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, 18 de febrero de 2017

Love is not all you need

Teenagers must be very careful when having a relationship in order to avoid any kind of abuse. Some interesting articles to read:


Modal verbs: MAY, MIGHT & COULD  >>>  you can revise them here.


Listening exercise to do: How romance ruined love (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)  


Will it be plain sailing for Phil? Another episode in our latest drama series from BBC Learning English  >>>   The Race (episode 2)


VOCABULARY. Which is the word or phrase in each group that does not belong?

1. steep   -   flat   -   high   -   tall    ................... 
2. sleep     -   nap  -   wake  -   dream    .................. 
3. success    -   power   -   wealth   -   failure   ..................... 
4. deny  -   admit   -    confess    -   reveal    ..................... 
5. deny   -   admit   -  cover up   -   hide   ........................ 
6. find out  -  discover  -  learn  -  cover up  ................... 
7. exhausted   -   tired   -   awake   -   sleepy   ..................

SOLUTIONS to the USE OF ENGLISH exercise in the previous post: 

1. He hasn’t visited us for a long time.   2. It isn’t warm enough to ...    3. I prefer to stay...
4. What a beautiful day!    5. In spite of feeling ill, ...   6. It was such an awful meal that ...
7. Haven’t you finished your homework yet?     8. Jane invited Anne to stay for dinner.
9. Your bicycle will get stolen.     10. This is the first time I've been to a safari.   11. Simon denied taking the money.

jueves, 16 de febrero de 2017

GAME OF THRONES, a hacked story?

It seems to be that this famous series is really based on historical facts (Game of Thrones):

Well, two years ago this was the topic of a Selectivity exam. Have a look at it and try to do it and you'll see how important it is to read regularly authentic English in the press or whereever>>>>


You can do this crossword on MILITARY WORDS 

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT  >>>>  Instructions to the English exam in the New Selectivity exam in Andalucia.


Rewrite these sentences using the beginnings given.

1. It is a long time since he last visited us.    He hasn’t...
2. It is too cold to go swimming today.    It isn’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 ....’ exclaimed George.
5. Although he felt ill, Jeremy still went to school.    In spite ...
6. The meal was so awful that they refused to pay the bill.    It was ...
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 in the next post 


Episode 170215 / 15 February 2017   >>>  Expressions presented: fall from grace, rip-off goods & a range of.
SOLUTIONS to the VOCABULARY exercises in the previous post:  2. make 3. brand  4. heavy  5. ruins 6. fit   7. hard  8. desire  9. average  10. seriously  11. discover

MAKE...a mistake, a decision, trouble, progress, money, the beds, a noise, a cake
DO....  harm, the washing-up, well, the cooking, the housework, homework, someone a favour

sábado, 11 de febrero de 2017

Car-free cities in the future?

What will our future cities be like?

Will we ever get a truly car-free city? (The Guardian)

Articles to read related to the topic:

Listening exercise to do: Can you trust your own eyes? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) 

And here's the latest drama series from BBC Learning English  >>>   The Race (episode 1)





VOCABULARY. Word combinations. Choose the correct responses.

1. Your marks are OK, but there is still ................... for improvement.   (A  area    B   room   C  space   D   place)

2. The course was so difficult that I didn't .................. any progress at all.    (A  make    B   do   C  create   D   produce)
3. The manufacturers are advertising a new ........................ of soap powder.  (A  mark    B   brand   C  pack   D   box)
4. Caring for her younger brothers is a  ..................... burden for her, but she never complains.     (A  sour    B   bitter   C  large   D   heavy)
5. I'm tired of looking at ancient ........................ Let's go somewhere modern.   (A  foundations    B   remnants   C  ruins   D   constructions)
6. I've put on so much weight that my clothes don't ..................... me any more.      (A  match    B   suit   C  agree with   D   fit)
7. Getting divorced was a ............ decision for us to make, but I'm sure it was the right one.     (A  hard    B   firm   C  strong   D   large)
8. He has a very strong ................ to see his country again.        (A  desire      B   want   C  liking   D   feeling)
9. The ................... age of the population in most western countries is rising fast.   (A  medium    B   general   C  average   D   middle)
10. Several soldiers were .................. wounded in the battle. They needed a lot of help.     (A  completely     B   hardly   C  seriously   D   utterly)
11. Scientists everywhere are trying to .......................... a cure for AIDS.        (A  conclude    B   invent   C  discover   D   make)


__________ harm     _________ a mistake    _________ the washing-up    __________ a decision
__________ trouble     _________ progress    _________ well    __________ money
__________ the beds     _________ the cooking    _________ a noise    __________ a cake
__________ the housework     _________ homework    _________ someone a favour 

Solutions in the next post

martes, 7 de febrero de 2017

Highway to... B2 in English

HIGHWAY TO... B2 in English >>  link to my site  

I will be accumulating in my site all the links to posts in this blog where you can find exercises preparing for the B2 or any other interesting information about the topic:

Watch this video about LINKING WORDS OF CONDITION (English Grammar Lesson, Anglolink):

You can also watch this episode:  CONDITIONALS    

SOLUTIONS to the USE OF ENGLISH exercise in the previous post: 
1. guilty    2. to   3. complaining   4. which    5. failed   6. unable   7. accompanied  8. about  9. being  10. made  11. from   12. such    13. except   14. had   15. way   16. rather   17. client  18. whole  9. income  20. food

lunes, 6 de febrero de 2017

Improving your English with Sites Maps!!!

