The Case of the LookoutDr. Hall was the only customer in the little drugstore when the shooting started. He had just taken his first sip of black coffee when three men dashed from the bank across the street, guns blazing.As the holdup men jumped into a waiting car, a nun and a chauffeur sought refuge in the drugstore."You're both upset," said Hall. "Let me buy you a cup of coffee."They thanked him. The nun ordered black coffee, the chauffeur a glass of root beer. The three fell to talking about the flying bullets and had barely touched their drinks when sirens sounded.The robbers had been captured and were being returned to the bank for identification. Hall moved to a frontwindow to watch. As he returned to the counter, the nun and chauffeur thanked him again and departed.The counterman had cleared the glass and cups."Sorry, mister," he said to Hall. "I didn't know your weren't done."The counterman looked at the two coffee cups he had just removed from the counter, and passing Hall the one without lipstick, said, "What do you think a chauffeur was doing around here? There isn't a limousine on the street." Hall thought a moment. "Good grief!" he cried. "We had the gang's lookout right here!"And he dashed out to make the capture. What aroused Hall's suspicion?

Busca las palabras en rojo en el diccionario.
Look up the red words in the dictionary.
Trata de deducir el significado de las palabras en azul.
Try to deduce the meaning of the blue words.

sip of black coffee
front window
removed (remove)
cried (cry)

-What happened in the bank?
-a robbery
-a concert
-en event
-a mass

-They were drinking ….
-a glass of milk
-an orange juice
-a glass of wine
-a cup of coffee and a beer

-The cup of the nun had……….from her lips

- What aroused Hall's suspicion?
-¿Qué levantó la sospecha de Hall?

April Fools' Day
An "April Fool" hoax in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2001, featuring its new metro
Also called
All Fools' Day
Cultural, Western
Practical pranks
April 1
April Fools' Day is celebrated in different countries on April 1 every year. Sometimes referred to as All Fools' Day, April 1 is not a national holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other.
In France and Italy, children and adults traditionally tack paper fish on each other's back as a trick and shout "april fish!" in their local language ("poisson d'avril!" and "pesce d'aprile!" in French and Italian respectively).

The history of April Fool's Day or All Fool's Day is uncertain, but the current thinking (Se cree) is that it began (begin, began, begun empezar, comenzar) around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced,(El calendario Gregoriano es el actual) and New Year's Day was moved (se cambió ) from March 25 - April 1 (new year's week) to January 1.
Send invitations to nonexistent parties and have other practical jokes played upon them.
Communication traveled slowly in those days and some people were only informed of the change several years later. Still others, who were more rebellious refused to acknowledge the change and continued to celebrate on the last day of the former (anterior) celebration, April 1.
These people were labeled "fools" by the general populace, were subject to ridicule and sent on "fool errands," sent invitations to nonexistent parties (fiestas que no existían and had other practical jokes played upon them. The butts of these pranks became known as a "poisson d'avril" or "April fish" because a young naive fish is easily caught. In addition, one common practice was to hook a paper fish on the back of someone as a joke.
This harassment evolved over time and a custom of prank-playing continue on the first day of April. This tradition eventually spread elsewhere like to Britain and Scotland in the 18th century and was introduced to the American colonies by the English and the French. Because of this spread to other countries, April Fool's Day has taken on an international flavor with each country celebrating the holiday in its own way.
In Scotland, for instance, April Fool's Day is devoted to spoofs involving the buttocks and as such is called Taily Day. The butts (el blanco o el sujeto al que se le gastaban las bromas) of these jokes are known as April 'Gowk', another name for cuckoo bird. The origins of the "Kick Me" sign can be traced back to the Scottish observance.
In England, jokes are played only in the morning. Fools are called 'gobs' or 'gobby' and the victim of a joke is called a 'noodle.' It was considered bad luck to play a practical joke on someone (sobre alguien, a alguien) after (después) noon (mediodía).
In Rome, the holiday is known as Festival of Hilaria, celebrating the resurrection of the god Attis, is on March 25 and is also referred to as "Roman Laughing Day."
In Portugal, April Fool's Day falls on the Sunday and Monday before lent (Cuaresma). In this celebration, many people throw flour (harína) at their friends.
The Huli Festival is celebrated on March 31 in India. People play jokes on one another and smear colors on one another celebrating the arrival of Spring.
So, no matter where you happen to be in the world on April 1, don't be surprised if April fools fall platyfully (juguetonamente es un adverbio, el adjetivo sería playful) upon (sobre) you

