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stay hungry, stay foolish

Posted by marisadedios on June 7, 2008

Steve Jobs is a co-founder of Apple, the man behind the astonishing success of the computer animation firm Pixar – of Toy Story and Finding Nemo fame – a billionaire regarded as a visionary in the industry.Yet compared with Bill Gates he is practically unknown. His speech for the commencement address at Standford University is really one of a kind. I have chosen it to say “see you around” to you. I think the message he gives is one to really follow. I have really enjoyed teaching you this year. Keep in touch.


If you want to do the listening comprehension exercises for parts 1 and 2 click here For the exercises for part 3 click here.

What do you think? Do you like it? In my opinion it is not just what he says that is important, but also the way he delivers his speech? Can you tell me why?

How about writing the transcript? Maybe you could each write a bit. Here goes the beginning:

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

You might like to translate the transcript. (Transcript key ). How about writing the Spanish subtitles for the speech? You can then compare to this version: watch the video with Spanish subtitles

As I said to you, I’ll keep updating the blog from time to time and I’ll be delighted to read your comments. You can also send your doubts to the query forum or even your writings if you want me to correct them.

BY the way, thanks for the dinner last night, I had a smashing time. You know what? My earrring finally appeared! It was in my dress!


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Ms Aguirre in English

Posted by marisadedios on February 29, 2008

Last Wednesday Ms Aguirre gave a speech in English. Good as her English is, there’s always room for improvement. Can you find the mistakes she makes?


key:  as you have already pointed out she says “he’s going to won” instead of “he’s going to win”
More mistakes:
Why Mr Zapatero has decided not to go to any political concentration?” should be “why has Mr Zapatero decided not to…”
Because he doesn’t know what is a bonobus” should be “he doesn’t know what a bonobus is”
he confuse the abono transporte” should be “confuses” 
Because never rides in the public transport” should be “Because he never uses/goes on/travels by/commutes by public transport” 

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Looking for a job? Choose the best company to work for!

Posted by marisadedios on February 22, 2008

Remember the article we read in class the other day? I hope you find this video amusing.

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Watch Video:What would you swap hitting the jackpot for?

Posted by marisadedios on February 2, 2008

lottery winner

Next week we’ll be dicussing this topic. I’d like you to Watch this video and read about lottery winner Stephen Smith. He hit the jackpot last week but he said he would swap his windfall for his health. His sober reflection prompts us to revisit the age-old question: “Can money buy happiness?” In Smith’s case he would take a long, healthy but poor life over a short life with wealth beyond his wildest dreams “in a second”.A famous 1978 paper by Brickman, Coates and Janoff-Bulman found lottery winners reverted to their previous level of happiness within a year of winning their windfall.
Viv Nicholson is probably the UK’s most famous pools winner having gone from rags to riches and back again. She hit the jackpot in 1961, winning the then astronomical sum of £152,000 and promptly promised to “spend, spend, spend”. She did as she promised and was declared bankrupt within four years. By her own admission, she could not handle her newfound wealth and the way people treated her differently.But Nicholson was just one of many. A US website lists a number of sorry tales where winning the lottery certainly did not buy happiness.In class next week I would like to hear what you think – is money, health or happiness most important to you? Are they interlinked? What would you swap a cash windfall for?

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amazing inventions

Posted by marisadedios on January 28, 2008


And this one just to have a laugh

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In my free time

Posted by marisadedios on January 13, 2008

I would like you to watch this video and comment on it. Make a guess:where did I record this video?

Share your opinion about karaoke. Have you ever been to a karaoke? Tell us about it.

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UNIT: It’s a wiki, wiki world

Posted by marisadedios on December 16, 2007

Related to the unit in TotalEnglish, you might like to have a look at this video

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just to have a snigger

Posted by marisadedios on December 16, 2007

A bit of a funny advert to see how to use youtube in my blog

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