Παρασκευή, 16 Μαΐου 2008

FCE ESOL Interview


Last week I had my FCE interview. It was my first exam, so I was nervous.

Here is some advice:

- you shouldn't learn a text with information about yourself as you don't know what you are going to be asked.

- you should also pay attention to your partner, especially in the 2nd part, as you are going to be asked a question about what they say.

- in the 3rd part you should give your partner a chance to speak, because it is pointless to talk all the time, as it is a conversation.

- in the last part you should listen carefully to the question and if you don't understand it ask the examiner to repeat it again.

Good luck in the exam ;) !

For more tips on the interview click here.

Παρασκευή, 9 Μαΐου 2008

The Dark is Rising

It’s a fantasy film about a boy, who turns 14 and from then he starts to see some strange things. One day he goes to a shopping centre to buy a present for his little sister. A few seconds later two policemen take him to their office. They suddenly turn into dark creatures who want his Sign. The next day four people named the Old Ones tell him that he is the Seeker, a magician who has to find some Signs. But a bad Rider tries to kill him in many ways. Will he succeed? What do you think?

I liked the film very much, because of its action, especially when the Seeker fought against the Rider. It was also dramatic, as he learnt that he had a twin brother who was lost. I think you would like the film, too.


Πέμπτη, 24 Απριλίου 2008

Mr. Woodcock

It’s a comedy which gives us knowledge about our manners, through sport lessons. Mr. Jasper Woodcock a P.E. teacher is played by Billy Thornton, John Farley, a celebrity, by William Scott and his mother by Susan Sarandon. The director is named Craig Gillespie.

The film is about a man who has written a book and becomes a celebrity and he is so busy that he doesn’t have the chance to get back to his home town. The mayor wants to give him an award, so he returns to his town and he goes to his house, where he finds his mother, who tells him that she is going out with his old teacher who was very mean to him. So he tries to break up the relationship, but will he succeed?

I liked the film, as it was funny, especially when John Farley put Mr. Woodcock’s whistle into the toilet and then into his jacket. It was also tragic when John was hit by a man who he was helping.

This is a nice movie for people who like comedies. I think it is suitable for everyone.

Παρασκευή, 18 Απριλίου 2008

X-Men in real life

Malcolm X - Magneto

Martin Luther King – Xavier

The American politician is like the leader of a mutant team as he is in a powerful position. Both of them want to solve their problems by making their enemies feel frightened of their supporters. Also both of them had a difficult childhood. They both felt that they had been persecuted by the majority population.

Martin Luther King and Xavier were more diplomatic. They both wanted peace and solutions without war. Both of them were, like Malcolm X and Magneto, on the side of the “different” people. Martin was assassinated, but Xavier was killed by Jeanie a friend of his.

All of them wanted to have the same rights as other people, and to be the same chances as everyone else and so a better life. They all were victims of racism.


Malcolm X and Magneto were exactly opposite to Martin L. King and Xavier. In my opinion Xavier and M. L. King are right since they don’t agree with violence as a way of solving problems.




Σάββατο, 12 Απριλίου 2008

A Trip To Thessalonica

Yesterday, at nine o’clock my whole class met in front of Telogleio, an art gallery. We went inside and left our bags at the reception. Then we went upstairs and had a look onto Picasso’s paintings. It wasn’t anything special; all of them were about Spanish politic and history.

When we left the exhibition we went to a park where we could eat. An hour later we left the park and walked to Aristotelous square, to the cinema “Olympion”. There we saw a film about the life of Hans Cristian Andersen. It bored us a lot, although it had also some funny scenes.

At three o’clock, when the movie was over, my friends and I left the cinema and went to Tsimiski road to eat. The food was delicious. Half an hour later we went to ZERO GRAVITY, a shop about skate-and snowboard. My friends who had their skateboards with them wanted to change the sandpaper. After that we Sk8ed there. The ground there wasn’t very good, so we took the bus and went back to Aristotelous, where we had fun for the last hour.

Finally, I went to the bus station, took the bus and went home. That was one of the greatest trips I have ever had.

Παρασκευή, 11 Απριλίου 2008

007: Tomorrow Never Dies

“Tomorrow never dies” is a great action film. It has a lot adventure and is thrilling. It’s written like all the James Bond films by Ian Fleming. James is played by Pierce Brosnan, his fellow agent, Wai Lin by Michelle Yeoh and Elliot Carver, his enemy by Jonathan Pryce.

The film begins in South China with an arms deal. James sees some powerful bombs and tries to stop some missiles that the CIA has just sent. After that some British warships strangely disappear. James and his fellow agents try to find out what is happening and they do. The cause of the disappearance is a stealth ship which cannot be picked up by radar.

I liked the film very much, because of the thrilling scenes, especially when they got onto the stealth ship. The director also did was fine. The equipment was the best I have seen for ages. There were really cool guns and I loved the scene where Bond drives his car using his mobile phone. However, the best thing about the film was the acting.


Παρασκευή, 29 Φεβρουαρίου 2008

The 300 or η μάχη των Θερμοπύλων?



Differences

To begin with, I’ll tell you the inaccuracies. First of all, Xerxes wasn’t a three metre tall transvestite. Secondly, Leonidas wasn’t a cuckold and he was also about 60 years old and had white hair and a white beard. Another wrong point is that Ephialtes wasn’t a monster but a normal soldier who betrayed the Spartans for money. The Spartans didn’t ever leave their formation, because they were always defending themselves from Persian attacks.

Similarities

Now, the similarities. The director knew history well, but sometimes he mixed the dates up. He also had some realistic points with what was going on in Sparta. He was also correct in showing us the right numbers of soldiers. The facts of all the battles were also accurate.