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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Writing Progress: Maria Jose

Last Writing
Emergency situations like a fire or a terrorist attack could occur in our work place. To prevent the effects there are some essential things that you can implement. 

First of all, devise an evacuation plan. In case you are forced to leave the building don’t use never lifts, don’t panic, take out your heels and run as quickly as you can towards the emergency exit. Be sure any colleague stay back in their office and never try to come back to take your personal objects because you could jeopardize the security of other people. Then walk through the plan several times. Everyone at work must know exactly what to do in case of real danger.

Finally, when you are outdoors go directly to the meeting point and figure out if there’s someone who could’ve been trapped in the building. Give information in depth to authorities about any detail you may remember.   Following orderly an evacuation plan can help you to get safe and negative effects can be minimized.

1st Writing
Two months ago I bought a ticket to Tenerife South, at the beginning the price was 160 € but, at last, it raised up till 300 €. At first, I could have never guessed that Ryanair was so expensive due to the fact that on entering their website in order to look for cheap flights, you can find low cost tickets, but the reality was another one.
First of all, the price was completely disappointing but, next, I had to pay an extra cost for a priority boarding in order not to queue for over an hour to get a good site in the plane. Then, I also had to pay for having a larger space in my seat since my husband has long legs. Finally, I thought there would not be more setbacks but when the time of arriving to the airport came, I discovered I had forgotten to print my boarding cards and, astonished, I had to pay another extra cost. In the end, I was penalised too for exceeding the exact dimensions, regarding size and weight, of my cabin baggage.
Looking back on it, I think next time I go to Tenerife I will fly with Iberia since I am convinced that it gives their customers better services and, over all, no surprises concerning additional prices.

Writing Progress: Jose D

Last Writing
Hey Amy,
I am sorry to hear this news, I think You should try to talk him other time. If he continues with this attitude, you must forget him. Perhaps He isn´t your
soulmate. He is very insensitive if he don´t want to talk with you one minute. There are a lot of interesting men in your class, perhaps if you talk with other
man he become jealous. Good luck!!
Greetings
Tony

Dear Amy Karlson,
I read your email, I suggest you that You may not pressure some men, because there are a lot of men that They don´t react well to these ways. You should
take it easy these relationships and don´t fall head over heels. You should try to find some man similar you, Someone that are looking for a serious relationship.
I think if you follow my advices You probably find what you are searching.
Cordially
Dr. Dating

1st Writing
Ten Things I Can't Live without
Refrigerator: I think this is the most important appliance because It save the food and maintain in a good state.
Oven: It is very necessary to make the food
Washer: I need it to keep clean my clothes
Computer: It is very useful for me because I use it to find a job, to work, to play videogames and I download movies or series.
Mobile phone: I use it to comunicate with my family and my friends, I also use it to find a job.
Media Player: It is a hard disk portable, When I download movies or series I copy them in the Media Player and I can see them in my TV
TV: I don´t see the public o private programmes except the soccer or basketball matches because I prefer see my movies or series
Stereo: Although I listen music in my computer or in my mobile phone, I relax in my room listenig to music and reading a book or a comic
Iron: I don´t iron very often, but I think it´s important that the clothes seem arranged
Dishwasher: It is vey comfortable, but I think that is not very necessary because You can wash the dishes manually.

Writing Progress: Hector

Last Writing
You don´t know when an emergencycan happen . It could be a natural desaster or medical emergency. In this way, it´s very important to have a prepared plan for to know how to do in each case. The most important thing is don´t doubt and avoid to involve panic. In the case of weather emergencies, it can occur in any country, and they are very difficult to prevent. As you never will know when will happen, it´s necesary to be preparer.

The first thing to do is to have food, drink and electric generator that it can to work without energy outside. A little first aid-kit it can be necesary, and it must incluided especial medicines if somebody has an especial diseases or health dependencies. The best advice is you think the worst thing, so nothing will surprise you when finally you can go out and to see the results of the disaster.

Take the time you need to preparer a kit of basic documents to keep with you, and another copy in one safe place. Is recommendable to include a map for to know where is the emergency points a helped hummanitary, the principal highways, hospitals, and personal documents, as mortgage, personal identify carnet, account. and any other paper you think you could need in the future.

The next steep is to decide what to do if it´s neccesary to leave home. I think the first decission should be to take things that had survivered to desaster and go to an principal point of information. If somebody needs a doctor, with our first aid-kit we could give them first treatment and then looking for special help. There are always Red Cross Center or out of the town.

This essay information will help us for to know what to do if the Mother Nature wants to show her strenght and the way the humans we are defenceless in reality. In summary, to have a kit emergency with medicines, special articles and electric system emergency; documents and to know where is the points of emergency.


1st Writing
Acording to oficials numbers from Spain´s National Stadistic Institute, the quantify of divorce grew in 2011 only 0,7% opposite the year before (2010). Specify, it was 110.651 ends of married, 30.000 less than years before the beginning crisis (for example, it was 145.919 in 2006). Experts considerer that people have now more economic´s problem, so they are not sure to take a important decision, and maybe the couples with problems try to solve them by another ways.

Every couple has their own circunstances. The recently spanish divorce's law, known as "Divorcio express", allow to put finish a marriage in only three month after to wedding, and it´s no now necesary to separate as a previously condition. This regulation is the principal adventage to avoid a seriously problems about living together.

