Welcome to my blog, 


 The idea to do something like this came to me when some of my students asked me when their exams were scheduled. Those exams hadn't been set by me but by the teacher I was substituting, and I had no idea. I tried to solve it, but  the teacher I was substituting was hard to reach at that moment, so I told myself, why not put a noticeboard on my site and put the dates there as soon as I get them, without waiting for the next class? And, come to think of it, I might just make it a blog. 


 So here it is, and it has started growing.


 All members can post, and anyone can make comments. Just go ahead, then. 


 See you, 


             Joscha

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2A: Preparing PAU

Posted by Joscha on May 26, 2014 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (1)

Hi,


 good news first: virtually all you have passed -those of you who had any  doubts, relax. The three of you who already knew you'd have another final exam, well, we've got class Thursday at 4th, Friday at the usual time.


 I'll be accepting and correcting your compositions/PAU exams until the last moment and be available for any questions you might have. Of course, those won't affect the mark anymore.


 I strongly recommend you read a bit -I'm posting a link to the English-language edition of El País at the bottom. I think it might prove useful.


 Use the 1-2-3 Method to prepare arguments for questions that seem likely to come up: check out the list of topics I gave you, think about what has been on the news over the last six months or so. I just don't know what topic may enter, but the method and simply being informed are the ticket. Make sure you understand the question, identify the contradiction, draw up arguments and counter-arguments. Voilá, you're halfway there.


 For exercises 3 and 4, repetition is the key -just do that kind of thing over and again. Play with the language.


 And apart from that, think easy. Go straight for the throat. You'll be slamming.


 Don't forget I'm still here for you.


                                                         J


PS: The link: http://elpais.com/elpais/inenglish.html

 

2 Bach A: Final Exam Third Term -Pass or Fail?

Posted by Joscha on May 16, 2014 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (1)

Hi, 

 Here we go -I've finished correcting.



2 Bach. A: Final Exam Third Term

Name

Pass

Fail

NP

Sofía

x

Diego
x


María

x

Eva

x

Alejandro
x


Aurora


x
Alejandra
x


Natalia

x

Rocío


x
Cristina

x

Isabel
x


Sara
x


Marta
x


José María
x


Elena
x


Pedro
x



 

 

See you around, then, and don't despair just yet if things didn't work out. Regards, J


PD: Todavía tengo que aclarar si me dejan hacerlo -me sorprendería si no- pero intentaré organizar clases de recuperación para los que tenéis que hacer el examen del 22 el lunes, martes y miércoles.

 Lunes: A nuestra hora en nuestro aula.

 Martes y miércoles: por organizar.


J

2º Bachillerato: Fecha Examen 3ª Evaluación

Posted by Joscha on May 9, 2014 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

 Buenas, 


 os recuerdo la fecha del examen final de la tercera evaluación: miércoles 14/V, a primera y segunda hora

 De acuerdo con las reglas del centro y del departamento, el examen tendrá dos partes:


 

  1. Lengua Inglesa: Gramática y vocabulario. 
  2. Examen tipo Selectividad. 

 El examen lo pone el Departamento, no un/-a profesor/-a individual, y se corrige según criterios comunes. Esto sirve para salvaguardar la validez y comparabilidad del mismo. Lo mismo es aplicado al examen final de 2º, el cual cae en el día 22 y tendrá un formato parecido.

 Os recuerdo también que es esencial acudir a los dos exámenes y hacerlos por completo incluso en el caso de no haber obtenido una nota de aprobado en las evaluaciones pasadas y/o 1º.  Incluso si no sale bien, sabrás cómo va, y los únicos que tienen seguro perder la lucha son aquellos que no la emprenden.

 Estaré pendiente de mi e-mail en el caso de que haya dudas tanto acerca del procedimiento como de la lengua inglesa -encantado de explicar las cosas otra vez.

 Mientras todo trabajo que entreguéis después del lunes que viene no será evaluable, intentaré corregir cualquier cosa que me déis (¿lleva tilde o no?) hasta el día de la PAU. 

 Bueno, pues eso. Por lo demás: concentraos, mantened la calma, no os compliquéis la vida, y tened en cuenta vuestras destrezas y debilidades. Think Easy. Volved de vez en cuando a esta página -a ver si os puedo facilitar alguna cosilla útil. Estoy muy liado, pero sí puedo prometer que lo intentaré. 

 Nos vemos, niños. Espero que no la vais a necesitar, pero os deseo mucha suerte.


Joscha

 

Revision 2 Bach

Posted by Joscha on May 8, 2014 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (2)

Hi,

 I've knocked up a bit of interactive material for you guys. You ought to be able to download it here -this is already the debugged version, or ought to be:


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2yHe1_4OH77cnlTdk5ybGxhTVE/edit?usp=sharing


 If there's any kind of trouble, send me an email.


