Monthly Archives: November 2011

JOHN LENNON´S BIOGRAPHY (A2)

HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT JOHN LENNON´S LIFE?

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ONE OF MY BEST TRIPS by Albert (A2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Carmen,

How are you?

I’m writing you to talk about one of my best trips. It was when I went to Nepal. I was there for a month two years ago.

Nepal is a small country located between China and India. Its most important city is Kathmandu which is the capital of the country. There are many Hindu temples and religious monuments and you can feel anywhere that religion is very important there. Most people are Hindu but  Buddhism is very important too. The country is very cheap for us, you can sleep for one euro and you can eat for two or three euros. I was for about ten days in Kathmandu.

Nepal is also known because it has the highest mountains in the world. I  trekked  near the Everest base camp for two weeks. It was a fantastic experience, the landscape was wonderful and I could learn a little about Sherpa culture. The Sherpas are people who live in the Himalayas, south of Tibet,near the high mountains. Now a lot of them are experienced mountain guides.They always have been porters because they needed to bring all kind of food,clothes and other things to the  farthest villages. When tourists arrived, they began to earn money carrying their heavy backpacks (you can see it in the pictures).They can carry  even up to  four or five backpacks of tourists. It’s quite harmful for their health and they have a lot of problems when they are about forty years old. They are quite poor but they are always smiling and they are very friendly.

Nepal is a lovely place, I hope to return some day.

I send you some photos which I took there.

Well,that’s all for now.

See you tomorrow.

Albert Àlvarez.

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WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU (B1)

I´VE BEEN WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU….”

THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS.

EXTRA EXPLANATION + EXERCISES

TRY THESE EXERCISES

READING BIG NUMBERS (B1)

LISTEN CAREFULLY.
HOW MANY BALLOONS WERE THERE IN THE LITTLE TOY SHOP?

HOW MUCH IS THIS CAR?

HOW GOOD ARE YOU AT SAYING NUMBERS?

BE CAREFUL BECAUSE THIS IS AMERICAN ENGLISH. IN BRITISH ENGLISH THERE ARE SOME DIFFERENCES. CAN YOU SPOT ANY?

MUSIC QUIZ (A2)

I LOVE MUSIC!! I CAN´T LIVE WITHOUT MUSIC…. I GUESS IT´S IN MY GENES.

LET´S TEST YOUR MEMORY! LISTEN TO THESE TWO SONGS AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS.

1. WHO DID ROBBIE WILLIAMS SING THIS SONG WITH?

2.WHO SANG THIS HIT?

WHY CAN´T WE USE AUXILIARIES IN THE SECOND QUESTION?

MONEY MATTERS…. (B1)

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS PHOTO. WHAT´S GOING ON?

WATCH THE TRAILER.

IF YOU WANT TO WATCH THE TRAILER WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS FILM OR READ THE BOOK?

IF SO, WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT IT?

R.E.M BREAKS UP: 30 YEARS OF POP (A2)

R.E.M., one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, announced it is breaking up.

I feel a bit sorry because they  played part of the soundtrack of my life….

  • What do you think were REMs¨  greatest hits?
  • If you had to choose the best pop band in the last 50 years, what band would you choose?

LEND …. or …. BORROW? IT´S ALL A QUESTION OF MONEY, ANYWAY!! (B1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the general elections just days away, Spain’s borrowing costs have risen to their highest rate since 1997.

On money borrowed today, payable in 10 years, Spain has to pay an interest rate of 6.975% – dangerously close to the 7% mark at which other eurozone countries have had to seek bailouts.  Italian 10-year bond yields passed 7% earlier this month.

Opinion polls indicate that the opposition Popular Party will win Spain’s general election on Sunday, ending seven years of Socialist government.

(Published  THINK SPAIN 18th November)

DO YOU REALLY THINGS WILL CHANGE FROM 21st NOVEMBER ON? WILL THE CHANGE BE FOR THE BETTER OR FOR THE WORSE?

WHAT´S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BORROW AND LEND?

HAVE YOU EVER…..? (B1)

Have you ever loved   somebody so much
It makes you cry?

WHAT TENSE IS REPEATEDLY  USED  IN THIS  SONG BY BRANDY?

HAVE YOU MET “PRESENT PERFECT MAN”?

 

SO, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

NOW YOU CAN TRY THESE EXERCISES

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Smart Up Your English

LEARN NEW WORDS, EXPRESSIONS, PHRASES...

Helendipity Weblog

learn English and share your experiences (SERENDIPITY= the accidental discovery of something pleasant and useful!)

Adrian Underhill's Pronunciation Site

Practical Discovery of English Pronunciation