If a couple got wrong (a mistake) because they were too young, or not knowing about themselves, the "Divorcio Express" is  the best way for to avoid more problems. But there is another side. The process of divorce can be very hard in the case the couple had a children. Unfortunately they are the principal argument in front of judge to try convince him that you,re on the right side, you have the reason. Lawyers and psycologist agree that childs are who most suffering. The distance between the love and the worst hate is a thin line.

Writing Progress: Elena

Last Writing
Tornadoes are one of the most common weather emergency situations that can happen. For that reason it is important to know how to act in a situation like that. Here are some useful tips you should take.

One of the most important things to do it is to be informed constantly about the weather conditions from your city. Also, it is really useful to be able to identify the first signs of a tornado. After that, you should devise a plan to act, which must follow these rules.

First of all, if you are at home, the best place to stay is the basement, but if there isn’t, you must go to the lowest floors. Smaller rooms are always a good option, especially bathrooms.

Second, you should have always prepared an emergency kit with medicines, a radio to be aware of the weather, a flashlight, food, water and blankets.

Third, if you are caught outdoors, you should avoid cars. They are extremely dangerous. You need to take shelter looking for a low place and try to protect yourself.

These are some useful tips for your own safety. If you follow them, you will not have any problem during this weather emergency.


1st Writing
My mother’s once told me a really funny story about a partner who she was working with. They have been very closed friends since there because they worked together for the same company during more than fifteen years. One day Isabel told my mother, a curious experience that she had had while she was younger. She was working for another company as a personal assistant but she really wanted to get a better job. After a couple of months there, she finally had the opportunity to make it possible. There were a few vacancies in the office to be part of the director’s team and of course she decided to apply for this job, but first she needed to pass an exam.

During the next weeks she started studying all the topics and subjects: economics, law... Apparently everything was fine, but when the big day was coming she was more and more nervous. That was very normal because it was the first time that she was making a proof like that.
Finally, the day had come. She was preparing everything for the text when her house mate, who she was living with, told her that it would be better if she took a tranquillizer just to be a little more relaxed during the exam. She accepted without a doubt because she wanted to be calm down.

After that, she took the subway, like everyday. There she started to fell a little bit tired and sleepy but continued going to the place where the exam was. She didn’t know how, but finally she arrived to the right place. Then she entered into a big class and sat down where an old man told her. The exam was given to her but before she could begin, she needed to clean her glasses first. She took them out from her bag and with a lot of calm and very, very relaxed, she started to clean them.
Isabel began to read the two or three first questions when the same old man said: “Ok. Time is over. Give me your exams in order, please”. She couldn’t believe these words. Time was finished and she hadn’t started to read just the first page yet. She was so relaxed that didn´t realize that she had spent at least 45 minutes just cleaning her glasses!! Of course, she didn’t pass the exam, but at the end she learned two very important things: Not to take any pill she doesn’t know from her friends and how to pass a good time just remembering this memorable story!!

Writing Progress: Begoña


Last Writing
Weather emergencies occur in every country in the world. It is important to be ready if it is happen, since everything would go better if you take some precautions.
There are three important things you should do to be ready:
First you need to stock up on emergency supplies. A medicine box should be indispensable. Also it should include some can food and water.

In addition you should keep important documents together in one place in order to take all of them very quickly.

Finally you should plan what you will do in case you need to leave your home. The most common and better solution is going to you families' or friends' house until the emergency has passed.
All this advices will help you in case of an emergency, follow them carefully.


1st Writing
Technology has evolved a lot in the few last years. And this evolution has a great influence in our lives.
When I started working 20 years ago, the office I worked in had 3 computers for 20 people. Now a day everybody has their own computer with a flat screen. The idea of working without a computer is inconceivable. Besides most people have computer at home, even portable computers. With all this the accessibility to the information (via Internet) is easy for everyone.
In addition mobile phones have become part of our lives. Everybody has one at his pocket, and the evolution of these devices has been incredible. Listening music, reading books, filing photos, playing games, and communicate with others is now possible through different applications from the mobile phones.
All this technology has changed our lives. But it is important to be aware about them, requiring a great effort. We have to be renewed or die.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

English Writing: Emergencies

David

There are three important things you should do to be prepare for a weather emergency

It´s important to prepare for a weather emergency because every part of the planet has its own hazard. It might be hurricanes, floods, sand storms, monsoons, and so on. If you know what to do in that critical moment you can save your life and the lives of the people around you. And, also, you need to know what to do after the disaster.

First, you need to stock up on emergency supplies. Some food must be stored in case you need it. Of course, it has to be canned food or something non perishable. You can also have to prepare a medical kit with first aid medicines. Another important to prepare are clothes and blankets to keep warm outside.

In addition, you should keep important documents together in one place. In a weather emergency there is no time for searching for nothing. Having all this documents in a suitcase or similar can let you pick it up in a second. You can think documents are not important in an emergency but, afterwards, you will miss them if you loose them.

Finally, you should plan what will you do in case you need to leave your home. Where are you going to sleep? Where are you going to eat something? If you haven´t planned it before, perhaps, it will be late after the disaster. Family, friends or anybody you know outside your neighborhood or even your city might be a good chance to spend a couple of days before you can get back to your home.

You may think these emergencies always happen at the other side of the world. But you can never trust Mother Nature. It´s easy to follow the three things above. And it will help you a lot to think about it from time to time. There are only three steps between you and your salvation So, don´t be lazy or you will pay it!

