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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

PRESENT, PAST AND FUTURE IN AFFIRMATIVE, NEGATIVE & QUESTIONS


A basic chart of how affirmative, negative & questions structures work in English for the Present, Past and Future.

Monday, 30 May 2016

COLLOCATIONS WITH "GO"




Today's post shows different collocations with the verb "GO" and its combinations with different words. Do you understand them all? Some of these collocations are synonyms, do you know which?  Some more examples with "GO", can be found HERE.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

SAY MY NAME


Say My Name is a band from A Coruña featuring former students from our school: Andrea de Artaza, the lead singer, and Dani Vaamonde, together with Valeria Rubal, Jorge Salgado and Tomás Loroño. Last night they premiered the songs from their first record in Betanzos. Soon they'll be playing in Santiago and on July 22nd at El Pelícano in A Coruña.
Good luck to them!




Video "I'M IN LOVE", Say My Name:


Friday, 27 May 2016

RAFAEL DIESTE'S 2016 GRADUATION CEREMONY.









This evening, once again, like every last Friday in May, we said goodbye to this year's promotion of 2nd BAC students, who leave our school on the road to their new future...
Again students, families and teachers gathered at the Assembly Hall of the nearby Profesional Music Conservatory of A Coruña to celebrate their farewell from the secondary school years.
A very smart ceremony hosted by Jose Juan, with speeches by our headmaster and Clara Manrique, on behalf of the students, and musical performances by some of them...
One of the great moments was when J. compared our school with Spain. Rephrasing his speech, it was something like this:
"Our school works much better than our country. We don't have problems with our royalty, we have our own Isabel & Fernando. Every four years, we choose our headmaster without any trouble or complication... one goes out, another comes in... And we don't make such a fuss about parents bringing their own kids to work like with Carolina Bescansa. Ramón Neira has always brought his children to work since the first day he started working here without any objections."

As usual, we wish all the best in your future and remember your years with us!

Galician version of this post @ ArquivosDoTrasno.

READING TIPS


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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

NEGATIVE PREFIXES


Complete info on prefixes and suffixes on a previous post HERE.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

PERSONAL HYGIENE CARE


A vocabulary chart post devoted to personal hygiene care products.
For a look at cosmetics, go HERE

Monday, 23 May 2016

COLLOCATIONS WITH "COME



Common collocations with "COME". Find some more exmamples with this verb HERE.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

WORDS WHERE 'CH' SPELLING IS PRONOUNCED /k/ or 'sh'


A pronounciation lesson today. Words with spelling 'CH', which are pronounced either /k/ as the words above or 'sh' as the ones below.



Saturday, 21 May 2016

DIFFERENT WAYS TO SAY "NO"


Here's a compilation of ways to say "NO" tactfully, that is to disagree.


Friday, 20 May 2016

DIFFERENT WAYS TO SAY "YES"


Today several ways of agreeing and saying "YES"


Thursday, 19 May 2016

OTHER WAYS OF SAYING "SAY"...


Here are different ways of expression "SAY". They can all be used as introductory verbs in the reported speech.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

REPORTED SPEECH EXAMPLES


These are examples of changes from direct to reported speech. For basics on the topic click HERE.



Monday, 16 May 2016

COLLOCATIONS WITH "CATCH"




You can find more collocations with "CATCH" on a previous post HERE.

Som examples in context:
- He caught the ball before it went onto the road.
- The weather was so bad during the weekend that I caught a cold/chill/flu
- Don't worry, I'll catch the bus to your house.
- The police caught the thief as soon as he left the bank.


Saturday, 14 May 2016

TRENDY INTERNET ABBREVIATIONS



Writing on the internet has to be quick and short, so it's usual to use abbreviations to make it shorter. Here are some of the trendy abbreviations used when communiucating via writing on the web.



Friday, 13 May 2016

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO THIS WEEKEND?


Expressing arrange plans for the near future with BE GOING TO+infinitive.
What are you going to do this weekend?

Thursday, 12 May 2016

COLLOCATIONS WITH "CAN'T"


Some charts with some collocations with modal verb CAN'T  that make up useful and common expressions.


