Sunday, 27 September 2015



1. Do you like shopping for new clothes?
2. How often do you go shopping for clothes?
3. How much money do you spend on new clothes a year?
4. Is it possible to get addicted to buying clothes?
5. Do you wear fashionable  clothes only?
6. Do you read fashion magazines?
7. Do you watch fashion programs on TV?
8. Is it important to be fashionable?
9. What is your favourite  colour of clothes?
10.   What kind of clothes do you usually wear?
11.   Where do you usually buy clothes?
12.   Do you buy second-hand clothes? Why/why not?
13.   Do you buy clothes on the Internet? Why/why not?
14.   Do you often buy branded clothes? Why/why not?
15.   How many pairs of shoes do you have?
16.   (if you are a woman) Do you often wear high heel shoes? (if you are a man) Do you like when women wear high heel shoes?
17.   How often does the fashion change?
18.   Does the fashion come back over again?
19.   Do you think that clothes reflect personality?
20.   Is there any dress code  in your job? Do you like it?
21.   What do you think about wearing uniforms at school?
22.   Do you wear jewellery ?
23.   Do you have tattoos?
24.   Is it acceptable  in your country to have a lot of tattoos and earrings?
25.   Do you wear glasses ?
26.   Do you wear contact lenses ?
27.   What traditional clothes do people wear in your country?
28.   What pieces of clothing do you consider provocative?


Part 1-style questions
Examiner: Do you enjoy buying clothes?
Pedro: I used to … yes … like most young people I was a bit of a slave to fashion and I’d always have to buy that must-have shirt or pair of shoes … I’m not so bothered now though … I wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing something old fashioned but I’m not as bothered as I used to be about what I wear …
Examiner: What kind of clothes do you like to wear?
Marco: I prefer casual clothes actually … I hate getting dressed up for special occasions … personally I think it’s possible to look good in a pair of jeans … but that’s my opinion … I don’t think my wife would call me a fashion icon that’s for sure …
Examiner: Are there many clothes shops where you live?
Sylvia: Yes … there are lots in my town … apart from the big chain stores we’ve got a couple of really nice shops that sell vintage clothes … old clothes but in a classic style that never really go out of fashion … I love going there 

Part 2-style task

Describe someone you know who dresses well. You should say
  • who they are
  • how you know them
  • what kind of clothes they wear
and say why you like the way they dress.
Tomoko:  I’d like to talk about one of my teachers … Miss Evans … she teaches us English in the school I go to … we always look forward to seeing what she’s going to wear when our lessons start … she’s always very well dressed and takes a lot of pride in her appearance … it’s not that she dresses in very smart clothes … she doesn’t come to school dressed to kill or anything like that … but what she wears really suits her … and she has a great sense of style as well … we often ask her where she gets some of her clothes and most of the time they’re just off the peg … and she says she’s not interested in designer labels or anything like that … she doesn’t seem too concerned about keeping up with the latest fashion … she just wears clothes that are timeless… yes … Miss Evans is the person I think looks great in the clothes she wears …

Part 3-style questions

Examiner: What factors do you think affect the clothes we choose to wear?
Maki: It depends … where we are or where we’re going is a big factor … if you are going out to a club or party you’re going to dress for the occasion … and then there are those who think it’s important to look like they’re on trend … they’ll want to wear the latest fashions … there are lots of factors really …
Examiner: What kind of things determine what is in fashion and what we should be wearing?
Martin: I suppose the big fashion houses and fashion shows must have an effect but the clothes you see on the catwalk don’t always reflect what normal people wear … so I suppose it will be things like what singers are wearing in videos or models are wearing in magazines … that kind of thing …
Examiner: Is it possible to look good without spending lots of money on clothes?
Corinna: I’m sure it is … yes … I suppose it’s about having an eye for what looks good … knowing how to mix and match different items of clothing that go well together … I think you can pick up great bargains in charity shops … sometimes for youngsters even hand-me-downs can look good …


