3.en.59 Working on Idioms 23/01/2013

Hello students, if you can remember the last two classes, we have seen examples of idioms, such as “to pull someone’s leg”, which means “tomar el pelo a alguien” or “to roll up your sleeves” which means “ponerse manos a la obra”.

It’s time for you to add one you like 🙂 Remember to have a look at your mates’ ones so as not to repeat any.


3.en.107 Let’s get ready to feed a family of four for a week

This morning, we organized the groups for the Olivar Market outing. You  worked  making a list of the food you would need to feed a family of four during a week. Many of you were surprised at the amount of food that you would need to get. Well, here you can find help to learn how to say and pronounce different kinds of food in English.

  • Each one should learn 10 new words, with a native like accent.  Words connected with food, of course!
  • Do the exercises and post the words you’ve learnt to the blog.(Monday 30th)
  • Did your vocabulary improve after doing these exercises?

  1. http://www.languageguide.org/english/vocabulary/fruit/
  2. http://www.languageguide.org/english/vocabulary/vegetables/
  3. http://www.languageguide.org/english/vocabulary/food/
  4. http://www.eflnet.com/vocab/dictionary/veggies2.php
  5. http://www.eflnet.com/vocab/dictionary/fruit1.php
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2.en.58 Pronunciation,accuracy and finding the right meaning of words: empathy and indecisive

This morning you did a good job and learnt to talk about personality. Now, in order to do your homework correctly you must check the pronunciation of the adjectives you’ve chosen to describe your characters. I have already told you to use a monolingual dictionary that includes  the option of listening to the word being pronounced.




Remember this morning we also talked about the meaning of words such as empathy? Let’s see if this video helps you fix what EMPATHY means and find out ways to practise it.

Did you like the video?

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1.en.10 Our city: on line activities to build up vocabulary (1)

Hi everyone,

During our first week together we went on a walk to the Town Hall to visit the Town Hall library. This was the first of a series of outings. In this first term we shall be CITY EXPLORERS and learn and investigate lots of new things about Palma.

Next Thursday we’ll go with Bernat for a walk , so remember the rules for outings and respect street signs.

Are you familiar with street signs?

Pedestrian Crossing or Zebra Crossing? Both are correct.

Images help us remember words. Do you like this one?zebra

.Street Signs on Cones

On our outings, we are going to observe how people move in our city. While we walk we can check if there are lots of cyclists using  bicycle lanes, or if the traffic is heavy.

bicylehtIn English we are going to do the following things:

  • zoom in and out city life.
  • use compass points to locate landmarks on a map
  • learn more vocabulary to talk about the things we find when we walk around the town
  • describe buildings, streets and city life
  • give and ask directions
  • find our way using a street plan
  • compare different cities, streets and neighbourhoods
  • identify landmarks and most popular citysights

To help you talk and write about your city I looked for  funny and varied on-line activities. images (3)


Homework. for Tuesday the 26th October

You have  almost three weeks to  do all of them and write down in your notebook the new words you learn. When you do an activity you like, post your comments to the blog.

This is the first set of on-line activities about city life posted in the blog. After doing the activities, I need your feed back. Post your comments to these questions

  • Did you learn new words?
  • Is it helpful to have audio to learn pronunciation?
  • Did you find them difficult or easy?
  • Which ones did you prefer?
  • How long did it take you to do all of them?
  • Would you like to have more on-line activities grouped by topic on the blog?
  • Thank you for your feedback!

1.  Practice pronunciation of some basic city words


2.  Listening:  town directions


3.  Find your way in an American town and check the prepositions of place.


4.  Read this text about Springfield, Bart’s hometown and do the fill in the gaps exercise


5.  From an American city, to a typical English High Street. There are six different exercises in this address (reading, writing, and listening)  with plenty of vocabulary.


6.  Listen to a person giving directions in Barcelona and do the exercises.