See you,


 Joscha


PS: There's more here:


https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B2yHe1_4OH77OGE1YWEzZjgtZjFiOC00MzZlLThhZTAtMmNkMjU1ZDg1ZTI2&usp=sharing

Modal Verbs: New Bibliography

Posted by Joscha on May 5, 2014 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi,

 I've added a new web bibliogaraphy -this one on modal verbs. Find it here. (Downloads / Web Bibliographies / Modal Verbs.

 

Regards,

                Joscha


Phrasal Verbs

Posted by Joscha on April 13, 2014 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi, 


 Some more vocabulary for you: "Phrasal Verbs", and quite a few of them. The .txt file for Mnemosyne etc. is here. I've solved the problem we had in class -it ought to work just fine upon importing. The way I did it is as follows: Column 1: Phrasal verb. Column 2 ("pronunciation"): a placeholder. Column 3: "translation". Column 4: Example ("Note").


See you, 


J

 

 

ask * out ---invite on a date

Brian asked Judy out to dinner and a movie.

ask around ---ask many people the same question

I asked around but nobody has seen my wallet.

add up to * ---equal

Your purchases add up to $205.32.

back * up ---reverse

You'll have to back up your car so that I can get out.

back * up ---support

My wife backed me up over my decision to quit my job.

blow up ---explode

The racing car blew up after it crashed into the fence.

blow * up ---add air

We have to blow 50 balloons up for the party.

break down ---stop functioning (vehicle, machine)

Our car broke down at the side of the highway in the snowstorm.

break down ---get upset

The woman broke down when the police told her that her son had died.

break * down ---divide into smaller parts

Our teacher broke the final project down into three separate parts.

break in ---force entry to a building

Somebody broke in last night and stole our stereo.

break into * ---enter forcibly

The firemen had to break into the room to rescue the children.

break * in ---wear * a few times so that it doesn't look/feel new

I need to break these shoes in before we run next week.

break in ---interrupt

The TV station broke in to report the news of the president's death.

break up ---end a relationship

My boyfriend and I broke up before I moved to America.

break up ---start laughing (informal)

The kids just broke up as soon as the clown started talking.

break out ---escape

The prisoners broke out of jail when the guards weren't looking.

break out in * ---develop a skin condition

I broke out in a rash after our camping trip.

bring * down ---make unhappy

This sad music is bringing me down.

bring * up ---raise a child

My grandparents brought me up after my parents died.

bring * up ---start talking about a subject

My mother walks out of the room when my father brings up sports.

bring * up ---vomit

He drank so much that he brought his dinner up in the toilet.

call around ---phone many different places/people

We called around but we weren't able to find the car part we needed.

call * back ---return a phone call

I called the company back but the offices were closed for the weekend.

call * off ---cancel

Jason called the wedding off because he wasn't in love with his fiancé.

call on * ---ask for an answer or opinion

The professor called on me for question 1.

call on * ---visit someone

We called on you last night but you weren't home.

call * up ---phone

Give me your phone number and I will call you up when we are in town.

calm down ---relax after being angry

You are still mad. You need to calm down before you drive the car.

not care for * ---not like (formal)

I don't care for his behaviour.

catch up ---get to the same point as someone else

You'll have to run faster than that if you want to catch up with Marty.

check in ---arrive and register at a hotel or airport

We will get the hotel keys when we check in.

check out ---leave a hotel

You have to check out of the hotel before 11:00 AM.

check * out ---look at carefully, investigate

The company checks out all new employees.

check out * ---look at (informal)

Check out the crazy hair on that guy!

cheer up ---become happier

She cheered up when she heard the good news.

cheer * up ---make happier

I brought you some flowers to cheer you up.

chip in ---help

If everyone chips in we can get the kitchen painted by noon.

clean * up ---tidy, clean

Please clean up your bedroom before you go outside.

come across * ---find unexpectedly

I came across these old photos when I was tidying the closet.

come apart ---separate

The top and bottom come apart if you pull hard enough.

come down with * ---become sick

My nephew came down with chicken pox this weekend.

come forward ---volunteer for a task or to give evidence

The woman came forward with her husband's finger prints.

come from somewhere ---originate in

The art of origami comes from Asia.

count on * ---rely on

I am counting on you to make dinner while I am out.

cross * out ---draw a line through

Please cross out your old address and write your new one.

cut back on * ---consume less

My doctor wants me to cut back on sweets and fatty foods.

cut * down ---make * fall to the ground

We had to cut the old tree in our yard down after the storm.

cut in ---interrupt

Your father cut in while I was dancing with your uncle.

cut in ---pull in too closely in front of another vehicle

The bus driver got angry when that car cut in.

cut in ---start operating (of an engine or electrical device)

The air conditioner cuts in when the temperature gets to 22°C.

cut * off ---remove with * sharp

The doctors cut off his leg because it was severely injured.

cut * off ---stop providing

The phone company cut off our phone because we didn't pay the bill.

cut * off ---take out of a will

My grandparents cut my father off when he remarried.

cut * out ---remove part of * (usually with scissors and paper)

I cut this ad out of the newspaper.

do * over ---beat up, ransack (Br.E., informal)

He's lucky to be alive. His shop was done over by a street gang.

do * over ---do again (N.Amer.)

