Posted by: crisdiaz24 | May 21, 2017

REPHRASING

REPHRASING

 

  1. He never achieved his goal though it was his aim for years.

(spite)

                                                                                                                                        

  1. He was too young to join the club.

(enough)

                                                                                                                                        

  1. I’m sure they came last night.

(Must)

                                                                                                                                        

  1. It was impossible not to laugh at his faux pas.

(help)

                                                                                                                                        

  1. We can’t wait to move into our new house.

(looking)

                                                                                                                         

  1. We don’t normally travel to London by train.

(used)

                                                                                                                                        

  1. I’m sure it came as a shock to him.

(must)

                                                                                                                                        

  1. The last time I saw Audrey was when I was in Italy.

(since)

                                                                                                                                        

  1. Don’t cheat in the exams or they punish you.

You                                                                                                                                 

  1. I was never allowed to drink soft drinks when I was young.

(let)

                                                                                                                       

  1. Although it was very cold, we went out.

Despite                                                                                                                          

  1. I am so sorry I didn’t arrive in time.

If only                                                                                                                            

  1. I’m not sure whether I posted the letter or not.

(remember)

                                                                                                                                        

  1. I regret not listening to my parents.

I wish                                                                                                                             

  1. My mother told me to take off my mini-skirt and put on something decent.

(made)

                                                                                                                                        

  1. Provided you come, everybody will be happy.

(long)

                                                                                                                                        

  1. “I won’t listen to him”, he said.

He refused                                                                                                                       

  1. They will promote somebody from the 9th

Somebody                                                                                                                    

  1. My parents let me do what I wanted.

(allowed)

                                                                                                                                        

  1. We haven’t talked to each other for a long time.

(stopped)

                                                                                                                                        

  1. “I wouldn’t do it if I were you”, he said.

He discouraged                                                                                                           

KEY

1.He never achieved his goal in spite of being / having been his aim for years.

2. He was not old enough to join the club.

3. They must have come last night.

4. I couldn’t help laughing at his faux pas.

5. We are looking forward to moving into our new house.

6. We are not used to travelling to London by train.

7. It must have come as a shock to him.

8. I haven’t seen Audrey since I was in Italy.

9. You mustn’t cheat in the exam or they’ll punish you. / You will be punished if you cheat in the exam.

10. They didn’t let me drink soft drinks when I was a child.

11. Despite the cold / the cold weather / the fact that it was cold, we went out.

12. If only I had arrived on time.

13. I don’t remember posting the letter.

14. I wish I had listened to my parents.

15. My mother made me take off my mini-skirt and put on something decent.

16. As long as you come, everybody will be happy.

17. He refused to listen to him.

18. Somebody from the 9th floor will be promoted.

19. I was allowed to do what I wanted. / My parents allowed me to do what I wanted.

20. We stopped talking to each other a long time ago.

21. He discouraged me from doing it.

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Posted by: crisdiaz24 | May 21, 2017

Vocabulary and Video Activity from the British Council

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/sites/podcasts/files/learnenglish-youre-hired-01-support-pack.pdf

 

Calendario de exámenes DE TODOS LOS IDIOMAS y horas de cada parte del examen.:

Avanzado: En SANTANDER, el examen oral de la Prueba Unificada del Nivel AVANZADO de INGLÉS empezará el día 14 de junio.

http://www.eoisantander.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/CalendarioExamenesCertificado_16-17.pdf

ALLAN PEASE REVEALS HIS FORMULA TO SUCCESS

 

 

  1. Allan Pease has published fourteen _____________________ books.
  2. The books he has written have been translated into _____________________.
  3. Allan Pease is suffering from _____________________.
  4. Allan Pease has chosen to follow the way of the _____________________ of people who have survived.
  5. All the people who survived had a very _____________________: they were going to live.
  6. The farmer’s wife who was told she had only a few weeks cancelled all _____________________ and is now _____________________.
  7. Once you have reached a decision, you must put it in _____________________, with all the obstacles and _______________________.
  8. You must follow your goals through despite ____________________.
  9. You must keep looking at your ___________________, so you are continuously motivated.
  10. You should never think you are a(n) ___________________.
  11. Allan Pease started playing the _______________________ when he was 45.
  12. The important things are…
    1. to ___________________ what you are going to do,
    2. ____________________ it down, make a(n) ______________ of your goals.
    3. And the Law of ________________ is what will bring it to you.

