martes, 19 de abril de 2016

Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat - Lucky (Video and Lyrics)

Do you hear me,
I'm talking to you
Across the water across the deep blue ocean
Under the open sky, oh my, baby I'm trying
Boy I hear you in my dreams
I feel your whisper across the sea
I keep you with me in my heart
You make it easier when life gets hard
I'm lucky I'm in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
They don't know how long it takes
Waiting for a love like this
Every time we say goodbye
I wish we had one more kiss
I'll wait for you I promise you, I will
I'm lucky I'm in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
Lucky we're in love in every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday
And so I'm sailing through the sea
To an island where we'll meet
You'll hear the music fill the air
I'll put a flower in your hair
Though the breezes through the trees
Move so pretty you're all I see
As the world keeps spinning round
You hold me right here right now
I'm lucky I'm in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
I'm lucky we're in love in every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

viernes, 15 de abril de 2016



You will find a choice of two questions. You need to pick ONE. Read the two questions and consider the text type (the first option is typically an essay; the second one is usually a story) and the topic of the question to make the best choice for you. Plan before you start writing.
THE WORD COUNT IS CLEARLY STATED ON YOUR TEST. Write your answer in pen (not pencil)
You have 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the whole selectividad test.

The examiners are looking at four key areas in your written answers. These areas are CONTENT, COMMUNICATIVE ACHIEVEMENT, ORGANISATION and LANGUAGE.

Essay structure:
introduction: short
body: one or two paragraphs.
Conclusion: it should be short and sum up your main argument.

try to use a formal register, don’t use contractions and try to avoid the first person singular.

PASSIVE INFINITIVE: The forms of the infinitive

The forms of the infinitive

An infinitive can be a to-infinitive or a bare infinitive (without to). There is no difference in meaning between them; some structures require a to-infinitive, while others call for a bare infinitive:
I ought to call them. (to-infinitive)
I had better call them. (bare infinitive)
In the negative, not usually comes before the infinitive:
I ought not to call them.
I had better not call them.
In some cases, the verb in the main clause is negative, not the infinitive:
want to call them. 
don't want to call them.
As the infinitive has no tense, it does not in itself indicate the time of the action that it refers to. However, it can have aspect, which shows the temporal relationship between the action expressed by the infinitive and the time of the preceding verb. There are four types of infinitive, each of which has an active and passive form:
Simple infinitive(to) write(to) be written
Continuous infinitive(to) be writing(to) be being written
Perfect infinitive(to) have written(to) have been written
Perfect continuous infinitive(to) have been writing(to) have been being written
Simple infinitive
The simple infinitive refers to the same time as that of the preceding verb:
was glad to see her.
He must be very happy.
I'll arrange a meeting with the manager.
My son's football coach is said to be very strict.
Continuous infinitive
The continuous infinitive refers to the same time as that of the preceding verb and expresses an action in progress or happening over a period of time:
I'm glad to be sitting here.
You must be joking.
This time next week, I'll be lying on the beach in Croatia.
Vincent was reported to be staying in Paris at that time.
Perfect infinitive
The perfect infinitive refers to a time before that of the preceding verb:
I'm glad to have studied at that school.
They must have forgotten about the deadline.
By next week, they'll have finished painting the rooms.
Lucy was assumed to have left the day before.
Perfect continuous infinitive
The perfect continuous infinitive refers to a time before that of the preceding verb and expresses an action in progress or happening over a period of time:
I'm glad to have been living in Barcelona for the last ten years.
He must have been waiting for ages.
Soon, he'll have been running for four hours.
The organisers were thought to have been preparing for days.
Passive infinitives
Passive forms are also possible:
Your composition has to be typed. (passive simple infinitive)
The spy's phone was believed to be being tapped.
 (passive continuous infinitive, rarely used)
This sonnet must have been written by Shakespeare.
 (passive perfect infinitive)
The picture is believed to have been being painted for years.
 (passive perfect continuous infinitive, rarely used)

Impersonal Passive – It is said

Impersonal Passive – It is said

Impersonal Passive – It is said ...

The verbs think, believe, say, report, know, expect, consider, understandetc are used in the following passive patterns in personal and impersonal constructions.
Active:        People believe that he lied in court.
Passive:      1. It is believed (that) he lied in court. (impersonal)
                  It + passive + that-clause
                  2. He is believed to have lied in court. (personal)
                  Subject + passive + to-infinitive

Active:       They expect him to arrive soon.
Passive:     3. It is expected (that) he will arrive soon. (impersonal)
                It + passive + that-clause 
                4. He is expected to arrive soon. (personal)
                Subject + passive + to-infinitive
The phrase It is said ... is an impersonal passive construction. We often use it in news. More examples:
  • Passive sentence 1 → It is said that children are afraid of ghosts.
  • Passive sentence 2 → Children are said to be afraid of ghosts.
The correct active sentence would be:
  • Active sentence → People say that children are afraid of ghosts.

miércoles, 13 de abril de 2016

What is Wearable Tech and what can I do with it?

A newbie's guide to wearables

What is Wearable Tech and what can I do with it?

