Thursday, 20 December 2012

Are high-heeled shoes a good idea for the party?

Today fashion is very important in our society. When girls go out, such as going to the disco, girls wear high-heeled shoes. The boys are asking: Why? What for?

It's easy, I wear high-heeled shoes because I'm a short person and I like feeling tall (a little bit). I love high-heeled shoes! but I think that:

When I go to the disco I dress well and I wear my high-heeled shoes (12 cm), I dance, I laugh, I sing, etc. But finally I can't walk because my feet hurt. I get tired of walking on tiptoe and the pain lasts for days. It's horrible. Also, the high-heeled shoes don't let me dance well, I can't walk quickly and sometimes you can twist the ankle.

On the other hand, wearing high-heeled shoes has advantages, for example, you look pretty and sexy. For short people it's good, you feel tall! Also, it's fashionable and elegant. The high-heeled shoes stylize the woman's body.


Monday, 17 December 2012

Give a little love

Hey guys!

It's been awhile since the last time I posted something here, but I saw this yesterday and I couldn't resist to post it here.
It's perfect for this time of year, with the Christmas spirit and everything.
I hope it'll make you realize of what you can do just with a little gesture.

I hope you like it!



PS: From an ex-student, keep taking care of the blog ;)

Saturday, 15 December 2012

The Best Things In Life Are Free

A lot of people think that money gives you happiness. Personally, I think that the best things in life are free.

Firtsly, I think that money makes you crazy and little by little you become selfish and stringy. You loose emotions, you look only at superficial things. You think only about yourself, and you want more and more money. It's a crazy life. I think that this people are the richest of the poor.

Secondly, the best things are love, patience, empathy, laughter, hugs, caresses, kisses, looks, peace, solidarity, dancing, walking, sleeping, dreaming, hoping and more. But, for me the most important is making people happy and helping them when they need.

To sum up, you don't live without knowing what it feels like to improve someones life. All life returns.


An Interesting Place I Have Visited

One of the most interesting places I have ever visited is a house in Berna, Swetherland. Berna is the capital, I went to a small town near the city. The town is peaceful surronded by nature. It is also famous for their houses in the Alps.

From the outside, the house looked ruristic. There was such a small wood door. In the balcony it was so flowery with a lot of colours. However, when I went inside the house, I realized that it was very spacious. In addition, it was relaxed and I felt very clam. The windows of the house were so big. The kitchen was so small but it was very sophisticated.

I liked this house because is was so relaxing. Moreover, it was very comfortable. I wolud like to live there.



The First Date

Last week, I met a handsome and friendly boy called John at a café, and he asked me aou on Friday night. For our first date, we arranged to meet at a shopping centre. I was wearing my favourite dress.

I arrived a little late, but as I always say " what is good is worth waiting", whan I arrived he looked at me and smiled. A man had given us some tickets for a new restaurant while we were walking and finally we decided to do there and eat or drink something. After, we went to a park and we were talking about us.

At the end of the day, we came home and he asked me my phone number. Two days later he called me and we met again.


Monday, 10 December 2012

Do you think that school holidays are too long?


Nowadays, in Catalonia school holidays last forthree months. Possibly some people think that it is too long, and other people think that it isn’t long enough, but, in my opinion, the course is very hard and it’s necessary to have long holidays. When we were younger than now, we went to “esplais” and “casals”, very educational sites and very important for our relations with other people. If the holidays had been shorter, people wouldn’t have done their hobbies in these “esplais”. I wish I could return to those times, it was brilliant.

Now, holidays are a good time to revise some things from the last course, to read a book or to improve the contents of the next course. Also, young people can search employment at this time. A lot of teenagers use it to work in some shop or company. It’s fantastic to earn your own money. You can use it to buy clothes, to go to the disco or to donate money to charity.
If people want to work in summer, they can do a lot of other activities; never activities of vandalism of course.
Furthermore, if we are relaxed on holidays, next we will work better at school, with more motivation.

To sum up, we need the holidays for to rest and enjoy, or to do other activities that we don't do at school like working.
They can change the duration of summer holidays as long as the winter holidays last more time. Unless they change it, it’s irrational that summer holidays last less that now.

Description of my house

My home is in the neighborhood of Montigalà. The area is modern and lively. My street is very cramped and peaceful; almost there isn’t traffic or fuss. Also, the street is very convenient for the kids; they play every afternoon without worries.