My teacher wants me to do my essay over because she doesn't like my topic.

do away with * ---discard

It's time to do away with all of these old tax records.

do * up ---fasten, close

Do your coat up before you go outside. It's snowing!

dress up ---wear nice clothing

It's a fancy restaurant so we have to dress up.

drop back ---move back in a position/group

Andrea dropped back to third place when she fell off her bike.

drop in/by/over ---come without an appointment

I might drop in/by/over for tea sometime this week.

drop * off ---take someone/ * somewhere and leave them/it there

I have to drop my sister off at work before I come over.

drop out ---quit a class, school etc

I dropped out of Science because it was too difficult.

eat out ---eat at a restaurant

I don't feel like cooking tonight. Let's eat out.

end up ---eventually reach/do/decide

We ended up renting a movie instead of going to the theatre.

fall apart ---break into pieces

My new dress fell apart in the washing machine.

fall down ---fall to the ground

The picture that you hung up last night fell down this morning.

fall out ---separate from an interior

The money must have fallen out of my pocket.

fall out ---(of hair, teeth) become loose and unattached

His hair started to fall out when he was only 35.

figure * out ---understand, find the answer

I need to figure out how to fit the piano and the bookshelf in this room.

fill * in ---to write information in blanks (Br.E.)

Please fill in the form with your name, address, and phone number.

fill * out ---to write information in blanks (N.Amer.)

The form must be filled out in capital letters.

fill * up ---fill to the top

I always fill the water jug up when it is empty.

find out ---discover

We don't know where he lives. How can we find out?

find * out ---discover

We tried to keep the time of the party a secret, but Samantha found it out.

get * across/over ---communicate, make understandable

I tried to get my point across/over to the judge but she wouldn't listen.

get along/on ---like each other

I was surprised how well my new girlfriend and my sister got along/on.

get around ---have mobility

My grandfather can get around fine in his new wheelchair.

get away ---go on a vacation

We worked so hard this year that we had to get away for a week.

get away with * ---do without being noticed or punished

Jason always gets away with cheating in his maths tests.

get back ---return

We got back from our vacation last week.

get * back ---receive * you had before

Liz finally got her Science notes back from my room-mate.

get back at * ---retaliate, take revenge

My sister got back at me for stealing her shoes. She stole my favourite hat.

get back into * ---become interested in * again

I finally got back into my novel and finished it.

get on * ---step onto a vehicle

We're going to freeze out here if you don't let us get on the bus.

get over * ---recover from an illness, loss, difficulty

I just got over the flu and now my sister has it.

get over * ---overcome a problem

The company will have to close if it can't get over the new regulations.

get round to * ---finally find time to do (N.Amer.: get around to * )

I don't know when I am going to get round to writing the thank you cards.

get together ---meet (usually for social reasons)

Let's get together for a BBQ this weekend.

get up ---get out of bed

I got up early today to study for my exam.

get up ---stand

You should get up and give the elderly man your seat.

give * away ---reveal hidden information about someone

His wife gave him away to the police.

give * away ---take the bride to the altar

My father gave me away at my wedding.

give * away ---ruin a secret

My little sister gave the surprise party away by accident.

give * away ---give * to someone for free

The library was giving away old books on Friday.

give * back ---return a borrowed item

I have to give these skates back to Franz before his hockey game.

give in ---reluctantly stop fighting or arguing

My boyfriend didn't want to go to the ballet, but he finally gave in.

give * out ---give to many people (usually at no cost)

They were giving out free perfume samples at the department store.

give * up ---quit a habit

I am giving up smoking as of January 1st.

give up ---stop trying

My maths homework was too difficult so I gave up.

go after * ---follow someone

My brother tried to go after the thief in his car.

go after * ---try to achieve *

I went after my dream and now I am a published writer.

go against * ---compete, oppose

We are going against the best soccer team in the city tonight.

go ahead ---start, proceed

Please go ahead and eat before the food gets cold.

go back ---return to a place

I have to go back home and get my lunch.

go out ---leave home to go on a social event

We're going out for dinner tonight.

go out with * ---date

Jesse has been going out with Luke since they met last winter.

go over * ---review

Please go over your answers before you submit your test.

go over ---visit someone nearby

I haven't seen Tina for a long time. I think I'll go over for an hour or two.

go without * ---suffer lack or deprivation

When I was young, we went without winter boots.

grow apart ---stop being friends over time

My best friend and I grew apart after she changed schools.

