Monday, April 20, 2015

FR pages 52-53

Exercise 3 page 52. Key
1 He was stung by a stingray.
2 He became rich because visitors came in droves to watch him get up close to dangerous animals.
3 He took over the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park.

Exercise 4 page 52. Key
1 E   2 A   3 D   4 H   5 G   6 B   7 C

Exercise 5 page 52. Key
1 People were surprised because it’s very rare to be killed by a stingray.
2 At the time he apologised, but later defended his action, claiming that he was completely in control.
3 Many Australians had mixed feelings about Irwin because he portrayed an unsophisticated image of Australia that they didn’t want to be associated with.
4 Some people objected to the programmes because he took dangerous risks in order to satisfy the public’s desire to see someone put themselves in danger.

Exercise 6 page 52. Key
1 provoke 4 acquire           7 take over
2 shake off 5 laugh off        8 administer
3 take          6 pronounce    9 cause

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Miscellaneous: news from Saudi Arabia

From: Jose Luis Gomez
Date: Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 5:14 PM

Dear all:
How are you?-. I am fine.
I didn't sent you an e-mail before because I usually don't have any +free time. I have quite -a [1] few free hours, and my weekend is just one day, on Friday.

I am working in a site where we are erecting a production plant of raw -material +materials in order -[for manufacturing] +[to manufacture] plastics. I am in the middle of a powder keg. Around us there are a lot of petrochemical plants, which you -[usually watch] +[can usually see] on TV with torches with huge flames. When one of them is large enough, it's like -a +an earthquake, even though they are far from the office and at great height.

The weather, for the time being is nice. We shall see what happens in summer. Nowadays the sun +rises at 5:50 and goes down at 17:45 and in the middle of the day we have a temperature of 29 degrees.

I now move on to tell you some anecdotes and feelings. Since the +very first day I was -surprise +surprised (the word that applies better -with +[to what] I want to say is "aluciné") with the traffic. Everybody drives -speeding +[too fast] and at the same time overtaking the rest of the cars on both sides even -[out of the side] +[beyond the shoulder] line. Tailgating is a frequent occurrence, even at high speed. They never use indicators. The drivers in a side hand of a queue of traffic will often turn the other side across all of the other lanes at traffic lights. The first day -when +that a driver took me to the hotel, at a high velocity of course, another driver in front of us was wiggling, because he was talking -by +[on his] mobile. It's something usual.

All -what +that [2] I -say +said so far is a draft I wrote three weeks ago in order to keep writing little by little.

Regarding -to the language, at first +it was depressing trying to talk with Indian people, Jose Luis knows what I mean. [JL: I certainly do!]. Instead of "fifty" they said "piti". Instead of "yesterday", they said "yerouli", or something like that, and so on. At first I didn't understand anything at all, but now I am able to maintain a conversation. I spend half of my worktime speaking English.

Regarding -treat +treatment of woman and religion -[when I go to Spain] I'll tell you +[when I go to Spain].
Hugs for boys and kisses for girls

[1] CUIDADO: "few" y "a few" significan lo contrario
[2] "what" == "the thing which"

Thanks, JL! Best of luck in your adventure! Guys, comments and questions welcome herebelow!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

REVIEW Modules 3-4 Pages 46-48

Link to the audio for the listening exercise

Link to the transcript

Get ready for your exam 4. Page 48

Exercise 3 page 48 12 minutes
E     Reading True / false / not stated
KEY 1 T 2 T 3 F 4 F 5 not stated 6 F 7 F 8 T

Exercise 4 page 48 5 minutes
KEY 1 b 2 a 3 c

Exercise 5 page 48 10–15 minutes
E     Use of English Sentence transformation
1 our car not broken down, we would have
2 time I spend online, the easier I find it
3 it isn’t raining, I’ll meet you
4 hadn’t been wearing the jacket I’d given him, I wouldn’t have
5 easy to ski when the snow
6 does she write songs but she also plays several