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🔢  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

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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.

Hardly a week goes by without another article of a superstar being praised for adopting a puppy or visiting a hospitalised child – but stop to think for a moment of the many personalities who actually do great things for our country. Rafael Nadal, for instance, has…

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.

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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

⚠️  Para reviews que no sean de pelis, véase el final de la entrada

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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 a 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.

Reviews de otros temas: restaurantes, aplicaciones…

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Introduction: captamos al lector con una pregunta retórica y referenciamos las preguntas del enunciado

– Pregunta retórica: Are you the kind of person who likes their meals light and tasty? Then, I forbid you to miss Habanera, a Cuban restaurant right in the heart of Madrid.

– Parafrasea lo que te preguntan: Not only does it offer superb healthy food choices —take heart, fitness maniacs— but it features a live show every Saturday night which kids will certainly tweet about. Er… enjoy.

Body: explicamos las cosas que nos han pedido

– Describe brevemente el argumento: Located just a mere two metres away from the Wax Museum, Habanera opened its doors to the Spanish public only a decade ago. Nonetheless, that suffices when visionary marketers and masterful cooks join forces to offer us foodies such a delightful eatery. 

– Contesta a las preguntas: As modern as Habanera might seem from the outside, though, its deliciously classy interior decor will make your Pinterest ‘Home Ideas’ board come to life: wooden sinks, real palms, perfectly dimmed lights, ‘the’ background music… The atmosphere gives off a fabulous vibe — it’s as if Nancy Meyers herself had been tapped to deign it. On top of that, the food is nothing short of excellent: all of their ingredients always fresh, the main courses range from tasty scallops cooked in a cassolette of coley with mussels to delicious swordfish accompanied by a light relish consisting of corn salad and pecan walnuts. My friends and I had the latter, on a personal note, and everyone agreed it was ambrosial.

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

– Repite brevemente tu opinión y tus preguntas: In short, the enormous variety and wide choice of healthy meals is making Habanera everybody’s favourite hangout.

– Recomendación (o no): I hands down recommend this chic restaurant to those watching their health, and of course to families and lovebirds who want to pleasantly surprise your significant others!

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Proficiency restaurant review

 

👉🏼  La diferencia entre el 9 y el 10: muchos adjetivos, análisis original y pasivas.

👋🏼  Encuentra docenas de reviews aquí y si quieres más apuntes, contáctame para clases.

INTRODUCCIÓN

En esta página te enseño a hacer writings de 10 y trucos al grano para abordar cada parte. 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 nos anticipamos a todas las frases hechas y trucos para tardar menos en escribir. Quienes lo han utilizado han conseguido la máxima puntuación. Despliega la pestaña y verás cada tipo de texto.

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.

A continuación puedes descargar los criterios de evaluación de writing y speaking de los tres exámenes de Cambridge:

Criterios oficiales de B2 (First):

Writing

https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/images/cambridge-english-assessing-writing-performance-at-level-b2.pdf

Speaking

https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/images/168619-assessing-speaking-performance-at-level-b2.pdf

Criterios oficiales de C1 (Advanced):

Writing

https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/images/cambridge-english-assessing-writing-performance-at-level-c1.pdf

Speaking

https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/images/168620-assessing-speaking-performance-at-level-c1.pdf

Criterios oficiales de C2 (Proficiency):

Writing

https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/images/cambridge-english-assessing-writing-performance-at-level-c2.pdf

Speaking

https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/images/182109-assessing-speaking-performance-at-level-c2.pdf


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. 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.”

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Todo el material que necesitas para sacar la mejor nota en tu writing de Cambridge.

En esta misma pestaña, que tiene una bandera de UK, puedes desplegar:

  • Introducción de los criterios de corrección del writing.
  • Trucos para el examen.
  • Guion para el speaking.
  • Writings que han hecho alumnos míos.
  • Todos los tipos de texto explicados por partes con las claves para el 10 y un ejemplo.

 

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