Maria Jose
Emergency situations like a fire or a terrorist attack could occur in our work place. To prevent the effects there are some essential things that you can implement.  First of all, devise an evacuation plan. In case you are forced to leave the building don’t use never lifts, don’t panic, take out your heels and run as quickly as you can towards the emergency exit. Be sure any colleague stay back in their office and never try to come back to take your personal objects because you could jeopardize the security of other people. Then walk through the plan several times. Everyone at work must know exactly what to do in case of real danger. Finally, when you are outdoors go directly to the meeting point and figure out if there’s someone who could’ve been trapped in the building. Give information in depth to authorities about any detail you may remember.   Following orderly an evacuation plan can help you to get safe and negative effects can be minimized.

Natalia
Why it is important to prepare for a weather emergency?-Because you will not lose time to think about what to do and what to take if the weather emergency happens. -Because knowing about the different weather conditions and natural disasters (floods, thunderstorms, earthquakes, fires) which are more probable in your country and about the emergency plan to take it’s the best way to save your life and avoid jeopardizing the security and life of your family.
Thesis statement: There are three important things you should do to be ready.Body paragraph 1: Topic sentence: First, you need to stock up on emergencies supplies.You should keep at home some food such as crackers, cereals, ham, chocolate, etc. and some bottles of water, all easy to transport which give energy for health and survival. You should have on hand also some medicines and first aid kit, and take into consideration if  someone of the family have a medical treatment or chronic illnesses, or to alleviate the pain if some injuries occur during the emergency weather.You should take equipment like only few essential clothes to protect from the cold or rain; a radio to have access to the state of the weather, the recommendations and evacuation plan of the authorities; a cell phone, an Ipod, with the main emergency phone numbers to be able to get through to family, doctors, etc.; a purse, with money cash. 
Body paragraph 2: Topic sentence: In addition you should keep important documents together in one place. You should put together into a folder, kept in a drawer, important documents such as a passport, address book, birth certificates, testament, education diplomas, or insurance contract etc. and in the purse the identity card, health card and credit cards.  
Body paragraph 3: Topic sentence: Finally, you should plan what you will do in case you need to leave your home.At the end, you should be aware and know the emergency plan given in the news, the specific weather hazard and the local evacuation routes provided by the authorities.Talk to your family about the plan you have to take, organizing in-depth what to do and implementing what you had learned about the local warning system in the community.Depending on the time you have to leave your home take all the emergency supplies and the documents you had stuck up, which you will need, and put them into a bag and take the exits rapidly but staying calm.
Conclusion paragraph: How will the information in this essay help you in an emergency?Learning in advance the specific weather emergencies, the reasons to be prepared, having on hand the emergency supplies and the main documents with you as well as the information about the warning system of the community and the instruction of the government about the specific weather emergency will help to act fast, keep control of the situation and increase the chances of survival in dangerous natural disasters .  

Elena
Tornadoes are one of the most common weather emergency situations that can happen. For that reason it is important to know how to act in a situation like that. Here are some useful tips you should take.

One of the most important things to do it is to be informed constantly about the weather conditions from your city. Also, it is really useful to be able to identify the first signs of a tornado. After that, you should devise a plan to act, which must follow these rules.

First of all, if you are at home, the best place to stay is the basement, but if there isn’t, you must go to the lowest floors. Smaller rooms are always a good option, especially bathrooms.

Second, you should have always prepared an emergency kit with medicines, a radio to be aware of the weather, a flashlight, food, water and blankets.

Third, if you are caught outdoors, you should avoid cars. They are extremely dangerous. You need to take shelter looking for a low place and try to protect yourself.

These are some useful tips for your own safety. If you follow them, you will not have any problem during this weather emergency.

Begoña

Weather emergencies occur in every country in the world. It is important to be ready if it is happen, since everything would go better if you take some precautions.
There are three important things you should do to be ready
First you need to stock up on emergency supplies. A medicine box should be indispensable. Also it should include some can food and water.
In addition you should keep important documents together in one place in order to take all of them very quickly.
Finally you should plan what you will do in case you need to leave your home. The most common and better solution is going to you families' or friends' house until the emergency has passed.
All this advices will help you in case of an emergency, follow them carefully.

Hector
INTRODUCTION. Why is it important to prepare for a weather emergency?

-Occur in every country in the world -It´s very difficult prevent it
-You never know when will happen it  - Them, there will be too late for it.

BODY PARAGRAPH 1. Topic sentence. "First, you need to stock up on emergency supplies"

-This kind of food (tined) can´t caducate. It´s necesary to conserve them for long time
-When weather emergencies happen, you don`t know if you will can catch food.

BODY PARAGRAPH 2. Topic sentence. "In addition, you should keep important documents together in one place"

-In this case, you will prove you are who you are, and to reclaim your possesions.

BODY PARAGRAPH 3. Topic sentence. "Finally, you should plan what you will do in case you need to leave your home"

-You don´t go out and don´t know where to go. Maybe recommended to go a help point or Red Cross Center or out of the town.

CONCLUSION. Because it will help you to act in order and don´t improvise.

Monday, May 27, 2013

English Writing: Formal vs. Informal e-mails

Writing better e-mails:
Don't use informal language with people you don't know.
Use emoticons


NATALIA

Dear Amy,

Don't worry!!!. When you saw Blake after class he had just to hurry to take the bus. That's all. You know that he lives far away and there aren't so many buses going to his neighborhood. He must have been very busy with the exams lately.  
Be patient. Just wait that he calls you back!
We will talk tomorrow after class!!
See you soon :)

Tony.

Second message:

To: amykarlson@wowmail.net           Subject:  Can you help me?

