TÉCNICAS Y TRUCOS

ACING MY CAMBRIDGE EXAM

TÉCNICAS Y TRUCOS PARA SACAR 10 EN CADA EJERCICIO

B Use of English B Writing
B Speaking
B Reading

B Listening

USE OF ENGLISH Multiple choice cloze

  1. Leer la mitad de las opciones y luego la mitad del texto (para que nos suene al ver el texto).
  2. Colocar las palabras.
  3. Hacer lo mismo con la segunda mitad.

Donde van a pillar: en las preposiciones. Mirar la palabra antes del hueco o el sentido.

Open cloze

  1. Leer el texto y poner en cada hueco qué tipo de palabra iría.
  2. Hacerlo entero seguido (para que por intuición tengamos más posibilidades de acertar).

Donde van a pillar: en las preposiciones. Mirar la palabra antes del hueco o el sentido. PATRICIA DE PASTORS MÉNDEZ

Word formation

  1. Poner en el hueco el tipo de palabra que iría.
  2. Mirar las palabras que nos dan y pensar en los prefijos y sufijos que podemos añadir.
  3. Hacer el texto.

Donde van a pillar: en que puede no ser adjetivo, sino verbo. (Success – successful – succeed).

Key word transformation

  1. Pensar que siempre piden dos cosas: estructura y vocabulario. (A pasiva y con un phrasal).
  2. Hacer la frase SIN CAMBIAR NI AÑADIR NADA: tiempo verbal, pronombres, número…

Donde van a pillar: hay que saber colocaciones y phrases y no cambiar nada.

WRITING

  1. Responder a todo lo que nos preguntan.
  2. Hacer referencia a todos los datos que nos proporcionan.
  3. Intentar usar gramática avanzada (pasiva, subjuntivo…).
  4. Repasar que no hayamos confundido singular con plural, empezar hablando en pasado y pasar a presente, poner colocaciones si es un texto formal, no pasarnos de palabras, usar las frases del blog, causar un efecto positivo en el lector (si teníamos que informar, haber dejado todo claro; si teníamos que recomendar, habernos posicionado; si hay que aconsejar, haber dado una lista de argumentos que podamos contar).

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Importantísimo porque así ya tenemos la mitad bien

READING & LISTENING

  1. Leer las preguntas y poner una palabra clave al lado de cada una.
  2. Leer el texto y subrayar palabras clave (muchas veces, sinónimos de las preguntas).
  3. Hacer el ejercicio y repasar.

Donde van a pillar: ponen dos repuestas “que pueden ser”, pero solo una coincide 100%

SPEAKING

  1. Pensar automáticamente en dos ideas cuando te pregunten de un tema. (Firstly, secondly…)
  2. Beber un poco de agua antes y llevarse un boli para tener las manos quietas.
  3. Ser muy educado con los examinadores, mirar a los ojos.
  4. Dar respuestas originales y poner ejemplos. (I spend my summers abroad. This year…).
  5. Usar time-buyers para ganar tiempo. (That’s a great question. Well…).
  6. Usar adjetivos buenos ya que es difícil meter una pasiva sobre la marcha.
  7. Seguir las estrategias de las fotos y preguntas.
  8. Ojo con inventarse cosas. Pueden volver a preguntarte sobre eso luego y te pillan.

SOBRE TODO: REPASAR Y PENSAR QUE LO ESTAMOS HACIENDO TODO BIEN

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FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN

Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon walk into a bar and sign a ‘yes’ for Ryan Murphy. Some months later, 7 Emmy nominations ––including both leads–– and unanimously rave reviews come flying through the exquisitely crafted set. Feud: Bette and Joan gits us with the guilty pleasure of seeing the why and how of the renowned rivalry between eternal camp icons Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

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Sarandon and Lange as Davis and Crawford on the set of Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962)

Set in 1962, Feud begins with Crawfoard personally approaching the redhead thespian to be her co-star in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? in hopes of getting her respect and keeping her career alive. (Cc: misogyny, ageism.) Davis eventually accepts because at 54 offers weren’t exactly piling up, either. And so, the divas embark on the shooting that resulted in the legendary feud the press would maliciously thrive on, Hedda Hopper and all. However, the peak of this series is arguably the fifth episode, that infamous Oscar night where Davis loses for Baby Jane and Crawford maliciously accepts the award on behalf of Anne Bancroft while voting against her co-star to prevent her from becoming the first actor to ever receive three Academy Awards.

