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

martes, 25 de octubre de 2016

Fears, phobias...number 13!!!

Do you know what 'triskaidekaphobia' is?   Here's some information about the issue.

What is the difference between a phobia and a fear if there is any?  Read this article about it:

Fear or Phobia? (The Washington Post)

and here are

America’s top fears: Public speaking, heights and bugs (The Washington Post)

Another interesting article about the topic:

Phobias: The rationale behind irrational fears (The Guardian)

All these articles would be an excellent preparation for this Selectivity exam (Andalucia)  >>>   Triskaidekaphobia  (option A)

Listening exercise to do: 'Do opposites attract?' (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

English at university: Freshers' Week (episode 4)

miércoles, 19 de octubre de 2016

Bob Dylan, the minstrel of the 21st Century

In the Middle Ages there were minstrels who would go from village to village singing the news, entertaining the people, dancing... Actually, that was the way people learned about El Cid Campeador and the battles in which he participated. There are still a few of them left nowadays. Here are a couple of examples.

Some articles to read:


And here's an amazing story  >>> 

The real story of HURRICANE CARTER

Another poet singer, Canadian Leonard Cohen.

Some other hits by Leonard Cohen: Suzanne , First we take Manhattan

Some phrases to learn and use in your compositions: 'keen on', 'fond of' and 'fan of' in English with Lucy. And some linking words of CAUSE & EFFECT (English grammar).


Episode 191012 / 19 October 2016   >>>  Expressions presented: classified, deficiency & vessel. By the way, what is the Spanish for 'sweet potato'?

English at university: Room mate (episode 3)

martes, 18 de octubre de 2016

FINDMEWORDS: Interesting tool to have a look at. is not an average dictionary, but a most interesting tool for our students in Bachillerato.

Here are some words from its creator:

"There are many English dictionaries on the Internet, Findmewords is the first one to collect more than 450,000 words in English and classify them to offer users all kinds of dictionaries and search tools to find the word they are looking for. Among the tools offers we can highlight:

>> Lettered word search, which allows to search for all words that can be formed with a set of letters, it is ideal for solving crossword games.

>> It also has a word finder beginning or ending with a set of letters, in all cases the words that are obtained as search results are presented sorted by length and you can find the meaning of either of them by simply clicking on the word in question.

>> A comprehensive dictionary of synonyms and antonyms with more than 68,000 entries for each one of them presents a wide range of synonyms and antonyms according to different meanings of each entry.

>> Dictionary definitions, containing the etymology, origin, grammatical category and definition for over 450,000 words

>> Rhyming dictionary, where it's possible to find rhymes for more than 40,000 words sorted by number of syllables.

>>  Scrabble word search with the official dictionaries for English. The SOWPOD dictionary with 267,751 words is the official for UK and the TWL06 dictionary with 178,691 words is the official dictionary for USA, Canada and Thailand. 

>> also has a blog that contains interesting articles that address issues related to grammar and spelling."

I hope you find it useful!!!

sábado, 15 de octubre de 2016

Alone or with company???

There are certain moments in life when one really enjoys solitude (especially, teachers, who are always in crowded and noisy places), but there are also great moments we love sharing with people (like our study trips to the British-Irish Isles).

Here's an incredible video about the Scottish mountain-biker Danny Macaskill in the Isle of Skye. Enjoy the gorgeous Scottish landscapes that this year I would like to share with my students:

And here's another one: Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out  (Enjoy Scottish landscape!!)

Two listening exercises to do: "Is loneliness in our genes?" (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English). However, to begin with, you have to know yourself: "Who do you think you are?" (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

Article to read:

All by myself: is loneliness bad for you? (The Guardian)

And here's another one:

What's the difference between being lonely and a loner? (BBC News)


Episode 161012 / 12 October 2016   >>>  Expressions presented: destabalise, appetite, limiting the damage & nudge.
English with Lucy >>>>

New Series >>>> English at university: Just landed (episode 2)

A final question before ending: How do you know you're real? Interesting video about it to think about it:

jueves, 13 de octubre de 2016

Next mission: VI Study trip to the British-Irish Isles (Edinburgh 2017)



SO FAR WE ARE 15!!!   >>  Ángela Mancilla, Valeria Aguilera, Lucía López,  Lucía Pérez, Lucía Torres, Helena, Mª Carmen, Sofía, Sara, Laura Natividad, Julia, Alba Venegas, Rosana Prados, Alberto & Guille.

Stay alert for the clues and keep tracking...

VI STUDY TRIP TO THE BRITISH-IRISH ISLES: Edinburgh 2017 (IES Mediterráneo, Salobreña)

If you are still interested in participating in the experience here's the link to the form you have to fill in  >>>

Hey, I'm going to Edinburgh next year!!



And remember: Keep tracking!!! Albert and J. Luis will always be there.