Dear Mrs. Karlson, 

In our advice column we receive and attend many messages from people like you who are requiring our help to improve the relationships in their couple. Our recommendation is to avoid sending so many messages and notes to your partners, because they could feel overwhelmed by it. Let them express openly their behavior respecting their own time.
You can contact us. Our specialized psychologist team will receive you, with pleasure, providing more personal suggestions to your case. 

Cordially,

Dr. Dating

JOSE D.
Hey Amy,

I am sorry to hear this news, I think You should try to talk him other time. If he continues with this attitude, you must forget him. Perhaps He isn´t your
soulmate. He is very insensitive if he don´t want to talk with you one minute. There are a lot of interesting men in your class, perhaps if you talk with other
man he become jealous. Good luck!!

Greetings
Tony


Dear Amy Karlson,

I read your email, I suggest you that You may not pressure some men, because there are a lot of men that They don´t react well to these ways. You should
take it easy these relationships and don´t fall head over heels. You should try to find some man similar you, Someone that are looking for a serious relationship.
I think if you follow my advices You probably find what you are searching.

Cordially
Dr. Dating

ELENA PUELLES

Dear Mrs. Karlson,



Welcome to my column. My piece of advice to you is to calm down. At the beginning, couples usually have a good start because everything is new and both of you feel very excited. But after a few months, things sometimes can change. In that moment, if you see that things are not working out, you should give to your partner his own private space and so do you. Maybe, you should not push him trying to talk with him every second of the day. It is better to take things slowly and not to force them, because if he is your soulmate, sooner or later he will find out.



Sincerely,



Dr. Dating.

BEGOÑA

Hi Amy!
I’m sorry you feel so bad. Probably Blake’s thinking about if he wants to go out with you or not, so you cannot miss any opportunity. First of all stop to call him. Second you must be as pretty as you can in every moment. And third try to look nice but not too interested on him. Wave him everyday with a smile, but you must be the “busy” person, the one who cannot stay since have a lot of things to do or persons to meet. He will call back soon. You’re going to see.


E-mail to Amy Karlson
From doctordating

Dear Amy
To find someone to love and to be loved by is not easy. At the beginning of a relationship everything seems to be special, but after a few time things change, defects comes out from both and the relationship stops to be as special as it seemed before. At that moment is time to analyse by everyone if the person and the relationship worth enough to fight for it. People usually need space and time to analyse such a thing and maybe so many notes, e-mails or calls makes feel the other part too pressed.
You should try to relax and enjoy each moment with your partner, without thinking in the future, and without pressure. If it doesn’t work maybe he’s not the right men for you.
Sincerely

Dr. Dating

DAVID
Hey Amy,

Don´t think all men are like Blake. Sooner or later you´ll find the right one.;-)
I don’t think Blake deserve all your efforts to get close to him. Let him go! Perhaps when he realize you aren´t interested in him at all he would tried to get back to you.

Give him time! Don´t worry.

See ya!
David



E-mail to Amy Karlson

Dear Amy,

Have you ever think you ask too much of your partners from the beginning? Try to rise up your relationship together with the other person. Perhaps they have felt overwhelmed. You must let the relationship flow and you will see it will rise strong and healthy.

Sincerely,

David








Wednesday, May 8, 2013

English Writing: Letter of Complaint

NATALIA

135 Richwood Ave
Morgantown, WV 26505

May 8, 2013

Mr. John Smith
Director
Housetrust
50 High Street
Morgantown, WV 26505 

Dear Mr. Smith:
I’m writing to inform you about a claim concerning the refusal about the repair of the roof of our house which happened after the windstorm of the last April.
Precisely, on 28 April 2013, due to a strong wind and rain, a branch’s tree fell over our home and destroyed a part of the roof. After a short observation of the destruction the insurance expert of the company sent us a letter telling us that the home insurance policy didn’t pay the cost of the repairs.
However, with accordance with the stipulations of the articles of the insurance contract the rebuild of the roof can’t be denied because that day the wind exceeded the speed of 90km per hour. For the verification of the facts I add, enclosed, the weather report from the Meteorological Agency of the local zone and the exact date when the wind storm occurred.      
To ensure that such errors don’t happen again and that the experts provide correct information I ask you to proceed with the mend of the damages, otherwise I would have to announce the dissolution of my home insurance contract. Thank you in advance and I look forward to hearing from you. 

Yours sincerely,

Natalia 

JOSE D.
Monforte de Lemos 63 
Madrid 28029 

Mr. Jose Mourinho 
Portuguese Restaurant
Calle Padre Damian 23
Madrid 28026

Dear Mr. Mourinho:

 I´m writing to apply for refund of my last meal in your restaurant. The last friday I invited my parents for their anniversary, I saw an advertisement of your restaurant on TV. 
I thought It was a good idea. I called to the restaurant and booked a table. When we arrived to the restaurant a rude waiter asked us if we had a reservation, he was searching
in his computer a lot of time, after We waited about one hour to eat, We booked a table at 9.00 and We began to eat at 10.30. My parents are older and when We could 
eat I noticed that in the restaurant there was so much noise that It was impossible to eat calmly. But the worst was when We were eating, the table was dirty, the food was
so bad that We didn´t eat almost nothing. 

 It was a special day, I spent a lot of money, You need to refund me for this meal. Thank you very much for your consideration, and I look foward to hearing from you. 

Cordially


ELENA
2101 Barker St.

