21.12.12

DO THEY KNOW IT'S XMAS TIME?

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

Os deseo a todos una muy Feliz Navidad, disfrutando de la gente a la que queréis y recordando a aquellos que no pueden hacerlo, unos porque ya no están con nosotros, otros porque no son tan afortunados.
Miguel Armillas.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, BY COLD PLAY
Christmas night, another fight
Tears we cried; a flood
Got all kinds of poison in, poison in my blood
Took my feet, to Oxford street, trying to right a wrong
Just walk away, those windows say, but I can't believe she's gone

When you're still waiting for the snow to fall
It doesn't really feel like Christmas at all
group of cameras on there flicker, Oh they flicker and they flow
And I'm up here holding on to all those chandeliers of hope
Like some drunkard Elvis singing, I go singing out of tune
Singing how I always loved you darling, and I always will

Oh when I'm still waiting for the snow to fall
It doesn't really feel like Christmas at all
Still waiting for the snow to fall,
It doesn't really feel like Christmas at all.

Those Christmas lights
Adictivoz.com Light up the street
Down where the sea and city meet
May all your troubles soon be gone
Oh Christmas lights, keep shining on
Those Christmas lights, light up the street
Maybe they'll bring her back to me
Then all my troubles will be gone
Oh Christmas lights, keep shining on
Oh Christmas lights, light up the street
Adictivoz.com Light up the fireworks in me
May all your troubles soon be gone
Those Christmas lights, keep shining on.

LUCES DE NAVIDAD

La noche de Navidad, otra pelea
Las lágrimas que lloramos; una inundación
Tengo todo tipo de veneno en, en mi sangre
Llevé mis pies, a la calle Oxford, tratando de corregir un error
Las ventanas dicen "vas tan lejos y a pie?,
Adictivoz.com Pero no puedo creer que ella se haya ido.

Cuando estás a la espera de que caiga la nieve
En realidad no parece que fuera del todo, Navidad

Un grupo de cámaras parpadean, ¡Oh parpadean y fluyen!
Y yo estoy aquí a la espera de todos esos candelabros de esperanza
Al igual que unos cuantos borrahines cantando Elvis, voy a cantar fuera de tono
Voy a cantar como si siempre te hubiera amado querida, siempre lo haré.

Oh, cuando estoy a la espera de que caiga la nieve
En realidad no parece que fuera del todo, Navidad
Todavía espero de que la nieve caiga,
No parece que fuese Navidad del todo

Esas luces de Navidad,
Iluminan las calles
Allá abajo, donde el ciudad y el mar se unen
Puede que... tus problemas se esfumen pronto
Oh, luces de Navidad, sigan brillando
Esas luces de Navidad, iluminen las calle
A lo mejor, logran traerla de regreso a mí
En ese ntonces todos mis problemas se irán
Adictivoz.com Oh, luces de Navidad, sigan brillando
Oh, luces de Navidad, iluminen la calle
Enciendan los fuegos artificiales en mí
Puede que... tus problemas se esfumen pronto
Oh, luces de Navidad, sigan brillando.

19.12.12

DOGS DRIVING CARS?

A driving school for dogs?
A charity in New Zeland is teaching abandoned dogs to drive a car.
Watch this video to know more about this weird information:
Learning English - Words in the News - Driving school for dogs

7.12.12

NATURE AND HUMANS

BY CLAUDIA SALAGRE, 2BTO-B
Nature is essential for us, the Humans, but we don't want to believe that. We need it to live and all our development is based on it.
But now, we don´t remember this, and we think that Nature isn't important, and that we can do the things that we want with it: we destroy forests, we catch all fish we want, we destroy ecosystems, we exploit the minerals, and we do other things that are destroying our small and beautiful world. Last week, in France, it appeared a new type of honey. The French bee-keepers found blue honey into their honey combs! The honey was blue because the bees had eaten the sweet residues of an M&M's factory.
It is an EVIDENCE of the big change and destruction that we are doing in our fantastic and delicate world. We need to change our way of thinking immediately if we want to save it.