 

Jessica Lange is stellar and heart-wrenching as the ever dissatisfied Crawford. The struggles of a loveless childhood and extenuating adulthood leave the “most beautiful girl in the world” anxiously unemployed. Likewise, Susan Sarandon gives one of her career’s best turns as the ambitious legend who once named Meryl Streep her worthy successor. Bossy because he could and miserable because she chose to, Davis worked relentlessly to stay artistically alive: she did theatre, film, television and even defiantly published an ad on a newspaper to get an acting job.

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Next Emmy winner Susan Sarandon?

Feud does justice to both divas, taking us into the ladies’ tragic truths with Ryan Murphy’s characteristic attention to detail. Judy Davis as the vile columnist Hedda Hopper, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Davis’s pal Olivia de Havilland and Cathy Bates are a treat and a casting triumph, offering some insight and gossip backstage for a documentary being made on Joan’s life.Both script and direction are sublime. The discrimination for being a woman in the 60s shines through every line with notable pain but not pity. The costume design is spot-on, every fur, diamond and feather in place, and production design hits the nail on the head. I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if it walked with an Emmy.

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Hedda Hopper (Judy Davis) getting trash talk from Joan

All in all, although some of the more carping critics have slated the film’s untangled nature, it remains true that few showrunners offer such variety of pleasures as Ryan Murphy and his associates. For its screenplay, cast and sheer attention to detail, I highly recommend this mesmerizing piece on the Hollywood feud.

Genre: Dark dramedy.

Original release: February 19 – April 2, 2017.

Country: United States.

Awards: 16 Emmy nominations.

Grade: A

All images are taken from Google.

 

BIG LITTLE LIES

Visceral, queasy, intriguing, sexy, painfully realistic. And with a whopping 16 Emmy nominations including all the relevant performers, David E. Kelley’s limited series is O.J.’s O.J. in many’s eyes.

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Jane, Madeline and Celeste get to know each other at Tom’s Monterey café

 

‘Big Little Lies’ is human nature at its rawest, an emotional punch in the gut if you will. The kind of show set amongst people who own pool houses built on cliff edges, as Vulture artfully put it. It shines a flashlight into the lives of three women whose children attend the same public school in Monterey, California. With their own troubled pasts apparently behind them, Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman) and Jane Chapman (Sheilene Woodley) each embody multiple dark corners: control freakness, sexual abuse and PTDS. Co-starring are a brilliant Laura Dern as the bitchy CEO Renata Klein, Alexander Skarsgård as Wright’s violent husband and Adam Scott  as Mackenzie’s mild-ish man.

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The heart-wrenching series finale, where all the pieces connect

Nicole Kidman gives a career-defining performance as the top lawyer, delving deep into Celeste’s layers to show the sheer turmoil of an abused spouse dominated by self-delusion. Such were the lengths she went to that Kidman, who would leave the set with actual bruises, described the experience as insidious and admitted: “It disturbed my psyche. It was manifesting deep in my body, not knowing the difference between what was real and not real. My brain tells me ‘I’m an actor.’ My body tells me this is the same: A equals B. I had to express it and cry and go home […] Physically and mentally, it took a toll. Art costs you things.” But will win you an Emmy in 12 days.

Witherspoon and Woodley, whose roles were significantly more banal, are great as the control freak gal pal and the shy outsider who have to deal with past personal demons. Alexander Skarsgård’s Perry feels scarily real, with insecurity and aggressivity at his sleeve. Laura Dern as the bitchy CEO you secretly love and Zoë Kravitz as Madeline’s ex-husband’s new wife are a casting triumph. And, maybe, the best breakout role goes to Robin Weigert as the couple’s therapist. Her sheer understanding, concern and pity shine through a perfectly-calibrated performance that hasn’t gone unnoticed.

