Sunday, December 16, 2012

Student Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor

The Unemployment problem is the most important issue in my city, it´s true that it is very common in the world, but I think in Madrid is more detrimental. There is a lot of people that have had to travel to other countries to find a job. If you are young it´s very difficult because companies require that you have experience.

Now days if you have a job, you are always afraid of it´s stability. If you go to the unemployment office it´s not useful in finding a job. Usually the jobs that are available only offer you a temporal contract of six months or less. 
If you use the jobs websites there is a problem, because you receive a lot of publicity for courses or Masters programs which you don´t need.

Finally I think the government has to create good measures that can improve the job opportunities, then the people would be able to find a job.

Jose D.

Israel and Palestine needs your attention

Dear Editor,

Everybody knows about Israel-Palestine conflict. Everybody has heard about it, but no one takes a minute to listen to it.  It’s incredible; we have gotten accustomed to hearing about attacks, murders and deaths of civilians. We have accepted that Israelis and Arabs are going to live faced forever.

In that region, just five hours away from us, to be alive or dead is sometimes a matter of luck, and so we see it as habitual. Death of an Israeli or death of a Palestine is no longer news. In contrast, if it is the death of a European, life freezes.


Dear Editor:

A few days ago a Brazilian comedy tv show was on the news because of a bad joke. In this case, people had to enter into the lift, but suddenly it stopped and lights were turned off. When lights were turned on again, they realised that a strange little girl, who looked like a ghost, she had just appeared into the lift. What were people’s reactions? Everyone wanted to get out of immediately. Most of them suffered anxiety attacks so severe that they needed medical attention.

These days we know of the nurse’s death, the one who attended Kate Middleton during the time she stayed at King Edward VII´s Hospital in London. Again, an Australian radio show made an innocent prank just to have fun. But the result was much different from what they could have ever expected it. I understand, this radio programme hasn’t got the whole responsibility for this terrible loss, but they have been the last straw.

For these reasons, newspapers, television and radio shows should understand that not everything is ok when it comes to people’s entertainment. There must be an ethical code and laws, which provide common sense to programmes that try to make this type of humour. Sometimes they could end in bad circumstances like these ones.


Elena H.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Vocabulary Unit 4 - Make an Impact


ac·tiv·ism  (kt-vzm) n.
The use of direct, often confrontational action, such as a demonstration or strike, in opposition to or support of a cause.

ap·a·thet·ic  (p-thtk) also ap·a·thet·i·cal (--kl)

1. Feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent.

be aware of

carry on this tradition

cir·cum·stance  (sûrkm-stns)
1. A condition or fact attending an event and having some bearing on it; a determining or modifying factor.

es·cap·ist  (-skpst)
Indulging in or characterized by escapism.

gen·er·a·tion  (jn-rshn)
1. All of the offspring that are at the same stage of descent from a common ancestor: Mother and daughters represent two generations.

is·sue  (shn.
8. a topic of interest or discussion

vi·sion·ar·y  (vzh-nr)
a person with unusual powers of foresight

business as usual - things continue to function as if nothing had happened

do your part  - to do what you can to help, or to do your part of what has to be done

hack into

public service announcements - announcements on television or radio that are done free of charge

raise awareness -

so·lu·tion  (s-lshn)n.
 a. The method or process of solving a problem.

speak out against - to state or show publicly that you oppose something

think outside the box - to find new ways of doing things, especially solving problems

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Vocabulary - Unit 3


control freak Slang n.
One who has an obsessive need to exert control over people and situations.

early riser - someone who gets up early

go getter - someone who goes after their goals

hot·head  (hthdn.
A quick-tempered or impetuous person.

o·ver·a·chieve  (vr--chvintr.v. o·ver·a·chieved, o·ver·a·chiev·ing, o·ver·a·chieves
To perform better or achieve more success than expected.

push·o·ver  (pshvr) n.
1. One that is easily defeated or taken advantage of.

risk taker - someone who takes chances

self-starter - someone who can do things that are needed independently without direction from someone else

as·ser·tive  (-sûrtv) adj.
Inclined to bold or confident assertion; aggressively self-assured.

driv·en  (drvn)  adj.

2. Motivated by or having a compulsive quality or need: a driven person.

eas·y·go·ing also eas·y-go·ing  (z-gng)  adj.
a. Living without undue worry or concern; calm.


adjective inward-lookingintrovertedbroodingcontemplativemeditativesubjectivepensiveinner-directed I'm very introspective and shy; terribly so.

let someone go - to officially tell someone that they can no longer work at a job

nurturing - someone who cares for and encourages the growth or development of.

op·ti·mistic  (pt-mst)  n.
1. One who usually expects a favorable outcome.

peace·ful  (psfl)  adj.
1. Undisturbed by strife, turmoil, or disagreement; tranquil.

re·fined  (r-fnd)  adj.1. Free from coarseness or vulgarity; polite.

sys·tem·at·ic  (sst-mtk) also sys·tem·at·i·cal (--kl)  adj.
1. Of, characterized by, based on, or constituting a system.

un·pre·dict·a·ble  (npr-dkt-bl)  adj.

Difficult to foretell or foresee: unpredictable test results; unpredictable behavior.

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