The house is big and cozy. The living room is comfortable and the kitchen is spacious. There are two bathrooms. My room is the place where I spend more time. In my bedroom I have my computer, my books and my PlayStation. It feels very calm there. In addition, I have an amazing garden. It is the funniest place of the home. There are a table of tennis, a basket and a reveille. There was a table football three years ago, but unfortunately it broke. The garden is perfect for warm summer days. There is light at night too. It is so high that I have played basketball matches with my friends.

However, I don’t like spending much time at home, I like going out and relaxing with my friends. In conclusion, it isn’t a mansion, but it is perfect for me.

A nightmare in the train

It was a Saturday evening. I was going to Barcelona because I needed to buy some clothes for the winter.
I used the train to go. When I entered in the train, I sat near the window. At the second stop, I fell asleep because I was very tired.

I was still sleeping when the train passed for Barcelona. I wake up very far. I wasn't recognizing anything out of the window. The man who was in front of me there was looking at me. I asked him where we were. He answered: "We have already passed Barcelona, we are at Valencia".

I got off the train at the next stop. I hadn't been there never. There was nobody at the station. I was very nervous, I was lost.
Suddenly I wake ip and I was in my bed. I was sweating but I could breathe calmly, I was safe.

Live concerts are the best way to listen to music. Do you agree?



Live concerts or listening to music quietly in my house, is a good dilemma, because people maybe think that listening to music alone is nice, because you can analyze the lyrics and the rhythm of the song, but I think the opposite.


As far as I'm concerned, I’m convinced that the live concerts are more exiting than the music which you can hear on your mp3 or a video, because in a concert you can watch the singer with his band and be proud of being just a few meters between him on the stage and I.  When you’re in a concert you can live the atmosphere of the place. Also, the advantage of being in a concert is that you can share with other people the same type of music that you like it.


Finally, I think being in a concert is the best option to support those who work for that music and keep making music for all of us.

A description of a place




One of the most interesting places I have ever visited is a cliff called Prekestolen, in Norway. Prekestolen is an enormous rock above the fjord, which is 600 meters above the sea. It is a very beautiful and shivery place, because it hasn’t got any safety mesures.


To climb to this rock, you must walk a few hours, along a little bit difficult trail. When you arrive at the top of the mountain you suddenly see the fantastic landscape, and then, you forget all the endeavor you made on the climb. This place is a very typical place of Norway, but the only think I don’t like is the road to go up.


Finally, I have to admit that it is one of the most impressive sites I've been, because the rock is enourmous, and you can go to the edge of the rock and see the ships very small, and all of it is awesome.


Which do you think is the best sport for a young person to take up?


Sport is very important for young people. Although some guys do not get enough sport. From my point of view, I think practising any sport is importat to maturing process and practice can help teenagers to learn the importance of the discipline, perseverance and effort.

Hence, I think it encourages competitiveness, but always with moderation not too much insistence . So boys or girls will learn to enjoy the victories and become stronger  with defeats.

Furthermore, If you take up a team sport, you will meet new people, new friends.
In fact most teenagers play sports like football or basketball, but personally it doesn’t matter.

For example my little brother does fencing, it’s not a usual sport and when you don’t know about it,  you don't think that someone could practices this sport, but in fact there are a lot of boys and girls who practice it.

To sum up, any sport is good for young people, the only thing that matters is that you like it.

Hunting animals a sport or a crime

From my point of view, hunting animals is definitely not a sport, and i think that people that hunt animals just for having fun are too insenitive.
I feel that hunting animals shold be illegal beacause hunting just beacause you like killing animals is totally immoral and should be banned in all the world unless it's done for reasons of survival like feeding.
Personally, i think that people who believes hunting is a sport are totally wrong beacuse i believe that something that leads to the death of animals just for entertaintment can never be a sport.

People aren't concerned enough about that, but i hope that people who think that hunting animals is a sport can change their mind and stop killing animals especially endengered animals who are in danger of extinction beacause of hunting.

Description of a house

When i was little i lived in a big house, the house was so convenient beacause it was near the shops and the supermarket and also i had a very close tube station.
From the outside of the house it seemed small but when you walked into the house you see that it wasn't small.
The house had two floors, on the ground floor was the living room, where we used to watch tv,  there was also the kitchen, where it was the door which you could go to the garden, in the garden there was a swimming pool and sunbeds for sunbathing in the summer.