The writing is superb, adapting such entangled issues with spectacular intelligence and subtlety that gives us lines ringing new and true at the same time. “Worse! I’m the fucking CEO, which deems me a bitch,” “They say it’s good to let your grudges go, but I don’t know, I’m quite fond of my grudge. I tend it like a little pet” or “It was interesting how you could say things when you were walking that you might not otherwise have said with the pressure of eye contact across a table.” But even better that the script, Vallée’s direction is sublime, letting dialogue drop while having the women reach frightening conclusions without speaking and inviting the audience to imagine rather than explaining.

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The three women with kids Chloe, Ziggy, Max and Josh

Vallée, though, was not a casual choice. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman teamed up to partner the rights to Liane Moriarty’s original novel, with the Australian actress personally approaching her at a coffee shop in Sydney to promise it’d get made. Next, according to Indiewire, Witherspoon’s then-partner Bruna Papandrea –– who discovered the book –– developed the series with veteran writer David E. Kelley (“Ally McBeal”) and HBO. And it was then when Witherspoon got the Québecoise director on board, who had worked with her in her last Oscar nominated role, Wild (2014). No artificial light, digital camera in hand and long takes being his signature style, the Monterey cinematography generously accommodated to let the ladies grab the adjective smashing.

Technically, it’s a show to savor and analyze. Compare it to your life and thank the Gods yours looks painfully boring in comparison. Full of nuance, mystery and details. But it’s the human element lying behind it, the kinship based on gender that ends up forming teams that is delightful. Not rushed, obvious or demanded and no-freaking-agenda. Just differences that fade to show the almost animalistic power females can attain when sticking together. However, even more fabulous (which is saying a lot) than the message, the plot. The separate stories that end up needing the other to create a common, gasps-for-air finale, and which HBO should value enough not to fall prey to a sequel. Next and past Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus confessed to being “glued to the TV” on the finale, with Ellen, Octavia Spencer and Mindy Kaling all describing it as “wonderful.”

In short, I can’t recommend a binge-watch highly enough. It’s a series for smart, classy people to dive right into. Appreciate the acting. Oscar winners and nominees galore. The master class in writing and direction. And marvel at how complicated we are as individuals. How beauty, strength, pain, insecurity and fear can all be squeezed by artists offscreen and combined for the best on. Don’t miss ‘Big Little Lies.’ Nicole Kidman seamlessly creates and destroys layers people in front of our noses. Duh.

Genre: Dark dramedy.

Original release: February 19 – April 2, 2017.

Country: United States.

Awards: 16 Emmy nominations.

Grade: A+

All images are taken from Google.

INFORMAL LETTER

🔢  Extensión: FCE 140-190, CAE 220-260, CPE 280-320

👥  Registro: informal

✏️  Enfoque: personal

💯  Truco: incluir al lector con preguntas retóricas

ESTRUCTURA


Introduction: explicamos la intención de la carta y decimos lo que esperamos conseguir

– Saludo: Dear Julia / Hi Amy.

– Motivo de la carta: Since you say you’re coming to Los Angeles in September, I thought I’d drop you a line to share some clothing and food tips that may come in handy to you. (Incluir todos los detalles que nos den del destinatario).

Body: explicamos las cosas que nos han pedido

– Contesta las preguntas y pon ejemplos. Importantísimo utilizar linkers para cada punto: for starters, LA being the city of the sun, some shorts and shades are a must especially if you plan to visit at the end of the summer. Tanktops, flip-flops, a swimsuit and sandals will sure be used. It rarely rains, so I wouldn’t bring umbrellas or raincoats –– but check the weather first! As for food, LA is not the cheapest place to eat out so I recommend getting fruit, water and sandwiches every morning in Walgreens and packing them with you for the day. If you want to try a restaurant once or twice, though, there are lots of fabulous options: Mexican, Italian, Japanese… Nobu Malibu has the best sushi in California –– I swear you won’t want to try anything else! 

