domingo, 27 de marzo de 2011

. I teach English and Spanish classes in Wiziq and Skype.(rico0013)




Aprenda o mejore su nivel de Inglés en la comodidad de su computadora en aulas virtuales con maestros en vivo, con las siguientes opciones:

1.- Clases uno a uno.
2,. Clases en grupo hasta tres personas.
3.- Con grupos multiculturales / multilingües (con compañeros de clase de diferentes nacionalidades de lenguas nativas diversas).


Beginners (Principiante)
Clase DEMO Nouns Substantivos
Pega el link en tu explorador. (el demo no tiene audio)

Elementary (Elemental)
Pre- Intermediate (Pre-intermedio)
Intermediate (Intermedio)
Upper Intermediate (Intermedio superior)
Advanced (Avanzado)


A.- Inglés de supervivencia
B.- Inglés para guías de turistas.
C.- Inglés para turismo
D.- Regularizaciones para Primaria, Secundaria y Preparatoria.
E.- Exámen CENEVAL.
G.- Requerimientos especiales.

If you want to improve your English and practice it in a multicultural/ multilingual classroom (with students of different nationalities, speaking different mother tongues), you can join us in any of these groups:

Areas/skills/subjects (ALL Levels) include:

* Oral Presentations
* Conversation/Grammar: Many Topics/Slides
* Business Management Communication
* Business/Academic/Technical/Essay Writing
* Living/Working in the U.S.: Customs & Life Skills
* U.S.A. Citizenship Test: Become a Citizen
* Vocabulary: General/Technical/Idioms/Slang
* Pronunciation and Accent Reduction
* Business/Workplace English: Various Occupations
* Spanish to English and English to Spanish Translations
* Special Requests to meet your specific needs


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miércoles, 23 de marzo de 2011

Sir Ken Robinson, March 2011, Learning Without Frontiers

Cloverdale: "To wish"

A Lot, Lots Of, A Lot Of

A Lot, Lots Of, A Lot Of

These three expressions are used in informal English. They can mean either a great quantity of or a large number of and can be rather confusing at times. Here are the general rules for their use.

A Lot Of / Lots Of

These two expressions both mean a great deal of or several. They are used before a count or non-count noun. These two expressions tend to be used in informal English.


We need a lot of people for this game.
She likes lots of jam on her toast.

A Lot

Use a lot at the end of a sentence as an adverb. A lot is NOT followed by a noun. The meaning is the same as a great deal.


I enjoy swimming a lot.
Mary seems to travel a lot.

martes, 22 de marzo de 2011


Hello Class - Are you Married?



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Middle America, bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, between Belize and the United States and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and the United States
Geographic coordinates:
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23 00 N, 102 00 W
Map references:
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North America
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total: 1,964,375 sq km
country comparison to the world: 15
land: 1,943,945 sq km
water: 20,430 sq km
Area - comparative:
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slightly less than three times the size of Texas
Land boundaries:
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total: 4,353 km
border countries: Belize 250 km, Guatemala 962 km, US 3,141 km
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9,330 km
Maritime claims:
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territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
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varies from tropical to desert
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high, rugged mountains; low coastal plains; high plateaus; desert
Elevation extremes:
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lowest point: Laguna Salada -10 m
highest point: Volcan Pico de Orizaba 5,700 m
Natural resources:
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petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber
Land use:
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arable land: 12.66%
permanent crops: 1.28%
other: 86.06% (2005)
Irrigated land:
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63,200 sq km (2003)
Total renewable water resources:
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457.2 cu km (2000)
Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural):
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total: 78.22 cu km/yr (17%/5%/77%)
per capita: 731 cu m/yr (2000)
Natural hazards:
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tsunamis along the Pacific coast, volcanoes and destructive earthquakes in the center and south, and hurricanes on the Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean coasts
volcanism: Mexico experiences volcanic activity in the central-southern part of the country; the volcanoes in Baja California are mostly dormant; Colima (elev. 3,850 m, 12,631 ft), which erupted in 2010, is Mexico's most active volcano and is responsible for causing periodic evacuations of nearby villagers; it has been deemed a "Decade Volcano" by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to its explosive history and close proximity to human populations; Popocatepetl (elev. 5,426 m, 17,802 ft) poses a threat to Mexico City; other historically active volcanoes include Barcena, Ceboruco, El Chichon, Michoacan-Guanajuato, Pico de Orizaba, San Martin, Socorro, and Tacana
Environment - current issues:
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scarcity of hazardous waste disposal facilities; rural to urban migration; natural fresh water resources scarce and polluted in north, inaccessible and poor quality in center and extreme southeast; raw sewage and industrial effluents polluting rivers in urban areas; deforestation; widespread erosion; desertification; deteriorating agricultural lands; serious air and water pollution in the national capital and urban centers along US-Mexico border; land subsidence in Valley of Mexico caused by groundwater depletion
note: the government considers the lack of clean water and deforestation national security issues
Environment - international agreements:
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party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands, Whaling
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
Geography - note:
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strategic location on southern border of US; corn (maize), one of the world's major grain crops, is thought to have originated in Mexico


