domingo, 20 de enero de 2013


Cooking is a good way to keep updated our English. A lot of products have their description in several languages. But another way and more tasty is cooking with recipes in English.

Here are one of my favourites.

The grandmother’s cake.


1 liter of milk.

5 spoonfuls of sugar.

1 “flanin” packet or custard powder.

5 packets of plain and preferably square biscuits (y usually do with marie buscuits.)

300 g of plain chocolate.

500 ml of whipping cream

50 g of finely grated coconut.


1. Whip the cream with 2 spoonfuls of sugar.

2. Melt the chocolate (You may use the microwave or boil in some water)

3. Boil ½ liter of milk and when the milk comes to the boil add the custard powder packet with 3 spoonfuls of sugar, and toss it for about 5 minutes before removing it.

4. Pour some milk into a bowl and dip the biscuits in it but only for a little while.

5. Use a largish dish that isn't too shallow and make layers of milk-moistened biscuits alternating with layers of the chocolate cream, the whipped cream, and the liquid crême caramel.

6. The top layer should be one with chocolate.

7. Sprinkle the grated coconut on the top.

8. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours.

domingo, 11 de noviembre de 2012

Conectores y conjunciones en Inglés - Conjunctions and linking words

Conjunctions are used to link at least two ideas. They help to create continuity or ‘flow’ in a text. A sentence containing a conjunction needs two parts.

Sirven para unir ideas enlazando oraciones y creando distintas relaciones entre ellas. Ayudan a crear continuidad y fluidez en el texto. Se pueden agrupar en las siguientes categorías:

1. Conjunctions of addition and replacement. Add more information to what is already there. Unen algo a lo ya mencionado añadiendo información

And – y. Ideas are often linked by and

Also – También, además. Used to add an extra idea or emphasis. We don’t usually start a sentence with also. We are concerned not only by the costs, but also by the competition. He plays the piano and also sings

Too – También. Goes either at the end of the sentence, or after the subject.

As well as – También. Often used to mean in addition to. Can be used at the beginning or in the middle of a sentence. As well as the cost, we are concerned by the competition. We are interested in costs as well as the competition.

In addition – Además. To start a sentence with a phrase that means also.

Moreover – Además, por otra parte. The contract moreover stipulates that... (el contrato estipulaba además o por otra parte que.... Marketing plans give us an idea of the potential market. Moreover, they tell us about the competition.

Furthermore – Además. Furthermore , we need to consider his motives.

Further = Furthermore – Más, además.

Besides – Además, excepto. Often used to mean as well as or in addition to. There are five others coming besides you. No one knows besides you

Apart from -

Not only...but also... - no solo...sino también.... To give emphasis. We are concerned Not only by the costs, but also by the competition

Not well - no solo...sino...también

No sooner...than... - apenas...cuando...

2. Conjunctions of comparison and contrast ideas.

To link two ideas that are considered to be similar.

In the same way, in a similar way, similarly – De manera parecida o similar, similarmente, igualmente

Likewise- Asimismo, de la misma manera

Just as- Así como, de la misma manera que.

Both...and... - Tanto...como... / ambas cosas

To link two ideas that are considered to be different.

But – Pero. She was fired, but they were not la despidieron a ella pero no a ellos

However – Sin embargo, no obstante.

But is more informal than however. It is normally used at the beginning of a sentence.

- He works hard, but he doesn’t earn much.

- He works hard. However, he doesn’t earn much.

In contrast, on the other hand, on the contrary – Por el contrario.

Instead – En vez de, en lugar de. I watched TV instead of doing my homework.

Nevertheless, nonetheless – Sin embargo, no obstante. She didn’t like the price. Nevertheless, she bought it anyway.

Yet – Pero, sin embargo. I like it, yet it could be improved.

Still – Aún así, de todos modos. They say it's safe, but I'm still scared, I don't think it will work; sitll, we can always try (no creo que funcione; pero bueno, igual podemos intentarlo)

Even so – Aún así. I know you don’t like vegetables, but even so you must eat them.

Neither … nor – she neither knows nor cares! (¡ni sabe ni le importa!)

To contrast one idea with another. Indican una objeción o reparo a lo dicho anteriormente.

Though, although, even though – Aunque. Although it was hot, se went out with a pullover.

Despite / in spite of - A pesar de. In spite of the hot, she went out with a pullover.