grow back ---regrow

My roses grew back this summer.

grow up ---become an adult

When Jack grows up he wants to be a fireman.

grow out of * ---get too big for

Elizabeth needs a new pair of shoes because she has grown out of her old ones.

grow into * ---grow big enough to fit

This bike is too big for him now, but he should grow into it by next year.

hand * down ---give * used to someone else

I handed my old comic books down to my little cousin.

hand * in ---submit

I have to hand in my essay by Friday.

hand * out ---to distribute to a group of people

We will hand out the invitations at the door.

hand * over ---give (usually unwillingly)

The police asked the man to hand over his wallet and his weapons.

hang in ---stay positive (N.Amer., informal)

Hang in there. I'm sure you'll find a job very soon.

hang on ---wait a short time (informal)

Hang on while I grab my coat and shoes!

hang out ---spend time relaxing (informal)

Instead of going to the party we are just going to hang out at my place.

hang up ---end a phone call

He didn't say goodbye before he hung up.

hold * back ---prevent from doing/going

I had to hold my dog back because there was a cat in the park.

hold * back ---hide an emotion

Jamie held back his tears at his grandfather's funeral.

hold on ---wait a short time

Please hold on while I transfer you to the Sales Department.

hold onto * ---hold firmly using your hands or arms

Hold onto your hat because it's very windy outside.

hold *up ---rob

A man in a black mask held the bank up this morning.

keep on doing * ---continue doing

Keep on stirring until the liquid comes to a boil.

keep * from * ---not tell

We kept our relationship from our parents for two years.

keep * out ---stop from entering

Try to keep the wet dog out of the living room.

keep * up ---continue at the same rate

If you keep those results up you will get into a great college.

let * down ---fail to support or help, disappoint

I need you to be on time. Don't let me down this time.

let * in ---allow to enter

Can you let the cat in before you go to school?

log in (or on) ---sign in (to a website, database etc)

I can't log in to Facebook because I've forgotten my password.

log out (or off) ---sign out (of a website, database etc)

If you don't log off somebody could get into your account.

look after * ---take care of

I have to look after my sick grandmother.

look down on * ---think less of, consider inferior

Ever since we stole that chocolate bar your dad has looked down on me.

look for * ---try to find

I'm looking for a red dress for the wedding.

look forward to * ---be excited about the future

I'm looking forward to the Christmas break.

look into * ---investigate

We are going to look into the price of snowboards today.

look out ---be careful, vigilant, and take notice

Look out! That car's going to hit you!

look out for * ---be especially vigilant for

Don't forget to look out for snakes on the hiking trail.

look * over ---check, examine

Can you look over my essay for spelling mistakes?

look * up ---search and find information in a reference book or database

We can look her phone number up on the Internet.

look up to * ---have a lot of respect for

My little sister has always looked up to me.

make * up ---invent, lie about *

Josie made up a story about why we were late.

make up ---forgive each other

We were angry last night, but we made up at breakfast.

make * up ---apply cosmetics to

My sisters made me up for my graduation party.

mix * up ---confuse two or more things

I mixed up the twins' names again!

pass away ---die

His uncle passed away last night after a long illness.

pass out ---faint

It was so hot in the church that an elderly lady passed out.

pass * out ---give the same thing to many people

The professor passed the textbooks out before class.

pass * up ---decline (usually * good)

I passed up the job because I am afraid of change.

pay * back ---return owed money

Thanks for buying my ticket. I'll pay you back on Friday.

pay for * ---be punished for doing * bad

That bully will pay for being mean to my little brother.

pick * out ---choose

I picked out three sweaters for you to try on.

point * out ---indicate with your finger

I'll point my boyfriend out when he runs by.

put * down ---put what you are holding on a surface or floor

You can put the groceries down on the kitchen counter.

put * down ---insult, make someone feel stupid

The students put the substitute teacher down because his pants were too short.

put * off ---postpone

We are putting off our trip until January because of the hurricane.

put * out ---extinguish

The neighbours put the fire out before the firemen arrived.

put * together ---assemble

I have to put the crib together before the baby arrives.

put up with * ---tolerate

I don't think I can put up with three small children in the car.

put * on ---put clothing/accessories on your body

Don't forget to put on your new earrings for the party.

run into * ---meet unexpectedly

I ran into an old school-friend at the mall.

run over * ---drive a vehicle over a person or thing

I accidentally ran over your bicycle in the driveway.

run over/through * ---rehearse, review

Let's run over/through these lines one more time before the show.

run away ---leave unexpectedly, escape

The child ran away from home and has been missing for three days.

run out ---have none left

We ran out of shampoo so I had to wash my hair with soap.

send * back ---return (usually by mail)

My letter got sent back to me because I used the wrong stamp.

set * up ---arrange, organize

Our boss set a meeting up with the president of the company.

set * up ---trick, trap

The police set up the car thief by using a hidden camera.