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

EXPRESSING THE NEGATIVE: NO, NONE, NONE OF


The word no never precedes: a, an, the, any, much, many, enough. 
No is used:
  • as an exclamation.
  • as an adjective before singular and plural nouns.
Not is used:
  • as an adverb to make a sentence negative. 
  • to make an adjective or adverb negative.
  • in short replies with a number of verbs.
Examples:
  • We have no money in the bank now.
  • We do not have any money in the bank now.
  • There are no books in the bookcase.
  • There are no English books in the bookcae.
  • There are not any books in the bookcase.
  • Do you like coffe? No, I don't.
  • Didn't you finish it? No, I didn't.
  • Don't you want this?               Not at all.
  • Won't you be mad at us?        Not in the least.
  • Aren't you going to go?          Not right now.
  • Who took my book?                Not I.


Tuesday, 10 May 2016

THE PIONEERS CHALLENGE QUIZ: THE CORRECT ANSWERS & FINAL RESULTS [7th CW]








THE PIONEERS CHALLENGE QUIZ: THE ANSWERS on PhotoPeach

Here are the correct answers to the 20 pioneers challenge quiz questions and also the results of people taking part in it.

1- Who refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger in 1955? 
Rosa Parks
2- How old is Valentina Tereshkova? 
79 years old
3- Who fought with the Spanish Republicans? 
Simone Weil
4- What was Darwin's wife's name? 
Emma Wedgwood
5- What is Nadia Comaneci a good example of?
Of perseverance and hard-work.
6- Whose nationality was Dutch? 
Johan Cruyff's
7- Which radioactive elements did Marie Curie discover?
Radium & Polonium 
(*Uranium appears in one of the biographies but it's not correct)
8- Who showed that the white light was formed by colours?
Isaac Newton
9- Where did Kathryn Bigelow study?
At Columbia University & the California Institute of Arts
10- Which of all these pioneers is a tennis-player?
Billy Jean King
11- How many of these pioneers are women?
There are 12
12- When did Armstrong become interested in airplanes?
When he was 6
13- Which of these pioneers were French?
There are 4: Lumiere brothers, Curie & Weil
14-Who was the first woman candidate to the USA presidency? 
Belva Ann Lockwood
15- Whose racing records haven't been broken yet?
Danica Sue Patrick's
16- Who were the Lumiere brothers?
August & Louis Jean, the French inventors of the cinematographic projector
17- Who founded an elevator company
Elisha Otis
18- Why did Emily Davison put herself in the way of the king's horse at Epsom?
She wanted to attach a suffragist flag to the horse.
19- What happened to Elizabeth Blackwell in one of her eyes?
She lost sight because she had an infection after a contaminated solution went in it.
20- Did Michael Jackson have a happy childhood? Why?
No, because he had a bad relationship with his father who was very strict and abused him.

Unfortunately not many students took part in the challenge and none of them answered the 20 questions correctly. These are the students who have with their results:

- Eva Menéndez (1ºBAC-A) 17/20
- Carlos Galán (2ºESO-C) 16/20
- Jeisi Martínez (2ºESO-A) 15'5/20
- Franklin Pérez (2ºESO-A) 15/20
- Abel Pérez (2ºESO-C) 13'5/20
- Sebastián Alzate (2ºESO-B) 10'5/20
- Axel Rodríguez (2ºESO-A) 10/20
- Marcos Gabarri (2ºESO-B) 7/20
- Tamara Gantes (2ºESO-A) 6'5/20

Monday, 9 May 2016

COLLOCATIONS WITH "BREAK"


Continuing with a series of posts devoted to common collocations with verbs that we started in some previous ones: 
VERB COLLOCATIONS, where you can find some more examples with the verb "BREAK", 
- and one with the verb "HAVE".
We'll be posting every Monday until the end of the course an entry with common collocations with some frequently used verbs.

Some examples in context:
- John broke his leg playing football.
- She discovered the secret. She broke her promise.
- They broke the window with the ball while they were playing.
- You can'y smoke here. You're breaking the law/rules.
- To break the ice, he invited us all to a drink.
- He broke her heart and now they don't see each other anymore.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

THE MAP OF THE LANGUAGES STUDIED AROUND THE WORLD

Here's the map of the languages which are studied around the world, according to Duolinguo, which is an app for language learning.
- English is the most studied language worldwide in 116 of the 194 countries, as you can see that most of the map is green.
- Although French is studied in more countries, Spanish is studied by more people around the world.
- It's weird that Swedish is the most studied language in Sweden. It's because of the high rate of immigration.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

CAUSATIVE: CAUSE SOMEONE TO DO SOMETHING



'LET', 'MAKE', 'HAVE' & 'GET' are verbs used with a causative sense. Someone is set to do something, following the pattern:

      causative verb+person+infinitive without TO



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