Clue number 4 >>> next meeting on 

Tuesday, 18h October in the Language



miércoles, 5 de octubre de 2016


We'll be having our third meeting (clue number 3) next Thursday, 13th October, during the break in the Language Department. We will be handing out the lottery tickets for our ham raffle. So don't miss the meeting!!!

Today a group of students came to the Language Department thinking that we had our second meeting (CLUE NUMBER 2). I happened to be there and I told them that I hadn't planned any further meetings as there was only one girl who had fill in the form for the study trip, so we have decided to have our second meeting tomorrow during the break in the Language Department.


Therefore, if you are interested in participating in the experience here's the link to the form you have to fill in  >>>

Hey, I'm going to Edinburgh next year!!!!


Here are some activities to do for those preparing for the B1 or B2 exams:


English with Lucy >>>

martes, 20 de septiembre de 2016

Coming to Edinburgh at Easter with the old rockers?

We will be having our first meeting next Wednesday, 28th April, in the Language Department during the break. We will see if there are enough people interested to form a group.

Everybody is welcomed even if they decide not to come in the end!!!




First clue >>>> Have a look at the information about EDINBURGH 2017 below and in my blog. Then, if you are interested, fill in this form as soon as you can because we need to do everything very quickly to buy our flights cheaper. You must also bear in mind that if you fill in the form and you don't want to participate later, it is no problem as we will really know if we are going when you make the first payment and that will be in October.

Our sixth experience?????

Stay alert for the clues and keep tracking...

And remember our meetings will be called 'clues' from now on!! 


Some exercises for you to do:

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

Related articles to read:

'Get somebody's goat'  >>  a phrase to talk about something annoying (The English we speak, BBC Learning English)




  By the way, listen to our new blog's soundtrack song and tell me what 'give up' means.


lunes, 12 de septiembre de 2016

Paralympics 2016 to begin in Rio

Just amazing!!!  These are not athletes, they are SUPER-ATHLETES!!!  Watch this  >>>

Here are some news about the issue:


If you've ever been with us on our study trips to the British-Irish Isles or if you've ever been to an English-speaking country, you will surely have noticed that the English you come across is slightly different to the English you learn at school. Here's an interesting listening exercise to do about the issue: Slang (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

8 uses of 'break' (BBC Learning English)

Stay alert for the clues and keep tracking...



First clue >>>> Have a look at the information about EDINBURGH 2017 below and here in my blog about our experience in 2012. Then, if you are interested, fill in this form as soon as you can because we need to do everything very quickly to buy our flights cheaper. You must also bear in mind that if you fill in the form and you don't want to participate later, it is no problem as we will really know if we are going when you make the first payment and that will be in October.

Our sixth experience?????

VI STUDY TRIP TO THE BRITISH-IRISH ISLES: Edinburgh 2017 (IES Mediterráneo, Salobreña)


miércoles, 7 de septiembre de 2016

Historical achievement by our non-bilingual IES Mediterraneo students!!!!

Our students making history!!!!

Apart from Mª José García and Andrea Gutiérrez (4º ESO), who got their B1 in English in the Official Language School last June, another 5 students have passed their exams this September: María Béjar, Alex España, Joaquín García, Alberto Pineda & Mª Irene Ramón!!! And Guillermo Romero, who also came on our study trips, has passed his B2 in English and his B1 in French!!!  Et félicitations à tous ceux qui ont réussi aussi dans leurs examens de français à l'École Officielle des Langues. 


martes, 30 de agosto de 2016

Our golden boy Calderón quits ÑBA

Our golden boy José Manuel Calderón (his biography so far) says goodbye to the basketball national team as he wants to concentrates on his NBA team (LA Lakers) and his family. We all wish you the best of lucks!!! Thanks for such great moments!!

Jose Calderon retires from Spanish national team (NBC Sports)

Changing topic, what does 'domestic chores' mean? Well, both my wife and I have been doing the cleaning and painting of our flat and I would like you to do this exercise and give me your opinion >>>>>

Listening exercise to do: Do women clean the house more often than men? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

New section in BBC Learning English: English at work, which focuses on English communication in the office. Here's the first episode: 00 Introduction

jueves, 25 de agosto de 2016

A lot to solve and to discover :-(((((

Our world is full of paradoxes. A lot of efforts and investments are made to travel in the universe and find planets elsewhere, building glass bridges... while we still have areas in our world where a natural disaster can cause hundreds of victims. It is fantastic to make discoveries, but shouldn't we invest more money to solve ordinary problems on Eath such as: famine, droughts... or earthquakes?

Natural disaster:

Italy earthquake: Death toll rises to at least 159 (BBC)  >>> The latest: Italy earthquake: Death toll reaches 247 amid rescue efforts  


Discovery of potentially Earth-like planet Proxima b raises hopes for life (The Guardian)


'I'm not afraid – it seems safe!': China opens longest glass-bottomed bridge (The Guardian) Watch this video.

