Artículos de May 2009

Your last task

Fecha Thursday, 28 May 2009

Now that you have all the information you need you are ready for your last task.

Remember the title: “Taking part in this workshop has proved a waste of time. Do you agree? Just between 200 -230 words. It’s so easy!

And now, just a few words to tell you that it’s been a pleasure for me to be your teacher. I hope you now feel more sure about your ability to write. Think positive: You are good! Let the others know it!


Opinion Essay

Fecha Thursday, 28 May 2009

In our last lesson we were in a bit of a hurry, as usual, and you asked me if you could have the common expressions that can be used to start your opinion essa, to state an opinion and so on. You also needed the key to the exercise on connectors we didn’t have time to do.

OK. Just click here for “useful Expressions” and here for the key to the exercise. Then print the PDFs if you want.


Fecha Tuesday, 26 May 2009

One of the funniest films I’ve seen is ‘There’s Something About Mary’. Directed by the Farrelly brothers. It’s of comedy which became a box-office-hit in the USA in 1988.

Distributed by ‘20th Century Fox’, There’s Something About Mary was directed by the brothers Bobby and Peter Farrelly, starring Ben Stiller as Ted, a high-school student, and Cameron Diaz as beautiful Mary Jensen. Other characters are Dom (Chris Eliot) Ted’s best friend, Pat Healy (Matt Dillan) a private detective and Mary’s architect friend Tucker (Lee Evans).

A geek high-school-boy Ted is going to the prom with beautiful Mary, but an unfortunate accident ruins the event. Mary moves away with her family. Ted realizes he’s in love with her. After thirteen years he decides to solve the situation and hires private inept detective Pat Healy to locate Mary, who falls too in love with her. Ted bumps into Mary accidentally and they begin dating. At the same time Healy and Tucker team up to undermine Ted relationship with Mary.

The film combines the beauty of Mary (Cameron Diaz) with the witty scenes performed by Ben Stiller and Matt Dillon. In my opinion it’s highly recommendable for those people who call for an hour of laughing.

Manuel Fdez Losas


Fecha Tuesday, 26 May 2009

As usual in Isabel Coixet Films “The secret life of words” is a moving and intimate film. Starred by Tim Robins and Sarah Polley it was filmed in 2005.

Hanna (Sarah Polley) is a lonely and mysterious woman who comes from Yugoslavia and settles down in the USA escaping from the horrors of the war. She is working in a factory when she decides to go to an oil rig to look after a man (Tim Robins) who has had an accident which has caused him serious burns all over his body and he was also temporarily blind. He blames himself for the accident where a workmate died as well.

So both of them want to live in the present looking at the future, coping with the past. A strange friendship emerges between them, a chain of secrets, truth and lies, humour and pain, which will change their lives forever.

It is a film about the weight of the past and the power of the future, and basically about the power of love, even in the most terrible circumstances.

“It is an austere and fine film, beautiful until becoming painful, sensible as few others: It is a delicious, quiet beauty” El País.

Although the film has a predictable ending is really emotional and interesting. I think you will not be disappointed by it.
Just a piece of advice: Don’t see it when you feel depressed, please.

María del Río

GATTACA. Only science fiction?

Fecha Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Gattaca was launched in the United States in 1997 and despite the fact that more than a decade has passed, its plot is still updated. A science fiction story -starred by Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law- about a topic that nowadays keeps being controversial: genetic selection.

Gattaca is set in a future time, where people can be conceived by genetic selection so that babies are bornwithout any fault and disease. This good inheritance will allow them to occupy the best positions in the labour market.
In this atmosphere Vincent’s parents (Vincent is the leading role, performed by Hawke) decided to conceive him by the “traditional”  way resulting in a boy qualified as no-valid, due to his higher-than-average genetic risk tohave a heart attack.

Even tough the only available jobs for Vincent are in the cleaning area he dreams of flying to the space and on no account will he give up his dream. With the purpose of getting a false valid identity  he contacts ith Jerome Morrow (the role played by Jude Law). From then on he pretends to be Jerome with the aim of entering the space station, doing the training and passing the physical checking needed to fly. In his way he bumps into Irene (Uma Thurman) a valid girl he falls in love with  and also ….  a murder.
Gattaca portrays the world of the future through everything at its hand: customs, sceneries and the design of houses, planes, technology, etc.
t is plenty of references to genetic, such as the letters in the film title that refer to DNA’ s components: adenine (A), guanine (G), timina (T) and cytosine (C). As well as the characters’ name: Eugene means “well born”, Vincent is “conqueror” and Irene is “peace” in Greek. Besides, messages announced over the training centre loudspeakers are in Esperanto, the universal
In my view, the plot is utterly thrilling and Hawke gives a good performance. I highly recommend watching this film no only to people fond of science fiction but also to those cinema-goers that like a gripping script and a good topic to talk about during the dinnerafter the show.

Mª del Mar


Fecha Tuesday, 26 May 2009

This film was directed by Roberto Benigni in 1998. He is the principal character too. The film won three Oscar Awards, best actor, best foreign film and best music. It is a mixture of comedy and drama.

A few years before II World War a young man, called Guido, arrived at a small village located in the Italian Toscana. The young wanted to open a bookshop. There he met Dora, the girlfriend of a fascist man. Guido and Dora will get married and  had a son.
Then, the War broke, all of them are taken to a concentration camp where Guido does what seems impossible so that his son doesn’t realise what’s happening, and makes him think that this is only a game.

The film has become a classic with a box-office hit all over the world. It is one of the most beautiful songs to life and optimism. The story is full of tenderness but with a great depth.
There are great scenes, moments for laughing and others for tears; a man with a marvellous imagination gets to create for his family a life full of love and of hope.


Don’t forget your emails

Fecha Thursday, 21 May 2009

Ask for an English course in an English-speaking country or even, if you feel like it, ask for a job.

For informal emails, there’s a funny page with emoticons and and smilies and their meanings. Click here and have a god time.

Remember, next week is our last lesson and we’ll meet in room 1.4



Nearly finishing

Fecha Tuesday, 19 May 2009

I’m catching up with my work, but I’m afraid it’s taking longer than I expected. I apologise and really think that you’ll understand me. If there’s anything you miss, do please tell me.

CU tomorrow. Same place, same time.