CROSSWORD: 'MEDIA'

Do this mini crossword to know how much you know about MEDIA Learning English - Crossword - Media
By BBC Learning English

5.12.12

FLOATING CHRISTMAS TREE

Learn vocabulary with this video comprehension activity about the highest floating Christmas tree:
Learning English - Words in the News - Floating Christmas tree

THE IMPOSSIBLE: REVIEW (MY OPINION)

BY MONICA MOVILLA, 2BTO-C

Synopsis
María (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor), and their three sons begin their winter holidays in Thailand. The morning of December 26th, the family were relaxing at the pool after Christmas day when the sea, turned into an enormous and violent wall of black water, invaded the hotel grounds. María only has time to scream before being swallowed up and carried away by the terrible wave.
Without time to assimilate the incomprehensible and unexpected natural disaster that they have just suffered, they will have to fight for the survival and meet again.
The film is based on a true story that took place during the tsunami that hit the coast of Thailand in 2004.
My review: Own opinion
I saw that film last weekend, and I cried a lot! Honestly, I think it's a good film, and it shows what happened really. It's a very emotional film that shows both the anxiety of the natural disaster and the fight to survive, as the reunion with the family, who had also survived, at the end.

4.12.12

3.12.12

IS MUSIC ALWAYS THE SAME?

BY JULIA DÍAZ, 2BTO-D

These days, there are many types of music, yes, but do people listen to songs that always seem the same? Experts say that they do. Young people look for songs and music styles which are trendy, songs that famous people listen to, and that are heard and danced in night clubs. Because of that, singers exploit that to create songs which they know they are going to be successful. They use the same rhythms and the same type of lyrics. I think an example of this may be any Pitbull’s song.
But, of course, there are many artists who create music just to show their feelings and share them with everyone, and not just to get money. This is the mentality that musicians used to have last century. In my opinion, the mentality of a true artist.

MAN FLU

Listening:
Li is worried when she learns that Neil has caught man flu. But how will she react when she discovers what her illness is...?
Learning English - The English We Speak - Man flu

30.11.12

HOW TO MAKE A FELT BOOKMARK

BY ALICIA PASTOR, 2BTO-A
BY ROCÍO LÓPEZ, 2BTO-C
There are more and more people who have this nutrition disease; the highest percentage where we find this problem is in children and teenagers. It’s BECAUSE those boys and girls don’t do much sport. Also, this may happen if young people eat a lot food which contains much fat instead of eating healthy food or following a balanced diet. So, if they go on with his sedentary life and they don’t eat health, it’s difficult to avoid this illness, and in the future, this may create a new problem in our health. We can find some problems with obesity in the adults too. It’s due to the same thing  AS IN children, but they are conscious of this problem, and they look for some solutions to overcome it.

28.11.12

SPANISH CRISIS FROM A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW

iPHONE 5, MY OPINION

BY CRISTINA MARTÍN, 2BTO-C

The Iphone 5 is an important advance in the life of people. Made of high quality materials and latest technology achieving high performance.
Do no forget that the Iphone is the most expensive smartphone in the market. It is a negative point to consider, when compared to other phones that are cheaper but have the same use.
Obviously, I would like to have an Iphone, but I won´t spend all my money in a phone. I could, but I won´t ;)
Anyway, buying a phone will depend always on personal preference, the use we are going to give, and what we value as more or less important in a phone.
Now, people have to choose between buying a simple mobile phone or spending a lot of money to have a mobile that will be efficient and modern, but it's only a gadget.
That's what you have to decide before buying it, aside from having money, sure.

BAR DECISIONS

The typical situation in a bar, when it's your turn, and you have to decide what to drink. Listen and learn
Ebaby! Mobile Lessons

27.11.12

"I WILL EAT MY HAT"

British people use this expression when they think that something is very improbable to happen:
'If Madrid team goes down to 2nd division, I will eat my hat'
Learning English - Grammar, Vocabulary & Pronunciation - I'll eat my hat

26.11.12

GOING TO UNIVERSITY

BY IGNACIO MARTÍNEZ DE MURGA, 2BTO-D

Going to university has different meaning for each person: some students prefer staying near home, in spite of moving to other city, like other students. Why? Let's see it.
First, we know that moving to other city haS the advantage that the student learnS to be independent. Also, it helps students meet new people and visit more cities.
On the other hand, studying at home is easier, because you don't need to cook, to tidy the house, etc; you only need to study and help a little bit at home. If they leave their house, they will probably miss their families and friends.
On balance, it is important to study the career you like in the place you prefer; and each person should look at all advantages and disadvantages and choose, with their families and friends' help, the best option.

