sábado, 27 de diciembre de 2008

Writting project

Once upon a time...

a little girl called Mayte was born on an island in the Mediterranean Sea, Eivissa.
I was the youngest of three children. We lived in a house in a quiet neighbourhood which was full of children. I remember my childhood as a time of games in the street; we used to spend the time under or even in the trees. Our favourites games were catch, hide and seek or something with the other neighbours. We always walked to the school although it was two kilometres away.
When I finished primary school I studied Fashion Design in an Art School. At that time my mother had another baby which was a happy event in our family and I was not the youngest any more.
After a few years studying in the Art school I decided to go to Valencia to finish my studies. So I lived two years in there for, it was exciting to live in a city on my own. Nothing was the same anymore; I felt I was not a child any longer (obviously I was wrong).
When I had finished fashion Design at the age of eighteen I didn’t feel able to work in a company and it didn’t have many offers to do it, so I went to Barcelona to carry on studying. That time I studied Printed Design in the Art School of Barcelona. I found a part-time job in a leather company and I went to school in the afternoon.
I was living in Barcelona when I started a small fashion business with a friend. We made and printed dresses and sold them in to shops in the city. That was a very busy and exciting moment in my life. We made everything by hand. It was a very craft job and we loved it. We didn’t earn a lot of money but at least I could pay the rent and save some money to invest in our little company.
One day I had the chance to go to get practical experience in a company in Amsterdam and I didn’t hesitate. That wasn’t a real fashion company; they bought clothes, copied and produced in Korea or Pakistan.
Though I didn’t enjoy that job, I loved Amsterdam and my life there; I met a lot of people from all over the world. I was also working for a while in a restaurant and I used to ride my bike to go everywhere. That was a very special time in my life; I keep in touch with some friends from Amsterdam.
One day I decided to come back home. Since I’m back in Eivissa I have had a lot of jobs, some were related to fashion, but I didn’t love any.

Three years ago I decided to study again; I wanted to do something related to psychology or pedagogy and I found the UIB, where I could study Special Education, which I didn’t exactly know what it was. But once I started I loved every subject.
Now I am in the third year and though it’s getting hard I hope to finish it in September or February, because I have applied to go to Peru in summer and this may delay the graduation. Once I have graduated I hope to find a job as a teacher soon and I would enjoy working with children in to a school and putting into practice all the skills I have been learning over these years.



jueves, 25 de diciembre de 2008

Report Speech

She/he Said that...

Mahadma Gandhi: "I want freedom for the full expression of my personality".
  • Gandhi said that he wanted freedom or the full expression of his personality.
Oscar Wilde: "Illusion is the first of all pleasures"
  • Oscar Wilde said that illusion was the first of all pleasures.


To express wishes in the present, or in the past or annoying habits

  • I wish my house had a bigger terrace.
  • I wish I could draw very well.
  • I wish I had time to go on a long trip.
  • I wish you had passed the exam.
  • I wish we had met at the party.
  • I wish you would do your homework every day.
  • I wish she would behave better in the playground.

Conditional Type 0

Present - Present
things happen

  • If you push this button, the radio turns off.
  • we are in the dark if you turn off the light.
  • If we eat too much, we get fat.

Conditional Type 3

Past perfect - would have
Imposible situation

  • If you had bought a lottery ticket, you would have some chance of winning.
  • We could have gone on a trip if you had won the lottery.
  • If we hadn't forgotten to bring the presents, we would have given them a nice surprise now.

Conditional Type 2

Past simple - would/Could
Unreal, imaginary situation

  • If I won the lottery, I Could buy great presents for everybody.
  • Everyone would be very happy with me If I bought them a lot of presents.
  • If we had more time, we could make her a very nice evening dress.
  • They would cook a great meal, if they had the appropriated ingredients.

Conditional Type 1

Present simple - will/can
Talking about something may o not happen

  • Santa Claus will bring you lots of presents if you are a good boy.
  • If you come early, we will go to the party together.
  • If we go to the party together, we will share a taxi.
  • If we share a taxi, we will save some money.
  • We can spend more money at the party if we save money on the taxi.

viernes, 21 de noviembre de 2008

Modals verbs


Must and Have to
  • Students must come to school at 9 o'clock.
  • This must be the new pupil, I don't know him.
  • You must do something to improve your english.
  • They have to come to the school on time. They are always late.
  • I have to go to the doctor, I hurt my knee.


