Παρασκευή, 2 Σεπτεμβρίου 2016



Once upon a time there was a princess.  She had a very big problem.  She was not allowed to wear a princess dress, her parents would not allow it. They would only allow her to wear a jacket, pink t-shirts, shorts and boots (that had holes).  The princess was very happy as she lived in a big house, Oh! I forgot...her name is Kelly.  She had a hot pink room which had many trees, flowers, a cow and a dog called Puttins.  She had a sister called Carly.  Carly's room was blue and white.  She was also aupset her parents would not allow her to wear a princess dress either.  On day when they woke up the went to see Chef Marty who made them breakfast.  The breakfast included sandwiches, beef, lollipops and ice-cream.

On the other side of the world in a giant castle lived little Donny whith his dog Mittles (a talking dog) who was a friend of Kelly and Carly.  He knew how to drive, how to swim, buy is own food and could do what humans do.  Everybody knew about Mittle the dog, but little Donny didn't want him to be on TV.

Meanwhile, in a big castle in the middle of Wales livd a prince who was known as Scuba Steve.  He loved to play extreme sports such as sky diving, but he was not fond of heights!

Back to Kelly and Carly's caste ...
After finishing breakfast, the postman arrived with a letter addressed to Kelly and Carly.  The letter as as stated:

You are invited to little Donny's birthday party.  21:30pm at Donny's enormous castle.

Kelly and Carly got themselves ready for the party.  Their parents allowed them to wear party dresses for the occassion.  They bought fantastic gifts for little Donny as well as cake made by Chef Marty.  After a long car journey to the party, they arrived to find the castle covered in balloons and colourful lights.  Inside was decorated the sam, there was also delicious food from all around the world.  There were patatas bravas from Spain, lobscows from Wales, souvlaki fom Greece, kebab from Tukey, curry wurst from Germany, bretzel from Switzerland, nicoise salad from France, burritos from Mexico and prosciutto from Italy.

Kelly and Carly had been enjoying themselves much that they didn't realise the time.  It was 12:30 am, their parents were furious.  When they got back to their castle the were sent to their rooms FOREVER!!!

Kelly had an idea, on the third night of their punishment whilst their parents were asleep, Kelly found a pickaxe in ther room. She broke her door down and did the same to Carly's door. They both crept out of the caslte, carefully passed the sleeping guards and ran as fast as they could to litlle Donny's castle.

Donny was fast asleep in his gold bed.  Suddenly he was woken up by a loud banging on his diamond door.  He took his diamond swaord and his enchanted bow and arrows and headed for the door where he was surprised to find Kelly and Carly who were both very exhausted.  He told them to come in and sit down.  He shouted at Mittles to come down to show them what they had bought from the mall.  Little Donny had bought a very special machine called "The Forget Machine".  It made people forget things.  Both little Donny and Mittles had an idea.  If Kelly and Carly used the machine on their parents, they would forget that they had punished them to stay in their rooms forever.

Kelly and Carly were so happy with this idea.  They carried the machine all the way bak to their castle and waited until their parents had gone to sleep.  When they were confident that they were asleep, they snuck in quietly and slipped in to their parents room, where they were both snoring loudly.  Kelly aimed one side of the machine at her father and Carly aimed the other side at her mother.  After 3 they would press the button FORGET...1...2...3...FORGET they pushed.  The machine made a funny noise like farts, brrp, pfft, bababa, biiiw.  they ran out of the room with the machine, they hid the machine fixed back the doors and went straight to bed like nothing ever happened. 

The next morning when their parents woke up they noticed leavers on the door and a sign saying "Do not open the door".  However, they did not listen and opened the door.  When they opened a huge bag of flour, 12 eggs and some glitter fell from buckets above their heads. They were covered and yelled "Kelly, Carly".

Kelly and Carly ran out of their rooms and started to laugh uncontrollably at their parents and said that's your punishment for not listening to the signs on your door.

Suddenly, there were fireworks flying around the room, Kelly and Carly told their parents that this was a dangerous thing to do so gave them both three days of punishment locked in their room.  During the three days of no parents they did everything.  They wore princess dresses and met up with little Donny and Scuba Steve.  On the third day of the punishment Kelly and Carly changed into the clothes that their parents allowed them to wear so that they wouldn't be punished again.  When their parents came out of the room, they apologised to Kelly and Carly and told them they could do anything tey wanted, except for one thing, that you don't need to know...we may tell you next time.

And this is the end of Kelly and Carly's story....for now.

Δευτέρα, 28 Ιανουαρίου 2013

What's your job?

 This is an interview. Please read it.

What is your job?
My job is a baker.
How long have you done it for?
I have done it for 10 years.
Where do you work?
I work in Acharnes.
What do you like in your job?
I like that I can create beautiful and tasty things.
What don't you like in your job?
There is nothing I don't like.
Was it easy for you to become a baker?
Not very easy, because I had to study and practise for many years.
Do you love your job?
I love my job very much, because I like making things for hungry people.
Thank you! Have a nice day!
Thank you. You too!

B Class

Natalie, Panagiotis, Paul.

