jueves, 16 de febrero de 2017


Hi my dear friends. Are you fond of Star Wars films and memorabilia? Today we are going to see a Wax Museum, one of the most important wax museums in the world "Madame Tussaud's" in London and we will look at Star Wars!

Hola mis queridos amigos. ¿Sois aficionados a las películas de Star Wars y todo lo que hay a su alrededor? Hoy vamos a ver un Museo de Cera, uno de los Museos de Cera más importantes del mundo, "el Museo de Cera de Madame Tussaud" en Londres y miraremos a Star Wars.

Information from Speak Up magazine


May the force be with you! This is because a galactic adventure has landed in London.  An exhibition at Madame Tussauds is an absolute must for "Star Wars fans".  This multi-million pound attraction showcases some of the most famous scenes and characters from the iconic movie series (particularly episodes I-IV)

The attraction was created in collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm.  A team of 180 sculptors, hair artists and colourists worked intensively over the course of a year.  The result is an entertaining interactive experience featuring authentic walk-in sets and 16 of the famous heroes and villains in exact wax replicas.  Visitors can pose for selfies with all of them, from the tiny Yoda in his swampy home, to the Wookiee giant Chewbacca.

The phenomenal success of the Star Wars  film series with the most recent edition, has inspired this permanent Star War exhibit.

Madame Tussauds is famous for its amazingly life-like wax figures so it was a challenge for the museum to create all the intricate details that the fans know and love about Star Wars.  The Chewbacca, for instance, was recreated with real yak hair and all those hairs are individually inserted so it took a team of six over a thousand hours to complete that figure.

The scenery is also impressive because everything is absolutely accurate at Madame Tussauds so they are the exact size that those people were in the movie, hair, eye colour, skin colour, obviously from Yoda, he's not human, so  h'es like a little three-foot tall creature.  Everything is absolutely authentic to the movies, so you'll feel like you're being immersed into those scenes.

The attraction isn't only a feast for the eyes because one of the most amazing things is the sound. They've got all the original scores from the movies and those iconic soundtracks that people know so when you enter the attraction, you're in the Duel of Fates' scene.  There's a double-height fibre optic tower that represents the large plasma, pulsing electricity cylinders. You can sit in the Cantina Bar and you get the very famous Cantina Bar music in there, there's fog effects, mist effects, there's smells in Dagobah...
In Jabba's Palace, the floor vibrates and the pattern on there is an exact replica of the one used in the movie.


The "Star Wars Madame Tussauds" attraction covers two floors with 11 separate sets.  The largest replicate is the epic lighsaber battle involving Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn and Darth Wader (the Duel of the Fates)


The Star Wars exhibit was launched last May. It was an interesting addition to a collection that has been entertaining Londoners since the early 19th century.  Marie Tussaud began making wax models of the decapitated heads of victims of the French Revolution.  She later took these models on tour around Europe and ended up in London, where she opened a museum (in Baker Street)  in 1835.  The emphasis gradually shifted to celebrities.  Today the nine themed areas include "Party" (with, for example, Nicole Kidman, George Clooney and Brad Pitt), "Film" (with Terminator Arnold Schwarzeneger, among others)  and "Royals" (Her Majesty Queen Elizabethh II, of course).


Madame Tussauds has been on Marylebone Road for over 100 years.  It's just a few minutes walk from the Baker Street Underground station.

Entry to Star Wars at Madame Tussauds is included in the main admission price.

You can book online, too : www.madametussauds.com/london 



-TO SHOWCASE:  exhibir.
-HAIR ARTIST: peluquero.
-WAX: cera.
-SWAMPY: pantanoso.
-ADDITION: incorporación.
-TO SHIFT: cambiar, desplazar.
-TO OVERCOME: superar.
-LIFE-LIKE WAX FIGRE: figura de cera realista.
-SCORE: partitura.
-SOUNDTRACK: banda sonora.
-FOG EFFECTS: efectos de niebla.
-MIST: neblina.




viernes, 13 de enero de 2017


Hi my dear friends, I'm here again after Christmas holidays and to speak about "Lego", the Lego empire and Lego bricks.  A lot of people are fond of these little bricks and constructions, so let's know more about them!

