THE MOONSTONE (2nd Bachillerato)


The is set in the 19th century, and it is considered the first detective story of British literature. The story has got many characters, although the most important ones are Rachel, Blake and Ablewhite and the love triangle formed among them.
The moonstone , a huge yellow diamond, is the other protagonist in the story; since it provokes all the problems and subplots in the story. As in most of Collins' stories we don't know who is the thief until the end of the story. Appearances don't seem to be what they are, and although the reader can think that the thief is Blake, we'll discover that another man with a better reputation is the guilty person.
Meanwhile, we discover step by step clues to find out the truth. Sergeant Cuff and Mr Betteredge are the best detectives to discover the mistery.
There are also grief moments in the book such as when Rosanna kills herself because she discovers that Blake doesn't love her. She also thinks that he is the person who stole the diamond , because she found some paint on his nightgown .
Ablewhite asks Rachel to marry him, she accepts but she discovers that he was only interested in her money later; so the engagement is broken.
Rachel is angry with Blake because she saw him taking the diamond the night of her birthday, but she discovers that he sleepwalked and fogives him. Someone took advantage of his state that night.
At the end Love, another basic subplot in the story, wins and Rachel finds in Blake the man she fell in love in the past. The thief was foud suffocated with his pillow by the indians. He was a gambler and had a double life.
The epilogue shows us the traveller Murthwaite and his finding the diamond in India where it should always had been.


IN , AT , ON ; Are they confusing?


We use 'in' with spaces:

•in a room / in a building

•in a garden / in a park

We use 'in' with bodies of water:

•in the water

•in the sea

•in a river

We use 'in' with lines:

•in a row / in a line

•in a queue


We use 'at' with places:

•at the bus-stop

•at the door

•at the cinema

•at the end of the street

Use 'at' with places on a page:

•at the top of the page

•at the bottom of the page

We use 'at' in groups of people:

•at the back of the class

•at the front of the class


We use 'on' with surfaces:

•on the ceiling / on the wall / on the floor

•on the table

We use 'on' with small islands:

•I stayed on Maui.

We use 'on' with directions:

•on the left

•on the right

•straight on


In / at / on the corner

We say 'in the corner of a room', but 'at the corner (or 'on the corner') of a street'

In / at / on the front

•We say 'in the front / in the back' of a car

•We say 'at the front / at the back' of buildings / groups of people

•We say 'on the front / on the back' of a piece of paper

Now, try this quiz to check your understanding! CLICK HERE!
Or practice with these exercises:
Activity one: Put the prepositions (IN,ON,AT) in the right place.
Ejercicios exercises prepositions

Activity Two: Put the prepositions (IN,ON,AT) in the right place.

Prepositions of place at in on exercises

Activity three: Put the prepositions (IN,ON,AT) in the right place.

Practice preposition of place



Wh questions are asked to receive specific information on where, what, why, and when.
There are a number of variations including short questions such as 'What for?' and 'Where to?'. This guide to Wh questions provides a look at a wide variety of Wh questions, as well as providing examples for each type of question.

The most common questions in English are often referred to as 'wh' questions. 'Wh' questions begin with 'wh' and include:




How is often included with these why questions, even though it does not begin with 'wh'. 'Wh' questions ask for specific responses as to the time, place, reason, thing or person.

Where - asks a question about place

When - asks questions about time

Why - asks questions about reasons

What - asks questions about things or objects

Who - asks questions about people

The answer to 'wh' questions often repeats the same verb as in the question form.


Where does he live?

He lives in New York.
When did they have dinner?

They had dinner at six o'clock.
Why is going to study French?

He is going to study French because he wants to go to Paris.

What does she use to clean her clothes?

She uses a washing machine.

Who do they like?

They like Mr. Smith.

How does he play tennis?

He plays tennis well.


FALSE FRIENDS,(lesson # 2)

This list of False Friends is a continuation of a previous one posted some year ago, if you're interested in them you can click here to get the first list. Besides, you can add new ones in the comments of the entry, we'd really appreciate it.

This is a List of Some of the Commonest False Friends



An important step to improving your vocabulary is to not only learn the appropriate terms, but to learn the words that commonly go together with those terms. These word combinations are often, adjective + noun, verb + noun, and noun + verb pairs. Each of these collocation sheets provide collocations for commonly used words arranged into categories. Each collocation is illustrated with an example sentence.

