My Dream by Ona Solaní Balderas (N4)
Yesterday I had a dream, in my dream I had a big island, and there were twenty people, and in the sea there were three mermaids. I listened to the mermaids songs, and later went to the castle and I played with my best friend, Marta. Then I played, I saw a pink dolphin, its name was Momo. It was a very pretty dolphin.
The pink dolphin gave me a present, the present was a big cake.
If I could have a superpower, I would fly. If I could fly, I would travel around the world and I would arrive more than
9.000 km. If I could fly I would meet a lot of different type of birds in the sky. I would discover beautiful places in the sky and I would travel as fast as a plane.
If I could fly, my life would change immediately. I wouldn’t have to take the car, the plane or the train to travel somewhere. I would practise piruetes in the sky and If I fall off a high building I won’t die.
If I could have this superpower, I would use it for to help and rescue other people and for to help myself. I would rescue someone who is in danger on a higher place or in a a place that normal people can’t arrive. I would love this superpower.
The person who has taught me the most about life is my grandmother. My parents worked a lot when I was a baby so I spent a lot of time with her. She is more than a grandmother, she is a very good friend, when you have a problem, she speaks with you and tries to help you.
She is always happy, and she never stops smiling. She has straight blonde hair, a small nose, and rosy cheeks. She isn’t very tall and she is always laughing.
She is a very good painter, she spends hours cooking for the family and sometimes makes a chocolate cake, it’s fantastic. My grandmother is very intelligent and makes gadgets for my little cousins.
There are many grandmothers in the world but none of them are like mine.
A Memorable Journey by Sílvia Benítez Bellús (INTERMEDIATE)
A nightmare journey I remember was ten years ago when I stayed in Saharawi refugee camp.
I stayed in a settlement and I had to go to another country with Halima, a little Saharawi girl and a Saharawian man for visiting one of the children that my family receive every summer.
I needed a car but I knew that the price was too much expensive so I decided to do auto stop and finally a family with a private car told us that they could take us a part of the way. There aren’t motorways in the desert, only sand and dunes, when the family changed their route, they dropped us off at control centre, a place in the middle of the desert with soldiers of the Frente Polisario. I was surprised that in the control centre there were a lot of men and I was the only white woman , everybody was looking at me and suddenly I felt afraid, I was in the middle of the desert and nobody knew that I was there. I didn’t remember how much time we waited for a car in this place, I only remember that the weather was hot and I started to feel bad.
Finally a taxi appeared at the control centre, I didn’t believe that my eyes were waiting, the man who accompanied us asked him how much it cost for the trip to the settlement and I accepted the price. The taxi driver was very charming and all the travel he told me a lot of things about Saharawi life and stories about his life. His name is Mohammed Ali, like the boxer. They like the music, but in contrast with the other Muslim he liked the wine. When we arrived to the house my fears had vanished. He told me that he loves the life in the desert, but he would like to see the sea. I don’t know if he has seen it.
Writing: Rejecting a design work for a school brochure by Jose Manuel Salido Gómez (PRE-CAE)
Dear Mr Evans,
I am writing to you about the design work you presented for the front cover of our Keys College of Languages new brochure.
Despite of the quality of your work, I regret to inform you that your design has not been chosen.
The School Committee has considered positively your original and modern design. The artistic picture of the key, our school symbol, is a magnificent proposal that pleased us. The symbol is a recognised branch into our market and your suggestion of highlighting our identity sign as a cover design has been well received by our committee. However, this brochure is aimed to potential costumers who still don’t know about our services and we are afraid that the design can be confused to this people, not showing that we are really a language school.
The use of blue and green in this picture, both corporate colours of the school, is an excellent idea, although we consider that the dark tone chosen is not most appropriate for this kind of advertising.
Your work also emphasises a poignant slogan ‘Let Keys College of Language open doors for you’, crossing our school logo in the centre of the cover. This is a brilliant motto; very appropriate for current costumers who really know us bit we believe that it is not clear enough to attract new students.
These are the reasons why your work hasn’t chosen but we would like you know we really appreciate your design and your ideas and we hope to collaborate with you in the future.