Not a post but a special greeting

Some people prefer to write their greetings, but we preferred to do this:

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  Ho! Ho! Ho! It is the most used expression during this month. Everything is covered with a festive mood. Houses are decorated with red, green, blue and yellow lights. We can hear Christmas carols even in cars. We can see these chubby guys dressed up like Santa everywhere even in gas stations. We can also see kids popping crackers everywhere.  At this time of the year lots of people forget their misunderstandings and try to spend time with their families. It is also a time where people get really stressed out trying to find a good gift for all their relatives and friends.

In this season big companies take advantage of naive customers and offer big discounts. What really calls my attention is the fact that they started with this ¨Christmas spirit¨ in October. Unbelievable, but funny. I still remember when I went to a supermarket and half of it was decorated with the orange and black colors of Halloween and the other half was with red and green decorations of Christmas.

Don’t take my words as if I didn’t like Christmas, but I think that the real spirit is not about offering discounts or the ultimate toys. It is a big chance to share and spend a great time with people you love either with turkey, pork or chicken. That’s why I love Christmas.

I admire people who can´t afford to buy any gifts, but as long as they are together, they are really strong and happy. Also I’d like to say that even though I don’t live in a neighborhood covered by a layer of white snow, with my Christmas tree shining is enough.

I want to extend these final lines for those who are reading this post, to share part of my spirit and wish you  Merry Christmas to all of you.

Christmas is not giving.  It is love and sharing.

Vocabulary

Merry (adj): Happy Ex. I want to wish you a Merry Christmas!

Festive mood: A nice and enjoyable state. Ex. During the village anniversary, you can see a festive mood everywhere.

Chubby (adj): Heavy set in a way that is cute. Ex. My best friend’s baby was so chubby that pinching her cheeks was mandatory.

Dress up (v): Wear a custom. Ex. On Halloween, kids dress up like zombies.

Pop (v): To explode, to blow up. Ex. Corn starts to pop with heat.

Cracker (n): Tiny fireworks. Ex: Chinese invented crackers.

Misunderstanding (n): Disagreement. Ex: The Beatles separated because of their misunderstandings.

Naive (adj): Innocent, that believes everything. Ex: My little niece is so naive that she thinks I have a treasure.

Ultimate (adj): The best  Ex. If I won the lottery, I’d buy the ultimate Ferrari.

Extend (v): To ample, to add. Ex. The new book edition extended their content with appendixes.

How do you celebrate Christmas? Do you get stressed out during this season? What’s the best gift you have ever received on Christmas? Why was it special?

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Uses of The Infinitive

*As the subject of a sentence:

     To forgive is not always easy.

     To wait for people drives me crazy.

*After certain verbs (forget, need, want, allow, teach, decide, etc)

I forgot to call my friend.

I can’t afford to buy a new car.

*After adjectives (glad, happy, pleased, relieved, sad, surprised, shocked, etc) to describe people’s feelings.

I’m pleased to meet you.

He was shocked to see his mother after so many years.

*After the structure  too + adjective:

Im  too old to work in a mine.

He is too short to play basketball.

*After the structure  adjective + enough:

He is not good enough to get that promotion.

My sister is rich enough to buy all those expensive clothes.

*After the verb to be as a complement

His last wish was to visit his old school.

One of my duties is to enter students’ data.

*To indicate the purpose or intention of an action

She went to Paris to study French.

I’m studying hard to get a better job.

Times of changes: give yourself a chance

Have you ever wondered if you are in the right place doing what you are supposed to be doing? Sometimes we get those “what ifs” like what if I changed my job or what if I moved to another city, but we remain doing nothing about it. But why? The main reason is that we are afraid of taking risks since we don’t know what the outcomes may be. We fear the unknown.  So, we tend to keep our ten-year job because we feel safe doing it. We know our duties, we are familiar with all the procedures, with the staff, and even with the problems and annoyances that arise from working there.

There is nothing wrong in keeping a job for 10, 15 or even 20 years if we really love what we do, if we are truly happy in that environment we call work.  However, if we feel frustrated, dissatisfied, bored, and we really wish things were different, it is time to step out of our comfort zone and take a chance for ourselves.

I’m almost positive that deep down we all know what we would like to be doing or at least what other things we would like to try. We all more or less have an idea of what we are passionate about, but we don’t dare to unbury our passions and inner desires because we are too scared of failing and losing everything.  In order to overcome our fears, it is essential that we have faith in ourselves. We have to believe that we have the potential, the skills and whatever it takes to succeed in what is going to become our next new adventure. It doesn’t matter if everyone around us keeps telling us “Hey, you can do it” or “You would be so good at this” if we don’t believe that ourselves.  Are we that inept or incompetent that we can’t get anything better? Is the place where we are now the highest mountain we could ever climb? Of course not. There are higher mountains to be climbed and we have the tools to conquer them.

Another important aspect of changes is that is not enough to wish for  something new to happen, but we also need to be looking for opportunities and be ready when they knock at our doors.  Sitting on a couch won’t lead us anywhere.  We should keep ourselves up to date getting all the necessary and latest information about the new field we want to explore, and we’d better brush up on our German if we are planning on becoming the new Marketing Designer at BMW.

It’s not easy to embrace change and start over but we need to remember that we are not alone. There are people around us ready to give us a hand in case we start trembling or think we may fall. And even if we don’t succeed at the first attempt, we should not give up, ever.  Steve Jobs once said, “If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” And, indeed, we shall never settle.

VOCABULARY

1. outcome (n): the result or effect of an action, situation, etc   Ex: It’s difficult to predict the outcome of the meeting.

2. annoyance (n): something that makes you slightly angry  Ex: Traffic was one of the greatest annoyances that I found in the city.

3.arise (out of/from) (v): to happen as a result of a particular situation  Ex: Health problems can arise from bad eating habits.

