3.en.84 Animal sounds. From donkeys to birds: pío, pío, tweet, tweet

Do you remember the lovely braying donkey?

English: to bray

Spanish: rebuznar

Catalan: bramar

I am sure that if we recorded a British donkey and a Spanish one they would sound exactly the same, but the way different language mimic animal sounds is not the same, in fact , sometimes it is totally different.

Have a look at birds:

Spanish: pío, pío

Catalan: piu, piu

English: cheep cheep/tweet/chirp

Now you know why you can see a little bird in  Twitter 

Roosters are pretty different too

Spanish: kikirikí

Catalan: cocorico

English: cock-a-doodle-doo

Some work for you . When animals are young they are called differently. Do you remember penguings and chicks?

Well, in this page, you will find a good selection of animals and their young. Have a look, learn the names , listen to the sound they make and do the test.

Did you learn any new words?

Did you find the page useful to learn vocabulary?


3.en.83 Sometimes things don’t turn out as planned

This week the two outings we had planned did not turn out exactly as expected. But that’s life isn’t it? Well, to begin with, we did not manage to reach the sea on Tuesday’s excursion. A fenced private property and a gate made us take the wrong way. However, if we look at the positive side of things, you had the opportunity to have a good time with friends and to enjoy nature. I forgot my camera, that explains why I cannot publish any pics in the blog until you send me some. This morning with Taylor, we practised narrating in groups what had happened. You did a good job and learnt a lot. Taylor and me had problems to remember what the English word for the sound donkeys make, but finally, with on line dictonary help, we got it! BRAY

So, while I wait for your homework and your pics from the donkeys we saw, I leave here in the blog a cute donkey braying desperately for food. Does it sound the same as the ones we heard during on the outing?

This morning you walked to la Caixa with Bernat, only to discover that it was the wrong day. The activity,taller d’interpretació poètica ,will be next week,Thursday the 7th of April. I apologize for mistaking the dates, but I am sure you enjoyed the walk with Bernat; it was a nice day today and he always has interesting stories to tell you.

Last year the poetry workshop was a success and I hope this year, we shall not miss it next Thursday, will be so too. Click here if you’d like to read what the students of 2nd ESO thought of it. I include a photo of the poetry festival that took place at la Caixa and a short video of Daryl and Xilin. This year it will be your turn.

These are  the first  narratives of the outing. They were fast to send them, well done!

HOMEWORK (Monday 4th April)

  • Can you find any mistakes, can you suggest any improvements?
  • Spelling?
  • Word choice?
  • Coherence?
  • Organization of ideas?
  • Paragraph structure?

Send your suggestions to the blog. On Monday we shall correct them together.

Have a nice weekend!

The outing.

Last Tuesday we went on an outing to “es port des Canonge” with two school buses. When we arrived we walked along some routes for about 30 minuts, but we saw two different routes and we got lost. We walked up the mountain to find the buses. When the teachers found the buses, we went back to the high school. We arrived at high school at quarter past one. From Palma to “port des Canonge” there’s approximately one hour by bus. The weather was sunny and hot. On the outing there were about one hundred students.
Written by Marga, Joan, Pau and Marta.

Port d’es Canonge outing:

The last tuesday we went to an excursion called “Port d’es Canonge”.We were 100 persons more or less and we took two buses. The weather was sunny and a little bit cloudy.
When we arrived to the roat we walked 35 minutes and later we took other way and in that moment we got lost in the top of the mountain. We were very tired when we found a flat area. In that moment all the teachers called to some mini-buses to take us from that place.
That excursion was very funy because you can talk and you can have fun with your friends but in some moments the excusrion was tired and boring.
Writen by Noé, Paula Gomila, Joan Sebastià and Marina.

The outing:
On Tuesday we went to an excursion to “Port des Canonge”.
We were about 100 people and we went with two buses.
The bus left us near the “farm of esporles”.
We started walking and we found a propriety that was closed by a fence.
Then we started to climb the mountain and we went to a wrong path and we got lost.

-The best thing of the excursion is that we did different things that all the other days. For example, talk a lot.

-And the worst thing is that we got lost and we were tired.

Written by Ariadna Balufo


Last tuesday we went to an outing to “Es Port des Canonges” . We were approximatety 100 people. We went in two buses. First the day was cloudy, but after the sun came and the day was very good.

When we arrived, we walked to searched the beach, but we got lost. Then continue another way around the mountain to reach the top. There we stopped to ate and then continue and reach the road. There the teachers called the buses, we came for. The bus left us at the school, where we left each home.

This outing are very good and funny, because we took for the friends and played. If we had lost, would had been better.

Paula Socies, Ritish, Isabela and Sergio.

The outing:
The last Tuesday we went on an outing to “Port des Canonge”. It was sunny and hot. We went with two buses. We were one hundred students. We wanted to go, but there were some problems. We walked and we went up and down.
In one part of the way, there were two ways, and we take the wrong way. In one part of this way, we found a dead goat. A little bit later, we stoped and we lunched. Some of the techers went to search the way. We walked, and in one part, we found bones. The teachers decided we have to return. In the high school, we had free time, and we played and talked about the outing.
-The good point is that we do some different.
-The bad point is we were very tired.

