29 marzo, 2011

The King's Speech,subtitles

This is a trailer of the film we're going to see next Thursday 7th April.
There will be two sessions, 18.00 and 20.00.  I expect you to  be at Las Ramblas cinema in Coslada.
Remember to bring a Euro next day.
George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George; 14 December 1895 – 6 February 1952) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death.
He often suffered from ill health and was described as "easily frightened and somewhat prone to tears".[5] His parents, the Duke and Duchess of York, were generally removed from their children's day-to-day upbringing, as was the norm in aristocratic families of that era. He had a stammer that lasted for many years, and was forced to write with his right hand although he was naturally left-handed. He suffered from chronic stomach problems as well as knock knees, for which he was forced to wear painful corrective splints.[6]

As the second son of King George V, he was not expected to inherit the throne and spent his early life in the shadow of his elder brother, Edward. He served in the Royal Navy during World War I, and after the war took on the usual round of public engagements. He married LadyElizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923, and they had two daughters, Elizabeth (who succeeded him as Queen Elizabeth II) and Margaret.
George's elder brother ascended the throne as Edward VIII on the death of their father in 1936. However, less than a year later, Edward revealed his desire to marry the American socialiteWallis Simpson. British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin advised Edward that, for political and religious reasons, he would not be able to remain king if he married Simpson, who was divorced from her first husband and divorcing her second. Thus Edward abdicated in order to marry, and George VI ascended the throne as the third monarch of the House of Windsor.

22 marzo, 2011

Article: A/An/The/Zero

UNIT 59 A /An
1.     3. a 4. a 5. an 6. a 7. an 8. a 9. a 10. an 11. an 12. a 13. a 14. an 15. a 16. an 17. an 18. a.
2.     2. a river 3. an animal 4. a game 5. a flower 6. a tool 7. a vegetable 8. a planet 9. a musical instrument 10.a fruit.
3.     2. a shop assistant 3. a photographer 4. a taxi driver 5. a nurse 6. a private detective. 7. a road sweeper 8. a teacher.
4.      2. a party 3. an artist 4. a beautiful day 5. a sandwich and an apple 6.an industrial country 7. a bath 8. an office 9. a very difficult question 10. an expensive hotel.

UNIT 64 The
1.     3. the third 4. the Fire brigade 5. the first, the moon 6. the capital 7. the largest, the world 8. the army 9. the sea 10. O.K 11. the top, the right 12. the country, the nearest 13. the end, the beginning 14. the same 15. The Prime Minister, the most 16. the man, the left 17. the name 18. the first 19. O.K 20. the fridge.
2.     2. the same time 3. the same problem 4. the same age 5. the same colour 6. the same day.
3.     3. the sun 4. T.V. 5. breakfast 6. the police 7. the guitar 8. lunch 9. the radio 19. the sky.

2 Past simple or present perfect –key

What's the rule?
A. 1. Joe 2. Helen
B. 1. Joe 2. HeleN
C. 2. Present perfect.
D. 2
1. pp 2. ps 3. pp 4. pp

Practice exercises
1. 1 a 2 b
2.(2) did (3) was (4) have been (5) have you travelled(6) I have been to(7) I went to
(8) have you visited (9) no, I haven’t (10) Have you made...? (11) I have made(12) I bought.
3. 2 f 3 a 4 b 5d 6e.
4.2 right 3has lived 4 decided 5 have visited.
5. 3 I have been... for 2 years. 4 I met... a year ago. 5 She has lived.... for 3 years. 6 we bought...


1. just
2. already
3. still
4. yet
5. just
6. just
7. yet, already
8. yet
9. still
10. still
11. yet
12. already
13. still
14. still
15. yet
16. still
A. Past simple
2. A specified time in the past.
Ago, when yesterday.
Present perfect
3. an action which began in the past and continues
4. an unspecified time in the past.
ever, since, yet.
B. 1 haven't seen. 3
2. saw. 2
3. went. 2
4. found 1/2
5. have you ever been.4
6. have lived. 3
7. lived. 1
8. met. 2
9. has lost. 3
10. has opened. 3
12. have you fed? 4
13. played. 2
14. did you download? 2

4C Grammar Object pronouns

2. us 3.them 4. him 5. her 6.him 7. you 8. it 9. them 10.us 11. it 12. her 13. me 14. them 15. us

2D So, because, but, although

a 2 d because 3j so 4a so 5i but 6h because 7e although 8b although 9f but 10c so
b 2 although  3 but  4 so 5because 6 but 7 but 8 so 9 but 10 because 11 although.