23.11.12

ARE TEENAGERS HEALTHY NOWADAYS"

BY CRISTINA EGOAVIL, 2BTO-D

At the present time, more and more teenagers start drinking alcohol earlier. It's a very important problem for the society, because it can produce fights and traffic accidents, and after a time it can produce an addiction. It is also a health problem because alcohol is a dangerous drink to our body. Its effects are harmful to some organs, like the brain, by destroying neurons; and to the liver, causing a misfunction. In addition, alcohol has more impacts. For example, if you drink a lot, you can lose the control of your actions and do many things which you might regret once you are sober.
In conclusion, because of the dangerous and the unhealthy effects of drinking alcohol, I think it should be a subject that need much supervision, EVEN more with teennagers.

21.11.12

AIRPLANE ACCIDENTS

BY MARÍA GIL, 2BTO-D

It's been proved that air transport is the safest way to travel, but it seems that now there are loads of accidents involving airplanes and helicopters with regards to the past.
It's true that, in the present, thousands of airplanes fly all around the world, and as time goes by more of those machines are created, so the possibilities of crashing them increase.
The majority of these accidents take place when they are landing, as the landing gear does not work, or because it wasn't well prepared, so it couldn't open.
The thing is that engineers and mechanics should continue working hard on those parts or in the way of landing.

19.11.12

FAMILY TRIP TO MÁLAGA

BY JOSÉ CARLOS ORTEGA, 2BTO-A
Last year ,my family and I decided to go to Malaga on holiday. We went in June, because there were less people on holiday. I went with my family, we got to Malaga by car. In the trip we spent four hours. We arrived a bit tired. We stayed in a three start hotel, which was fantastic. It had swimming poll, spa, gym, restaurant, and disco. We stayed fifteen days, and we took an all-inclusive. The weather was great: it was sunny all day. We went to beach every day, and we sunbathed sometimes. We went to visit the cathedral and some museums too. Malaga is a beautiful place, and we had a nice holiday, because people were friendly. At night, we went out to have dinner in a restaurant. Other day, we went for a walk along the city-centre. We had a problem; it was that our holiday went by very quickly.

18.11.12

EUPALS: EUROPEAN PENPAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMME

EuPals is a penpal exchange programme for secondary students aged 11-15 from both schools SAFA San Luis (El Puerto de Sta. María, Spain  safasanluis.es) and Carrickfergus Grammar (Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland carrickfergusgrammar.com).

Students are offered the chance to practice foreign languages with native speakers, meet new people of their age, learn a new culture, and improve I.C.T. skills by using email and other electronic communication means, focusing on social networks mainly. Please, have a look at #euPals hashtag on Twitter below).

Organized and carried out by Teachers Mr. Miguel Armillas (SAFA @miguelarmillas) and Ms. Begoña Claver (Carrickfergus). Other teachers involved and collaborating are Mr. Andrew Brown (Carrickfergus), Ms. Mª Ángeles Bollulos (SAFA), Ms. Isabel Grosso (SAFA), and Carlos Otero (SAFA).

16.11.12

ECONOMIC CUTS IN SPAIN

BY RAÚL SÁNCHEZ-RUBIO, 2BTO-D

This is a topic that all the people (at least in Spain) have in their mind. It's a problem that makes a lot of families in Spain have to leave their homes because they EARN less money than a few years ago, or simply, the haven't got a job, so it's impossible to bring money home.
Most of people are tired of having to be in 'red numbers' every month. For this, people take the streets to protest in DEMONSTRATIONS because they can´t allow this situation in our country.
In my opinion, there are many 'seniors of goverment of Spain' whose payroll is stratospheric ,  and they have unnecessary luxuries thankS to us: all the people of Spain.

15.11.12

14.11.12

CLEAN YOURSELF VOCABULARY

A new video-lesson by Engvid.com to improve your vocabulary.
Today the topic is CLEAN YOURSELF:
Don't forget to do the activity here: http://www.engvid.com/speaking-english-clean-yourself/

PROTEST SONGS

BY PATRICIA SÁNCHEZ, 2BTO-C
At this time, a lot of singers or bands are using a special style of lyrics in their songs. This style is called "protest songs". The lyrics criticizes certain aspects of the society like religion, poliTICS and other relevant things. People like these songs because they feel identified. Because of this, famous artists like Kanye West, Jay-Z and others use them in their albums increasingly. But sometimes it results ironic because the singer who writes this song is one of THE BEST PAID singers. So, listenING to these singers saying that there are a lot of people dying because of poverty is a little ridiculous. Anyway, it is good to have this type of songs that help society to see the reality , and try to motivate people to propose solutions.