Hola mis queridos amigos, aquí estoy otra vez después de las Fiestas Navideñas y para hablar de "Lego", del Imperio de Lego y de las piezas de lego.  Mucha gente es aficionada a estas pequeñas piezas y construcciones así que ¡sepamos más sobre ellas!


Information from:  Speak Up magazine.

The simple ideas are often the most successful.  Take one Lego brick and then another and another.  Build a house. Take it apart.  Then build a car. Or an airplane. Or a robot. The possibilities are endless! Lego has been one of the most popular toys since it was invented more than 50 years ago. And it's been revived in recent years.  According to the analysts Brand Finance, it is now the world's most powerful brand. This year it replaced Ferrari at the top of the list.


A carpenter called Ole Kirk Christiansen started making wooden toys in Billund, Denmark in the 1930s.  He called his new company "LEGO", the name comes from the Danish phrase "leg godt", meaning "play well".  Later, Christiansen made plastic toys. And in 1949, he invented the first version of Lego. Since then, the Lego Group has produced around 560 billion Lego pieces, including minifigures and accessories.  It produces Lego sets with a variety of themes. These include cities, space, robots, pirates, trains, castles and dinosaurs. It also has special sets for babies  and older children. One of the largest Lego sets ever commercially produces is fo the Star Wars Millenium Falcon spacecraft. It has more than 5,000 pieces.


The Lego Group also produces board games, video games, books and films.  It has six amusement parks, eight Legoland Discovery Centres and 90 shops around the world. In 2014, Warner Bros released "The Lego Movie", about a Lego minifigure who has to save the universe.  The movie was an enormous success and a sequel is planned for 2018.


In June 2015, people in Italy broke a world record.  They built the tallest Lego structure ever -a tower 35 metres tall- using more than half a million bricks.  About 18,000 people built the tower in five days, and 50,000 spectators saw it. The biggest Lego model ever was of a Star Wars X-Wing craft.  It was made from more than five million bricks in New York in 2013.

The biggest Lego model ship is a replica of the magnificent ocean liner the Queen Mary.  It is around eight metres long and has more than 250,000 bricks. This summer, it was transported to the real Queen Mary in Long Beach, California and is there indefinitely.  So go to see it if you can, or get your own Lego bricks and start building. The sky is the limit!!!



-TO TAKE APART: desmontar.
-ENDLESS: infinito.
-TO REVIVE: recuperar.
-BRAND: marca.
-SET: juego.
-SPACECRAFT: nave espacial.
-BOARD GAME: juego de mesa.
-AMUSEMENT PARK: parque de atracciones.
-TO RELEASE: lanzar, distribuir.,
-OCEAN LINER: transatlántico.




viernes, 23 de diciembre de 2016


Hola mis queridos amigos, hoy quiero desearos una ¡MUY FELIZ NAVIDAD! en compañía de vuestros seres queridos y que el Año Nuevo solo os traiga cosas buenas.

Hi my dear fiends, today I only wanto to wish you MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
I wish you the best to you and your family!

Salut mes amis, aujourd'hui je veux vous souhaiter JOYEUX NOËL AND BONNE ANNÉE!!!
J'espère que vous et vos familles serez bien pendant ces Fêtes et pour toujours!


¡Y muchas gracias por estar ahí! Entrando y viendo las publicaciones de este blog que espero os gusten y ayuden.

And thank you very much to everyone for entering and seeing my posts. I hope you'll like them and help you too!

Et merci bien pour entrer et regarder les publications de ce blog! J'espère que vous en aimerez bien et que je pourrai vous aider un petit peu!


lunes, 21 de noviembre de 2016


Hi my dear friends, do you like theatre? If you  think that everything is possible, read this post about the "Smallest Theatre in the world". It exists and it comes from Essex, Britain. I hope you'll like it! 

Hola mis queridos amigos. ¿Os gusta el teatro? Si  creéis que todo es posible, os invito a leer esta publicación sobre "El teatro más pequeño del mundo". Existe y viene de Essex, Gran Bretaña.
¡Espero que os guste!

Information from:   Speak-Up magazine.


The Smallest Theatre in the World started out as a joke in 1971, when English actor Marcel Steiner turned up at rehearsal with his new "Panther" motorcycle and sidecar.  This prompted director, actor and comedian Ken Campbell to excalim:  "Marcel, that thing is so big you could build a bloody theatre on it!"


