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How to be good at English (21-30 tips)

2 July 2020

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How to be good at English (21-30 tips)
Eugenio Fouz

21.Learn by heart (memorize) phrasal verbs, synomyms, antonyms, lists of words.

22.Understand the meaning of words, sentences, paragraphs or any text you read or listen.

23.Use Latin mottoes if you know their meaning.

24.Pronunciation: look for a good model and follow it.

25.Get used to listening to podcasts ( podcasts) regularly.

26.Watch as many videos as you can. I recommend these: BBC, euronews, YouTube.

27.Imitate the pronunciation and tone of native speakers, but never betray your own accent.

28.Separate the words when you speak (and when you write).

29.Do not speak too fast. Do it slowly, but not extremely slow motion.

30.Literature: read the Classics (English and American literature: Charles Dickens, Wilde, Shakespeare, Byron, Thoreau, Hawthorne)


A tentative teacher´s schedule (classroom)

28 February 2019

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BOOK (textbook: grammar, vocabulary PRESENTATION)

reading texts aloud time for exercises in class + homework

Wordlist.- pack of copies [@moodle / hard copies or printed copies]

Parallel Papers or PPA: revise, Q.A, write some expressions


Time for NOTEBOOK correction of exercises on board

AUDIOS from the BOOK. Repetition. Solving out exercises

Parallel Papers [PPA].-Explain, comment papers on grammar, functional language or texts

How to (teach how to tell the time, how to say an email address)

Time for Virtual Platform (@moodle) – check some points, ie., grammar syllabus, recommendations, warnings.

READING texts aloud

AUDIOS, PRACTICE (exercises linked from the net with answer keys)

Worksheets (pair work).-exercises to do and correct in the classroom

Reading the Graded reader in class. Select vocabulary

Lyrics and songs (selection)

Short dictations

Mini test

Essay writing (how to, opinion, brief texts)

Functional language

Q.A (question and answer) – oral class

Surprise Tests

Revision time (conjugation of verbs, vocabulary, how to issues, spelling, BASICS)

Videos, GIFs, proverbs

Write short messages in English

Translate messages

Situations (problem solving)


AOB (Any Other Business)





How to avoid spoilers for that book you’re reading (Julia Lepetit)

1 November 2018

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I found out a site where they inform how to avoid

spoilers for the book you ´re reading at the moment.

It´s called Dorkly.

Julia Lepetit shows how to manage.

See the original version below:


And that’s why sometimes strange things happen, you know…


How to express your opinion in English (engvid)

3 February 2018

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How to say and write the date in English language

1 April 2017

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[Woodward,- seen on @facebook]

How to shorten a link & how to share a document

28 March 2016

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poets society gif

There are 2 basic URLs to bear in mind: tinyURL & dropbox (#mypublicfiles)


NOTE: From March, 2017 Dropbox doesn´t allow public files so there is a big removal from the previous public files to a new box, namely Therefore, the text cited below will be saved and shared in as well as I keep it safe in DROPBOX, private boxes.

Be that as it may, I continue using dropbox for my private files. 



TinyURL shortens every long URL that could make a blog post ugly. TinyURL usually gets a reduction to a maximum of 26 characters. For example, if one meets across a long link like this:




El traje nuevo del Emperador

Hans Christian Andersen


“Hace muchos años había un Emperador tan aficionado a los trajes nuevos, que gastaba todas sus rentas en vestir con la máxima elegancia.

No se interesaba por sus soldados ni por el teatro, ni le gustaba salir de paseo por el campo, a menos que fuera para lucir sus trajes nuevos. Tenía un vestido distinto para cada hora del día, y de la misma manera que se dice de un rey: “Está en el Consejo”, de nuestro hombre se decía: “El Emperador está en el vestuario”. (…)


(There are up to 87 characters). TinyURL allows the user to copy the link and paste it in a small rectangular box here:

One will get a shortened link of 26 characters. See:


Dropbox is the ideal place to keep documents, pictures, letters, writings or images safe. In fact, it works as a kind of safe. Dropbox allows sharing documents and everything the owner of the account wants via specific links from dropbox. There is a useful drawer where one can place public documents, like a public files folder.

See now the fairy tale via here:



How to convert a webpage to PDF

25 March 2016

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Kevin (South Park) 

It is possible to convert a webpage to PDF (Portable Document Format) by copying the URL into the box below. See:

I´ll show by means of a sample from my TIZA, ALFA, BETA & ZETA

[PDF uploaded to #mypublicfiles and linked via tinyURL ]

Sample of how to start reading a graded reader

21 December 2015


O ́Henry, New Yorkers (Oxford)


Date: 171215 (Thu)

Page: 6

Story number 1

Title: Christmas presents

Author: O ́Henry

Plot: the story itself …

Settings: New York city ,USA

Characters: Della, James

Time: Christmas time


To the reader:
[have you got a dictionary/smartphone, pencil & bloc?]



was.era (pasado del verbo TO BE.ser)

went.fue (pasado del verbo TO


spent.pasó, gastó (pasado del verbo TO SPEND.gastar dinero, pasar tiempo)

little money.poco dinero

bought.compró (pasado del verbo TO BUY.comprar)

cheap, cheaper, cheapest.barato, más barato, lo más barato



walked.caminaba (pasado del verbo TO WALK.caminar)



saved.ahorró (pasado del verbo TO SAVE.ahorrar)

counted.contó (pasado del verbo TO COUNT.contar)

again.otra vez


could.podía (pasado del verbo AUXILIAR MODAL CAN.poder)

only.solo, solamente sentó (pasado del verbo TO SIT.sentarse)

poor little room.pequeña habitación


kitchen .cocina

bathroom.cuarto de baño



good luck!.¡buena suerte!

job.trabajo, empleo



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