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, 22 de abril de 2018

Earth Day 2018

Here are two related articles you can read and a radio podcast you can listen to:


Activities for my 2º ESO students:  What can you do to save the Earth? Use the future tenses learned, real conditionals and hypothetical conditionals.


Here's a listening exercise to do: Microadventures! (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

FUN ENGLISH LESSON with Big Bang Theory & Star Wars

Here's a new section in BBC Learning English: The Experiment. The first unit deals with...

... What they really mean: Suggestions as instructions

And, by the way, Nadal has done it again on clay!!!

Nadal beats Nishikori to win Monte Carlo Masters (2018) USA Today



Masters 1000 de Monte-Carlo: Rafael Nadal l'emporte (L'Équipe)

viernes, 20 de abril de 2018

Some advice for your fellow students 2018

The school year is coming to an end and I would like you to read old students' advice (and here) and then give some advice to the students that will follow your steps. Try to be sincere and, using appropriate advice structures, tell them what they should do. Include the level you are referring to at the beginning of your comment.

Activities for my 2º ESO students:  What would you do if you were in 3º ESO now? Tell me the things you are doing next year (already arranged), the things you are going to do (plans, decisions) and some general predictions about what will happen.

For example, this is Albert telling you about next year:

1. We are reading Factfiles - England in the first term (here's the list of textbooks for school year 2017-2018)

2. I'm going to put more exercises in my site to help my students.

3. I think my students will get much better results because they will be more responsible. 



Here's an example. Pay attention to the structures used and also have a look at this (and then listen to the episode)

Other examples:
I'm a student of 2º ESO and I would like to give you some advice if you are in 2º ESO next year with Albert:

  • I think you should....
  • You must....
  • You have to.....
  • Study everyday...
  • Don't  keep your things untidy....
  • If I were you, I would....
  • You'd better.... 
  • And remember TO ADVISE, SPELT WITH AN S, IS THE VERB (I'd advise you to do sth) and ADVICE, SPELT WITH A C, IS AN UNCOUNTABLE NOUN (My piece of advice for you is...  OR I will give you some advice about...)

 Write a comment giving your advice and tell me if you find any other useful structure or vocabulary connected with the issue.

Read this article connected with the issue:

Bill Gates Shares His Best Advice for Students

Here's a listening exercise to do: How do you learn to speak a language? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

English with Lucy   >>>  MISS or LOSE or MISSING? - Differences and Collocations



The English We Speak: Rub it in (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


  • Episode 180404 / 04 April 2018    >>>  Turning bread into beer to fight food waste   -  Language related to 'Food waste'.  Need-to-know language: stale bread, leftover (adjective), niche & raising awareness.


martes, 10 de abril de 2018

Self-driving cars will also drive us round the bend

Yes, self-driving cars will also send us round the bell (check the meaning of this idiom), just like the people who come with you in the car sometimes do. Another good expression to learn is 'to drive someone crazy' (here's the song She drives me crazy by Fine Young Cannibals)

And here's English with Lucy talking about 10 grammar errors that drive British people crazy  >>>>

Read this related article:

Our Googledrivers will send us round the bend (The Times)

And some others:

Activities for my 2º ESO students:  What would you do if you had a robot? Will your life be easier or more difficult if you have a robot at home? Have you got any kind of robot now? You can watch this New That's English episode.

Here's a listening exercise to do: Robot therapist (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


Most important information regarding grants for our 1º and 2º ESO students (for further information, here's my site)


El B.O.E. del 7 de abril de 2018 publicó el Extracto de la Resolución de 22 de febrero de 2018 de la Secretaría de Estado de Educación, Formación Profesional y Universidades por la que se convocan ayudas para participar en un Programa de Inmersión Lingüística en colonias de vacaciones, organizado por el Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte para el verano de 2018.

          El plazo de solicitud se encuentra abierto desde hoy 9 de abril, y hasta el 30 de este mismo mesy podrá formularse a través de estos enlaces de la web del Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte:    

            En los siguientes enlaces de la web del Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte puede accederse a información más detallada, así como a los mencionados enlaces de inscripción:

And now let's relax and learn English with Ed Sheeran 'Shape of You'


  • Episode 280307 / 28 March 2018    >>>  Cross-border sugar fix   -  Language related to 'Taxation'.  Need-to-know language: sugar tax, half the price, revenue-raising measure, policies & fall in consumption.

viernes, 6 de abril de 2018

"How!", said the Indian chief.

