Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Informal Letter to an e-friend

Dear David,

       As for my personal details, I'm Marinos and I'm the same age as you. Thanks for your letter. I'm glad you wrote to me after you found my profile on the Webpal International site.

      I was born in Heraklion and I lived here ever since with family. Heraklion is the largest city on Crete. I live in a family house which is about 20 minutes from the center by car. My school is only 10 ninutes' walk from there. In my area there are many different shops to buy some souvenirs. For example supermarket "Chalkiadakis" is near my house. Moreover, my house is near a gym and in front of it is a park with different kinds of trees and flowers. Furthermore, I have got a sister who is 15 years old and her name is Rafaela. Also, I haven't got a pet but I want one! My parents disagree with me.

     I spend my spare time listening to music because it relaxes me and also the lyrics make me more enthusiastic. My favourite Pop singer is Rihanna. In addition to that, I really like to hang out  with my friends and go to the cinema on weekends. Also, on Sundays my family and I usually go to our village and meet my grandparents. Moreover, every day after school my friends and I go for a walk or go to an internet-cafe'. Furthermore, I enjoy playing computer games on the internet or playing football with my friends every friday evening. Also, every day after I do my homework, I watch tv with my parents or a DVD with adventure.

   The reason why I want a penfriend is because it is a great opportunity to improve my English, especially my writing skills and also I want to learn more about your interests and your country. Please tell me!

    Write soon! I look forward to your next letter!


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Italian Pizza

 Name of dish:Italian Pizza

  •  1 teaspoon salt.
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder.
  • 2 teaspoon sugar.
  • 2 teaspoon oil.
  • 1/2 glass of water.
  • 1 egg.
  • slices tomato.
  • slices ham.
  • slices cheese.
  • slices peppers:green/yellow/red.
  • 1 can of tomato sauce                                     
First of all  take a bowl and into the bowl  pour the bakin powder then the salt,the sugar,the oil,the glass of water and in the end the egg.Next  pour the mixture in the mix for 5-10 minutes.Then open the dough and we put:1)the tomato sauce
      2)the cheese slices
      3)the ham slices
      4)the tomato slices
      5)the pepper slices

After that, put the pizza into the oven for about 30 minutes on 30-35 degrees.

Apple Pie!

How To Make An Apple Pie!

1)1 box of butter
2)1 + 1/2 glass of sugar
3)1 teaspoon cinnamon
4)5 apples
5)5 eggs
6)1 + 1/2 glass of flour


Put the butter,the sugar and the cinnamon in the oven at 150 degrees for ten minutes.Take a pan and put the apples in it.Remove the ingredients from the oven .Put them in a bowl with all the other ingredients.Mix them with the mixer for ten minutes and put the mixture on the pan over the apples.Put the pan in the oven at 180 degrees for one hour.Good luck!!



FRUIT                            MEAT                            VEGETABLES                         DESSERTS/SNACKS
bannana                           beef                                broccoli                                     chocolate
orange                             chicken                            carrots                                       crisps     
apple                                turkey                              peas                                          ice cream
water melon                      steak                               cabbage                                    cheese cake
melon                                pork                                lettuce                                       buiskits
                                         sausage                           cucumber                                   creps
                                         ham                                 tomato                                       waffles
                                                                                caulif                                           honey
                                                                                F flower                                      croissant
                                                                                                                                   donut cookies
                                                                                                                                    frozen yogurt

cake fruit

                                                       cake fruit
1 cup raisins
500gr farin ap
250gr butter
250gr milk
400gr sugar
4 eggs

First,stir the butter 2-3 minutes,pour the sugar and each one of the eggs.
Then mix and pour the mixture in a pot in the oven with farin ap.
Bake in the oven at 180-200  for an 1 hour.

Christmas Fruitcake Recipe



500gr spaghetti
100gr cheese
5 eggs
200gr bacon


Boil spahetti in a skillet.Fry the oil and then boil the bacon.
Remove and let bacon cool.After that cut it into pieces.
In a bowl and beat the eggs.Then,add the bacon and then pour the spaghetti.
Finally, serve.

Easy ice-cream with Merenda


  •     425gr Whipped cream
  •    250 gr Merenda
  •    50 gr caster sugar

  In  a little bowl mix well 6 spoons from the whipped sour cream with Merenda. In a mixer bowl, mix well the rest of the sour cream with the caster sugar till it is a light cream. Add the mixture that you have to the other bowl that have the Merenda and the 6 spoons of cream, and mix well. Put the mixture in a stainless bowl to the freezer and let it for 8-10  hours, mixing the ice-cream every 2 hours. An easy ice-crea, than can be prepared very fast at home !!!!