The site of advanced Amerindian civilizations, Mexico came under Spanish rule for three centuries before achieving independence early in the 19th century. A devaluation of the peso in late 1994 threw Mexico into economic turmoil, triggering the worst recession in over half a century. The global financial crisis beginning in late 2008 caused another massive economic downturn the following year. As the economy recovers, ongoing economic and social concerns include low real wages, underemployment for a large segment of the population, inequitable income distribution, and few advancement opportunities for the largely Amerindian population in the impoverished southern states. The elections held in 2000 marked the first time since the 1910 Mexican Revolution that an opposition candidate - Vicente FOX of the National Action Party (PAN) - defeated the party in government, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He was succeeded in 2006 by another PAN candidate Felipe CALDERON. National elections, including the presidential election, are scheduled for July 2012.

lunes, 7 de marzo de 2011

Goodbye, Mr. Chips - Part 1 of 15

Lucy Gayheart by Willa Cather (1935)

Title: Lucy Gayheart
Author: Willa Cather (1935)



In Haverford on the Platte the townspeople still talk of Lucy
Gayheart. They do not talk of her a great deal, to be sure; life
goes on and we live in the present. But when they do mention her
name it is with a gentle glow in the face or the voice, a
confidential glance which says: "Yes, you, too, remember?" They
still see her as a slight figure always in motion; dancing or
skating, or walking swiftly with intense direction, like a bird
flying home.

When there is a heavy snowfall, the older people look out of their
windows and remember how Lucy used to come darting through just
such storms, her muff against her cheek, not shrinking, but giving
her body to the wind as if she were catching step with it. And in
the heat of summer she came just as swiftly down the long shaded
sidewalks and across the open squares blistering in the sun. In
the breathless glare of August noons, when the horses hung their
heads and the workmen "took it slow," she never took it slow.
Cold, she used to say, made her feel more alive; heat must have had
the same effect.

The Gayhearts lived at the west edge of Haverford, half a mile from
Main Street. People said "out to the Gayhearts'" and thought it
rather a long walk in summer. But Lucy covered the distance a
dozen times a day, covered it quickly with that walk so peculiarly
her own, like an expression of irrepressible light-heartedness.
When the old women at work in their gardens caught sight of her in
the distance, a mere white figure under the flickering shade of the
early summer trees, they always knew her by the way she moved. On
she came, past hedges and lilac bushes and woolly-green grape
arbours and rows of jonquils, and one knew she was delighted with
everything; with her summer clothes and the air and the sun and the
blossoming world. There was something in her nature that was like
her movements, something direct and unhesitating and joyous, and in
her golden-brown eyes. They were not gentle brown eyes, but
flashed with gold sparks like that Colorado stone we call the
tiger-eye. Her skin was rather dark, and the colour in her lips
and cheeks was like the red of dark peonies--deep, velvety. Her
mouth was so warm and impulsive that every shadow of feeling made a
change in it.

Photographs of Lucy mean nothing to her old friends. It was her
gaiety and grace they loved. Life seemed to lie very near the
surface in her. She had that singular brightness of young beauty:
flower gardens have it for the first few hours after sunrise.

We missed Lucy in Haverford when she went away to Chicago to study
music. She was eighteen years old then; talented, but too careless
and light-hearted to take herself very seriously. She never
dreamed of a "career." She thought of music as a natural form of
pleasure, and as a means of earning money to help her father when
she came home. Her father, Jacob Gayheart, led the town band and
gave lessons on the clarinet, flute, and violin, at the back of his
watch-repairing shop. Lucy had given piano lessons to beginners
ever since she was in the tenth grade. Children liked her, because
she never treated them like children; they tried to please her,
especially the little boys.

Though Jacob Gayheart was a good watchmaker, he wasn't a good
manager. Born of Bavarian parents in the German colony at
Belleville, Illinois, he had learned his trade under his father.
He came to Haverford young and married an American wife, who
brought him a half-section of good farm land. After her death he
borrowed money on this farm to buy another, and now they were both
mortgaged. That troubled his older daughter, Pauline, but it did
not trouble Mr. Gayheart. He took more pains to make the band boys
practise than he did to keep up his interest payments. He was a
town character, of course, and people joked about him, though they
were proud of their band. Mr. Gayheart looked like an old
daguerreotype of a minor German poet; he wore a moustache and
goatee and had a fine sweep of dark hair above his forehead, just a
little grey at the sides. His intelligent, lazy hazel eyes seemed
to say: "But it's a very pleasant world, why bother?"

He managed to enjoy every day from start to finish. He got up
early in the morning and worked for an hour in his flower garden.
Then he took his bath and dressed for the day, selecting his shirt
and necktie as carefully as if he were going to pay a visit. After
breakfast he lit a good cigar and walked into town, never missing
the flavour of his tobacco for a moment. Usually he put a flower
in his coat before he left home. No one ever got more satisfaction
out of good health and simple pleasures and a blue-and-gold band
uniform than Jacob Gayheart. He was probably the happiest man in

miércoles, 2 de marzo de 2011

Richard Marx - Right Here Waiting For You With Lyrics

You needed me - Anne Murray