miércoles, 20 de septiembre de 2017

What do you think about electronic forms of communication such as Facebook, Twitter, etc?



Resultado de imagen de facebookWhat can I say about social networks? Everybody would agree that they are the greatest invention of all the times. Currently, people have an amount of accounts in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… so that, they can keep in touch with peers and family.

On the one hand, being registered on social networks brings us a lot of benefits. Sharing photos and videos with our friends, commenting on some issues of our interest and sending messages are some of them. However, unless we use them properly, we will get us into trouble.
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On the other hand, there are other electronic forms of communication which are used by teachers and students, such as Moodle and Edmodo. Teachers post some extra information and immediately students can see it, as well download and print it.

All in all, I am really into social networks, particularly in Facebook. A year ago, my cousin went to Italy to study History in the university. He spent a whole year there, and thanks to Facebook, I could see every place he visited. Besides, I use WhatsApp too. I am always chatting with my friends!


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Modena, Italy



miércoles, 13 de septiembre de 2017

Latest viral video to watch!


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In this essay I shall examine what makes a video go viral. By the way, the first video to go viral on the Internet was Dancing Baby which is a 3D animation of a baby dancing the cha-cha, released in the late 1990s. Recently, a YouTube manager has shared the top five tips to connect with the audiences, and I am going to write the most important ones.

First of all, caring what we share. It’s because people are more likely to share content when it says something meaningful or valuable to them. Working together with someone famous, since if a famous promotes you; his fan base will engage your content. Last, but not least, knowing that you aren’t alone, since there are lots of great tools and resources available to help you.

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Currently, our social networks are plenty of memes, but what are they? A meme is a picture or video with an amusing caption that a lot of people share with each other online, usually with peers. This word was invented by Richard Dawkins to represent an idea or concept that spreads in human culture in a similar way to a gene.

To sum up, I think that thanks to these pieces of useful advice we can post something on the internet and almost immediately, it gets passed on very quickly from person to person online, that is to say, it goes viral. Indeed, this is good if your aim is to promote yourself or something of yours.


viernes, 1 de septiembre de 2017

Rascals are no longer just naughty boys



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Resultado de imagen de naughty boysNowadays, current rascals are very different from the old ones. Some people say that children become naughty because their parents don’t give them a good education or parents don’t pay enough attention to their little children. 

However, others say that it is a problem created by our society since people spend too much time on the internet. Futhermore, most of them would rather spend time in social networks than get together with friends. Therefore, if they don't share time in society, they won’t be able to learn rules.

And that is not all, when naughty boys get older, they might become a bad person. Indeed, there are a lot of wicked people who injure innocent people, as it happened in Barcelona some days ago. They just did it by fanaticism, actually. 

In conclusion, it is clear that bringing up children is a difficult task, but older people have to do it well with younger people if we want to have well-behaved women and men in the future. By the way, there is a proverb that says “like father like son”.

What's about cyberbullying?



The topic I am going to deal with in this composition is cyberbullying, so it is important to define it. Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.

Currently, more and more people, especially teenagers, are suffering this problem. In schools, teens usually upset other because they don’t like what they are like, if they are shy or not talkative, or even their style of dress. This later becomes in rumours, teasing, lies, and harassment every day and in some of the cases this situation brings the victim to the grave.

According to a report, education is the key to fight any type of bullying to children. It is said that unless we teach children about cyberbullying and its consequences, it will be more difficult to combat it in the future. Today, there are a lot of campaigns against this issue, so many famous people are eager to help victims, as well.

On the whole, I think that it is very important to make people aware of cyberbullying, how we can prevent it and also how we can help the victims. In all schools there should be specialists who would offer their support and with whom to speak clearly about the problem.

lunes, 7 de agosto de 2017

Are you lost?


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In this essay I am going to examine how dogs and cats can find their way home over long distances. Firstly, it is well-known the story about that cat that travelled 200 miles in 2013 to get home. How could it be? It is just unbelievable! Cats use a system to make a mental map of the place; like that they claim their territory, which is very important to them.



By the way, there is a cat called Omar. It is thought to be the world’s longest cat. It is 120 centimetres long. It is nearly two thirds of the height of an ordinary person! And it weighs 14 kilometres. 