  1. Do you have any bad habits or vices that you would like to give up or do less of?
  2. Would you consider trying Pavlok to help you quit the bad habits you’ve just mentioned? What about if you had a more serious problem?
  3. Is it better to quit something overnightfrom one day to the next, or is it better to cut down gradually over a period of time? Does this depend on what people want to give up?
  4. Do you ever make New Year’s resolutions? Do you normally manage to keep these promises to yourself?
  5. How can you tell the difference between a bad habit and an addiction? When can you say that somebody is addicted to something as opposed to just having a bad habit?
  6. Are addictions and compulsive behaviours mental orphysical problems? Or are they both mental andphysical?
  7. Are the following activities bad habits or addictions? Which ones are the most difficult to give up? Have you ever known anyone who has had a problem with one of them?
    smoking | biting one’s nails | overworking | doing exercise | shopping | excessive internet use pornography | gambling | alcohol | coffeesnacking | watching TV
  8. Activity trackerssmartwatches and virtual reality headsets are all types of technology that you can wear. Do you think wearable devices will be a commercial success, or are they just a passing fad?
  9. Do you think being punished for a bad habit or addiction helps people to give it up? Can you think of better ways to stop bad habits or overcome addiction?
  10. If you feel you are becoming addicted to something, is it better to deal with it yourself, resort to family and friends or seek the help of a doctor/psychologist?
Which three of the above questions are being discussed?
Download "Question time" and the "Sitting comfortably?"script in an editable Word document here.  

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



Does grammar matter? - Andreea S. Calude

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

martes, 12 de abril de 2016




Indefinite pronouns do not refer to a specific person, place, or thing. In English, there is a particular group of indefinite pronouns formed with a quantifier or distributive preceeded by any, some, every and no.
Part (positive)someone
Part (negative)anyone
Noneno one
Indefinite pronouns with  some and any are used to describe indefinite and incomplete quantities in the same way that some and any are used alone.
Indefinite pronouns are placed in the same location as a noun would go in the sentence.
NounIndefinite pronoun
I would like to go to Paris this summer.I would like to go somewhere this summer.
Jim gave me this book.Someone gave me this book.
I won't tell your secret to Sam.I won't tell your secret to anyone.
I bought my school supplies at the mall.I bought everything at the mall.


In affirmative sentences, indefinite pronouns using some are used to describe an indefinite quantity, the indefinite pronouns with every are used to describe a complete quantity, and the pronouns with no are used to describe an absence. Indefinite pronouns with no are often used in affirmative sentences with a negative meaning, but these are nevertheless not negative sentences because they are lacking the word not.
  • Everyone is sleeping in my bed.
  • Someone is sleeping in my bed.
  • No one is sleeping in my bed.
  • I gave everything to Sally.
  • He saw something in the garden.
  • There is nothing to eat.
  • I looked everywhere for my keys.
  • Keith is looking for somewhere to live.
  • There is nowhere as beautiful as Paris.
Any and the indefinite pronouns formed with it can also be used in affirmative sentences with a meaning that is close to every: whichever person, whichever place, whichever thing, etc.
  • They can choose anything from the menu.
  • You may invite anybody you want to your birthday party.
  • We can go anywhere you'd like this summer.
  • He would give anything to get into Oxford.
  • Fido would follow you anywhere.


Negative sentences can only be formed with the indefinite pronouns that include any.
  • I don't have anything to eat.
  • She didn't go anywhere last week.
  • I can't find anyone to come with me.
Many negative sentences that include an indefinite pronoun with any can be turned into affirmative sentences with a negative meaning by using an indefinite pronoun with no. However, there is a change in meaning with this transformation: the sentence that includes an indefinite pronoun with no is stronger, and can imply emotional content such as definsiveness, hopelessness, anger, etc.
  • I don't know anything about it. = neutral
  • I know nothing about it. = defensive
  • I don't have anybody to talk to. = neutral
  • I have nobody to talk to. = hopeless
  • There wasn't anything we could do. = neutral
  • There was nothing we could do. = defensive/angry


Indefinite pronouns with everysome, and any can be used to form negative questions. These questions can usually be answered with a "yes" or a "no"
Pronouns formed with anyand every are used to form true questions, while those with some generally imply a question to which we already know or suspect the answer.
  • Is there anything to eat?
  • Did you go anywhere last night?
  • Is everyone here?
  • Have you looked everywhere?
These questions can be turned in to false or rhetorical questions by making them negative. The speaker, when posing a question of this type, is expecting an answer of "no".
  • Isn't there anything to eat?
  • Didn't you go anywhere last night?
  • Isn't everyone here?
  • Haven't you looked everywhere?
Some and pronouns formed with it is only used in questions to which we think we already know the answer, or questions which are not true questions (invitations, requests, etc.) The person asking these questions is expecting an answer of "Yes".
  • Are you looking for someone?
  • Have you lost something?
  • Are you going somewhere?
  • Could somebody help me, please? = request
  • Would you like to go somewhere this weekend? = invitation
These questions can be made even more definite if they are made negative. In this case, the speaker is absolutely certain he will receive the answer "Yes".
  • Aren't you looking for someone?
  • Haven't you lost something?
  • Aren't you going somewhere?
  • Couldn't somebody help me, please?
  • Wouldn't you like to go somewhere this weekend?

lunes, 11 de abril de 2016

SHAKESPEARE: A Midsummer Night's Dream

What will happen to Demetrius, Hermia, Lysander and Helena in the fairy forest? Watch and find out! A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of our 'Shakespeare Lives' videos, which tell the stories of some of William Shakespeare's most famous plays.