-April fool´s day1 is not a national holiday but
a)-is widely recognized
b)-people don´t work
c)-is celebrated just in England

-When did it begin?
a)- It began in 5th century BC (before Christ)
b)- It began in 2010.
c)- It began on the 1st May 2000

- This tradition was introduced to the American colonies
b)- by the South-American people
c)- by the Japanese
a)- by the English and the French

- If you play a joke on someone after noon, it is considered
a)- good luck
b)- bad luch
c)- indifferent

- In Portugal April fools day
a)- falls on the Sunday and Monday before Lent
b)- falls at Christmas
c)- falls after Easter

- When do we celebrate El Día de los Inocentes?
a)- On the 1st May
b)- On the 2nd August
c)- On the 28th December

- What kind of Jokes do we play?

Write a sentence with five of the red ones words.
Escribe una frase con cinco de las palabras rojas.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012


I would like to talk about my best friend Lenka. I am so lucky to have her.
Without her I would not be as happy as I am now. I have known her for my whole life. We are neighbors so I see her often.

Lenka is small and quite slim. She has got an oval face with bright blue eyes and a big mouth. She has long brown wavy hair but she usually wears it in a ponytail. She is quite beautiful, especially when she smiles.

She always seems to be in a good mood. We have nearly the same hobbies and sometimes the same opinions. She always brings out the best in me by being positive and cheerful.
She is like a part of my family. I trust her as much as I trust my close family member. I find her very honest; she always says what she thinks. It can be useful sometimes .For example when we go shopping she tells me frankly what fits me and what not.
We are really close to each other; she can tell if I'm lying even if I am keeping a straight face! I don't know how she does it!
I don't know how it is possible but I am never bored with her.

Sometimes she tends to be stubborn, she never admits her fault. But she is stubborn only with her parents, but we have never argued.

I hope our friendship will be long and won't ever end.

Saturday, 22nd April 2012

My name is Dennis and this is my family tree. My father's name is Steve. He's an architect and he lives in New York with my mother Mary. My mom is a very talented artist. She paints beautiful pictures. I have one brother named Albert. He is a computer engineer. Debra is my wife. She is a nurse at the same hospital where I work. I work in the lab. My daughter Donna is a doctor in San Francisco. Donna's husband's name is Keith. He is a restaurant manager. They have a little girl named Becky who is three years old.

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Answer the following questions:

Who is an artis?

Who works in a lab in a hospital?
Who is an architect?
Who is a restaurant manager?
Who is three years old?
Who is a doctor?
Who is a nurse?

Wraite a paragraph describing your family. What are their names? Where do they live?
What are their jobs? ( or, What do they do?).


Four Jobs
Betsy: My job is very interesting. I write articles for a travel magazine. I travel to exotic places and do interesting things.
Rita: Hi! My name is Rita. I teach English in Japan. I teach 12-year-old children English classes three days a week.
Bill: I'm Bill. I work at the zoo. I give tours to groups of school children. I walk through the zoo with school groups and teach the children about the animals.
Monserrate: Hello. My name is Monserrate. I'm a clothing designer in Hollywood. I design clothes for famous actors and actresses. My designs are in all of the big Hollywood movies.
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Match and form sentences

design clothes for famous actors ans actresses Rita
teach English in Japan Monserrate
write articles for a travel magazine Bill
work at the zoo Betsy

Learn these vocabulary ( tick the link to hear)

accountant - contador
architect - arquitecto
carpenter - carpintero
cashier - cajero
dentist - dentista
doctor - médico
engineer - ingeniero
lawyer - abogado
mail carrier - cartero
mechanic - mecánico
nurse - enfermero
photographer - fotógrafo
police officer - policía
reporter - reportero
salesperson - vendedor
secretary - secretario
taxi driver - taxista
teacher - maestro
waiter/waitress - mesero/mesera

Read and listen the following dialog.

