Wednesday, January 14, 2015

NI 1 CD 1 final 10 tracks

Dear NI 1 Students

I hope you are making the most of these CDs that Rafa kindly prepares for you. Each track will help you improve your listening skills.

Here are the final 10 tracks from CD 1


21. 1A, 2B, 3B, 4A 5B 6A

22. 1C 2C 3B AB 5C 6C


24. 1B 2A 3B 4A 5B 6A

25. 1B 2C 3A 4C 5C 6A

26. 1.125 2.COOK 3.VIDEO 4.(OUR) CHEFS 5.1868 6.(SCOTTISH) FOOD

27. 1A 2B 3A 4B 5B 6A

28. 1C 2A 3B 4C 5B 6A


30. 1A 2B 3A 4B 5B 6B

Monday, January 12, 2015

NA1 CD2 first five tracks

To NA1 students, 
Here are the answers to the first five tracks of CD 2:

NA1 CD2  Key
1B   2A   3A   4C   5B   6B   7C   8C
1 two years  2 five years  3 advertising agency  4 active                   5 education  6 close links 
7  shopping malls  8 exhausting  9 the future  10 June
1A  2E  3F  4B  5C
1T  2F  3F  4T  5F  6F  7T
1 A  2 C  3 C  4 B  5 A  6 B  7 B  8 A

I hope this work help you improve your listening skills.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Spooky Narrative!!

Under My Bed by Gabriel NA 1
                Sometimes I've been asked, what are you afraid of? Spiders? Ghosts? Spooky skeletons? "Bah! Humbug!" I say "There is NOTHING that could possibly scare me!" But every time I say that I feel really uncomfortable and try to talk about other things. No one could possibly imagine what happens under my bed, no one would believe what happens down there!
                Since a few years ago, every 30th October I hear strange noises and if something falls under there it disappears. One 30th October, an important document  fell under my bed. "Oh, no!" I yelled "I need that paper, I have to get it back from d... down there..." For a moment I thought not to do it, but I had no choice. I took a long breath and ducked to fetch it . It was completely in shreds with claw marks everywhere , "I'm done being a coward" I stammered "I'm going to see what's wrong here!"
Once again I took another long breath but this time my body didn't respond, I couldn't move! After a few minutes frozen I realized that there couldn't be anything supernatural. I ducked with a torch and pointed to something that was moving, that thing tried to jump at me but I suddenly jumped.
                "It was the neighbors' cat all along! But how could it be?  And why did it come the same day year after year!?" In anger, I went to talk with them as soon as possible, I knocked on their door and I told them what happened. They said their cat died 5 years ago and that was impossible.
                The next day I decided to clean my room, especially under my bed. There were a lot of dust and some spiders, but more interesting than that... a box! On one side of the box it was written -Here lies Mr. Whiskers, a nice and lovely cat that unfortunately couldn't resist curiosity- inside the box there were the bones of the poor cat and a note which said "not even death will stop a cat from being a cat."
It was 5 years ago, one dark night, on the same date, the 30th of October, I was driving home when I hit something on the road, it was raining a lot so I thought it was a rock or something. But it was their cat and every year the day of his death he came back to life to scare me and ruin my night. The only thing I cannot answer is...  why under my bed!?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NA1 CD1 Answer Key for Tracks 1 - 6

Track  1.   1  C   2  B   3  B   4  A   5  A   6  B   7  A   8  C
Track   2.
1   over / more than 150   2  information assistant   3  a (small) town   4   was asleep / sleeping   5   luggage / clothes    6   Travel Care   7   Terminal Duty Team
8   check-in area   9   Passenger Services   10   flight delays
Track   3.
1  E   2  A   3  D   4  F   5  B
Track   4.
1  B   2  B   3  B   4  A   5  A   6  C   7  A
Track  5.
1  B   2  A   3  C   4  A   5  B   6  B   7  C   8  B
Track   6.
1   up to / no more than 4 minutes   2  special nature   3  (a) separate microphone
4  (the) best interview   5  issues   6  (any) equipment   7  (a) special project(s)
8  Our Society Today   9  clearly labelled   10  for collection

If I could be somebody else for a day I would like to be Jane Goodall… (Silvia NA 1)

Jane Goodall is one of the world's most important environmental activists and a noted humanitarian, primatologist and UN messenger of peace.

Her fascination with animal behaviour began in early childhood, she spent her spare time watching birds and animals and making notes and sketches - something I also did on our roof terrace when I was 10. She dreamed of travelling to Africa and at the age of 26, Jane ventured to Tanzania from London with nothing more than a notebook and binoculars. Thus she set off to study the world of wild chimpanzees with the patience and optimism that would characterize her.

Many of her studies of chimpanzee behaviour have been successful despite the fact that she had no formal scientific education and lacked even any degree – she saw chimpanzees making a tool of tree bark to dig out termites. This was an important discovery because at the time, it was assumed only humans made tools. 

She has been concerned about environmental damage and, for this reason, campaigned for many causes. These problems are so serious that she has travelled all over the world encouraging people to do what they can to create a better world.
She is a fascinating woman, the type of person I have always admired: brave, good-tempered and involved in all types of worthy causes.


One day I read an article that impressed me a lot. A journalist was asked to participate in an experiment where he would not use his cell phone for one whole day. That experience taught him a sad lesson about our mobile addiction. I fancy living one day without a cell phone and not die trying. So, I thought that if I could invent a holiday, I would proclaim a “cell phone-less holiday.”
It may seem weird, but on this day millions of people might feel truly liberated, refreshed and rested – and what is the main objective of every holiday? Exactly, to take a break and to rest after our stressful rhythm of life! I know that many of us, like myself, who are old enough to remember how life was before mobile phones, will be pretty excited to become time travellers to the 1990s. It would be strange to start noticing people on the streets, instead of sending Whatsapps, checking e-mails or just surfing the Internet. I can hardly remember those days, when I needed a camera to take a photo, “used” my own memory to remember someone´s home number and had to make a call at a pay phone. Actually, I have not seen a proper functioning pay phone for centuries!
Our younger generation does not know what an Internet café is. It sounds like a café offering free WiFi! But I am old enough to remember how many e-mails I sent by this method, when we did not have laptops and cell phones. By the way, those places were not cheap at all! The cheaper and more advanced the technology is, the more attached to our gadgets we are. We feel connected to friends, business and news from all over the world and it would give us a false sense of security, but when the battery is low or we are out of range, we get lost and start to feel lonely even in the most crowded city of the planet.
The “cell phone-less holiday” could make us take aware of the anxiety than the lack of this piece of plastic during only one day can cause in our minds. I wish we were able to realize and admit that our phone addiction could be out of control soon, for example, all of us saw some couples spending a romantic evening and staring at the displays of their smartphones without talking to each other. It is true, I do not exaggerate.
In my  “cell phoneless holiday” reverie, such behavior will be forbidden by law in order to force us to recover something that, unfortunately, disappeared – the ability to look around, get surprised, say hello and smile at each other.