 

 

KEY

  1. BEST-SELLING
  2. 50 LANGUAGES
  3. PROSTATE CANCER
  4. 2%
  5. DEFINED GOAL
  6. MEDICAL ACTION – IN HER 60S
  7. WRITING – DEADLINES
  8. WHAT ANYBODY / OTHERS SAY
  9. LIST / PLAN OF ACTION
  10. FAILURE
  11. PIANO
    1. DECIDE 
    2. WRITING – LIST
    3. ATTRACTION
Posted by: crisdiaz24 | May 17, 2017

Phrasal verbs – Speaking activity

PHRASAL VERBS

 

  1. In your opinion, what makes someone stand out from a crowd?
  2. Have you ever passed out? If so, why did you?
  3. Why might anyone pass out?
  4. Mention someone who stands up for his beliefs?
  5. Do you think politicians actually stand up for what they believe in?
  6. Do you know anyone who can’t help making everything up?
  7. Remember a time you made up an excuse. Tell your partner about it.
  8. Who do you look up to?
  9. Does anyone look up to you?
  10. When someone lies to you, do you usually see through them?

CLOZE TEST

Fill in the gaps with ONE suitable word from the list below. There are SIX extra words you do not need to use

THE MYSTERY OF THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE MAY FINALLY BE SOLVED

One of life’s great mysteries, the Bermuda Triangle 1) __________ have finally found an explanation. This strange region, which 2) __________ in the North Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Miami and Puerto Rico, has been the presumed cause of 3) __________ of mind-boggling disappearances of ships and planes.

The Bermuda Triangle lore includes such stories as that of Flight 19, a group of 5 U.S. torpedo bombers that 4) __________ in the Triangle in 1945. A rescue plane sent to look for them also disappeared. 5) __________ stories include the mystery of USS Cyclops, resulting in the largest non-combat 6) __________ of life in U.S. Navy’s history. The ship with a crew of 309 went missing in 1918. Even as recently as 2015, El Faro, a cargo ship with 33 on board disappeared in the area.

Altogether, as 7) __________ as we know, 75 planes and hundreds of ships met their demise in the Bermuda Triangle. Possible causes for the catastrophes have been proposed over time, 8) __________ from the paranormal, electromagnetic interference that causes compass problems, bad weather, to the Gulf Stream  and large undersea fields of methane.

Now, a new theory has been proposed by meteorologists that claims that the reason for the mysteries pervading the Bermuda Triangle area are unusual hexagonal clouds creating 170 mph air bombs full of wind. These 9) __________ pockets cause all the mischief, sinking ships and downing planes.

By studying imagery from a NASA satellite, the 10) __________ concluded that some of these clouds reach 20 to 55 miles across. Waves inside these wind monsters can reach as high as 45 feet. What’s more – the clouds have straight edges which eventually come down out of the bottom of the cloud and then hit the ocean and create waves that can sometimes be massive in size as they interact with each other. Anything caught inside one of these “bombs” could be very well knocked out of the air, flipped over, sunk.

http://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/the-mystery-of-the-bermuda-triangle-may-finally-be-solved

 

 

AIR                       LIES                      OTHER                 SCIENTIFIC

ALL                       LOSS                     OTHERS               SCORES

DISSOLVED          MIGHT                 RANGING             TIME

FAR                      MUST                   SCIENTISTS          VANISHED

 

 

1.   7.
2.   8.
3.   9.
4.   10.
5.    
6.    

 

KEY

 

  1. MIGHT
  2. LIES
  3. SCORES
  4. VANISHED
  5. OTHER
  6. LOSS
  7. FAR
  8. RANGING
  9. AIR
  10. SCIENTISTS

 

Posted by: crisdiaz24 | May 10, 2017

On writing reports

http://www.rubenvalero.com/english/content/fce-report

THE THIRD APPLE CO-FOUNDER WHO LOST OUT ON A FORTUNE

 

Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and … Ron Wayne?

The 0) ________________ of all three men appear on Apple’s April 1, 1976, incorporation documents. They also appear on a document signed 12 days later, dissolving Wayne of his 10% investment.

Wayne, Apple’s 1) __________-known third co-founder, gave up his rights to his share of Apple for $800. Today, 10% of Apple is worth 2) __________ $62 billion. In those days one share was $2.75, at present if a person wants to invest in shares, they will cost them nearly 54 times as 3) __________ as they did then.

There is no chance Wayne, who is 81 now, would have actually 4) __________ worth anything remotely 5) __________ to that much today. His stake would have been diluted when shareholders were added 6) __________ on. But it is not a stretch to say that he would have been a multi-millionaire  – and substantially 7) __________ than he is now.