Homemade baked potato chips

                                                         Homemade baked potato chips


3 medium red potatoes,peeled.
salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tbsp oil


1.  Preheat oven to 230 C (450F).Line baking sheet with parchment paper.Cut the potatoes in 1/8-inch thick
round slices.
 2.  In a pot of boiling water,cook the potato slices got 3-5 minute.Drain well and combine with oil,salt.pepper and spices (garlic,oregano,basiletc)in a large bowl.
place potato slices on prepared baking sheet in one layer.Bake for about 15 minutes until crisp and golden brown.Gently remove the chips and place on parchment paper.Let dry for few minutes and they are ready to serve!


Monday, October 14, 2013

PET Speaking Questions

Do you come from a large or a small family?
In my family there are the four of us: my mum called Androniki, who is a school consultant, my dad called John, who is a civil engineer, my 11-year-old sister called Marianna and I. We aren't a large family but we are happy together.

Do you often see your grandparents?

In fact, I see my mum's parents every day because they live in the same apartment block with us, (comma) but to be honest I don't often see my dad's mother.

Do you get on well with your sister and w
hat kind of things do you do together?

Actually, a few years ago we didn't get on well with my sister at all. She didn't behave good  treat me well, so we used to quarrel all the time. However, now she has changed a lot. She isn't rude to me anymore and we can do lot of things together. We are going (go: present simple for habits) shopping, we are chatting (chat) and we are having (have) fun and we play many games together.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

PET Speaking Stage 1

Do you come from a large or a small family?

There are the three of us in my family. My mum, my dad and I. We aren't a big family, (comma) but we have fun together !

Do you often see your grandpareds?

Yes, I do. Every weekend I go to my village Ptsideros where my grandpa lives. There, I stay for one day and on Sunday evening I come back to Heraklion.

Do you get on well with your cousins?

Yes, I do. I have got eight cousins and the most of them are babies. They are so cute and I love them... I think that they love me too

What kind of things do you do together?

Every weekend I see my cousins because they live in my village and I can't see them the other days  . So every Saturday and Sunday we go to the village's playground where they play on the slide and swings.

Personal Speaking Questions 2

                                                        Speaking Questions

  1. Do you come from a big or a small family ?                                                                                         I come from a big family I have a brother and two sisters.
  2. Do you often see your grandparents ?                                                                                                 My grandfathers and one of my grandmothers have died so I have only a grandmother but I go to my village twice a month.
  3. Do you get on well with your brother and sisters ?                                                                                 I haven't got any problem with my brother and my sisters. We do lots of things together and we love each other deeply.
  4. What kind of things do you do together ?                                                                                            Usually we play board games and we watch movies at the cinema. We always have a great time together.                                                                                          

Personal Speaking Questions 1

                                            Speaking Questions

  1.  Where do you live ?                                                                                                                         I was born in Heraklion and I 've lived here ever since.                                                                                                                            
  2. Can you tell me something about your town ?                                                                                     Heraklion is the capital of Crete. It is a picturesque place with many shops, restaurants, museums etc.                            
  3. Do you work or are you a student ?                                                                                                   I'm a student of the 1st Grade of Junior High School in Heraklion.                                                                
  4. What do you like about yor school ?                                                                                                    My school is spacious and modern. It has been recently renovated. It has a big school yard too.                         
  5. What time do you go to school ?                                                                                                        I get up at 7.00 o'clock every day. At 8.45 I meet my friends and we all together go to school.            
  6. What time do you come home from school ?                                                                                       The school finishes at 2.00 o'clock but usually I come home at 2.15 every day.                                                                                                                                                                 

Speaking questions

1. Do you come from a large family or small family?
There are three of us in my family. My mother,my father and I. I also have one dog whose name is Candy and one turtle. My father also has an impressive aquarium.

2. Do you often see your grandparents?
Actually, I see my father's parents every day because we live in the same block of flats, (commas!) but I usually see my mother's parents usually at the weekends.

3. Do you get on well with your friends? 
I get on well with my friends. Sometimes we have an argument but we always make up again. I remember a huge argument that we had and we were not friends (we had fallen out) for months. But now we are true friends again.

4. What kind of things do you do together?
We usually hang out or we go to Tallos and watch a movie. We always have a great time together.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Personal Speaking Questions Stage 1

7) Do you come from a large or a small family?

In my family there are four of us. My mother (42 years old) and father (47 years old), who are employees, I (14 years old) and my twenty-year old brother. He is a football player and a student in university. We also have three pets, two dogs and one cat, so except them I come from a normal family. 

8) Do you often see your grandparents?

Actually, I live in the  same apartment block with my mother's parents, so I see them everyday! But on the other hand, I usually see twice a month my father's parents twice a month.

