1.en 17 The streets of Palma through the eyes of a tourist (1): Listening exercise


In May 2009,   a British tourist walked along the streets of Palma filming parts of the city and making a few comments. It is not a professional video, but it gives you a good idea of what our city is like seen through the eyes of a tourist.

We are going to stroll  along the same streets, so let’s get some listening practice beforehand.

Watch this video and answer the questions in your notebook. As usual , the first one to find the answers must post them to the blog. Remember to write the number of the question you are answering to make it easier for your class mates.

1. She walks along a street called San Feliu, can you find it in the map?

2. What is her opinion on the courtyards? What are the adjectives she uses to describe them?

3. She passes a hairdresser. What is the name of the hairdresser?

4. Is it a modern one or an old one?

5. Are there lots of business in the streets?

6. What are the streets like? What is the adjective she uses to describe the streets?

7. She passes a place where French is taught. What is the name of the place?

8. She talks about the domination of the island by different people. Tick the ones she mentions:

Fenitians         Vandals          Romans           Arabs  Any other

9. She passes a pastry and bread shop. What is the name of the shop?

10. What can you buy in the bread shop packaged in gift boxes?

11. Which church does she find at the end of the street? Do you recognise it?

12. What does she say about prizes in Majorca?

13. What does she say about prices in restaurants?

14. How much does she say some restaurants charge you for a simple salad?

15. What does she say about prices in supermarkets?

16.Why does she recommend renting an apartment?

17. What does she say about prices of guided tours organised by the municipality of Palma?

18. Does she plan to go on one of those city tours?

19. How big are the apartments that are being advertised?

20. What is real state? What do they sell?

21. Does she talk about  the history of Mallorca?

22. Did you find the video very difficult?

23. Did you learn any new words?

23. Do you think she likes the city?


1.en.9 Let’s get ready for our first city walk: 20th October outing to the historic city

In our last English lessons you did the hard job. You searched your and found out you already knew lots of English words and expressions connected with city life that were there, waiting to be called. You also learnt how to organize the mess and find categories to label the words you knew: facilities, buildings, transport, and so on.

Now I will give you some on line help to prepare our first city walk on the 20th October. These are some of the things we shall learn how to do

  • zoom in and out city life.
  • use compass points to locate landmarks on a map
  •  vocabulary to talk about the things we find when we walk around the town
  • describe buildings, streets and city life
  • give and ask directions
  • find our way using a street plan
  • compare different cities, streets and neighbourhoods
  • identify landmarks and most popular citysights

I hope you’ll find the following on line activities  fun and varied. images (3)

homework-704470-704529You must do all of them and write down in your notebook the new words you learn. Remember to use categories and provide context for new words:

Hints on taking notes of new words:  

It is better to write down.


Prepositions to use with means of transport : on, by

Example: I go to school on foot ; I go to school by bus


1.  Practice pronunciation of some basic city words


2.  Listening:  town directions


3.  Find your way in an American town and check the prepositions of place.


4.  Read this text about Springfield, Bart’s hometown and do the fill in the gaps exercise


5.  From an American city, to a typical English High Street. There are six different exercises in this address (reading, writing, and listening)  with plenty of vocabulary.


6.  Listen to a person giving directions in Barcelona and do the exercises.


HOMEWORK: Monday 10th of October.  After doing the activities, we need your feed back.  Post your comments to these questions before Monday 6th. The sooner the better. 

  1. Did you learn new words? post 5 new words you learnt
  2. Is it helpful to have audio to learn pronunciation?post  5 new words you learnt how to pronounce
  3. Did you find them difficult or easy? There are 6 tasks. write next to each number how difficult it was. (easy; ok; so so; difficult; very difficult)
  4. Which ones did you prefer?
  5. How long did it take you to do all of them?
  6. Would you like to have more on-line activities grouped by topic on the blog?
Thank you for your feedback!