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

jueves, 20 de julio de 2017

Are you lost?

How do lost cats and dogs find their way home?  When you are visiting a city, are you good at finding your way to the hotel?  Have you ever been lost? What did you do?

Article to read >>>

The Amazing Science Behind Pets That Find Their Way Home (Time Magazine)


Video about >>>  How Do Animals Find Their Way Home Without GPS?



By the way, what does 'stray cat/dog' mean?

Listening exercise to do: How do pets navigate? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

How do you call the person who navigates? And in a bus or a coach?

Last year we visited Dublin on our V Trip to the British-Irish Isles, the hometown of Oscar Wilde. Here I present you with one of his most famous comedies.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Part 1: Earnest or Ernest?   (Parts 2 & 3)   Dramas from BBC Learning English

Ernest is a proper name, but do you know the meaning of the adjective 'earnest'? Misunderstanding is one of the techniques used in this comedy to make us laugh.

REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

87. TENSES. Put the verbs in brackets into the correct tense (the last sentences are conditionals):

1. I hope I (pass)_________________ this exam.
2. One day the tape recorder (break down) ________________ when I (listen) _______________ to the tape of the Hound of the Baskervilles.
3. I (study) ______________________ English for two hours every day this summer.
4. I always (come) ____________________ to school by  bus when it (rain) _______________.
5. The injured man couldn't walk and had (carry) ___________________ away.
6. If you (go) ________________ away, please write to me.
7. If you (be) __________________ at home when I went, I would have given you a cake.
8. If you didn't speak so loudly, I (listen) _____________________  perfectly to the radio.
9. If the exam (be) __________________ not so difficult, I would do it.

88. Insert the second sentences into the first ones by means of a RELATIVE CLAUSE.

1. The post is about Roger Federer's eighth title in Wimbledon.  This is the only major tennis tournament on grass.
2. I've just read an article about Roger Federer. His family was watching the Wimbledon final.
3. Have you ever been to the lake? Nessy usually swims there.
4. Queen Elisabeth II lives in Buckhingham Palace.It is just 300 metres far from Trafalgar Square.
5. The detective was questioning the men. I had been speaking with them the day before.


lunes, 17 de julio de 2017

Roger Federer, the most talented tennis player of all times?

Indeed he is Roger, the GR-eight, the King of Grass!! What a superb return he has made this season after winning in the Australian Open and in Wimbledon!!!

Some related articles to read:

Roger Federer stands tallest of all as Wimbledon’s history man (The Guardian)

Roger Federer, at 35, wins Wimbledon for a record eighth time (The Washington Post)

After winning 15 majors, people said...

Now that he has won 19 majors... here's

John McEnroe poem about Roger Federer Comeback 2017 

Wimbledon 2017 Federer Tennis Channel interview 


And our Spanish Queen of Grass >>>

Garbiñe Muguruza banishes nerves to write her name in Wimbledon gold (The Guardian)

Very interesting grammar point to revise: How to use 'yet' (Learners' Questions, BBC Learning English) 

Pay attention to the little difference between these two sentences:

"I haven't been to Scotland yet"     and      "I still haven't been to Scotland"

Solutions to exercises 85 & 86 in the previous post
Ex 85  >>>  1. heavier and heavier    2. the most famous player in the NBA  -  so good as   3. the worst
4. elder/eldest
Ex 86   >>>>   1. Stop talking and let me finish the story.   2. My girlfriend wants me to take her to the cinema.  3. I've got the same age as you. / I'm as old as you.   4. If I were you, I wouldn't go.
5. What an easy exam!  6. She is believed to work for the government / It is thought that she works for the government.

miércoles, 12 de julio de 2017

Couchsurfing is no picnic

Again it is getting hotter and hotter, but we are getting tired of going to the beach!!! First, this post would like to present these two expressions you can find in the section The English We Speak (BBC Learning English):


  • No picnic   >>>  What does it mean in Spanish?

  • Wet weekend   >>>>  Was last weekend a wet weekend for you?

And here's the solution for those who haven't got much money and feel bored of doing the same things all over again  >>>   COUCH SURFING (Listening exercise, 6 Minute English, BBC Learning English).

Some related articles:


By the way, do you know what Airbnb is? It comes from two concepts: 'airbed' and 'bed & breakfast'.

Solutions to exercises 83 & 84 in the previous post
Ex 83  >>>  1. Shall I buy you a coke? / I'll pay you a coke or anything you like.   2. I'm so sorry. I got stuck in a terrible traffic jam.   3. Why don't we order a pizza? / How about ordering a pizza? / Let's order a pizza.
Ex 84   >>>>   1. ...if you like.    2. ....if I had studied more regularly.   3. ..., he would train with Rafa Nadal every day.