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In addition to this, finding the way to get home depends on the different species. For instance, seabirds and also dung beetle are thought to steer by the sun and the stars. As well, many more animals navigate via magnetism, included cats. Mammals have a range of ways to get around, so it doesn’t surprise us that dogs can do very long ways thanks to their big scent. 




Last, but not least, from my point of view, we should all agree that cats or dogs can be as clever as humans are. That is why they can do incredible things such as spending time with us, helping us in our real life and the sweetest thing, giving us so much love. 

Mixed feelings when feeling invisible




Nowadays, most famous people would agree that they are submitted to social pressure, so they would like to be invisible so as to go to shopping or for a drink without an army of paparazzi behind them. However, there are exceptions, as those famous people who love drawing attention or even more, taking photos of themselves with their fans.

Resultado de imagen de feel invisibleNext, I am going to write about being invisible in ordinary life. Currently, some people feel depressed because they think that they are invisible for the others. Furthermore, feeling invisible can cause self-conscious people. Although, there are others who love that people turn to stare at them for their clothes, make-up, hairstyle…

On the contrary, people think they observe others more than others watch them. Everyone thinks they aren’t observed very much; it is almost as wearing an invisibility cloak. This might be a subject of being judgemental with yourself.


Summing up, I believe that people sometimes love drawing attention and also that someone pays attention to them. When my friend fancies someone, she loves getting attention to the lucky guy, that is what she calls one of her flirting techniques. 



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jueves, 3 de agosto de 2017

Veganism and climate change




The topic I’m going to deal with is veganism. Nowadays, it is well known that eating less meat could save lives. It is because low-meats diets would stop an amount of deaths from heart disease and from cancer. It is true that we don’t need to go vegetarian to look after ourselves, but it would slow down climate change and deforestation in South America, where rainforest are being chopped down to raise cows, which are later exported to Europe. 

Furthermore, it may sound crazy that our roast-beef sandwich contributes to environmental degradation of the planet, but this impact requires our attention and action as global citizens. It is said that the best option is veganism. Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

According to experts, the Mediterranean diet is good for us because is the one that includes lowers amounts of animal products. Although, it still produces emissions. By the way, the vegan diet, by eliminating dairy and egg, would reduce emissions the most, as confirmed by a study. Adopting a plant-based diet is, therefore, one of the most powerful choices an individual can make in mitigating environmental degradation and depletion of Earth's natural resources.

As I see it, everybody has the right to choose what they want to do. I think the best is trying to find a balance between what we eat, that would be good for our health and helping to reduce the environmental degradation. If we do these things, we will live in a better place; as well we will be healthier. 


Shorter attention span, a problem for our students?



I’m going to write about the shorter students’ attention span. Everybody agrees that the internet and digital gadgets are making it harder for us to concentrate, and even more for younger people; but it is not the only one.

Imagen relacionadaThe average human's attention span is... oh look, a bird! Ok, let’s go. The average attention span for the notoriously ill-focused goldfish is nine seconds, but according to a new study from Microsoft Corp., people now generally lose concentration after eight seconds, highlighting the effects of an increasingly digitalized lifestyle on the brain, especially thanks to smartphones. On the positive side, the report says our ability to multitask has drastically improved in the mobile age.

According to scientists, the age of smartphones has left humans with such a short attention span even a goldfish can hold a thought for longer. What’s more, we spend a huge amount of time in front of screens. By the way, a decade ago it was easier to concentrate; it may be because there was a poor technology. Currently, spinners are more and more used by teenagers. They even use them while they are in classes. It has already produced several problems and accidents on younger people.


All in all, I think that if we wanted to concentrate, we would be able to do it. The attention span in students  may be due to a lack of commitment, because when they are doing something they don’t give as much importance as it has and it seems them harder, so they look for another way out and they always get involved in nonsense. 

jueves, 4 de mayo de 2017

A REVIEW



Resultado de imagen de thirteen reasons whyMy favourite programme is called "13 reasons why". It is a popular drama series which is shown on Netflix. It is based I the known novel of the same name written by Jay Asher.

The main characters are Hannah Baker (Katherine Lagnford) and Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette). What’s more, it is produced by Selena Gómez. The plot is touching.  The story is about a young called Clay, who received a mystery box with thirteen cassettes. The cassettes were recorded by Hannah, a school partner who had killed herself two weeks before; the thirteen reasons for which she decided to do it are recorded in them. Clay is really touched because he was in love with her. Each recording is about one person and Clay has to listen to all of them to learn if he was guilty or not.


