25 febrero, 2009

second conditional

This is a link where you have an explanation of second conditional sentences with sound
If you want to continue with some more exercises on second conditional, you can click here. you can download them if you prefer.

24 febrero, 2009


Activity 1
vacancy b application form c multinational d nine-to-five job e company pension f working long hours g applicant h company car i challenging j full-time k references l benefits m temporary n part-time o be promoted

23 febrero, 2009

living abroad

This is a good listening exercise to practise the vocabulary we've just been working with

20 febrero, 2009

regular past tense pronunciation

watch this video to practice your pronunciation

19 febrero, 2009


1. 2. It to Gary. 3 gave them to Sarah 4 he gave it to his sister 5 he gave them to Robert 6 he gave it to a neighbour.
2. 2 Joanna a plant 3 gave Richard a tie 4 I gave Emma a box of chocolates 5 I gave Rachel a bunch of flowers 6 I gave Kevin a pen.
3. 2 lend me an umbrella 3 you give me your address 4 can you lend me ₤ 20 5 can you send me some information 6 can you show me the letter 7 can you get me some stamps.
4. 2 Lend you some money 3 send the letter to me 4 buy you a present 5 pass me the sugar 6 give it to her 7showed the policeman the identity card.

EVER and NEVER key

1. Never
2. Ever
3. Ever
4. Never
5. Never
6. Ever
7. Ever
8. Never
9. Never
10. Never
11. Never
12. Ever
13. Ever
14. Never
15. Ever
16. Ever
17. Ever


1. Another
2. Another
3. Other
4. Another
5. Other
6. Another
7. Other
8. Other
9. Other
10. Another
11. Other
12. Other
13. Another
14. Others
15. Another
16. Other
17. Another
18. Another
19. Another
20. Another

18 febrero, 2009


Fill in the gaps exercise . This is an exercise to practice

17 febrero, 2009

What is the origin of the word POSH ?

The other day a mate in class asked for the origin of this word, he said that it could be related to people travelling from Britain to India, as it is.

The story goes that the more well-to-do passengers travelling to and from India used to have POSH written against their bookings, standing for 'Port Out, Starboard Home' (indicating the more desirable cabins, on the shady side of the ship).

Unfortunately, this story did not make its appearance until the 1930s, when the term had been in use for some twenty years, and the word does not appear to have been recorded in the form 'P.O.S.H.', which would be expected if it had originated as an abbreviation. Despite exhaustive enquiries by the late Mr George Chowdharay-Best, researcher for the OED, including interviews with former travellers and inspection of shipping company documents, no supporting evidence has been found.

12 febrero, 2009

New Link

I've posted a new link which could be interesting for all of you who like reading newspapers in English.

It's on "newspaper headlines around the world"

05 febrero, 2009


This is an exercise to review Unit 4
Unit 4—Unusual Interests
Complete the sentence using one word only. REF: Unit 4 p26 Grammar: the -ing form as a verb
1. My sister went ____________________ in the Alps last year. She climbed Mont Blanc.
2. He's a real football fanatic. He spends half his life ____________________ old football matches on video.
3. We've spent ages ____________________ the trip. You can't cancel it now.
4. You spend your whole life ____________________ about things. Can't you be positive for a change?
5. _________________ a marathon can be quite dangerous if you're not properly prepared.
6. ______________ newspapers and magazines is one of the best ways of learning vocabulary.
7. ______________ a foreign language may help you to get a job in the future.
Complete the dialogues with an expression containing all right. REF: Unit 4 p27 Expressions with all right
A: Is everything all right, Sir?
B: Well, actually it's not! The food is cold and the service is far too slow.
8. A: ___________________________________ now?
B: I'm much better, thanks. That coffee you gave me has done me no end of good.
9. A: ___________________________________ I borrow your bike tonight?
B: Yes, sure. So long as you look after it.
10. A: Oh no! Now we're never going to finish on time.
B: Don't worry. Everything's ___________________________________.
Complete the dialogue using an expression with would. Use the hints in brackets to help you.
REF: Unit 4 p31/G5 Expressions with would
11. A: We're going to take the coast road tomorrow.
B: ________________________________________ ! It gets really congested in August. (hints: if; were)
12. A: Actually, I don't really feel like doing the cleaning today. I'm feeling a bit tired.
B. Well, ________________________________________ , we could always leave it until tomorrow. (hint: rather)
13. A: Do you think you could give me a hand with the painting next week?
B: ________________________________________ , but I can't. I'm going to Madrid on Monday morning. (hint: could)
14. A: Shall I pick the kids up from school today?
B: ________________________________________ , if you could. (hint: great)
15. A: What do you think of my new outfit?
B: Well, the shirt's ok, but ________________________________________ wearing that jacket! (hint: dead)
16. A: Have you got any ideas for the summer?
B: Well, ________________________________________ go on a cruise. It's something I've always wanted to do. (hint: quite)
17. A: Where's Barbara tonight?
B: She's gone canyoning with some friends.
A: Gosh! She must be crazy. ________________________________________ doing anything like that! (hint: catch)
18. A: We're going scuba-diving this weekend. Do you want to come along?
B: You must be joking! ____________________ go scuba-diving ____________________! (Hint: even; paid)

