jueves, 5 de enero de 2017

377. The Martians have landed (Part 1-)

The Martians have landed ( Part 1.)

The Martians scared the shit out of me and landed last week right in front of my very eyes.
I was walking in the street around four o´clock in the morning when I suddenly saw a bright light in the sky.
There were a few people who were also in that part of town, and I noticed they couldn´t move at all because a blue light was just above their heads.
I, on the other hand had a white light which was penetrating my entire body with pure star energy.
was able to move, even take a picture with my cell phone as I watched a beautiful enormous spaceship land fifty meters in front of me.
The Martians have landed ( Part 1.)
I thought I was dreaming. No way is this happening.
Nevertheless, I was in awe and I felt so good alive and full of energy.
My body began to move slowly elevating upwards in the air and moving in the direction of a light green light coming out from a door which had just opened.
The light made me move, go in and sit down in a cushion in the center of a glass floor.
My eyes were closed because the light was so bright.
I then realized that someone was talking to me in English.
“Hi Alan. It´s a pleasure to meet you. Don´t worry. We saw you walking in the street by yourself and you were thinking about how bright Venus was.
But, most importantly, we also noticed you were wearing a very nice dark brown leather jacket.
The Martians have landed ( Part 1.)
We want to know where you bought it? As we come from Mars, it´s pretty cold here, so we want to buy these leather jackets for the entire crew.
We are human like you, but of course we are far more superior as we have lived for millions of years.
We can travel all over any galaxy, but so far, Earth is the only place that sells the jacket you are wearing.
In Mars, people love to ride fantastic looking motorcycles. Here on Mars people can design their own custom motorbike, and they can go on land or fly in space.
The Martians have landed ( Part 1.)
We like your jacket because it looks like a motorcycle jacket. As soon as we have one, we can copy and make them for all our motorcycle riders on our planet.
We would like you to order for us 100 hundred jackets like yours.
We will give you a credit card so you can buy them. If you do us this favor, we have permission to give you special powers and make you immortal.
You will also be able to visit us anytime you want, and of course you will have the power to travel anywhere you want with your motorbike.
The Martians have landed ( Part 1.)
All you have to do is think about a place you want to go to, and in a blink of an eye you will arrive there with your motorcycle.
This way you can pay us a visit and come ride with us.”   

Vocabulary
scared the shit  = me pegó un susto de miedo
landed = aterrizó
right  = justo
around  = sobre
suddenly = de pronto
at all  = en absoluto
on the other hand = por otra parte
was able  = pude
even = incluso
No way = de ninguna manera 
nevertheless  = no obstante
awe = pasmado
coming out  = saliendo
just = acababa
cushion  = cojín
realized = me di cuenta
noticed  = fijamos
as  = como
pretty  = bastante
crew = tripulacion
like  = como
far  = bastante
looks like  = se parece
as soon as = tan pronto que
order  = pedir
all you have to do  = lo unico que tienes que hacer
in a blink of an eye = en un abrir y cerrar de ojo
this way  = de esta manera 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_M3uw29U1U

David Bowie´s best song


martes, 3 de enero de 2017

378. Problems of sleeping with another person

Sleeping in the same bed as your partner 'can increase the risk of depression, heart disease and stroke'
Sleeping separately could be better for your health
Snoring, fighting for the blanket and being pushed out of bed by your bed mate are all too common woes for anyone who’s ever shared a bed with a partner, romantic or otherwise.





For some people in long-term relationships, occasionally having a bed to yourself is a secret guilty pleasure, but according to new research, you may not have to feel so guilty after all.
In a study by the University of Leeds and Silentnight, it has been discovered that 29 per cent of people blame their partners for why they can’t get a good night’s sleep.
“Almost a third of Brits say they can't get a good night's sleep because they are disturbed by their partner,” sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan said.

Few couples have the same bedtime routines or sleeping habits, and it’s no secret that lack of sleep results in bad moods and lack of focus, but it also results in an increased risk of  health problems including obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
There are times that some people go to bed earlier than their partner because he or she has to get up very early, and of course you turn off the light because you feel sleepy.
But an hour later, your partner goes to bed and turns on the light to read or perhaps even watch televisión, and most likely wake up the person who was sleeping and maybe even get angry.

But it’s not worth breaking up over: a recent study by LM Research found that those of us in happy relationships sleep better than singletons or those in unhappy relationships, as they feel secure and less anxious. 

So what can you do? A goodnight kiss is a good place to start, with 71 per cent of those studied reportedly sleeping better as a result and 36 per cent admitting their sleep would be disturbed if they didn’t get to kiss their partner goodnight. "Sharing a kiss with the one you love before bedtime can help eliminate the stress of the day," said Dr Ramlakhan.
And it seems the old adage of never going to sleep on an argument may hold some truth: 70 per cent of us sleep better after saying ‘I love you’ to our partners, whether that’s in the same bed or separate.