In the space of a week the theatre was built and the two embarked on a tour of the UK, Europe and the US.  Early cast members included a young Jim Carter, who now plays the butler in the TV series "Downton Abbey" and the great late Bob Hoskins.  After Marcel Steiner's death in 1999, the theatre remained unused for many years, until it was taken over by the Grand Theatre of Lemmings, which restored it with money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council.

Today the theatre is based in the Essex town of Manningtreem which is probably the smallest town in England!!!


David Danzing is a director with the Grand Theatre of Lemmings.  This company also runs "the smallest theatre company in the world", which is based in Essex.
So, what is that exactly?

**The Smallest Theatre in the World is a very interesting, peculiar bit of theatre because it sits on the sidecar of a motorbike, and it seats two people, so at first, when you hear about the smallest theatre in the world, you probably think it's a joke, but it is a real theatre and it puts two people inside and all the actors go inside as well, so it's very much a real theatre, but with just two people.

**The idea of the smallest theatre sprang up and it was partly because of a joke.  There was a friend of David Danzig  who is now dead, and he was rehearsing and went to rehearsals with a motorbike and a sidecar on the motorbike, and when he arrived at rehearsals the director said: "Marcel, that is big enough to be a theatre!".
And that's how the idea was born.  So Marcel went off and built  the theatre on his motorbike.


Of course, having an audience of only two people doesn't make great business sense but the tricky bit about the Smallest Theatre is that you have to entertain a big audience outside while you're still doing the show to the two people inside, and that's where it becomes very funny and very tricky because for the people outside it looks as though they're seeing the backstage where the actors are running around and changing their costumes and getting into all sorts of trouble, and quite often there'll be a joke played on the people inside, and the people outside know what's going to happen to the people inside, and they find that very funny, too.


The secret of the Smallest Theatre is to do a very big epic play in just 15 minutes in a very, very small space, so that way it becomes very funny, so classic shows are shows like "War and Peace", which is a massive show, but it has to be done very quickly and well edited, and our latest show is "King  Kong" because everybody knows the story of King Kong and King Kong is huge, so just getting King Kong into the theatre is very funny.


The next Smallest Theatre show might be "Jaws" because it's all about people trapped in a small space being attacked by a giant shark and monster!!  So that would be very funny, so at the moment, they are thinking about how they'll do "Jaws".


-THE TRICKY BIT:  la parte difícil.
-TO RUN:  dirigir.
-TO SPRING UP:  surgir.
-TO REHEARSE:  ensayar.
-BACKSTAGE:  bastidores.
-COSTUMES:  trajes, vestuario.
-GETTING INTO ALL SORTS OF TROUBLE:  meterse en toda clase de problemas.
-WELL EDITED:  bien montado.
-HUGE: enorme.
-JAWS:  mandíbulas.
-TO TURN UP: aparecer, llegar.
-TO PROMPT: provocar, dar pie.
-BLOODY: jodido.
-BUTLER: mayordomo.
-LATE: difunto.



viernes, 4 de noviembre de 2016


Hi my dear friends, today it's time to read so here you can see a fiction story called: The Mushroom Soup. I hope you'll like it!

Hola mis queridos amigos, hoy es tiempo de leer así que aquí tenéis una historia de ficción llamada: La sopa de champiñón.  ¡Espero que os guste!

THE MUSHROOM SOUP   by Nicola Mabbott.

The doorbell rang.  Sarah hoped it wasn't her ex boyfriend Mike.  They had had a brief relationship, but there was something about him that worried her, so she had decided to end it.

That had been two months before.  Since then he had been following her around, calling her several times a day to say sorry and begging her for another chance.  He hadn't contacted her for a couple of days, so she was beginning to think he might have given up.  Wishful thinking!!!

There was a good view of the visitor on her doorstep from the front bedroom window.  She tried to look out of the window from behind the curtain, but he looked up at just the wrong time and saw her. Damn! I'll have to let him in now, she thought as she saw Mike was looking up at her expectantly.

