domingo, 27 de noviembre de 2016

374 SAMED´S DESIRES IN LIFE

A young man called Samed went to see the village wise man to ask him what he should do to achieve certain things in life.
The wise man simply looked at him but didn´t answer him.




The young man went to see the old man many times, but the wise man was still silent and didn´t say a word.

However, one day the wise man said: "Come with me".
They went to a nearby river and the man went into the water with Samed.
When they reached where the water was deeper, the man held Samed by the shoulders and the young man sank deeply into the water.
Although Samed was trying with all his might to come to the surface, the old man kept him underwater a few minutes more, until finally the old man let Samed loose.

Samed´s head came out to the surface and he quickly began to take deep breaths and fill his lungs with precious air.
The wise man then asked Samed: "when you were underwater, what was the only thing you desired the most"?
"Air, I just wanted air", said Samed".

"Didn´t you desire riches, great pleasures, power, money or love when you were underwater", the old man asked the young boy.
"No, I only wanted one thing....AIR", Samed said.

The old man then said, "remember the intensity of your desire to come out of the water to get AIR; because in order to reach your true objective in life, you must want it with the same intensity as when you desired AIR.
"Search deep down inside of you to find what you really want in life"

Furthermore, it must be your only wish night and day.
Now you realize that precious AIR is the only thing which will keep you alive
and not only thinking about how much money and materialistic things you will buy. Without AIR, you will die very quickly.

If you have a deep realistic desire for something, put all your energy into it, and I promise you that you will achieve what you want in life without any doubt,", the wise old man said to Samed. 

Vocabulary
wise man  = sabio
should = debería
still  = todavia
however = sin embargo
nearby  = cercano
went into  = entraron
reached  = llegaron
deeper  = mas profundo
held  = sujetó
shoulders  = hombros
sank = undio
although  = aunque
might  = fuerza
loose = solto
came out = salió
deep breaths  = bocanadas
lungs  = pulmones
just  = solamente
riches  = riqueza
get  = conseguir
in order to  = para poder
true  = verdadero
must  = debes
deep down  = en lo mas profundo
furthermore  = ademas
realize  = te das cuenta
keep you alive  = mantendrá con vida
achieve  = lograr
without any doubt  = sin lugar a duda

Clint Black sings "Breathing air"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJC4htQ

martes, 22 de noviembre de 2016

373. LET THERE BE LOVE

So many people have dogs. They are like children for us, and therefore we love them so much.

Let there be love

Also, it´s healthy for people to have a dog beacuse you have to take out your dog for long walks. You can go to the beach, take him or her to the mountains or simply walking in a park or in the street.

If there´s a dog in a family, everyone is happy and children will grow up to be better persons.
For people who live alone, doctors recommend to have a dog to cheer you up because a dog will give you good vibrations and not make you feel so lonely.
When you come home after a long day at work, your dog will come running to you and make you feel better and happier. Your dog will also help you get rid of your stress and reduce your cholesterol.

But the question is: Why do people love their dogs so much?
Well, it´s because when you and your dog look at each other´s eyes, both of you get a boost of the feel good hormone called oxytocin.
Oxytocin is a powerful hormone and acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain.

When we hug or kiss a loved one, a lot of oxytocin is produced.
This is the same hormone which causes the special bond between parents and their babies, having sex and breastfeeding.
When you and you dog look into each other´s eyes, the oxytocin level in dogs goes up to 130 percent, and in humans, oxytocin levels increases up to 300 percent.

So, if you want your dog to look at your eyes, you must do the following:
Of course, first you must teach your dog to sit.
Give your dog a prize when he or she has done something correctly, like not peeing on the floor, but peeing outside in the park.
First, tell your dog to “SIT”
Then show your dog the prize and let him smell it.
Extend your arms to your sides with the prize in one of your hands.
This will make your dog look at your hand in the beginning, but in the end, your dog will focus on your face and finally on your eyes.
Both of you will get a boost of oxytocin and feel great.

There are so many dogs who are looking for a home. There are a lot of organizations which can help you find the right dog for you.

So, come on people....adopt a dog and feel real love.
It´s obvious that people love their dogs because dogs only know how to love people.
Let there be love be happy 

Vocabulary
so many  = tanta
like  = como
therefore  = por tanto
so much  = tanto
healthy  = saludable
take out  = sacar
grow up  = crecen
alone  = solos
cheer you up  = le alegran
lonely  = solo
get rid of  = eliminar
each other´s eyes = a los ojos de cada uno
get a boost  = obtienes un subidon
hug  = abrazar
bond  = union
breastfeeding  = dar el pecho
goes up  = sube
up to  = hasta
so  = así que
following = lo siguiente
of course  = por supuesto
peeing = hacer pis
let  = dejale
sides  = los lados
in the end  = al final
finally  = por fin
great  = fenomenal
looking for  = buscando
right  = ideal
so, come on  = así que vamos
let there be love  = que haya amor

Oasis sings "Let there be love"

lunes, 7 de noviembre de 2016

372. THE NEEDLE

One afternoon, the people of the village saw Rabiya looking for something in the street in front of her hut.

