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MY VILLAGE THEN, AND NOW. By María

posted 7 Nov 2015, 02:49 by María Béjar Rodríguez   [ updated 7 Nov 2015, 03:32 ]

I live in Molvízar, a small village in the south of Granada, I like my village, but I reckon that it needs some repairs and new things. I had asked my parents to know more about my village, and to do this writing,

There was the same population as there are now. There are 3, ooo habitants approximately. In Molvízar, there used to be a lot of small shops, now there are less than used to be. Also, there used to be old houses, now, there are some blocks of flats. There was a church built in the XVIII Century, and it is the same as we have now. Its appearance it similar to it before the repair. There are other important buildings, such as "La Compañía" (that now it is a museum) and the town council.

Fifty years ago, not many people had cars, people usually used animals like mules, donkeys, etc to move and to transport things (specially food). And they went to all the places on food. What atrocity it was! Now, most people have got a car or a motocycle (although there are people who have two or more means of transport.) We can also move by bus or taxi. 50 years ago, there was also a bus.

In the past, many people used to emigrated to other countries for getting a job in another place.
People used to enjoy playing in the street (playing football or playing with cloth dolls) or going to the cinema (that there was then). Now, there isn't any cinema, but there are some bars. Children enjoy playing with mobile phones and other technological things. Children used to be by 8 at the street, now we are at the street much time.
In the past, there was a public school, and now, there is the same, but it is reformed.

In my opinion, Molvízar was better in the past. Then, social life was healthier than now, although now there are more technological advances.


THIS IS ME! By María

posted 24 Oct 2015, 03:12 by María Béjar Rodríguez


First of all, I am going to introduce myself to you! I am María Béjar, I am 15 years old and I am from Molvízar. I haven´t been in a foreign country yet.
To begin with, I am going to write about my image, I don't know what I can tell you about it. I wear casual clothes. I almost always wear denim trousers, T-shirts and a pair of trainers. Nevertheless, in other ocassions like weddings, first communions, or other special days, I wear smart clothes. Moreover, I wear jewellery too.

Secondly, I am going to explain three things that I lovee. I like spending Saturday evenings with my friends, although I lose much time. On the other hand, I love playing my clarinet (if I spent much time playing it, I would play it better). After that, the third thing that I love is watching "Águila Roja", but I can hardly ever watch it.


Finally, the three things that I hate are: hate false people who look your friend, but actually they stab you on your back. Other thing that I hate is people who tease you, and people that are in your interest. I don't like wearing clothes that don't match.

From now on, I am going to try distance myself from these people.
















Writing started unit: My friend Rita and me.

posted 2 Oct 2015, 12:59 by María Béjar Rodríguez

Hello! I am María Béjar and I'm from Molvízar. I am going to write about my friend Rita Lamego and me, she is from Portugal, but the has lived in Spain since 2006. She and I first met at Camilo Jose Cela Street, in Molvízar, and we became great friends. Both of us are in the same class.

To begin with, I am going to write about our physical appearance. She has light brown hair with red streaks, her eyes are brown and she wears glasses too. She almost always wears a T-shirt, trousers and a pair of trainers, the same as what I almost always wear. About me, I have black hair, my eyes are green. As I have just said before, I almost always wear a T-shirt, trousers and a pair of trainers. The colour of my skin is too paw, different from Rita's colour skin, which is too dark.

Rita helps me a lot. She is much similar to me in many aspects. She is an open-minded girl. She is funny and makes me laugh with her jokes. She is good at sports. Rita is very friendly to everyone. Many things of us like hobbies, likes, dislikes... are similar. We love listening to music, watching cartoons and playing together. I think I help Rita and she helps me too. She is very confident. I am not. I am very shy. 

She isn´t always studying, this makes me angry with her. In fact, she has promised me to do better in the classroom and exams. She is helpful. We can always have a funny time together. Our likes and dislikes never match. However, we are best friends. I am lucky to have and such a good friend from my childhood.