Conclusion: resumen del body y cerramos de forma amigable

– Resume brevemente el body y da tu opinión: Anyway, don’t let me run my mouth. Pack your best tanktops, shorts and sunglasses and although I’d try saving when it comes to food, treat yourself to a good dinner at least once! Call me when you get this, we are going to have a blast.

– Proporciona datos de contacto por si fuera necesario: If you need more info, hit me up or write anytime!

– Despedida: Take care / see you soon / love / (kisses and) hugs / all the best / best wishes.

– Tu nombre: Patricia.

Ejemplo al final de la entrada.

FRASES HECHAS Y VOCABULARIO


Para la introducción: “he pensado escribirte para…”

⭐️ It’s been ages since we last wrote to each other. I hope things are going great. Since you’re coming to LA, I thought I’d drop you a line: hace mil años que no nos escribimos. Espero que todo vaya genial. Ya que vienes a LA, se me ha ocurrido escribirte para…

And I said to myself: “go write her an e-mail!”. Y me he dicho: “escríbele un correo!”.

Para el body: preguntas retóricas

“For starters” en vez de “first of all” y “as for…” en vez de “secondly”.

⭐️ Sorry to hear your flight was cancelled –– what a bummer! Qué faena!

⭐️ I won two tickets to Hamilton –– can you believe it?

Treat yourself to a good massage in that spa –– I swear it’s worth the money!

Don’t miss Rockefeller Center in New York City –– you won’t want to leave the building.

Para la despedida: tono amigable y estamos aquí por si necesitan algo más

⭐️ Anyway, don’t let me run my mouth: bueno, no me enrollo más.

⭐️ If you need more info, hit me up or write anytime! ¡Llámame o escribe cuando quieras!

🎯  La diferencia entre el 9 y el 10: preguntas retóricas, elementos informales, “If I were you…”

📞  Si quieres más apuntes, contáctame para clases.

FORMAL LETTER

🔢  Extensión: FCE 140-190, CAE 220-260, CPE 280-320

👥  Registro: formal

✏️  Enfoque: personal

💯  Truco: expresión formal y gramática avanzada

ESTRUCTURA


Introduction: explicamos la intención de la carta y decimos lo que esperamos conseguir

– Saludo: Dear Sir or Madam / Dear Mr. Smith-Boyle / Dear Madam President.

– Motivo de la carta: I am writing to you to explain why, as far as I am concerned, my friend Diane Allen would excel in the part-time morning job working with children in the creche that you own (incluir todos los detalles que nos den del destinatario).

Body: explicamos las cosas que nos han pedido

– Contesta las preguntas y pon ejemplos. Importantísimo utilizar linkers para cada punto: firstly, having known Diane for close to 18 years, her wishing to apply for such a vocational position does not surprise me in the slightest. Secondly, as for her character traits, Diane is lively, patient, energetic and very humble. Nevertheless, what I am convinced best illustrates what would make Diane a superb candidate for this role is how fantastic a mother she is herself.

Conclusion: resumen del body y despedida formal

– Resume brevemente el body y da tu opinión: Hoping my letter has provided a comprehensive illustration of why Diane Allen would objectively make a stunning teacher at your prestigious creche, please receive my best regards.

– Proporciona datos de contacto por si fuera necesario: If you would like any more information, please do not hesitate to contact me on this same address.

– Despedida: Yours faithfully, yours sincerely, kind regards, warmest regards…

– Tu nombre y apellido: Patricia de Pastors.

Ejemplos al final de la entrada.

FRASES HECHAS Y VOCABULARIO


Las mismas que el ensayo porque solo hay que explicar por qué algo no funciona en una ciudad, proponer solución a algo…

🎯  La diferencia entre el 9 y el 10: frases hechas, ejemplos originales y “not only”.

📞  Si quieres más apuntes, contáctame para clases.

 

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Proficiency recommendation letter

ESSAY

🔢  Extensión: FCE 140-190, CAE 220-260, CPE 280-320

👥  Registro: formal

✏️  Enfoque: semipersonal

💯  Truco: expresión formal y gramática potente

ESTRUCTURA


Introduction: captamos al lector y referenciamos las preguntas del enunciado

– Introduce el tema: it is a universally acknowledged fact that pollution has become a terribly pernicious problem.

