Thursday, 25 December 2008
50 ml butter
125 gr flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
150 gr sugar
30 gr walnuts
30 gr raisins
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 grated lemon rind + 1/2 grated orange rind
Sunday, 21 December 2008
I want to wish all of you (my students, colleagues, friends and visitors in general) a Merry Christmas and a very joyful New Year!!!
Lots of love,
Lyrics | Christmas Songs lyrics - All I Want For Christmas Is You lyrics
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Sunday, 7 December 2008
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Monday, 24 November 2008
On 20 December 1993 the General Assembly adopted Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (A/RES/48/104).
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Saturday, 15 November 2008
A phrasal verb consists of a verb and a preposition or adverb that modifies or changes the meaning; 'give up' is a phrasal verb that means 'stop doing' something, which is very different from 'give'. The word or words that modify a verb in this manner can also go under the name particle. Phrasal verbs are widely used in both written and spoken English.
Phrasal verbs can be divided into different groups:
Intransitive verbs: These don't take an object.
They had an argument, but they've made up now.
Inseparable verbs: The object must come after the particle.
They are looking after their grandchildren.
Separable verbs: With some separable verbs, the object must come between the verb and the particle.
The quality of their work sets them apart from their rivals.
With some separable verbs, the object can before or after the particle, though when a pronoun is used it comes before the particle.
Turn the TV off.Turn off the TV.Turn it off.
Main source: Usingenglish.com
Friday, 14 November 2008
- We use "used to" + the base form of the verb:
Affirmative: I used to go to the park with my friends every day.
Negative: I didn't use to go to the park with my friends every day.
Interrogative: Did you use to go to the park with your friends every day?
- For something that was true but no longer is:
There used to be a theatre in this town but now there isn't.
- We use " be used to" + the present participle of a verb (-ing form):
- To say that something is normal, not unusual:
I am used to living on my own. I've done it for quite a long time.
- We use " get used to" + the present participle of a verb (-ing form):
- To talk about the process of something becoming normal for us.
I have always lived in the country but now I'm beginning to get used to living in the city.
- Exercise 1
- Exercise 2
- Exercise 3
- Exercise 4
- Exercise 5
Source: English Grammar Secrets.
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Finally, Barack Obama could do it, he is the new President-Elect of the United States. Obama will assume office in January 2009.
"I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to – it belongs to you."
Barack Obama, Election Night 2008
Monday, 3 November 2008
The Republican Party has chosen John McCain, the senior United States Senator from Arizona as its nominee; the Democratic Party has chosen Barack Obama, the junior United States Senator from Illinois, as its nominee. The Libertarian Party has nominated former Congressman Bob Barr, the Constitution Party has nominated pastor and radio talk show host Chuck Baldwin, and the Green Party has nominated former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. Ralph Nader declined to seek the Green Party nomination and is running as an independent candidate.
The 2008 election is particularly notable because it is the first time in U.S. history that two sitting senators will run against each other for president, and because it is the first time an African American is a presidential nominee for a major party, as well as the first time both major candidates were born outside the continental United States—Hawaii for Obama and the Panama Canal Zone for McCain. Since the Republican nominee for vice-president is a woman, Governor Sarah Heath Palin, the eventual winning ticket is very likely to be historic, as neither an African American nor a female has achieved either office. In addition, the Republican presidential candidate, John McCain, would be the oldest first-term president and the Democratic nominee for vice-president, Senator Joseph Biden, would be the first Roman Catholic vice president.
Friday, 31 October 2008
Here you have a series of activities related to Halloween:
Games: Haunted House, Haunted House II, Costumes, Matching Game, Paint It!, Spelloween.
Quizzes: Quiz I, Quiz II,
This is Halloween: The Night Before Christmas.
Main source: British Council.
Sunday, 26 October 2008
Do you see an old woman or a young woman in this illustration? They are both present, but you will not be able to see both of them simultaneously. Once you perceive both figures, see if you can get them to fluctuate back and forth between the two interpretations.
Sunday, 19 October 2008
Sunday, 12 October 2008
Thursday, 9 October 2008
If you like this song, you can practise your listening skills by clicking on this link. You will find the song lyrics and you'll have to fill in the blanks with the words you hear. Subingles.com is a very useful site for learning English with songs.
Monday, 6 October 2008
This map shows the countries in which English is an official or de facto official language (red areas). Click here to see a detailed listing.
This link also offers interesting and detailed information about the countries where English is spoken.
Finally, take this quiz: Where did the English language come from?
Wednesday, 1 October 2008
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
"Paul Newman played many unforgettable roles," they said.
"But the ones for which he was proudest never had top billing on the marquee: Devoted husband, loving father, adoring grandfather, dedicated philanthropist."