WRITING UNIT 9

posted 7 Jun 2015, 03:20 by María Béjar Rodríguez

A PIECE OF ART: DORA MAAR AU CHAT


Dora Maar au chat was painted by Picasso in 1941, during the Second World War, it's was a difficult period. The setting shows an interesting composition of form, characterized by vertically inclined planes. The painting shows Dora Maher sitting in a wooden chair, with a small black cat on her shoulders. It is said that Picasso was frustrated and he used the portraits and their abstract form to express his frustration.

This type of work is typical of cubism, an art movement which started in France in the 1907. Artists looked at subjects from different perspectives and used geometric shapes. The cubisms used brilliant colours with powerful effects.

Dora Maar au Chat wasn't exhibited until 2005. It was sold to collectors. This picture was sold in 2006 for over $95 million. And now, it is owned by private collectors.


PHRASAL VERBS

posted 7 Jun 2015, 03:09 by María Béjar Rodríguez

Look after / care for - cuidar 
Wipe out / destroy - aniquilar / destrozar
Carry on / continue - continuar
End up / finish - terminar / acabar
Set up / start - fundar
Find out / discover - descubrir
Sign up / subscribe to - apuntarse
Join in / participate in - participar

OBJECT AND SUBJECT QUESTIONS

posted 7 Jun 2015, 03:03 by María Béjar Rodríguez

OBJECT QUESTIONS (with subject) 

Who did you tell?

Who does she know?

What does she usually read?

She gave the money to Michael.

Tom is joking about the homework.

SUBJECT QUESTIONS 

Who told you?

Who lives her?

What killed the dog?


ESPERAR

posted 7 Jun 2015, 02:53 by María Béjar Rodríguez

- TO EXPECT scientific basis

- TO WAIT FOR physical action

- TO HOPE (I hope I'll pass)

- TO LOOK FORWARD TO + V-ing (anhelar)

KEY PHRASES UNIT 9

posted 7 Jun 2015, 02:43 by María Béjar Rodríguez   [ updated 7 Jun 2015, 02:47 ]

What on earth is that? - ¿Qué diablos es eso?
Don't you think...? - ¿No crees que...?
Sort of, but... - Puede ser, pero...
I'm not sure about... - No me convence...
Oh, come on! - ¡Venga, hombre!
It'll grow on you. - Cada vez te gustará más.


The scenery / composition includes... - el paisaje / composición incluye...
... in the foreground / background... = at the front / back - en la parte delantera / trasera... 


I suppoose / think / believe so. - Supongo que sí.
It isn't that bad / It isn't so bad. - No es tan malo. 

It is said / thought / believe... - Se dice / se piensa / se cree...

MAKING SUGGESTIONS

posted 7 Jun 2015, 02:36 by María Béjar Rodríguez   [ updated 7 Jun 2015, 02:38 ]

YOU: "I don't know what to do at Easter"

ALBERT: - "Why don't we go to Edinburgh?"

- "Let's go to Edinburgh" -"Let's not go to Edinburgh"

- "Shall we go to Edinburgh?"

- "How about going to Edinburgh?

- "What about going to Edinburgh?"


YOU:

ACCEPT:

-"Great. I'd love to" -"That's a great idea!" -"Fantastic!"

REFUSE:

-"I'm afraid I can't." -"I'm sorry, but I have to take care of my little sister."

NEGOTIATE:

-"All right, but you'll have to lend me some money." -"OK, but can you help me with my English homework?"





EXPRESSING QUANTITY

posted 7 Jun 2015, 02:30 by María Béjar Rodríguez

How to ask for quantity:

How much milk is there in the bottle?

How many apples are there in the bowl?

How to answer:

There is ENOUGH milk in the bottle. There are ENOUGH apples in the bowl.

There is (ONLY) A LITTLE / VERY LITTLE milk in the bottle. >>>>> UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS

There are (ONLY) A FEW / VERY FEW apples in the bowl. >>>>> COUNTABLE NOUNS

There is A LOT OF milk in the bottle. There are A LOT OF apples in the bowl.

There isn't MUCH milk in the bottle. Is there MUCH milk in the bottle? >>>>> UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS

There aren't MANY apples in the bowl. Are there MANY apples in the bowl? >>>>> COUNTABLE NOUNS

There is TOO MUCH milk in the bottle. >>>>> UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS

There are TOO MANY apples in the bowl. >>>>> COUNTABLE NOUNS

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