Life’s Realization

LIFE'S REALIZATION

 

 

If you were this fish, would you try something new and take the risk?
In life, no matter what experiences we go through we always gain lessons from them. Sometimes unforgettable,  painful and sad, at other times memorable and happy. Reminding ourselves that those lessons happen for a reason make us grow to be better persons.   

To have a meaningful life, it is important to take risks.  We shouldn’t be afraid nor be hesitant to come out of our shell and try something new.  Live life to the fullest for we only have one life to live.  Seize every opportunity, make our own destiny. Heartaches, failures disappointments, betrayals, false hopes will always be present for they are all part of growing up.  As one of the popular maxims says No pain no gain”.  But beyond the pain is the realization of the value and essence of hard work and patience.

Don’t let pride get in the way.  In times when we need someone’s help we must not hesitate to ask for it.  Yes, it’s sometimes awkward to ask someone’s help but think of it as gaining people’s friendship and trust in you because you trust them for their help and advice. 

Contributed by: TEACHER DOLLY

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. come out of the shell – stop being shy and withdrawn;  be more friendly and sociable.
  2. live life to the fullest – get everything possibly done while alive and young.
  3. one life to live – one chance, one life, after that, people die.
  4. seize every opportunity – grab, take hold, act on possibilities of favorable combination of circumstances
  5. betrayal – disloyalty of people
  6. false hope – making someone believe the things s/he wishes will come true but giving no assurance that they will come true.
  7.  part of growing up – becoming mature physically, mentally and emotionally.
  8. no pain no gain – greater reward or achievement for hard work
  9. essence – important meaning
  10. get in the way – to prevent something from happening
  11. awkward – socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Looking back in your life, what risks have you taken to achieve what you have now?
  2. Was there ever a time in your life when you felt shy and awkward? When did you come out of your shell? How did you come out of your shell?
  3. “No pain no gain” do you believe in this maxim?  What pains did you have to undergo to get what you wanted in your life?
  4. At this point in your life, woud you say you’re “living life to the fullest“? Why? Why not?

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Intermediate

Unusual Wedding Traditions Across the World

GERMAN WEDDING

 

 

Unusual Wedding Traditions Across the World
In Germany,  wedding nuptials typically start with extravagant feasts and finish with the entire wedding party making as much noise as humanly possible. Dishes are smashed, and pots are clashed. Whips are often brought out and cracked to hasten the departure of any nearby evil spirits.

polish wedding                              Polish weddings tend to be lively affairs with food and dancing. The last dance, however, is the most notable. The bride puts on an apron and dances with the guests.  Each guest is expected to place money in the apron. The father of the bride is usually the first to dance and deposit cash, and the groom is the last, but his donation is more than a few spare bills — it’s his entire wallet! 



ghost wedding

 In China, there is a tradition of having the deceased marry each other by putting their corpses side by side. This is done apparently so that the deceased will not be lonely even after they have died.   Ghost marriages date back to the 17th century. Former leader Mao Zedong attempted to eradicate the  practice, but there are still areas in China that still practice this ritual.



 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. nuptials – the social event at which the ceremony of marriage is performed
  2. clashed – a loud resonant repeating noise
  3. whip – an instrument with a handle and a flexible lash that is used for beating or striking
  4. crack – make a very sharp explosive sound
  5. hasten – act or move at high speed
  6. notable – worthy of notice
  7. bills – money
  8. deceased – dead
  9. corpses – dead bodies
  10. eradicate – destroy completely, as if down to the roots

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. When was the last time you attended a wedding?
  2. How is wedding done in your country?
  3. Does your country have any unusual wedding tradition? Can you tell about it?
  4. Would you still like to uphold your country’s traditional wedding or would you opt for a modern wedding? Why?
  5. In Polish wedding, the groom puts in his “entire wallet”.  What does it mean? Do you have this kind of family setup?

    Unusual Wedding Traditions Across the World In Germany,  wedding nuptials typically start with extravagant feasts and finish with […]


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Level:

Intermediate

Caffe Sospeso (Pending Coffee)

pending coffee

 

 

Would you extend help to the less fortunate?
A story with the image above has been heating up the internet lately. It is about people who buy cups of coffee more than they need.  Two people will order 5 cups of coffee, two for them and 3 pending.  Some more people enter, buy 7 cups of coffee,  3 for them and 4 pending.

After a while, a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a poor man comes in through the door and kindly asks,  “Do you have any pending coffee?”.   The man gets some coffee without paying.

