Monthly Archives: April 2013

WINNER OF THE I STORY RADIO CONTEST (B1+)

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AND WE HAVE THE WINNER OF THE FISRT STORY TELLING CONTEST, HUGO BENEYTO FROM INTERMEDIATE 2, WHO HAS BEEN AWARDED A GRAMMAR BOOK CALLED “MY GRAMMAR LAB” THANKS TO THE COLLABORATION OF PEARSON.

CONGRATULATIONS , HUGO!!

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WORDS DON´T COME EASY (B1+)

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OF COURSE, I ABSOLUTELY AGREE THAT WORDS DON´T COME EASY AND LEARNING VOCABULARY IS A REALLY DIFFICULT TASK. SO HAVE A LOOK AT THIS VIDEO I TOOK FROM CRISTINA CABAL´S BLOG WHERE AN EXPERT GIVES YOU SUITABLE AND USEFUL ADVICE ON HOW TO REMEMBER VOCABULARY.

WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS TO MEMORIZE NEW VOCABULARY?

Listening Task: Listen to the video and write down the four tips the expert gives about the best ways to learn new vocabulary.Play the video and stop when you get to 2.20  . Play it again if necessary. Check your answers ; you’ll find them at the end of the video.

SUMMERTIME(B1+)

DOES IT RING A BELL?

WHAT KIND OF HOLIDAY DOES THIS AD MAKE YOU THINK OF?crucero-ocean-dream

TYPES OF HOLIDAY

IF I CATCH YOU,……….. (A2)

 YOU CAN HAVE A LOOK AT UNIT 8B (page 62)

ON THE ROAD (VOCABULARY) (A1)

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ON THE ROAD VOCABULARY

CAN YOU TELL ME THE WAY TO……? (A1)

EXCUSE ME, WHERE´S THE CAFÉ ?

DO YOU KNOW ANY OTHER WAY  TO ASK THIS QUESTION?

GIVING DIRECTIONS (A1)

HOLIDAY SNAPS (B1+)

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HAVE A CLOSE LOOK AT THESE HOLIDAY SNAPS. WHAT KIND OF A HOLIDAY WOULD YOU PREFER AND WHY?

DO YOU FEEL LIKE HAVING A HOLIDAY RIGHT NOW?

 

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IN ENGLISH THERE´S A NEW WORD FOR A TYPE OF HOLIDAY: “STAYCATION”.

SURF THE INTERNET AND FIND OUT WHAT A “STAYCATION” IS.

HOW WOULD YOU TRANSLATE IT INTO SPANISH?

 

UNLUCKY DAY? (B1)

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HOW SUPERSTITIOUS ARE YOU ABOUT FRIDAY 13TH?

DO YOU KNOW ANY OTHER COMMON SUPERSTITIONS?

Common Superstitions

  • Friday the thirteenth is an unlucky day
  • A rabbit’s foot brings good luck
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away
  • To find a four-leaf clover is to find good luck
  • If you walk under a ladder, you will have bad luck
  • If a black cat crosses your path you will have bad luck
  • To break a mirror will bring you seven years bad luck
  • To open an umbrella in the house is to bring bad luck
  • To find a horseshoe brings good luck
  • Step on a crack, break your mother’s back
  • You can break a bad luck spell by turning seven times in a clockwise circle
  • Garlic protects from evil spirits and vampires
  • Our fate is written in the stars
  • At the end of a rainbow is a pot of gold
  • Clothes worn inside out will bring good luck
  • Wearing your birthstone will bring you good luck
  • If you blow out all of the candles on your birthday cake with the first breath you will get whatever you wish for
  • To have a wish come true using a wishbone, two people make a wish, then take hold of each end of the bone and pull it until it separates. The person with the longer end gets his or her wish
  • An itchy palm means money will come your way
  • A beginner will always have good luck: beginner’s luck
  • A cat has nine lives
  • Eating fish makes you smart
  • Toads cause warts
  • A cricket in the house brings good luck
  • Crossing your fingers helps to avoid bad luck and helps a wish come true
  • It is bad luck to sing at the table
  • It is bad luck to sleep on a table
  • After receiving a container of food, the container should never be returned empty
  • A lock of  hair from a baby’s first haircut should be kept for good luck
  • A bird that comes in your window brings bad luck
  • To refuse a kiss under mistletoe causes bad luck
  • Goldfish in the pond bring good luck
  • Goldfish in the house bring bad luck
  • For good luck, wear new clothes on Easter
  • An acorn at the window can keep lightning out of the house
  • If the bottom of your feet itch, you will make a trip
  • When a dog howls, death is near
  • It is bad luck to chase someone with a broom
  • A sailor wearing an earring cannot drown
  • To find a penny heads up, brings good luck
  • To cure a sty, rub it with a gold wedding band
  • Animals can talk at midnight on Christmas Eve
  • A drowned woman floats face up, a drowned man floats face down
  • A person cannot drown before going under three times
  • To drop a fork means a woman will visit
  • To drop a knife means a man will visit
  • To drop a spoon means a child will visit
  • To drop a dishcloth means bad luck is coming
  • If you shiver, someone is casting a shadow on your grave
  • To make a happy marriage, the bride must wear: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
  • The wedding veil protects the bride from the evil eye
  • Washing a car will bring rain
  • You must get out of bed on the same side you got in on or you will have bad luck
  • Evil spirits cannot harm you when you are standing in a circle
  • A cat will try to take the breath from a baby
  • Warm hands, cold heart
  • Cold hands, warm heart
  • It is unlucky to rock an empty rocking chair
  • To kill an albatross is to cause bad luck to the ship and all upon it
  • Wearing an opal when it is not your birthstone is bad luck
  • Smell dandelions, wet the bed
  • To give someone a purse or wallet without money in it will bring that person bad luck

 

 

I WANT TO BREAK FREE (A2)

Infinitive or -ing?

Sometimes we need to decide whether to use a verb in its:

  • -ing form (doing, singing)
    or
  • infinitive form (to do, to sing).

For example, only one of the following sentences is correct. Which one?

  • I dislike working late. (???)
  • I dislike to work late. (???)

When to use the infinitive

The infinitive form is used after certain verbs: – forget, help, learn, teach, train – choose, expect, hope, need, offer, want, would like – agree, encourage, pretend, promise – allow, can/can’t afford, decide, manage, mean, refuse

  • I forgot to close the window.
  • Mary needs to leave early.
  • Why are they encouraged to learn English?
  • We can’t afford to take a long holiday.

The infinitive form is always used after adjectives, for example: – disappointed, glad, happy, pleased, relieved, sad, surprised

  • I was happy to help them.
  • She will be delighted to see you.

This includes too + adjective:

  • The water was too cold to swim in.
  • Is your coffee too hot to drink?

The infinitive form is used after adjective + enough:

  • He was strong enough to lift it.
  • She is rich enough to buy two.

When to use -ing

The -ing form is used when the word is the subject of a sentence or clause:

  • Swimming is good exercise.
  • Doctors say that smoking is bad for you.

The -ing form is used after a preposition:

  • I look forward to meeting you.
  • They left without saying “Goodbye.”

The -ing form is used after certain verbs: – avoid, dislike, enjoy, finish, give up, mind/not mind, practise

  • I dislike getting up early.
  • Would you mind opening the window?
Some verbs can be followed by the -ing form or the infinitive without a big change in meaning: begin or start.
  • It started to rain.
  • It started raining
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YOU CAN STUDY THE VERB FORMS ON PAGE 158 IN YOUR BOOK.
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