ÁNGELES Q.

CAE film review.

You are the arts review writer for a magazine. Your editor has asked you to review a film. Choose a film that you have seen. Describe the plot and the characters involved. Say who the film is suitable for and why. Mention any special effects or aspects of the film that stood out in some way. Would you recommend the film? Why, why not?

Write your review.

The popularity of ‘Fifty First Dates’ is not hard to fathom. Nor is the almost hysterical reaction of critics, who have hailed this comedy as one of the funniest productions as of late.

Set in Hawaii, ‘Fifty First Dates’ delves into the romance between Henry, a womanizing veterinarian, and Lucy, a girl with short-term memory loss. After knowing Lucy’s illness, Henry makes up bizarre situations to trigger Lucy’s falling in love. No way will I forget the hilarious scene in which Henry and his friend Ula perform a fight in order to catch Lucy’s attention and she reacts hitting Ula with a baseball bat.

I bet young women reading this will fall head over heels with the movie. Not only will they laugh until their belly hurts, but there will also be some tears rolling down their cheeks. For sure, this compelling story won’t disappoint you!

Plus, from my point of view, it’s vital the moving soundtrack be pointed out as the icing on the cake. The film features the well-known song Over the Rainbow, which is able to make my hair stand on end every time I listen to it.

In short, I hands down recommend you youngsters give this film a try and, of course, families and lovebirds who want to pleasantly surprise your significant others!

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CARMEN P.

Proficiency article about an adventurous experience.                   

 

THREE WEEKS FIGHTING THE JUNGLE

Spending a few weeks in the wilds of an African country is an experience many would die for. Through the daily programmed documentaries, some might have over-romanticized. Some may have even pictured themselves venturing into the tangled vegetation, explorer hat included. Well, as always, reality exceeds fiction.

When I first stepped foot on jungle soil in Cameroon, I shamefully ignored the overwhelming tropical beauty surrounding me. A harrowingly dangerous, never-ending jeep drive of three hours on the only dirt road crossing the rainforest had just finished. Little did I know that I should only be grateful. In days of heavy rain, paths are left simply impassable, and its consequences endure for long periods of time. No mean of transport is freed from mishaps: tyres either get stick in the mud or end up falling in the verge. On foot, pathways are too flooded to encourage a sensible enough mortal to continue. Needless to say, both electricity and water supply grids are simply non-existent. At this point, one can easily imagine how creative washing, cooking or even working customs can get in the wilderness of Africa.

However, it is equally true that never before had I caught sight of an entirely unspoiled environment; and could not get enough of passing by a broad variety of exotic fruit trees or watching the sunset in the company of a camouflaged salamander. Surprisingly enough, one learns to live the moment without obsessively making future plans. Indeed, you couldn’t even master to know tomorrow day’s weather!

Long story short, while living in the jungle, you are often driven to extreme situations. Undoubtedly, your patience along with physical and psychological resistance are seriously tested, only to end up amazed by human’s capacity of survival and adaptability and wondering, why a like-no-other peace of mind was found in the middle of that simplicity and impotence. Willing to take the risk?

LUCÍA D.

Proficiency review about English learning.

Learning English in school or outside school? I bet some of us will opt for the latter. Not only does it give you the opportunity to learn more varied language skills, but also new cultures and ways of thinking.

Obvious though as it may seem, there are many ways in which students can establish relationships with English-language speakers. Not only can students study abroad in an English-speaking country for a year or two, but they can also spend their holidays in a summer English camp. Living with international students from all over the world for a certain period of time can be a truly fruitful experience. On those occasions, students can easily become friends with English speakers and indeed, greatly and rapidly improve their language skills.

Learning a language has never been something easy, has it? English lessons at school can sometimes be deemed boring as the level is not high enough. Therefore, English lessons –be they private or not– can also be taken outside school. These can be utterly beneficial and truly contribute to the language skills’ improvement. Nevertheless, this contribution is quite limited as language skills such as speaking and listening are not taught in depth. Hence my considering that going to study abroad and making English friends as a much more complete and fulfilling way of studying another language. Not only can your accent and pronunciation become better, but you can also learn about many people who differ from you in a myriad of ways.

All in all, I am sure most readers will agree with me that learning a language is something that requires time and a big effort. Moreover, as I personally experienced, being motivated with the language and having good relationships with English speakers can enormously benefit any language improvement.

LUCÍA D.

Proficiency essay about the influence of the cinema.

 

It is universally acknowledged fact that the cinema has a clear influence in our society these days. While the first passage argues how powerful and magical cinema can be, the second text focuses on the fact that the cinema is not as outstanding as it used to be anymore.

