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, 15 de enero de 2017

What are you the best at?


Have you ever wondered if you are, or have ever been, the best at something?  (Listening exercise: What's your superpower? from 6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

Rachel's English (American English)   >>>>  Episode on the phrasal verb PLAY.

What is the 'nanotechnology'?


Rewrite these sentences using a different structure by saying the same (the beginnings are given):

1. It is too cold to go swimming today.    >>>>>   It isn't .......
2. It is a long time since he last visited us.    >>>>>   He hasn't .......
3. I'd rather stay at home than go to a bad film.    >>>>>   I prefer .......
4. 'Isn't it a beautiful day?' exclaimed George.    >>>>>   'What .......'
5. Although he felt ill, Jeremy still went to work.    >>>>>   In spite .......
6. The meal was so awful that they refused to pay the bill.    >>>>>   It .......
7. Are you still doing your homework?    >>>>>   Haven't you .......
8. 'Anne, what about staying for dinner?' Jane said.    >>>>>   Jane invited .......
9. Somebody will steal your bicycle unless you lock it.    >>>>>   Your bicycle .......
10. I've never been to a safari park before.    >>>>>   This is the first time .......
11. 'I did not take the money,' said Simon.    >>>>>   Simon denied .......

Solutions to the exercise in the next post

miércoles, 11 de enero de 2017

Brothers in arms... How foolish!


Breakup of Yugoslavia  (interesting videos to watch: 1 & 2) >>>>  how war ended a friendship, a brotherhood, a team..... Listen to this song by the Dire Straits as a kind of warm up. Pay attention to the lyrics

Once upon a time, there was a country named Yugoslavia, but especially there was an incredible basketball team... Then war came and it was the end of this country, of this great basketball... and of a great friendship. Watch this touching video: 'Once Brothers'  >>>

The tragic death of Drazen Petrovic (Sports Illustrated)

The more you travel, the more open you'll become and you'll discover how foolish wars are.

Why visit Croatia

10 best places to visit in Serbia

Learn some TRAVEL phrasal verbs with Lucy


TRAVEL is the general idea of going from one place to another.
JOURNEY is usually a travel by land.
VOYAGE is usally a long travel, mostly by ship.
TRIP is going somehere for business/shopping/studying or for a short period (a school trip)
TOUR is usually the travel organized for tourists with a circular itenarary.

Crossword on AIR TRAVEL  

Solutions to the exercises in the previous post:

WORD FORMATION: 1. secretarial  ,   2. musical  ,   3. additional  ,   4. professional   ,   5. personality   ,   6. centrally   ,   7. friendly   ,   8. yearly     9. monthly    ,   10. daily

English at university: Take note (episode 17)

The English we speak: Don't lose your bottle! (BBC Learning English)



domingo, 8 de enero de 2017

Petrol crisis in Mexico and learning how to pronounce English

Here are two articles about a problem they have in Mexico because of the rise in the price of petrol. Find examples of passive voice and differences between British English and American English:

Let's watch this video (English with Papa) about how to pronounce 'would' correctly:

Furthermore, here we have got Lucy talking about an amazing resource that can help us learn to pronounce any word in English!!  >>>  English with Lucy    


Oxford Learner's Dictionaries | Find definitions, translations, and grammar explanations at Oxford Learner's Dictionaries

WORD FORMATION. Complete these sentences with a suitable word formed from the word in CAPITALS.
1.      Have you got any ______________ experience?  SECRETARY
2.      I'm not very ______________  .   MUSIC
3.      There are many ______________ benefits besides this.    ADDITION
4.      What are your ______________ qualifications?     PROFESSION
5.      Do you know the boss  ______________ ?    PERSON
6.      The office is _________ located.   CENTRE
7.      It is a very ______________ company.   FRIEND
8.      You will have a share of the ______________ profits.     YEAR
9.      What is your ______________ salary?      MONTH
10. Do you get a ______________ newspaper?      DAY

SOLUTIONS to the Use of English exercise in the previous post:      
1. in/ near     2. had      3. one     4. At/four     5. what    6. whether      7. else    8. by   9. to  10. very/ totally/completely/really/quite...  11. least   12. on     13. were   14. as    15. at/round/over   16. very/ quite/obviously/clearly      17. by      18. clear/definite   19. led     20. else/different

viernes, 6 de enero de 2017


Driverless cars or self-driving cars have been seen in many sci-fi films and they were regarded as a man's dream. Now this dream can become a reality, but...


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

Related articles to read about the issue:


Episode 170104 / 04 January 2017   >>>  Expressions presented: mock-up, social isolation & daredevils.