He was nominated for an Academy Award 10 times - but it took him 33 years to win one, picking up the best actor trophy for The Color Of Money in 1987.
In May 2007, Newman said he was giving up acting because he could no longer perform to the best of his ability.
"I'm not able to work any more... at the level that I would want to," he told US broadcaster ABC.
"You start to lose your memory, you start to lose your confidence, you start to lose your invention."
His philanthropic efforts included the establishment of summer camps for children who suffered from life-threatening illnesses.
He also donated profits from his Newman's Own food range to a number of charitable organisations.
I'd like to be remembered as a guy who tried — tried to be part of his times, tried to help people communicate with one another, tried to find some decency in his own life, tried to extend himself as a human being. Someone who isn't complacent, who doesn't cop out.
Sunday, 28 September 2008
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Sunday, 14 September 2008
Friday, 12 September 2008
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Monday, 1 September 2008
Monday, 25 August 2008
Friday, 22 August 2008
More Than 150 Killed in Spain Plane Crash.
The deadliest plane crash in Spain in more than 20 years has taken the lives of at least 153 people and injured 19. As the Canary Islands-bound plane made its second attempt to take off from the Madrid airport, it careened off course, crashed in a nearby gully, and burst into flames. On a first take-off attempt, the pilot reported a mechanical problem and returned for repairs, delaying the flight by about an hour. A number of the crash survivors were flung into a nearby stream that protected them from more severe burns. An investigation will be launched in order to determine the cause of the terrible accident.Source: In the News provided by The Free Dictionary.
With this post I want to show my condolences to the victims and their relatives of this terrible accident.
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
Sunday, 17 August 2008
Friday, 15 August 2008
'Do' for Activities
Use the verb 'do' to express daily activities or jobs. Notice that these are usually activities that produce no physical object.
do homework - do housework - do the ironing - do the dishes - do a job
'Do' for General Ideas
Use the verb 'do' when speaking about things in general. In other words, when we do not exactly name an activity. This form is often used with the words 'something, nothing, anything, everything, etc.'
I'm not doing anything today. He does everything for his mother. She's doing nothing at the moment.
Important Expressions with 'Do'
There are a number of standard expressions that take the verb 'do'. These are standard collocations (verb + noun combinations) that are used in English.
do one's best - do good - do harm - do a favour - do business
'Make' for Constructing, Building, Creating
Use 'make' to express an activity that creates something that you can touch.
make food - make a cup of tea / coffee - make a mess
Important Expressions with 'Make'
There are a number of standard expressions that take the verb 'make'. In a number of cases the verb 'do' seems more appropriate. These are standard collocations (verb + noun combinations) that are used in English.
make plans - make an exception - make arrangements - make a telephone call - make a decision - make a mistake - make noise - make money - make an excuse - make an effort
Next, take the quiz testing 'do' or 'make'.
Source: About.com English as 2nd Language by Kenneth Beare.
Now you can practise what you have learnt playing this game.
Monday, 11 August 2008
The Description Detective
You are a police officer. When you press start, you will see an investigation. Read the description of the wanted person carefully. Then wait, and you will go to the playground, the airport, a restaurant, and the park . If you see the person in the description, click the person with your mouse.
Sunday, 10 August 2008
"One World One Dream" is a profound manifestation of the core concepts of the Beijing Olympic Games. It reflects the values of harmony connoted in the concept of "People's Olympics", the core and soul of the three concepts -- "Green Olympics, High-tech Olympics and People's Olympics". While "Harmony of Man with Nature" and "Peace Enjoys Priority" are the philosophies and ideals of the Chinese people since ancient times in their pursuit of the harmony between Man and Nature and the harmony among people, building up a harmonious society and achieving harmonious development are the dream and aspirations of ours. It is our belief that peace and progress, harmonious development, living in amity, cooperation and mutual benefit, and enjoying a happy life are the common ideals of the people throughout the world.
"One World, One Dream" is simple in expressions, but profound in meaning. It is of China, and also of the world. It conveys the lofty ideal of the people in Beijing as well as in China to share the global community and civilization and to create a bright future hand in hand with the people from the rest of the world. It expresses the firm belief of a great nation, with a long history of 5,000 years and on its way towards modernization, that is committed to peaceful development, harmonious society and people's happiness. It voices the aspirations of 1.3 billion Chinese people to contribute to the establishment of a peaceful and bright world.
The English translation of the slogan is distinctive in sentence structure. The two "One's are perfectly used in parallel, and the words "World" and "Dream" form a good match. The slogan is simple, meaningful, inspiring, and easy to remember, read and spread.
In Chinese, the word "tongyi", which means "the same", is used for the English word "One". It highlights the theme of "the whole Mankind lives in the same world and seeks for the same dream and ideal".