Adjectives + "Money"

The following list includes adjectives that are commonly used with the noun 'money'. Adjectives that are similar in meaning are grouped together. Each adjective or adjective group has an example sentence to illustrate usage.


He thinks working in marketing is easy money. I think he'll find it's quite a different story.

bonus, extra

If you complete the project before next Tuesday, there'll be some bonus money.


The best way to feel good about any purchase is if it's been made with hard-earned money.

government, public, taxpayers'

It's not right to waste taxpayers' money on projects that benefit those who are already wealthy.

pocket, spending

Would you like a little extra pocket money this weekend?

gas, lunch, petrol, rent, etc

Could you lend me some lunch money today?

prize, grant, scholarship

They won a lot of grant money for their research into DNA.

stolen, dirty, bribe, ransom

I don't want your dirty money!

hush, protection

That gang is demanding protection money from every store on the street. It's scandalous!

pension, retirement

We plan to move to Hawaii with our retirement money.


Let's play BRAIN QUEST (grade 6)

Questions :

 1.What’s the capital of Cuba?
2. In 1588, the Spanish Armada attacked the English fleet.Who won the battle?

3.Is the word “exquisite” a synonym or an antonym of “lovely”?

4. Find three shades of yellow: ruby, saffron, gold, indigo, lemon.

5.Which is longer: a radius or a diameter?

6. Protons and neutrons are found in what part of an atom?

7. If your job is drawing maps, are you a cinematographer or a cartographer?

8. Was writing invented around 10,000 B . C . , 6000 B . C . or 3000 B . C .?

9. Which is a government building: c–a–p–i–t–a–l or c–a–p–i–t–o–l?

10. What is the Federal Bureau of Investigation called for short?

Check the answers in the comments of this post!


SPORTS, VOCABULARY LIST for elementary level (1-2 ESO)

We're dealing with Sports this week , Here you are a useful list of different kind of sports , the word between brackets is just an adaptation for the English pronunciation, that's it, it is pronouced in English as you read it in Spanish.

( Esta lista de palabras relacionadas con el deporte sirve para aumentar nuestro vocabulario en clase relacionado con una de vuestras mayores aficiones. Las palabras entre paréntesis, es la pronunciación inglesa, como sonaría al leerla como si fuese Español. )

aerobics (aeróbiks) - ejercicios aeróbicos

archery (árcheri) - arquería

athletics (azlétiks) - atletismo

badminton (bádminton) - bádminton

baseball (béisbol) - béisbol

basketball (básketbol) - básquet

bicycling (báisikling) - ciclismo

billiards (bíliards) - billar

bowling (bóuling) - bolos

boxing (bóksing) - boxeo

canoeing (kanúing) - canotaje

car racing (car réising) - automovilismo

diving (dáiving) - buceo

fencing (fénsing) - esgrima

fishing (físhing) - pesca

football (fútbol) - fútbol americano

golf (gólf) - golf

gymnastics (dchimnástiks) - gimnasia

hang gliding (háng gláiding) - aladeltismo

hockey (hóki) - hockey

horse racing (hors réising) - carrera de caballos

horse riding (hors ráiding) - equitación

hunting (hánting) - caza

ice hockey (áis jóki) - hockey sobre hielo

ice skating (áis skéiting) - patinaje sobre hielo

jogging (dchóguing) - footing

karate (karáti) - karate

martial arts (márshal árts) - artes marciales

motorboat racing (mótorbout réising) - carrera de lanchas

mountaineering (maunteníiring) - montañismo

parachuting (parachúting) - paracaidismo

ping-pong (píngpong) - tenis de mesa

polo (póulou) - polo

pool (pool) - pool, billar americano

rowing (róuing) - remo

sailing (séiling) - navegación a vela

skating (skéiting) - patinaje

skiing (skíig) - esquí

skydiving (skáidáiving) - paracaidismo acrobático

soccer (sóker) - fútbol

surfing (sérfing) - surf

swimming (suíming) - natación

target shooting (tárguet shúuting) - tiro al blanco

tennis (ténis) - tenis

volleyball (vólibol) - vóleibol

water skiing (uóter skíing) - esquí acuático

weight lifting (uéit lífting) - pesas

windsurfing (uínd-sérfing) - windsurf

wrestling (réstling) - lucha libre



A common doubt among our students when writting the verb CONSIST is the preposition that follows this verb. In Spanish we use : Consistir en, that's the point where the error comes from.

(Una duda muy común entre mis estudiantes de Inglés , es la preposición del verbo consistir, debido a su semejanza con el verbo Español : consistir en .)

