English and dogs

Once upon a time, in a small village in the south of Spain, a woman with a heart of gold came across a heavily pregnant abandoned dog.  The woman took her home and soon enough she gave birth to a litter (1) of three adorable mix-breed puppies (2).

One day, her granddaughter (also an animal lover) drove down from the north to visit her granny and she gave the dogs a ride to the city that would become their new home. Mum and puppies were all adopted and that is where the story begins for me. Continue reading “English and dogs”

LEARN 10 EUPHEMISMS IN 3 STEPS

Pantalones, Bolsillo, Nota, Llave, Trabajo, BuscarSaying that you are between jobs sends a more positive image of your current situation than saying that you are unemployed. This is the purpose of euphemism, to soften the message you are communicating by using language that sounds less unpleasant, uncomfortable or embarrassing than the reality. 

In this post we are going to learn 10 commonly used euphemisms in three steps. You will need pen a paper or you can print the pdf provided. Continue reading “LEARN 10 EUPHEMISMS IN 3 STEPS”

THE JOY OF GARDENING

Garden tools: digging fork

Gardening has always been part of my life ever since I was a little girl but I must admit that until recently, I was simply a spectator and the recipient of glorious produce, handed over to me without any effort on my part. As things are, there comes a time when one has to take over and adopt an active role. Not terribly enthusiastically at first as this added to my to do list already quite hefty. However, it didn’t take long to become something enjoyable and later a new passion and something to look forward to.  In this post. I will talk about some of the benefits that gardening brings to my life while providing vocabulary in context and pictures with some of the tools, produce and flowers in our garden.  

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10 very Kiwi words or phrases

 

Kiwi, Frutas, La Mitad Common Kiwi. North Island brown kiwi, Apteryx australis, New Zealand royalty free stock photos Jacinda Ardern: primera ministra, madre trabajadora e 'influencer' | Gente | EL PAÍS

1. KIWI

This little word rich in meanings.

Imagine that I say this: “There is a kiwi under the tree.”

Well, I could be referring to the fruit on the left, but if I were in New Zealand also to a native nocturnal flightless bird, and last but not least, I could be saying that there is someone from New Zealand under the tree, as this is also a nickname for New Zealanders. For the record, the nickname refers to the bird, not the fruit. It is not offensive, quite on the contrary New Zealanders are proud of it. 

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CAMBRIDGE C1 ADVANCED (CAE) PROPOSAL – TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

If you found your way to this post, you must be an advanced student and quite likely, also a candidate for Cambridge C1 Advanced. In that case, you might as well be familiar with the information I am going to share here. Having said that, you can still use this post as a tool to help you revise and rethink what a proposal is all about. Continue reading “CAMBRIDGE C1 ADVANCED (CAE) PROPOSAL – TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE”

VISUALS: 9 common mistakes and how to avoid them

Oops, Sorpresa, Nota Adhesiva, RosaHere are 9 mistakes that pop up regularly in conversations with students. Have a look and make sure these are not a problem for you. There will be more posts on this matter. You can subscribe to my mail list* if you want to be in the loop. 

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