Written by Alvaro, Alba, Andrea and Vladis.



Pinxa damunt IMG i veuràs un full que ens explica quins tipus de resposta tenim quan escoltam música.



Aquí he penjat un video amb 23 bandes sonores i vos he assignat una pel.lícula a cada un (o dos en un cas). En el video teniu l’any en que es va estrenar la pel·lícula i qui va composar la banda sonora. Heu de fer un petit resum del argument i dir que vos sugereix la música escoltada i si trobau que es adient amb el argument.

Amélie: Noe

La història interminable: Izabela

La vida és bella: Sergio

Teuró: Vladis

El codi da Vinci: Pau Seguí

Els intocables: Pau Campomar

La mort tenia un preu: Ritish

La novia cadaver: Paula Gomila

El senyor dels anells: Marta

La guerra de les galaxies: Andrea

Memòries d’una geisha: Marina

La missió: Joan Vidal

Pirates del Carib: Jhazmin

Requiem per un somni: Paula Socies

Saw: Miquel

Sweeny Todd: Ariadna

El exorcista: Silvia

Pesadilla abans de Nadal: María

El quint element: Marga

El pont damunt el riu Kwai: Alvaro

Rocky: Josep

2001: Odisea en el espai: Andreu

Una ment meravellosa: Alba i Joan Sebastià


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3.en.82 Getting to know each other: new friends from 1st ESO A/ B and new teacher, Toni Martorell

Last week we developed a new personality for a day. We pretended to be tourists visiting Majorca from a different country and we split the class in two. We hosted some students from Toni Martorell’s group in our class, and we were guests in their class too.

Toni’s students interviewed us, and we also asked them questions. We wrote a paragraph about the new student we met and we also wrote some information about the country we pretended to come from. Here are some pics. We would like to do some more activities together. Here they can find our descriptions.

We made some mistakes, so we have tried to improve our writing and now we’ll upload our work to the blog. Tell us, if you still find mistakes.


I will publish the first contributions in this post.

The first one to arrive was Ariadna and Josep’s description of Nicole. Congratulations, you did a good job!

Josep and I interviewed a girl whose name is Nicole. She is from Colombia, from Cali. She’s 13 years old. She has one sister called Dana, and two brothers called Joan and Camilo. Her best friend is called Naty. Nicole likes going to the cinema and to the beach. The thing that she likes most of Mallorca is the Paella. She likes very much the singer Shakira who is from Colombia too, from Barraquilla.

Written by Josep Pomar and Ariadna Balufo

The second description  is from Marina and Joan Sebastià. Good job too!

Joan Sebastià and I interviewed a girl called Esther. She is 12 years old and she lives in Palma. She doesn’t like music and bullfighting. She likes Maths and she wants to be a teacher. She goes to 1rB with Toni. She likes very much the landscape of Palma: the mountains, the beach…

* Written. by Joan Sebastià and Marina Escarpa.

The third couple to send their contribution are Marga and Joan Vidal. It’s a good paragraph but it is also about Esther, However, I will publish it because it adds new information.
Ester is a girl from Palma de Mallorca. She’s twelve years old and she’s student but she wants to be a teacher. She likes very much Mallorca, she likes sobrasada. She doesn’t like bulfighting. Her favourite colour is blue. Her hobby is gimnastics. She likes Ramon Llull very much. Her best friend is Rokeya, her favourite fruit is banana and she hasn’t got any siblings.

-Written by Joan Vidal and Marga Bauza

Vladis and me we interwiewed Fatoumata .She is twelve years old. She is  from of Mali. She likes music and waching TV. She likes the beaches of Mallorca and the fair , she said that the fair is very funny. She went to C.P Son Pizá. She’s got one sister. And that’s it.

-Written by Vladis and Andrea

Andreu and I interviewed a boy called Sergi Borràs. He is from Monaco. He´s 12 years old. His birthday is in May. He has a younger sister called Ana. He lives with his parents. He studied in Eugenio Lopez. He likes Mallorca very much. His favourite place is the beach. His hobby is playing football. He doesn’t like maths and his favourite subjects are history and science. He was nice with Andreu and I.

-Written by Andreu Vidal and Jhazmin Marmol.

Today, we interviewed some students from a different class. One of the students was Adrián. Adrián is twelve years old, he likes Palma, his hobby is playing basketball, he likes all types of music but his favourite group is Newboy. He has a brother and two sisters, he likes bullfighting, he likes English and History and his favourite food is spaguettis.

*Written by Marta and Noé.

I interviewed one girl, her name is Alexandra, she lives in Palma but she is from Romania, she is 12 years old. She likes studying and Maths. Her favourite colour is blue, and she loves chocolate. She has one sister, called Miriam, but I don’t know if she is older or younger. And this is all I know about Alexandra.