All in all, I’d recommend this programme because it shows teenager’s real life and the problems they have to face. As well, the message that sends us is very important, stopping bullying, sexual abuse and depression. 



                  

viernes, 28 de abril de 2017

What is a CV?



To begin with, when we talk about CV we refer to the term Curriculum Vitae. It can be literally translated as course of life. It is a summary of your career history that is often the first phase in getting yourself noticed by potential employers. A recruiter will typically take just five to seven seconds to read your CV, so that it must say hire me! Here are some pieces of useful advice: be impeccable with your spelling and grammar, make sure your CV is both digital and print-out, focus on using facts to describe what you do, be selective, use positive active verbs...


On the contrary, there is a difficult question. Is one career enough nowadays? Actually, I have no idea, but I think that it would be better in the future. Getting a career it is a difficult task, so two careers must be even harder. It is a good option if you want to learn new skills and this will bring us more employment opportunities.

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All in all, I think that we should do our CV the best as possible because it reflects all our professional life and our future job depends on how attractive it would be. Personally, I reckon that just one career is enough to be able to get a good job. As well, we don’t have to forget the importance of having a good level of a foreign language.




Staying alive...forty years later!




For a start, I am going to talk about Bee Gees. Bee Gees was an English boy band which was formed in Australia in 1958 by the bothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The trio was especially successful for the album Saturday Night Fever, called the same as the film. This album was extremely famous. As well, the band was one of the most popular for fifty years, selling more than 120 millions of copies. The group retired after the death of two members. In 2012 with the death of Robin and the death of Maurice in 2003.

Resultado de imagen de bee gees saturday night feverOn the contrary, they played a lot of great songs. Some of them are To Love Somebody, Staying Alive, Night Fever, Tragedy, How deep is your love… Music stars like John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Andra Day, Celine Dion and other pop, R&B, rock and country played homage to the Bee Gees and the group’s blockbuster 1977 soundtrack album Saturday Night Fever in an all-star Grammy Awards. Actually, Staying Alive spent 24 weeks atop the Billboard sales chart in 1977-78.


In my opinion, I think that the Bee Gees was an iconic band who defined a generation. What’s more, the song Saturday Night Fever soundtrack is an emblem of 1970s pop culture. In just a word, DISCO STILL LIVES.


                                  

domingo, 23 de abril de 2017

Papparazzi, a fair job?



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To begin with, paparazzo is a freelance photographer who takes candid pictures of celebrities for publication. Etymologically, this word comes from Italian and its plural form is paparazzi. Experts have described the behaviour of paparazzi as synonymous with stalking. Some public figures and celebrities have expressed concern at the extent to which paparazzi go to invade their personal space, like the model Bella Hadid who flipped the bird to them while walking in New York City.

One the one hand, paparazzo is thought to be a real pain in the neck. They are always taking photos of famous without their permission. If one of them took me a photo and I didn’t know it, I would be so angry, because I think nobody has the right to sell your photos to win some money. On the contrary, working as paparazzi has to be a difficult task, because you have to know all about famous, like where they go, what they like doing… and even invade their lifestyle. The most important task is taking photos discreetly and spending time among a lot of people not standing out.

On the other hand, Oprah Winfrey is an American TV presenter and actress. According to Forbes, she is the wealthiest woman in the 20th century. One of her most famous TV shows is Oprah Winfrey Show, which is seen by millions of people. I saw her the first time in a KUWTK episode, in which she had to interview all the Kardashian family. Later, I saw her in The Butler, a film by Lee Daniels, in which she and Forest Whitaker starred in. Thanks to a photograph, which was taken by a paparazzo, we know that she has six toes.


In my opinion, I think that working like paparazzi is a normal job, but they have to respect people’s privacy, but without them we couldn’t read gossip magazines and it would be such a pity.





jueves, 16 de marzo de 2017

EVERYONE SHOULD LEARN ENGLISH



I am going to write about the importance of learning a foreign language at school. Currently, everyone in Spain studies English both in primary and secondary school, although more and more French is studied. This phenomenon happened two years ago, when French had to be studied in primary school. Some people think that languages should be optional. There are several points to considerer.
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On the one hand, being able to speak English brings us a lot of opportunities. For example, it is easier to get a job and to move to a foreign country, where there are better employment opportunities. However, it is not only English which is an important language, but also millions of people around the world speak Spanish. In a country like USA, 20% of population can speak Spanish.
On the other hand, it is said that studying English takes a lot of time and effort and I have to say it is true, but unless you study it, you won’t be able to understand English music. Furthermore, you can make friends with people from other countries. What’s more, you can go on holiday to English-speaking countries.
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To sum up, there are more advantages than disadvantages to learn this incredible language, although I think that everyone has to choose if they want or not. In general, it is important to speak a foreign language, especially to learn about other cultures.

lunes, 6 de marzo de 2017

Boot camps, what are they?




