We sometimes may get wrong impressions when we see certain behaviours. Here's an example:
Listening exercise to do: Having a row or asking for directions (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)
Certain people may look nice at a first impression (remember this post in this blog: Do you trust first impressions?), but they may turn out to be evil. For example, we all thought Selectivity exams were so difficult, but when we did one we found out they weren't 'that' difficult (pay attention to the colloquial use of 'that' instead of 'so').
I don't like politics at all. Actually, I hate it, as they only try to manipulate people. However, I think it is important to read something about the referendum in Catalonia regarding the possibility of including this topic in the Selectivity exams. Here are some articles to read about the issue:
Spain’s looming showdown over Catalonia (The Washington Post)
And here are some tasks to do with this old selectivity exam:
THE LANGUAGE OF THE 21ST CENTURY
year 2000, a quarter of the world's population will speak English. For some 400
million people English will be their first language. But for another 1,100
million, English will be a second or third language of choice for business,
science and popular culture. Three quarters of the world's mail, for example,
is currently written in English.
But why is
English rising so far above the world's other languages? There are no clear
linguistic reasons for the global dominance of English. The grammar is
complicated, the pronunciation eccentric, and the spelling peculiar. But a
language becomes powerful when a nation becomes powerful. This power may be
military or cultural or economic, as is the case of the U.S.A. Another key
factor is flexibility. English has borrowed vocabulary from more than 150
as the language spreads among non-native speakers, it will invariably be
transformed to suit regional needs: Local vocabulary and pronunciation will
replace existing British and American usages. Dictionaries of Asian, American,
Caribbean and South African English have already been published. We may soon
experience the emergence of a neutral conversational English for international
use, with each nation retaining its national variations.
1. Find one synonym in the
text for NOWADAYS (adverb)
2. Find one opposite in the
text for WEAK (adjective)
3. Find one synonym in the
text for SUBSTITUTE (verb)
4. Find one synonym in the
text for RISE (noun)
1. Give a question to this
answer: Three quarters of the world's
mail is written in English.
2. Put the following sentence
into the active voice: Many dictionaries have already been published.
3. Join the following
sentences with a relative pronoun:
There is no reason
for the dominance of English. Its grammar is very complicated.
4. Put the following sentence
into reported speech:
must retain its own national variations," linguists said in 1980.
- Episode 170913 / 13 September 2017 >>> Expressions presented: therapist, anxiety & depression (language related to 'mental health').