Πέμπτη, 3 Ιανουαρίου 2013


It is a custom in Greece that on January 1st we eat a rich bread called Vasilopita. It is actually the bread for Agios Vasilis (Saint Basil) because January 1st is the name day of Vasilis.  Each vasilopita contains a single coin. The Vasilopita is cut after Church. Whoever gets the slice with the coin is considered to be lucky.

Here is a recipe we got from http://www.antiochian.org/node/18684

A Simple Recipe for Vasilopita

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 extra-large eggs
  • Grated rind of 2 large oranges
  • Grated rind of 2 large lemons
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed/powdered sour cherry pits (Arabic mahleb, Greek makhlepi)
  • 2 teaspoons crushed/powdered gum mastic (Arabic miski, Greek mastikha)
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg yolk blended with 1 tablespoon milk
  • sesame seeds
  • blanched almonds
  • a clean coin - a quarter will do nicely - wrapped in silver or gold foil
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Thickly butter a 10-inch round spring form pan.
2. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter until it is light and fluffy. Beat in the sugar and beat until the mixture is light. Beat in the eggs, one a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the orange and lemon rinds, and the crushed/powdered sour cherry pits and gum mastic.
3. In a separate bowl, sift together three cups of the flour, the baking powder and salt.
4. With the mixer on low speed, gradually beat in the dry mixture alternately with the milk. The batter will be very thick. Using a wooden spoon, gradually blend in the remaining flour, beating well until completely smooth.
5. Spread the batter into the pan, press the coin into the dough until it is completely covered (don't let anyone see where you place it!), and then smooth the top. Brush the top evenly with the egg and milk mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Gently press the blanched almonds into the top to make a Cross and spell out the date of the new year.
6. Bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown (if it browns too quickly, cover the top with aluminum foil). Cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing from spring form and thoroughly cool before slicing.

It was posted by Maria K aged 13

Σάββατο, 26 Μαΐου 2012

ESB Speaking Test B2 - Useful Set phrases-Expressions

Here are some useful set phrases for the ESB Speaking Test. 

I’d like to
I’d prefer to
I’m not sure about
I’m interested in
I’m keen on
in any case
It’s probable/possible that
I agree with you
You’re absolutely right
One more/other thing is
What do you think?
I’d like to try
It’s good for you to
Yes, and what’s more
Something else that is important is
Do you agree?
I’d advise him/her to
on the whole
in general
make my own choice
Yes, but there are other things to consider
You could be right, but
I mean
I wouldn’t like
I’d love to
it must be
I’m afraid I don’t agree
That’s a good point
True, but, on the other hand
Yes, and/but don’t you think it’s also...?
Of course you’re right, but
Many people think
Yes, what I think
No, I’m not like that
I suppose
for instance
I doubt if
In some ways, but
Do you think so?
That’s interesting because
Αναρτήθηκε απο κέντρο ξένων γλωσσών ΕΚΦΡΑΣΗ στις Αχαρνές (Μενίδι).

Παρασκευή, 4 Μαΐου 2012

Help for the Final Test

E Senior

1.We put some ice on Carol's knee and, after a while, the .....went down.
a.  boarding   b.  swelling    c. dressing   d. padding

2. The .... of the school trip was the visit to the chocolate factory!

a. diversity    b injustice    c. debate    d. highlight

3. I love those flowers! They're absolutely....!
a gorgeous   b humiliating   c frustating   d disastrous

4.   Puppies and kittens have to be taken to the vet to be ......
a  simulated    b threatened   c abandoned   d vaccinated

5.  When the woman in the bank saw the robbers, she started..... .
a. snoring  b. striking   c. scraping    d screaming

6.  My grandmother  ...... by Steve every tendays in the summer.
a. cuts the grass   b. has the grass cut

7.  It's been three months .... I spoke to my friends in South Africa.
a.  ago    b. since

8.  Fred will never forget .... the Puramids for the first time
a. to see    b. seeing

9.  .....he says, don't believe him!
a. Whatever    b. However

10.  Mark ..... as a doctor last year.
a. descended   b. accepted   c. qualified   d treated

11.  They're very rich;  they live ina .... on the outskirts oftown.
a. mansion   b. kennel  c landmass   d. monument

12 .......were taken from Africa to America in ships and were forced to work in the fields
a. Strikes      b.   Scalds   c.  Suburbs   d. Slaves

13.  Dogs, cats and cows are all..... .
a  wolves   b  mammals  c cheetahs   d varieties

14.  We're having  a debate about the death .... at school tomorrow.
a penalty  b  placard  c therapy  d  majority

15.My old neighbour moved to another area, so I frequently/rarely see him now.
16.I realised who she was by the time/as soon as I saw her.
17.Her behaviour at the meeting was very embarassing/embarrassed!
18.Let's have a party, will/shall we?
19.He tried to write/writing a letter to apologise, but she wouldn't read it.