The story is about the notion of cafe customers buying “pending coffee” or  the latin phrase “caffè sospeso” that can later be claimed for free by the less fortunate.  The tradition started in Naples but it has spread all over the world and in some places the less fortunate can even get a sandwich or a whole meal.

Contributed by: TEACHER NAMI

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. heating up – gets intense, exciting
  2. pending – waiting for decision; conclusion
  3. shabby – showing signs of wear and tear
  4. notion – concept; idea
  5. claim – the right to take or to possess
  6. less fortunate – people who don’t have favorable condition; no luck.
  7. spread – distribute widely

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Have you heard of this story? Has this kind of charity ever happened in your place? 
  2. Do you know any similar incidents or stories that favor the less fortunate?
  3. Have you ever been involved in charity work? What are they? Are you actively involved in them or do you just give donation?
  4. Do you see any less fortunate in your place? Do you help them? How?

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Intermediate

Life’s Little Luxuries

little luxuries

 

 

What makes you feel happy and satisfied? Are they big things or small things?
People say life is about the small stuff, the little things that people truly enjoy. Whether it’s the smell and sip of freshly brewed coffee in the morning to snuggling into a comfortable bed on a Friday and thoughts of lazy mornings on the weekend, these life’s little luxuries are definitely grand than a temporary Carribean cruise or expensive Prada bags.  There’s nothing wrong with big things.  People wouldn’t mind going on a cruise or owning expensive things. They can be wonderful and are always appreciated, but somehow it’s the quirks and memories of the little things that make people smile.

Seeing the first leaves or flowers signaling springtime, feeling the warm breeze of the first true summer day, walking along the beach hand in hand with someone, waking up feeling happy and whistling on the way to work, soaking in a warm bathtub with drops of essence, all these warm the heart and make people feel satisfied.   In a world where everybody seems to be preoccupied with something, sometimes we forget to appreciate little things that give us comfort. Perhaps putting together a list of our favorite little things will make us appreciate everything whether they be big or small.
 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. small stuff – things; personal possession
  2. brewed – a drink made by boiling and steeping
  3. snuggle – move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position
  4. lazy morning – to remain in bed longer than usual and do nothing in the morning usually on weekends
  5. quirks – strange attitudes or habits
  6. breeze – a slight, refreshing wind
  7. whistling – forcing air through the mouth producing a sound or tune of a song
  8. essence –  things that emit and diffuse a fragrant odor like oil
  9. warm the heart / heartwarming –  cause gladness and pleasure
  10. preoccupied – having or showing excessive concern with something

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you have lazy mornings on the weekend? What do you do?
  2. When do you feel happy? What makes you happy?
  3. What memories do you have that make you smile when you remember them?
  4. What small things do you have which you appreciate? Why?
  5. What are your “Life’s Little Luxuries”? Why do you consider them luxuries?

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Intermediate

Friend Zone Dilemma

friend zone

 

 

Do you have friends with the opposite sex? Are you just really friends or are you in a “friend zone” ?
Friendzone is when two people have a platonic relationship which one member wishing to enter into a romantic relationship while the other doesn’t want to. This term was coined in the American TV Series “Friends” on which one of the male characters talked to his friend about liking one of their female friends but didn’t have the courage to tell her.  The friend told him that he’s waiting too long to act on his feelings for her and was running out of time to be able to change their friendship into something romantic.Some experts explain that it might result from misinterpreted signals or from a fear that a deeper relationship might jeopardize the friendship.  In a friendship between a man and a woman, being relegated to the friend zone can happen to either person. It is generally considered to be an undesirable situation. Once the friend zone is established, it is said to be difficult to move beyond that point in a relationship.

Contributed by: TEACHER JUN

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. platonic – free from physical or sensual desire
  2. coined – made a new word or phrase
  3. act on – carry further, advance, move on
  4. run out of time – use up all time; nothing left
  5. misinterpreted signals – gestures or actions that are interpreted wrongly
  6. jeopardize – sense of danger or pose a threat
  7. relegated – assigned to

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Have you watched any of the episodes of “Friends”?  What kind of relationship do they have? Which character do you like?
  2. Does having friends important to you? Why? How many friends do you have? Do you have close male and female friends?
  3. Have you experienced getting into a friend zone?  If yes, how did you treat your friend? Do you know anyone who got into this situation?
  4. What would be your advice to those who are into this situation?

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