9) Do you get on with your brother? What kind of things do you do together?

To be honest a few years ago, I didn't get on with my brother, because I wasn't a teenager, (comma) so we didn't have a lot of things in common, but now we get on really well. We usually say how was our day in school was, or volleyball training. Some other times we exchange opinions about songs, films and clothes. We are good friends and we trust our secrets to each other. Furthermore, we watch films or our favourite series together. However, we play with our pets too. We haven't been down town together yet, because he spends most of his spare time with his own friends, so when we are both at home, we spend quality time together.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Personal Speaking Questions

1. Where do you live or where do you come from?

I am from Heraklion and I have been living here since I was born. The area where I live in is called Mastabas and it's a popular area full of shops and cafes.

2. Can you tell me something about your town?

My town is big. It has many cafeterias shops and other places where you can go and spend your time. Futhermore, my town has hospitals, banks, sports centres and other facilities.

3. Do you work or are you a student?

I am a student of the third grade at junior high school. My school is near the city centre and it's called Kapetanakio. It's very big and beautiful. 

4. What do you like about your school?

My school is very clean and this is something that I really like. Also it's big and very beautiful. Futhermore, it has a computer room and a chemistry room where we can carry out experiments and learn different things.

5. What time do you go to school? 

Every day I go to school at 8 am but it is 15 minutes on foot from my house so I must leave 15 minutes earlier.

6. What time do you come home from school?

School finishes at 2 pm but it is a long way back home so I arrive about 15 or 20 minutes later. 

Questions about me

1.   Where do you live?
   I live in Hearklion and  I'm very happy about that because Heraklion is a great city.

2.   Can you tell me something about your town? 
   Heraklion is the capital of Crete. There is a big town centre with shops, cafes and restaurants. Also, a good thing about Heraklion is that it is very close to the sea and you can visit the coast whenever you want. 

3.   Do you work or are you a student?
   I am a student and I am in the second grade of junior high school. 

4.   What do you like about your school? 
   I think my school is very good because it is new and it isn't very old like other schools. Also,I like my school because it has a very big yard. (use the new words more!) 

5.   What time do you go to school? 
   In the mornings, I leave the house at 8.00 o'clock. I go to school by car and I arrive there at 8.10. 

6.   What time do you come home from school? 
   I come home from school at 2.20 in the afternoon. I leave school at 2.00 o'clock, but I go home on footso I need 20 minutes to arrive home.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Speaking Questions

1. Where do you live?
I was born in Heraklion and I have lived here ever since.

2. Can you tell me something about your town?
Heraklion is the capital of Crete. It has many attractions to see and a lot of shops,restaurants etc. Holidays in Heraklion means:hot weather and beach. It is a beautiful place.

3. Do you work or are you a student?
I am a student and I go to Junior High School.

4. What do you like about your school?
I like the the very big schoolyard because we do a lot of things and the building because it has great facilities.

5. What time do you go to school?
I usually go to school at 8 o'clock but sometimes I go there earlier.

6. What time do you come from school?
In the Junior Hight School we have 7 hours every day so I come back at 2 o'clock.


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Personal Speaking Questions Stage 1

1) Where do you come from? / Where do you live?

I live in Heraklion and I've lived here all my life. More specifically, I live two minutes from Markaki school. It's a busy and noisy neighbourhood (in the suburbs of Heraklion) because of the traffic. It's also polluted, because of the exhaust fumes. Another thing about my neighbourhood, is that it has some facilities like supermarkets, bakeries, chemists, cafeterias etc. However, it doesn't a lot of trees, but there are some parks near it.

2) Can you tell me something about your town?

To begin with, my town has many facilities, for instance schools, hospitals, hypermarkets, libraries etc. It also has many places for young people to go, for example cinema complexes , cafeterias and shops. But on the other hand, there are a lot of disadvantages about my town. First of all, it has air pollution and that's because of the busy roads. Furthermore, it has lack of greenery. There aren't many parks in my town, but the government tries to face it by putting trees on the pavements. Anyway, in my town in our days criminality has increased a lot. Sometimes you are afraid to walk late at night in roads all alone.

3) Do you work or are you a student?

I am a fourteen-year old student at the first Junior High School of Heraklion and I attend the third grade of it. Actually you can say that counts as a work!

4) What do you like about your school?

Well, there aren't a lot of things about my school, because, it doesn't have many facilities. So, a thing I like about it is that there is volleyball court. I actually love volleyball, so I'm happy I can play at school. Also, we have great teachers who are well-educated and friendly.To be honest we have strict ones too. Apart from that, I feel proud to be in a very important and historical school like that.

5) What time do you go to school?

