at work, BBC Learning English)



LINGOHACK  >>>

 

 

Travelling to Ibiza and Dronies




Do you like travelling and making photographs?





Here's a Selectivity exam the University of Granada proposes to do: Welcome to Las Dalias Hippy Market (you can find a link to download the exam in my site: 2º Bachillerato) and here are some articles related to the issue you can read:


Discovering Veracruz in Mexico taking dronies, selfies.. Just amazing!!

 

miércoles, 28 de junio de 2017

It won't wash



Sometimes we find that politicians, or anyone else, are not telling the truth, and nothing but the truth, so you use this expression. Read about what it really means.

The English we speak: It won't wash (BBC Learning English) 

Articles related with the issue:

Listening exercise to do: How much food do you waste? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

LINGOHACK  >>>

 

Shorter attention span, a problem for our students?




Lately, teachers are always complaining of how difficult it is to keep students' attention in class to what is being done. Here may be the cause.

 

 

Listening exercise to do: Goldfish, brain and phones (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

 Some articles to read about the issue >>> 



And talking about another problem that affects us these days, here we have some articles concerning attacks that we have suffered:


What does 'foyer' mean? Which language does it come from? Can you give me a synonym?

We should all be really happy!!!!



I don't know if happiness is genetic or not, but something is for sure there are some people that are naturally more cheerful than others. As well, babies tend to be happier than adults (probably due to all the problems and concerns that we have in mind). Another interesting fact is that grandparents also tend to be happier than parents. It may be due to the fact that they have fewer responsabilities in life. 



Read these related articles and to the listening exercise later, and then give me your opinion about the issue:

Listening exercise to do: Is happiness genetic? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) 

 

English with Lucy: 6 ways to STOP translating in your head & THINK in another language!

 English with Lucy: 10 English LOVE expressions

LINGOHACK  >>>

Veganism and climate change

Do these two concepts have anything in common? Read this post about the issue and do this Selectivity exam:

Eating less meat could save 45,000 lives a year, experts claim


Articles related to the issue which are interesting for you to read:

 https://cdn.theguardian.tv/mainwebsite/2015/07/07/150707Vegan_desk.mp4

Listening exercise to do: Could you go vegan? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

What does 'vegan' stand for? Can you give me a definition?


English with Lucy: Oxford English

 


sábado, 27 de mayo de 2017

Over to you (Composition Unit 8)

          Nowadays, we usually forget many things such as where the keys are, where we had to go, what we got up for.....These are some of the most common things that happen to us.


          In my case, I have a good memory, I can learn many words or texts in  a short time. However, it isn't the first time I have forgotten something. Once, I went to my friend´s house  and I forgot where I had put my keys. I couldn´t go back home until I found them. What a stressful situation!!


          From my point of view, one interesting thing is how we can remember new English vocabulary. Many people have a vocabulary because they have read many books. If I read more books, my vocabulary will improve. In my opinion, it's good to repeat the word many times and write it into Spanish, it's what I do.


          To end up, I want to say that there are lots of ways to improve your memory like board games, crosswords, sudokus....that will help you to keep your memory fit.

jueves, 11 de mayo de 2017

The Hormiguero (Composition Unit 6)

                                     The Hormiguero

          My favourite TV programme is called "The Hormiguero". It's a very popular talk show which is shown on Antena 3 everyday. It's a programme where famous people go to be interviewed and the viewers can vote who is going to come in the next programme.

 

          There is a TV presenter who is called Pablo Motos and three interesting characters which are three puppets called Trancas, Barrancas and Petancas. The programme is divided into sections. Firstly, Pablo Motos introduces the puppets, secondly, he makes the interview to the famous person. Then, there are a man in black and a magician who make the show really entertainig. The presenter is quite  nice in my opinion. Every week, they make a raffle for a car and I try to phone them the sooner I can.

 

          All in all, I'd recommend this programme because it's interesting to see the famous interviews and it's very entertaining. Personally, I think that some programmes are incredible, for example. the programme I enjoyed the most was that time that Vin Diesel came to the programme. 

 

          From my point of view, I would change some sections that I think they are a bit boring. I would introduce new sections which were more dynamic and funnier. One thing that I don't like is the setting, I would change it too.

 Joaquín Alejandro España Sánchez 1ºA. Bachillerato

miércoles, 4 de enero de 2017

A stunningly enchanting New Year's Eve story



New Year's Eve is coming closer and our expectations are high as most of our happiness and future seems to depend on how well it all goes. Read this stunningly enchanting New Year's Eve story and give me your opinion:

 


The Guardian: The New Year’s Eve party when a bad fairy turned into a good friend (


What are your preparations for this occassion? Do you wear anything special? What are your expections? Are you looking forward to it? Are you meeting anybody special? Are you going to a party or are you staying at home with the family?

 

 

By the way, do you know the difference between these verbs?

Expect, Hope, Look Forward & Wait (explanation + exercises  & quiz)

Word formation: which verb and adjective does 'stunningly' come from? Watch the latest video of ...

English with Lucy >> 10 stunningly beautiful English words   

What are the most beautiful words for you in English? and in Spanish? or any other language?

English at university: A home from home (episode 16)


 

Christmas carols are a must-have these days... Merry Christmas!!!


Santa and Sleigh in Morning from AnimateIt.netWhat is a 'must-have' used as a noun or even as an adjective ('must-have accessories)? Looking  it up in the Merriam-Webster, I have found out this: must-have  & synonyms/antonyms

Some examples:
  • A gem of Gothic art that is a must-see.
  • The newest version of the software is a must-have. (something that is necessary to have or get)
  •  Aprons are must-have accessories for the cooking class
 

English with Lucy >>>> 

Christmas!!!! 

Christmas is coming and it is time to sing!!!  

Here's our list of traditional Christmas carols:

CLICK HERE  

 You can send me your hints or give me your opinions about your favourite carols.

Paola's hint: All I want for Christmas is you by Mariah Carey
David's hint: Santa Claus is coming to town    
Alex's hint:  his hint   

Et voici quelques Chants de Noël en français:

Les Choristes-Vois sur ton chemin 

25min of Christmas songs for kids with lyrics to learn French!