Upstairs there were all the bedrooms, my bedroom was in the end of the hall and i had my own bathroom, but it was a little small. Next to my bedroom there were the rooms of my brother and my parents.
I loved my house, it was such a comfortable place, and i would love to live there now!

A nightmare journey

One of my nightmare journeys was two years ago, on july of 2010.
That year i was going to Valencia with my three friends on holiday.
We were going to take a bus at first, to take us to the train station, but one of my friends was late to the bus stop and we couldn't catch the bus. Then we have to call a taxi to take us to the train station on time.
When we took the taxi all seemed well, we had plenty of time until the train left. But when we arrived at the street of the train station we saw a huge traffic jam!. There were a lot of cars and the taxi couldn't move.
We had to get out of the taxi and we run to the train station.We had a lot of bags but we ran as much as we could.
When we arrived at our train platform, the train wasn't there, then we become very sad and angry, but suddenly a man told us that the train wasn't gone but was delayed!
After so much running we had to wait for the train for half and hour!

Another narrative

-Come on, noob! Let me see if you have become better than me! -Says my oponent, with a shiny smile in the middle of his face.
-Look at this, commander! -I shout- 'Lectric Railgun!
A ray full of electric power appears on my hands, and is shot towards the other men, who avoids it without hesitation.
-You're too slow! -He says. -I suppose you're still a kid! Look and learn! Zero Void!
A dark power appears from the middle of his hands, and advances towards me, slowly, but swallowing everything on his way. It's a superb attack, which no one could avoid.
-Ok, ok, I surrender! -I say, when the void is starting to swallow me.
The void dissappears like it never existed. A voice in off says:
-Shire has surrendered. The commander wins. End of the training.
I suspire. He defeated me again.
The commander.
The never anxious, never dizzy, a coolhearted man who has accomplished all the missions without killing any single criminal. He's the commander... And my elder brother.
I extract the chip from the bracelet dangling from my wrist, and I look at it. This little chip, called "piece of reality", gives to his user unimaginable powers, like control the fire, or the water... In my case I can control the electricity. The real name of the piece of reality is something like "Nano-technical device of..."... Damn! I forgot the last part... In any case, piece of reality is the best name, it's easier than the other one. However, why am I talking about names?
We're from an agency of our country, who uses the people who can use the piece of reality, the so called "Reality-drivers", to fight the criminals who have pieces of realities in their hands. We're like a special department of the common police.
-You're not good enough. -Says him. He is the strongest reality-driver in all the world. Compare him with me is like compare the distance from the sun to the earth, or the day and night, or... Whatever, he is too strong.
-Bro... -I shut up when he looks at me.
-You need more training, noob. -After he says that, he left over the room.
I stand in the room, alone, and I get angry "Fuck! I'm doing my best!" I shout to the empty room. After that, I start training alone.
Who could have said to me that it would be the last time that I saw him... like the brother I used to know.

A narrative

One day, when I waswalking on the street, I met an old man, who said to me "Hey, son, I came from fifty years from now! If you don't follow my instructions, you will die today!"
When he said that, I was amazed, and shocked. What the hell was this crazy old man saying to me? Well, I didn't have anithing to do at the moment, so I decided to listen to him. He told me about this day, and he said that my death, like the death of all the people of the world, was an uncertain probability, but this day the probability had risen with no reason. "What have you done today?" He asked me. "Nothing special. I broke a mirror, I saw a black cat, and a wizard put me a curse." "You think about it as a normal situation?" He was impressed. I don't think it's pretty much the big thing. "Well, the mirror is new." I comented. After a while, he arrived to a conclusion: My bad luck was the main cause of my early death.
"To solve your bad luck, you need to travel to the far land of Phantomia, and kill the dragon who sleeps in the highest tower of that land. But you can only kill the dragon with the sacred sword of the fairies, so you first should..." "Stop it, stop it." I interrupted him "It's too much work for one person alone. Gotta know something? I preffer to die than do all of that amount of work." After that, I left, letting the old man alone, confused by my answer.
The next day, I was still alive, when someone knocked the door. It was the old man again. He was sweating, and he said with a fast speech "I... I know what happened! It's only a miscalcula..." I closed the door before he could finish the phrase. When I opened the door again, the old man wasn't here. And I never saw him again.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

