Historic or historical?
Hi Paloma and welcome to the BBC Learning English student blog. It's great to meet you. I used to work as an English teacher in Madrid, so it's always a trip down memory lane for me when people describe Spain. I really miss it!
During my time in Spain, I managed travel around and I think the south is one of the country's most vibrant regions. It was wonderful to hear about Malaga and in particular Pedregalejos. As you said, Malaga is well known to European package tourists, but Pedregalejos sounds like a well-kept secret away from the hordes.
It'll be interesting to hear more about your hometown, but I also love your idea of reflecting on the peculiarities of life in the UK from the perspective of an au pair. Perhaps you could visit Brighton. It's a British seaside town which became popular in the 19th century, so it would be interesting to contrast it with Pedregalejos. As you can see from the photo, the weather is probably quite different for a start.
Brighton beach in August
Your English is of a very high standard and you don't need much help, but there are a few things I noticed which could be improved.
In your blog you say:
I have the pleasure to be the blogger of this month.
When we use I have the pleasure... it should be followed by of + verb + ing. So the correct sentence is I have the pleasure of being the blogger this month.
I have been working as an au pair in the UK the last two summers and at the end of this month I'll go back...
We use the structure have + been + verb + ing when we are talking about activities which started in the past and continue to the present. Because you are not working as an au pair in the UK any more (even though you will again soon), you need to say I worked as an au pair in the UK the last two summers.
A very minor but interesting point next. You wrote:
It's so easy to find someone to practice languages with.
What's wrong with this? Nothing! However, In British English, when it's a verb, we tend to spell the word practise with an 's' rather than a 'c'. So in British English your sentence should be It's so easy to find someone to practise languages with.
One more thing I noticed. You say:
In Pedregalejos there's a historical building called...
They look similar, but there is an important difference in meaning between the adjectives historical and historic. Historical means that something is connected to the study of history. For example, an historical novel is set in the past and concerns events from history. Historic means that something is important in history. For example, in the USA, 4th of July is an historic day. So your sentence should say:
In Pedregalejos there's a historic building called...
That's all I'm going to look at this time. As I said, your English is very accurate so there's not that much work to do!
Seeing as we've been talking about historic towns, for the homework I'd like everyone to write about a building where you live. Why is it important and what makes it historic? I look forward to reading your answers.
• a trip down memory lane - to remember happy times.
• to miss (something or someone) - to feel sad that something or someone you like is not there.
• vibrant - exciting, colourful and full of energy
• package tourists - people who pay a company to provide them with an all-inclusive holiday.
• a well-kept secret - something good which only a few people know about.
• hordes - a large group of people.
• reflecting on (something) - to think carefully about opinions.
• the peculiarities of life - things you find unusual or strange about life.
• for a start - the first among many things