Littledale 13456


                                                                                                                        May 7, 2013


Mr. Amancio Ortega
President, Zara Inditex
4200 California Road
Metropolis City 10012

Dear Mr. Ortega:

I went to your department store ZARA located in Garden Street, California, two days ago. I bought a black dress which cost 19 dollars. The top of the dress had a small picture with two flowers and a few words around them. I decided to wash it before I put on and what a surprise. When I took it out from the washing machine, the flowers were almost gone and some of the words weren’t able to be read. Also I had problems with the zipper and there were two buttons which were broken. I am still having my ticket so I would like to return the dress and refund my money.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Shirley Green.


HECTOR
For the attention for Mr. Pérez, CEO Tecnology Enterprises,
 
Dear Mr. Pérez, 
 
The reason of this letter is to recognize my disappointment with your products and service to customer. I´m going tell you my history because i´m sure that you will be convenced i have the reason after to read it. 
 
The last week i bought a dvd player made by your factory. After two days, the player started to do extrange sounds when i putted on it a dvd. I thouhgt maybe it would be a dvd´s problem, so i tried to prove with another dvd but with the same result. The player didn´t read the dvd and did a strange sound, as a dvd was got blocked. I returned to the shop, explained to manager the problem, he was very comprensive and gave me another player with his apology.
 
The problem is that, in this case, the new machine did the same that its fellow. It was impossible to watch a dvd because the machine didn`t work. I returned to shop and i asked for apology and refund money. But the manager told me these time it was not a problem of him, it was impossible two players failed and, the most important, he had instructions to remite any complain about Tecnology Enterprises's products to its CEO, you, Mr. Pérez.
 
After to write a complain letter agains the shop´s manager, i talked with some of my friends and told me that they had the same problem with diferentes productos done by your company, and although they wrote you, never obtained neither apology or refund money. 
 
But i don´t surrender. First, i write you this letter to ask for an apology; and then i will to turn to Customers Association for to explain them this case because i don´t want some people suffer like me in the future. Also, i would like company refunds money and send me an apology letter, and the promise that you will change the way to treat customers.
 
Thanking for your time, i wish you have a nice day.
 
Sincerely,


Maria Jose
May 14, 2013
Mr. Pedro García
Customer Service
El Corte Inglés
Paseo de la Castellana, 53
28046 Madrid

Dear Mr. García,
On 10th of May I bought a Teddy bear for my little daughter at El Corte Ingles from Paseo de la Castellana, 53.
At the time of purchase I didn't realize that your Teddy bear doesn't carry the CE mark and later surprisingly I couldn’t find information about the manufacturer's name and address neither. Unfortunately, your Teddy bear is not a product made in the respect of the safety standards of the European community and consequently I consider that it is not a safe product for my daughter.
To solve this problem I would appreciate a money refund or another Teddy bear with de CE mark. Please find attached the receipt of the purchase.
I look forward to your positive reply and a resolution to my problem as soon as possible.
Please contact me at the above address or phone any time between 9.00 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Cordially,


Maria Jose

Monday, April 29, 2013

English Writing: My Most Memorable Trip

ELENA

If I have to point out a memorable trip it would be the one I made to New York City. It was the first time I took a plane and the experience was awesome but a little bit long. During a week I saw lots of things but one of the most remarkable was when I went up to The World Trade Center. I had never been in a building so high and the views were absolutely breathtaking.

Also I visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was enormous, so I had to choose what period of art I was going to see. Finally, I chose the Ancient Egypt. The masterpieces were fantastic, all of them: statues, coffins and temples were magnificent. Another day, I decided to see the famous musical “Cats” which was overrun with tourists every night. I really enjoyed the show even I couldn’t understand it very well.

In hindsight, I blew a lot of money on this trip but it was beautiful. I visited the most popular places like Central Park, Empire State building or Times Square, but if I come back again, I would like to wander off the beaten and look for unknown places.

BEGOÑA

When I was young I used to rough it in each travel I did. That's way the trip to the Riviera Maya, in Mexico, was one of the best I've taken, as we were lodged in a 5 stars beach resort, and that was completely new for me at that time.
We took a nonstop flight, from Madrid to Cancun. When we arrived to the hotel I went directly to the beach. The sightseeing over the turquoise sea was magnificent. We could dive several times during the week and see so many different multi-coloured aquatic species. It was really incredible.
We also visited several Maya archaeological sites, so we learned a lot about this culture. Some of the sites were in the middle of the jungle, hence we had also some of adventure in our trip : we passed a valley by a cord (tirolina) and we could swim inside a cenote. It was really great.
We had also time to visit some cities, as Merida and Valladolid, and shopping the autochthonous crafts.

HECTOR
My favourite travel (paradoxically) was in september 2001 (tragic date). Three friends and me traveled round Europe in 21 days in my first (and only until now) Interrail experience, and were a memorable days. We started on Switzerland, and visited Austria, Hungary, German, Czech Republic and Dennmark later. I think it´s the best way to know Europe if you are a student, don´t want blow money on and don´t care rough it. We booked one month before to start, but decided in each case how time we were in countries choosen.

Obviously, the biggest moment was when we knew what happened something terrific in New York. We were on Switzerland, near to come Zurich, and our cellular phones started to shine with sms. Nobody in Spain knew what was there, so we tried to take it easy (we were in the best country in the world to place if a war started). My friends and me were in these times seasoned traveler, and loved rough it and bum around, so we decided to go on and to see how different people faced up to something that nobody lived before.

Maybe some people think that this kind of to visit remote places is to blow money on, but to life a turbulent experience has some of adventure; you have fend for oneself because you can´t to phone a agency travel if there are some kind of difficults; and, like is not a organized trip, you don´t need to go to overrum places, where everybody knows.