REVISION EXERCISES for the September exam  >>>>

85. Fill in the gaps with the comparative forms of superiority or the superlatives  of the adjectives given in brackets:

1. Traffic in Granada is getting (heavy) ______________ and _________________ these days.
2. Karl Malone is (famous) ______________ player .......... the NBA, but I think he is not so (good) ____________ ............. Michael Jordan was.
3. This is (bad) _______________ football match I've ever watched.
4. Your (old) _______________ brother told me you were at  school

86. Translate the following sentences into English:

1. ¡Dejad de hablar y permitidme que acabe la historia!
2. Mi novia quiere que la lleve al cine.
3. Tengo la misma edad que tú.
4. Yo en tu lugar, no iría.
5. ¡ Qué examen tan fácil!
6. Se cree que ella trabaja para el gobierno.

Solutions in the next post

domingo, 9 de julio de 2017

I'd rather have an average girlfriend!!

If you are unhappy with the ordinary girls you may meet in your life, here's a really bizarre proposal:

Sex robots promise 'revolutionary' service but also risks, says study (The Guardian)


However, would you consider this a development in our social relations, or just another sexist gadget? 

Sex robots are SEXIST: Feminist says 'brutal' love machines will turn men into misogynist monsters (Daily Mirror)

Scientists have delivered a chilling warning about the use of futuristic sex robots (Technology, University of Sheffield, Daily Mirror)

Listening exercise to do: Self-help (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

Solutions to exercises 81 & 82 in the previous post
Ex 81  >>>  1. Who did you go to the cinema with?   2. How often does he do the gardening?   3. What is the book about?
Ex 82   >>>>   1. Was the doctor called?    2. The bicycles must be repaired....   3. Oil has recently been discovered near the Falkland Islands.

REVISION EXERCISES for the September exam  >>>>

83. EVERYDAY ENGLISH. What would you say in these situations?
1. You are in a bar. Offer to buy your friend a drink.
2. You are late for a meeting. Apologize and say why you are late.
3. You have just come home from the cinema. Suggest your friend to order a pizza.

84. CONDITIONALS. Finish the following  sentences appropriately:

1. Tell me the truth    .....................................................................................................
2. I would have passed English in June ...............................................................................
3. If our English teacher were better at tennis   ..............................................................................

Solutions in the next post

jueves, 6 de julio de 2017

Am I the man or just a man?

There is a big difference between these two options. Can you explain it? If you are not sure, revise what follows and do the exercises later. The difference will be much clearer, then.

And here's also THE MAN by Ed Sheeran.

Read this incredible story about....

The man who went on a hike – and never stopped walking (Travel, The Guardian)

Your comment can be about an important man or woman who really deserves to be called THE MAN or THE WOMAN. For instance, in the field of tennis and as a supporter of Rafa, I would say: 'He's the win the tournament' or let's suppose someone asks you about English or exams in English, you can advise him/her to speak with Albert saying: 'He's the man ... to talk to'.

DEFINITE or INDEFINITE ARTICLES? or NEITHER OF THEM? You tend to commit too many mistakes concerning the use of the definite and indefinite article, so I advise you to revise the most important grammatical rules about the issue in my site and then do these exercises:  1  ,  2  ,  3  ,  4   

Solutions to exercises 79 & 80 in the previous post
Ex 79  >>>  1. The book we read for the second term....   2. I've just forgotten the name of the film whose main role...     3. I recently went back to the town where I was born.     4. Camacho has called 18 players, only two of whom weren't.....
Ex 80   >>>>   1. Albert asked his students if they had got any problems with that exercise.    2. Albert told his students not to talk during the exam.   3. He told her he couldn't lend her his CD player that day.

REVISION EXERCISES for the September exam  >>>>

81. Write suitable questions for these answers (pay attention to the underlined words).

1. ___________________________________________ ? I went to the cinema with my sister.
2. ___________________________________________ ? He does the gardening   twice a month.
3. _________________________________________ ? The book is about the French Revolution.

82. Put the sentences into the PASSIVE VOICE :

1. Did anybody call the doctor?   
2. They must repair the bicycles before they go to school.
3. They have recently discovered oil near the Falkland Islands.

Solutions in the next post


martes, 4 de julio de 2017

Do you trust first impressions?

Do you trust first impressions or do you need more time to get to know a person and then decide what kind of relationship you are going to have with him/her?