To start with, I’m going to define what boot camps are. A boot camp is a disciplinary or programme in which young offenders are forced to participate in a rigidly structured routine. Actually, there are people who are not specific offenders, they are just rude teenagers.

On the one hand, they are a good idea to re-educate young people. Some desperate parents send their children to the camp when they get into trouble, as well when they have a bad behaviour. It’s a good solution to guide teenagers, make them feel like different people and help them to change their attitude to life. This type of camps is too strict and cruel, though. 



On the other hand, I think that parents have the responsibility of guiding their children from their early childhood. They have to educate them and be the best example for them. If you do things well, I’m pretty sure that your children will do things the same as you. It is said that like father like son.





All in all, if I was sent to a boot camp, I would feel very angry and miserable. I wouldn’t like that camp guards told me to give them all my personal possession. What’s more, I wouldn’t like the idea of being far from my family. At the moment, I think that my parents wouldn’t send me to one, because I’m a well-educated girl and a good student. 


sábado, 25 de febrero de 2017

What is about the Chinese New Year?



To begin with, it is true that so many Chinese people travelled three weeks ago because they were heading home for the Chinese New Year. Actually, this is the year of the Rooster.

First of all, the Chinese New Year, which is also known as the Spring Festival, is one of the biggest celebrations in the world. As well, it is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year. It usually takes place the day before of the New Year and continues until the 15th day. Each year is characterised by one of the twelve animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. This year it is the Year of the Rooster, the 10th animal in the cycle. By the way, my Chinese zodiac is the Dragon and it means luck, flexibility, eccentricity and imagination among other things.

On the contrary, this celebration also takes place in London, which is one of the biggest outside Asia. Thousands of people go to London’s Chinatown, where a parade traditionally takes place to celebrate it.


Finally, I think that the Chinese New Year is such a great and beautiful festival. One of my friends bought an article in internet that came from China and the seller replied her politely that they were celebrating the New Year so he would send the goods later. 

Hi, Duck!! What is your most prized possession?



I am going to write about the greeting Duck and about what is my most prized possession although I have to choose among a lot of different things.

The expression duck is used in the English Midlands. This is a form of address to speak politely to someone. Pay attention to it if you hear it, but don’t be hurt as it is just a friendly thing to say. They usually use it when they talk with people with the same age as them or younger people. What’s more, in Glasgow, they use hen instead, but only when they talk to women. Another one is pet, which is used in the North East of England.

On the contrary, my most prized possession is a ring. It is special because it was given to me by my grandma. I think people have small possessions but they mean a huge amount of feelings for them.

All in all, I reckon that English has lovely ways to name people; in Spanish we have other greetings, but more informal.



viernes, 17 de febrero de 2017

A hypothetical situation





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           If I won the lottery, I would feel very excited and lucky. I think I would do a lot of things with such a huge amount of money, so I have got lots of ideas about how to spend it!

First of all, I would buy a small house in the mountain for my family. I would buy a sports car for me and I would get my little sister a new laptop. I would also spend money on a plane ticket to the Bahamas, because I have always wanted to go there. I would book a single room at the nearest hotel from the beach and I would visit Atlantis Paradise Island too. What’s more, I would donate some money for the charity. If I had any money left, I would ask for advice on how to invest it!

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On the contrary, these are the things that I wouldn’t do. I would not waste it in too big parties. As well, I would not buy too many things to look lavish and I wouldn’t waste it in silly whims.

To sum up, I don’t think winning the lottery would make a big difference to my life, it is because I would still go to school since I would still like to get an university degree and to get a job in the future. What’s more, many people would feel jealous of me and I wouldn’t like it. 

martes, 31 de enero de 2017

I don't wanna live forever


Do you want to live forever? 