According to he Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993

Consist IN means: " is inherit or lies within"
" His social success consists in being able to persuade everyone of his amiability"
Consist OF means : " is composed or made up of"
" His fleet consists of a day sailer, a canoe, and a small skiff"
Consist ON is not correct.




Computers and Internet vocabulary

This useful list will enrich your vocabulary with many terms related to computers and the internet. You can download it, and use it in class or study at home. / Esta útil lista de vocabulario de internet y términos relacionados con los ordenadores es muy útil par todos los estudiantes de habla inglesa, puedes descargarla e imprimirla en casa.

Internet Vocabulary



Esta ha sido la canción más votada en nuestra encuesta sobre la mejor canción del 2010, espero la disfrutéis tanto como nosotros.

Music video information

Eminem and Rihanna looking at the burning house behind them in the penultimate scene of the videoThe video depicts a couple (portrayed by actors Dominic Monaghan and Megan Fox) in a love-hate relationship. The couple repeatedly fight, break things, steal, and make up again, with scenes flashing back to happier times in their relationship. Other scenes include the two celebrities on top of a liquor store, inside the store and "at a seedy dive bar next door" to it. Towards the end of the video, both Fox and Monaghan's characters are engulfed by flames.

Shots of Rihanna in front of a house that bursts into flames are featured while she sings the chorus, with Eminem rapping his verses in a field, as well as joining Rihanna in front of the burning house toward the end of the video.[55][52][56] The video became an online phenomenon, gaining 6.6 million hits in its first 24 hours on VEVO, and 18 million views in five days.[57] It broke a YouTube record for having the most views in 24 hours.[58] By the end of 2010, the video had received over 250 million views.


Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
Well that’s alright because I like the way it hurts
Just gonna stand there and hear me cry
Well that’s alright because I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie

I can’t tell you what it really is
I can only tell you what it feels like
And right now there’s a steel knife in my windpipe
I can’t breathe but I still fight while I can fight
As long as the wrong feels right it’s like I’m in flight
High off of love, drunk from my hate
Its like I’m huffing paint
And I love it the more that I suffer, I suffocate
And right before I’m about to drown she resuscitates me
She fucking hates me and I love it, wait
Where you going, I’m leaving you
No you ain’t, come back
We’re running right back
Here we go again, it’s so insane
Cause when it’s going good it’s going great
I’m superman with the wind at his back, she’s Lois Lane
But when it’s bad it’s awful I feel so ashamed, I snapped
Who’s that dude I don’t even know his name
I laid hands on her, I’ll never stoop so low again
I guess I don’t know my own strength

Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
Well that’s alright because I like the way it hurts
Just gonna stand there and hear me cry
Well that’s alright because I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie, I love the way you lie

You ever love somebody so much
You can barely breathe when you’re with ‘em
You meet and neither one of you even know what hit ‘em
Got that warm fuzzy feeling
Yeah them chills used to get ‘em
Now you’re getting fucking sick at lookin at ‘em
You swore you’d never hit ‘em
Never do nothing to hurt ‘em
Now you’re in each others face
Spewing venom in your words when you spit ‘em
You push, pull each other’s hair, scratch, claw
Bit ‘em, throw ‘em down, pin ‘em
So lost in the moments when you’re in them
It’s the craze that the corporate controls you both
So they say it’s best to go your seperate ways
Guess they don’t know you
Cause today, that was yesterday
Yesterday is over, it’s a different day
Silent broken records playing over
But you promised her next time you’ll show restrain
You don’t get another chance
Life is no nintendo game, but you lied again
Now you get to watch her leave out the window
I guess that’s why they call it window pane

Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
Well that’s alright because I like the way it hurts
Just gonna stand there and hear me cry
Well that’s alright because I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie, I love the way you lie

Now I know we said things
Did things that we didn’t mean
And we fall back into the same patterns, same routine
But your temper is just as bad is mine is
You’re the same as me
When it comes to love you’re just as blinded
Baby, please come back it wasn’t you maybe it was me
Maybe our relationship isn’t as crazy as it seems
Maybe that’s what happens when a tornado meets a valcano
All I know is I love you too much to walk away though
Come inside, pick up your bags off the sidewalk
Don’t you hear sincerity in my voice when I talk?
Told you this is my fault, look in the eyeball
Next time I’m pissed I’ll aim my fist at the drywall
Next time, there won’t be no next time
I apologize even though I know it’s lies
I’m tired of the games I just want her back
I know I’m a liar if she ever tries to fucking leave again
I’mma tie her to the bed and set this house on fire

Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
Well that’s alright because I like the way it hurts
Just gonna stand there and hear me cry
Well that’s alright because I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie, I love the way you lie

autor: Eminem FT Rihanna


Solo voy a quedarme ahí y verme quemar
Pero está bien, porque me gusta como duele
Solo voy a quedarme ahí y escucharme llorar
Pero está bien, porque amo como mientes, amo como mientes
Amo como mientes

No puedo decirte lo que es realmente
Solo puedo decirte que se siente
Y ahora mismo hay una navaja de acero en mi traquea
No puedo respirar, pero sigo peleando contra lo que no puedo
Mientras lo equivocado se sienta bien, es como si estuviera volando
Mas arriba que la ley, borracho de mi odio,
Es como si estuviese inhalando pintura y más me encanta, más sufro, Me sofoco
Y justo antes de ahogarme, ella me resucita
Ella me odia, y me encanta.
¡Espera! ¿Qué estás haciendo? Te estoy dejando
No, no lo harás. Vuelve, estamos volviendo.
Aquí vamos otra vez
Es tan enfermizo porque cuando está yendo bien, está yendo genial
Soy Superman con el viento en su espalda
Ella es Louis Lane, pero cuando está yendo mal es horrible, me siento tan avergonzado y me quiebro
Quien es este tipo? Ni siquiera conozco su nombre
Puse mis manos en él, nunca caeré tan bajo otra vez
Supongo que no conozco mi propia fuerza

Solo voy a quedarme ahí y verme quemar
Pero está bien, porque me gusta como duele
Solo voy a quedarme ahí y escucharme llorar
Pero está bien, porque amo como mientes, amo como mientes
Amo como mientes

Alguna vez amaste a alguien tanto que apenas puedes respirar
Cuando estas con él
Lo conoces y ninguno de los dos sabe que los golpeo
Tienes ese sentimiento raro y caliente
Si, solías sentir esos escalofríos
Ahora te esta enfermando mirarlo
Juraste que nunca lo golpearías; nunca harías nada por lastimarlo
Ahora están cara a cara tirando veneno en sus palabras cuando las escupen
Se empujan, se tiran del cabello, se rasguñan y se golpean
Tíralo al piso, clávalo
Tan perdido en los momentos cuando estás en ellos
Es una carrera y ese es el culpable que controla tu bote
Así que dicen que lo mejor es que cada uno siga su camino
Supongo que no te conocen porque eso fue ayer
Ayer ha terminado; es un día diferente
Suena como canciones rotas sonando otra vez, pero se lo prometiste
La próxima vez que te resistas
No tendrás otra oportunidad
La vida no es un juego de Nintendo
Pero mentiste otra vez
Ahora te toca mirarla salir por la ventana
Supongo que por eso la llaman ventana del dolor

Solo voy a quedarme ahí y verme quemar
Pero está bien, porque me gusta como duele
Solo voy a quedarme ahí y escucharme llorar
Pero está bien, porque amo como mientes, amo como mientes
Amo como mientes

Ahora sé que dijimos cosas, hicimos cosas que no queríamos
Y volvimos a caer en los mismos patrones, misma rutina
Pero tu humor es tan malo como el mío
Eres lo mismo que yo
Pero cuando se refiere al amor, eres igual de ciega
Nena, por favor vuelve
No eras tu, nena era yo
Quizás nuestra relación no era tan enfermiza como parecía
Quizás eso es lo que pasa cuando un tornado encuentra un volcán
Todo lo que sé es que te amo demasiado para irme
Ven adentro, levanta tus maletas de la vereda
No escuchas sinceridad en mi voz cuando hablo?
Te dije que esto es mi culpa
Mírame a los ojos
La próxima vez que me enoje, mi puño ira contra la pared de yeso
La próxima vez, no habrá próxima vez
Me disculpo a pesar de que se que son mentiras
Estoy cansado de los juegos, solo la quiero de vuelta
Se que soy un mentiroso
Si ella vuelve a intentar dejarme
La voy a atar a la cama y prenderé esta casa con fuego

Solo voy a quedarme ahí y verme quemar
Pero está bien, porque me gusta como duele
Solo voy a quedarme ahí y escucharme llorar
Pero está bien, porque amo como mientes, amo como mientes
Amo como mientes