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

sábado, 16 de septiembre de 2017

Our mission is coming to an end

Our mission is coming to an end, and so is Cassini space mission. Six years ago we began a long journey full of hurdles and difficulties and some of our friends were left behind. I wish you the best for this last year, but let's read about Cassini space mission, which is also dealt in today's lingohack programme:



Breaking news: Spanish national basketball team has just defeated Russian in their match for the bronze medal in the European basketball championship in the last match Juan Carlos Navarro has played for the national team. CONGRATULATIONS once again!!!!

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


Highway to Selectivity

Read the text and answer the questions about LEXICON.
The world of language learning is being transformed by rapid advances in information technology, giving students greater freedom in the way they study. Computers allow learners to choose what, when and how they study. It means that they can cut costs by staying at home to study instead of taking an expensive course, including accommodation and travel expenses. But educationists say that multimedia should only be seen as complementary to classroom teaching, not as substitute. An evidence suggests that, in saying that, teachers are not just being protective about their jobs. As ever, human contact is vital when learning a second language.
Many language schools across Europe now  have these technologies installed as a complement to classroom activities. Students can book the computer room for an hour or so and practise parts of the course that they are finding particularly difficult. "Computer allow students to consolidate language points in their own time," said one teacher of French. "People who are shy about speaking a foreign language in public in the early stages can practise without anyone hearing."
The younger generations are so familiar with the technology that they have come to expect it in any school. As time goes on and prices fall, computers will become an established part of educational process.

1. Find one synonym in the text for CHANGE
2. Find one synonym in the text for IMPROVEMENT
3. Find in the text the word that has the following definition:   "Make a reservation"
4. Find one opposite in the text for INCREASE
5. Give me the adjective that comes from 'generation'
6. Give me the opposite of 'familiar' 
7. Give me the noun that comes from 'expensive'

REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

122. Write the following sentences into REPORTED SPEECH :

1. "Other people have been to see this flat", the landlady said.
 2. "Did you smoke a lot yesterday, sir?", the doctor said.
 3. "Is there enough milk here?", I wondered.
 4. "How far is going to be the new market?", my mother said to us.
 5. "I must redecorate my house this year", she said.
 6. "Don't have so many pills if you're ill. I think you should see and ask your doctor about it", my friend said.
 *7. "Let's have a beer", I said to my mates.
 8. "What about visiting our cousins the day after tomorrow?", my sister said.

123. Write suitable questions for these answers :

   1. ______ ?      No, I'm sorry, I can't. I've got to do my homework tonight.
    2. ______ ?      No, I can't. I'm a bit afraid of the water.
    3. ______ ?      She is tall with long fair hair and big blue eyes.
    4. ______ ?      If I were you, I would take them back to the shop.
    5. ______ ?      That's all right, but try not to be late again.
    6. ______ ?      I'm sorry, she isn't at home. Can I take a message?
    7. ______ ?     Yes, I went to France last year.

Proposed solutions to exercises 120 & 121 in the previous post

Ex120   >>>   
1. She told me    2. Correct        3. said         4. How long have you been...       5. has lived
6. gave it to her        7. it may be for me   8. If you knew Peter

Ex121   (you can have other possibilities) >>>>    
1. may - might      2. needn't       3. Shall       4. Would    5. must     6. mustn't    7. cannot


domingo, 10 de septiembre de 2017

Laughing or not laughing? That is the question.

Laughing is supposed to be positive in most of the cases, but have a look at these newspaper articles and then do the listening exercise and you will discover that it is all that glitters is not gold >>>>>

REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

120. Correct the mistakes in these sentences (one in each sentence) :

    1. She said me that she was going home.
    2. The teacher asked me if I was listening to the lesson.
    3. The same teacher told we had done our homework very badly.
    4. How long you have been learning English?
    5. She's living in Paris since 1987.
    6. She asked to borrow my book and I gave to her.
    7. I'll answer the phone ‑ it can be for me.
    8. I promise I give it to you tomorrow.
    9. If you would know Peter, you would like him.

121. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate modal verb ( MAY  MIGHT  NEED  MUST  SHALL  SHOULD  WOULD  CAN ) :
     1. He __________ come tomorrow. I'm not sure; his sister ________ also come later, but it hardly ever happens.
    2. You __________ not cook today if you don't want to. We can go to a restaurant.
    3. __________ I pick your son up for you if you're tired?
    4. __________ you like another cup of tea? Yes, please.
    5. I think you __________ read more if you want to improve your English.
    6. No, sorry, you aren't allowed to. You _______ feed the animals.
    7. It's impossible! She ________ not drive better in all her life.