shop around ---compare prices

I want to shop around a little before I decide on these boots.

show off ---act extra special for people watching (usually boastfully)

He always shows off on his skateboard.

sleep over ---stay somewhere for the night (informal)

You should sleep over tonight if the weather is too bad to drive home.

sort * out ---organize, resolve a problem

We need to sort the bills out before the first of the month.

stick to * ---continue doing * , limit yourself to one particular thing

You will lose weight if you stick to the diet.

switch * off ---stop the energy flow, turn off

The light's too bright. Could you switch it off.

switch * on ---start the energy flow, turn on

We heard the news as soon as we switched on the car radio.

take after * ---resemble a family member

I take after my mother. We are both impatient.

take * apart ---purposely break into pieces

He took the car brakes apart and found the problem.

take * back ---return an item

I have to take our new TV back because it doesn't work.

take off ---start to fly

My plane takes off in five minutes.

take * off ---remove * (usually clothing)

Take off your socks and shoes and come in the lake!

take * out ---remove from a place or thing

Can you take the garbage out to the street for me?

take * out ---pay for someone to go somewhere with you

My grandparents took us out for dinner and a movie.

tear * up ---rip into pieces

I tore up my ex-boyfriend's letters and gave them back to him.

think back ---remember (often + to, sometimes + on)

When I think back on my youth, I wish I had studied harder.

think * over ---consider

I'll have to think this job offer over before I make my final decision.

throw * away ---dispose of

We threw our old furniture away when we won the lottery.

turn * down ---decrease the volume or strength (heat, light etc)

Please turn the TV down while the guests are here.

turn * down ---refuse

I turned the job down because I don't want to move.

turn * off ---stop the energy flow, switch off

Your mother wants you to turn the TV off and come for dinner.

turn * on ---start the energy, switch on

It's too dark in here. Let's turn some lights on.

turn * up ---increase the volume or strength (heat, light etc)

Can you turn the music up? This is my favourite song.

turn up ---appear suddenly

Our cat turned up after we put posters up all over the neighbourhood.

try * on ---sample clothing

I'm going to try these jeans on, but I don't think they will fit.

try * out ---test

I am going to try this new brand of detergent out.

use * up ---finish the supply

The kids used all of the toothpaste up so we need to buy some more.

wake up ---stop sleeping

We have to wake up early for work on Monday.

warm * up ---increase the temperature

You can warm your feet up in front of the fireplace.

warm up ---prepare body for exercise

I always warm up by doing sit-ups before I go for a run.

wear off ---fade away

Most of my make-up wore off before I got to the party.

work out ---exercise

I work out at the gym three times a week.

work out ---be successful

Our plan worked out fine.

work * out ---make a calculation

We have to work out the total cost before we buy the house.

False Friends

Posted by Joscha on April 13, 2014 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi, 


 This is the html version of the collection of False friends you can find here


It ought to be useful, I'd say.


J



 

 

molest agredir sexualmente
molestar annoy
chill frío
chillar shriek
sill alféizar
silla chair
parcel paquete
parcela lot
contest

 

(n)

concurso, prueba
contestar answer, reply

 

(v)

regal majestuoso
regalo present, gift

 

(n)

presume suponer
presumir show off

 

(v)

resume

 

(v)

reanudar
resumir sum up
cigar puro

 

(n)

cigarro cigarette
appropriate adecuado
adequate suficiente, idóneo
diary, notebook, agenda agenda
agenda orden del día
bedroom alcoba, dormitorio
alcove nicho
entertainment, enjoyment amenidad
amenities comodidades
notify, warn avisar
advise aconsejar, asesorar
white, light, pale blanco, pálido
blank en blanco, vacío
soft, mild, weak, gentle blando/·a
bland inípido
understanding, tolerant comprensivo
comprehensive exhaustivo, completo
commitment, promise, agreement compromiso
compromise

 

(n)

transigencia, arreglo
build construir
construe interpretar
habit, customcostumbre
costume traje
disappointmentdecepción
deceptionengańo, fraude
displease, anger, offenddisgustar
disgust dar asco, repugnar
escape, excursion escapada
escapade aventura
stage, scene escenario
scenerypaisaje, decorado
incite, irritate, arouse excitar
excite emocionar, estimular
factory fábrica
fabric tejido
créme caramelflan
flan tarteleta de frutas
genius genialidad
genial afable
considerate gentil
genteel distinguido
uninhabitable inhabitable
inhabitable habitable
insult, harm injuria
injury lesión, herida
insert, put in introducir
introduce presentar
long largo
large grande
reading material lectura
lecture

 

(n)

discurso
lecture

 

(v)

1) reñir, sermonear 2) impartir clases / lecciones
bookshoplibrería
library biblioteca
mask máscara
mascararímel
poverty, misfortune miseria
misery tristeza
annoy molestar
molest atacar, agredir
slow moroso/a
morose taciturno, malhumorado
piece of newsnoticia
notice