The first passage asserts that watching a movie is one of the best ways to easily evade from someone’s daily, stressful routine. Not only does the cinema provide the opportunity to transport yourself somewhere else, but it can also unavoidably influence your way of acting or thinking. In using it such an innovative technology, this type of art possesses a superb magical power. Personally, I love watching movies every Sunday night with my family and could not certainly describe the cinema with better words.

The second text focuses on the fact that the cinema’s quality has enormously been deteriorated in the last days. According to the author of this text, surprising though as it may seem, a wide variety of movies are not worthwhile anymore. Indeed, today´s film producers would rather have an important economic benefit than make a good movie. For my part, even though I am convinced that profit plays a crucial role here, superb films are still played on the cinemas.

Be as it may, it goes without saying that the cinema plays a significant role currently upon it being an effective manner of evading from work or university. However, it is undeniable that cinema work can sometimes be deemed quite a poor art piece.

JAIME B.

Email to a friend in which you review and recommend a TV show.

 

Hi James,

It’s been ages since we last wrote to each other! I hope things are going great. Since you’re asking me about Modern Family, I thought I’d drop you a line to recommend the show and say what the best thing about it is.

Firstly, I want to explain how this show works. Modern Family is a completly new TV format because it has two “faces,” so to speak: the first is like all the series’, but the other one is that the characters speak to the camera like in a confession.

You should see the episode when Phil tries to gain Access to a golf club where Jay is the “king.” In this club, it is difficult to be a member because you need the invitation of one other member and your membership has to be approved by the executive committee. In this case, Phil manages to be a member, and Jay is tense because he thinks his friends won’t find Phil funny.

Anyway, don’t let me run my mouth. I highly recommend this episode, and urge you to watch all of them because I’m really sure that you’ll like the show.

If you need more information, call me.

Best wishes,

Jaime

PROPOSAL

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

👥  Registro: formal

✏  Enfoque: personal

💯  Truco: expresión formal, persuasión y gramática potente

ESTRUCTURA


Introduction:  expresamos el objetivo de la propuesta incluyendo los datos que nos piden.

The aim of this proposal is to detail the changes our marketing staff would like to see made in the printing department.

Body: explicamos las cosas que nos han pedido, dividiéndolas en apartados con puntos. Redactado también se acepta, pero es un distintivo de su registro así que mejor ponerlos.

Repair or replace the failing printers

In their view, not only is it vital that all machines be fully operative, but they also wish they had better equipment to complement those. That is, proper editing programmes and  Apple watches that may enable them to call and keep up with updates when out of their seat. 

Proper coffee break

However obvious, any company worth their salt ought to allow its employees to rest, chat and unwind even for ten minutes. That way, their willingness to work hard will be reinforced and they will be less likely to feel the burden of working long hours.

Longer holiday periods

Necessary though as it is, employees are not always granted the amount of days off they make so much effort to earn. Hence their asking that the board change their holidays policy.

Conclusion: decimos que esperamos haber respondido bien al informe y que este sirva para 

Hoping this proposal satisfies your request, may these suggestions benefit the whole department with a view to making their labour more effective and them, happier at work.

Ejemplos al final de la entrada (uno será subido a la mayor brevedad posible).

I FEEL PRETTY

Amy Schumer is the shit. Loud and clear. Perfect timing, clean-cut delivery, immediate chemistry and a fearless voice. And that’s only in her solo acts. Movies —be it alongside Goldie Hawn, Aidy Bryant or LeBron friggin’ James— have proven to be a vehicle she naturally steals, serving her as a platform to speak a necessary truth. In this case, self-acceptance equating to power.

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“I’m beautiful!!” exclaims —a reminiscent of Madeline Ashton— Renee Bennett, much to Tasha’s (former SNL cast member Sasheer Zamata) confusion

Written and directed by Abby Kohn (Valentine’s Day, He’s Just Not That into You), I Feel Pretty (2018) stars Schumer as Renee, a midtown Manhattan girl whose body image keeps coming back to haunt her on a daily basis. Until one day she hits her head on a soul cycle machine and magically stars seeing herself as a supermodel. 

LOVE, SIMON

The Guardian is wrong to deem Love, Simon (2018) “perky, clean-cut and unashamedly accessible.” It is also imbued with fearless originality, infectious idealism and the right dose of cheesy. The Greg Berlanti-directed teen roomcom is a necessary production that shines a light on the awkwardness, shame, fear, unexpected support and ultimate relief that defines the coming out process. Nick Robinson is a young Jacob Tremblay in the making. Or old? You get it: that name won’t go away anytime soon.

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Simon (centre left) and friends Nick, Abby and Leah

This sweet (teen romcom) production would have made many gay men who took bullets as youngsters proud.

 

REPORT

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

👥  Registro: formal

✏  Enfoque: semipersonal

💯  Truco: expresión formal y gramática potente

ESTRUCTURA


Introduction:  expresamos el objetivo del informe incluyendo los datos que nos piden.