We have learnt so many fake stories all along our lives. Some may be true, some may be false. Here are some fascinating stories of the Native American Indians and how the White men came into scene.

Some related articles to read:


Activities for my 2º ESO students:  What can you tell me about the Indians? What did you know? and what have you learned in this post?   Watch the video about the differences between American and English food and tell me which you prefer. 


Video to watch: America's Great Indian Nations - Full Documentary  

A Major Clash of Cultures | Native American History


War of 1812 in the Old Northwest

Here's an example of the speeches recorded to Indian chiefs   >>>  Chief Joseph Speech - Nez Perce (other Indian Speeches

Here's a listening exercise to do: Hello, hello (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

English with Lucy:  Top 10 American vs. British food differences   


  • Episode 280307 / 28 March 2018    >>>  Cross-border sugar fix   -  Language related to 'Taxation'.  Need-to-know language: sugar tax, half the price, revenue-raising measure, policies & fall in consumption.

lunes, 2 de abril de 2018

Happy 600!!!

Incredible, but true!!! This is the post number 600 since we set off on this digital journey 8 years ago, so congratulations to everyone because I keep on working on it since I see that my students use it and how useful it is for our teaching-learning process of the English language. Even some of you have created your own blogs and sites, and I feel really proud of you all.

Anyway, here is a most important piece of news for our students:

REMINDERS FOR OUR STUDENTS >>>>>> B1 & B2 exams!!!!

You can register for the B1 and B2 exams as freelance student (estudiante libre) from 2nd April to 16th April.

Here's the LINK to the website of the Official Language School in Motril.

And you must also remember that you can apply to be an official student next school year from 1st May to 22nd May. Here's the LINK

Here's a listening exercise to do: How do you learn to speak a language? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)



Activities for my 2º ESO students:  What are your plans for the future, especially this summer? What have you already arranged to do this weekend? And what are your predictions for your future life (studies, job, family)? You will have to use all the future tenses we are going to analyse in Unit 6 and remember we are starting Unit 6 this week.



Have a look at this and then try with some exercises to practise:  FUTURE SIMPLE   ,   GOING TO FUTURE  &  PRESENT CONTINUOUS with a future meaning.

Learn English with the Big Bang Theory - The Bullies


  • Episode 210307 / 21 March 2018    >>>  Sao Paulo's high-flying commute   -  Language related to 'New business ideas'.  Need-to-know language: shake up, giving it a shot, a viable alternative & a pie in the sky.


domingo, 1 de abril de 2018

FALKIRK, history and modernity

Falkirk may instantly remind you of the famous battle of Falkirk between the Scots and the English. Here's an extract of the film Braveheart:

Braveheart ~Battle of Falkirk 1298

Well, actually, that is not really what happened. Watch this other commented video.

But that is the past, here's the Falkirk Wheel as a landmark to stay for ever, made to commemorate the new Millenium  >>> Archimedes and a Boat Lift: the Falkirk Wheel

Other videos related to the Falkirk Wheel:   1   2   3   4   

Here are other solutions found in the past  >>>  The Famous Fort Augustus Locks:  1  2   

During my latest Scottish experience I came across several new expressions and words, a really interesting cookery channel (Classic Mary Berry):

  • Two examples of this BBC celebrity: a retro version and a nowadays version:

Mary Berry's Easter Feast (part one)

 & some delicious easy beef burgers.

  • New expressions and words connected with the road/traffic:

- CITY BYPASS is a synonym for ring road.

- How would you say this expression in Spanish: GIVE WAY? and what does the expression GIVE WAY TO ONCOMING VEHICLES mean?

- Be careful with the word DIVERSION. It is a false friend. Another expression is DIVERTED TRAFFIC.

- What is A BLIND SUMMIT? (Blind summits ahead)

  • And, by the way, do you know what a 'front-line teacher' is? Albert is one, for example.


And finally here's an interesting episode by Joel & Lia to watch: Questions Brits Have For Americans!


  • Episode 140307 / 14 March 2018    >>>  Rescuing crumbling Paris landmark   -  Language related to 'Buildings'.  Need-to-know language: chunks, flying buttress, brace, Gothic masonry & crumbles.

miércoles, 14 de marzo de 2018

Stephen Hawking, a unique brain.

Stephen Hawking, the man who was expected to live two or three more years at the most when he was 21, according to doctors, has passed away today, on π Day (Pi Day, pronouncing it like 'pie').


