Showing posts from October, 2014

FCE twitter vocabulary

Below are ten tweets that contain words and expressions that have come up in class.

Strange, I am getting a lot of puzzled looks today!
— R. Bowen Loftin (@bowtieger) October 4, 2014
Spain's PM says he took "sensible" decision to abandon hard-line abortion law proposals @ReutersSonyaD
— sarah morris (@sarahmorriseuro) September 23, 2014
I hate it when I can't get on with my work because of all the doughnuts that are on my desk.
— mynameisJimmy (@jimmy_sharpe) October 29, 2014
Look who's here­čśÄ­čĺÜ he must have finished his bone & worn himself out
— Kitlyne (@C3glz) October 26, 2014
Some lads just don't have a clue, got steak but they'd rather have fish fingers
— Georgia Charles (@geocharles_) October 27, 2014
Take a break: It's Happy No Housework Day! What's your least favorite house chore?
— The News-Press (@TheNewsPress) April 7, 2014
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Good Manners Crossword

All the words in this crossword can be found in the reading "A World Guide to Good Manners".

You can click on the key symbol to get the answers.

If you do the crossword, write me a short comment. Did you get them all?

Little Nicolás - "friend" of the powerful

Exposed: student conman who fooled king

A 20-year-old student from an elite business school who was arrested last week on suspicion of swindling, forging documents and impersonating public officials cozied up to the cream of Spanish society, even managing to attend King Felipe VI’s proclamation.
Who is Francisco Nicolás Gómez Iglesias?

Now millions of people in Spain have heard of the fresh-faced man just out of his teens who in just a few years and without any official position in public life managed to hobnob with leading politicians and business figures, even attempting to negotiate in legal matters on behalf of Spain’s former King Juan Carlos.
Source: The Local Vocabulary:

a conman /  a con / to con sb -

to fool sb -

to arrest sb -

to swindle -

to cozy up to sb -

the cream of society -

to manage to do stg -

to attend (a meeting) -

to hear of sb/stg -

to hobnob with sb -

on behalf of sb -

wunderkind (n) -

charm (n) / charming (adj) -

to back sb -

to smooth away doubts -

to sum up -

slicked b…

Reform, renovate, restore and other re-words

I'm often asked how you say "hacer reformas" or "estar de obras" in English.

In the sense of home improvement, we don't say make reforms.

There are several ways of saying it, depending on the changes that you are going to make.
I'm going to do up my bedroom.  (paper it, paint the ceiling, perhaps buy some new furniture - so it looks fresher) They buy run down homes and renovate them and then sell them at a huge profit. (major works - to make as good as new again)I want to redecorate the living room. (the walls need papered, the ceiling needs painted)They are going to restore the church. (to repair it so it looks as it used to) I'm going to do some DIY this weekend. (Do It Yourself - repair things and make general improvements around the house)They are having building work done next door - it'll be quite a while until the've finished. (They are getting an extension, knocking down walls...)They are refurbishing the restaurant - it'll be clo…

Ebola fears

Ebola is highly contagious … plus seven other myths about the virus
The Ebola outbreak is serious, but the nature of the epidemic is often misunderstood – and inappropriate measures suggested
The Ebola outbreak has been claiming lives in Africa for many months now, but following the first Ebola death from a case diagnosed outside the continent, coverage – and concern – in the west has stepped up yet another notch.

The outbreak is certainly a grave issue for west Africa, a public health priority, and has been exacerbated by a slow response from international bodies and rich nations. It has already claimed more than 3,800 lives, and could claim far more without an appropriate international response.

But it is also not the species-ending disaster some fear it could be. Below are eight Ebola myths, and an attempt to set out the real position.

Source: Guardian


an outbreak / to break out -

to claim lives -

coverage (n) -

concern (n) -

to step up a notch -

to set out a position -


Bad spelling - I'm not alone

Half of Britons can't spell common words Forty per cent of Britons rely on autocorrect, survey reveals as occasionally, rhythm and conscience make it into the top words which stump writersEmbarrassment, occasionally and necessary have been listed among the words Britons have most difficulty spelling. Researchers who studied 2,000 adults found that more than half had problems spelling commonly used words. The list included accommodate, questionnaire and rhythm. Conscience also proved tricky, along with occurrence, restaurant and guarantee. Source: Telegraph
to rely on stg/sb -

a survey -

to stump -

a researcher -

research (UNC) -

to tend to do stg -

to struggle -

to rate stg -

Read this other post about spelling and the tricks to remember how to spell certain words.