2.en.65 On trees, leaves, plurals and virtual visits to Sóller Botanic Garden

On Monday February 21st you shall visit Sóller Botanic garden and learn lots of things about plants and trees. By now you should know that trees can be decidious or evergreen depending on whether they lose their leaves or not.

The plural of ” leaf” is “leaves”

similarly, the plural of “life” is “lives”; “knive” “knives”; “wife” “wives”

Here follow some  leaves. Match the leaf with its animation and look for the translation in Catalan and Spanish

a) beech b)maple c) oak, d) ash e)chestnut


One of the evergreen trees that you will find in the botanic garden is the Quercus Ilex.  Read this information from Wikipedia

Quercus ilex, the Holm Oak or Holly Oak is a large evergreen oak native to the Mediterranean region. It takes its name from holm, an ancient name for holly.[1] It is known by the names azinheira in Portugueseencina in Spanishcarrasca or alzina in Catalančesvina in Croatianis-siġra tal-ballut in Malteseand chêne vert or yeuse in French. It is a member of the white oak section of the genus, with acorns that mature in a single summer.

In the Botanic Garden, plants and trees are organised in different terraces and sections. You can visit the Botanic garden web site and have a look at how the plants are organised. It is an exceelent web site and you can choose the language: Catalan, Spanish, English, German and French. After the outing, you can visit the garden on line, it is a way to revise what you will learn.

  • The M4 section corresponds to the Oak forest flora, there you will find 4 evergreen oaks, Quercus Ilex. Draw and/or take a pic of the tree and of one leave.
  • How many terraces did you visit? Go to the site and find out.
  • Which of the terraces did you like best?

Let’s finish the post with some musical leaves: leaves that are green and turn to brown. It’s a very old simple song. I hope you like it.

Leaves that are green , by Simon and Garfunkel

I was twenty-one years when I wrote this song.
I’m twenty-two now but I won’t be for long
Time hurries on.
And the leaves that are green turn to brown,
And they wither with the wind,
And they crumble in your hand.

Once my heart was filled with the love of a girl.
I held her close, but she faded in the night
Like a poem I meant to write.
And the leaves that are green turn to brown,
And they wither with the wind,
And they crumble in your hand.

I threw a pebble in a brook
And watched the ripples run away
And they never made a sound.
And the leaves that are green turned to brown,
And they wither with the wind,
And they crumble in your hand.

Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello,
Good-bye, Good-bye, Good-bye, Good-bye,
That’s all there is.

  1. Did you like the song?


Problem words: wither, crumble

Post your comments to the blog. for Wednesday 1st March


1.en.30 Slow down, you move too fast… Music to calm down exam anxiety

Can you match the words with the pics?

Cobble stones, drowsy, lanmpost, flowers, promises, dappled

In 1.es.16 Escribir deprisa, leer deprisa, vivir deprisa, Emili asked you to reflect on whether we do things too fast. I have read your interesting comments. Do we write, eat and live too fast? Yes, I think we sometimes move to fast, so  I recommend you to follow the song’s advice while singing along with Simon & Garfunkel’s The 59th Street Bridge Song

Watch the animation. Do you like it?

How  does it make you feel? drowsy? happy? optimistic? depressed?

Slow down, you move too fast.
You got to make the morning last.
Just kicking down the cobble stones.
Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy.

Ba da, Ba da, Ba da, Ba da…Feelin’ Groovy.

Hello lamp-post,
What cha knowin’?
I’ve come to watch your flowers growin’.
Ain’t cha got no rhymes for me?
Doot-in’ doo-doo,
Feelin’ groovy.

I’ve got no deeds to do,
No promises to keep.
I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep.
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me.
Life, I love you,
All is groovy.

Now let’s try to sing along


Did you like the song? do you think it is catchy?

Is it  a slow?

Is it too fast to sing along?

Homework: Friday 19th. Post your comments to the blog.