– Parafrasea lo que te preguntan: Fortunately, measures like carpooling, sanctioning factories and limiting tourism can be taken.

– Solo en Proficiency: indica si los textos que te dan se complementarios o se contrastan. Both passages argue that… / The first text propses… Whereas the second clearly puts forward that…

Body: explicamos las cosas que nos han pedido

– Contesta las preguntas con datos interesantes y ejemplos. Importantísimo utilizar linkers para cada punto: firstly, there is no denying that carpooling can help to save time, money and reduce pollution. Secondly, sanctioning factories that throw residuals to rivers or oceans is likely to be very effective. Lastly, I believe that putting limits to what tourists are allowed to do, like throwing barbecues in natural spaces, should be considered and implemented as soon as possible. 

– Solo en Proficiency: resume ambos textos, aportando ideas y citando a los autores. The first passage asserts that… According to its author… Y lo mismo con el segundo texto.

Conclusion: nos posicionamos en el asunto, repetimos brevemente lo dicho y cerramos de forma positiva y entretenida

– Resume brevemente el body y da tu opinión: be it as it may, it goes without saying that pollution is a real, truly serious problem which can be tackled by carpooling, sanctioning factories and restrincting those tourists’ activities that see contact with nature.

Ejemplos al final de la entrada.

FRASES HECHAS Y VOCABULARIO


It is a universally acknowledged fact that… Some factors that can help tackle it are…

The trend towards (tema) has conspicuously increased in the past decade. This stems from…

Hardly a week goes by without another report of (tema) appearing in the media. This is attributed to…

Firslty, there is no denying that factors like __ and __ have conspicously aggravated…

Secondly, the situation has been exacerbated by..

Lastly, one measure I myself believe could help tackle the problem is…

Be it as it may, the obvious conclusion to be drawn is that governments worldwide ought to look more closely at this serious issue and implement practical measures such as… Perhaps it is wishful thinking, but I truly believe it can be done.

All things considered, the prospect for the future will likely be bleak unless this challenge is met. To achieve this, I think that recycling, shopping more consciously and reusing plastic bags can really make a difference when it comes to preserving the planet.

Usa frases hechas muy avanzadas

⭐️ Were the government to sanction gun violence, the situation would most certainly improve.

Should more measures be introduced, the burden of responsibility would be alleviated.

As regards the most appropriate response to this situations, one suggestion I think would work well is…

It is exceedingly urgent that politicians pass bills to tackle this (subjuntivo).

Legislation should be introduced to…

This can only be dealt with if the government…

The first step to be taken is…

To alleviate this issue, people ought to…

To overcome this problem…

It would be a grave error to…

Otras formas de decir “I think”

Personally, there is no doubt in my mind that…

As I see it and to sum up, one of the drawbacks of using mobile phones is…

As far as I am concerned…

For my part, I am convinced that…

 

Formas más avanzadas de decir…

Very: really, truly, utterly, completely, virtually, entirely, wholly.

A bit: slightly, rather, quite, fairly.

Important: determining, paramount, decisive, overriding, essential, key, significant.

Problem: issue, matter, concern, question.

Situation: scenario, outlook.

Solve: fix, give a solution, give an answer, aid, heal.

🎯  La diferencia entre el 9 y el 10: frases hechas, ejemplos originales y “not only”.

📞  Si quieres más apuntes, contáctame para clases.

 

Essay

Proficiency essay about legal measures

ARTICLE

🔢  Extensión: FCE 140-190, CAE 220-260, CPE 280-320

👥  Registro: informal (ojo, depende de la publicación)

✏️  Enfoque: personal

💯  Truco: tono ameno y muchas frases hechas

ESTRUCTURA


Introduction: captamos al lector y referenciamos las preguntas del enunciado

– Apertura pegadiza: close your eyes for a second and picture that very treasured moment that is the first day of holidays: no alarm clocks, obligations, small talk…

– Parafrasea lo que te preguntan: plenty of unusual destinations offer this, and St. Albans is one I had the great pleasure of visiting last year. Relating to this, such locations’ lack of crowds usually equate to restful holidays.