The situation of Spain

At present, in Spain we have a very important problem which is called crisis.
When one spanish person turn on the television it is the first piece of news that he can see.
In my view, yes, crisis is important and... Spain will get out of this crisis as long as we join and fight for this!.
Moreover, we have other problems, politicians, well not all.
I think that theta don't do anything for Spanish people!, most  families are being evicted every day, and if politicians don't do anything to stop this, poverty will increase.
I'm outraged!, apart from that, unemployement is also increasing and as a consequence people can't pay their mortatge and homelessness also rises.
But, what is more outragerous is that we must rescue banks that they are in my opinion those who have deceived Spanish people!
It is certainly true that we are in bad conditions and I wish it hadn't started, but as far as, I'm concerned that is not too late to fight for our rights and our future, because that is what is at stake, our future.

My dream house

My dream house would be very spacious, with an enormous swimmingpool, garden and with a sea view.
I don't like very ornate houses, so I think that I would decorate it with a minimalist touch.
The ligths of the house would be automatic like the blinds, the floor would be of wood, the walls would be white, windows wouldn't have curtains and every day I would have fresh flowers. Moreover, the garden would have a bench of wood and if I had time, I will have an orchard with vegetables, because I like ecologic products.
I don't know which shape would the swimmingpool have but I'm sure that it would be very big. For all this I need a lot of money so...
If I win the lottery or if I word hard I will have the house of my dreams! 


A nightmare journey

Two years ago I had a nightmare which consisted in a desired travel to New York.
I woke up one morning and my aunt called to say that all the familiy had to pack our cases because we were going on a trip to New York. Fortunately, the plane didn't take off until two hours later.
We returned to the house and we were looking for my passport and when we were leaving home a policeman was putting a fine in my cousin's car!. Afterwards, we arrived to the airport and the plane had already left!, I was really sad...
I woke up and feared for our next trip, but luckily we had a great time and no one forgot his passport!.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Barcelona To Berlin

I remember a few months ago when I travelled from Barcelona to Berlin by train. My journey wasn't as good as expected.

I was very anxious and happy when I arrived at the train station, but when the manager informed me that the train had already left I got uptight and I didn't know what to do. Then I asked at reception about the next train. Fortunately there was another train which was leaving for Berlin in six hours. That was indeed very good news. I briskly asked for a ticket for that train. I felt very relieved when the new ticket was in my hand.

I had been waiting in the station for hardly one hour when the train arrived. I jumped from the chair I was sitting on and I went toward the train with all my luggage.
I had several bags in each hand, that's why it was hard to move with agility. While I was trying to get in the train I got my elbow hurt very  badly. Despite my elbow's bad condition I somehow managed to get into the train.

There was a very sophisticated atmosphere inside the train: latest furniture, high-class food...... everything was very organised. I never imagined such an elegance in a train which only cost 75 €. That was  simply mind-blowing. I was still utterly amazed by the train when a man broke into the train and said to me: " Miss, Can I see your ticket please?" .
"Sure" I answered to him.  I put my bags down and sat in one of the sofas. The sofa was very fluffy and also very comfortable. I gave my ticket to the man. He looked quite surprised and so was I when he said: "Miss, I think you made a mistake. This is not your train".
It was too good to be true.

I got of the train and I went toward one of the benches in the station. The train left. While I was waiting for my train to come I got hungry so I decided to eat something. There were  some fast- food  restaurants in front of the station and I went in one of them.
It was late night so there wasn't any crowd in there. I ordered some pasta and they brought it to me immediately. It looked rotten but I was too hungry to think about it. Also I was feeling a little dizzy so I just ate it without thinking. That thing was the most tasteless dish I 've ever eaten in my life. But as an axiomatic truth i knew that, that was the only food I could expect from a such a place.


One by one the hours passed and finally my train arrived. I felt so grateful when I finally sat on my seat. My train wasn't as much impressing as the other one. Actually it was quite obnoxious, but I was too tired to think about it so I just closed my eyes and slept.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

My bedroom


My favorite place in the house is my bedroom because it’s the room that I spend more time in. When I was young I shared the bedroom with my little brother, but now I have my own room. The room is near the bathroom and the livingroom.

