dilluns, 28 de gener de 2013

Ask for and give information

Arnau: Hello!
Francesc: Hi there. Can I help you?
Pau: Yes... I'm staying in Serinyà with a firend next week and we were wondering if there's anything to see around there. Have you got any information?
Albert: Yes, there are day trips for the Caves of Serinyà. I'll get you a leaflet.
Arnau: Thank you.
Francesc: That sounds good. What time do the trips leave?
Albert: They're fairly regular - they go every day except Sunday at ten to twelve.
Francesc: OK: And how much is te trip? We've got student cards.
Albert: Let's see. Well, in that case it's $10 per person. The full price is $20.
Arnau: Aha...
Pau: That's fine.
Francesc: We'll go on Monday, then. Do we need to book it?
Albert: I'll book it for you if you like. Can I take your names?

Change something in a shop

Francesc: Hello, are you Ok there?
Albert: Yes, we are watching the new clothes. 
Pau: I was given these shirt as a present but they're too small. Is it Ok if I change them?
Francesc: That should be OK. Have you got the receipt?
Arnau: Yes, here you are.
Francesc: Ok. Well actually, we've sold out of those jeans, I'm afraid. You can choose something else if you like. 
Albert: Oh,right. Can I try these things on?
Francesc: Yes, sure. The changing rooms are over there...
Pau: What do you think of this jeans? It isn't too long, is it?
Francesc: No, I don't think so. It's really funky.
Albert: OK. I 'll take it then. Thanks.
Pau: Bye, trankyou.
Arnau: Bye!

How to: invite someone out

AlbertQ: Hi, Francesc. I haven't seen you for a month. How are things?
Francesc: Well, How are you?
AlbertQ: I'm fine. Hey, have you seen that new comedy film yet? It's on at the cinema in town this week.
Francesc: No, I haven't, but I've heard it's funny.
AlbertQ: I'm going to see it with some friends tomorrow. Do you fancy coming?
Francesc: Yeah, OK. That would be great. What time?
AlbertQ: I'm not sure. I'll text you, OK?
Francesc: All right. See you later then, Dean.
AlbertQ: OK, Bye, Francesc 

divendres, 25 de gener de 2013

Speaking:exchange opinions

Solà:Hi every body
Albert: Hi
Francesc: Hello
Arnau: Iep
Solà: Have you seen these?
Albert: No, what are they?
Francesc: Yes, they're posters for an anti-drugs campaign. All the students in the school have to say which one's best,and why.
Arnau: Let's see. Mmm....What do you think?
Albert: It's a great poster anti-drugs.
Solà:I can't really decide, but I suppose the one on the right has got a clearer message. Do you agree?
Arnau: Well, yes and no. It's clearer, but isn't very effective.
Albert: Why that?
Francesc: Well, I reckon you should be positive. For me, the one on the right is trying to be scary.
Solà: Mmmm....You might be right there.
Albert:  I must go now.
Francesc: OOOh, Bye Albert.
SOlà: Bye!!! 
Arnau: See you later!

Talk about events in the past

Francesc: Did I ever tell you about my last birthday
AlbertQ: No, when was that?
Francesc: Oh, it was one month ago. I've got some photos
AlbertQ: Oh, can I see? Were there many people there?
Francesc: Oh, yes there were about a hundred of us.
AlbertQ: Did you have a good time?
Francesc: Yes, we did. We all had a great time. The best bit was at the end of the day.
AlbertQ: What happened then?
Francesc: They gave me all the presents and my grandfather gift me a motorbike
AlbertQ: That sounds great!

(I did this dialogue with Pau and Francesc)
This is the podcast (Pau Francesc)


divendres, 19 d’octubre de 2012

Facebook: Mark Zuckerberf

Personal fortune: 14.7$ billion
University: Dropped out from Harvard

As a young student at Harvard, Zuckerberg was approached by Cameron and Tyle WInlevoss who wanted him to write the sofware for a new social website called Harvard Connection.
Since Facebook, wich Zuckerberg subsequently created, was a very similar concept, the Winklevoss brothers have always maintained he stole the idea. This year, Facebook was floated on stock exchange. It was valued at $108 billion, briefly making Zuckerberg the younguest man in Forbes list of the world's 40 richest people.
The flotation became a fiasco as the company's valuation fell by $29billion as investors realized the price has been exaggerated.

Amazon: Jeff Bezos

Personal fortune: $18.4 billion
University: Princeton

As a wall Street banker, Keff Bezos became fascinated by the growth of internet as a commercial platform. He quit his job to create Amazon.com, which could sell books cheaper than traditional shops because it did not have to pay local taxes. After forcing rivals such as Borders into bankruptcy, Amazon has enormously diversified its variety of products and is now the largest online shop in the world.

Apple: Steve JObs

Personal fortune: $8.3 billion
University: Dropped out of Reed College, Oregon

Steve Jobs co-fundated the Apple Computer Company in his adoptive parents garage in 1976. Although Apples were always seen as easier to use than other computers, PCs were much cheaper and by 1985 he was fired from his own company. Apple continued to decline, but Jobs did well thanks to his possession of Pixar Studios, the makers of Toy Story.
In 1996, Jobs returned to Apple, beginning its remarkable recovery. Guided by his obsession with good design, the company produced a series of hit consumer products from 2000 onwards. By the time of his death, it had become the most valuable company in the world.
The company is now led by Tim Cook, and design remains under the control of Sir Jonathan Ive, the British designer responsible for the iMac, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad.

Google: Larry Page and Sergey Brin

Personal fortunes: 18.7$ billion each
University: Stanford

While students at Stanford, Page and Brin began a research project to develop a better way of searching for information on the web. The early version of Google was housed on a server in Stanford that was partly built using Lego.
Google became a private company in 1998, and was floated on the stock exchange in 2004.
Its areas of research and development now go far beyond web-searching. It has been testing driverless cars for several years, has been working on robots, and is developing an elevator to go into space. Other ideas are being devoloped at its top secret research centre, Google X... but not even Google insiders know what they are.

divendres, 28 de setembre de 2012

UK Olympic London 2012

London 2012: Which sports won and lost at GB's home Olympics?

The nation's athletes thrilled the country by winning 65 medals, including 29 golds. This was the best total since 1908 and way ahead of the minimum medal aim of 48.
But away from the overall picture, each sport was also given a target and this is vital for future funding allocations from UK Sport.
While two thirds of Great Britain's sporting teams hit the mark, nine sports failed to reach the standard set and will have to wait to see if their budgets are cut. 

Beijing versus London
  • At Beijing 2008, GB won 47 medals - 19 of them gold - across 11 sports.
  • At London 2012, GB won 65 medals - 29 of them gold - across 16 sports.
  • Diving, hockey, judo, shooting, tennis and triathlon all failed to win medals in Beijing but reached the podium at London 2012.