This blog has been designed to provide information about the activities held at the social studies bilingual sections in CPI Tino Grandío (Guntín,Spain). The English language and Social Studies teachers have elaborated most of the resources you can see but our "auxiliares de conversa" also have their own page and posts. Therefore everyone is invited to have a look .

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Resolutions for this New School Year

September is a great time to reflect on the changes we want to or need to make in our studies. This is a good set of ideas for you to improve your results:
Keep a calendar

  1. Stop procrastinating. Don't postpone  the work you have to do. Do it as soon as possible as tasks usually take longer than expected.
  2. Commit yourself to getting good grades. Good grades are essential for  any student. They will help you get to your favourite "instituto", faculty, etc. so make your mind up and start right now.
  3. If a subject is too difficult, ask your teacher outside school, study for the subject with other classmates but don't leave anything that looks too difficult for the end of the term when you won't have much time for everything.
  4. Don’t do it all. It’s better to concentrate on a few things and excel in them than if you join every sport, activity and club that you comes accross. Just do a couple of things and make sure you have plenty of time for your studies.
  5. Keep a calendar. Deadlines creep up quickly. And the closer the date, the more you’ll feel the pressure. You can use a traditional paper diary or use an online calendar, such as Google Calendar but all exams and deadlines should be written down.
  6. Take your exams seriously and study for them on time. Waiting for a second chance is not a good idea as you will be losing opportunities
  7. Don't forget handing your school reports on time and remember that a percentage of your final qualification depends on them so don't underestimate their importance.
  8. Try something new. Secondary school is a great time to spread your wings. It’s about new experiences and self-discovery. You can try a new sport, learn a new language, find new topics of interest or join an NGO. Just try.
  9. Explore your possibilities for the future, consider what you would like to study and find information about those studies, where they can be carried out, etc.
  10. Banish the self-doubt. Doubting your own abilities only holds you back from achieving what you want to achieve. Just say no to these thoughts and others like them:
    • “I can’t do this.”
    • “I’m not as smart as my classmates.”
    • “I’ll never get better than a 2.7 grade-point average.”
    • “I’ll only get into a community college anyway”
    • “There’s no point in thinking I’ll get into my first choice college.”

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

How to read numbers in English


Remember that large numbers are separated by commas: 123,456,789 and decimals need dots: 1.25

We don't normally write numbers with words, but it's possible to do this and, of course, this will show how we say the numbers.

In writing large numbers, American English uses a comma ( , ) to separate thousands, millions, etc. American English also uses a hyphen ( - ) to separate "tens" words (twenty, fifty, etc.) and
"ones" words (one, three, six, etc.)


written   said
1,011   one thousand eleven
21,011   twenty-one thousand eleven
721,011   seven hundred twenty-one thousand eleven
1,256,721   one million two hundred fifty-six thousand seven hundred twenty-one
31,256,721   thirty-one million two hundred fifty-six thousand seven hundred twenty-one
631,256,721   six hundred thirty-one million two hundred fifty-six thousand seven hundred twenty-one
1,492,638,526   one billion four hundred ninety-two million six hundred thirty-eight thousand five hundred twenty-six
41,492,638,526 forty-one billion four hundred ninety-two million six hundred thirty-eight thousand five hundred twenty-six
941,492,638,526  nine hundred forty-one billion four hundred ninety-two million six hundred thirty-eight thousand five hundred twenty-six

  1. In American English, the order of large numbers is thousand, million, billion, trillion, etc. (1,000; 1,000,000; 1,000,000,000; 1,000,000,000,000; etc.)
  2. In American English a thousand million is a billion, but in British English, a thousand million is a milliard.
  3. When saying large numbers, do not make thousand, million, billion, trillion, etc. plural. (WRONG: *twenty thousands dollars; *five millions people; CORRRECT: twenty thousand dollars; five million people)
  4. Commas separate thousands, millions, etc. (21,011-31,256,721-941,492,638,526)
  5. People often say "a" instead of "one" before hundred, thousand, etc. and they often add "and" before the last number (a hundred and twenty-one / a thousand and eleven)

Common British vernacularCommon American vernacularCommon British vernacular
"How many marbles do you have?""What is your house number?""Which bus goes to the high street?"
101"A hundred and one.""One-oh-one."
Here, "oh" is used for the digit zero.
109"A hundred and nine.""One-oh-nine.""One-oh-nine."
110"A hundred and ten.""One-ten.""One-one-oh."
117"A hundred and seventeen.""One-seventeen.""One-one-seven."
120"A hundred and twenty.""One-twenty.""One-two-oh", "One-two-zero."
152"A hundred and fifty-two.""One-fifty-two.""One-five-two."
208"Two hundred and eight.""Two-oh-eight.""Two-oh-eight."
334"Three hundred and thirty-four.""Three-thirty-four.""Three-three-four."
Ordinal numbers are also used for fractions:
  • 1/10 - one tenth
  • 3/4 - three quarters
  • 15/16 - fifteen sixteenths

Some numbers have special names in certain contexts:
  • Zero: formal scientific usage
  • Naught / nought: mostly British usage
  • Aught: Mostly archaic but still occasionally used when a digit in mid-number is 0 (as in "thirty-aught-six", the .30-06 Springfield rifle cartridge and by association guns that fire it)
  • Oh: used when spelling numbers (like telephone, bank account, bus line [British: bus route])
  • Nil: in general sport scores, British usage ("The score is two–nil.")
  • Nothing: in general sport scores, American usage ("The score is two–nothing.")
  • Null: used technically to refer to an object or idea related to nothingness. The 0th aleph number (\aleph_0) is pronounced "aleph-null".
  • Love: in tennis, badminton, squash and similar sports (origin disputed, often said to come from French l'œuf, "egg"; but the Oxford English Dictionary mentions the phrase for love, meaning nothing is at risk)
  • Ace in certain sports and games, as in tennis or golf, indicating success with one stroke, and the face of a die, playing card or domino half with one pip
  • Birdie in golf denotes one stroke less than par, and bogey, one stroke more than par
  • Couple
  • Pair
  • Eagle in golf denotes two strokes less than par
  • Duo
  • Trio
  • Half a dozen
  • A dozen (first power of the duodecimal base), used mostly in commerce
  • A century, also used in cricket scores and in cycling for 100 miles.
  • A ton, in Commonwealth English, the speed of 100 mph[5] or 100 km/h.
  • A great hundred or long hundred (twelve tens; as opposed to the small hundred, i.e. 100 or ten tens), also called small gross (ten dozens), both archaic
  • A gross (a dozen dozens, second power of the duodecimal base), used mostly in commerce
  • Googol (1 followed by 100 zeros), used in mathematics; not to be confused with the name of the company Google (which was originally a misspelling of googol)

  • 1–0    British English: one-nil; American English: one-nothing, one-zip, or one-zero
  • 0–0    British English: nil-nil, or more rarely nil all; American English: zero-zero or nothing-nothing, (occasionally scoreless or no score)
  • 2–2    two-two or two all; American English also twos, two to two, even at two, or two up.