Sarah worked as a freelance translator and one of the companies she did translatios for,  sold CCTV cameras.  So, after negotiating a special discount, she had had a system installed in her home.  The price had been very fair, and "you can never be too careful,"  she had thought to herself.

She went downstairs and cautiously unlocked the front door.

-"Well, are you going to let me in then?"  said Mike.  "I've got something for you".

He lifted up the basket containing the four mushrooms he had picked for her.  She tried not to show how afraid she was to be alone with him.  At least the CCTV system made her feel a bit safer.

MUSHROOMS.  Last year she had translated a guide all about them for a large publishing company. 414 pages all about mushrooms.  Of all the translations she had done this had been the one that had fascinated her the most.  In particular the mushroom on page 15.
In fact, she had been so fascinated by it that she had asked her uncle, who knew all about mushrooms, to take her out and show her one.  And, underneath a chesnut tree in a wood near his house, he had pointed out a specimen of the same type as the four mushrooms in the basket.  If she had calculated correctly, just one of the mushrooms she was looking at contained enough POISON to kill both of them.

"90 per cent of people who die from mushroom poisoning are killed by this one type of mushroom," she had written in her translation.  "It takes around 48 hours for the poison to take effect."
"Wow, that one looks nice," she said, trying to sound enthusiastic, as she picked one of the mushrooms out of the basket.  She perfectly hid her disgust as she touched the deadly mushroom.

-"Yes, it's a real beauty,"  he replied.

AFTER he had gone, she thought about what to do,  She decided she would take the mushrooms to the police station the next day.  She also had another idea:  chicken and mushroom soup for two.  She would call him and they would eat it together.  She wasn't going to poison him, just give him a shock.  It would have to be somewhere public where no  harm could come to her.  It was still mild for the time of year, so what about a picninc?  Yes, a picnic would be perfect!

She opened the fridge and took out a few edible mushrooms she had in there.  Then she took a can of chichen soup from the cupboard.  She cooked the edible mushrooms and liquidised them before adding the mixture to the soup.

She rang him later that evening and thanked him for the mushrooms.  "They were delicious,"  she lied.  "What about if I prepare a picnic for us tomorrow lunchtime as a thank you? We can meet in the park near my house".  There would be lots of people there, taking advantage of the unusually mild weather for the time of year, she thought.

-"Yes, that sounds good," he said.
-"Perhaps I shouldn't have given her the poisonous mushrooms,"  he thought. "She wants us to be together after all."

THEY sat on a park bench to eat. "It was a bit cool this morning, so I brought us some chicken soup", she said.  As they drank their soup in silence, he thought how well she seemed, considering she had eaten a large quantity of deadly mushrooms the night before.

BUT looks can be deceiving and he knew that the mushrooms were silently doint the damage inside her.  And before she realised it, it would be too late.

-"That was delicious," he said.
-"I'm glad you liked it.  It was homemade,"  she said.
-"Oh", he replied.  "Chicken soup, did you sait it was?"
-"Yes, well, actually chicken and..." she hesitated and smiled  "...mushroom."
-"Mushroom?"  Of course, it had tasted of mushroom, but he hadn't realised it until just now.
-"Yes, there were a couple of mushrooms left over from your basket," she said.  "So I cooked them and put them in to give it a bit more flavour."




-MUSHROOM:  champiñón.
-SEVERAL:  varios.
-TO BEG: suplicar.
-TO GIVE UP: rendirse.
-DOORSTEP:  umbral.
-CCTV (CLOSED-CIRCUIT TELEVISION): circuito cerrado de TV.
-TO LIFT UP:  levantar.
-TO HIDE: esconder.
-DEADLY: mortal.
-EDIBLE: comestible.
-BENCH:  banco.
-DECEIVING:  engañoso.
-FLAVOUR:  sabor.



miércoles, 26 de octubre de 2016


Hi my dear friends, I'm here again  with something that I'd like you to see and comment! I'd love flying into the sky inside a hot air balloon basket but at the same time, I am afraid of it! It's a very strange feeling so today I want to share with you this report about the  "Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, USA".  I'm sure that I'll finally do it! but I need to be encouraged enough!!!