DAVID
It was a weekend that my friends and I went to practice risky sports. We exit from Madrid on Friday afternoon to a remote town in Pirineos, near river Noguera-Pallaresa. We had planned to practice rafting, canyoning and riding horses, all in one day! After eight hours driving our cars we arrived al that place. As it was a dark night, we felt that we were wandering off the beaten path. The next morning we realized that it was overrun with people expecting to do the same as us.

First stage, rafting. We were excited for sailing the turbulent waters of the river. It was breathtaking when we passed through some dangerous rapids without falling off the boat. It was a very good start for the weekend. After a quick lunch, we went to our next challenge, canyoning. It seemed to be a run-of-the mill activity. But we didn´t take into account the weather factor. We started walking by the river. It wasn´t very deep. But, suddenly, a turbulent storm began to fall over us when we were at the middle of the activity. The water raised and we were trapped in a whirlpool. Our monitors tried to be cool. They began to take us out of the river and when all of us were out they told us we had been in trouble deep.

In hindsight, I would never repeat a plan like this. A lot of hours driving, a lot of activities in a day,... From this time on, we planned our trips better. We didn’t rough it anymore, and we book comfortable hotels even we have to blow our money on it. Despite of all, I think this was one of the most memorable trip I have ever had.

JOSE
This memorable travel was in 2007, it was an american west tour. I visited many cities, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco and the Grand Canyon in Arizona. 
This travel didn´t begin good, I had my passport in order, but It wasn´t an electronic passport, when I tried to enter the airplane, They said me that I must changed my 
passport, I had to return to the police station in the airport and pay the urgency passport. I think I haven´t run more in my life. 
 
 The first city that we visited was Los Angeles, the first day I was very tired, I remember I felt the jet lag, this was not my first travel to USA but I visited the east of 
America and It was different for me. In Las Vegas We knew the casinos, the attractions, I didn´t play but I enjoyed a lot with this visit. In Las Vegas the last day my 
mother and my sister went shopping, my father and me tried to find a comic shops, we finished this search in a remote place, and when We found the shop it was 
closed, my father wanted to kill me, but I think it was like an adventure. For the next cities we chartered a funny person, he was a seasoned traveler, the sightseeing 
with this man was very good. In the Grand Canyon we hired the helicopter visit but my sister forgot to recharge the camera, the view was breathtaking. The last city 
was San Francisco, I think It is a good city but for me I think It´s a little sad. 

 In hindsight I had to know better the new conditions of travel for America, because my mother suffered a lot the first day, but I remember this travel how a great 
experience, I knew a lot of places, people. The only bad experience that I suffered was a robbery in my room of a hotel in Santa Maria , they stole me a mp3 player. 
The only thing that I couldn´t do was wath a Nba match.   

NATALIA
The best travel I had ever taken and which will be always memorable happened when I had the opportunity to accompany the Spanish National Youth Orchestra in a fifteen day musical tour across Spain. This trip was not a run-of-the mill experience but an extraordinary and special one considering that I followed the Spanish National Youth Orchestra, with its current artistic director and composer José Luis Turina and all the crew working in the musical archives of the National Auditorium, and that was the celebration of the twenty five anniversary of the constitution of this young orchestra which includes the most brilliant Spanish musicians. Besides for this unique commemoration many music teachers, musicians and composers, who belonged in the past to that orchestra, and who work now in prestigious national and international musical orchestras, were also invited in conferences and meetings during the trip. The travel was booked and was planned that I assisted in the musical proofs of the younger composers, that I was in close participation with the musical archive team and I attended the final fantastical musical performances in the diverse Auditorium of Oviedo, León, Asturias, El Escorial and Madrid.   

Moreover we passed through breathtaking landscapes and had the sightseeing experience to contemplate cathedrals and monuments, even if was summer and was overrun with tourists, we stayed not in remote places, neither we roughed it, as the hotels were very nice and comfortable. I had not in mind blowing a lot of money, because the travel and food costs were included in it. This didn’t a not stop travel, as we stayed a few days in each city. That trip was full of many surprises, as when they put me in charge of taking pictures of the young musicians during the musical proofs in the auditoriums and of the Spanish conductor’s orchestra Pablo González, also I was delighted with the conversations with other composers as Juan José Colomer and it was a real privilege to be present in all the ovations the orchestra received. It was also unforgettable, when the musicians played in the hotel rooms until midnight, when they participated in a costume night party creating original clothes of la fabada, or when in a whirlwind afternoon in front of La Catedral de Segovia, a very strong wind force us to find all round the city clothespins to grip the scores in the lecterns that the concert could take place full of enthusiastic public and didn’t transform into a desolated reception.

In hindsight, the travel was an exceptional chance not only to visit emblematic cultural and historical locations of the Spanish cities we saw but overall the experience to live close with the musicians and his way of learning music. I discovered different musical symphonies, the life and perspectives of renowned composers and the interaction between the musicians and the public in the astonishing performances in these magnificent auditoriums.  





Monday, April 22, 2013

English Writing: Should Elderly Children live with their parents?

JOSE

I think it is a good idea that your parents live with you, whenever you don´t force them and they want to move. One of this reason is probably your parents could live better in your home than a nursing home. I remember when my grandparents went to a nursing home, and they said me that it was not a good experience, the came back after a month. Other reason is when you are kid, they took care of you, now when they are elderly you must take care of them, they probably paid your education, they saved some money for you. You are in debt to them. The last reason is selfish, if you have children they may help you with them. Now in Spain is very usually to see the grandparent play in the park with their grandchildren. 

