martes, 24 de febrero de 2015

Practice the Second Conditional with "The Big Bang Theory"

You learn something every day if you pay attention. ~Ray LeBlond

Conditionals in movies

You learn something every day if you pay attention. ~Ray LeBlond

Imperatives in the first conditional

Imperatives in the first conditional

Imperatives can be used to replace either clause of the first conditional:
If you've done the dishes, please mop the floor.
Tidy up your room, and you can go out to play football with your friends.

viernes, 20 de febrero de 2015

RATATOUILLE - Passive Voice

You learn something every day if you pay attention. ~Ray LeBlond

Passive Pete Awakens. PASSIVE VOICE SHORT FILM

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Practice the Passive Voice with scenes from TV shows

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Benjamin Button and The Third Conditional

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3rd Conditional - Examples in Songs

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Conditionals in songs

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Second conditional sentences in The Big Bang Theory

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Friends - Grammar - Second Conditional, part 1 ('omnipotent' scene)

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Practice the Third Conditional with "Once Upon a Time"

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Practice the Passive Voice with scenes from TV series 2

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David Bowie - Heroes. WORKSHEET

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WORKSHEETS

TUNE INTO ENGLISH: WORKING WITH LYRICS
HEROES: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
HAVE A LOOK AT THE LYRICS IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH

Youtubers


Do you like YouTube? What are your favourite channels? And what are your best favourite videos? Have you got a favourite Youtuber? Charlie McDonnell is one of them and he is a real celebrity in the UK and USA. Discover more about him. I have prepared listening comprehension and reading comprehension activities in  a worksheet  (you find it HERE),  as well as some Grammar and Translation exercises. I can already imagine your complains: BUT ...  Charlie speaks very fast! Yes, maybe,  but he is  great fun to watch! 




(Download the worksheet, add your answers directly on it below the questions or below the sentences you have to translate using a different colour or different font, then send it as a separate word / txt file attached to your e-mail)

THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN IN THE VICTORIAN AGE - JANE EYRE - PUNISHMENT

HAMLET & MELANCHOLY


HAMLET & MELANCHOLY






READING AND WRITING: The high price of low-cost airlines


The high price of low-cost airlines

No plans yet for the weekend? Berlin-Madrid for 19 euros! Low-cost airlines are conquering the European travel market with competitive prices, and the aeroplane is fast becoming an everyday means of transport. But this has dramatic consequences for the environment as no other form of transport has such a damaging ecological effect as the aeroplane.
The recent growth in air travel is above all due to the success of budget airlines. At first sight, they do not seem to have a worse ecological effect than conventional airlines, thanks to near-full capacity usage. The root of the problem lies in the acquisition of a new, wider type of customer through aggressive prices. A two-day shopping trip to London or a relaxing weekend in Majorca would remain a luxury that few could afford without these carriers.
So, for the moment, it is still the traveller’s individual responsibility to resist frequent flying. Those who cannot, or will not, stop flying have the possibility to compensate for the negative effects of travelling by donating money to climate protection projects. It is obvious that such voluntary initiatives will only be supported by a minority of environmentally conscious European citizens and can represent no real or credible alternative to a political solution. The coming months will show if EU states take the Kyoto protocol seriously and put a stop to cheap flights which are so costly to the environment.


1. WRITE A COMPOSITION (120 WORDS). CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS. SPECIFY YOUR OPTION.
a) Where, outside Spain, would you like to go to on a short pleasure trip? Give reasons.
b) Attracting more tourists is essential for the Spanish economy. Discuss.

2. ANSWER QUESTIONS 1-2 ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION GIVEN IN THE TEXT. USE YOUR OWN WORDS. (1 point per answer)
1 According to the writer, why are low-cost airlines so dangerous for the environment?
2 Following the author's opinion stated in the text, can travellers radically solve the environmental problem? Why?

ARE THESE STATEMENTS TRUE OR FALSE? JUSTIFY YOUR ANSWERS WITH THE PRECISE WORDS OR PHRASES FROM THE TEXT.
In one sense, low-cost airlines are more efficient than conventional ones.
Many people can now afford short pleasure trips thanks to low-cost airlines.
It is up to travellers to stop flying so frequently.

3. COMMUNICATION
Imagine a friend of yours doesn't want to travel by plane because he is afraid to fly. Give him reasons to take a flight to Amsterdam with you.

4. GRAMMAR
TURN THE FOLLOWING SENTENCE INTO THE PASSIVE VOICE:
“They never gave me instructions”

REWRITE THE SENTENCE WITHOUT CHANGING ITS MEANING. BEGIN AS INDICATED:
“The ticket was too expensive for him to pay”. | “The ticket was not ...”.