Proposed solutions to exercises 117, 118 & 119 in the previous post

Ex117   >>>   
1. have just heard  -   is not   -   'd like to   -  am   -    will be    -    go    -   is
2. was having   -    rang   -   woke        3. is taking         4. 'll go       5. is happening
6. still lives    -     has lived

Ex118   >>>>    
1. come  -  can introduce      2. didn't come   -   had come   -   would have introduced     
3. were   -   would go       4. don't look after   -   are   -   will have   -   get
Ex 119  >>>
1. The children have done the work.              2. The race was won by his horse. 
3. Children playing at home were breaking many things.           4. Many things had been said.  
5. The job will be done by my colleague.               6. That company might be bought by the government.


jueves, 7 de septiembre de 2017


BREAKING NEWS: Andrea Gutiérrez and Alex España have passed their B2 at the Official Language School in Motril, and so have two of our old students (Noelia Fernández and Miguel Román). Congratulations to all of them and we are still waiting for the results of those who want to take the Cambridge exams!!!!


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL MY STUDENTS, but especially to my 1º Bachillerato students, for all the comments, projects, compositions... they have done during the summer to keep and improve their level of English. 👍👍👍


This is the final summer scoreboard and some of the works they have done. Actually, I have corrected around 500 pieces of work (comments, compositions, projects, emails, exercises...)


Five compositions by Joaquín García (1º Bach A) level B2:

Some compositions, among many others:

Some projects on the readers:

School year 2017-2018:

School year 2017-2018:

miércoles, 30 de agosto de 2017

This is not life, but HELL!!!

Crowds, clocks, heat, rush hours, traffic jams... this is not life, but HELL!!! We live in a world where there is no room for solitude and time to think about life itself. How did you spend your summer? Are you looking forward to going back to the routines of the year.

Here I present you a listening exercise to do, related articles to read and a video to watch. I hope you have time to do them all and think about the issue.


Listening exercise to do: Would the world stop without clocks? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


Imagine a world with no clocks (The Independent)

Monk's search for solitude on Georgia hilltop (BBC News)



And here are 13 of the Most Isolated Places on the Planet >>>


REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

117. TENSES. Put the verbs in brackets into their correct tense :

    1/ a. I (just/hear) _____________ that my mother (not/be) _______ very well, and I (like) ________________ to go and see her.
       b. I (be) _________ sorry to hear about your mother's illness, and I (be) __________ glad that you (go) ____________ to Scotland to see how she (be) _______________.
    2/ He (have) ___________ a bad dream when the phone (ring)  __________ and (wake) ___________ him up.
    3/ a. Do you want me to take you to the airport?
       b. No, thanks. Alan (take) _____________ me.
    4/ a. We need some bread.
       b. Oh! do we? I (go) ___________ to the shop now.
    5/ Look! Something very strange (happen) __________ in the street.
    6/ She (still/live) ________________here. She (live) _____________ here for twenty‑nine years.

118. CONDITIONALS. Write the appropriate tense of the verbs in brackets:
1. If you (come) _____________ to my party next Saturday, I (can, introduce) _____________________ you to our new neighbour.
2. It was a pity you (not/come) _____________ on Saturday. If you (come) __________, I (introduce) __________ you to our neighbour.
3. Why are you so miserable? My sister says that if she (be) _________ you, she (go) ___________ away for a holiday.
4. If you (not/look after) ______________ your teeth when you (be) _________ young, you (have) _____________ trouble when you (get) _________ older.

119. PASSIVE / ACTIVE. Rewrite these sentences into the Passive or Active Voice :
1. The work has been done by the children.              2. His horse won the race. 
3. Many things were being broken by children playing at home.           4. He had said many things.  
5. My colleague will do the job.                                6. The government might buy that company.