Hola queridos amigos, aquí estoy otra vez con algo que me gustaría que viérais y comentárais, Me encantaría volar por el cielo dentro de un globo aerostático pero al mismo tiempo, me da miedo.  Es un sentimiento muy extraño así que hoy quiero compartir con vosotros este reportaje sobre "El Festival de Globos Aerostáticos de Albuquerque, USA".  ¡Estoy segura de que al final lo haré! Pero necesito estar lo suficientemente animada.

Albuquerque, USA.

Info from:  Speak Up magazine.

Imagine a hot air balloon, an enormous, colourful balloon with a basket, carrying people high into the sky.  It's spectacular!  Now imagine 600 hot air balloons, all in the same place at the same time.
That's what you can experience at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which is the world's biggest ballooning festival.  This year it has been from October 1st to 9th.


The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta began in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1972, with 13 hot air balloons launching from the parking lot of a shopping mall.

This was for the 50th birthday celebration of a local radio station.  It included a balloon race and was a great success.

The Balloon Fiesta became an annual event, and it got bigger every year.  In 2000, it had the most hot air balloons ever -1,019.  After that, officials limited the number of balloons to 600.


In addition to being the world's biggest balloon event, the Balloon Fiesta is also the most photographed.  It has its own area, the Balloon Fiesta Park, which is 365 acres, or the size of 54 football fields.

Up to 100,000 people attend each day of the Fiesta for a series of spectacular activities.  One of the most popular is the Mass Ascension, when all of the balloons launch into de sky in two waves.  Another is the Balloon Glow, when the balloons illuminate the night.


In the Flight of Nations, a balloon from each country represented at the festival launches to the sound of its national anthem.  It also carries its flag.  Hot air balloons come in all different shapes and sizes. The Special Shape Rodeo has balloons shaped like everything from flowers to dinosaurs and Elvis Presley.

The festival also has a series of challenges.  These include a long-distance race called America's Challenge.  Special long-distance balloons launch from the Balloon Fiesta Park and travel as far as possible.  The winning balloons often travel for three days as far as Canada or the East Coast of the United States.


Festival attendees can also enjoy concerts and other entertainment at the Balloon Fiesta Park.  They can visit the Balloon Discovery Center and the International Balloon Museum to learn about the history of the festival and ballooning.  And of, course, they can experience the rich New Mexican culture of Albuquerque.  It's a fun time for everyone!!!



-HOT AIR BALLOON:  globo aerostático.
-TO CARRY:  llevar.
-PARKING LOT:  aparcamiento.
-SHOPPING  MALL:  centro comercial.
-OWN: propio.
-UP TO:  hasta.
-TO ATTEND:  asistir.
-WAVE:  ola.
-GLOW: resplandor, brillo.
-ANTHEM:  himno.
-FLAG:  bandera.
-SHAPE:  forma.
-TO LAUNCH:  lanzarse.
-AS FAR AS POSSIBLE:  lo más lejos posible.




jueves, 15 de septiembre de 2016

MODERN LIFE / AN OFFICE WITH A VIEW/ Vida moderna / Oficina con vistas.

Hi my dear friends, I don't know  which your opinion about "containers" will be  and  about their use in our society  but after this reading, you may have a new and different one!!! ContainerVille is in London.

Hola queridos amigos, no sé cuál será vuestra opinión sobre los "contenedores" y su uso en nuestra sociedad hoy en día pero después de esta lectura, puede que tengáis otra nueva y diferente. ContainerVille está en Londres.


With the increasing demand for office space, and rising rental costs, London companies are looking for alternative locations.

Some of them are even setting up their desks inside converted shipping containers.  This is at a place called CONTAINERVILLE, which offers start-up companies and young entrepreneurs an affordable and creative working space in the busy British capital.


Designed by the Kyson architecture studio and let by The Estate Office Shoreditch, ContainerVille consists of 30 disused cargo containers, which have been converted into fully functional and modern offices.  They have been  arranged over two floors and decorated with colourful numbered front doors.

The full makeover includes glass sliding doors, a fitted kitchen, Wi-Fi, full insulation, soundproofing and access to a communal area with picnic benches, bike racks, toilets and showers.


These original offices also offer a nice view as they are located on the south bank of Regent's Canal (in London's East End).  They are near Broadway Market and are in close proximity to trendy Shoreditch and vibrant Hackney.