Hawking suffered from a rare early-onset, slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, known in Spanish as 'ELA') that gradually paralysed him over the decades. At the time of his death, he was still able to communicate using a single cheek muscle attached to a speech-generating device. Hawking has died today, 14th March 2018, at the age of 76.


And now 10 Amazing Facts about Pi.


But let's go back to Stephen Hawking and his big ideas >>>

Here are other interesting videos to watch:


Best of Big Bang Theory - "Stephen Hawking"


Some articles to read now:

A film has even been made about this unique physicist: The Theory of Everything  


jueves, 8 de marzo de 2018

NO CHEWING GUM, but shoe soles!!!

"No chewing Gum!!!" That would be the classical start of one of our English classes at school. However, this act of throwing it away can turn out to be a green act, as a fantastic way to recycle it has just been discovered so as to make shoe soles and many other items out of this sticky litter we usually come across on the pavements and that are such a nuisance for city councils.

Here are some articles to read about the issue:

Activities for my 2º ESO students:  Apart from talking about chewing gums, can you tell me the different ways of transport you can use to cross the English Channel? Which British cities do you go from and to which European cities can you go to?

Phrasal verbs: put sth/so up (KSA Academy Granada)



  • Episode 180307 / 07 March 2018    >>>  Turning chewing gum into useful objects   -  Language related to 'Recycling'.  Need-to-know language: litter, versatile, to hammer home, new lease of life & eye-catching.


A good expression to learn: A taste of your own medicine (The English We Speak)

sábado, 3 de marzo de 2018

Wearables to help and save patients

It's just amazing how technology can help us!!!! Now when you go jogging you will probably have some kind of gadget on you to know how much you have run, how many calories you have burnt, your heart rate... and so on. By the end of the week certain apps report you how much exercise you have done and what you should do. 


Well, now, stroke patients (can you define what a stroke patient is?) can carry some wearable tech which will give vital data to the doctor.

Some interesting articles for you to read:

Living Alone & Moving Abroad | Teatime with English with Lucy!

Let's revise verbs that are followed by an -ING form or by an infinitive: Exercise to do (British Council)

What's the difference between these two sentences?
1. Sometimes people are stopped for speeding.
2. Sometimes people are stopped by speeding.


  • Episode 180228 / 28 February 2018    >>>  Wearable tech aids stroke patients   -  Language related to 'Health'.  Need-to-know language: vital signs, monitor (their) progress, speed (her) recovery, medical team & heart rate.
Another post related with wearable technology:


A stroke patient is a patient who has suffered a sudden change in the blood supply to a part of the brain, sometimes causing a loss of the ability to move particular parts of the body. (Example: "He suffered a stroke that left him unable to speak for a while")

miércoles, 28 de febrero de 2018

Do you fancy mermaiding?


You have probably read or watched the Disney film The Little Mermaid, or the film Splash starred by Tom Hanks and Daryl Hanna, but what does it really mean 'mermaiding'? Some would rather say our English teacher is a beached sperm whale than a little mermaid. 😂😂😂😂😂😂


By the way, do you know where the little mermaid is?

Here's a listening exercise to do: Swimming like a mermaid (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


Here are some articles you can read about the issue:

Here's an interesting site Eva, the Practicum student from the University of Granada who is coming to our school lately, has provided me with:

Learn English Teens (BRITISH COUNCIL)

BBC English Accent | Tutorial

Let's revise this grammatical issue doing these exercises:

Activities for my 2º ESO students:  You can do this exercise on the PAST CONTINUOUS >>>>

Solutions to VOCABULARY exercises in the previous post.

25.  1. deal (got very little) 2. deal (a great .... of) 3. warnings (issued)  4. way (of life)  5. relationship (with)    6. park (drove; half an hour)   7. idea (have ... a rough)  8. prescription (sleeping pills; doctor)

lunes, 26 de febrero de 2018

Barking trains

This is no fake news!!! In Japan they have invented barking trains so as to prevent collisions with animals, such as deer, on the tracks.