I usually wake up at 7:20 at the latest. My school is a fifteen-minute walk from my block of flats. My friend comes at 7:50 at my house to live together for school, so we are there at 8:05.

6) What time do you come home from school?

My lessons usually end at 2:00 pm, so I'm home at 2:15 or 2:20 when I walk slowly. Sometimes lessons end at 1:15 am and I'm back at 1:30.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

My summer holidays

My holidays

   Every summer, I have a great time in my holidays.Also, this year I think was one the best summers in my life.

   First of all, I went some days in my village,Voni. I really loved the walks with my friends and the night-jokes in the cafe of the village.Some days later, I went for 4 days in Sitia.It was the first time I visited the west part of Crete. Sitia is a nice place with lots of things to do in the city-centre.I also visited Vai, the beautiful palm-tree place.The bay was really clean and the water was light blue, but a little cold. After that interesting 4-day excursion, I came back to Heraklio.

 Even the weather was hot, it was windy, so I couldn't go to the beach.In addition to that, I didn't disappoint.I met my friends every day, from morning till the night. Together we had great time. The summer was ending, so we decided to do a party to "end" our holidays, even though I meet them again every day. The party was amazing! We danced, drunk, laughed and other things that I don't think I'm going to forget..

  September was here and schools started, but I'm never going to forget this summer !

My summer

   This summer was a little different from the other summers. It was different with the good meaning because I did some things that I haven't done it before. 
   This summer I had English lessons. So I had to wake up early four days a week. But at English lessons we always had a great time. The three days that I didn't have any lessons, my family and I went to our cottage which is in Gouves. There, we went every day swimming and I played video games.
   Also, in the summer we went for three days to Rethymno. There we had a great time. We stayed at a hotel and we went to swim at little places near to Rethymno. 
                                        This summer was one of the best of my life.

My holidays!!!!

  This summer was fantastic!!!
  I had English lessons in Markaki School so I was meeting my friends every day!We had a great time!We learnt a lot of useful things and we shot a video together.In the evenings I was reading my homework and then I had a lot of free time to do whatever I want.At the weekends I was hanging out with my friends or I was playing computer games,watching TV or practicing the guitar.
  One weekend I went with my parents to Lendas.It was great because we were swimming in the sea every day but it was a little boring, because I was alone.Only my mother's friends were there.But it was a good trip.
  Also I went to my village,Arkaloxori.Every day we were going to the beach and in the evenings I was playing with my cats.I don't have friends there but my village is the only place you can relax.My grandmother takes care of everyone!
  This summer wasn't boring because I always had something to do and I had a great time!

My summer!

I liked this summer very much! It was one of the best of my life because I did some things that I didn't expect to do.

This summer I went to my village Malia where we have a house. Some days after my family and I went for a 3-day holiday in Kalamata and other 3 days in Patra. It was an unforgettable journey. We stayed in two different hotels which were big and beautiful. Every day we went for walks, we discovered new places and we had a great time together.

When I came back to Malia I went every day to the beach. I spend many hours there and that was fantastic. When I went back to home from the beach I usually went for walks with my friends. When I didn't go for walks I usually rode my bike. Futhermore, I played volleyball and tennis with my sister and football with some other children.

This summer was incredible and I will never forget it! 

One of my favourite films


Catwoman is one of the best films I have ever seen . The film was directed by Pitof. The protagonist of the film is Halle Berry. The film shows us a very young, beautiful and shy woman with the speed, reflexes and senses of a cat. Sometimes she looks like a hero , but also sometimes she looks like a criminal and this is why I like her.This adventure and fantasy film is very exciting and makes you feel worried about the rest of the story and I invite you to watch her! Catwoman will be a great experience for you .


by Agatha Christie

This summer I read a book called "Third girl" by Agatha Chistie. It is one of my favourite book and that's why I would like to recommend it to you. 

To begin with I would like to tell you some things about Agatha Christie(book's writer):
She was born on 15th September in 1890 in England and she died in 1976 in England too. Agatha Christie is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime because of a great variety of crime novels she has written. The most popular of her book's characters are Hercules Poirot, Ms Jain Marple and Tommy and Tuppence. Agatha Christie is the best-selling novellist of all time and even in nowdays she is still popular in all the ages.

The "Third Girl" is about three girls who shares the shame flat in London. The first girl is a typical secretary, the second is an artist and the last one-that no-one knows lots of things about- interrupts Hercule Poirot's breakfast telling him that she has may commited a murder and after that she suddenly disappears... Hercules Poirot must investigate the case and find if the mysterious girl is innocent, guilty or insane.

In my opinion, It is a wonderful novel full of mystery, adventure and curiosity and I highly recommend this to you.