MULTIPLE CHOICE REF: Unit 4 p28 Reading Vocabulary: collocation
1. The product has been withdrawn from the market until further ____________________.
a.research has been done
b.research has been made
c.researches have been done
2. If you get the job, you can ____________________ 30,000 euros a year.
a.think to earn
b.expect to win
c.expect to earn
3. There is a lot of ____________________ the plans for a new indoor shopping centre.
a.confrontation to
b.opposition to
c.opposition against
4. We're ____________________ if we allow things like that to happen.
a.taking a big risk
b.making a big risk
c.making a large risk
5. I tried to ____________________ his argument by pointing out that there were still relatively few women in top positions.
6. Some people consider him to be mentally ____________________.
7. Could you ____________________ into town?
a.take me a lift
b.give me a lift
c.lift me
Write the sport that corresponds to the definition. Unit 4 p30 Vocabulary: sport
1. In this sport, you sit on a long, wide piece of plastic and go very fast down a snow-covered hill. ________________________
2. In this sport, you jump from something very high such as a bridge. A rope is tied to your
legs to make sure that you swing back up before hitting the ground._______________________
3. In this sport, two people fight by holding each other and trying to throw each other to the ground.________________________
4. In this sport, you jump from a plane and fall for some distance before opening a parachute. ________________________
5. In this sport, you hold onto a large, cloth-covered frame and fly slowly through the air from a high point such as a cliff ________________________

03 febrero, 2009



A 1. Despite 2. Due 3. Because 4. Although 5. Spite 6. However
B 1. e 2.d 3. c 4. g 5. a 6. h 7. f 8. b


A 1 b 2 a 3 c 4 c 5 a 6 b 7 b 8 a 9 c
10 b 11 c 12 a
B 1 we took the car due to the train strike
2 despite the fact I was hungry, I couldn-t eat the snails
3 although the weather was rough, the boat set sail
4 the government resigned because the economy collapsed
5 they said the bridge wouldn’t last, but it is still standing.
6 Take my phone number in case you need it
C .... I’m writng incase you ever decide to go to Ireland . Despite the bad weather, ....
...... Due to it being an island.... It’s a pity that because I didn’t have/of not having much free time

Although/though/even though In spite of/despite
2. Although I had never seen her before,
3. although it was quite cold.
4. although we don’t like them very much.
5. Although I didn’t speak the language,
6. Although the heating was on
although we’ve known each other for a long time
although I’d met her twice before.
2 a. In spite of b.although 3 a. Because b. Althoug 4 a. Because of b. In spite of 5 a. Although b. Because of. 6 a he didn’t study b. He studied 7 a. I was hungry b. Being hungry.
2. In spite of having very little money, they are happy
3.Although my foot was injured, I managed...
4. In spite of the silly story, I enjoyed the film.
5. Despite the fact that we live in the same street, we hardly ever see each other.
6. Even though I had an umbrella, I got very wet in the rain.
2. It’s quite warm, a bit windy though.
3. I ate it though.
4. I don’t like her husband though.