Getting a good night´s sleep is what everyone wants. If not one will very cranky and stressed the next morning.

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

A nice song to listen to called "Sleeping at last (por fin) - I´m gonna be



Vocabulary

snoring  = roncar
pushed out  = echado
bed mate = pareja
woes = problemas
partner  = compañero
according  = segun
may  = puede que
blame  = culpar
lack  = falta de
bad moods  = mal humor
turns on = enciende
most likely = mas probable 
get angry = enfadarse
breaking up =  separarse / romper
adage  = dicho
cranky = cascarabia


viernes, 16 de diciembre de 2016

376. EATING NUTS

Eating a "handful" of nuts a day can keep the doctor away, research proves
People consuming at least 20 grams of nuts daily less likely to develop potentially fatal conditions such as heart disease and cancer, according to a study.
A handful of nuts a day can help to keep the doctor - and the undertaker - away, research has shown.

People consuming at least 20 grams of nuts daily were less likely to develop potentially fatal conditions such as heart disease and cancer, the study found.

Being "nuts about nuts" reduced the risk of heart disease by nearly 30%, the risk of cancer by 15%, and the risk of premature death by 22%.

The same amount of nuts - equivalent to a handful - was also associated with a halving of the risk of dying from a respiratory disease. Diabetes risk was cut by nearly 40%.
Study co-author Dagfinn Aune, from Imperial College London, said: “In nutritional studies, so far much of the research has been on the big killers such as heart diseases, stroke and cancer, but now we're starting to see data for other diseases.
“We found a consistent reduction in risk across many different diseases, which is a strong indication that there is a real underlying relationship between nut consumption and different health outcomes. It's quite a substantial effect for such a small amount of food.”
The team, whose findings appear in the journal BMC Medicine, analysed published data on more than 800,000 participants from around the world.
The study covered all kinds of tree nuts, such as hazelnuts and walnuts, as well as peanuts, which are technically legumes.
Mr Aune added: “Nuts and peanuts are high in fibre, magnesium, and polyunsaturated fats - nutrients that are beneficial for cutting cardiovascular disease risk and which can reduce cholesterol levels.
“Some nuts, particularly walnuts and pecan nuts, are also high in antioxidants, which can fight oxidative stress and possibly reduce cancer risk.

Even though nuts are quite high in fat, they are also high in fibre and protein, and there is some evidence that suggests nuts might actually reduce your risk of obesity over time.”
Vocabulary
Handful  = puñado

At least  = por lo menos

according  = segun

Handful  = puñado
Keep the doctor and the undertaker away = mantener el medico y el enterrador alejado
La palabra "NUTS", tambien significa loco. "Being nuts about nuts".
so far  = hasta ahora

underlying  = subyacente
findings  = Halllazgos / resultados

cutting  = reduciendo

even though  = aunque
might = puede que
Un gracioso video, "I´m a nut"


miércoles, 14 de diciembre de 2016

375. Translation exercise

A good way to improve your English is to translate to go over grammar, vocabulary, sayings and expressions

Go over  = repasar
Sayings  = dichos

1. No se que hacer hoy
2. Hace mucho frío
3. Como es tu hermana?
4. Me voy. Tengo prisa
5. Se está nublando
6. Tengo mucho sueño
7. Voy a hacer café
8. Nos vamos al cine?
9. Todos tenemos hambre
10. Me compraste el libro?
11. Mas vale tarde que nunca
12. Quien to lo dijo?
13. Nadie me dijo nada
14. En que estás pensando?
15. Estos zapatos no son míos
16. No seas tan tonto
17. Cuesta demasiado
18. La gorra me está demasiado grande
19. Fue mas caro de lo que pensaba
20. No debes pisar la hierba
21. Has leído el libro? Aun no
22. Será mejor que te vayas
23. No lo sabe el?
24. Hay mucho trafico y mucho ruido
25. Me apetece ir andando
26. No pegué ojo


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LHgQ4-5sZI




ENGLISH TRANSLATION

1. I don´t know what to do today
2. It´s very cold
3. What´s your sister like?
4. I´m going. I´m in a hurry
5. It´s getting cloudy
6. I´m very sleepy
7. I´m going make some coffee
8. Shall we go to the movies?
9. We´re all hungry
10. Did you buy me the book?
11. Better late than never
12. Who told you?
13. Nobody told me anything
14. What are you thinking about?
15. These aren´t my shoes
16. Don´t be so silly
17. It costs too much
18. The cap is too big on me
19. It was more expensive than I thought
20. You mustn´t step on the grass
21. Have you read the book? Not yet
22. It will be better if you leave
23. Doesn´t he know?
24. There´s a lot of traffic and a lot of noise
25. I feel like going walking
26. I didn´t sleep a wink

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"