Renting one of the containers for a minimum of  six months costs 1,000 pounds  pcm (per calendar month), all bills included.
This is pretty reasonable when compared to other co-working spaces where you only have a small desk space and little privacy.  Each container can accommodate up to six desks, although most containers are occupied by small companies with an average of three of four employees.


ContainerVille tenants have the advantage of "having your own space while maitaining a sense of community", says development manager Phil Bouette, who plans to build another floor.

Since it opened its doors in September 2014, ContainerVille has proved very successful and it currently has full occupancy.  It attracts a wide range of small creative firms:  the types of businees present include fashion, design, music and TV production, pastry and carpentry.


One tenant, designer Paul Hamilton, shares Container 23 with his wife Julia.  They run a company called OneAnother that specializes in design and brand development.  Its client list includes ContainerVille itself, as well as Greenpeace UK and the famous magazine The Economist.

-RISING: en aumento.
-RENTAL: alquiler.
-TO SET UP:  montar.
-DESK:  mesa.
-SHIPPING: transporte marítimo.
-START-UP COMPANY: empresa emergente.
-MAKEOVER:  reconversión.
-SOUNDPROOFING:  aislamiento acústico.
-BIKE RACK:  aparcabicis.
-TENANT:  inquilino.
-PASTRY:  pastelería.
-CARPENTRY:  carpintería.



jueves, 14 de julio de 2016


Hi my dear friends, today here you can see a "fiction story" for you to read! I hope you'll like it!

Hola mis queridos amigos, hoy aquí tenéis  "una historia de ficción" para que leáis. ¡Espero que os guste!

From Speak Up magazine.

"JOANNA"  by  Nicola  Mabbot.

On paper, Robert was a dating agency's dream -he had a good stable job, he wasn't bad-looking and, of course, he was single.

And single was a word that haunted Robert.  Despite being successful in his career, he didn't seem to have much luck with women.  He suspected that the women he had dated we
re only inerested in him because he was rich and successful.  None of them ever had anything in common with him.  He was shy with women and tired of embarrasing silences, so he had almost given up on finding his Ms. Right.

One Friday two colleagues, Jake and Johnny, invited Robert to go for a drink in a pub in the town centre after work.  Robert didn't usually go out with them but that night, when they had asked him if he was coming, he found himself answering, "Why not?"

Later on they were drinking cold beer outside the King's Arms.  It was a pleasant summer evening around mid-July.  It had been a very hot day and the breeze was still warm.  But Robert wasn't really enjoying himself and was beginning to regret having agreed to come out.  On the other hand, Jake and Johnny were having a good time.  They had all had plenty to drink and his two colleagues were chatting to two girls.  But Robert didn't think much of the girl he was talking to.  In fact, he was quite bored and trying to think of an excuse to leave.

Just then another group of girls walked past their table.  As they stopped nearby one of the girls caught Robert's eye.  The wind gently blew her hair off her face.  She shone like a single star in the sky on a dark night.  He couldn't take his eyes off her.  Suddenly she looked down and caught him gazing at her.  He realized that he had been looking at her for too long and looked away quickley.

Somehow the group of girls got talking to Robert and his colleagues, and Robert found himself face to face with the girl, who introduced herself as Joanna.

"I haven't seen you here before.  Do you work at the hospital with Jake and Johnny?"  she asked.
"Yes, I'm a cardiologist,"  he replied. "What about you?"
"I'm a science teacher".

She was so easy to talk to, so unlike any other girl that Robert knew.  As she left, she gave him her mobile phone number.

Over the next few days Robert kept catching himself daydreaming about Joanna.  He hoped to see her again, but didn't want to appear too interested, so he decided to wait for Jake and Johnny to organise another night out at the King's Arms after work.

The opportunity arose the following Friday night.  Robert sent Joanna a text telling her he would be in the King's Arms if she wanted to join him.
"Yes, I'll see you at 8", was the answer.

This time it was a cold night.  A chilling wind had forced the drinkers inside the pub.  Joanna was in the pub when they walked in.  She was wearing the same black dress as the week before and she was with the same two friends.  He looked across the pub at her, anticipating a smile as she saw him.
But that night, being with Joanna just wasn't the same.
The look in her eyes was cold and unwelcoming, and the conversation was difficult.
Robert felt like ke'd just been woken up from a wonderful dream.  He thought that he must have only imagined the way Joanna's face had lit up when they were speaking the week before.  He left early, feeling very downhearted.

