miércoles, 28 de octubre de 2015

Crying Wolf

The other day, at about one in the morning, we heard somebody scream outside our flat. At first we thought nothing of it, as there are always quite a few kids on our street at all hours of the day and night. But then there was a second scream, awfully loud this time and rather panicked. This time we definitely thought something was wrong and went out on the terrace to find out what was going on. When you hear that sort of thing so many things go through your mind:  Is the person involved alright?; has someone been hurt?; maybe someone has been mugged... We could not see anyone, but the girl carried on calling for help and screaming. When we were about to phone for help, the girl in question appeared round the corner with a friend laughing and joking. It had all been a prank and a terrible one at that.
I can´t understand why people would want to make others think they are in trouble just for a laugh. Too many of these types of situations occur these days, and it will get to a point were no one is going to pay attention to cries for help anymore. What happens if someone really does need help, but no one takes any notice because they have been pranked in the past and think it is just a silly joke.
Some teenagers have definitely not heard the story about the boy that cried wolf and need to learn a little more about making harmful jokes.

jueves, 22 de octubre de 2015

Public speaking (Compulsory)

I have always been quite a timid person, I used to be the typical little girl that wouldn´t let go of her mother´s hand. This has caused a few problems through out my school life and when having to speak in public, as standing up in front of a class full of people was always my worst nightmare. I´m not the only one with this problem, there are a lot of people in my situation and it is something that should be overcome during university.
There must be an easy solution for stage fright and nervousness. If we started speaking in public thoughout primary and secondary school we would be so used to talking in front of people by the time we got to university that it wouldn´t affect us at all. Obviously, little children are not going to do the same type of presentations as older students, but they will start getting used to it. If public speaking is made into a fun game kids will want to participate and will feel comfortable in no time. This way, instead of dreading it, it is associated with a fun and light hearted activity.

domingo, 18 de octubre de 2015

Christmas in different countries (Compulsory)

Having lived in both England and Spain, I have spent Christmas in both countries and there are a lot of differences. One of the biggest differences is that in England the most important day of Christmas is Christmas Day celebrated on the 25th of December, while in Spain, it is Three kings day, celebrated on the 6th of January. Different from Spain, Christmas is a huge thing in England. People start preparing for it months in advance and the cities are filled with beautiful lights and decorations I haven´t experienced the same amount of enthusiasm towards this holiday in Spain.
The food is very different as well, as in England, typical Christmas food includes Christmas dinner, minced pies, prawn cocktail, Christmas pudding, trifle, etc., whereas in Spain Christmas dinner usually includes seafood, turrón, roscón, polvorones, and the traditional twelve grapes on New year´s Eve. I must say that I prefer Christmas in England because it feels like home, but it´s great in Spain too.

jueves, 15 de octubre de 2015

The limits of my language are the limits of my world

The quote "You live a new life for every language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once." really inspires me. I completely agree with what it says, as the opportunity to learn a new language opens so many doors in life. When you learn a new language, you are not just learning a  language, you are entering into a new world of culture, food, history ...
It´s not something that can be done quickly and that easily, it takes years of dedication and hard work to perfect all the different skills that are involved in being able to speak a language. I think one of the things that people find most difficult is being able to have a conversation, being able to use everything they have learnt about the grammar and rules and put it into action. It is harder than you initially think to communicate with a native person of the language that you are learning, as it´s one thing to study rules from a book, but it´s completely different when you are in foreign country and communication is essential.
From a personal point of view, I have lived in Spain for 12 years and it hasn´t always been that easy. Some say that the younger you are, the easier it is to learn a language, which is true. But that isn´t always biggest the problem. It´s easy to feel intimidated when surrounded by teachers and children that you don´t understand. I can still remember like it was yesterday, the first day I went to school in my new town here in Spain. I don´t think I´ve ever been so confused in my whole life, to put it lightly. I was surrounded by children that were talking and screaming in a completely different language and I didn´t understand what the teacher was saying either. In time I learnt to speak spanish and it all a little easier. Unfortunately, the feeling of inferiority was always present, as I never seemed to be able to reach the same goals as everyone else, and I didn´t really fit in. It has only in the last 4 years that I have felt that I belong here and I think that is something that a lot of people don´t realise when moving to a new country. I would never regret coming to Spain though, as it opened so many doors for me. I don´t know if I would have had such an interest in languages if I had stayed in England.
 In my case, the more languages I learn, the more I want to learn and it´s one of my favorite things to do.