Here are some related articles you can read:


English with Lucy   >>>  STUPID English mistakes



25. Identify the correct word combination in each sentence. Circle both clues and the correct responses. 

1. I paid a lot of money, but got very little for it. So, from my point of view, it wasn't a very good ...................    (A  exchange    B   rate   C  value   D   deal)
2. They had a great .................. of trouble getting through customs.    (A  lot    B   level   C  quantity   D   deal)
3. The police have issued ........................ to local shopkeepers to be on the lookout for thieves(A  complaints    B   warnings   C  advice   D   information)
4. When you stay in a country for some time you get used to the people's  ..................... of life.     (A  habit    B   custom   C  way   D   system)
5. Suzanne had had a special ........................ with her aunt ever since her mother died.   (A  affection    B   sense   C  relationship   D   feeling)
6. I drove around the town for half an hour, but couldn't find a car .....................       (A  park    B   garage   C  plan   D   parking)
7. Have you a rough ............ of how many people are coming to the party?     (A  hope    B   imagination   C  thought   D   idea)
8. You can't get sleeping pills unless you go to the doctor and get a ................         (A  receipt      B   bill   C  prescription   D   recipe)

Solutions to VOCABULARY exercises in the previous post.

24. 1. exchange    2. bargain    3. deal      4. change    5. rate   6. opinion   7. advice   8. mind  9. intention   10. meaning


  • Episode 180221 / 21 February 2018    >>>  A new scheme to encourage old play   -  Language related to 'Social improvement'.  Need-to-know language: pilot scheme, gain traction, draw inspiration from, government guidelines & to champion.

Activities for my 2º ESO students:  Do you know any old games your parents or your grandparents used to play when they were young? Ask them and write about the games they used to play and the games you play now. 

Have a look at these STREET GAMES.

sábado, 24 de febrero de 2018

Teachers armed with...

... books, pencils, values, etc NOT WITH GUNS!!! Schools are not the Far West, where cowboys used to solve every matter shooting.

Here's a real cowboy, John Wayne, and the way he solved matters. Is this what we want for our schools?

And here's Gary Cooper in High Noon (Click here to watch the full movie). Again any resemblance with a school?



Here are some related articles to read about the issue:

What is the verb that comes from the adjective 'deterrent'? How would you say in English: "La alarma disuadirá a los ladrones de entrar en la casa".

Activities for my 2º ESO students:  What would you like your teacher to be like?



24. Fill in the gaps with these words:     bargain  ,  deal ,  exchange ,  change  ,   rate  

1. There was a fascinating ________________ of views in the debate.
2. It was quite cheap. It was a tremendous _______________ in fact.
3. Let's make a _______________ . You have my sweater, and I'll have your jeans.
4. This isn't the right _______________ . I gave you twenty pounds, not ten!
5. What's the _____________ for dollars today?

And now with:     advice   ,   intention  ,   meaning  ,   mind   ,   opinion

6. In my ___________, I think that marriage is definitely a good thing.
7. I took my mother's ______________ . I didn't get married until I was twenty-five.
8. I can't make up my _____________ whether to get married or not.
9. I have no ____________ of ever getting married.
10. Marriage? My husband doesn't understand the real _____________ of the word!

Solutions to  VOCABULARY exercises in the previous post.

A. 1. borrow    2. lend    3. lend      4. lent    5. borrow   6. borrowing   7. lending
B. 1. fault   2. mistake   3. fault  4. error   5. mistake  6. error/mistake

Here you can read about the difference between error and mistake.   FAULT/ERROR/MISTAKE, further explanation and exercises.

domingo, 18 de febrero de 2018

Drones, the solution or ....???


Becas inmersión lingüística BACHILLERATO

Here's a listening exercise to do: The rise of drones (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)



The future of flying robots (TED talk)


You can read about the issue in the following articles:


Related post: Travelling to Ibiza and Dronies


Secret British Accent Pronunciation Training




A. Complete the following sentences with the correct form of 'lend' or 'borrow'.

1. Could I ............... some money from you?
2. Could you ................. me some money? If you can't, I will have to ask for a loan.
3. Could you .................. me a hand with my English homework?
4. I ................... my brother-in-law a lot of money last month and he still hasn't paid it back.
5. If you're short of money, why don't you ............. some from the bank?
6. I don't believe in .............. money from my friends.
7. I don't believe in ............... money to other people, not even my friends.

Pay attention to the expressions marked in red and tell me what they mean.

B. Complete the following sentences with 'fault', 'error' or 'mistake'.

1. Federer missed the second serve, so he committed a double ...............
2. I took someone else's coat by ................. 
3. The accident wasn't my ................
4. The letter was sent to you in .................
5. It was a big .................... to pay so much for your car.
6. Look! Here's another spelling .............. in this stupid book!

Activities for my 2º ESO students:  What were you and your family doing yesterday at 9 p.m.? Use different verbs even if it i not true.