Proposed solutions to exercises 114, 115 & 116 in the previous post

Ex114   >>>   
1. This is the bed I slept in when.. //  This is the bed where I slept when...
2. Yesterday my cousin visited his mother, who lives....
3. My father has got a Mercedes Benz, which is...
4. I think the house we are looking at is too expensive.
5. I wouldn't read a book, whose writer has been.....
Ex115   >>>>    
1. Milk isn't sold in that shop.      2. The dinner was being cooked when...      
3. Has my brother been seen at school?     4. An orange cannot be eaten if it hasn't been peeled before.
5. We were given some books for you. //  Some books were given to us for you.
Ex 116  >>>
1. Do you believe that some people can predict (foretell) the future?
2. I'm afraid that I was getting ready to go home.
3. I need a new dress for the party, have you got a green one?
4. In five years (In five years' time) I may buy a new car.
5. When you were working in the office which is next to the supermarket, did you ever take part in the demonstrations?
6. When I get older I'll stop playing rugby.
7. If you drive when you are drunk, you will probably have an accident.
8. As soon as I arrive at school I will talk to the teacher.
9. In Cádiz a lot of ships are built.
10. Your father would love to work in another company.
11. My brother wanted you to go and see (meet) him this afternoon.
12. Do you get up as soon as you wake up?
13. Will you keep on working when you are 60?
14. They found out that you did not do the exam.
15. Do you think you will have enough sugar for the cake? There isn't too much sugar, but you needn't buy any more.

The English We Speak: Jiggery-pokery (BBC Learning English)

lunes, 28 de agosto de 2017

Latest viral video to watch!!!

People just go bananas these days making videos and uploading them onto Youtube or any other digital platform hoping them to become the most watched videos, that is to say, viral even if it is his own baby who smashed the family TV set or if one of his neighbours bumped its car into a street lamp. We may laugh now, but in the mean time we are just waiting for the next one, like the water bottle flip challenge.

Do you know what the yellow-highlighted words mean? Try to use them in your next comment or composition.


Here are some articles to read about the issue:


Listening exercise to do: What makes a video go viral? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

114. RELATIVE CLAUSES. Insert the second sentence into the first one by means of a relative clause:
    1. This is the bed. I slept in this bed when I came last Thursday.
    2. My cousin visited his mother yesterday. She lives in Liverpool.
    3. My fater has got a Mercedes Benz. It is a famous car make from Germany.
    4. I think the house is too expensive. We were looking at the house.
    5. I wouldn't read a book. Its writer has been in prison for murder.
115. Put the following sentences into the PASSIVE VOICE:

    1. They don't sell milk in that shop.
    2. My mother was cooking the dinner when I went into the kitchen.
    3. Have you seen my brother at school ?
    4. One cannot eat an orange if nobody has peeled it before.
    5. They gave us some books for you. (two passives)

116. Translate the following sentences into English:
    1. ¿Cree usted que alguna gente puede predecir el futuro? Creo que sí.
    2. Me temo que me estaba preparando para irme a casa.
    3. Necesito un vestido nuevo para la fiesta, ¿tienes uno verde?
    4. En cinco años puede que me compre un coche nuevo.
    5. Cuando trabajabas en la oficina que está junto al supermercado, ¿tomaste alguna vez parte en manifestaciones?
    6. Cuando me haga mayor dejaré de jugar al rugby.
    7. Si conduces cuando estás bebido probablemente tendrás un accidente.
    8. Tan pronto como llegue al colegio hablaré con el profesor.
    9. En Cádiz se construyen muchos barcos.
    10. A tu padre le encantaría trabajar en otra compañía.
    11. Mi hermano quería que fueras a verle esta tarde.
    12. ¿Te levantas tan pronto como te despiertas?
    13. ¿Seguirás trabajando hasta que tengas 60 años?
    14. Ellos descubrieron que tú no hiciste el examen.
    15. ¿Crees que tendrás bastante azúcar para el pastel? No hay demasiada azúcar, pero no hace falta que compres más.

Proposed solutions to exercises 111, 112 & 113 in the previous post

Ex111   >>>   
1. How long have you studied English? I have studied English for 10 years / since 2007   
I started learning English ten years ago.

Ex112   >>>>    
1. if he didn't so much homework.     2. if I knew he was going to put an exercise on the conditional sentences.    
3. I would have passed      4. he will buy tickets for Roland Garros.     5. he would drive faster.   6. it boils.
Ex 113  >>>
1. David told Liz she should have told that to her family.      
2. The mother asked her daughter why she hadn't waited for her at the hairdresser's.     
3. Brian told his son to go there and not to cry any more.
4. Peter asked a friend if he thought they might help them.
5. Sandy asked John why his sister didn't work harder.
6. Arthur told Mr Steele he would work the following day and he wouldn't be late.