 

(n)

aviso, anuncio
well-known notorio/·a
notorious de mala reputación
obvious ostensible
ostensible aparente
relative

 

(n)

pariente
parent padre/madre
pretentious pedante
pedantic puntilloso
newspaper periódico
periodical boletín, revista
arrogant, conceited petulante
petulant enfurruñado
condom preservativo
preservative conservante
conceited presuntuoso/a
presumptuous impertinente, osado
aspire to, try pretender
pretend fingir
teacher profesor
professor catedrático
container, vessel recipiente
recipient destinatario
remember, remind recordar
record

 

(v)

archivar, registrar, grabar
saying refrán
refrain

 

(n)

estribillio
summarise resumir
resume reanudar, proseguir con
insinuating, reluctant reticente
reticent reservado
reward, remuneration retribución
retributioncastigo justo
health Sanidad, salud
sanity cordura
sensitive sensible
sensible sensato
friendly simpático/a
sympathetic comprensivo, cordial
stand, bear, put up with soportar
support

 

(v)

sostener, ayudar, mantener
smooth, soft, gentle, mild suave
suave afable, cortés
slum area suburbio
suburb barrio periférico, urbanización en las afueras
happen, follow on suceder
succeed tener éxito
commonplace

 

(n)

 

tópico
topic tema
cruel, gruesome truculento/a
truculent agresivo
dissolute, habit-forming, spoilt vicioso/a
vicious malo, salvaje, feroz
actual real, verdadero
actual current
assist ayudar
asistir attend, be present
sensible sensato
sensible sensitive
disgust

 

(n/v)

(dar) asco, repugnancia
disgusto displeasure, misfortune
record

 

(v)

anotar (in writing), grabar (on tape)
recordar remember, remind
rope cuerda
ropa clothing
bizarre extraño, estrafalario
bizarro brave, gallant, dashing
carpet moqueta
carpeta folder
vacuum

 

(v)

aspirar
vacunar vaccinate
constipated estreñido
constipado having a cold
embarrassed avergonzado
embarazada pregnant
exit salida
éxito success

2 Bach: Interactive Exercises for Conditionals and Wish

Posted by Joscha on April 8, 2014 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi,


 it took me some time -a wee problem with the Internet access, or lack thereof, here at school. So, I haven't been able yet to put this in a more attractive form. Still, the links ought to work just fine.


 Here we go -the links I showed you some time ago.


WISH:

http://agendaweb.org/verbs/wish-exercises-verb.html


 

 

Explanation:

http://grammar-quizzes.com/condition4a.html

Expressing Wishes and Regrets 1:

http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/grammar-lesson-if-only.php#.Uyv9WBT4LEI

Multiple Choice 1:

http://www.better-english.com/grammar/wish2.htm

Multiple Choice 2:

http://usefulenglish.ru/grammar/subjunctive-mood-exercise-four

Story:

http://baladre.info/english/sedaviwebfront/wishstory.htm

R. Wilson / Baladre -Index:

http://baladre.info/english/sedaviwebfront/grammarindex.htm#wish

Wishes @ Perfect English Grammar 1:

http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/wish-exercise-1.html

Bon's Tips 1:

http://mbonillo.xavierre.com/exercises/bch2/2bch2007/wish1.htm

Bon's Tips 2:

http://mbonillo.xavierre.com/exercises/bch2/2bch2007/wish2.htm


Flash exercises:


 

 

 

 

 

“Classical” Conditionals:

http://agendaweb.org/verbs/conditional-mixed-exercises.html

 

 

Danica's Lesson on Conditionals:

http://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/lessons/mixed-conditionals

Conditionals @ English-4-U:

http://www.english-4u.de/conditional_clauses.htm

Mixed Conditionals @ SpeakSpeak 1:

http://speakspeak.com/english-grammar-exercises/upper-intermediate/zero-first-second-third-conditionals

Mixed Conditionals @ SpeakSpeak2:

http://speakspeak.com/english-grammar-exercises/upper-intermediate/first-second-and-third-conditionals

Conditionals @ LearnEnglishFeelGood:


 This ought to see you through some revising. And remember: I'm here to answer your questions.


See you, 


         Joscha

Good Writing Guide: Vocabulary

Posted by Joscha on March 19, 2014 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi,

 I'm putting some basic vocabulary from our Good Writing Guide here. You ought to be able to just copy-and-paste it into an OpenOffice or Word document. You'll need to do some formatting make it look good, though. The *.txt files -I'm doing the first one with html formats for Mnemosyne only, not without- are in the Downloads secction.

 Updates will appear right here -I'll be extending the post.