My bedroom is spacious and warm. There is a big window. Ther walls are painted in blue and white, and there is a big yellow smile that I painted, under the smile there is a mirror that I use to look at myself before I go out. My bed is so big, so I sleep very well, infront  of the bed there is TV wich is such a convenient thing because I can watch TV in the bed. When I wake up I turn on the radio to get up in a good mood and I start dancing in the morning. The desk is so big up there, there is a telephone and the computer. In one wall I have a photo mural with presents and photos. The closet i cramped but I don’t mind because I have no got many clothes, but I have a lot of shoes.

I love my bedroom!!! Because I feel confortable when I’m in there.

A Nightmare journey

One of my worst day journeys was last August. One day when I was surfing on the internet I saw an ad, the announcement said “Go to La Rioja and save the storks” the project was of Cruz Roja, so I decided to go to La Rioja. I had never been there and I really wanted to go. My parents and I talked and they thought it was a good idea.

I was excited and nervous, I wanted to get to visit the city and the countryside. Although we just arrived, we all knew. Monitors taught us where we would sleep, it seemed a jail. The next day we worked in the field. It wasn't looking good... We worked ten hours every day, it was the third day and nobody had seen any stork.  

I had never been so afraid, but I couldn't call my parents because there wasn't any mobile phone. Finally I decided to flee from that "concentration camp". When I was out I called my parents to take me home and never again get back.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

An opinion essay (2nd of Batx.)

You can choose one of the following options or propose a different one:


  1. Hunting animals: a sport or a crime
  2. Men should do 50% of housework.
  3. The possession of marijuana must remain illegal.
  4. Do you think people in your country are eating better or worse than they used to?
  5. Playing video games is a waste of time. What do you think?
  6. The best things in life are free. What do you think?
  7. After school activities are important for students. 
  8. The future of Catalan
  9. What would you do to change the world? In your opinion, what are the most important problems? What would you do to solve them?  



Once you have written your first draft, go throught our "Writing Checklist" to see that you have not made any of the most common mistakes for a Catalan student. 


Some useful expressions to express you opinions:

  • Personally, I think.....
  • Personally speaking, I believe....
  • In my opinion,......
  • In my view, .........
  • From my point of view, ........
  • As I see it, ..............
  • It seems to me, .......
  • As far as I'm concerned, ...................
  • I strongly believe, .........


Happy writing!!!

"Someday we'll all be free"

Dear all,
Remember Sharif from last week? Exactly as he promised us, he has just released a second video about his series on the Catalan issue.
I thought I would share it with you here and spread the word.
Bye for now!



Someday We'll All Be Free from Sharif on Vimeo.

Related posts: A trip to Barcelona

Thursday, 15 November 2012

DYNAMO


On Saturday 25th June 2011, crowds gathered on the banks of the River Thames as an extraordinary feat unfolded. A man in a red jacket was seemingly ‘walking on water’, striding out across the great river under the iconic backdrop of the Houses of Parliament. As pictures emerged, the news travelled fast with initial coverage across the British mainstream media and later, pickup as far afield as China, Australia and South Africa. 
This had been one of the biggest and most audacious illusions in history, on a par with David Copperfield’s vanishing of the Statue of Liberty and Houdini’s great escapes… but this wasn’t the work of one of Vegas’s elite It had been performed by a young magician from a tough part of Bradford who went by the name of Dynamo. 

Tipped as the most exciting British magician to emerge in decades, Dynamo had stunned audiences and celebrities around the world with his genre-bending cocktail of large-scale illusions, incredible sleight of hand and innovative street magic. 

The 28 year-old’s list of celebrity fans now reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the Hollywood elite. Will Smith, Diddy, Jay Z, Coldplay, Russell Brand, Gwyneth Paltrow, The Black Eyed Peas and Paris Hilton are just a few of the names who’ve raved about his unique talent. 

Dynamo stunned Tinie Tempah by pulling a chain through his own neck and amazed US celebrity power couple Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore by eating a piece of string and pulling it down the length of his torso. Billionaire Richard Branson physically bowed down to him after watching one of his performances and Lindsay Lohan was left speechless after he levitated her from a chair. 

Growing up on the rundown Delph Hill housing estate in Bradford with a father who spent large periods of time away in prison, Dynamo (real name Steven Frayne) suffered with a debilitating form of Crohn’s disease as a youngster. Having been introduced to magic by his Granddad, the young Steven Frayne developed his skills as a means to fend off the bullies who teased him about his disease, quickly gaining a reputation as a unique talent within his local community with his incredible sleight of hand. 
Many years later Steven appeared at the New York Hilton during Houdini’s centenary celebrations where he performed in front of his peers, including acclaimed magicians Aaron Fisher and David Blaine. After a stunning display someone in the audience shouted “this kid’s a f***ing DYNAMO!” . The name stuck and a new era in magic was born.