  • to be on trend: to be very fashionable
  • casual clothes: not formal
  • classic style: a simple, traditional style that is always fashionable
  • designer label: a well-known company that makes (often expensive) clothing
  • dressed to kill: wearing clothes that attract admirers
  • to dress for the occasion: to wear clothes suitable for a particular event
  • fashionable: in fashion
  • fashion house: a company that sells (usually expensive) new styles in clothes
  • fashion icon: a person who is famous for their sense of fashion
  • fashion show: an event where modals show off the latest in fashion designs
  • to get dressed up: to put on nice clothes, often to go out somewhere special
  • to go out of fashion: to not be in fashion any more
  • hand-me-downs: clothes that are passed down from older brothers or sisters to their younger siblings
  • to have an eye for (fashion): to be a good judge of
  • to have a sense of style: the ability to wear clothes that look stylish
  • the height of fashion: very fashionable
  • to keep up with the latest fashion: to wear the latest fashions
  • to look good in: to wear something that suits you
  • to mix and match: to wear different styles or items of clothing that aren’t part of a set outfit
  • must-have: something that is highly fashionable and therefore in demand
  • off the peg: clothing that is ready made
  • old fashioned: not in fashion any more
  • on the catwalk: the stage that modals walk along to show off the latest fashions
  • a slave to fashion: someone who always feel the need to wear the latest fashions
  • smart clothes: the kind of clothes worn for a formal event
  • to suit someone: to look good on someone
  • to take pride in one’s appearance: to pay attention to how one looks
  • timeless: something that doesn’t go out of fashion
  • vintage clothes: clothes from an earlier period
  • well-dressed: to be dressed attractively
mutton dressed as lamb (level: advanced)
an older woman dresses in a way that is much more suitable for a younger girl
The actress was criticized by almost every fashion magazine, after she had put on an extremely short skirt at the opening night. The 60-year old woman looked like mutton dressed as lamb.
to fit like a glove (level: advanced)
to fit very well
Buy this blue T-shirt. It contains Lycra, so it will fit you like a glove.
to be in one’s birthday suit (level: advanced)
to be completely naked
He was arrested after he ran into the shop in his birthday suit, making all the customers feel very uncomfortable .
dressed to the nines/teeth (level: advanced)
dressed in stylish and expensive clothes
Everybody liked the elegant and stylish dress that she was wearing at the picnic. She was dressed to the nines, as usual.

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Saturday, 12 September 2015


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Here you have a complete list of useful words:

nail, nails - uña, uñas
nail art - arte de uñas
nail bed - matriz, raíz de la uña, lecho ungueal, cama de uña
nail brush - cepillo para las uñas
nail buffer - lima abrillantadora
nail buffing cream - crema pulidora (para uñas)
nail cleaner - limpiador de uñas
nail clipper - cortauñas
nail decoration - decoración de uñas, decorados de uñas, adornos de uñas
nail design - diseño de uñas
nail dryer - secador de uñas
nail edge - orilla o borde libre de la uña
nail esthetician - manicurista, técnica de uñas
nail extensions - extensiones de uñas
nail file - lima de uñas
nail fungus - hongos de las uñas
nail lacquer - esmalte de uñas, laca de uñas
nail nipper - cortauñas
nail pencil - lapiz blanco para hacer las uñas a la francesa
nail polish - esmalte de uñas, laca de uñas, pintura de uñas, cuté, pintauñas, barniz de uñas
nail polish brush - pincel para las uñas
nail polish corrector - corrector de esmalte
nail polish remover - quitaesmalte, disolvente
nail primer - base de esmalte para uñas, base primaria
nail varnish (British) = nail polish
nail salon - salón de manicura, salón de uñas
nail sculpture - esculpido de uñas
nail shaper - torno para uñas
nail shop - salón de uñas
nail technician - técnica de uñas, manicurista
nail technology - manicuría, tecnología de uñas
nail tip (the part that grows out) - punta, extremidad de la uña
nail tips - tips para uñas
nail treatment - tratamiento para uñas
natural - natural
natural nails - uñas naturales
neutral (tone) - neutro
nipper = clipper

You can watch a videotutorial with written instructions on youtube: 

Gel nail tutorial with Nail Tips

How to get glamorous vintage nails

You can listen and repeat sentences related to the subject here: (upper-intermediate level).

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Wednesday, 2 September 2015


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