FILL IN THE GAPS WITH A CORRECT FORM OF THE VERB IN BRACKETS:
“If he (BRING) .......... his passport, he would not have had trouble at the airport”.

GIVE A QUESTION FOR THE UNDERLINED WORDS:
“Peter lost his wife’s luggage at the airport two days ago”.

English for the Workplace - Level Test

English at work

English for the Workplace - Level Test

Take this 100 question test to discover your English level. This test was especially designed for English for Business (or the workplace) and focuses on standard business English phrases, vocabulary, writing skills, telephone English, etc. It tests your knowledge of English as it is used, rather than focusing on English grammar - although there are a few grammar questions


viernes, 13 de febrero de 2015

PAST CONTINUOUS TENSE

This is NOT love

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Love has not an easy definition

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Revision of Question Words

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miércoles, 11 de febrero de 2015

Present Perfect with scenes from TV shows

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Present Perfect examples in songs

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Present Perfect - Examples in Songs 2

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CAN or CAN'T

CAN or CAN'T

Complete:

Exercise 1 :Completa estas preguntas eligiendo el verbo adecuado.
Exercise 2: Mira las imágenes y decide si esas personas saben (can) o no saben (can't) hacer lo que se muestra. Escribe can o can't en los huecos y haz clic en el signo de interrogación (?) para ver si es correcta tu respuesta.
Exercise 3: Ordena estas palabras para formar frases.
Exercise 4: Elije la respuesta correcta para cada pregunta. Sólo una es correcta en cada caso, el resto están mal.
Exercise 5: Le estas frases y selecciona CAN o CAN'T.
Exercise 6: GAME. Contesta a las preguntas. Cuidado, si fallas una, perderás.
Exercise 7: GAME. Mira las imágenes y selecciona la opción correcta.
Exercise 8: Mira las fotos y elije la opción correcta.
Exercise 9: Match the questions and the answers.
Exercise 10: Mira las fotos y completa la frase. Usa un diccionario si es necesario.

Present Simple Activities


A) Affirmative
Exercise 1: Selecciona la opción correcta. Fíjate en el ejemplo.
Exercise 2: Completa con el verbo en la forma correcta.
Exercise 3: Selecciona la opción correcta.
Exercise 4: Lee las frases y selecciona la opción correcta.
Exercise 5: Escribe el verbo en la forma correcta.
Exercise 6: Escribe el verbo en presente simple.

B) Negative
Exercise 1: Selecciona la opción correcta.
Exercise 2: Completa con el verbo en negativa.
Exercise 3: Selecciona la opción correcta. Haz clic en -> para pasar a la siguiente frase.
Exercise 4: Completa en negativa.
Exercise 4: Pasa estas frases a negativa.

C) Interrogative
Exercise 1: Contesta a las preguntas. Selecciona la respuesta corta correcta.
Exercise 2: Completa las preguntas.
Exercise 3: Completa con la opción correcta.

past simple tense

lunes, 9 de febrero de 2015

TEN things you didn’t know about Valentine’s Day



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Valentine’s day is coming … and here are 10 things that you didn’t know!


  1. Saint Valentinus was executed on February 14th 270 AD by the Roman Emperor Claudius II, because he secretly helped soldiers to get married, and the emperor thought that soldiers with wives did not fight very well.
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  1. About 1 billion Valentine cards are sent around the world every year … and teachers get more cards than anybody else! So, if you want to improve your marks , you know what to do!2244025575_7cbef8af88_bPhoto credit: valart2008 / Foter / CC BY-SA
  1. A typical American man spends $130 every year on Valentine’s Day cards, chocolates, flowers and presents (twice what a woman spends).
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  1. 73% of the people who buy flowers on Valentine’s Day are men, only 27% are women. Also, 15% of American women who receive flowers send those lovely red roses to themselves!
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  1. Every year, the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet lived, receives more than 1,000 Valentine’s cards sent to Juliet.
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  1. The longest kiss started in Pattaya, Thailand on February 14th 2011, and ended 46 hours and 24 minutes later. The husband and wife could not sit, eat or sleep during the kiss.
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  1. A lot of people give chocolates on Valentine’s Day, but the biggest box of chocolates ever was made in the UK in April, 2008. It weighed 1,690 kilos and had more than 220,000 chocolates inside.
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  1. In Kenya last year you could buy 12 Valentine’s Day roses for $2.50, but in Hong Kong they cost $205! If you and the person you love are in Spain, you need about 50€.
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  1. In Japan, February 14th is when women give presents  usually chocolate  to men. A month later, on March 14th, or White Day, the men do the same, normally giving white chocolate.
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And finally … don’t forget your dogs and cats! 4% of Americans who have pets give their animals a Valentine’s Day present, spending a total of about $700 million!
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Words of Love - A Valentine's Vocabulary...