USE OF ENGLISH (B2). Fill in the gaps with only one appropriate word. For more exercises search in my site.

            The job sounded interesting: with a fashion house (1) _________ the city centre. The telephone conversations I (2) __________ had with them were relaxed and friendly, and the letter from the boss had also been friendly (3) __________ . He had invited me to visit the office and join some of them for lunch. The appointment was (4) _________ twelve o’clock.
            I naturally thought long and hard about (5) ____________ to wear. In the fashion business, of course, you were expected to be smart. The question was (6) ___________ to be businesslike, or fashionable. There was something (7) ___________ to think about, too. I had to get there (8) _____________ train and bus. The journey was over two hours, and that affects the clothes you choose.
            In the end, I decided (9) ____________ wear my most expensive clothes. These were a pair of boots, a pair of fashion jeans which had cost me a week’s salary, a hand-made sweater and a coat. I was not (10) __________ satisfied with my appearance, but at (11) ____________ everything was new and expensive.
            In fact, I realized (12) ____________ my arrival that I had chosen exactly the wrong clothes. The men in the office (13) _____________ wearing dark suits and ties. The women were in business suits.
            The boss was just (14) ___________ friendly as his letter had been. We looked (15) _____________ the offices, chatted about the business, and finally went out for lunch. They had chosen a smart restaurant nearby, where the boss was (16) _________ well known. The restaurant manager greeted him (17) ____________ name. Then he caught sight of me. He shook his head apologetically, and smiled. Sorry, he said, the house rules were quite (18) ______________. No one in jeans would be admitted.
            I (19) _____________ the way out, and we started looking for somewhere (20) ___________ to eat.


Solutions to the exercises in the previous post:

WORD FORMATION: 1. similarity  ,   2. communication  ,   3. apparently  ,   4. astonishment   ,   5. intelligence   ,   6. development   ,   7.corrections   ,   8. refusal     9. angrily

VOCABULARY:  1. A   2. C   3. D    4. B     5. A    6. B    7. C    8. B    9. C   10. A   11. C  12. D  


miércoles, 4 de enero de 2017

Tennis and swimming, the key to a longer and healthier life.

Do you want to live a longer and healthier life? Do you do any physical exercise? Which sports do you practise?

Read these articles related to the issue:

Tennis player falling like a boss

WORD FORMATION. Complete these sentences with an appropriate word formed from the word in CAPITALS.
1.      Notice the ______________ of these words.  SIMILAR
2.      Language is a means of ______________  .   COMMUNICATE
3.      Dolphins are ______________ very intelligent.    APPEAR
4.      Sagan looked at Elvar in ______________.     ASTONISH
5.      How do they show their  ______________ ?    INTELLIGENT
6.      He wanted to learn more about the _________ of a dolphin’s brain.   DEVELOP
7.      The chimp’s trainer made several  ______________.   CORRECT
8.      His ______________ to stop annoyed the chimp.     REFUSE
9.      The chimp looked at Tim  ______________ .      ANGRY

VOCABULARY. Choose the word or phrase which best completes each sentence.

1. Because the picture was not genuine, it was completely ................... .        (A  worthless    B   invaluable   C  priceless   D   valuable)
2. It was terrible. One passenger was killed, and the other was ................. injured.    (A  hardly    B   completely   C  severely   D   unusually)
3. Sorry I’m late. I had to go to the library to ........................ some books.  (A  give    B   buy   C  lend   D   return)
4. She showed a lot of ..................... in her fight against the illness.     (A  discourage    B   courage   C  courageous   D   courageously)
5. She’s got a fabulous job and she earns a great ........................ of money.   (A  deal    B   quantity   C  amount   D   level)
6. ..................... the terrible weather, the tennis tournament was cancelled.      (A  Although    B   Owing to   C  However   D   In spite of)
7. The recent .............. violence is worrying the police.     (A  increase with    B   increase of   C  increase in   D   increase about)
8. We got to the theatre just .............. to see the first scene of the play.   (A  on time    B   in time   C  at times   D   with time)
9. My uncle is great. In our family, he’s ................... his cooking.   (A  famous about    B   famous with   C  famous for   D   famous in)
10. We .................. going to the concert. The orchestra was marvellous.     (A  enjoyed     B   wanted   C  hated   D   decided)
11. They shouldn’t have .......................... the accident. It wasn’t my fault.        (A  accused me of    B   accused me with   C  blamed me for   D   blamed me with)
12. We were so busy we had to .................... going on holiday for a month.  (A  put out   B   put away   C  put down   D   put off)