Read the text and choose the correct linking word or phrase for each gap.

It was very windy when I set off from the airport last Monday morning. The sky was full of dark clouds and soon it started to rain heavily. What a great way to start a holiday!
   While I was driving to the airport, the storm got worse. Suddenly, a huge flash of lightning struck a tree. It came crashing down just meters in front of my car. The fallen tree completely blocked the road, so I was stuck. I tried to call the emergency services on my mobile, but the line was dead.
   I was positive that I'd miss my plane, so I turned on the radio and tried to get used to the idea. Soon there was a loud knock at the window. To my surprise it was a young man in leather clothes, "Need a ride?" he said. My plane was leaving in an hour so I didn't think twice. I grabbed my bags, climbed carefully onto the motorcycle and shouted urgently, "To the airport please!"
   It was my first time on a motorcycle so I was terrified. The young man drove so fast that I kept my eyes tightly shut all the way. Suddenly, the motorcycle came to a halt. "We're here!" he said. I looked at my watch and saw that I was just in time for my flight. The young man wished me a nice trip, then quickly sped away.
   As soon as my plane took off, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. I could now relax and enjoy holiday.

17 marzo, 2011

Saint Patrick

Today is March 17th, Saint Patrick's Day.

Do you want to know something else about this Irish and American holiday:
Interactive Book of facts
Saint Patrick (BBC):Read about the places and legends associated with Saint Patrick.

14 marzo, 2011

Practise 7 Elementary

Minicheck 7 Elementary

6B Grammar there was/ there were

2 there weren’t 3 was there 4 there were 5 there wasn’t 6 were there 7 there were 8 were there 9 there wasn’t 10 was there 11 there was 12 there weren’t 13 was there 14 there were 15 there wasn’t.

6 A Grammar there is/ there are

a 2 Is there an armchair in the living room? Yes, there is.
3 Is there a window in the study? No, there isn’t.
4 Are there any plants in the kitchen? Yes, there are.
5 Is there a mirror in the hall? Yes, there is.
6 Are there any pictures in the house? No, there aren’t.

b 2 There isn’t a clock in the hall.
3 There is a shower in the bathroom.
4 There isn’t a TV in the bedroom.
5 There are some cupboards in the kitchen.
6 There aren’t any flowers in the living room.

10 marzo, 2011


Last April two British teenagers wanted to go to Australia for their summer holiday. But it was a 24-hour journey by plane and tickets were very expensive. So, Raoul Sebastian and Emma Nunn, aged 19, looked for cheap tickets on the Internet. They were lucky, and they booked two tickets to Sydney.
On August 4th they arrived at Heathrow airport. They checked in and waited for the plane to leave. Six hours later they landed at a big airport and changed planes.
Emma: ‘I was a bit worried because the second plane was very small, but I didn’t want to say anything to Raoul.’
Raoul: ‘After only an hour the plane landed. We looked out of the window. It was a very small airport. We walked to the information desk and I showed our tickets to the woman.’
‘When is our next flight?’ I asked.
She looked at our tickets. ‘The next flight? This is the end of your journey. Where did you want to go?’
Where are we?’ I asked.

Have you ever been to a Zara store?

Have you ever been to a Zara store?
You probably have, as today it is one of the fastest-growing chains in the world.

The person behind Zara is Amancio Ortega. He is the richest man in Spain, but very few people know his face. There are only two official photographs of him, and he rarely gives interviews. Although he is a multimillionaire businessman, he doesn’t look like one – he doesn’t like wearing suits or ties, and prefers to wear jeans and a shirt.

When he was young he worked as a shop assistant in a clothes store, but he always dreamed of having his own business. In 1963 he started a small company which made women’s pyjamas. In 1975, at the age of 40, he opened his first clothes shop in La Coruña, a small city in north-west Spain, and named it Zara. Now you can find Zara shops all over the world, from New York to Moscow to Singapore. So why is Zara so successful?

The main reason is that Zara reacts incredibly quickly to the latest designer fashions, and produces clothes which are fashionable but inexpensive. Zara can make a new line of clothes in three weeks. Other companies normally take about nine months. The clothes also change from week to week – so customers keep coming back to see what’s new. It produces 20,000 new designs a year – and none of them stay in the shops for more than a month.

