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"

martes, 31 de mayo de 2016

369. Simply walking

Simply walking


Simply walking
walking
thinking to myself
as I walk along the street 
people going everywhere
I wonder where in such a hurry
so many people walking in the street
that I often need to look at my feet
to make sure I´m still alive
and then suddenly someone smiles at me
Wow, someone sees me
as I feel the sun on my face
it feels so good
leaving me a lasting trace
to walk to the beach
and sit on the sand
looking at the calm sea
as the seagulls fly over me
feeling the cool water 
smelling the sea breeze 
as I get up to walk on the wet sand
leaving footprints as I walk
simply walking
thinking to myself
another day to live and love
and feel the sun above 

andando
pensando a mi mismo
mientras ando por la calle
la gente yendo por todos los sitios
me pregunto porqué tanta prisa
tanta gente caminando por la calle
que a menudo necesito ver mis pies
para asegurarme que estoy vivo
y de pronto alguien me sonríe
jolin, alguien me ve
mientras siento el sol en mi cara
sienta tan bien
dejándome una huella duradera
para andar a la playa
y sentarme sobre la arena
mirando la mar en calma
mientras las gaviotas vuelan sobre mi
sintiendo la agua fresca
oliendo la brisa del mar
mientras me levanto para andar en la arena mojada
dejando huellas mientras ando
simplemente andando
pensando a mi mismo
otro dia para vivir y amar
y sentir el sol sobre mi

Police sing "Walking on the moon"

miércoles, 18 de mayo de 2016

368. LET´S HUG A TREE

Hug es el verbo “abrazar “y como sustantivo “abrazo”
“Give me a big hug”  = Dame un buen abrazo

y "LET´S HUG A TREE" = VAMOS A ABRAZAR UN ÁRBOL

I´m sure many of you remember as children climbing a tree and holding on to a big branch so as not to fall down.


It made you feel so protected and safe.
That´s why cats love to climb trees.
If you were lucky to live in the country, your parents might have even built you a tree house.
Or perhaps just walking in a forest full of trees and feeling the silent beneficial attraction to the trees making you feel more peaceful.

But….have you ever thought of touching or hugging a tree?




Did you know that it´s good for you and it will make you feel better?

A lot of people also like walking barefoot, and earthing themselves around the house, on grass in a park or even better, walking along the beach because it releases all the extra dirty electricity accumulated inside your body as your feet touch the ground.

By hugging or touching a tree with both hands, you are also earthing yourself to the tree because you are receiving electrons from the earth which have antioxidant effects which will protect your body from inflammation and the bad energy stored in your body. 



As you touch with both hands or hug a tree, close your eyes, breathe slowly in and out and feel the tree absorb your negative energy. 
Simply be aware that at this very moment you are connected to the tree.
If you want, you can pretend you are doing a stretching exercise if you feel embarrased in the beginning.

As people know, walking barefoot releases all the dirty electricity and anxiety through your feet to the ground.
But in Taoism for example, a Taoist master will teach his students to meditate by hugging or touching a tree.
It´s a way of releasing negative energies inside of you.

The master explains that trees are natural processors that can help you transform your body´s sick or negative energy into positive vital life force energy.
As you connect your energy with the tree, you will improve your physical and emotional healing.
The Taoist theory is that because trees stand very still and are in direct contact with the earth, they are better at absorbing the Earth´s natural energy.

So, hug or place your hands on a tree and feel more alive and peaceful
Then...... hug a friend and give this person some positive vibrations.


Vocabulary
As =   como
Holding on  = sujetando
So as not to fall down  = para no caerse
So  = tan
That´s why  = por eso
Might  = podrían
Even  = incluso
Just  = simplemente
Peaceful  = en paz
Ever  = alguna vez
Touching  = tocando
Hugging  = abrazando
Make you feel better  = hacerte sentir mejor
Barefoot  = descalzo
Earthing  =  tomando tierra
Stored  = almacenado
Breathe  = respirar
Aware = ser consciente
Releases  =  libera
Sick  = enfermo
Healing  = curando
Stand = estan de pie
Still  = quietos
So  = así que
Place = colocar
Alive  = vivo
Peaceful=  en paz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLSVUMsSFdc

Listen to Sleeping at last sing 500 miles






domingo, 15 de mayo de 2016

367. LA PRONUNCIACIÓN EN INGLÉS

En esta grabación puedes escuchar como pronuncio los sonidos que hay en inglés

video


1.      La Pronunciación

     1. LA R: Quizás el sonido más difícil del inglés para alguien que habla el español, es la pronunciación de la “r”. En inglés se pronuncia de forma más larga y suave , y no se usa la lengua para vibrar como en el español.    
You are - (llu arr) = tú eres
Year - (yierr) = año
Car - (karr) = coche
Far - (farr) = lejos
Door - (dorr) = puerta
More - (morr) = más
Floor – (florr) = suelo     
                                       
     2. LA C: Hay “ces” (c) que se pronuncian como la “s” en español como SED.
Rice - (rais) = arroz
Face - (feis) = cara
Race - (reis) = carrera
Trace - (treis) = señal / rastro
Nice  - (nais) = simpático / agradable