Here's a new section in BBC Learning English where you can search for a grammatical, lexical... aspect of the English language, according to your level of English:




For example, if you want to work with suffixes in English, here's a very interesting link: SUFFIXES 




Listening exercise to do: Why do cities make us rude? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) and why does the countryside help you relax? Do you prefer the countryside or the big city? a village or a city?


Related BBC World Service podcast  >>>  Why do cities make us rude? 


The Why Factor (BBC World Service)  (good site to listen to podcasts about interesting topics)


Learn about how to ask natives anything!! with Lucy  >>>




USE OF ENGLISH. Fill in the numbered gaps with appropriate words. Here are 10 of the missing words:  way ,  client ,  from ,  to  ,  complaining ,  accompanied  ,   made  ,   food  ,  about  ,  except

A 72-year-old widow, Mrs Frances Smith, pleaded (1) ______________ yesterday to causing unnecessary suffering (2) _______________ seventeen of the forty-four poodles which she kept in her small three-bedroomed house in the village of Wheatley.
 The court was told that Mrs Smith's neighbours began (3) ______________ to her more than six months ago about the dogs and the conditions in (4) ______________ they were kept. However, she (5) ______________ to do anything about it. Finally, one of the neighbours,  (6) ______________ to put up with the noise of the dogs barking all night, called in the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
An RSPCA inspector, (7) ______________ by a police officer, called on Mrs Smith last month and told her (8) ______________  the complaints. She claimed that she had only thirty dogs and they were all  (9) ______________  looked after very well. However, when a search was (10) ______________, it turned out that she had forty-four dogs, all of whom were in very poor condition, suffering (11) ______________ neglect and malnutrition.
The RSPCA inspector, Mr Tom Watson, told the court that seventeen of the dogs were in (12) ______________ a poor state that they had to be destroyed. All the others (13) ______________  one were found good homes. Mr James Douglas, defending Mrs Smith, said that she (14) ______________ never intended to harm the animals in any (15) ______________ . 'This case calls for understanding (16) ______________ than punishment. My (17) ______________  is a lonely confused old woman (18) ______________ only companions were her dogs. Her only (19) ______________  was a small pension, almost all of which she used to purchase (20) ______________ for them,' he said. 

Solutions in the next post

SOLUTIONS to the exercises in the previous post: 
Passive sentence into the active voice: Authorities expect hundreds of millions of people to be on the move this week.
A>> 1. of    2. to, about   4. from     5. for   6. from   7. with  8. for  9. about  10. in
B>> 1. complaints    2. barking    3.neighbourhood   4. defence     5. cruelty   6. intention   7. understanding  8. guilty  9. permission  10. decision 


Episode 170201 / 01 February 2017   >>>  Expressions presented: outrageous, looking into & hermit.

lunes, 30 de enero de 2017

Chinese on the move!!!!

Why are there so many Chinese people travelling? Because they are heading home for the Chinese New Year. It is the Year of the Rooster.

Here are some articles to read about the issue:

How would you transform this passive sentence into the active voice?
Hundreds of millions of people are expected to be on the move this week.

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


Rachel's English (American English) episode is dealing this time with the phrasal verbs we can form with the verb HOLD.



A. VERBS AND PREPOSITIONS. Complete these sentences with the correct preposition.

1. Mrs Smith was accused ...... treating her dogs badly.
2. Many of her neighbours had complained ....... her ...... this.
3. The forty-four dogs all belonged ....... her.
4. The dogs suffered ....... malnutrition.
5. Her neighbours blamed her ...... the poor condition of the dogs.
6. They wanted to prevent her  ....... getting any more.
7. In court, she was charged ...... causing the dogs unnecessary suffering.
8. Sometimes people are fined large sums of money ....... this.
9. The court has not yet decided ...... her case.
10. The judge, however,  has said that he does not believe .......... punishment in cases like this.