I am going to write about the topic of future and immortality. Both of them are connected because of uncertainty. Immortality is increasing thanks to the medical advances.

On the one hand, I wouldn’t like to live for ever. It’s because I think that if you live longer, you will have more problems. It sounds great but it could be unbearable. Furthermore, it couldn’t be the solution to all our problems, either. It doesn’t mean absolute happiness. By the way, there is a song called “I don’t wanna live forever” sung by Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik which is included in the original soundtrack of the film “Fifty Shades Darker”. The song is a sultry ode about feeling as if life were hopeless without an ex-lover.

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On the other hand, I think the world in the year 3000 would be very different from nowadays. I reckon that we’d love the environment, we’d respect nature, we’d recycle more, our lifestyle would be healthier, there would be less pollution and there would be a cure for all diseases…

To sum up, if you live forever you can get relax about the topic of death but you can also die, for example, in a car crash. I think that people have a cycle, where we have to be born and to die one day. On the contrary, the world in 3000 would have better living conditions and it would be healthier and safer because of awareness.



martes, 10 de enero de 2017

A Christmas letter



11 Espinar St
Lobres, 18610
14th December


Hi Mason,

How’s life in LA? Sorry we haven’t spoken for ages, but I’ve been very busy with exams. I have finished all of them, so I’m just waiting for my marks.

Now, I’m thinking about what to do during Christmas holidays. I’d like to go to Sierra Nevada with my family and to pay for skiing lessons. Also, I will study, especially Philosophy because I don’t know if I’ll pass it. If I study more, I think I’ll be able to do it the next time. But I won’t be all the day studying!

Resultado de imagen de philosophyMy cousins and I are organizing a party, which will be very pretty, at my grandma’s house. We are going to make a special dinner and give each other lots of presents. On the contrary, in summer I’ll be going to Monte Carlo to practise my French, and then, when I back, I’ll go with my friends to the beach or swim in the pool and I’ll sunbathe all day long. I prefer summer because I love sun. Have you decided what you’re going to do?


I hope your exams went well and you can relax now. Write soon with your news.

All the best,
Rachel


PS. Try to write me in Spanish next time!

martes, 3 de enero de 2017

A stunningly enchanting New Year's Eve story


To begin with, I am going to write about New Year’s Eve and the traditions for this special night around the world, because it is not the same in all places.

Actually, here in Spain we are the only ones who eat twelve grapes to celebrate the New Year. It is said that doing this we have good luck for the next year. This tradition began in 1909 in Alicante because of a vintage’s excess. In another place like Colombia, at midnight, they walk around their houses with a empty suitcase to ask for a new year with a lots of trips. In Russia, they ask for a wish, they write it and then they burn it. Later, they put the ash in the champagne to drink it. What a burning toast! In Canada, they drop cold water onto their heads. It is such a freezing experience that is only meant for brave people. And on the east of the country, the tradition says that men have to disguise as women and women as men. In Argentina, it is thought that if you wear some pink underwear, you will meet your true love. This is like a signal to Cupid to do his job.
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This time I preferred staying at home with my family. I think that is a good idea to rest this night and to start the year with people you love the most, like friends and family. However, I don’t think this is such a special night, because each day is a new opportunity to try to make the best day ever. 

My most beautiful word in English is happiness because it sounds fantastic and it has a great meaning and in other language is amour, in French. I really like this word because it sounds so sensual and its meaning is simply fantastic.

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George Michael



For a start, I am going to write about George Michael. He was an English famous pop singer, songwriter and producer. During his career he won lots of prizes. He was born on 25th June 1963 and he died on 25th December 2016 with only 53 years the same day as Christmas, it is such a pity. It is said that he died because of a cardiac failure while he was sleeping.

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His musical career and even his lifestyle was marked by sex and drugs, he also declared that he was homosexual. At first he started a group with a childhood friend and they sang together in a pop group called Wham! Careless Whisper was his very first single like soloist, which was a hit. A documental called Different Story, done in 2005, tells his personal life and his career.


I am not fond of him, but I really like one of his songs, it is Careless Whisper. I think that it is an incredible song to dance with someone special, together and slowly. Romantic stuff!


Resultado de imagen de grasshopper club zürichOn the contrary, talking about word formation the adjective that comes from craze is crazy. The verb that comes from hopper is to hop. Based on this word we have both grasshopper, which is an insect and Grasshopper Club Zürich, a Swiss football team.