Whereas - Mientras que, en tanto que. I really like fish, whereas my wife can't stand it. (A mí me encanta el pescado, mientras que mi mujer lo odia).

While – Mientras, mientras que. While you were asleep (mientras dormías)

Unlike- A diferecia de. Unlike in the UK, the USA has cheap petrol.

3. Conjunctions of exemplification, restatement and summarising

Conjunctions of exemplification.

For example / for instance – Por ejemplo. There are many ways of interesting young children in reading. For instance, regular trips to the library have been shown to greatly increase children’s awareness of books.

Such as- Tal como.

Namely – Especificamente, concretamente. Namely refers to something by name. There are two problems: namely, the expense and the time.

Conjunctions of restatement (reafirmación) and summarising: That is, to put it another way, in other words, to sum up, in brief (en resumen), in short, in summary, to summarise, in a nutshell (en pocas palabras, en resumen), to conclude, in conclusion.

We normally use at the beginning of the sentence to give a summary of what we have said or written.

4. Conjunctions of cause and condition

Conjunctions of cause highlight a cause-effect relationship between two ideas or give a reason why something happens or is the case.

Due to (debido a) and owing to (debido a, por motivo de).

Due to and owing to must be followed by a noun. If you want to follow due to and owing to with a clause (a subject, verb and object), you must follow the words with the fact that.

Ex: Due to the fact that oil prices have risen, the inflation rate has gone up by 1%.

Thus– Así, por consiguiente

Therefore –Por tanto, por eso.

So – Así que, por lo que.

Hence – Así que. You are going to be late, hence run!

Because / because of – Because can be use at the beginning or in the middle of a sentence. Because it was raining, we carried the umbrellas

For this reason – Por esta razón

As – Ya que, porque, aunque

As a result – Como resultado, como consecuencia.

Consequently - Consiguientemente, por consiguiente

Since – Como

Conjunctions of condition outline or suggest the conditions under which something happens or is the case and include terms such as:

Unless – A menos que, a no ser que.

In that case - En ese caso

That being so - Siendo ese el caso.

If – Si bien. If literacy levels are to improve, more resources have to be put into teacher training.

5. Conjunctions of time

Conjunctions of time locate or sequence ideas in time. Ideas or events can be located in real world time or text time. Examples of conjunctions of time include:

The former – El primero, la primera.

The latter – El último.

The former and the latter are useful when you want to refer to one of two points. Marketing and finance are both covered in the course. The former is studied in the first term and the latter is studied in the final term.

Lastly – Finalmente, por último.

The first point – El punto primero.

The following – El siguiente. The following people have been chosen to go on the thaining course.

After – Despues.

Afterwards – Despues, luego, más tarde.

Before – Antes, anteriormente.

Previously – Previamente.

Prior to – Antes de

At present – En el presente.

Second(ly), third(ly), finally are useful way to list ideas.

martes, 11 de septiembre de 2012


Hace tiempo que no escribo en el blog, la razón es que en vez de buscar videos en youtube para agudizar mi oído, algunos de los cuales luego compartía en este blog, ahora que he cambiado de televisión puedo ver en el smart TV, noticias en inglés y poner dibujos animados a mis hijos también en inglés. La verdad es que es una buena manera de mantener vivo el idioma, y sobre todo para los más pequeños el poder ver los dibujos de clan desde pequeños en ingles es un favor que espero que me agradezcan cuando sean mayores.

La verdad es que debemos aprovechar las oportunidades que nos ofrece la conexión a Internet de la televisión para aprender, mejorar o mantener nuestro inglés.

viernes, 25 de noviembre de 2011

November 25 - The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

This day is an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

jueves, 24 de noviembre de 2011


There's a hero
If you look inside your heart
You don't have to be afraid
Of what you are
There's an answer
If you reach into your soul
And the sorrow that you know
Will melt away
And then a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside
And you know you can survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you'll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you
It's a long road
When you face the world alone
No one reaches out a hand
For you to hold
You can find love
If you search within yourself
And the emptiness you felt
Will disappear
And then a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside
And you know you can survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you'll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you
Lord knows
Dreams are hard to follow
But don't let anyone
Tear them away
Hold on
There will be tomorrow
In time
You'll find the way
And then a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside
And you know you can survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you'll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you

Mariah Carey - Hero