Escuchar el diálogo

LISA - Guess what? I have a new job.
MATT - Really? Where do you work?
LISA - I work for International Hotels.
MATT - The 5-star hotel chain! Wow! What do you do?
LISA - I stay in their hotels as a guest to make sure that they are OK.
MATT - So you're like a hotel inspector for International Hotels.
LISA - Exactly. I stay in a room, eat the food in the restaurant, go to the spa, and use all of the hotel amenities. After my stay I write a report on the quality of all the services in the hotel for the International Hotels main office.
MATT - Wow! That's a great job!

Find an expression that means:

¡Adivina! Oficina principal
Informe Hotel de cinco estrellas (¿dónde está la calificación, delante o detrás
del nombre hotel?
huésped ¿De verdad?

Days are getting longer and warmer and it´s starting to feel like spring is here

Look for (busca) an image for each flower (cada flor) and write a sentence using ´It has got…..´ and if you do it on your notebook I can see it.












A is for apple. Apples are one of America’s favorite fruits. Maybe that’s because you can find fresh apples any time of the year, all over the country. Did you know that apples come in shades of reds, greens, and yellows? The top apple producingstates are: Washington, New York, Michigan, California, Pennsylvania and Virginia.


sunny - soleado
cloudy - nublado
clear - despejado
rainy - lluvioso
windy - ventoso
snowy - nevado
foggy - brumoso
wet - mojado
dry - seco
icy - helado
humid - húmedo
hot - caliente
warm - cálido
cool - fresco
cold - frío
rain - llover
snow - nevar

The Seasons (Las Estaciones)

winter - inviernospring - primaverasummer - veranofall (autumn) - otoño
¿En cuál estación se encuentra cada mes?

  • April ------- April is in spring.
  • October
  • January
  • July
  • May
  • February
  • August
  • November

Other Vocabulary

somewhere - algún lugarweekend - fin de semanalodge - casa de campofull - llenolake - lagomoon - lunaguest house - casa de huéspedesblow - soplarmelt - derretirsometimes - a vecesair conditioner - aire acondicionadorthunderstorm - tormentaleaf - hoja (de árbol)leaves - hojas (de árbol)

PrácticaSelecciona la palabra correcta.

1. We see the........................... in the sky at night.
2. A cold wind the winter.
3. Saturday and Sunday are the days of the....................
4. When it's very hot, I turn on the.....................
5. The glass has a lot of water in it. It's........................
6. If you leave chocolate in the sun, it will............................
7. In the autumn the.................... from the trees.
8. Sometimes when it rains, there is a.........................

The Windy City

Chicago, where I am from, is called the "Windy City." In the winter a cold wind blows off Lake Michigan and it snows a lot. The temperature gets very cold, sometimes below zero.

n the spring the weather is great. It's warm and the snow melts. People plant gardens and start to play outdoor sports like baseball.
In the summer it's hot and sometimes humid. People swim and turn on their air conditioners to keep cool. Sometimes it rains or we get thunderstorms.
In the fall it's cool. People prepare for winter and buy warm clothes like coats and hats. The leaves change colors and fall from the trees. It's very beautiful.

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PrácticaSelecciona la estación correcta para cada pregunta.

1. When do the leaves change colours in Chicago?
2. When is it humid?
3. When do people plant gardens?
4. When do people prepare for winter?
5. When does it snow?