                                  See you,

                                           Joscha


Paragraph Structure & Organising Ideas


plot outline

esquema de trama
plot

trama
state

 (v)



afirmar
thus, ...

así, ...

 tb.:(+que)

swerve from *

alejarse de
gather

recoger
be in the clutches of *

estar en las garras de *
upward

para arriba
downward

para abajo
eviction

desahucio
foreclosure

ejecución de una deuda
full-blown

completo
challenge

 (n)



reto
wary

cauteloso
get the hang of *

acostumbrarse a algo

 (learn to do, understand)

straightforward

directo, recto, fácil

 (idea)

apply

aplicar
split * up

dividir
wreak damage / havoc

 -wrought - wrought



causar daño
drawback

fallo, desventaja
censorship

censura
gadget

chisme
authority

autoridad






Closers


In conclusion and as final summary... En conclusión y como resumen…
I would like to end with... Me gustaría terminar con...
Finally and as a personal conclusion... Finalmente y como conclusión personal…
I would not like to forget… No quisiera olvidar…
Finally, I would like to say that... Finalmente me gustaría decir que…
In short,/ in brief,… En definitiva, ...
To sum up /summing up, ... Para resumir, ...
In conclusion, ... En conclusión, ...
To conclude, ... Para terminar, ..
Who can say….? ¿Quién puede decir …?
Who knows the solution to the problem? ¿ Quien sabe la solución al problema?
So where does this lead us? Así que, adónde nos lleva (todo) esto?
Regarding… / with respect to… Con respecto a…
The bottom line is this: …La conclusión es esta: ...
Thus, we are led to the conclusion that … Así que tenemos que concluir que ...
It all boils down to one thing: … Al final, todo se reduce a una cosa: …
When all is said and done, … Dicho todo esto, …
So we have to ask ourselves, is it a black-and-white question? I don’t think so. Así que nos tenemos que preguntar: ¿Lo podemos ver en blanco y negro? A mi me parece que no.
It appears that the solution can only be … Parece que la solución debe de ser …
molest agredir sexualmente
molestar to annoy
chill frío
chillar to shriek
sill alféizar
silla chair
parcel paquete
parcela lot
contest concurso, prueba
contestar to answer, to reply
regal majestuoso
regalo present
presume suponer
presumir to show off
resume reanudar
resumir to sum up
cigar puro
cigarro cigarette
appropriate adecuado
adequate suficiente, idóneo
diary, notebook, agenda agenda
agenda orden del día
bedroom alcoba
alcove nicho
entertainment, enjoyment amenidad
amenities comodidades
notify, warn avisar
advise aconsejar, asesorar
white, light, pale blanco
blank en blanco, vacío
soft, mild, weak, gentle blando/a
bland insípido
understanding, tolerant comprensivo
comprehensive exhaustivo, completo
commitment, promise, agreement compromiso
compromise transigencia, arreglo
build construir
construe interpretar
habit, custom costumbre
costume traje
disappointment decepción
deception engańo, fraude
displease, anger, offend disgustar
disgust dar asco, repugnar
escape, excursion escapada
escapade aventura
stage, scene escenario
scenery paisaje, decorado
incite, irritate, arouse excitar
excite emocionar, estimular
factory fábrica
fabric tejido
créme caramel flan
flan tarteleta de frutas
genius genialidad
genial afable
considerate gentil
genteel distinguido
uninhabitable inhabitable
inhabitable habitable
insult, harm injuria
injury lesión, herida
insert, put in introducir
introduce presentar
long largo
large grande
reading material lectura
lecture discurso
bookshop librería
library biblioteca
mask máscara
mascara rímel
poverty, misfortune miseria
misery tristeza
annoy molestar
molest atacar, agredir
slow moroso/a
morose taciturno, malhumorado
piece of news noticia
notice aviso, anuncio
well-known notorio/a
notorious de mala reputación
obvious ostensible
ostensible aparente
relative pariente
parent padre/madre
pretentious pedante
pedantic puntilloso
newspaper periódico
periodical boletín, revista
arrogant, conceited petulante
petulant enfurruñado
condom preservativo
preservative conservante
conceited presuntuoso/a
presumptuous impertinente, osado
aspire to, try pretender
pretend fingir
teacher profesor
professor catedrático
container, vessel recipiente
recipient destinatario
remember, remind recordar
record archivar, registrar, grabar
saying refrán
refrain estribillio
summarise resumir
resume reanudar, proseguir con
insinuating, reluctant reticente
reticent reservado
reward, remuneration retribución
retribution castigo justo
health Sanidad, salud
sanity cordura
sensitive sensible
sensible sensato
friendly simpático/a
sympathetic comprensivo, cordial
stand, bear, put up with soportar
support sostener, ayudar, mantener
smooth, soft, gentle, mild suave
suave afable, cortés
slum area suburbio
suburb barrio periférico, urbanización en las afueras
happen, follow on suceder
succeed tener éxito
commonplace tópico
topic tema
cruel, gruesome truculento/a
truculent agresivo
dissolute, habit-forming, spoilt vicioso/a
vicious malo, salvaje, feroz
actual real, verdadero
actual current
to assist ayudar
asistir to attend, to be present
sensible sensato
sensible sensitive
disgust asco, repugnancia
disgusto displeasure, misfortune
to record anotar (writing), grabar (on tape)
recordar to remember, to remind
rope cuerda
ropa clothing
bizarre extraño, estrafalario
bizarro brave, gallant, dashing
carpet moqueta
carpeta folder
to vacuum aspirar
vacunar to vaccinate
constipated estreñido
constipado having a cold
embarrassed avergonzado
embarazada pregnant
exit salida
éxito success