NOUNS of LOVE...
BEAUTY: attractiveness, charm, elegance, grace, loveliness  CHARM: attraction, fascination, glamour  CONSORT: companion, comrade, mate, partner, soul-mate, spouse  DELIGHT: enjoyment, gladness, happiness, joy, pleasure  DEVOTION: affection, attachment, fidelity, loyalty, dedication  DIGNITY: elegance, grace, stateliness  FOREVER: always, eternity, perpetuity HAPPINESS: bliss, cheerfulness, contentment, delight, joyfulness  HOPE: faith, optimism, reliance, belief, desire, wish  JOY: bliss, delight, elation, gladness, happiness  LOYALTY: allegiance, constancy, devotion, faithfulness, fidelity  MARRIAGE: matrimony, nuptials, wedding, wedlock, bond, union  PROMISE: pledge, vow  RENEWAL: enlivenment, invigoration, regeneration, revival  RESPECT: admiration, appreciation, esteem, favour, honour, regard  SACRIFICE: dedication, devotion, offering  SINCERITY: candidness, candour, frankness, genuineness, honesty,  SPIRIT: being, heart, mind, psyche, soul, energy, life, verve  WISDOM: wiseness, insight, judgment, knowledge 

ADJECTIVES of LOVE...
AFFECTIONATE: adoring, caring, considerate, devoted, loving  BEAUTIFUL: attractive, fair, lovely, stunning  DIVINE: godly, heavenly, glorious, wonderful, wondrous  ENDLESS: continual, eternal, perpetual, unceasing, unending, timeless  FAITHFUL: constant, steady, steadfast, true  FOND: affectionate, dear, devoted, loving  HAPPY: cheerful, glad, joyful, joyous, merry, pleased  HOPEFUL: hoping, optimistic, promising  INFINITE: endless, limitless, unbounded, immeasurable  MARRIED: marital, matrimonial, nuptial, spousal, wedded, united  NOBLE: august, royal, ethical, moral, virtuous, honourable  OPTIMISTIC: bright, sunny, upbeat, promising  PEACEFUL: placid, quiet, serene, still, undisturbed  PRICELESS: precious, inestimable, invaluable, valuable  SINCERE: genuine, honest, real, heartfelt  TOTAL: complete, entire, whole, absolute, pure, sheer, utter  UNCOMMON: extraordinary, scarce, unusual, rare, unique  UNCORRUPTED: ethical, principled, untarnished  UNDENIABLE: certain, incontestable, sure, undisputable  UNDYING: deathless, immortal, eternal, everlasting  UNFADING: enduring, lasting, undying, unfailing  UNIVERSAL: omnipresent, cosmic, global, worldwide  UNSELFISH: selfless, self-sacrificing  VIBRANT: intense, strong, vivid, dynamic, energetic, vigorous  VIRTUOUS: ethical, moral, noble, principled, pure, righteous  WARM: compassionate, sympathetic, tender, enthusiastic  WORTHY: capable, deserving, desirable, suited, honourable, noble

VERBS of LOVE...
CHERISH: esteem, prize, treasure, cultivate, foster, nurture  HOPE: anticipate, await, count on, expect, look forward to  INSPIRE: excite, exhilarate, motivate, stimulate, impress  LOVE: adore, cherish, treasure MARRY: espouse, wed, combine, couple, hitch, mate, link, unite  PRIZE: appreciate, value, cherish  PROMISE: pledge, vow  RENEW: regenerate, restart, refresh, rekindle  RESPECT: honour, regard, value, admire  UNITE: connect, converge, join, meet, merge, unify  VALUE: assess, evaluate, rate, appreciate, prize 

ADVERBS of LOVE...
AFFECTIONATELY: dearly, devotedly, dotingly, fondly, lovingly  DIVINELY: blissfully, gloriously, splendidly, sublimely  ENDLESSLY: ceaselessly, constantly, forever, interminably  FAITHFULLY: devotedly, loyally  HAPPILY: blissfully, joyfully, joyously, cheerfully  ONLY: alone, entirely, exclusively, solely  SINCERELY: genuinely, honestly, really  TOTALLY: absolutely, completely, entirely, fully, purely, wholly