From an early age, Dynamo was inspired by the impact of hip-hop culture. He was strongly influenced by local breakdancers who fused together a variety of styles and MC’s who promoted themselves through the use of the mix-tape circuit in order to create something new. Steven planned to modernise the magic scene by combining his skills with elements from the urban dance scene.

In 2004, after moving to London, Dynamo set out to fulfill stage one of his plan; the creation of the first ever magic ‘mix-tape’. Along with a small team he filmed his performances on the streets of London and backstage at events, where he managed to blag his way in front of the stars by impressing doormen and tour managers along the way.

2007 started with a bang. Actor Will Smith presented Dynamo with an award on behalf of the Prince’s Trust for his success after receiving a start-up loan from the charity. During his acceptance speech, Dynamo started to choke on a polo mint and without warning pulled a chain through his neck with the Polo attached. The audience were amazed, including
 Will Smith, who gave Dynamo a glowing endorsement, proclaiming “that man just pulled a lifesaver out of his neck! You scared my son with your magic tricks but that was absolutely stunning!” 

His debut TV series ‘Dynamo: Magician Impossible’ was broadcast on Sky Channel Watch on the 7th July 2011 and quickly broke all viewing records with over 1m viewers tuning in to the first episode in a slot which normally only commands an audience of 100K, total viewings now exceed 18 million. Series 2 starts 5th July 2012.

First video is in English, if you want it in Spanish check the video that's below.









Cristina Ibern Aguilar i Selena Rodriguez Castro

Monday, 12 November 2012

Acceptable or not

In groups discuss the following issues:
    1. Smacking a child
    2. Using a position of power to help a friend
    3. Smoking marijuana
    4. Nor paying your fare on the bus
    5. Eating meat
    6. Sentencing a serious criminal to death
Those issues that you decided were not acceptable, can you think of a particular situation when they would be acceptable? 


A trip to Barcelona 11/9

Hi there,
Today's listening practice will be a video by this New Yorker who found himself in the middle of Barcelona on 11th September.
Thanks Sharif for telling the world about us.
(Thanks Elena Romero for sending me the link)



A trip to Barcelona from Sharif on Vimeo.

Monday, 29 October 2012

"I'm yours" by Jason Mraz

To work on this song we are going to use the worksheed created by "smardie" from busyteacher.org. Many thanks to them for sharing.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

A description of a place


Nearly every  big or small culture in our large history has sought to honor the divine, the mysterious,  in some way or other . Most often this happens at sacred sites



However there is no need  to be a believer to recognise that holy places, religious architecture, and sacred art are some of the most amazing and interesting sites you'll see in your life.



These places are  so enchanting that it's impossible for anyone to resist it.  In these sites  the physical world seems to meet the spiritual world and  only a  peaceful feeling  are all you can feel.

One of these spectacular sites is Taj Mahal.
Such an amazing building   was constructed between 1631 and 1654 in  Agra, a city  that  nowadays is called the city of Taj,  near a river called Jamuna, by  a Muslim emperor :Shah Jahan of the Mughal dynasty. Shah Jahan made Taj as a symbol of his love for his wife who died while she was giving birth to her and shah jahan's daughter.  
Taj  is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a  style that combines  more than perfectly  the basic elements of Islamic, Persian, and Indian architecture.

Taj has several gardens around the main building.  There are also some secondary buildings around Taj which were made at the same time as Taj. Usually there are a lot of tourists at Taj enjoying the atmosphere at the place or simply because they are interested in the architecture.  A lot of people consider Taj as a holy place and they usually worship there. The Taj, which was traditionally just a tomb  is now  a sacred place which is visited by people around the world. Though most of these people does not even know that taj is a tomb.

Taj is a clear example of how  something as sinister as a tomb can become  something that people worship.

Here's video with some information about Taj . Check it if you have time.

Monday, 22 October 2012

A horrible story



                                                   A horrible story


It all started in 2012, when the crisis in Spain was huge and nobody could afford their basic food. My family began to starve so I decided to go abroad to earn money, but what I didn't know was that there are bad people who don't mind anything, they only want to do evil.