“What most people know is that I was there at the beginning and walked away; what they don’t know is I had very good reasons for doing it,” Wayne said in an interview with CNNMoney. “I’ve 8) __________ regretted the move.”

Wayne met Steve Jobs while both were working at video game pioneer Atari. He was a computer programmer, assigned to “assume major responsibility for mechanical engineering and documentation,” according to Apple’s founding documents.

But Wayne wasn’t brought in for his engineering prowess. He says he was called in to be the adult in the room. As he sees it, he was given 10% of the company for designing Apple’s original logo and mediating 9) __________ between Wozniak and the fiery Jobs.

“They were absolute whirlwinds. I was standing in the shadow of giants,” Wayne said. “If I stayed at Apple I would have probably 10) __________ up the richest man in the cemetery.”

Wayne’s passion was in the gaming industry, making video games and 11) __________ machines. So he says that he wouldn’t have been happy at Apple.

Following Apple, Wayne joined several smaller companies, where he was able to engineer products “soup to nuts.” He says he’s unhappy unless he has complete control over a product — something Steve Jobs would have been unlikely to give him.

“Once Steve determined where he wanted to be, the last place you would want to be is between him and where he was going, or you’d get footprints on your head,” Wayne said. “Was he the nicest person in the world? No. That’s not the point. The point is what did he 12) __________ through his journey through life?”

Though Wayne admires Jobs for his accomplishments, most of his praise goes to Wozniak, calling him “the most gracious man I’ve ever met.” Wayne said that Woz’s whimsical attitude was his inspiration for Apple’s initial logo, with an apple 13) __________ on Isaac Newton’s head.

Wayne said that he has had a happy life, choosing to do what he loves “for the sake of doing it.” He says that he’s not rich, but he’s not “hungry” either.

To retire to “a more comfortable situation,” Wayne has 14) __________ off most of his original Apple documents — including his copy of the incorporation papers, a proof of the original Apple logo, and the original manual for the Apple I computer — earning tens of thousands of dollars.

“Would I rather be rich? Of course I’d like a lot of money,” Wayne said. “But I have managed. If I just wanted the money, I could have been rich and miserable.”

http://money.cnn.com/2016/03/31/technology/ron-wayne-apple/

 

ACCOMPLISH              CLOSE                           FALLING                       NEVER

ALWAYS                      DISPUTES                     LATER                           ROUGHLY

AUCTIONED                 DROPPING                   LESSER                         SIGNATURES

BEEN                             ENDED                          MANY                           SLOT

BETTER                         EXPENSIVE                   MUCH                          WEALTHIER

 

 

0 SIGNATURES
1 8
2 9
3 10
4 11
5 12
6 13
7 14

 

KEY

 

O. SIGNATURES

  1. LESSER
  2. ROUGHLY
  3. MUCH
  4. BEEN
  5. CLOSE
  6. LATER
  7. WEALTHIER
  8. NEVER
  9. DISPUTES
  10. ENDED
  11. SLOT
  12. ACCOMPLISH
  13. FALLING
  14. AUCTIONED

 

 

Posted by: crisdiaz24 | May 3, 2017

EXTREME ADJECTIVES

EXTREME ADJECTIVES

 

  1. Find alternative words to express the following meanings:
  2. Very angry:
  3. very bad:
  4. very clean:
  5. very cold:
  6. very crowded:
  7. very dirty:
  8. very drunk:
  9. very expensive:
  10. very funny:
  11. very good:
  12. very happy:
  13. very hot:
  14. very hungry:
  15. very interesting:
  16. very loud:
  17. very painful:
  18. very pretty / very nice:
  19. very sad:
  20. very scary:
  21. very small?
  22. very surprised:
  23. very tired
  24. very wet:
  1. In pairs, ask each other the following questions:
  1. What is the most wonderful __________ you have ever seen?
    1. monument
    2. landscape
  2. Have you ever taken an exam whose score was appalling?
  3. What is the most appalling weather you have ever experienced?
  4. Who is the most gorgeous actress you can think of?
  5. What __________ would you qualify as truly remarkable?
    1. scientific breakthrough
    2. great feat[1]
  6. What is the most terrific food you have ever eaten?
  7. When was the last time you ate something absolutely delicious?
  8. Can you think of a book that was terrific but whose movie was terrible?
  9. Talk about a situation when you thought the noise surrounding you was deafening.
  10. Can silence be deafening?
  11. When was the last time you were actually starving?
  12. What subjects do you find fascinating?
  13. Is your house or your flat filthy or spotless?
  14. In your opinion, what films is utterly hilarious?
  15. When was the last time you were absolutely furious?
  16. What is the most terrifying film you have ever seen?
  17. What is the most terrifying book you have ever read?
  18. What is the tiniest present you have ever been offered?