Body: explicamos las cosas que nos han pedido

Introduce el tema y contesta las preguntas con datos interesantes, ejemplos e incluso experiencias personales: having read a number of reviews about its peaceful ambiance, my husband and I anticipated a pleasing experience in the Southern English village of St. Albans – a considerable understatement, as we later learned. No sooner did we arrive in a sunny July evening than we were welcomed by a picture-postcard setting. Can you imagine?

– Contesta a las preguntas: after those utterly memorable days I was reminded of how superb an option unconventional places make: moderate costs, full availability of tours, no or few queues and best of all: serenity. Popular though big capital cities are, even the most parochial must admit that opting out of them is especially worthwhile when travelling with your children or significant other because of the lack of crowds. On a personal note, I feel that avoiding multitudes ultimately leads to a more satisfying experience which would otherwise be defined by noise pollution, damage of the environment and above all, an oppressive atmosphere.

Conclusion: nos posicionamos en el asunto, repetimos brevemente lo dicho y cerramos de forma positiva y entretenida

– Repite brevemente tu opinión y tus preguntas: all in all, I am sure most readers will agree that choosing less commonplace holiday destinations results in a tranquil, more inexpensive and priceless stay, which I for one highly recommend hands down. Plus, we will always have Paris, won’t we?

Ejemplos al final de la entrada.

FRASES HECHAS Y VOCABULARIO


No pain, no gain, right? There’s no denying that taking risks cna either be worth it or backfire, but when your ambition is bigger than your fear odds are you’ll get your way.

The metro or the bus? Do I want to save time or money? There seems to be little middle ground when it comes to deciding which means of transport is the best.

To begin with, I’m sure most readers will agree with me when I say that chasing your dreams is a surefire way to create your desired future. In my own case…

First off, even the most parochial must admit that renting electrical bikes is likely to walk away with first prize: they’re affordable, get you to your destinations at the drop of a hat and who doesn’t want to get a little exercise and preserve nature all the while?

In short, I needn’t run my mouth any longer: bycicle rental is to me the best way to get around. Not only are they extremely convenient, but also environmentally and exercise-friendly. Bike on!

Be it as it may, after this and other dicey experiences I’ve come to realise that if thoughtful, risks are ultimately really positive.

Dirígete al lector, inclúyele

I’m sure most readers will agree with me when I say: Estoy segura de que los lectores…

I bet most of us… Apuesto a que muchos de nosotros…

Wouldn’t you like to…? ¿No te gustaría…?

Even the most parochial must admit that… Incluso el más paleto debe admitir que…

Usa un tono familiar

Let’s not kid ourselves: no nos engañemos.

Let’s not forget what’s at stake here: no olvidemos lo que está en juego.

Critics of vaccines can stop issuing their gloomy statements: los críticos de las vacunas ya pueden dejar los prejuicios a un lado.

🎯  La diferencia entre el 9 y el 10: frases hechas, ejemplos originales y “not only”.

☎️  Si quieres más apuntes, contáctame para clases.

 

Article

Proficiency essay about holidaying in peaceful places

 

REVIEW

🔢  Extensión: FCE 140-190, CAE 220-260, CPE 280-320

👥  Registro: semiformal

✏️  Enfoque: personal

💯  Truco: tono ameno y muchos adjetivos

ESTRUCTURA


Introduction: captamos al lector y referenciamos las preguntas del enunciado

– Apertura pegadiza: a Nora Ephron production is not just a film. It’s a cream-toned, cashmere-swaddled universe unto itself.

– Parafrasea lo que te preguntan: ‘Bewitched’ turns brilliantly on its witty script and I’d recommend it to comedy fans in particular because the performances and lines are nothing short of fantastic.

Body: explicamos las cosas que nos han pedido

– Describe brevemente el argumento: set in a 2000s Los Angeles, Nicole Kidman portrays Isabelle, a lovably awkward witch who falls for Jack, a hilariously self-centered actor played by Will Ferrell.