In mid-September, I took a plane to Denmark. I was very excited about going abroad: new people, new language, different weather... but I knew I had to go there to help my family. In the plane, I met a really handsome man: blue eyes, blond short hair, wide back... I found who was supposed to be my perfect man! And he was by my side! He stared at me, smiled and said: - "Hi! My name is Claus". From then on, we talked a lot and we became good friends.

One day we went to a very well known pub. We were talking about our lives and laughing a lot and mysteriously I fell asleep. When I woke up I was very afraid. I was in a dark room tied on a chair. I knew that the person who had kidnapped me was Claus, because I had already been there. It was Claus's bedroom.
I finally could get out of there but I can't remember how because I was still under the influence of chloroform. I ran as much as I could to the airport and I took the first plane to Spain, so I never saw him again.


Friday, 19 October 2012

My first date

It was a Sunday afternoon of September and I was very nervous. The day before, I met a boy that invited me to have a drink. Two hours before my first date I still didn’t know what to wear.

When the boy rang at the door I wasn’t ready, so I told him to wait downstairs. While he was waiting, it started to rain. After that, the boy ended up soaking wet but finally I went down and we went for a walk.                                                                                       
We entered to gelato and he invited me to an ice-cream. He asked for an almond ice-cream and I asked for a lemon one because I’m allergic to almond. He wanted me to try his ice-cream but I rejected until I couldn’t say no. I was ashamed to tell him that I was allergic to almonds because he liked them a lot.

When I tried the ice-cream I started to feel my allergy was starting to have an effect.                                                                                                                               In the end, he had to call on ambulance and they took me to the hospital. What a horrible first date, what a shame, I will never hide my allergies again!!!!

Gotye, "Somebody I used to know"



If you want to read the lyrics of the song, click on Isabel Perez's ESL site to enjoy the lyrics and some vocabulary exercises.

Many thanks to Isabel Pérez for these exercises: (you can find more exercises on the link above)

Match the halves; fill the gaps with one of the following prepositions, and then translate the meaning of this verse.

Prepositions: for, like, of, in, on, at, about.


1) Now and then I think     
2) ____ when you said

3) Told myself that
4) But felt so lonely
5) But that was love and
a) you felt so happy you could die
b) ______ your company

c) it's an ache I still remember
d) when we were together
e) you were right ______ me


Listen to this part and make a list with all the verbs you find and the verb tenses (e.g. think- present simple)


Now and then I think of all the times you screwed me over
But had me believing it was always something that I'd done
But I don't wanna live that way, reading into every word you say
You said that you could let it go
And I wouldn't catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know

*Screw somebody over- hacer daño
*Wanna- wantto

Notice the pronunciation of the following words:
rough
though

Thursday, 18 October 2012

A description of a place

Choose one of the following options:
  1. A description of a house.
  2. My dream house.
  3. A description of a place for the other students to guess. 
  4. The most amazing place I have ever visited. 
  5. What I like about where I live.
  6. My ideal area. 
Use at least once:

so + adjective
such + adjective + noun


Friday, 28 September 2012

Writing checklist

Writing an essay is not a spontaneous process. It is important to revise the text and improve it before you hand it in to the teacher. 

You can use the following checklist to revise your essay:


1-               Is there an explicit subject in each sentence?

2-               Is there a verb in each sentence?

3-               Do all verbs agree in number with their subjects?
(You is very pretty.)

4-               Are all pronoun references correct?
(Gisela was very thoughtful, he brought some candles)

5-               Is the word order correct?
(Subject + verb ... -word order in English is not as flexible as in Catalan or Spanish)

6-               Is the proper verb tense used and formed correctly?

7-               Check for correct possessive adjective
(She.... his husband...)

8-               Check for correct form and position of adjectives.
           (...expensives  shoes...)

9-               Have you organised the information logically into different paragraphs?


Happy writing! 

Monday, 17 September 2012

NLP Learning Modalities

Dear all,

Today let us read this interesting text and find out what kind of learner each of us is.

Underline all the sentences that you identify with, all the sentences that you think apply to you.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

An opinion essay

Hunting animals: a sport or a crime?


