Tag Archives: b2

To take a rain check

can i take a rain chackTo take a rain check is an informal expression which means you can not accept an invitation but you intend to do so at a later date.

For example, last week I was invited out for dinner but because I was working I asked if I could take a rain check.


Does school kill creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. Check out his ideas.

How much? Is someone pulling my leg?!

House hunting is time-consuming and extremely stressful.  In addition, when you are broke, it is also thoroughly soul-destroying.  How do you get on the property ladder when you can´t get a mortgage, and you don´t want to live in matchbox?

285,000 euros, seriously, someone is pulling my leg!  This is what I call daylight robbery.  And, as importantly, what is the local council doing to ensure that cities provide affordable property for local residents?

As an aside, Edward Elgar is a well-known, and much-loved, British composer from the 20th century. He composed one of my all time classical favourites, so if you want to switch off, chill out and forget your daily problems, then why don´t you listen to Elgar´s Nimrod; it is a life-affirming piece which will warm even hearts made of stone.

St Valentine´s Day: It´s all about love!

Valentine´s Day: Do you love it, or do you loathe it?

Personally speaking, I am mad about it!  Why not?

OK, so we shouldn´t need a specific day to tell people that we care about them.  However, what´s the harm? You don´t have to buy into the commercial aspect of the day.  Take my advice, and buy into the sentiment of the day: All you need is love and affection. 

The pros and cons of some jobs

Jobs for StudentsImagine you are a careers adviser and you are talking to a group of students about getting work during their free time.

First, talk about the advantages and disadvantages of these jobs. Then decide which two jobs would be the best for students.

Here are some ideas to help you:

  1. Salary: Badly paid, well paid
  2. Role: Opportunity to practise foreign languages, develop new skills and abilities
  3. Type of job – skills and knowledge required: Low skilled work, technical job, strong communication skills, great interpersonal skills,
  4. Working Conditions: temporary contract, flexible working hours, unsociable working hours, no sick pay, great holiday allowance,
  5. Type of person required: Ability to work under pressure, adaptable, creative, a people person,  flexible, ability to work as part of team, ability to work independently, inventive, physically fit, strong emotional intelligence
  6. Additional: Challenging, boring, interesting, rewarding, educational, stressful, physically demanding, monotonous, wide variety of daily tasks

If you are interested in the topic of work, jobs and employment, why not check out the Work and Jobs section of this website.

EOI English B2-1 Exam Success: Congratulations Inma

Like most people Inma had butterflies in her stomach before taking her EOI exams.  She worked extremely hard to prepare for her exams and coped really well under a lot pressure.  She, intelligently, ignored my advice to take non-legal drugs before the exam, and passed with flying colours.  Inma took the bull by the horns, faced her fears, and truthfully, deserved to pass.

Achieving your goals is never easy, it takes a lot of hard work, discipline, self-study, dedication and determination.  Achieving things, however big or small, should always be celebrated and congratulated. Well done Inma – you are awesome! I am chuffed to bits for you!

So, what do Inglés Málaga clients say about us? Well, read a few testimonials and you´ll get a good idea.

For more information about English courses, email Janette

Unemployment statistics do not show the real truth!

working contractsAlthough, statistically speaking, the UK has the lowest unemployment rate (5.8%) in the last 6 years, what actually does this really mean?  Well, according to these researchers, absolutely nothing good! If you have enthusiasm, you can read the full article here.



The plastic bank

A good job stimulates the brain, challenges preconceptions, nurtures curiosity and encourages ambition and excellence.  Luckily for me, I have this.  Clients at Inglés Málaga are a talent bank; they come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and represent a broad variety of professions, trades and sectors.  However, they have two things in common, the first is that they are improving their English level; the second is that they teach me something every day.

Last week Paco, a high school maths teacher, (and an amazing illustrator) taught me the idea of monetising plastic waste.  He explained this complex idea really well, and I was over the moon with his use of advanced level English to persuade me of the merits to this idea. But after his class I thought: ‘’OK, but how would it work practically?’’ So, I started checking it out on the Internet and came across an organisation called The Plastic Bank which does this already. So, why not improve your English and stimulate your brain by listening to the CEO and founder of The Plastic Bank on his Ted Talks presentation: What if you could change plastic trash into cash?

The presentation is in English, and you can use the English transcript to improve word recognition and listening comprehension.   In addition, if you are a teacher, you could easily use this organisation in your classes to teach children mathematical concepts and economic theory.

You could also be inspired by two teenage girls who set up a campaign to ban plastic bags from the beautiful Indonesian island of Bali if you listen to their Ted Talks presentation: ”Our campaign to ban plastic bags from Bali”

So Paco, thank you; you have successfully challenged my preconceptions about recycling and plastic waste, and, demonstrated a level of English that many native English speakers would be envious of, well done! I´m also going to change the way I recycle, and ban plastic bags from my personal shopping.  You are a change maker!

And now my mind is on The Regional Government of Andalusia: I wonder, how can we encourage them to buy the cities´ plastic waste and convert it into credit for education, training and professional development? Come on La Junta, it´s time to put your tick box lists down the toilet, sack all the sycophantic bureaucrats, and start to really listen to the talent bank that you have walking on the streets of Málaga every day.  Furthermore, which one of you ego-centric government officials doesn´t want a legacy; go on, stand out from the crowd and do something inspirational.

I want a good job!

Factors important in a job

I want a good job?

OK, but seriously, who wants to have a bad job?! So, with this in mind, what does it mean to have a good job?  Have you ever considered what makes a good job? Is it more than just the salary and the holiday allowance?
From this list of key factors, how would you rate their level of importance? You might want to consider:

  1. Which three aspects are the most important for you, and why?
  2. Whether your thoughts have changed from when you were younger?
  3. Whether you think they will change when you are older?

What´s the job?

Essential qualifications and experience  

  1. IT and digital skills, including Outlook and Word;
  2. Strong interpersonal and customer focus skills;
  3. Ability to work in a team;
  4. Initiative and the ability to organise and prioritise own workload;
  5. Creativity and ability to come up with new, innovative ideas;
  6. Adaptability under pressure;
  7. Good communications skills (written and oral);
  8. Ability to grasp complex issues quickly and communicate them simply and effectively;
  9. Fluent written and spoken English;

Desirable qualifications and experience  

  1. Experience in communications, including communications campaigns;
  2. Experience and/or interest in International Relations;
  3. IT and digital skills in social media;
  4. Programme management.