– Contesta a las preguntas: what makes ‘Bewitched’ so endurable is that the premise is highly original and the performances, beyond outstanding. As for why romantic comedies cheer us up, I believe that the characters usually represent versions of what we viewers would like to be –– they’re optimistic and fearless, so good things happen to them and we like to imagine ourselves in their shoes.

Conclusion: repetimos lo que hemos contestado sobre la peli, libro… y recomendamos o no

– Repite brevemente tu opinión y tus preguntas: in essence, the fabulous comedic production that is ‘Bewitched’ didn’t disappoint me in the slightest: a razor-sharp screenplay, hysterical performances served by Ferrell and Kidman and a spot-on soundtrack which comedy fans will particularly appreciate.

– Recomendación (o no): I hands down recommend this movie to anyone looking to have a good laugh. Not only does it make for popcorn fun, but it’s also very stirring… keep your tissues out!

Ejemplos: ‘Modern Family’‘Sisters’.

FRASES HECHAS Y VOCABULARIO


Leonardo DiCaprio is just like fine wine: never-failing and better with time. His latest hit ‘The Revenant’ is making its way to top-tier Leo: mind-blowing performance, compelling screenplay and a truly memorable soundtrack.

The popularity of ‘Veep’ is not hard to fathom. Nor is the almost hysterical reaction of critics, who after five consecutive Emmy wins for Julia Louis-Dreyfus and two for the show, have begun to hail it as the all-time best political comedy.

Adapted from ‘The Price of Salt,’ this fierce Oscar contender is set on 50s Manhattan were love between two women still dared not speak its name.

Set in 1989’s New York, ‘Joy’ paints the picture of an inspired America and tells the story of a young lady whose leading creativity held a bright future.

In essence, I believe that ‘Friends’ taking television by storm was to be expected: its innovative format, jaw-droppingly hysterical screenplay and award-winning cast proved able to make it a timeless comedic reference. I absolutely recommend it, especially to young adults who were born in the 90s.

Be it as it may, ‘La La Land’ is no doubt tracing the steps to become one the biggest musicals in film history. I highly recommend a watch, particularly to young dreamers who aspire to become artists. Plus, it’s great popcorn enjoyment!

Descripción de la obra

Hysterical comedy, tear-jerking drama, educational documentary, gracefully handled musical.

Descripción de los elementos

Mind-blowing performances: actuaciones increíbles.

Lifelike plot: argumento muy real.

Heartrending story: historia desgarradora.

Compelling screenplay: guion cautivador.

Exquisite costume design: vestuario exquisito.

Spot-on characterization: caracterización clavada.

Truthful depiction of … representación muy auténtica de…

Moving soundtrack: banda sonora emotiva.

Mesmerizing acting: actuación cautivadora. 

Stereotypical idiolects: idiolectos estereotípicos.

Sluggish scenes: escenas lentas.

Predictable ending: final precedible.

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En esta blog te voy a enseñar a hacer writings de 10. Mi método está basado y centrado al 100% en las exigencias de Cambridge, y es el resultado del estudio y aplicación intensiva de esta destreza en los niveles FCE, CAE y CPE. En otras palabras, no nos desviamos nada de lo que piden y quienes lo han utilizado han conseguido la máxima puntuación.

Estos son los cuatro criterios que Cambridge evalúa al corregir:

  • Content: contestar a la pregunta.
  • Communicative achievement: utilizar el registro apropiado (lector y estilo).
  • Language: utilizar vocabulario y gramática potente, como subjuntivo o fronting.
  • Organisation and cohesion: la buena división de los párrafos.

 


Prácticamente la totalidad de las frases que aparecen como ejemplo provienen de mi propia imaginación al completar los escritos. No obstante, hay algunas que consideré perfectas con el objeto de comentarlas y explicar por qué es adecuado utilizarlas en cada tipo de texto pertinente. Esto está legalmente permitido por la siguiente sección del Acta de Copyright:

“Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.”