Listening exercise to do: Faces and first impressions (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


Which verb does the adjective 'trustworthy' come from? What does it mean?   


What does the expression 'to go with your gut' mean?



Article to read about the issue:

First Impressions: what can babies see? (The Guardian)



What does 'a drill' mean? It has got mainly two meanings. Here's one from the point of view of teachers:  DRILLING TECHNIQUE (The teachers' room, BBC Learning English)

Solutions to the Exercise 78 in the previous post
1. broke down, was watching   2. are starting/will be starting     3. will pass     4. have written   5. had her eyes tested   6. going   7. to come

REVISION EXERCISES for the September exam  >>>>

79. Insert the second sentences into the first ones by means of a RELATIVE CLAUSE.
1. The book was about a very dangerous dog. We read the book for the second term.
2. I've just forgotten the name of the film. Its main role is played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
3. I recently went back to the town. I was born there.
4. Camacho has called 18 players. Only two of them weren't in the previous match.

80. Put these sentences into REPORTED SPEECH. (Use suitable introducing verbs)

1. Albert to his students: "Have you got any problems with this exercise?".
Albert asked his students ________
2. Albert to his students: "Don't talk during the exam!"
3. He to her: "I can't lend you my CD player today."

Solutions in the next post

sábado, 1 de julio de 2017

Best songs for summer 2017

Summer is a wonderful time to relax, to dance and for music. There will always be songs that bring you unforgettable memories for the rest of your life. Give me some hits of your best songs in English for this summer. Here are some songs that may be popular this summer:

English with Lucy: 5 English conversation tips  >>>  How to improve your communication skills. They could be really useful for flirting this summer!!!

REVISION EXERCISES for the September exam  >>>>

78. TENSES. Put the verbs in brackets into the correct tense.
1. The television set (break down) __________________ just when I (watch) _______________ the latest episodes of Baywatch.
2. We (start) ____________________  the new school year in two weeks.
3. I hope I (pass) ________________________ this exam.
4. I (write) _________________________ ten compositions this summer.
5. She (test)  ___________ her eyes ________________ at the optician's last July.
6. My grandfather can remember (go) _____________ to the cinema with my grandmother.
7. Would you like (come) ___________ to a party on Saturday evening?

Solutions in the next post

viernes, 30 de junio de 2017

In less than in a year's time... YOUR FUTURE!!!


Click on the link to see all the times for the September exams of all the subjects 

SEPTEMBER EXAM for ESO (Albert's students)

We will be doing our English/French exams on Friday, 1st September   

1º Bach A - Time: 8.00-9.30  Classroom: 1º ESO A 
1º ESO   ENGLISH - Time: 10.30-11.30  Classroom: SUM   (Salón de Actos)
1º ESO C/D  Alberto   FRENCH - Time: 12.30-13.30  Classroom: LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT (Departamento Idiomas) 

In less than in a year's time you will have finished your Selectivity exams and you will be struggling to choose the university degree you want to study and therefore what kind of job and life you may have.

Related articles to the Selectivity exam (June 2017, option A. Mannequin challenge)  >>>


English with Lucy: 5 ways to improve your English everyday!


Related articles to the Selectivity exam (June 2017, option B. Zodiac signs)  >>>


Still, it is time to rest, to sleep, to relax after a long tiring year full of emotions. So take your time and in a few days' time start your warming up for the most important and crucial school year of your lives so far.

Related articles you should read about the issue:


miércoles, 28 de junio de 2017

Unbearable conditions at our schools

Can teachers really teach and can our students really learn in these weather conditions? Some politicians think we can from their air-conditioned offices!!!!

Teaching in the heatwave: help, my classroom is too hot (The Guardian)

Where does the word 'unbearable' mean? Which verb does it come from?

Some articles to read about the heatwave we have had in Europe and its consequences (for instance, huge fires in Portugal and Spain)   >>>> 


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

Where does the noun 'mindfulness' come from?


Anyway, what kind of holidays are you planning to have? Perhaps a busman's holiday (The English We Speak, BBC Learning English)


martes, 27 de junio de 2017

We should all be really happy!!!!

The school year has come to an end and I am really happy!!!

Why? Because some of our 1º Bachillerato students obtained excellent results at the Official Language School in Motril:

B1 in French: María Béjar, Mª José García, Joaquín García and Andrea Gutiérrez.

B2 in English: Alex Expaña & Andrea Gutiérrez almost got it. They just failed one part, which I'm sure they will pass in September. 


And here's our SUMMER SCOREBOARD (click on it and you will see it), where we will be compiling all the comments, projects or anything our students do during the summer time.

