Friday, July 29, 2011

FCE Speaking, Part 2

When speaking, it is important to employ a variety of words combined with appropriate adjectives that will enrich your sentences. The linked page above contains lists of nouns and adjectives that can be utilized in the second part of the FCE Speaking Test in which you may be asked to compare the pictures of two totally different places. Double click on the words you are not familiar with to be provided with their explanation in English.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Formal letter

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to apply for a place in the Big brother reality show as advertised in 'News' magazine. I believe I would be the ideal contestant for this show.
First of all, I have attended several auditions at the theatre.Furthermore, I myself was a contestant two years ago and I performed a dance routine in atalent show. So, I have a lot of experience.
Moreover, I really enjoy solving problems like doing crossword puzzles. I am also keen on playing games like chess, backgammon but also like computer adventure games.
Finally, I speak fluent English, as I had been living in England for 3 years and I also hold a certificate in FCE English. In addition, I do not mind making a fool of myself, I am very sociable and determined to win. I would be grateful If you could consider me. You can contact me on 2810 586 931

I look forward to hearing from you

Yours faithfully,
Maria Spanoudaki

Time For Safari!

Last summer I went on a safari in Africa. I was there with my best friends. We had won this safari holiday from a magazine. It was for three days. We satyed in a tree house in order to photograph the wild animals.

One night I was tired and I thought I'd got to bed early. I had just gone to sleep when I suddenly heard a screeching noise next to me. I swiftly woke up and looked around me. Then I just napped on the bed, because I was frightened. While I was sleeping I heard a scraching. Someone was scratching the wooden cabin. I jumped out of my bed terryfied but I couldn't see anything.

I fell in the bed again for third time on the one hand annoyed and from the other frightened. Suddenly I got up screaming loudly because of the camera flashing. After minutes when I stopped screaming and realised what was happen I saw my friends frightened too trying to take a photograph of me. It took my breath away all these but then we slept together and woke up in the next morning tired.

Formal Letter

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to apply for a place in the 'Big Brother' reality show as advertised in 'The Show' on 19th August.

I believe,i would be the ideal contestant for this show,because i have been watching reality shows on TV for many years.Furthermore i have performed in a singing talent show where i was in the top four.

Moreover,i enjoy solving computer adventure games or playing chess.I also love doing crossword puzzles and i love challenges,too.I am really sociable so i like meeting new people.In addition i am very ambitious and determined,too.That means that i have all the right qualities,so i could manage to win the show.

 I believe i would be a good person to select because i have all the qualities you probably need.You can contact me on 6954460741.I look forward hearing from you.

Yours faithfully, Elena Kalogeraki

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The forgotten post about the forgotten flamingo!!!

Do you remember the flamingo story? Here it is in all its glory!

I have been wondering...

Do you mostly identify with the lonely flamingo or the decisive shell?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


It all started last summer when I was with my family and my cousin's family at the beach. I experienced something absolutely incredible.

I was swimming with my cousin, when we decided to take our fishguns and start fishing. We went in different places in order to catch more fish. I decided to go very deep where the big fish were. All of a sudden while I was watching the fish I saw a head of a person. It took my breath away!

I went closer and I realised it was a head of a big doll. I continue fishing. When I looked back I'd hardly see the coast. I panicked. I swam quickly to the shore. Minutes later I got back to the coast and everyone was waiting for me and all of them were, on the one hand, happy that I finally went out of the water safe and, on the other hand, scared.

After all those that happened my mum and my dad were talking to me about that 'for ages'. I think that experience will be unforgettable.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Drawing in the sand

Last summer,in the morning I went with my friends Karlo and Manuel at the beach.There were lots of people in a particular place.

I went to see what was going on.After a lot of minutes waiting to see , I finally saw a man drawing in the sand. It was too weird and unusual.

Firstly he drew a horse which was so wonderful and seemed like a real horse.Secondly, he drew a woman who was stading next to him.Lots of people came, asking him to make a portrait of them.Two hours later, a man who knew about art told him that this new way of art was so fascinating and wonderful that he could show it to other people by having an exhibition in a gallery.But he did not accept the proposal and I could not understand the reason.

In the end, when he finished his work everybody applauded and cheered him. The message that I want to give from my story is that everyone has the ability and the imagination to invent new ways of art.

Saturday, July 2, 2011


Last summer, I went camping with my family and my cousin on a marvelous beach.Everything was under control until a friend of us came with his jet-ski...When I saw it i was thrilled, so I immediately asked my parents if I could rent a jet-ski but the answer was negative...So my cousin Lina, who was amazed too, came up with a great idea!!She suggested renting a jet-ski without telling it to our parents...

And so we did..We told our parents that we would go just for a big walk..Lina who was 18 years old,managed to rent one!So our big ride had begun!We were passing through the small waves like the wind...But suddenly our wonderful day ended up into a terrible nightmare!That happened because we were riding so fast that we didn't see the huge rock under the sea.When we crushed onto the rock,we fell in the sea ...The jet-ski went too far but apart from that we lost the key...When we realised that,we swam quickly to get the jet ski.Hours were passing by quickly but we didn't see any boats... We thought that our parents were looking for us...

Suddenly,when all of our hopes had abandoned us,a little boat appeared.The old man that was in it invited us,but we refused to go with a stranger.The man didn't insist and he left.After a long hour another much bigger boat stopped near us and two men insisted to take us without asking us...Then we realised from their tone of voice that they wanted to hurt us but suddenly the man with the small boat that we saw a long hour before appeared just by luck!!!!!The two men were scared and they left quickly..Afterwards,we got on his boat without having any doubts about him...

Eventually,in half an hour we stepped on the land.We went with the old man to the police station because we knew that our parents might be there...When they saw us they started crying and afterwards we narrated our nightmare with the jet-ski...Well, from this story I want to send a message to all the young people: When our parents don't agree with us,they do it because they love us and they are trying to protect us.So we need to understand them sometimes and not to accuse them...