Irregular Verbs

Posted by Joscha on March 13, 2014 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi, 


 I've got a few irregular verbs for you here. Learn them.  


 Regards, J

InfinitivePastPa. ParticipleTranslation
BEwas, were beenser / estar
BEATbeat beatengolpear
BECOMEbecame becomeconvertirse en, llegar a ser
BEGINbegan begunempezar
BENDbent benttorcer
BETbet betapostar
BITEbit bittenmorder
BLEEDbled bledsangrar
BLOWblew blownsoplar
BREAKbroke brokenromper
BRINGbrought broughtllevar, traer
BUILDbuilt builtconstruir
BURNburnt/·ed burnt/·edquemar (-se)
BUYbought boughtcomprar
CATCHcaught caughtcoger (pelota), atrapar
CHOOSEchose chosenelegir
COMEcame comevenir
COSTcost costcostar
CUTcut cutcortar
DIGdug dugexcavar
DOdid donehacer (aux)
DRAWdrew drawndibujar
DREAMdreamt / ·ed dreamt / ·edsoñar
DRINKdrank drunkbeber
DRIVEdrove drivenconducir
FALLfell fallencaer (-se)
FEEDfed feddar de comer, alimentar
FEELfelt feltsentir (-se)
FIGHTfought foughtluchar
FINDfound foundencontrar
FLYflew flownvolar
FORGETforgot forgottenolvidar
FORGIVEforgave forgivenperdonar
FREEZEfroze frozencongelar
GETgot got / gotten (AmE)obtener, conseguir, ...
GIVEgave givendar
GOwent goneir
GROWgrew growncrecer, cultivar
HANG hung/·ed hung/·edcolgar
HAVEhad had1) tener 2) haber (aux)
HEARheard heardoír
HIDEhid hiddenesconder (·se)
HIThit hitgolpear, pegar (puñetazo...)
HOLDheld heldsujetar
HURThurt hurt1) herir 2) doler
KEEPkept keptmantener, guardar (en bolso...)
KNOWknew knownsaber, conocer
LAYlaid laidponer horizontalmente (huevos, ...)
LEADled led1) liderar 2) llevar (vida, a algo, ...)
LEARNlearnt/·ed learnt/·edaprender
LEAVEleft leftabandonar, dejar
LENDlent lentprestar, dejar
LETlet letdejar (+hacer)
LIElay lainestar tumbado
LIGHTlit litiluminar, encender
LOSElost lostperder
MAKEmade madehacer, fabricar
MEANmeant meantsignificar, implicar
MEETmet metquedar con, encontrarse con
PAYpaid paidpagar
PUTput putponer
READread readleer
RIDErode riddenmontar en (bici...)
RINGrang rungtimbrar, llamar (teléfono)
RISErose risensubir (precio...), levantarse
RUNran runcorrer
SAYsaid saiddecir
SEEsaw seenver
SELLsold soldvender
SEND sentsentenviar
SETsetsetponer (despertador...)
SHAKEshook shakenagitar (·se)
SHINEshone shonebrillar
SHOOTshot shotdisparar
SHOWshowed shownmostrar
SHUTshut shutcerrar
SINGsang sungcantar
SINKsank sunkhundir (-se)
SITsat satestar sentado
SLEEPslept sleptdormir
SMELLsmelt / ·ed smelt / ·ledolfatear, oler
SPEAKspoke spokenhablar
SPELLspelt / spelled spelt / spelleddeletrear
SPENDspent spentgastar (dinero), pasar (tiempo)
STANDstood stoodestar de pie
STEALstole stolenrobar (cosa)
STICKstuck stuckclavar, pegar (con cola)
SWEEPswept sweptbarrer
SWIMswam swumnadar
TAKEtook takentomar, coger
TEACHtaught taughtenseñar (profe)
TEARtore tornarrancar, desgarrar
TELLtold toldcontar (historia)
THINKthought thoughtpensar
THROWthrew thrownlanzar, tirar
UNDERSTANDunderstood understoodentender
WAKE UPwoke up woken updespertar
WEARwore wornllevar puesto
WINwon wonganar
WRITEwrote writtenescribir

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