[1] Feat: achievement. Hazaña.

 

KEY

Find alternative words to express the following meanings:

  1. Very angry: FURIOUS, EXASPERATED
  2. very bad: AWFUL, TERRIBLE, APPALLING
  3. very clean: SPOTLESS, SPICK AND SPAN
  4. very cold: FREEZING
  5. very crowded: PACKED
  6. very dirty: FILTHY
  7. very drunk: SLOSHED, INEBRIATED
  8. very expensive: EXTRAVAGANT, EXHORBITANT, OVERPRICED
  9. very funny: HILARIOUS
  10. very good: EXCELLENT, TERRIFIC, DELICIOUS, BRILLIANT, EXTRAORDINARY, REMARKABLE
  11. very happy: ELATED, ON CLOUD NINE, OVER THE MOON, DELIGHTED, THRILLED
  12. very hot: BOILING, SCORCHING
  13. very hungry: STARVING
  14. very interesting: FASCINATING
  15. very loud: DEAFENING
  16. very painful: EXCRUCIATING
  17. very pretty / very nice: WONDERFUL, GORGEOUS, BREATHTAKING
  18. very sad: MISERABLE
  19. very scary: TERRIFYING, PETRIFIED
  20. very small: TINY, MINUTE
  21. very surprised: ASTONISHED
  22. very tired: EXHAUSTED, SHATTERED, KNACKERED
  23. very wet: SOAKING, SOAKED

CLOZE TEST

 

Read the text and complete the chart below with a word from the list that comes after the text. Every word can only be used ONCE. There are five words that you do not need to use. Question 0 has been answered as an example.

THE EERY HISTORICAL VISIONS THAT PREDICT THE APOCALYPSE

Giant locusts swarm around a aquamarine mountain. Great whales and 0) __________ beasts flounder amid stormy seas. Inky skies rain hailstones and blood. These bizarre and 1) __________ visions are found in the Augsburg Book of Miraculous Signs, also called the Book of Miracles. It is a beautifully 2) __________ manuscript created in the German city in the mid-16th Century but only recently discovered and now collected in a new edition, by Till-Holger Borchert and Joshua P Waterman. “I remember that when I first saw the images in the flesh,” Till-Holger Borchert tells BBC Culture, “I was awestruck by the very touching combination of simplicity and beauty in systematically 3) __________ catastrophes of all times.”

“These stunningly vivid pictures must certainly have 4) __________ imparted to those readers first seeing them a sense of awe at the progression of disasters and wonders from the beginning of history to the end of time, as then understood,” writes Waterman. The first half of the book concerns the Old Testament, while the second 5) __________ from antiquity through to the mid-1500s, when the book was produced. It ends with stories from the Book of Revelation.

Each image, such as 1009 – Burning torch, is accompanied by a 6) __________ that leaves no doubt as to its grim message: “In the year AD 1009, the sun went dark and the moon was seen all blood­ red and a great earthquake 7) __________ and there fell from the sky with a loud and crashing noise a huge burning torch like a column or a tower. This was followed by the death of many people and 8) __________ throughout Germany and Italy. More people died than remained alive.”

By drawing from ancient, biblical and contemporary traditions of prophecy in roughly chronological order, The Book of Miracles follows an established structure similar 9) __________ other contemporary books of wonders. It’s a tradition that highlights the period’s ordering of history through the prism of apocalyptic signs and visions. “When studying this one-of-a-kind series of illustrations,” Waterman says, “it is important to 10) __________ in mind the structuring principle of Christian world history.”

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170421-the-eerie-historical-visions-that-predict-the-apocalypse

 

 

 

             BEEN                    HEADLINE            SPANS                  TERRIFIC

CAPTION              ILLUSTRATED       STRANGE             TERRIFYING

DEPICTING           KEEP                     STROKE                TO

FAMINE               RARE                    STRUCK                THAN

 

 

 

 

0 STRANGE
1 6
2 7
3 8
4 9
5 10

 

 

 

KEY

 

0. STRANGE

  1. TERRIFYING
  2. ILLUSTRATED
  3. DEPICTING
  4. BEEN
  5. SPANS
  6. CAPTION
  7. STRUCK
  8. FAMINE
  9. TO
  10. KEEP

 

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