So if you’ve seen a new jacket or skirt you like in a Zara store, hurry up and buy it, because it won’t be there for long.

Practise module 7. Pre-intermediate

Minicheck 7 Pre-intermediate

07 marzo, 2011

Not Next to me English file 1 pre intermediate

When you’re travelling by plane or train, there are some passengers you just don’t want to have next to you…
Perhaps you normally like them, but when you are sitting next to them on a plane it’s a different thing. They usually spend all the flight moving around and dropping their toys on the floor, and when they’re drinking their orange juice it ends up on your trousers. Then they decide they want to play with you, so you can’t have the little siesta that you were planning.
You recognize this type as soon as you sit down. They immediately start talking about the plane, or the weather, or they ask you a personal question. It’s very difficult not to talk to these people, and you’ll probably have to continue talking until the plane lands.
These are the people with white faces who sit down and immediately ask for a double whisky. Every five minutes they call a flight attendant to ask if there are any problems with the plane. They also tell you about air disasters (which you are not interested in!). The best thing to do is to buy them a few drinks or pretend to sleep.
These people are not necessarily very big, but they have a terrible habit of taking up all their room, and some of your room too. They usually sit so that you can’t move, with their arms and legs in your space. They also have a lot of hand luggage which takes up all the room in the overhead locker.

01 marzo, 2011

Past Simple

The past tense of BE and HAVE
Reporter: Where were you? And where was the monster?
Henry: I was hereIt was a great shock. It wasn’t very nice.
R: What was the monster like?
H: It was a very large animal. It had a large body, but it had a small head. Its eyes were blue and round. It had teeth, but they weren’t very big. It didn’t have any ears.
H: I didn’t have my camera with me. And it was very quick.

The simple past tense (positive and negative)
He didn’t repair a broken window.
He didn’t book a holiday
He wrote to the bank
He didn’t phone the sports club
He paid the electricity bill
He tidied the garage
He didn’t paint the gate
He didn’t clean the windows
The simple past tense (positive)
1.     Stopped, got. 2. Had 3.held 4. Threw, smashed 5. took, put
6. Happened, stood, watched 7. Jumped, drove 8. run, called.

The simple past tense (questions)
1 Why did she disappear?
2 did she leave the country?
3 How did she travel?
4 did her friends hide her?
5 What did she do in all that time?
6 Did she read the stories about her in the newspapers?
7 Why did she come home?
8 did her husband find her?

How to get help
B1 gave, felt, went, said, took, got.
Secret message: don’t worry, be happy.
2 grammar: Pas tense
1 felt 2 gave 3 was 4 didn’t 5 did 6 gave 7 said
B2 unscramble the sentences and answer the questions.
2.     I felt angry with my brother
3.     Tim went out with my friend. Yes, she did.
4.     My sister said I was fat. No, she didn’t.
5.     He gave the photo to my girlfriend. No, he didn’t.
6.     He got upset with his brother. Yes, he did.
Grammar practice: past tense
Say- said
Give- gave
Feel- felt
Unit 11
1. Cleaned. 2. Opened 3. Started, finished 4. Wanted 5. Happened
6. rained 7. Enjoyed, stayed 8. Died.
1 got 2 saw 3 played 4 paid 5 visited 6 bought 7 went 8 thought
9 copied 10 knew 11 put 12 spoke.
1 flew 2 got 3 had 4 left 5 drove 6 got 7 parked 8 walked
9 checked 10 had 11 waited 12 departed 13 arrived 14 took.
2 she lost her keys last week.
3 she met her friends yesterday evening.
4 yesterday I bought two newspapers.
5 last Sunday we went to the cinema.
6 yesterday I ate an orange.
7 this morning he had a shower.
8 they came to see us last Friday.
Unit 12

2. didn’t work
3. didn’t go
4. didn’t have
5. didn’t do
2. Did you enjoy...?
3. Did you have...?
4. Did you finish...?
6. Did you sleep...?
2. Got up or didn’t get up
3. Had or didn’t have
4. Bought or didn’t buy
5. Ate or didn’t eat.
6. Went or didn’t go.
2. Did you arrive?
3. Did you win?
4. Did you go?
5. Did it cost?
6. Did you go to bed late?
7. Did you have a good time?
8. Did it break?
2. bought 3.did it rain yesterday? 4. Didn’t stay 5. Opened
6. I didn’t have time 7. How did you do that? 8. I didn’t know about it.