 For these reason I think you must accept your parents in your home. But in the other hand there could be some problems. If your wife or husband has not a good relation with your parents, this reason make it more difficult the coexistence. Perhaps sometimes they feel like a nuisance, they don´t understand that now they must be cared.


HECTOR
Always come a moment in the live when is necessary to decide if elderly parents have to live with their children. To star with, there are so many questions to answer, as if they can look after themselves, because they could be ill or to have serious difficults to move. Furthermore, there is an ethical or biological responsability. The common sense point at obligation to take care of the elderly parents when their lives are on the last stage. But it´s possible that would be impossible because of space problems or others logistical difficults, in a spite of your wish be to stay with them. But can be parents didn´t want to be a burder and prefeer by this to live alone instead of plan differents solutions. A residential home should be the last resort. In additional, there is a big advantage to live with elderly parents, and it´s they look after the grandchildren if their parents have very busy employment. In conclusion, elderly parents have to live with their children, if it´s really possible, by a principal reason: an ethical obligation and natural order. 

BEGOñA
Old parents should live by their own while they can. Most ancient people prefer to live in their own house, having their things and items with them, and deciding what to do in any moment: watching TV, reading, having a coffee with a neighbor or simply looking by the window are things very important for them, since they are their own decisions. They like the company of their children but they want to take control of their own life.

If they need some help to live because they cannot move with agility, a household could be the solution to help them cooking, cleaning the house or shopping, always having regular contact with their families (children and grandchildren)

In case of they need real help because a disability or reduced mobility, they should move to live with their children having their care and love. They will lose independence and control of their life and they will not be happy for it, but it can be compensated with the company of their families and their love.

But some elderly people cannot stand the simply idea of being a burden. In these cases a nursing home could be the solution. They are usually very comfortable, having all medical cares elderly people need and they can find other people to share experiences and activities with.

I think it is very important to analyse each case, having in count the wishes of the ancient, his health and the circumstances of the family, to take the best decision. 

ELENA
I think parents should live by themselves if they can handle it. They have been living alone for many years and they are used to their own customs and start a new life sharing a house with their children’s family it is a huge change for both parts. For that reason, we need to think about different options which are going to depend on each situation.

For instance, if one of the members is healthy enough, he could take part of the responsibility and take care of the other one. That would be a perfect outcome, but unfortunately is not the most common. They usually have health problems or diseases which need a special attention. In this case, they should have someone who help them, like a nurse, or who stays at their children’s house, provided that the illness is in a low phase and parents don’t need hospital attention. Furthermore, we have to consider the situation of the children: if they have a job, have space at home and the most important thing, if they have enough time to look after them.

Finally, the last situation that could happen is taking your parents to a residence. It is always a hard solution, but at the same time is the best option. Professionals will be looking after them constantly and you can feel more relief knowing that there is always a doctor or a nurse for any problem that might happen. Moreover, they are more stimulated doing specific exercises and other activities, which main target is improve their disease. At this point, I would like to remember that having your parents in a residence doesn’t mean that you can forget about them. You can visit them whenever you want, and even if they couldn’t recognize you, I’m sure they will enjoy your company.

Natalia
Elderly parents should live with their children, because it’s often a benefit for the grandfathers, children and grandchildren. The elderly parents who live with their children receive a better take care and more attention from their children, who know them, than in a nursing home. They feel more independent and more active in that way than in a nursing home with norms and schedules. For most families nowadays living with the children it’s cheaper than having to pay for an expensive institution. Besides, elderly parents, if they have not a serious illness and have still all the capacities, can be a help for the parents in the household, for taking care of their grandchildren and a source of knowledge and mutual company. In conclusion, living together constitutes a practical way of living for the economic and affective support of all the members of the family.

Monday, April 15, 2013

English Writing Divorce


Write 3 paragraphs about divorce.  Give statistics about divorce in Spain and write the pros or cons of divorce.  You can also write about both pros and cons.  Remember to keep it organized and focused.  Each paragraph should have a main idea and details to support it. Keep your ideas clear and double check that your sentences make sense.

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DAVID
Homework from David Jiménez: Divorce in Spain
In Spain there is a Law of Divorce since 1981. After 32 years, while three marriages are
made, almost two are broken. Spain is the European country with higher average of
divorces, close to Belgium and Hungary. Cataluña, Andalucía and Madrid have rates ten
times higher than Cantabria, Navarra and La Rioja. Of course, rates of population are
similar to the rates of divorces between the first Autonmical Comunities and the last
ones.
It seems that relationships are not as solid as they were years ago. People get married
easily than our parents or grandparents, for example. Therefore, the foundations for the
relationship are not as good as they might be. So, the only way out is getting divorced.
Today there is no dialogue to solve problems. Why? We break our commitment and
everything is solved. It is useless trying to convince the other part of your ideas.
Nobody accepts anybody else ideas.
In my opinion, when people can´t live together the best thing they can do is living apart.
It has no meaning to live arguing all the time, without being happy. The problems begin
when there are children in the middle of battlefield. They are often used to harm the
other one. It doesn´t matters whatever the children feel. The important thing is to defeat
the other part getting the house, the car and…the children. They look like they were
another thing bought years ago.
Crisis also has influence in the number of divorces. People don´t get divorced because it
is very expensive. They prefer to get separate without legal procedures. That´s why
divorce rates have fallen a little since 2010. But this is only a standby situation. They
are waiting until crisis ends to get finally divorced, or not? Who knows, perhaps this
could be a second chance for some people to know better each other.