Source: The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Now, you can listen to the theme song for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games "We Are Ready". Watch the video and enjoy China's beautiful places, buildings and landscapes.
If you want to, you can play these official Olympic Mini-Games. Have fun!
Thursday, 7 August 2008
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
Holiday Geography Quiz (easy)
Holiday Geography Quiz (easy) Long Timer
Holiday Geography Quiz (tricky)
Holiday Geography Quiz (tricky) Long Timer
Holiday Geography Quiz (fiendish)
Holiday Geography Quiz (fiendish) Long Timer
Saturday, 2 August 2008
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.
A day without laughter is a day wasted.
I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.
Saturday, 26 July 2008
Thursday, 24 July 2008
There is a new tool in the blog whereby you can double-click any word on the site and you will get its definition, pronunciation, synonyms and translation to Spanish, French, German and Italian. This tool is provided by "The Free Dictionary" (Farlex).
So, now there is no problem for you to keep on reading and understanding my blog entries!!!
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
Sunday, 20 July 2008
Actual School Excuses...
The following are real school excuses, explaining the reason behind the absence of students. Enjoy! :-)
1. Please excuse my son for being absent yesterday, because there is a river in our house.
2. Dear School: Please ekscuse John being absent on Jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, and also 33.
3. Please excuse Roland from P.E. for a few days. He fell out of a tree and misplaced his hip.
4. John has been absent because he had two teeth taken out of his face.
5. Chris will not be in shcool cus he has an acre in his side.
6. Please excuse Ray Friday from school. He has very loose vowels.
7. Please excuse Tommy for being absent yesterday. He had diarrheea and his boots leak.
8. Please excuse Jennifer for missing school yesterday. We forgot to get the Sunday paper off the porch, and when we fouind it Monday, we thought it was Sunday.
Adapted from Aha Jokes.
Saturday, 19 July 2008
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
Sunday, 13 July 2008
If you want to know more about Gibraltar and its history, click here.
Saturday, 12 July 2008
Friday, 11 July 2008
Tuesday, 8 July 2008
Congratulations Nadal for the impressive match and victory last Sunday!
Former three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker said Nadal's win confirmed his status as the world's best player. "Whoever wins the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year for me is the number one in the world," he said. This year's final was the longest in history, beating the record set by John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors in 1982, and McEnroe said it was "the greatest match I have ever seen." And Wimbledon legend Bjorn Borg was also lavish in his praise. "I have just witnessed the greatest match I have ever seen. The drama, the quality and the way it ended when it seemed as though no more tennis could possibly be played was remarkable, to put it mildly."
Sunday, 6 July 2008
Loch Ness and its monster are both found in northern Scotland.
It is the largest freshwater lake in the Britain. It is twenty four miles long and a maximum of one and a half miles wide. Its maximum depth is around 750 feet and its average depth 450 feet. Because the waters are very cold, and also very cloudy it is difficult to see underwater more than a few feet. So there is a lot of murky water in which Nessie could hide.
Saturday, 5 July 2008
Tuesday, 1 July 2008
Monday, 30 June 2008
Spain claimed their first major title for 44 years after winning Euro 2008 with a deserved victory over Germany.
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres was Spain's goal hero, striking after 33 minutes when he cleverly lifted Xavi's pass over Germany keeper Jens Lehmann.
Spain dominated the final throughout, with Torres heading against the post and Marcos Senna almost adding a second from close range after 80 minutes.
Spain have long had a reputation as under-achievers on the big occasions, but this was a richly-merited victory for veteran coach Luis Aragones and a team that played outstanding football throughout the tournament.
Spain have won the European Championship for the second time. In 1964, they also lifted the trophy after beating the Soviet Union 2-1 in the final. In 1984, they also reached the final but lost 2-0 against France.
Just as Greece four years ago, Spain have kept clean sheets in all three knock-out rounds after the group phase.
As well as winning the European Championship three times (1972, 1980, 1996), Germany have now also lost three European Championship finals (1976, 1992, 2008).
With four goals, David Villa has become top scorer at Euro 2008 without having played in the final. That is the fewest goals for a European Championship top scorer since 1992, when Dennis Bergkamp, Tomas Brolin, Henrik Larsen and Karl-Heinz Riedle all scored three goals.
At the age of 38 years and 232 days, Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann became the oldest player ever to appear in the European Championship final, breaking the record set by Arnold Muhren (37 years, 23 days) in 1988.
At the age of 69 years and 337 days, winning coach Luis Aragones has become the oldest coach ever to appear in the final of a European Championship. Aragones is more than four years older than Otto Rehhagel (65 years, 327 days) was four years ago when Greece beat Portugal in the Euro 2004 final.
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