The aim of this report is to explain both the causes of my department staff’s complaints and what they feel could be done to improve the current situation.

Body: explicamos las cosas que nos han pedido, dividiéndolas en apartados con puntos. Importante: redactado también se acepta, pero es un distintivo de su registro así que mejor ponerlos.

Personnel’s grievances

• Stationery material is not fully covered: despite this being a publicity agency, staff can only print black and white documents. Thereby, should someone need to print, photocopy or scan a full colour image, they will need to pay for it themselves.

• Excessive heat: the air conditioning has been out of order for two months, which not only makes workers tire faster, but also the atmosphere more tense in turn.

Proposed solutions

• Perceive higher salaries and be paid for extra hours. Most workers having little children to care for and whose expenses they have to cover, they find it outrageous that their wage is conspicuously scant and many hours they work are not remunerated, either.

• Fixing the air conditioner and installing vended water machines: as they reported, it should be essential that the former unit be repaired as soon as possible in order to favour a pleasant office ambiance.

Conclusion: decimos que esperamos haber respondido bien al informe y que este sirva para 

Hoping this report satisfies your request, may these suggestions benefit both the company and its employees.

Ejemplos al final de la entrada.

Ver en PDF: Report de CAE (Nov 23, 2018)

Ver en PDF: Report de Proficiency (Sept 19, 2018)

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Proficiency report

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

📞  Si quieres más apuntes, contáctame para clases.

THE POST

Streep. Hanks. Spielberg. Oscar? Please. Frances is better off in Missouri. With two nods  (for Queen Meryl and the movie) after leading the pack at the Globes, this intrepid and alarmingly uncanny account that exposes the massive cover-up of government secrets spanning three decades has gained access to both critics’ pads and viewers’ hearts.

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Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) and Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep)

Set in 1971’s Washington D.C., this six-time Golden Globe contender shines a spotlight on the unflinching quest for truth led by the iconic newspaper’s publisher and editor, Katharine Graham and Ben Bradlee. Facing imprisonment and likely, the end of their careers, she must decide to green-light the publication of the renowned Pentagon Papers. As you will remember from the beginning of this paragraph, the early 70s were still very much a man’s world, and despite having earned every millimeter of ink, the honorable publisher was often talked over or underestimated.

Left to make the paramount decision of whether to unmask a corrupt Nixon administration and be personally singled out –it leaving an indelible stain on the paper’s reputation she so fought hard to safeguard– Kay eventually authorizes the move and all hell was loose… for the better.

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Kay gives a discerning look to one of his (male) colleagues

Writing about how Meryl Streep excels herself over and over forces me to edit all my previews reviews. Because in this movie, we see a bold yet cautious, groundbreaking but unassuming, discreet but lauded protagonist who is her own person. None of her previous characters –Miranda, Clarissa, Jane, Francesca, Donna, Madeline or even Margaret– bear resemblance to her because she makes the movie. She builds the narrative with all the tiny gestures, looks, sighs and postures we fans take such enormous pleasure in, and that, in a nutshell, explain the power of Meryl Streep’s presence.

Another reason her Kay Graham feels so real and urgent is the real life performer’s journalistic moment last year: after calling out the absolute lack of compassion and decency of the current administration while risking her own 45-year-old golden reputation, Meryl warned that “violence invites violence” and asked to support the Committee of Journalists to “safeguard the truth.” Her real-life principles and sheer grit and grace made her the obvious choice, and we’re infinitely grateful.

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The lady makes the decisions

Hanks, on his part, is brilliant as the potty-mouthed, forward-thinking editor Ben Bradlee. His performance has been deemed one of his recent best and makes his fifth collaboration with Spielberg an enormously enjoyable one. The supporting cast (TV blue-eyed kids Odenkirk and Paulson) cunningly serve as the narrative’s supporters, voicing the comments of surprise and admiration we movie-goers hold in our minds as we watch. Costumes are on absolute point, and the script… well, the script deserves another paragraph (keep reading!).

Written by first-time screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, the theme of the prom tour has been “2017 was the year to make this movie.” “Treason,” “collusion,” “delegitimization of the press…” All the key terms are discreetly wrapped, seamlessly drawing the parallels between two corrupt, silencing and unwanted administrations where groundbreaking change is painfully desired – you get a car for guessing that. (I know, I’m Gemini.) So, now time’s up on gender inequality, let’s keep working to ensure time’s up on not having consequences of a dangerous President’s actions.

Get yourself queen-sized popcorn and go see this movie today. A masterfully portrayed account about truth, justice, equality and guts. It’s a great one.

Genre: Drama.

Original release: January 12, 2018.

Country: United States.

Awards: 6 Golden Globe nominations.

Grade: A++

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