20 I reminded Paul .... the light
a.  to turn off   b. turning off

21.  John insisted .... us home.
a.  to take   b. on taking

22.  Nick warned me .... Philip what had happened.
a. to not tell  b. not to tell

23. I agreed ..... Nancy with therhomework
a. to help   b. helping

24  Matthew explained .... he hadbeen too ill to come to school.
a. that   b. us that

25 I'd rather you told/will tell her what happened
26 If only they could/can come with us.
27 it's high time he is finding/found a job.
28As long as/In case you don't get home too late, you can go to the party.
29 If I were you, I'll give/I'd give him the money.
30 Eleni regrets dyeing/to dye her hair green
31 I'd prefer go/to go on my own
32 He's responsible for making/to make all the desserts in the restaurant.

33 It's ... that we get food and water to those people as soon as possible
a. available   b. desperate   c physical  d crucial
34  The ....flying object wasn't a plane; people said that they had never seen anything like it before.
a. unidentified  b personalised   c specialised   d endangered
35 I had been in the bank for about ten minutes when I realised that I was standing in the wrong ....
a court  b tap   d plug   d queue
36 This job doesn't .... well, but I really enjoy it.
a. earn  b offer  c spend  d pay
37 Where is the ....? I want to boil some water to make tea.
a. fossil   b whistle  c ripple   d kettle
38 This country is rich because it's got lots of natural .... .
a. increases  b logging  c spectators   d resources
39 All children should live in a safe.... .
a. experience   b inconvenience   c environment   d. emergency
40 Luckily, the .... was caught before he could set fire to any more buildings.
a survivor  b mugger c arsonist  d burglar

Have you done the exercises?

Now, you can look at the answers.  Remember to learn the translation of all the words.


1b  2d 3a  4d  5d  6b  7b  8b  9a  10c  11a  12d  13b   14a  15 rarely  16 as soon as  17 embarassing     18 shall  19 writing   20a  21b  22b  23a  24a 25 told 26 could 27 found 28 as long as 29 I'd give 30 dyeing
31 to go 32 for making  33d 34a 35d 36 pay 37d 38d 39c 40c

Good luck with your test!!!

D Senior

1. It is very important to stay .... in an earthquake
a. scientific   b  calm   c  fit   d raw

2. We decided to .... the biscuits from the children.
a. hide   b treat   c process   d expand

3. The artist makes beautiful .... out of metal
a. fights   b materials   c statues   d destinations

4  The magician ... some great tricks at the children's party.
a.  powered   b   performed   c activity   d  reached

5. This dog belongs/is belonging to our neighbour.
6. I didn't see/haven't seen this film before, so don't tell me what happens in the end.
7. You mustn't/don't need to feed the dog; I've already done it.
8. We shouldn't start eating until Pam arrives/will arrive.

9.  Don't be afraid of the cat; it won't .... you.
a. escape  b hurt  c  behave  d trap

10.  These .... need a lot of rain to grow.
a. members  b clouds   c  crops   d grades

11.  Look!  That man is .... a baby kangaroo!
a. carrying    b whistling    c. reacting    d. orbiting

12. We have decided to .... off the party until later in the summer
a. go   b turn   c put   d stop

13 I'd rather to watch/watch the news on ET1.
14 I still don't understamd where/why Jim went to the dentist's again this morning
15 We had better to leave/leave now.
16 This dog belongs/is belonging to our neighbour.
17 Either Paul nor/or Helen told me about it; I can't remember which of them it was.
18 I haven't had any/no ice cream yet.
19 That's the factory which/in which my brother used to work in.
20 James, who/whose mother is a doctor, is my best friend.

Have you done the exercises?

Now, you can look at the answers.  Remember to learn the translation of all the words.


1b 2a 3c 4b 5 belongs  6 haven't seen 7 don't need 8 arrives  9b  10c 11a  12c 13 watch 14 why 15 leave 16 belongs 17 or 18 any 19 which 20 whose

Τετάρτη, 2 Μαΐου 2012

il- ir- im

1. You are not behaving yourself. You are ................. . (impolite / irregular)
2.  If you don't do your exercises, you are .................... (illegal / irresponsible)
3.  My grandma is completely ................ (irregular / illiterate) because she has never been to school.
4.  "Make" is an ....................... (irregular / impolite) verb.
5. My friend Bob says very ...................... (illogical / immature) things. He can't be serious.
6. I was walking down the street when I saw an obstacle. It was ....................... (impolite / impassable)
7. My friend Lisa is the most ..................... (immature / impossible) person I have ever met because she always behaves like a child.

Send us your answers.

Τετάρτη, 30 Νοεμβρίου 2011

The figure on the mountain - Part IV

It was five o' clock in the morning and I couldn 't sleep any longer I was upset with what had happened. So, I turned my comuter on and I found information on that old castle on the mountain. It seem that the owner of the castle had been murdered. His name was Andrew Shelton. Althought it was so early, I called my friends. They were restless too and they had already done their reasearch on the net. According to the legend this man was the richest man of the country. He had no children, but one day he was found underground. His hands and feet were tied. The poor man was dead, murdered by someone who wanted his money.

We decided to go back to the mountain. We went straight to the graveyard. We started looking for his grave. We finally found it. But what was that on the ground, over the grave? There was a note. Alice picked it up and read 'Thank you children. You set me free and now my spirit can at last rest".

It was then when we realished that the man we found was the gost of the rich man!

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