viernes, 9 de octubre de 2015

YouTube

About six months or so ago I discovered YouTube. I had obviously used YouTube before, I think anyone with Internet access has. What I mean is that I discovered the huge youTube community and hundreds of people that put so much work into making videos. I have always loved clothes and makeup, so I started  watching makeup tutorials and season lookbooks. I discovered Zoella´s channel and fell in love with watching her videos. There is a little bit of everything on her channel: Q&As, makeup tutorials, lookbooks, hauls, cookery, etc. I  Her happy ways and enthusiasm made my day a little better when I was going through a tough time a while ago. Through her channel I discovered other great youtubers and I was hooked. There is such a big community of youtubers now, and so many of them do such great things, like spreading the word about charities and helping the community. Others have brought out books and merchandise. They manage to connect with their audiences as they share a lot with them, like their experiences, trips, recommendations and life tips.
I used to have English TV, but I haven´t anymore so I suppose YouTube is a kind of substitute. 

jueves, 8 de octubre de 2015

Drugs destroy lives! (Compulsory)

So many lives have been ruined by drugs, so I completely disagree with drug use and with the people that sell them. In most cases, once someone has fallen under their spell, they find it very difficult to stop consuming  because they are extremely addictive. Since they are so easy to get hold of, some people seem to start taking them at a very early age. I can´t explain how sad it is to see such young teenagers hooked on drugs when they could be doing far better things with their lives. What must a parent feel when they have tried to bring up their child correctly, but cannot stop them from deciding to take drugs. I think one of the big problems nowadays is that there are so many different types of drugs, and therefore, they are available for all types of consumers. The people that make and put these illegal substances on the market must realise that they are encouraging drug intake and making money out of some else´s addiction. Drug addiction sometimes leads to other crimes like robbery to pay for that addiction. Therefore, a permanent solution has to be found to stop all of this from happening.

domingo, 4 de octubre de 2015

Giant´s causeway (Compulsory)

         If you are looking for an interesting and historical place to visit, I would definitely recommend   Giant´s Causeway. It is situated on the coast of Northern Ireland in County Antrim and is the result of a volcanic eruption that formed these strange looking hexagonal columns 60 million years ago. It is a beautiful place, with it´s own kind of charm and for that reason and many more it was named as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the UK. The columns are made out of besalt, some are tall and thin, yet others, especially the columns that are situated around the bottom, are smaller and look more like blocks.
There are different legends surrounding Giant´s Causeway. According to one legend, the rocks are the remainder of a fight between two huge giants that started throwing rocks at each other. While another legend involves a love story between two giants that built it as a bridge between Ireland and Scotland.
If you ever get the chance to visit this magical and mystical natural wonder, make the most of it and go!

viernes, 2 de octubre de 2015

"To LIVE would be an awfully big adventure"

     I have always loved travelling, as a child I loved going on holiday to new and exciting places with my parents. The thrill of packing suitcases, getting up early and getting to the airport was always part of the fun of going away. As I have got older I have realised how much I want to travel the world.

My dream would be to travel to all of those places that I have only been able to admire via the TV or in magazines, like Thailand, India, Australia, China, Lapland and so many more.  Think how amazing it would be to grab a rucksack and travel from country to country, without a worry in the world.  I think you really get to know yourself better when you distance yourself slightly from the world of technology and start to enjoy the natural beauties that surround us. It´s usually a lot easier to think and reflect when surrounded by nature so imagine how free you would feel sitting in the gardens of an Indian temple.

Another great thing about travelling is the opportunity it gives people to learn about new cultures, people, food, and how others lead their lives in other countries. It gives you a new perspective about life, as I think after visiting countries where people manage to live with a lot less than us and still manage to be happy, shows us that we should appreciate more the luxuries and relatively easy lives we live.

Travelling gives you a sense of freedom, it gives you the chance to discover who you really are and what you want out of life.