Sunday, April 26, 2009
Mother’s Day is coming, have you already thought what you are going to say /give to your mother? Why not surprise her with a lovely quote in English?
In the blog to learn English online we have prepared a list containing more than 20 quotes in English so you’ll be able to pick the ones that you like most and congratulate your mother in a different way.
Before introducing the quotes, did you know that Mother’s Day is celebrated in different dates depending on the country or place in the World? Do you know the origins of the Mother’s Day? You’ll find all this data in the following link from the Wikipedia: information in English.
And now, here you are the list with the 24 quotes in English as well as the author of the quote:
A child recognizes his mother by her smile.
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
- Honore de Balzac
A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
- Tenneva Jordan
Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.
- William Makepeace Thackeray
God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.
- Jewish Proverb
Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind.
- Kahlil Gibran
No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother's love.
- Edwin H. Chapin
When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
- Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty
Mother's love lasts forever and is priceless.
Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love.
- Mildred B. Vermont
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.
Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.
- Marion C. Garretty
Mother - that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.
- T. DeWitt Talmage
A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.
- Irish Proverb
There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.
- Chinese Proverb
A mother understands what a child does not say
Never marry a man who hates his mother, because he'll end up hating you.
- Jill Bennett
Anyone who doesn't miss the past never had a mother.
- Gregory Nunn
That best academy, a mother's knee.
- James Russell Lowell
Mother is another word for Angel.
A Mother is a rose in the garden of life.
Mothers are not paid for their work because it is priceless.
If I could choose from all the mothers in the world, Mom, Mum, I'd choose you.
I'm glad God chose you to be my mother.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The following is a recommended reading text that compares two countries and economies with a similar evolution, it also shows how in Spain can happen the same things that are happening right now in Ireland.
Spain could be sliding towards harsh budget cuts like those forced on another former euro zone high-flyer, Ireland.
Concern about Ireland's deficit and exposure to bank losses pressured its government to slash spending and hike taxes this month to reassure investors of its long-term solvency.
Although Spain has just launched a bank restructuring plan, it has nothing like Ireland's exposure to bank liabilities nor its dependence on housing-related revenues. This relatively favorable position means bond markets are giving Spain more freedom to spend, but therein could lie its greatest risk.
Spain's Socialist government may be given enough fiscal room to double its debt level and build a double-digit deficit, then be unable to correct imbalances as growth fails to rebound.
In such a scenario, rating agencies could turn on Spain and impose the same kind of downgrades that have hit Dublin, which launched what critics dubbed "the budget from hell".
"You can think of Spain as a slow-burn situation. If they don't get the right policies over a number of years, they'll get themselves into quite a mess over public finances," said BNP economist Dominic Bryant.
Spain is the only one of the world's eight largest economies that will suffer two consecutive years of contraction in 2009 and 2010 after the collapse of its domestic housing boom coincided with the global crisis, according to Fitch Ratings.
Unemployment in Spain is rising faster than in any other developed country and is widely expected to top 20 percent, or 4.5 million, in 2010.
On the eve of the global crisis, Spain and Ireland seemed in good fiscal shape with balanced budgets and low public debt after running the euro zone's two biggest ever property booms.
In the space of 18 months, the Spanish and Irish governments have had to take responsibility for the collapse of housing and credit bubbles funded by their private banks.
Spain launched one of Europe's biggest fiscal stimulus packages, paid for by public borrowing, and Ireland could see a massive jump in national debt due to its efforts to cleanse banks of tens of billions of Euros in risky assets. Most analysts say Ireland's government has been forced to punish its economy to save banks, a situation Spain must avoid.
"I am angry and disillusioned at the price we all have to pay for the failures to manage the economy," wrote Jim Power of financial services firm Friends First after Ireland's emergency budget was unveiled.
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has made no secret of his aim to keep up discretionary spending and compensate for a collapse in construction, tourism, and car sectors that formerly drove half of Spanish growth.
He fired Economy Minister Pedro Solbes this month after he said Spain had to respect EU deficit limits and appointed his public administration chief to speed up fiscal stimulus equivalent to nearly 5 percent of gross domestic product.
Spain's government accuses Bank of Spain Governor Miguel Angel Ordonez of alarmism for warning the social security system could enter deficit and Spain must launch structural reforms, the need for which the IMF also emphasized on Wednesday.
In the case of Ireland, pressure from the European Commission and markets helped convince Dublin to place a levy on public servants' pensions to improve social security accounts.
"If you look at a country like Spain it just shows how politically difficult it is to push through these kinds of decisions," said Rossa White at Dublin-based brokerage Davy.
Harsh - severe
Slash - To reduce or curtail drastically
Rebound - To recover, as from depression or Disappointment
Eve - The period immediately preceding a certain event
Cleanse - To free from dirt, defilement, or guilt; purge or clean
Unveil - To disclose; reveal
Levy - the imposition and collection of taxes, tariffs, or fines.
© Reuter, this information has been sourced from Business World, a service of Media World Ltd.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
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Sunday, April 5, 2009
How do I say “I have a headache” in English? What if I get sick and I don’t know how to explain my symptoms to the doctor?
Don’t give up, Diana and I want to help you so you’ll be able to express your illnesses in English and that’s why we have made a new learning guide. This time it’s a complete English vocabulary list about the most common types of pain and illnesses.
Let’s begin with a general question:
How do you feel?
Like I have a fever
I’m burning up
Like my head is going to explode
The types of pain that you can suffer are:
Let’s specify and concentrate on the pains and illnesses related to the head, nose, throat, stomach, muscles and skin.
It’s also worthy to know some of the typical illnesses such as:
STD (Sexually Transmitted disease)
An Ear Ache
I haven’t had a cold for 3 months.
I only eat soup when I have the flu.
I get headaches if I drink too much coffee or coke.
The boxer got hit in the face and got a nosebleed.
I usually get a fever when I have the flu.
My sister got a concussion when she fell of her bike.
I was cleaning my office last week, and there was so much dust that I started sneezing.
Do you have a Kleenex? I have a runny nose.
My nose is always itchy in the spring, because of all the pollen.
When I have a cold, I blow my nose so much that it gets really sore.
Did you know there are different kinds of coughs? Dry coughs and wet ones too.
How do you deal with a sore throat?
I always get a stomach ache after eating theatre popcorn.
I hate vomiting. I have very little control over it and tend to just vomit where I am.
Whenever I get nausea I drink some ginger ale that I have let go flat (released the gas).
After my gym class my muscles are sore but they are not strained.
Lots of women get cramps during their periods.
I don’t have sensitive skin but I get a rash if I wear anything made of gold.
I burnt my hand last year with oil, when I was frying potato chips.
One of the most painful cuts is a paper cut.
Last weekend I fell of my bike and grazed my hands.
The man got punched in the face and it left a purple bruise around his eye.
She fractured some ribs after falling on the ski hill.
Tourists always seem to get sunburns at the beach
Mosquito bites are so itchy.
I have never been stung by a bee.
This document has been written in collaboration with Diana Tower, an English teacher with 3 years teaching experience. She is also the author of the free Web page Helping you learn English.