B. VOCABULARY. Complete the following sentences with the correct form of the word in CAPITALS.

1. She had ignored her neighbours' ..............         COMPLAIN
2. They had been disturbed by the dog's ............         BARK
3. It could be heard all over the  ..............         NEIGHBOUR
4. Her lawyer said in her ....... that she was lonely and confused.      DEFEND
5. He said this was not a case of deliberate ......    CRUEL
6. In other words, she had no  ....... of causing any suffering.      INTEND
7. He said he hoped the court would show some .......... of her condition.      UNDERSTAND
8. However, the court found her  .......      GUILT
9. The judge gave her ........  to keep only one dog for ten years.     PERMIT
10. Do you agree with this .......... ?   DECIDE

Solutions in the next post

SOLUTIONS to the Vocabulary exercise in the previous post: 
1. unexpectedly    2. informative    3.action   4. lengthens     5. suitable

Extremely important piece of news for our students in

Bachillerato (New Selectivity Exam)  >>

miércoles, 25 de enero de 2017

Roger & Rafa, the old rockers are back!!

And both of them reached the final after beating Wawrinka and Dimitrov. The final was a great 5-set match where Federer managed to overcome a 1-3 in the final set and defeat Nadal. Thanks to both of them for such incredible tennis moments!!!


Federer and Nadal are already in the semi-finals in the Australian Open, so we may have another final between them.

Articles to read:

Roger Federer into Australian Open semis after win over Mischa Zverev (The Guardian)

Rafael Nadal revival rolls on with win over Milos Raonic at Australian Open (The Guardian)

VOCABULARY  >>>>  The word in capitals at the end of each of the following sentences can be used to form a word that fits suitably in the blank space. Fill each blank in this way.

Example: My teacher ................ me to take this examination.  COURAGE   (solution: encouraged)

1. We always have a bed ready in the spare room in case visitors arrive .............  EXPECT
2. The book does not say much about the prices, but is very ............ about everything else.  INFORM
3. The government is expected to take ........... against the level of unemployment.   ACT
4. They have added three new songs to the show, which ........... it by about fifteen minutes.    LONG
5. I am looking for a ........... gift for an old lady.    SUIT

Solutions in the next post   

SOLUTIONS to the WISHES AND REGRETS exercise in the previous post: 

1. I wish it had snowed in Salobreña yesterday.    2. If only I had a lot of money.
3. I wish I knew the answer to that question.      4. If only I didn't have to work in this terrible place.
5. I wish I could help you.    6. If only I were rich.  7. Don't you wish you could drive?
118. I wish I could speak English perfectly.  


Episode 170125 / 25 January 2017   >>>  Expressions presented: premature, wholesome & obesity.

jueves, 19 de enero de 2017

Hi, Duck!! What is your most prized possession?

Here's a funny way to greet: Duck! that is analysed in the section The English We Speak (BBC Learning English)

What other greetings you know?  Here are some  >>>   CU l8r, alligator! , In a while, crocodile! ,  what's up? , Cheers! , Cheerio!...

To duck or not to duck     >>>>   Here's Daffy Duck in an amazing cartoon.

Is it duck season or rabbit season?  Click here.

Learn about Lucy's prized possession


It is snowing all over Europe, even in Spain, in parts you would never imagine. At school yesterday we could see some snowflakes falling and we can see all the mountains around us full of snow. What a gorgeous landscape! Here's an article to read about these incredible weather conditions and its consequences:

Italy avalanche rescuers: we’ve called out but heard no replies, no voices (The Guardian)

Listening exercise to do: Life on the edge (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

WISHES AND REGRETS  >>>>  Finish each sentence so that it means more or less the same thing as the one before it:

1. It didn't snow in Salobreña yesterday.    >>>>    I wish.....
2. I'm sorry I haven't got a lot of money.    >>>>>   If only.......
3. What a pity I don't have the answer to that question.    >>>>>   I wish.......
4. I'm sorry I have to work in this terrible place.    >>>>>   If only.......
5. I'm sorry that I can't help you.    >>>>>   I wish.......
6. I'd like to be rich, but I'm not.    >>>>>   If only .......
7. Don't you think it's a pity you can't drive?    >>>>>   Don't you wish.......?
8. I'm sorry I can't speak English perfectly.    >>>>>   I wish .......

Solutions in the next post   

SOLUTIONS to the Use of English exercise in the previous post: 
1. It isn't warm/hot enough to go swimming today.    2. He hasn't visited us for a long time.
3. I prefer staying/to stay stay at home than going/to go to a bad film.// staying at home to going to a bad film.
4. 'What a beautiful day!' exclaimed George.     5. In spite of feeling ill / of the fact that he felt ill,....
6. It was such an awful meal that they refused ......  7. Haven't you finished your homework yet?
8. Jane invited Anne to stay for/to dinner.    9. Your bicycle will be stolen unless you lock it.
10. This is the first time (that) I have been to a safari park.  11. Simon denied taking /that he had taken the money.

English at university: Emergency (episode 18)


Episode 170118 / 18 January 2017   >>>  Expressions presented: predominantly, devastating, cited & controversial.

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