Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

by Bruce Lee

domingo, 10 de septiembre de 2017

Laughing or not laughing? That is the question.

Laughing is supposed to be positive in most of the cases, but have a look at these newspaper articles and then do the listening exercise and you will discover that it is all that glitters is not gold >>>>>

REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

120. Correct the mistakes in these sentences (one in each sentence) :

    1. She said me that she was going home.
    2. The teacher asked me if I was listening to the lesson.
    3. The same teacher told we had done our homework very badly.
    4. How long you have been learning English?
    5. She's living in Paris since 1987.
    6. She asked to borrow my book and I gave to her.
    7. I'll answer the phone ‑ it can be for me.
    8. I promise I give it to you tomorrow.
    9. If you would know Peter, you would like him.

121. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate modal verb ( MAY  MIGHT  NEED  MUST  SHALL  SHOULD  WOULD  CAN ) :
     1. He __________ come tomorrow. I'm not sure; his sister ________ also come later, but it hardly ever happens.
    2. You __________ not cook today if you don't want to. We can go to a restaurant.
    3. __________ I pick your son up for you if you're tired?
    4. __________ you like another cup of tea? Yes, please.
    5. I think you __________ read more if you want to improve your English.
    6. No, sorry, you aren't allowed to. You _______ feed the animals.
    7. It's impossible! She ________ not drive better in all her life.

Proposed solutions to exercises 117, 118 & 119 in the previous post

Ex117   >>>   
1. have just heard  -   is not   -   'd like to   -  am   -    will be    -    go    -   is
2. was having   -    rang   -   woke        3. is taking         4. 'll go       5. is happening
6. still lives    -     has lived

Ex118   >>>>    
1. come  -  can introduce      2. didn't come   -   had come   -   would have introduced     
3. were   -   would go       4. don't look after   -   are   -   will have   -   get
Ex 119  >>>
1. The children have done the work.              2. The race was won by his horse. 
3. Children playing at home were breaking many things.           4. Many things had been said.  
5. The job will be done by my colleague.               6. That company might be bought by the government.


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  2. Laughing is something natural for humans, we produce sounds and movements as a consequence of a funny thing. I've always thought that it was neither beneficial nor harmful to us. Scientists have differents opinions.

    On the one hand, scientists say that it is healthy because it helps you to reduce the effects of stress and it releases endorphins, which are natural painkillers. Due to this benefits, a laughter therapy has been created in order to laugh in individual or group sessions. I think it is a waste of time since you can better go out with your friends or family and you will probably laugh with them.

    On the other hand, it is said that laughing is not beneficial to us, some people even say that it can kill you! They say that laughing can dislocate jaws, cause headaches or provoke cardiac arrhythmia among others. I think that's a stretch.

    In my opinion, we should laugh whenever we want because it is a sign of happiness and it probably keep us away from our problems for a moment. If we try not to laugh, we will be all the time serious or unhappy.


  3. Smiling makes us more accessible, more friendly, and therefore generates an environment of well-being and trust among those around us. Smiles are free and contagious.
    For a study by scientists at the Center for Cognitive Neurosciences at Duke University, a group of volunteers was asked to look at a series of photographs of smiling people, and another group of serious people; all with the names of the individuals portrayed. The study showed with the images taken from the volunteers' brains, who remembered more the names of the people who came out smiling in the photographs, than those that appeared serious.

    In addition the human being prefers to remember people who have been kind to us in case we should relate to them in the future, says Takashi Tsukiura, author in Neuropsychology.

    A good smile, a sincere smile, not only changes the expression of the face, but also, accompanied by laughter produces endorphins, these are a natural painkiller that produces the body and that generate a sense of well-being, reduce physical pain and emotional as well as stress
    The brain does not know to distinguish between a false smile and a true smile, that is why you should strive to smile, although sometimes you are not in the mood for it, you will have a positive effect on you, because your brain will register as if in reality you were happy. Also, surround yourself with your loved ones and friends who make you feel full and happy, will make it easier to get more out of a smile. We must surround ourselves with optimistic and happy people in order to get the best of ourselves.