A week later, when his friends asked him if he was going out, Robert made an excuse and turned down their offer.  He went straight home from work.  His house seemed so big and empty.  As he was eating his microwave meal for one and feeling very sorry for himself, he received a message on his phone.
"The girl you met two weeks ago is here and asking about you! .Jake.

He hesitated for a minute before calling a taxi to take him to the King's Arms.  He was trying not to think about the strange experience the week before.  He wanted to make sure that he hadn't only imagined the girl from their first meeting.

Jake and Johnny were sitting outside and with them were the girls.  Joanna smiled radiantly as she saw him.
"Hello", he said.
She seemed to read his mind and laughed as she began, "You were here last Friday..."
He looked at her, puzzled.
"You saw Jessie."
"Who?"  he asked.
"Jessica.  She's my twin sister.  We're identical."
"I'm sorry,"  she went on, "please let me explain."

"The problem is that I haven't been on a date for two years...  You see, I had a terrible experience with my ex.  After a few weeks he started to scare me a bit. So I finished with him, but then he started stalking me."
There was still one thing that Robert didn't understand.
"So why did you send your sister?"  he asked.

"Well, I didn't want to lose the chance of getting to know you.  The first time my sister met my ex, she realizad immediately that something was wrong.  So I thought I would feel more comfortable if she met you and gave you the OK.  Can you forgive me?"


-DATING AGENCY:  agencia de citas.
-TO HAUNT:  perseguir.
-SHY: tímido.
-EMBARRASING:  embarazoso, violento.
-TO REGRET:  lamentar.
-TO CHAT:  conversar.
-TO SHINE:  brillar.
-TO GAZE: mirar.
-TO LOOK AWAY:  apartar la mirada.
-TO DAYDREAM:  soñar despierto.
-CHILLING:  helado.
-TO LIGHT UP:  iluminarse.
-TO TURN DOWN:  rechazar.
-TO HESITATE:  dudar.
-PUZZLED:  confundido.
-TWIN SISTER:  hermana gemela.
-TO STALK:  acosar.
-TO FORGIVE:  perdonar.



jueves, 7 de julio de 2016

ENGLISH LANGUAGE / ORDERING THINGS IN A RESTAURANT, A PUB OR A CAFÉ / Inglés / Pedir cosas en un restaurante, pub o café.

Hi my dear friends, today we're going to look at the way "we order things" in English but not in a "formal" way. I hope you'll like it and use it!

Hola mis queridos amigos, hoy vamos a ver la forma en la que pedimos las cosas en Inglés pero no de una manera "formal".  ¡Espero que os guste y que os sea útil!


You know that the polite way to ask for something in English is "I would like", or better "I'd like" but we hardly ever use this expression when we order things in a restaurant or café.

Even in the most formal of situations, a restaurant with waiter service, British people almost never say "I'd like".  Although it's very important to be polite, the phrase we use most is "I'll have", for example:  "I'll have the steak with a salad, please".  This may sound more like an order, but it is the accepted formula.  What you should never forget to say is "please" at the end!


If you need anything during your meal, you should say: "Can I have some more wine, or the bill, please?"  Don't say "could or may because although you have studied them, they sound old-fashioned and unfriendly.

If you are queuing up for food in a self-service tea shop or coffee bar, the politest thing to do is to remember that there are other people waiting behind you and that the person serving is very busy.  So keep it short and give your order nice and clearly, for example:  "Two teas and a slice of carrot cake, please."  A friendly smile will make up for any lack of formal or polite language in your request.

Any more detailed questions you may have should also be kept very concise, such as:  "Have you got any Tabasco?"  or  "Can I have some extra mayonnaise with that?"


Remember that British people hate fuss and so your aim should always be to make things easy for the people around you.  Speak loudly and clearly, so the person serving you can hear you above a noisy coffee machine.  Then, once you have your order, move out of the way quickly, so someone else can have their turn.