I don't know if happiness is genetic or not, but something is for sure there are some people that are naturally more cheerful than others. As well, babies tend to be happier than adults (probably due to all the problems and concerns that we have in mind). Another interesting fact is that grandparents also tend to be happier than parents. It may be due to the fact that they have fewer responsabilities in life. 

Read these related articles and to the listening exercise later, and then give me your opinion about the issue:

Listening exercise to do: Is happiness genetic? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) 


English with Lucy: 6 ways to STOP translating in your head & THINK in another language!


And all this bring me good memories of our III Study trip to Bath, whose video had Pharrell Williams' song Happy as soundtrack. Let's watch the video:

English with Lucy: 10 English LOVE expressions


lunes, 26 de junio de 2017

Born to succeed!!!

These girls were really born to succeed!!!! SPAIN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL NATIONAL TEAM are the European champions once again.


Before talking about some of our students in 1º ESO, who are really born to succeed (hopefully!!!), let's some electrical devices which seem to be built to fail (listening exercise, 6 Minute English, BBC Learning English).

Some articles about being born to succeed for you to read:

On the contrary, some electrical devices, especially electrical appliances, seem to be built to fail (some interesting vocabulary to bear in mind: planned obsolescence, faulty goods...)

English with Lucy: Here's a very good way to learn about the difference between SEE, LOOK & WATCH.

And now that you know the difference, let's watch some video sketches made by our students in 1º ESO:


domingo, 11 de junio de 2017

Ten Is Rafa!!!

Ten Is Rafa 

Some newspaper articles:

Resultado de imagen de playing tennis cartoon animated gifRafael Nadal après son dixième titre à Roland-Garros (L'Équipe)

Why Rafael Nadal winning a tenth French Open would be greatest achievement in history of the sport (The Telegraph)

Nadal Dominant In Winning 10th Roland Garros Title (ATP World Tour)

La Decima 

Rafa Nadal wins incredible tenth French Open title with Roland Garros win over Stan Wawrinka (The Sun)

Rafael Nadal ● The Comeback (HD) 2014-2017 Tribute

And here's my new brand page dedicated to tennis:  TENNIS, MY PASSION  

domingo, 4 de junio de 2017

The two faces of life

Latest news on the London terror attack  >>> 

'Skateboard hero' Ignacio Echeverria confirmed dead by family after London terror attack (Daily Telegraph)


Some people were enjoying themselves waching a superb football match while other ordinary people were panicking because of another coward terrorist attack. Here are some articles to read about the issue:


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

What is the verb that comes from the noun 'burial'?

English with Lucy: 20 words you might pronounce incorrectly 

And remember that when you don't pronounce a word well you mispronounce it.



martes, 30 de mayo de 2017

Veganism and climate change

Do these two concepts have anything in common? Read this post about the issue and do this Selectivity exam:

Eating less meat could save 45,000 lives a year, experts claim

Articles related to the issue which are interesting for you to read:



Listening exercise to do: Could you go vegan? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

What does 'vegan' stand for? Can you give me a definition?

English with Lucy: Oxford English

Solutions to the REWRITE exercise in the previous post.


1. If I didn't have to look after my neighbour's children, I would come.
2. Brian advised Tom not to go swimming on a day like that.
3. It is two years since I (last) went to the dentist.
4. He is said to have been all over the world.
5. I hate having to write letters.
6. Although it was raining heavily, we went out.
7. My father hasn't seen his brother for nearly twenty years.
8. The inspector accused Joe of having stolen the money.
9. In spite of my admiration for Shakespeare's comedies / In spite of the fact that I admire Shakespeare's comedies, I cannot agree....
10. If he hadn't given me a lift to the station, I would have missed the train.
11. Mary asked Peter when America had been first discovered.
12. Unless he starts work right away, he'll never finish it.
13. I haven't played tennis since 1990.
14. He asked me if I had seen his brother recently.
15. She asked me (politely) to wait in the reception / if I could wait.
16. Once Terry gets over his illness, his work will be improved.
17. When you arrive there will be someone to meet you.
18. As soon as she read this letter she burst into tears.
19. I didn’t know when John was leaving.
20. When you phoned me, I was having lunch.
21. I’ve worked for the company for three years.
22. When we arrived, David had (already) gone home.
23. I didn’t use to wear glasses.
24. The last time I was at the cinema was two years ago.
25. When did they get married?
26. I am supposed to take out the garbage every day.
27. I apologized for the misunderstanding.
28. I congratulated her for the tournament / for winning the tournament.