    From my point of view smile is the best medicine for all the problems of our day and we should always be smiling and in a good mood showing our best smile

  4. Laughter is a biological response produced by the organism in response to certain situations. Laughter has a evolutionary and genetic origin. Scientists says that human being, chimpanzees and orangutans are the unique living beings which can laugh.

    On the one hand, laugter decrease the cortisol level, cortisol is caused by the stress and also laugter causes which the natural killer cells (a type of immune cell that attacks virus and tumour cells) is increased.

    On the other hand, scientists says that laugther has disadvantages. For instance, the force of laughing can dislocate jaws, prompt asthma attacks, cause headaches, make hernias protrude.

    I think that laughing is synonymous of good health because it causes a better immune system.

    Patricia Rodríguez Martín 2ºBachA

  5. The action of laughing is something natural and normal for humans. We don't know exactly why we laugh, but most of times it isn't produced by a joke, it's a reflex act that we do unconsciously. Moreover, we are very lucky because it's free and it doesn't make us do a big effort. Let's talk something about it.

    Studies of numerous universities have tested that we laugh about seven times each ten minutes when we are talking with someone. However, there is controverial with this theme because some studies say that laughing is like a medicine which increases the level of natural killer cells and reduce the level of cortisol in our blood flow. Ancient studies said that the force of laughing could dislocate jaws, prompt asthma attacks, cause headaches, make hernias protrude and that it could provoke cardiac arrhythmia, syncope or even emphysema. Nowadays, new studies have shown this statements were too exaggerated.

    From my point of view, I think laughing is extremely good for your health, it reduces the level of stress and it makes your life easier to face. Thats the main reason I try to smile and laugh as much as I can. I'm almost all time smiling and I laugh a lot with my reduced group of friends.

    Joaquín Alejandro España Sánchez 2ºBACH

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  9. From my point of view, laughing is something natural that we do everyday. It is said that laughing is the best medicine for everything or the more you laugh, the longer you will live, I have always thought that they were only expressions but they seem to be true.

    Some scientists have studied the effects of laughter and they have come to the conclusion that it is very beneficial. Some advantages of laughing are: it provides a full-scale workout for your muscles and produces endorphins.

    Nowadays, there is a huge bunch of people who go to laughter therapies in order to relieve stress. This therapy is available in group or individual sessions. This kind of therapy is very popular among adults who say that it really works and when they arrive at home their mood is much better.

    However, other scientists say that laughing have a lot of downsides and can bring many harmful effects as dislocated jaws, prompt asthma attacks, headaches and cardiac arrhythmia.

    To conclude, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that children laugh about 400 times a day whereas adults only 15 since I reckon this fact is due to kids do not have any important issue. Laughter does not come easily to everyone but even fake laughter has the same beneficial effect than real laughter.

  10. We all know how pleasant it is to laugh, as it makes us feel better. In fact, laughing is supposed to be the best medicine against any problem. If we ask people the reason why the laugh, they'll probably talk you about jokes and memes. However, this isn't completely true, as most of the time we laugh is when we are with friends. Laughter can be a sign that you're having a enjoyable time with them, but also that you are in a comfortable situation.

    All the people laugh everyday, some more than others, depending on their mood, on what they are doing and even the age you have. It is said that children laugh 400 times a day, whereas adults only 20. Furthermore, according to a study, on average a person laughs seven times for every ten minutes of conversation.

    It is also said that the more you laugh, the longer you will live, and although it's just an expression, I'm going to give you some advantages of laughing. For example, it decreases the presence of cholesterol in the blood, it promotes digestion, it potentiates social relationships, etc.

    In my case, I consider myslef a joker, which means that I'm a person who laughs easily. However, I usually laugh with simple things, but don't often with things which makes normal people laugh.