13.11.12

THE HISTORY OF THANKSGIVING

Read this article about the history of this important American celebration and do the comprehension activity: ESL EFL Thanksgiving Traditions


12.11.12

EMOTICON

Rob and Vera have a misunderstanding about an email. Listen to this programme to find out why emoticons can be useful in written messages.
Listening activity here: Learning English - The English We Speak - Emoticon

SOAP OPERAS

BY CARLOTA ARMILLAS, 2BTO-D
Almost all of us have an aunt, a grandmmother or even a mother who watches them everyday on TV. Yes, I'm talking about soap operas ; those TV series without a solid argument, where characters' lives are crossed,  and nothing really happens, but, wonderfully, millions of people around the world love. Should this kind of television programmes be broadcasted on TV?
On the one hand, it's true that it's a waste of time, because people (most of them, women) could be doing some other things such as reading books (which improves calligraphy and writing), painting, crochet, meeting friends... In addition, people who spend lot of time on the sofa watching TV usually have more health problems, because they prefer relaxing rather than doing some exercise (walking, fitness...).
On the other hand, soap operas also have positive aspects. Depending on where the series have been filmed or when they are set in, you can learn some new things. For example, if the characters are living in 1924, you can hear old words; if it's Mexican, you can see how life is there...
What's more: if you are really tired, you can get a perfect sleep just by watching them!
In conclusion, I think watching one series once a week, or even once a day, it's not bad because it can help you to relax; but getting obsessed with them is an incredible waste of time. 

9.11.12

HUMAN NOISES

  1. Cough - Toser
  2. Sneeze - Estornudar
  3. Snore - Roncar
  4. Sigh - Suspirar
  5. Hiccup - Hipo
  6. Burp - Eructar
  7. Fart - Tirarse un pedo
  8. Laugh - Reir(se)
  9. Puff - Resoplar
  10. Whistle - Silbar
  11. Clear one's throat - Carraspear

MY OPINION ABOUT WOMEN

BY IRENE MEGÍAS, 2BTO-C
Nowadays, TV programmes are really handicapping our society. One of the worst television details is how women appear. Some programmes like "Mujeres, hombres y viceversa" or "Jersey Shore" show women as objects. In these programmes ,  women appear with tight dresses, huge high-hills and much make up. They want to sell women's image, not their personality. In my opinion, women are more than a nice appearance.
For many years, women have fought to be as important as men in every single aspect of life. For example, during the war, while men were fighting, women were working to earn money , and at the same time, they were working at home and educating children. What I mean is that women has been really brave and constant to achieve their purpose: equality between men and women.
That's why, in my opinion, nowadays women should continue being as brave and fighters as they have been because, if they allow TV programmes show them just like attractive people, they are closing all those doors that they hardly opened. 

8.11.12

GRAMMAR MINI-TEST: "SO"

Do you know how to use "SO" correctly? Find out with this mini test:
English Grammar | LearnEnglish | British Council | So

CHILDREN NOWADAYS

BY RAQUEL MANCHEÑO, 2BTO-C

In my opinion, children of this generation have less education when they have contact with an adult. They are less motivated when they come to study and work. The only things which they think about are party, alcohol, tobacco and other actions which aren't apPropRiated  AT their age. That's why I think that these are some of the fundamental reasons, besides of the crisis, and CURRENT disemployMENT, because they haven't had a good base in  the education.
Finally, I think this should get better, because if we improve our behavior, we will have a better future. And I think the best thing that we can do is to have a better education at school and at home.

7.11.12

ADJECTIVE + PREPOSITION COMBINATIONS

Do this mini-activity after watching the video-lesson:
http://www.engvid.com/adjective-preposition-combinations/

THE NAZCA LINES

BY: NACHO CASTRO, 2BTO-D
The Nazca lines are a series of ancient images located in the Nazca Desert in Peru. This place was designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. There are hundreds of individual figures from the more ones to huge spiders, monkeys or lizards. Due to the dryness, most parts have been preserved over time. However, they have been also deteriorating because people who don't have a house are occupying this place.
There are a lot of legends related to Nazca. One of them tells that they were created because people wanted to be seen by their gods. Another legend holds that these lines are related to astronomy and cosmology. It worked as a kind of observatory.
Nowdays, the only truth is that IT is going to be really difficult to explain what was exactly the purpose of these lines.

