Saturday, 28 February 2009

One year ago...

One year ago, I was taking a plane to fullfil my dream....

One year ago, I was flying to Canada...

One year ago. Just one year.

Time flies...

We cannot go back to the past, right?

So, I will look to the future.

Maybe in one year from now, I will be flying to Canada again... :)


We all have a passport to our dreams!

Friday, 13 February 2009

How do you measure a year in your life?

Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes

five hundred twenty five thousand moments so dear

five hundred twenty five thousand minuted

how do you measure- measure a year?

in daylights- in sunsetsin midnights-

in cups of coffee

in inches- is milein laughter- in strifein -

five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes

how do you measure a year in the life

how about love?

how about love?

how about love?

measure in love

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Simple things, great results!

Sometimes, a great idea is just on the top of your finger
Keep it simple
Simplicity makes Greatness

Tip for a better life Nº4: Don´t get angry...

Who gets angry, loses.
This is the advice that my mom gave me today. Who gets angry, loses. Wise words.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

"Life is how you take it"

I always like watching commercials and being surprised by their creativity. There are so many good ideas, wonderful messages, funny escenes that they can make you laugh, think, cry and even buy!

Argentine Coca Coca Light ads are one of my favourites. I have also been searching for Diet Coke commercials from another countries, however, none of the commercials I found at the internet have the creativity that argentine ones have. We should be proud of the creative people that our country has!

Why do I Like this commercials? I like these ads becouse I like Marketing. It is amazing how many possibilities you have to promote and launch a product. And foremost, I like these ads becouse they clearly show that it is not only a matter of the product itself but also what it represents. It is a matter of communication. As important as the idea itself, it is the way you communicate it.

Life is how you take it!

Life is how you take it!

Life is how you take it!

Friday, 6 February 2009

Building English Skills..

My new teacher divided English Skills in two main groups: Receptive Skills and Productive Skills. Nice clasification, I thought. Receptive Skills include activities such as Reading and Listening. You receive English trhough all your senses. Eventhough you have to make an effort to percive it and understand its meaning, they are not as mind demanding skills as the productive ones. Productive Skills are Writing and Speaking. Perhaps, the two most difficults activities to learn when you are learning a different language. By the way, for most people, writing and speaking are even the most difficult skills to learn in their own native language. Therefore, when you are learning a foreign language, you have to double you efforts. Anyway, writing and speaking are always difficult because these skills demand high concentrarion, coming up with ideas, organizing sentences, clarity in the message, etc.
No matter how hard you try, they will always be like a nightmare. However, keep practicing and do not give up.
Below, my practice:

What I like and What I dislike about English

Many people think that learning a new language is a difficult, even boring, task. Therefore, they usually give up as soon as they start. However, form my point of view, learning a new language is an amazing activity and, from my experience, English is the best language in the world to learn. I have been studying English since I was 8 years ols and I can tell you what it means to me: what I like about it and what I dislike about it.

I love English. What I like the most about English is that, from my point of view, it is an “easy to learn language”. Firstly, English has fewer verb tenses than Spanish. While in Spanish I need to learn more than eighteen different grammatical verb forms, in English I only have to focus on three: the past, the present and the future. It is much easier to remember them, as well. In addition to this, I believe English is easy to learn because it has some many words with Latin, French and German backgrounds that many English words are similar to Spanish words. Therefore, as they share the same roots, it is easy to recognize them.

However, not everything that shines is gold. There are two things that I do not like about English: its slang or idioms and the fact that it has a narrow range of vocabulary. I hate slang. I hate it because it is only used by native speakers in colloquial speacheesand you are always unable to undestand it. I do not like slang because as I use English as a second language, I prefer to keep formal structures to make communication easier and more understanding. The second fact that I do not like about English is that I believe that its range of vocabulary is not as wide as that of Spanish. For example, if I wnat to say “I love you” to someone, I have only one expression in English: “I love you” while in SpanishI can say it by two ways: “Te quiero” and “Te amo”. I strongly believe that Spanish gives you more synonys, alternative words and different phrases to express all your feelings, in all their variations.

To conclude, eventhough I do not like English slang and I cannot have a wide range of English vocabulary, I consider English the best language to learn. I know that not everyone will agree with me, but Englishi is an easy to learn language and this is the best of it.

PS, What I like and dislike about English Courses is that they make us write about this kind of topics.
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