Jose D.
I think the divorce is a problem in Spain. There are many couples that use this easy way, when they should resolve the conflict. I think the problem is people get married without a good knowledge of his couple.
It´s a big problem when there are kids in the family, because they only want to see their parents together and happy. It´s very important if the parents get divorced, they should have a good behaviour before their kids.
The INE (National Institute of Statistics) said that in 2011, the divorces were going down by the crisis, in this year the divorces reduced a 24% compared with 2006. But it´s obvious that there are many divorces, in this year
the number of divorces was 103.604. In 2005 there were many divorces because in this year the government aproved by law the express divorce. But now The parents think in the allowance that they should pay if they get divorced.
Finally I think the divorce has pros and cons, the pros are these are very useful in violence cases, when there is not a solution, they are always fighting, they are not in love. But in the other hand the cons are they used this
way easily without thinking in the consequences, they don´t think in their kids. It´s a dificult question to talk because it´s private but it´s clear that it´s a problem and we should find a good solution.

Begoña

The Divorce
Since 1981 we have the possibility to get divorced in Spain. Before that, under the dictatorship of the General Franco, it was not possible. An unhappy couple was obliged to stay together "till dead do you part".
Today, in opposite, many couples get divorced too easily; a minimum of incomprehension in the couple is enough to take the decision to separate. The most disadvantaged are the children, sometimes used as a weapon against the former partner.
What is better? The second option without any doubt because everybody must have the freedom to choose how and with they want to share their life.
Once the decision is taken, if there is not an agreement between the couple, a Justice Court must decide how divide the assets of the couple and the children's custody. Many couples don't want to divide their assets, since they have just a small house with a mortgage, and so they chose to remain together, as a "couple" even if they don't feel any more love for each other. I think this is also a bad situation for children who grow up feeling this "lack of love" from their parents.
Analysing all these situations, I am not surprised that more and more people each day, choose not to get married nor even to live in a couple.

Elena
In 1981 it was the first time that you could get divorce in Spain. Since that day, divorces have been more and more common every year, especially in 2005 when the government approved a law called “Express divorce”. Like it was expected, that year, the number of divorces took off around 42%.  But nowadays the situation is totally different.

Now, we are surrounded by the word crisis everywhere we look around and so are divorces. The bad economic situation, in which we are living, has made divorces cut back on the 24%. People don’t want to spend their money in this long process, and most of the couples, try to change their divorce conditions because they can not support their own children pensions. In some cases, it is really hard to assume their part of the deal when the parents don’t have a job.

It is expected that, when this terrible situation will be over, the number of divorces is going to rise again like it did before the crisis began, but for that moment we need to wait patently.

Maria Jose
It’s obvious that when someone decides to get married never thinks in a divorce but unfortunately love is not forever and one day runs out.
Under Franco the only way for a couple to end their marriage was legal separation but when he died, 71% of Spaniards were in favour of divorce and it was legalized in 1981 in spite of the opposition of the religious organizations who disagreed.
The number of divorces grew up 0,7% in 2011 compared with the previous year, but now the the number of divorces has fallen dramatically due to economic crisis.
I’m in favour of a divorce because it’s clear that a couple living unhappy and arguing is not the best option to look after their children and I consider that a divorce can be the way to solve their problem. It’s clear too that children need both parents but to get divorced doesn’t mean losing their father or mother.
A lot of people think that couples should try to keep married because it’s the best for their children, but in reality it’s an error. In my opinion children should never hear their parents argue because it can be really unhealthy for them. On the other hand a couple divorced can have a better relationship after the divorce and consequently they can raise their children better too. Even though it may seem that a divorce can be negative for children, in reality they understand quickly that they don’t lose their parents’ love. Actually they have two houses instead of one and maybe other brother or sister.
Hector
The divorce in Spain

Acording to oficials numbers from Spain´s National Stadistic Institute, the quantify of divorce grew in 2011 only 0,7% opposite the year before (2010). Specify, it was 110.651 ends of married, 30.000 less than years before the beginning crisis (for example, it was 145.919 in 2006). Experts considerer that people have now more economic´s problem, so they are not sure to take a important decision, and maybe the couples with problems try to solve them by another ways.

Every couple has their own circunstances. The recently spanish divorce's law, known as "Divorcio express", allow to put finish a marriage in only three month after to wedding, and it´s no now necesary to separate as a previously condition. This regulation is the principal adventage to avoid a seriously problems about living together.

If a couple got wrong (a mistake) because they were too young, or not knowing about themselves, the "Divorcio Express" is  the best way for to avoid more problems. But there is another side. The process of divorce can be very hard in the case the couple had a children. Unfortunately they are the principal argument in front of judge to try convince him that you,re on the right side, you have the reason. Lawyers and psycologist agree that childs are who most suffering. The distance between the love and the worst hate is a thin line.

Alberto
The first time that the spanish law talk about divorce was in 1932, at times of de II Republic. Since 1936 to 1981, divorce was abolished. The second law of divorce is one of 1981 and next is which has been called “Ley divorcio Express” of 2005.

In 2011, the spanish courts received 117.179 divorces. This figure is very high if we compare it with one of 2000 were the figure was of 40.000. It is a fact, this law pretend to stimulate divorce in Spain. In my opinion, divorce is something very serious, because to be marriage or to live with your partner is the decision of more depth. Because is this, I think divorce would be the strange and not the common.
In Spain, there are to ways of divorce: one is when the two parts of the couple agree the divorce and the other one is when is only one parts which seeks divorce at any cost.
Finally, divorce increases in Spain every year. I do not agree with this, because I think we must educate our children in the importance of commitment and not in the “now yes, now not”.