Don't have to/ Don't need to/ needn't

  • You don't have to come, there are enought of us.
  • We needn't go to help them, they have hired a removal company.
  • She doesn't need to bring money. Everything is paid by the school.


Need to

  • We need to agree on this point before starting.
  • Everybody needs to be happy once a day.
  • They need to know the train timetable to plan the trip.



  • Remember for our trip:
  • We mustn't carry scissors in our hand luggage.
  • We mustn't go in to the cathedral with shorts.
  • We mustn't take pictures in this museum.
  • We mustn't go out alone, we can get lost.
  • We mustnt't drink tap water.


Should/Ought to/ Had better

  • You should know by now which book to bring to the class.
  • We should read the newspaper sometimes. There are good offers.
  • She ought to buy a ticket soon if she wants to go to the concert.
  • If you can't see well the blackboard, you had better visit the oculist.
  • The bus is here. I had better to get on now.


Can/ Could/ Be able to

  • We can do a very nice project today.
  • Pablo can do a big drawing and the others can paint it,
  • We couldn't finish the mural last week,
  • If everybody works, we will be able to finish it this week.


Can/ Could/ May

  • Can I sit in this chair?
  • Sorry, I'm late. May I come in?
  • May I go to school with you tomorrow?
  • You may always come with us.
  • Could I borrow your book, please?


May/ Might/ Could

  • Are you coming on the excursion? I don't know, I may go
  • Do you know what the weather will be like on saturday? No, it might rain
  • or it might be sunny. I don't trust the weather forecast. When they say it's going to be cloudy
  • it could be anything.
  • Anyway we could take our raincoats.

May/ might not or Mightn't/ Could not or Couldn't

  • We are driving to the airport, but we may not arrive on time.
  • We couldn't arrive on time, there was a crash accident in the road.
  • I am in the third year of the degree course and I might not finish it in june.

Must/ Can't

  • Your jacket must be in the playground I saw you with it on.
  • It can't be far from here, you were wearing it this morning.
  • We must study hard for the exam,
  • It can't be so difficult, we passed the other one.


Can/ Could/ Would/Shall

  • Can you lend me your English book?
  • Could you mind if I writer the answer in your book?
  • Would you like to play in our team?
  • Shall I show you the way?

Present tenses for the future

  • I am meeting Paula at 6 o'clock in here, Are you coming too?
  • No, I'm going to the doctor at the same time. What about tomorrow?
  • I'm having lunch with some friends at Pepe's.
  • That's OK, tomorrow I'm finishing at twelve.

viernes, 14 de noviembre de 2008

Have got ang Have

  • I don't have a million - Euros/ I haven't got a million - Euros.
  • Do you have a red pen?/ Have you got a black pen?
  • She has a new dress/ She has got a new dress.
  • We still have plenty of time / We've still got plenty of time.

Singular and Plural nouns

  • Sandra brings a flower everyday.
  • We've now got more than twenty flowers.
  • Toni hasn't got a pen to do the exercise,
  • You've got two pens, lend him one, please.
  • The leaves from the tree are on the ground,
  • Can you bring me one leaf here?

Uncountable nouns

we usually treat nouns as singular
not a/an but a sometnig of

  • This news is very important to me.
  • A piece of good news is wellcome.
  • There is a bottle of water on the table.
  • I've got some money now.
  • You haven't got much money.

sábado, 8 de noviembre de 2008

Countable nouns

we can use: singular or plural; a/an;
the, my, this; some, any, a few.

  • Your dog is playing with my cat.
  • Our pets are playing with the cushions.
  • I want an orange for breakfast.
  • I have got some apples, but I don't have any oranges.

Adjective ending in -ing and -ed

  • If you like animals read this book, it is very interesting;
  • but the one I read last week was very boring; Laura
  • told me about one, I got depressed when I read it, it explain how
  • they kill animals. I am interested in books that talk about
  • exciting trips around the world!