In my opinion hunting animals is a crime because it is a murder.
I think that nature hasn't been created to be destroyed and we shouldn't interfere with nature because we can cause a disaster like the disappearance of species.
I disagree with the areas that have been created for hunting animals because they are more guilty than the person who suffering and death of animals.
In addition, hunting can be dangerous because personal accidents can happen, there have been cases of deaths of people.
In conclusion, hunting should be banned and we shouldn't destroy nature because we can repent.
I also want to add that hunting can make appear poachers.

A book review

A book review


My favourite book is entitled "Si tu me dices ven, lo dejo todo pero dime ven".
It's a book that has been written by Albert Espinosa that is the director of Polseres Vermelles.
The plot of the book is a man that broke up with her girlfriend and beings to remember his life in the past when he was a child. The rest of story explains absolutely exciting adventures, for example the death of his parents, some stories made me cry.
I'd recommended this book because it's really fantastic and teaches you how hard life can be.
I was impressed by the author is sentence:
" Dedicada a todos los que siguen queriendo ser diferentes y luchan contra aquellos que desean que seamos iguales.".

How to improve your speaking? Tounge-Twisters


Hi guys, today I'm gonna show a good method to improve your pronunciation: Tounge-Twisters!, also, a good way to have fun and have a good laugh.

Bellow you can find some Tongue-Twister; I already know some of them are a bit hard to say, but, Hold on, and keep trying!


Something in a thirty-acre thermal thicket of thorns and thistles thumped and thundered threatening the three-D thoughts of Matthew the thug - although, theatrically, it was only the thirteen-thousand thistles and thorns through the underneath of his thigh that the thirty year old thug thought of that morning.

Denise sees the fleece,                     

Denise sees the fleas.
At least Denise could sneeze

and feed and freeze the fleas.

There was a fisherman named Fisher
who fished for some fish in a fissure.
Till a fish with a grin,
pulled the fisherman in.
Now they're fishing the fissure for Fisher.

Luke Luck likes lakes.
Luke's duck likes lakes.
Luke Luck licks lakes.
Luck's duck licks lakes.
Duck takes licks in lakes Luke Luck likes.
Luke Luck takes licks in lakes duck likes.

One-one was a race horse.
Two-two was one too.
One-one won one race.
Two-two won one too.

Are you already tired? If the answer is no, there are a lot of Tongue-Twister...

This is all my friends, I hope you've enjoyed it!

Monday, 4 June 2012

A book review: Breaking Down, by Stephanie Meyer


Breaking down's front cover

Breaking Dawn is the fourth and final novel in The Twilight Saga written by American author Stephanie Meyer. Divided into three parts, the first and third sections are written from Bella Swan's perspective, the protagonist, and the second is written from the perspective of Jacob Black.

At the beginning of the book, Bella and Edward get married; they get married in an awesome wedding organized by Alice, Edward’s vampire adopted sister. Afterwards, Bella’s and Edward’s honeymoon starts. They travel across America by plane, and finally they arrive to Río de Janeiro. When Bella asks Edward: “Río de Janeiro? Are we gonna stay here?” he answers: “No, just a stop along the way”, then they arrive to the docks to travel by boat. Twenty minutes later from the beginning of the journey, Edward said: “Bella, look there” while he was pointing straight ahead.
Bella saw only blackness at first, and the moon's white trail across the water. But she searched the space where he pointed until she found a low black shape breaking into the sheen of moonlight on the waves. As she squinted into the darkness, the silhouette became more detailed. The shape grew into a squat, irregular triangle, with one side trailing longer. They were in Isle Esme.
The honeymoon was being perfect; also, Bella got what she wanted: have sex with Edward, a reckless topic. They stayed there for a long time, three weeks approximately, but an incident broke their cloud of love and happiness. Without knowing how, Bella was pregnant.
Then, they had to go home.

Bella has got inside an unknown creature; she has got inside a half-blood, part human, and part vampire. The fetus was growing very fast, breaking at the same time Bella’s ribs.
Finally, Bella is transformed into a vampire and gives birth to a baby girl. Now, Bella is brilliant, she discovers she has a special power, she has a mental shield. She can protect everybody’s mind if she wants. Then, all is perfect, all is balanced and the happiness is in the air, but something dangerous is coming. The Vulturi, the vampire family, comes to attack Cullen’s family. Finally it all ends successully.

In conclusion, I think that this book is really awesome and terrific. Personally, I think the book has got a good structure and, honestly, is my favorite book. I totally recommend it.