They went to her and asked what she was looking for.
And she answered, “I lost my needle”.














Therefore, all the village wanted to help her find the object.
After a while, somebody told her: “Rabiya, this street is very long and wide and the needle is very tiny. Do you have any idea where the needle fell”?
The old woman answered: “Inside my house”.
Everyone looked at each other very surprised and said, “Then why are looking for the needle outside in the street?”
Rabiya looked at them and answered: “Because out in the street there is a lot of light, but in my hut it´s dark”.
Her neighbors thought she had lost her marbles and told her she should look for the needle in her hut.
Then suddenly Rabiya exclaimed: “ You are you all so intelligent to solve little trivial things!”
“When are you going to use that same capacity for your inner self”?
Then Rabiya spoke about her profound unhappiness and her habit of hiding it under external things: “Why do you look for happiness in the external world?
“What have you lost there?
From my own experience, I know that happiness is found inside every person.
Just like the needle we are looking for…...which is...... inside my home” 

Vocabulary
-looking for  = buscando
-hut  = choza
-needle  = aguja
-therefore  = por tanto
-after a while  = despues de un rato
-tiny =  pequeñito
-a lot of  = mucho
-inside = dentro de
-each other  = el uno al otro
-outside = fuera de
-lost her marbles  = perdido la cabeza
-should  = deberia
-suddenly  = de pronto
-going to  = vais a
-so  = así que
-inner self  =  vida interior
-unhappiness  = infelicidad
-hiding  =  escondiendolo
-every  = cada
-just like  = igual como

Nina Simone sings "Feeling good"


miércoles, 14 de septiembre de 2016

371. ADJETIVOS Y SUS CORRESPONDIENTES PREPOSICIÓNES

Muchos adjetivos requieren su preposición correspondiente. A veces es fácil saber cual, pero muchas veces es algo complicado saber cual usar.

Las proposiciones que se suelen usar son:

AT,  IN, ON,  ABOUT,  TO, WITH,  FOR,  FROM,  OF,  BY

Aquí pongo una lista de los adjetivos+ preposiciones mas comunes


NERVOUS ABOUT
- I´m so nervous about the interview. Just be yourself  = Estoy tan nervioso por la entrevista. Simplemente ser tu mismo

KEEN ON
- I´m not keen on going shopping  =  No me mola ir de compras

ANGRY ABOUT / MAD ABOUT 
- She´s angry about the difficult exam  = Está enfada del examen difícil
- He´s always mad about something  = Siempre está enfadado por algo

ANGRY WITH
- Why are you angry with me?  =  ¿Porque estas enfadado conmigo?

NICE OF / NICE TO / KIND OF
- It´s very nice of you to take me to the airport  = Es muy amable por tu parte llevarme al aeropuerto
- Be nice to your uncle  =  Ser amable con tu tio

GOOD AT / BAD AT
- Juan is good at languages  = Juan es bueno en idiomas

CRUEL TO
- Some people are cruel to dogs  = Algunas personas son cruel con los perros

WORRY ABOUT
- We are worried about Susan´s health  = Estamos preocupados por la salud de Susan

SORRY ABOUT
- I´m sorry about the delay  = Perdona por el retraso

SORRY FOR
- I´m sorry for arriving late  = Perdona por llegar tarde

SURPRISED BY
- We were surprised by the news  = Estuvimos sorprendidos por la noticias

SURPRISED AT
- I´m surprised at how many people can´t find work  = Me sorprende en cuanta gente no encuentran trabajo

EXCITED ABOUT
- We´re all excited about the party  = Todos estamos emocionados por la fiesta

UPSET ABOUT
- I´m a little upset about not being invited  = Estoy un poco molesto por no ser invitado

TIRED OF
- Everybody was tired of walking so much  = Todos estaban cansados de andar tanto

INTERESTED IN
- I´m not interested in politics  = No me interesa la política

AFRAID OF
- Tracy is afraid of flying  = Tracy tiene miedo de volar

ALLERGIC TO
- A lot of people are allergic to milk  = Mucha gente es alérgica a la leche

SICK OF / TIRED OF
- I´m sick of politicians who lie   = Estoy harto de los políticos que mienten
- I´m tired of traffic jams when I go to work  = Estoy harto de los atascos cuando voy al trabajo

HAPPY ABOUT
- What are so happy about?  = ¿De que estás tan contento?

SURE ABOUT
- I´m not sure about this address  =  No estoy seguro de esta dirección

SAD ABOUT
- We are sad about what happened  =  Estamos tristes por lo que ocurrió

JEALOUS OF
- Are you jealous of him?  = ¿Estás celoso de el?