5.11.12

BASIC GRAMMAR: NOUN, VERB, ADJECTIVE, ADVERB

Do this mini-test after watching the video-lesson:
http://www.engvid.com/basics-noun-verb-adjective-adverb/

THE CONVENIENCE STORE


  1. convenience store / tienda de conveniencia
  2. butcher shop / carniceria
  3. employees / empleados
  4. To Slice the meat / filetear la carne
  5. To grind the meat / picar la carne
  6. storage room / almacen
  7. merchandise / mercancia
  8. delivery / entrega
  9. box / caja
  10. case / caja
  11. packages / paquetes, envoltorios
  12. cold room / cuarto frio
  13. dairy products / productos de cremeria
  14. cold meat / carne fria
  15. fresh meat / carne fresca
  16. butcher / carnicero
  17. butcher knives / cuchillos de carnicero
  18. chicken /pollo
  19. sausages / salchichas
  20. dried shredded beef / chorizo chicharrones
  21. smoked / ahumados
  22. pork ribs / costillas de cerdo
  23. stands / estantes
  24. produce / frutas y verduras
  25. groceries / abarrotes
  26. stocked / surtido en el estante shelf / entrepaño
  27. drink cooler / refrigerador de bebidas
  28. aisle / pasillo
  29. check out area / area de cajas
  30. register / caja
  31. to pay / pagar
  32. display / exhibidor
  33. counter / mostrador
  34. freezer / congelador
  35. disposable / desechable

BONFIRE NIGHT (GUY FAWKES' NIGHT)

"Remember, remember, the fifth of November: powder, treason, and plot"
Tonight British celebrate Bonfire Night to commemorate the day when traitor Guy Fawkes' plot was discovered trying to blow up the House of the Parliaments in London.
Watch the video and do the comprehension activity:
Bonfire Night | LearnEnglish | British Council

29.10.12

THE POST OFFICE


  1. Envelope Sobre
  2. Post box Buzón
  3. Stamp Sello
  4. Post code Código postal
  5. Postman Cartero
  6. Sender Remitente
  7. Addressee Destinatario
  8. Deliver Repartir, entregar
  9. Airmail Correo aéreo
  10. Sealing wax Lacre
  11. Stamp collection Filatelia

25.10.12

VIDEO-LESSON PRONUNCIATION OF "DU"

A new mini video-lesson by Teacher Emma of EngVid.com.
Today, the pronunciation of "DU" (eDUcation, scheDUle, indiviDUal, proceDUre...).
Enjoy ;)

18.10.12

TRADITIONAL ENGLISH BREAKFAST


“It was in the 19th century that the Great British breakfast began to come into its own," says Simon Majumdar, author of Eating for Britain: a Journey into the Heart (and Belly) of the Nation. Victorian cook Isabella Beeton wrote of a whole range of dishes which could be cooked for breakfast, from bacon and eggs to mutton chops, sheep's kidneys and potted fish. The fried breakfast we know today was popularised by the rise of tourism around Britain from the 1960s onwards, when it became the standard breakfast offered by B&Bs.
The meal is one of few dishes which can be found in every corner of Britain, but there are some regional variations. After sampling over 100 different fry-ups on a year-long trip round Britain to research his book, Majumdar decided the best is the Ulster fry-up, which boasts "the added glories of soda bread and potato cakes".

28.9.12

"FAMILY BELONGINGS"

6 Minute English - "FAMILY BELONGINGS"
With this new listening comprehension activity by BBC Learning English, you will learn how Chinese population living in the country changes.


26.9.12

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER SINGS SORRY

A new listening comprehension by BBC HERE
Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is becoming something of an internet sensation. But not perhaps quite in the way he intended. A television message he recorded apologising to voters for a promise his Liberal Democrat party made before the last election, and then went back on, has been put to music.

18.9.12

SEMICOLON (;)

Use a SEMICOLON (;) as a 'super comma' like in the picture (click to enlarge):

17.9.12

GOOD YEAR 2012-2013 ;)

Please, think about this Chinese proverb:
"YOU TEACHER OPENS THE DOOR,
BUT YOU MUST ENTER BY YOURSELF".
Don't miss any chance and make the most of it!
Good year 2012-2013 ;)

By the way, I am avaible on Twitter @miguelarmillas ;)