     3. LA S : La “ese” (s) en inglés se pronuncia como la “s” en español como SILLA.
Books - (buks) = libros
Save - (seiv) = ahorrar / salvar
Sun - (san) = sol
Glass - (glaas) = vaso / cristal
Snow – (snou) = nieve
Rest – (rest) = descansar
     
     4. LA Z: Para pronunciar el sonido “z” en inglés de algunas “eses”, juntar los dientes superiores e inferiores. Poner la lengua justo detrás tocando los dientes para sentir un cosquilleo vibrante al pronunciar estas “eses”.
Days - (days) = dias
Flies - (flais) = moscas
Trees - (tris) = arboles
Keys - (qis) = laves
Zoo - (zu) = zoológico
Fleas - (flis) = pulgas

   5. LA A : El sonido de la “a” se pronuncia como la “a” abierta en español como MAR.
Father - (fader) = padre
Far - (far) = lejos
Arm - (arm) = brazo
Car - (kar) = coche
Tar - (tar) = alquitrán
What - wat) = que

   6. LA OTRA A: Hay sonidos de “a” que se pronuncian entre una “a” y una “e” en español; no se abre la boca tanto, como en las palabras en el número 5.
Fat - (faat) = gordo
Man - (maan) = hombre
Bad - (baad) = malo
Map - (maap) = mapa
Last - (laast) = último o el ver
Tan - (taan) = moreno

   7. Y OTRA A: Hay sonidos de “a” que suenan como “ei” en español como BUEY.
Plane - (plein) = avión
Train - (trein) = tren
Face - (feis) = cara
Claim - (kleim) = reclamar
Main - (mein) = principal
Fame - (feim) = fama
      
   8. LA EA: Hay sonidos de “ea” que suenan como la “i” en español como SILLA o FUI.
Meat - (mit) = carne
Seat - (sit) = asiento
Tea - (ti) = té
Beat - (bit) = derrotar
Deal - (dil) = trato
Leak - (lik) = gotera

  9. LA EE: Cuando una palabra tiene doble e “ee”, siempre suena como la “i” en  MI. o LIMPIO. Este sonido es igual al del número 8.
Feet - (fit) = pies
Meet - (mit) = reunirse
Feel - (fil) = sentir
Teeth - (tiz) = dientes
Sheet - (shit) = sábana
Sneeze - (snis) = estornudar
   
 10. LA I: Hay sonidos de “i” que suenan algo parecido a la “e” en español como LECHE o FUE.
Trip - (trep) = viaje
Rich - (rech) = rico
Dinner - (dener) = cena
Fish - (fesh) = pescado
Live – (lev) = vivir

11. OTRA I : Hay sonidos de “i” que suenan como el sonido “ai” en español como HAY.
Nice - (nais) = simpático / bonito
Fine - (fain) = bien
Time - (taim) = hora
Mine - (main) = mío
Shine - (shain) = brillar
Wine - (wain) = vino

12LA OO: La doble o “oo” suena como la “u” en español como SUBIR o HUMO.
Look - (luk) = mirar
Book - (buk) = libro
Foot - (fut) = pie
Wood - (wud) = madera
Cook - (kuk) = cocinar
Cookie - (kuki) = galleta
Good – (gud) = bueno

13LA TH: Hay terminaciones de palabras que terminan en “-th” y que suenan como la “z” en español como ARROZ o VOZ.
Truth - (truz) = verdad
Mouth - (mauz) = boca
Month - (manz) = mes
Thing - (zing) = cosa
Birthday - (berzdei) = cumpleaños

 14LA GH: Palabras en inglés que tienen un “-gh”, el sonido es mudo y no se pronuncia.
Bought - (bot) = compré
Although - (aldou) = aunque
Caught - (kot) = cogió
Fight - (fait) = pelear / pelea
Thought - (zot) = pensé

15OTRA GH: Palabras que terminan en “-gh” se pronuncian como una “f” en español: FÁCIL.
Cough - (kof) = tos
Rough - (raf) = áspero
Laugh - (laaf) = reír
Graph - (graaf) = gráfico
Enough - (inaf) = bastante
Tough - (taf) = duro

16. LA U: La “u” puede sonar parecido a una “a” en español: FAVOR (similar al núm.5).
Funny - (fani) = gracioso
Bun - (ban) = bollo
But - (bat) = pero
Sun - (san) = sol
Rug - (rag) = alfombra
Mug - (mag) = jarra
Lung - (lang) = pulmón
Trunk - (trank) = tronco
Fussy - (fasi) = maniático




lunes, 9 de mayo de 2016

366. LA VOZ PASIVA

La “Voz Pasiva” se forma con el verbo “SER / ESTAR + PARTICIPIO PASADO DEL VERBO
Se usa “Un verbo “ACTIVO” que está relacionado con la acción del SUJETO” de la frase.
Ejemplo de una frase “activa  
-Spain exports Spanish cured ham to many countries = España exporta Jamón Iberico curado a muchos países

Ejemplo de una frase en la “voz pasiva
-Spanish cured ham is exported to many countries = El jamón Iberico curado se exporta a muchos países
Vemos que el “objeto” en la “frase activa de arriba” se convierte en el sujeto en la voz pasiva.