RESPONSIBLE FOR
- Who is responsible for maintenance?  =  ¿ Quien es responsable de mantenimiento?

FOND OF
- I´m very fond of you  =  Te tengo mucho aprecio

ASTONISHED BY
- We were all astonished by what he said  =  Todos estuvimos asombrados por lo que dijo

READY TO
- Is everyone ready to go to the beach?  =  ¿Está todo el mundo preparado para ir a la playa?

POLITE TO
- Make sure you´re polite to my mother  =  Asegúrate que seas respetuoso con mi madre

ENGAGED TO
- How long are you engaged to Alex?  =  ¿ Cuanto tiempo estas prometido con Alex?

DIFFERENT FROM
- The film is very different from the book  =  La película es muy diferente al libro

BORED OF
- We´re bored of working weekends  = Estamos aburridos de trabajar los fines de semana

FAMOUS FOR
- He´s famous for climbing Mount Everest  = Es es famoso por escalar el Monte Everest

SCARED OF
- She´s scared of walking home alone  = Tiene miedo de andar a casa sola

GUILTY OF
- He was found guilty of starting the fires  = Era culpable de empezar los incendios

STUPID OF
- How stupid of them to say that!  = Que estúpidos por decir eso!

SILLY OF
- How silly of me!  = Que tonto soy!

ADDICTED TO
- Marcos is addicted to work  = Marcos es adicto al trabajo 

CONCERNED ABOUT
- We are concerned about her health  = Nos preocupa su salud

CAPABLE OF
- I don´t think I´m capable of climbing this mountain  = No creo que soy capaz de escalar esta montaña 

SIMILAR TO
- You are similar to me in many things  = Eres similar a mi en muchas cosas

USED TO
- I´m not used to working in a big company  = No estoy acostumbrado trabajar en una empresa grande

- She used to go out a lot when she was 17  =  Ella solía salir mucho cuando tenia 17  

ASHAMED OF
- You have nothing to be ashamed of  = No hay porque tener verguenza

ACCUSE OF
- What are you acussing of?  =¿ De que nos acusa?

LUCKY AT
- She´s lucky at all kinds of games  = Tiene suerte en todo tipo de juegos

HOPEFUL ABOUT
- I really feel hopeful about getting the job  = Tengo mucha esperanza de conseguir el trabajo

GRATEFUL FOR
- We are grateful for your help  = Agradecemos vuestra ayuda

PROUD OF
- You have to be proud of your country  =  Tienes que estar orgulloso de tu país 

TERRIFIED OF
- I´m terrified of spiders  = Tengo pánico a las arañas

WRONG OF
- It was wrong of me to say that to you  = Era mal de mi parte decirte eso


Enrique Iglesias sings "Tired of being sorry" with lyrics in English
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSr6XTEwy0A



miércoles, 17 de agosto de 2016

370. The promise of the angel

The promise of the angel

One day, an angel approached a man and told him that he would have a marvellous future.
The promise of the angel
You will be rich, famous and marry a beautiful woman and have a lot of children.
However, the man waited and waited for the promise of the angel, and in the end the man
died alone and poor.
When the man arrived to the pearly gates of heaven, he recognized the angel and said:
“Nothing you promised to me came true
“I didn´t promise you anything said the angel. I only told you that you would have the
opportunity to reach your goals in life”.
The man was confused, yet the angel continued to explain him more things.
“Do you remember that you had the idea to set up a business, but at the last moment you
decided not to because you were afraid it would be a disaster and lose a lot of money?
Some years later, another man set up the same business you had in mind, and now he´s a
millionaire.
And do you remember when there was a terrible earthquake in your city and you decided to
stay home so that nobody would rob you.
This was your chance of becoming famous if you had abandoned your home and setting an
example to other people to leave their houses.
And finally, do you remember the beautiful redhead that you were afraid to approach
because you thought she would reject you.
She would have become your wife and mother of your children”
Often in life, opportunties will come our way, but like this man, we don´t take advantage of
them because we are so afraid and insecure of ourselves.

This can at times stop us from making the right decisions.

Vocabulary
approached = se acercó
Would have = tendría
However = sin embargo
In the end = al final
pearly gates of heaven = puertas del cielo
came true = se cumplió
reach your goals = alcanzar tus metas
yet = sin embargo
set up  = montar
lose = perder
had in mind = tenias en mente
earthquake = terremoto
so that  = para que
chance  = oportunidad
setting an example = poniendo como ejemplo
redhead = peliroja
approach = acercarse
reject  = rechazarte
become  = convertido
come our way = se nos ofrecen
like = como
take advantage = aprovechar
so = tanto

at times  = a veces

Cancion con subtitulos en ingles de James Blunt "You´re beautiful"