Written by Paula Socias

Miquel and I we interviewed a boy whose name is Julio. He’s from Equador and he is 12 years old. His birthday is the 12th of May. He has two younguer sisters. One is 9 years old and the other 5. He likes Mallorca and hge things he likes best of Mallorca are the beaches. He doesn’t like bullfighting. He has been in Mallorca for 30 days. He is going to be a football player because he likes football very much. His favourite colour is blue and the KFC food is his favourite. He doesn’t practice any sport now. He’s learning to play the flute. He has got a dog.

-Written by Silvia and Miquel

Pau Seguí and I interviewed Juan. He’s from Palma and he is fourteen years old. He has one brother. He likes Mallorca and Majorcan food very much. He doesn’t like bullfighting. His hobbies are ruggby, surfing in internet, playing with Xbox 360 and chatting. In the future he wants to be a policeman.

-Written by Paula Gomila and Pau Seguí

3.en.81 Taylor, acrostics, saving water, rain barrels, sprinklers and much more

Most probably you have forgotten than on the 30th of September 2010 (click here to go to that post), suspense was building up. We were expecting Taylor, our language assistant, and we did not know what she was going to be like. Before meeting her, we wondered what her personality and looks would be. these were the acrostics we used:





















Taylor has been with us for 6 months, so now you can surely make a better acrostic with her name; an acrostic that really fits her. Choose from the purple, green or blue version the adjectives you think suit her best. You can use new ones too, or even better, write full sentences as the acrostic on water we read this morning.

Today we watched a video about water day, which was celebrated last Tuesday 22nd of March. We also read an acrostic with the word water that contained hints on how to save water.  Taylor also explained to us why the water acrostic was tipically American. Now you also know that it was not a poem written by British kids.



We have discovered that Taylor keeps two rain barrels in her backyard. I have found this video for you. We have to ask Taylor whether her rain barrels are like this one. Listen to it and check if you hear the words we learnt this morning:

safe water, resources, supply, reuse, gallon, fill up, backyard, spout, lid, drain, hose

Would a Majorcan “aljub” be the equivalent to Taylor’s backyard rain barrel?


Ritish, in his house in India, keeps a rain barrel in the roof to store and collect water.

We also learnt that Taylor washes the car in the front yard, using a pail and a sponge. She is not the only one to do so, Joan Sebastià uses a sponge and a bucket too. However, Pau Segui uses a hose  to wash the tyres, which means that he spends more water than Joan Sebastià.

Alvaro uses a very sophisticated machine. He might need to  bring a pic to show us what it is like.

Finally, people in our group use different systems to water the lawn, and different frequency too. Taylor waters the lawn every two days. Her mother usually takes care of that and she uses a hose.  Pau Campomar uses a sprinkler, he imitates very well the sound the sprinkler makes.  Well, we’ve learnt a lot about different ways to use water and to save it, haven’t we?


I expect your answers, acrostics and comments for Monday.

3.en.80 Sing along with English verbs and remember the tricky third person “s”

Verbs in English are quite easy. However, you keep forgetting to add  an “s” in the present simple for the third person singular: He/she/it. He lives, she likes, it rains… and so on. I have just corrected the paragraph you wrote about Toni’s students and discovered that you insist on forgetting that tricky “s”.

You are learning verbs  in Spanish with Emili, so we’ll revise a list of very common English verbs you all should know. Next post will be about irregular verbs, which are not tricky but need some extra work.

Watch this video and answer the questions:

Here follow some of the verbs that are mentioned in the video, Did you hear all of them?

  • be
  • see
  • feel
  • climb
  • sing
  • work
  • live
  • love
  • run
  • go
  • give
  • write
  • sing
  • dance
  • swim
  • rest
  • sleep
  1. Are there any irregular verbs in the list? Which ones?
  2. Write the simple past and the past participle.
  3. Can you add any more verbs to the list ?
  4. What are the verbs  mentioned in the video associated with using your imagination?
  5. In the video you will see some nouns that are turned into verbs? The first one is bat. Can you add three more?
  6. What are the examples given of transitive verbs. Verbs with an object?
  7. What is the verb used in the video to define what a subject is?

Copy your anwers in your notebook and post them to the blog. There is no need to repeat answers unless you have something new to say or want to correct errors from your classmates.

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3.es.29. Verbos (II)


PRESENTE: yo canto, tú cantas…

PRETÉRITO IMPERFECTO: yo cantaba, tú cantabas…
yo canté, tú cantaste…
PRETÉRITO PERFECTO COMPUESTO: yo he cantado, tú has cantado…
PRETÉRITO ANTERIOR: yo hube cantado, tú hubiste cantado…
PRETÉRITO PLUSCUAMPERFECTO: yo había cantado, tú habías cantado…

FUTURO IMPERFECTO: yo cantaré, tú cantarás…
yo habré cantado, tú habrás cantado…

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