Aquí lo importante de la frase en voz pasiva no es quien produce y exporta el jamón, sino el “mismo jamón
La voz pasiva se suele utilizar cuando no se conoce o no es interesante mencionar quién o qué realiza la acción.

Ejemplos:
-The school is cleaned everyday  = Se limpia el colegio todos los días
-The meeting was put off for another day  = La reunion fue apalzada para otro día
-Their car was set on fire  =   Su coche fue incendiado
-My car was stolen  = Mi coche fue robado

 Por tanto, para formar el pasivo dependerá en que tiempo está el verbo ACTIVO para usar el verbo ser /estar + el participio del verbo 

Ejemplos en “Presente, Pasado y Pretérito perfecto
Activo: This village makes  goat cheese = Este pueblo hace queso de cabra
Pasivo:  Goat cheese is made in this village = El queso de cabra está hecho en este pueblo
Activo: They broke the glass table  = Rompieron la mesa de cristal
Passivo: The glass table was broken  = La mesa de cristal estaba rota
Activo : The company has hired three new employees = La empresa ha contratado tres empleados nuevos
Pasivo: Three new employees have been hired = Tres nuevos empleados han sido contratados

Ejemplos en “Presente, Pasado Continuo y Must
Activo: The city is making more bicycle lanes  = La ciudad está haciendo más carriles de bici
Pasivo: More bicycle lanes are being made  = Se están haciendo mas carriles de bicicletas
Activo: The lifeguards were rescuing two people in the sea  =  Los socorritas estaban rescatando dos personas en el mar
Pasivo: Two people in the sea were being rescued in the sea = Dos personas estaban siendo rescatadas en el mar
Activo: You must finísh this report   = Debes / Tienes que terminar este informe
Pasivo: This report must be be finshed   = Se tiene que terminar este informe

Ejercicio : Poner estas frases activas en la voz pasiva ( see solution below)
1. Spain makes very good tiles  / ........................................ 
2. Cervantes wrote Don Quijote in 1605 / ……………………….
3. They invited us to the party / ……………………………………….
4. He bought his house in 1999 / ……………………………………..
5. The city is cleaning all the parks /………………………………….
6. The shop is reparing the computer / ...............................
7. You must make a report / ................................................
8. The police stopped him / ………………………………………………
9. They were painting the house / .......................................
10. The company has promoted Susan / …………………………..    
11. We keep the bottles of wine in the cellar /………………….
12. The company will employ 100 people /..........................
13. A lot of people speak Basque in Navarra /......................
14. They finally sold the house / ...........................................
15. Spain is exporting Spanish cured ham to Japan /…………..

Translation exercise (see solution below)
1. Carlos nacío en Alemania.
2. La casa fue construida hace 100 años.
3. Le inviaron a Chile para trabajar como director.
4. El informe tiene que estar terminado el viernes.
5. Un hombre ha sido atropellado.
6. Me están cortando el pelo.
7. Este cuadro fue pintado por Dalí.
8. Se habla Valenciano en muchos pueblos.
9. Fue visto andando por las montañas hace dos días.
10. Será guardado en un sitio seguro.
11. Está siendo investigado por fraude.
12. No se hizo nada para solucionar el problema.
13. Se oyó una gran explosión.
14. Me pararon por conducir demasiado rápido.
15. No fue pintado por nadie famoso.
16. Está siendo operado en este momento.
17. ¿Sabes donde fue encontrado?
18. ¿El queso Cabrales está hecho en Asturias? 

Grammar solution
1. Very good tiles are made in Spain.
2. Don Quijote was written by Cervantes in 1605.
3. We were invited to the party.
4. The house was bought in 1999.
5. All the parks are being cleaned.
6. The computer is being repaired.
7. A report must be made.
8. He was stopped by the police.
9. The house was being painted.
10. Susan has been promoted.
11. The bottles of wine are kept in the cellar.
12. One hundred people will be employed.
13. Basque is spoken in Navarra by a lot of people.
14. The house was finally sold.
15. Spanish cured ham is being exported to Japan.

Translation solution
1. Carlos was born in Germany.
2. The house was built one hundred years ago.
3. He was sent to Chile to work as a director.
4. The report must be finished on Friday.
5. A man has been run over.
6. I´m having my hair cut.
7. This painting was painted by Dalí.
8. Valenciano is spoken in many villages.
9. He was seen walking in the mountains two days ago.
10. It will be kept in a safe place.
11. He´s being investigated for fraud.
12. Nothing was done to solve the problem.
13. A big explosion was heard.
14. I was stopped for driving too fast.
15. It wasn´t painted by anyone famous.
16. He´s being operated at the moment.
17. Do you know where it was found?
18. Is Cabrales cheese made in Asturias?