Why can’t I say what I mean?

Why can’t I say what I mean? Usually this is because you don’t know, or can’t recall the vocabulary. British people are famous for talking about the weather, however in my opinion Spanish people also talk about the weather a lot. So, here are some words that will help you talk about the weather. Which ones do you know already? Which ones are new to you?

A1 cold
A1 hot
A2 cloudy
A2 foggy
A2 snowy
A2 stormy

B1 breezy
B1 cool
B1 freezing
B1 humid
B1 icy
B1 rainy

B2 pouring
B2 mild
B2 chilly
B2 frosty
B2 misty
B2 boiling

What’s your favourite weather? Mine is boiling, as it gives me a reason to drink chilled beer and eat ice-cream. However, I also adore Autumn when the leaves are changing colour and the mornings are bright and breezy.

Finally, do you agree with the following quote?

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it. –Robert Frost


The Bride and the Groom

In order to improve my Spanish vocabulary I subscribe to Dictionary.Com Every morning a little email drops in my inbox and teaches me something new.
Sometimes the words are just plain bonkers, for example, when would I need the Spanish word for Monkey Puzzle Tree? However, most of the time they are very helpful. So, today’s word was: To Get Married (casarse) This has made me think of some English expressions and vocabulary connected to the complicated ‘thing’ of: romantic relationships.

Here are Janette’s 13 steps to walking up the aisle of the church and saying: ‘REALLY!’

1. To meet someone ( Hello, you’re gorgeous)
2. To get on well withsomeone ( Great, we have a lot of things in common)
3. To ask someone out on a date ( Would you like to go on a date with me?)
4. To date and become a girlfriend or boyfriend or boyfriend and boyfriend, or girlfriend and girlfriend (This is very complicated!!!!)
5. To fall in love ( This is even more complicated)
6. To ask someone for their hand in marriage ( More complicated!?!)
7. To get engaged with someone and become a fiancee or a fiance ( Would you like to get married?)
8. To argue (Why do we have to invite your ex boyfriend to the wedding?)
9. To fall out ( Oh no!!)
10.To make up ( Brilliant!!)
11.To get married and be the bride and the groom ( I do)
12.To be just married, and become the wife and the husband the husband and the husband, the wife and the wife
13. To go on honeymoon

Gosh, dating is very exhausting. I’m going to dump my boyfriend and buy a new Nano!!



Yesterday I was talking about the sense of smell and my eyes lit up when a client talked about the smell of freshly brewing coffee.  This is one of the smells I adore the most.  I also like the smell of cut grass,  toast, and orange marmalade.

What are your favourite smells? Perfume, flowers, chocolate…?

The word smell is used in a lot of British Idioms and expressions, for example:

  1. smell fishy:  means to seem suspicious.   This new contract smells fishy
  2. smell to high heaven: means to smell very bad.  That chicken farm smells to high heaven.



I woke up this morning to the sounds of a tile cutter, a pneumatic drill and a construction worker shouting.  I have decided that after enduring 10 months of this, I CAN’T STAND any of these sounds.    However, in the end I hope it will be worth it and that Plaza de La Merced will be one of the most visited squares in Malaga.  I am also pleased to see that Mr Picasso is back admiring the view.  Last week he was also wearing a construction uniform.  Impressive!

What sounds ‘can’t you stand‘? What sounds ‘get on your nerves‘?  What sounds do you ‘dislike’?


Headlines are  the titles of news articles.  They give you an idea about the content of the article, and hopefully encourage you to read the article in full. Reading headlines is an enjoyable method for improving vocabulary and in particular expressions.

This headline refers to my beloved football team: Leeds United.  Do you think I am having a great weekend, or do you think I am down in the dumps?

How to write a Restaurant Review

Food Glorious Food
I hate cooking, but I love to eat. I also like sharing information about great restaurants.

Has anyone tried the food at La Tapita in the historical center of Malaga? Well, if not, I would advise you to go. As a vegetarian I have to say I’m bored, bored, bored of Spanish omelettes, honeyed aubergines and a few tomatoes and onions mixed together with too much olive oil. So I was over the moon to have lots of vegetarian options at La Tapita.

I need to write a review and shout from the rooftops: ‘Go to La Tapita, you will not regret it’. It’s cheap as chips, especially if you have the ‘daily offer’, and I had a brilliant time chatting with the owner.

So anyway, how do you write a restaurant review? One recommendation is:
How to Write a Restaurant Review

Learn English with Experienced Native Teachers

Improve your English language skills in the historical centre of Málaga. At Ingles Málaga we work with you to create the most effective learning course for your individual needs. We think learning should be practical and fun, as well as relaxing and rewarding. We specialize in exam preparation, personalized tuition and building self-confidence.