Monday, January 26, 2015

Tattoos like esthetic treatments

Hi guys! Today I have my say and I want to talk about a video I saw last week.
What I like of this video -it´s +is how a person can face a bad situation -of +in -his +[his or her / their] life. In the video we can see a person, in this case Basma Hameed, who learns +how to solve a problem that she has and at the same time she helps -to other people. Basma Hameed is an example of overcoming and I can't imagine how I'd have acted in this situation.
Although tattoos are frowned +at  in some cases, I reckon it's a good idea to use them for esthetic and at the same time psychological problems, because this isn't a caprice -[, this] +[. This] is so usual and any of us -can +could be burn because of an accident.
Moreover, I think this tattoos treatment is not -much +very famous and I don't know why +,  because +it is a very good idea to help people with this type of problems and -cicatrizes +scars. It's also true that nowadays -[are increasing] the treatments for different illnesses  +[are increasing]  like cancer for example. These treatments are based on tattooing the nipple of women who were operated of breast cancer.
Then, these types of treatments are developing and all of us are entitled to be glad of our body and an accident, bulling or -an illness -will +should not be a barrier to happiness.

Lorena García (NA1B)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

IKEA's the other letter

From: Rocío Vega Vilrriales

I watched this video before Christmas and I think -It´s +it's really nice.
A group of children -make +makes two letters, one for the three wise men and one for their parents. In the first one they request things like dolls, cars or videogames. But in the second one, they ask for time, time [2] -[for playing] +[to play] with -his +their parents and time -[for being] +[to be] with them.
This video show us that children need something more than toys. They -spent +spend a lot of time in the school or in -[after class] +[after-class] activities because parents want a very good -formation +education for them. But,sometimes, they don´t realize that -spend +spending [1] time with them is as important as -have +having a good -formation +[education/upbringing], don't you think?
[1] ¡es sujeto!
[2] "time" seguido de infinitivo con "to"

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Verbs followed by infinitive or -ing

Hi guys,

Some extra practice on this issue, which certainly requires some drilling!

Infinitive or ing - intro and forms

Infinitive or ing - common verbs

Infinitive or ing - both possible

A more systematic list of verbs taking both patterns with sample sentences.

And a very basic review of other usages of infinive or ing aside from these verb patterns.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Infinitive and -ing in perception verbs

He saw me eating my fruit and said 'Enjoy!'
His mother saw him eat his meal and said, 'Now you can go play'

Acción en progreso: él me vió comiendo la fruta y dijo "¡qué aproveche!"
Acción completa: su madre le vió tomarse la comida y le dijo, "Ahora puedes ir a jugar"

Verbs of preception ing vs. infinitive

Extra practice on verbs with which both infinitive and ing are possible

Some usages of the progressive (continuous) aspect

Hi guys,

Detailed review of the progressive aspect, with sample sentences and a list of verbs we don't normally use in the progressive (and the meanings in which we do!)

Progressive aspect review

Some notes on how we can sometimes sound more polite by using the continuous:

Being polite - progressive usage

Past and perfect tenses

Hi guys,

You can use the first 6 pages to review and practice this. Page 6 has a nice summary. The rest of the package is for some of the more advanced usages, take those in slowly.

Adv - past and perfect tenses

You may also want to do some intermediate-level practice and here.

Language Review. Modules 1 & 2


1 1 disorientated 3 overawed
2 preoccupied 4 unnerved
2 1 narrow-minded 4 tight-fisted
2 heart-warming 5 quick-witted
3 cool-headed 6 hair-raising
3 1 e 2 d 3 a 4 b 5 c
4 1 loosely 3 widely 5 ironically
2 promptly 4 categorically
5 1 used to, as 3 will, like
2 is always, like 4 was always, like
6 1 look after them 4 to stand up to him
2 to put it on 5 had been made up
3 is being looked into 6 would think it over
7 1 had been waiting 4 vanished
2 had not turned up 5 went back
3 was contemplating 6 were

1–2 Students’ own answers
3 a job application letter
b A personal qualities
B qualifications and skills
C reason for application
D work experience
4 1 A 2 C 3 D 4 B 5 A 6 D 7 C 8 B
5 B
6 1 To find a job.
2 That he won’t get any holidays.
3 Because he thinks the fire alarm is just being tested.
4 Because he knows Edgars is the best candidate and
doesn’t want him to go to the other interview he has
arranged for the following day.
5 He will give him the address of a good lettings agency.

Audio file for exercises 5 and 6

Transcript 1.13
Boss So have you relocated to the UK?
Edgars No, I’m just here for two weeks – to try and find a job.
Then, assuming I find one, I’ll relocate.
B And, I guess you have several interviews lined up …
E Yes … well, I have this one and two others. But this job with
InterPost is the one I’d like most of the three.
B I suppose you have to say that really.
E But it’s true.
B You’ll miss Latvia though, won’t you?
E Yes, of course. But I can visit during the holidays.
B Holidays? What holidays?
E I thought … I mean, aren’t there …?
B Only kidding! You’ll start with twenty days plus national
holidays. And then, the entitlement increases by a day for every
two years that you remain with the company. How does that
E Fine.
B Good, well I think … don’t worry about that alarm, they’re
always testing it without letting us know!
B What was I going to say? Oh, yes. Well I think that covers most
of what I want to talk about. The next stage will … Can you smell
E Yes.
B I think we’d better get out of here.
E OK! Which way?
B Follow me.

B Sorry about all this. Really unfortunate. I hope it hasn’t thrown
you too much.
E Not at all.
B Good. You know, I think we’d just about finished anyway. Our
human resources department will be in touch soon. Actually, off
the record, I can say that we will definitely be offering you the
job. I’ve seen all the candidates now and you’ve got the best
experience, qualifications … basically you’re just what we’re
looking for.
E Thanks! That’s great news.
B These other interviews you’re having … have you had them
E Er … I’ve had one already. The other one is tomorrow.
B Oh, right. Well, what do you think?
E About what?
B Do you want to accept this job offer? I know we’re not doing
things quite by the book here, but it would be good for both of us
to get it all done and dusted right here and now. Don’t you agree?
E Well, I suppose so … yes.
B So, you’re accepting the job?
E Yes, I am!
B Great! Let’s shake on that!
B I bet this is the first time you’ve been offered a job in a car
park, eh, Edgars?
E Definitely!
B So, what’s your next move? Look for somewhere to live?
E Yes. While I’m here, I can start finding out about rented
B I can give you the details of a good letting agency.
E Thanks.
B Assuming my address book hasn’t been destroyed by the fire.
E It doesn’t look too bad from here. I can’t see any smoke.
7 Students’ own answers

Used to and would: past habits and states

Hi guys,

Some extra exercises on "used to" for past habits and states:

Used to

And that similar (not identical) usage of "will/ would" for habits and repeated behaviours:

Int - Will and would for typucal behaviour
Adv - Will and would for typical behaviour

As a final note, please make sure you don't get confused with these structures:

Usually | used to | be/get used to