Make a glossary with the most prominent words you find in both articles. Remember other articles related to these two issues in this blog:



miércoles, 24 de agosto de 2016

Olympic legends in Rio 2016

The Olympic Games in Rio finished last Sunday (Olympics Closing ceremony, News Review, BBC Learning English) and it's time to make a balance of the achievements obtained. 


First of all, what and who will these Olympic Games be remembered for? For instance, the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936 will always be remembered for all the victories Jesse Owens obtained in front of Hitler.

Articles to read:

VOCABULARY: 8 uses of 'round'  (BBC Learning English)

The English we speak (BBC Learning English)  >>  'to pull something out of the hat'

Two listening exercises to do:

sábado, 6 de agosto de 2016

Río de Janeiro 2016, Olympic Games in Brazil

Río is over and here are some activities to do:

>>>   News Review  >>  Brazil wins a gold medal in athletics  (BBC Learning English) 

>>>   LINGOHACK  >>>



Spanish flag on a flag pole gif animation
BREAKING NEWS   >>>  three more medals for Spain (17 medals in total so far):


  • Spain Men's basketball national team defeats Australia in an incredible match and get the bronze medal. Our golden generation will never disappoint us!!!!

  • A bronze medal for Coloma in mountain bike event.

  • Spanish rhythmic gymnasts get the silver medal among olé cries and guitar playing!!!


This is no country for men, IT BELONGS TO WOMEN, INDEED!!!


Ruth Beitia wins the seventh gold medal for Spain in women's high jump (read the report)   (watch the jump)


The latest from Río




Two more medals for Spain (13 medals in total): INCREDIBLE historical SILVER MEDAL for women's basketball national team (Congratulations for being so competitive!!!!) >> watch this and bronze medal for Saúl Craviotto in the k-1 200 metre event.


INCREDIBLE   >>>>>  Carolina Marin, the young lady from Huelva, wins the sixth gold medal in badminton!!!! (some images)




Another gold medal for Spain (the fifth one)  >>>  Saúl Craviotto and Cristian Toro in K-2 200 metre canoe sprint (watch the race)


Two more medals for Spain in Taekwondo: silver medal for Eva Calvo and bronze medal for Joel González (video)

Our men's basketball national team will fight for the bronze medal  (watch summary) and our Women's national team in basketball will be in the final fighting for the GOLD medal against the USA in the Olympic Games in Río after defeating Serbia in the semi-finals!!! GOOD LUCK!


The New Spain has brought us the fourth gold medal and the first silver medal, that is, the seventh medal in total for Spain >>> Marcus Cooper Walz, the canoeist born in Oxford whose father is English and whose mother is German, from Majorca wins the gold medal in K-1 1000 metres event (watch the event) & Orlando Ortega, Cuban-born, won the silver medal in 110 hurdles event (watch the event). 



And now the 110 hurdle race:



Fifth medal for Spain  >>  Marc López & Rafael Nadal wins the third gold medal for Spain in the men's doubles in tennis, the first one for our Spanish men!!!


  "A gold medal and with one of my best friends is just unforgettable", said Nadal after the match.


Fourth medal for Spain  >>>  Lydia Valentin wins the bronze medal in weightlifting!!!


Second gold medal for Spain (third overall) >>> Maialen Chourraut in canoe slalom!!! (Watch the race)

Our Golden Girl (Mireia Belmonte once again), the first gold medal for Spain!!!! in 200m butterfly

Watch the race and enjoy it!!!!

Mireia Belmonte wins first Spanish medal of Rio 2016 (Marca)

First medal for Spain: Mireia Belmonte wins the bronze medal in Women's 400m Individual Medley (estilo libre)


However, what does 'medley' originally mean? And what's the Spanish for 'heat'?


Tip: Make a glossary with all the words you learn in English related to the Olympic Games. (I'll do one myself for you in my site)


What time is it right now in Rio? Remember that they are five hours behind Spain.


RIO 2016 - official website   

Problems we may find during these Olympic Games:


 Nadal, the stand bearer for Spain. How happy he looks after his big disappointment for not being able to it in the last Olympic Games in London.

Some articles to read:

Murray (gold medal in London and Río), the stand bearer for the United Kingdom.


Michael Phelps, the stand bearer for the United States

Michael Phelps selected as U.S. flag bearer for Rio Olympics (CNN)

The Shark from Baltimore is back and the American mermaid in Rio: Michael Phelps wins 19th Olympic gold, Katie Ledecky breaks record (CNN)

Michael Phelps extends his legacy with two more gold medals at Rio Olympics (The Washington Post)


Michael Phelps ties a 2,160 year-old Olympic record (Marca)



Here's a link to the coverage of the event in the newspaper The Guardian: Rio 2016    


 And don't forget Pau Gasol, our Spanish stand bearer in the previous Olympic Games in London!!!