Use an adverb to describe a verb
Adverbs of frequency Usually go before the verb
others adverbs normally go at the end of sentence

  • Peter ate the cake quickly before we arrived.
  • Marta treat her gat carefully, like a child.
  • We will learn this lesson easily if we study a bit.
  • We konw well all about they.???
  • We konws all about them ??
  • He spoke extremely fast.

lunes, 3 de noviembre de 2008

For and Since

  • I haven't seen her since monday.
  • He loves English since you have been teacthing him.
  • I have known you for ten years now.
  • You have been wearing this sweater for six days!
  • Since I met her, she has been learning to play piano.

domingo, 2 de noviembre de 2008

Used to

  • I used to go to the swimming pool last winter.
  • We used to play in the street when we were children.
  • Everybody used to go walk to the school when I studied.
  • In the past it used to snow in this region.

Future Will be doing

  • I will be waiting for you until the bus leaves.
  • He will be waiting for us to close the door.
  • Will you be watching TV when I arrive tonight?
  • We won't be watching TV that late.

jueves, 30 de octubre de 2008

Future Perfect

Will have + Past participle
am, is, are + Going to have + past participle
  • We will have read three books at the end of the month.
  • By the time we finish this course, we are going to have read ten books.
  • How many sweets is she going to have eaten at the end of the day?
  • By this afternoon, he will have eaten all the sweets we have.

Future Be Going To

to express a plan, intention, something obviously is going to happen

  • We are going to learn a lot of English
  • She is going to bring the homework tomorrow
  • Who is going to make Maria's birthday cake?
  • You are going to miss the bus, it's five to one.

Future Shall

offering, suggestion, Question

  • Shall I help you with that?
  • Shall we meet tomorrow
  • I will make some sandwiches
  • Shall I prepare some drikns?

viernes, 24 de octubre de 2008

Future Will

Prediction in general

  • One day you will be a great teacher.
  • In the future we will travel to the Moon.

Express a voluntary action

  • I will help you with your homework.
  • Will you help me to carry the games?

To express a promise

  • We will be always friends
  • I won´t tell anyone your secret

No future in time clauses: when, while, after, before, etc.

  • When you arrive we will start to play
  • I will eat as soon as the movie finishes

Believe, sure, think

  • I am sure you will win the match.
  • She thinks he will give her a present

Past Perfect Continuous

(had been + ing
something started in the past and continued for a time in the past)

  • We had been waiting for your family to answer till yesterday.
  • Had you been waiting for the answer more than a week?
  • How long had you been wainting for me?
  • She had not been waiting there longer than an hour.

Present Perfect Continuous

(has/have been + ing
an activity which began in the past and continues to the present)

  • You have been talking for an hour, please be quiet now.
  • They have been playing the whole day!
  • Has she been playing with them too?
  • What have you been doing today?

Past Perfect

(had + past participle
action happenend before another action in the past)

  • You had studied English before this course.
  • I had not studied English before you teach me.
  • Had she studied Japanese before now?
  • Had they ever studied before arrived here?

Present Perfect

(have/has + participle
action happen at indefinite time in the past)

  • You have seen that movie twenty times.
  • I have never seen that movie.
  • She has bought a lot of dresses.
  • Has he ever bought a dress?

Past Continuous

(was/were + ing
a longer action in the past was interrupted)

  • I was watching TV when she called.
  • I was listening to her when my brother took me the phone from me.
  • What were you thinking when you heard my story?
  • I was planning to visit you.
  • Yesterday at this time, she was running.

Present Continuous

(am/is/are + presents participle.
for something is happening now)

  • You are reading a text
  • She is reading a nice story
  • Are you listening to her?
  • He is not listenig to us

Past Simple

(to talk about finished actions in the past)

  • I studied English last year
  • He studied English too
  • You didn't study mathematics yesterday
  • Did they study the verbs?
  • Yes, they did/ No, they didn't

Present Simple

  • I sing a song with you
  • We don't sing with them
  • She sings with Peter
  • Will you sing a song with me?
  • Yes i do / No, i don't

martes, 21 de octubre de 2008


This is an example