4. comfort zone (n): a situation or position in which a person feels secure, comfortable, or in control  Ex: Staying in our comfort zone can be very limiting.

5.deep down (ex): if you know something deep down, you know your true feelings about it, although you may not admit them to yourself Ex: Deep down she was still in love with Jack.

6. dare (v): to be brave enough to do something difficult or dangerous   Ex: Do you dare to  tell him the news?

7. unbury (v): remove from the ground. (Fig) uncover, reveal   Ex: This is not a good time to unbury the past. Let’s move on.

8. overcome (v): to defeat or succeed in controlling or dealing with something    Ex: She finally managed to overcome her shyness and went to the graduation party.

9.lead (v): take somebody somewhere     Ex: The waiter led us to our table.

10. brush up on sth(v): to quickly improve a skill, especially when you have not used it for a time.    Ex: I need to brush up on my Italian before going to Rome.

11. embrace (v): to accept something enthusiastically   Ex: He rapidly embraced the idea of hiring two more assistants.

12. tremble (v): to shake in a way that you cannot control, usually because you are very nervous, excited, scared, cold, etc. To feel fear or anxiety.  Ex: I trembled at the thought of having to make a speech.

13. settle (v): to become quiet and calm    Ex: You need to improve yourself, do better, never settle.

Do you love what you do? What are your dreams? What’s the most life changing experience you’ve ever had?

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Gerunds

Working with gerunds can be a bit confusing since many people think that gerunds are present continuous, both use the present participle (also known as the –ing form of the verb) but  the truth  is that while the present continuous is used to talk about actions in progress, the gerunds are used in many ways. If you remember these tips, you won’t have any problems.

*As a subject

Working as a teacher is a rewarding experience.

Exercising helps to release stress.

*After some verbs (enjoy, mind, dislike, hate, etc.) 

I like playing the guitar.

I hate eating pasta.

*After the verb to be (to indicate activities)

The main activity in the company is making toys.

The only thing he likes to do is sleeping.

*After prepositions (for, with, of, on, in, about, from, etc.)

I’m really interested in learning English

He is thinking about moving out. 

*After adjectives

Chronic snoring is detected in overweight people.

Brazilian dancing has become very popular.

Your life in a song

How many times have you been next to the radio singing along that song that makes you remember all your past memories? How many times have you sung in the shower? Well, you are not the only one who has done it.  And it is just because music has been part of our lives since we were born or even before that. It can’t be denied that when listening to a song, we tend to relate it to some past experiences or to our lives today. That’s how we have music for broken hearts, music for optimistic people, and catchy music for dancing people.

For those who can play any musical instrument, the situation is even better. The reason is that not only can they sing, but also they can play their favorite music. There is a great number of people who became musicians with the objective to be like their music heroes. The question is why do we have that penchant for music? The answer is a simple but uncertain “I don’t know”. It’s a mystery why music has been considered as the expression of our souls.

Not many people seem to realize the influence that music has on us. Consciously or unconsciously, we feel identified with the lyrics of a song. Maybe it is in our genes. What is really curious is the reaction a song can trigger. I can assume from my humble opinion that everybody has cried, smiled or laughed at least once with a song.

Another interesting thing about music is all the music bands that appeared and were able to instill a way of thinking in multiple generations. Many of these thoughts have remained unalterable through the years. That can explain why we can still hear songs that were made 40 or 50 years ago. Why is this special? To answer this question, it is enough to see the impressive number of people who listen to these songs now but hadn’t been born when these songs were released.

We don’t know for sure what else can be done with music, but what we really know is that as long as people never lose their feelings, music will be there for us, the melancholic, the passionate, the dreamers who enjoy a good song.

Vocabulary

Assume (v): To accept an idea based on suppositions. Ex: Wow! You studied all night long. I assume you will have a good score in you exam.

Catchy (adj): Very nice and easy to remember.  Ex: All new singers prefer to write catchy lyrics to have more fans.

Instill (v): To make somebody think or behave in a particular way. Ex: Gandhi wanted to instill the idea of peace among his pupils.

Melancholic (adj): Sad. Ex: I feel melancholic when I remember my grandpa. He died many years ago.

Penchant (n): A preference. Ex: My brother has a penchant for fish. He thinks it is delicious.

Release (v): To Publish, to show. Ex: The new movie will be released next year.

Sing along (v): To sing a song while this song is being played on the radio or a person is singing it. Ex: Every time I hear that song, I can’t help singing along.

Trigger (v): To cause, to provoke. Ex: Smoking can trigger lung cancer.

Unalterable (adj): That can’t be changed, immutable. Ex: The rules of the game are unalterable regardless of who is playing. No one can change them.

Uncertain (adj): Unclear. Ex: It’s really uncertain how she could get a promotion especially when she was always late.

What song makes you feel melancholic? happy? Do you sing along when you hear your song on the radio?

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As we can see music is everywhere, even in the expressions we use in our daily conversations. Here are a few examples:

 And all that jazz:  And other similar things,  and things like that.  Ex: I need paper, scissors, color pens and all that jazz to make the cards.

Call the tune (shot):  To be the person who controls a situation.  Ex:Tom was running the business, but his father was still calling the tunes.

Face the music:  To accept the negative consequences of something you have done wrong. Ex: After failing his English exam,  Jason went home and had to face the music.

For a song: Very cheaply, at a low price.  Ex:She bought that house for a song because it was very old.

It takes two to tango: If two people are involved in a bad situation, both must be responsible. Ex: Linda blames Becky for stealing her husband, but well, it takes two to tango.

Strike a chord (with sb): To cause someone to remember something; to be familiar or to show some connection with their lives.  Ex: The boy in the old photograph struck a chord with me. Later I realized it was my father.