This approach is even more important in a pub, especially when it's busy, and here things become a little more complicated.  First of all, the bar of a pub is the only place where people do not form a queue.  But beware, just because you can't see one doesn't mean it isn't there.  There will certainly be an invisible queue and both the people standing in it and the bar staff will usually know whose turn it is.


Of course when it's very busy it can be difficult for the bar staff to keep track of customers, so you may need to attract their attention.  Under no circumstances shoud you attempt to do this by saying something like "Hello, I'm here". "I'd like to order a drink", or even "Who is the last in the queue?"


At the bar of a pub, there is a strict etiquette of non-verbal communication, and that doesn't mean vigorous hand gestures, or waving your glass about.  What you need to do is to make eye contact with the person serving behind the bar.  Once he or she has seen you, you can lift your eyebrows or raise your chin quickly, perhaps with a hopeful smile.  This is the code for: "hello, I'm here".

When the bartender responds with a nod or smile, that is the code for "I have seen you and noted your position in the queue,"


When your turn comes, the correct way to order a beer is to say :"Pint of bitter/lager, please."
For a half-pint, you should say: "half a bitter/lager."
If you want a particular brand of draught beer or real ale, you should say: "Pint of ..." or "half of ..., please".
Only one of your group should give these orders and pay, with at most one friend to helpe you carry the drinks.  The golden rule is always to be quick, clear and then to get out of the way!


-TO QUEUE UP:  hacer cola.
-SLICE:  trozo, porción.
-TO MAKE UP FOR:  compensar.
-FUSS:  revuelo.
-TO KEEP TRACK:  llevar la cuenta.
-TO WAVE ABOUT:  agitar.
-TO LIFT:  alzar.
-EYEBROWS:  cejas.
-TO RAISE:  levantar.
-CHIN:  barbilla.
-BARTENDER:  barman.
-NOD:  asentir con la cabeza.
-DRAUGHT BEER:  cerveza de barril.
-REAL ALE:  cerveza artesana.
-TO GET OUT OF THE WAY:  retirarse de la barra del bar.



martes, 5 de julio de 2016


Hi my dear friends,  are you thinking of  holidays? New York is always a wonderful option. Would you like to see the city from "the top of the rock?   I love New York!

Hola mis queridos amigos, ¿pensando en las vacaciones ? Nueva York es siempre una maravillosa opción. ¿Queréis ver la ciudad desde la "cima del  Rockefeller"?
¡Me encanta Nueva York!


If you want to get a great view of the New York Skyline, you should go to the "Top of the Rock".  The Rock in this case is an abbreviation of the "Rockefeller Center".  It opened in 1933, during the Great Depression and when it did, John  D  Rockefeller followed the example of another New York skyscraper of that era, the Empire State Building.

The Top of the Rock closed in 1986, but reopened in 2005 and it still offers spectacular views.

You can enjoy the view both during the day and at night, but if you go at night, you might want to consider the amazing Rainbow Room which is  an incredible ballroom where you must go very well dressed!!! You don't need to be formal but you have to look good!  This ballroom closed in 2008 and it reopened late 2014. It's one of those exquisite ...65 floors up with views of the city!

The Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan is world-famous.  This large cultural complex was built by one of the United States' richest dynasties, the Rockefellers, and here you can find Radio City Music Hall and Rockefeller Plaza.

Less well known, perhaps, is the Art Deco skyscraper at 30 Rockefeller Plaza (where the Rockefeller family still have offices).  It is well worth visiting, not least because the observation deck at the top, the "Top of the Rock" , offers spectacular views of the New York skyline.


When it first opened in 1933 it was given the name the RCA Building, in honour of its most important tenant, the Radio Corporation of America.  RCA was in fact part of a larger corportarion, General Electric, and this could explain why the name changed to the "GE Building" in the 1980s.

This year its name will change once again when it becomes the "Comcast Building".  But many people just call it "30 Rock", which was also the title of a popular TV series that was set there.  And the best part of "the Rock" is the "Top of the Rock!"


-SKYSCRAPER:  rascacielos.
-IT IS WELL WORTH VISITING:  vale la pena visitarlo.
-SKYLINE:  silueta.
-TENANT:  arrendatario.
-BALLROOM:  salón de baile.
-TO LOOK GOOD:  ir bien vestido.
-65 FLOORS UP:  en el piso 65.