Driving Ban in Paris

 

 

Do you know that pollution in Paris is worse now compared to Shanghai?

The government has announced a driving ban in Paris last Monday after the news that the pollution level has briefly surpassed the level in Shanghai last week.

According to their announcement, all cars with plates ending in even numbers were not allowed on roads and all public transportation were free. This plan was made because Paris hit 127 points in its air pollution index chart followed by Shanghai in second place on 106 and London for third place on 91. Those who violated the ban were asked to pay €22 ($24.08).

The ban was lifted on Tuesday after having a bit of strong wind.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Ban – forbid or prohibit
  2. Briefly – for a short time
  3. Surpass – move past
  4. Even numbers – divisible by two (2, 4, 6, 8, 10….)
  5. Violate – act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts or promises
  6. Lift – put an end to something

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1.  What do you think about the driving ban in Paris? Was it a good idea? Why or why not?
  2. Do you think your country should worry of air pollution now? Why or why not?
  3. What do you think your government and you should do to lessen the air pollution?

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Dehydration

MAR. 23 490-illust_(Mar23)Are You Dehydrated Already

 

 

Are you drinking enough water?

Experts always tell us to drink at least 8 cups of water every day. According to statistics, over 40% of American adults drink less than 4 cups and 7% admitted drinking no water at all on a daily basis.

Some of the effects caused by being dehydrated are having headaches, feeling dizzy and feeling tired. Additionally, it also affects our mood by making us grumpy and confused.

Here are the ways where you can check if you need to drink water:

  • Are you thirsty? That’s the most obvious sign that says you are already dehydrated.
  • Look at your eyes. Do you have dark circles and are they sunken?
  • Pinch your skin. If it goes back quickly you are hydrated but if it’s slow to go back to its original shape, you are dehydrated.
Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Admit – declare something to be true
  2. Dehydrated – lose water or moisture
  3. Dizzy – the feeling that you are about to fall
  4. Grumpy – annoyed and irritable
  5. Hydrated – have enough supply of water or moisture

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. How much water do you drink every day? Do you drink 8 cups or less? If less than 8, why?
  2. What do you feel when you didn’t drink enough water?
  3. What are the best ways to make sure we have enough supply of water in our body?

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Intermediate

Extreme Birthday Celebration

 

 

What did/will you do for your birthday this year?

Georgina Harwood celebrated her 100th birthday by skydiving in Cape Town, South Africa last Saturday.

She started skydiving at the age of 92 and she is planning to take a dip in a shark cage this week to further celebrate her birthday with her families. She is using this opportunity to help raise funds for the National Sea Rescue Institute by asking her friends, guests and fans to donate instead of giving her gifts.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Extreme – of the greatest possibility, degree, or intensity
  2. Skydiving – jump from an airplane and perform various movements before opening the parachute
  3. Dip – immense briefly into a liquid so as to wet
  4. Funds – assets in the form of money
  5. Donate – give to charity or good cause

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Have you ever done extreme sports in your life? If so, please describe.
  2. Would you do the same thing Georgina Harwood did? Why or why not?
  3. Do you think it’s alright to do dangerous sports and activities on your birthday? Why or why not?

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The Perfect Nap

 

 

How long should you take a nap and what are the benefits of taking a nap?

You have probably never heard of this, but do you know that 10 hours of sleep is better than 8 hours of sleep? While it’s true that 8 hours of sleep will make you perform well in your tasks, getting 2 hours more will enhance your performance more.

However, most of us don’t have enough time to sleep for 10 hours which is why it is better for us to take a quick break for a nap.

If you want to be more alert and focused, you better take a 10 – 20 minute nap. It will also reduce your blood pressure if you do so.

If you think your brain is not working. Take a 60 minute nap. You will be more alert, focused and at the same time, your memory and learning will improve. However, the side effect of 60 minutes nap will make you feel groggy.

Taking a 90 minutes nap allows your brain to experience a complete sleep cycle and you will get all the benefits without feeling groggy after you wake up.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Enhance – add something extra to make more intense or better
  2. Focused – direct one’s attention on something
  3. Reduce – decrease; to cut down
  4. Side-effect – a secondary and usually opposite effect of a drug or therapy
  5. Groggy – stunned or confused and slow to react

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you believe that 10 hours of sleep is much better than 8 hours? Why or why not?
  2. Do you take naps? How many minutes or hours do you take?
  3. Based from the article, what nap will you take?

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Intermediate

Live to 500

 

 

Is it possible to live at the age of 500 and above?

Google executive, Bill Maris, believes that it is possible for humans to live very long.

He had invested $425 million to healthcare companies to do some research about the expansion of human lifespan. He said that with modern technology we can achieve anything as long as we are brave enough to envision it.

Bill Maris is the vice-president of Google Venture which has funded a few popular projects in the past. Aside from investing in healthcare companies, Google Venture is busy in building cell towers and Wi-Fi hotspots that will boost wireless connectivity of their Google Nexus smartphones.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Expansion – the act of increasing (something) in size, volume, quantity, or scope
  2. Lifespan – the period which something is functional (as between birth and death); lifetime
  3. Envision – imagine; see or visualize
  4. Boost – increase or raise

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you think that we could live to 500? Why or why not?
  2. Do you want to live to 500? Why or why not?
  3. Do you think it is more important to invest in healthcare than other industries? Why or why not?

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What Music Can Do In Our Lives – Part 2

 

 

What are the other benefits of music?
  1. Music reduces our pain and anxiety.

An experiment was conducted to 80 participants where they listened to music as they felt different kinds of pains and different levels of anxiety. The results stated that listening to your preferred type of music can calm us down and increases our tolerance for pain, especially if you focus on the lyrics.

  1. Music helps you to improve your workout.

Gym instructors advise us to listen to our favourite songs when we do our workouts because they can increase the intensity of our exercise and they motivate us to do better.

  1. Music can save lives.

If you are going to give CPR to someone, you better do it with proper timing. The best way to remember the proper timing is to sing “Staying Alive” by the BeeGees. This has been proven by the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Anxiety – the feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
  2. Preferred – more desirable than another; something you choose; favoured
  3. Tolerance – the capacity to endure hardship or pain
  4. Intensity – the amount or degree of strength of something

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you listen to music? How often do you listen to music? When do you listen to music?
  2. What types of music do you listen to?
  3. What are the other benefits of music, in your opinion?

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What Music Can Do In Our Lives – Part 1

 

 

What are the other benefits of music?

Music is so powerful. In fact it is actually possible to become addicted to music.

But other than that, there are many things music can do to make our lives better.

  1. Music helps us to relax.

Not just any type of music. Experts said that classical is best type of music to relax anyone. Studies show that our blood pressure decreases to normal level quickly when we listen to Chopin or Mozart.

  1. Angry music can improve our performance.

Psychologists explained that when we are angry, we tend to focus our attention to rewards. It increases our persistence and makes us feel in control. Additionally, people are more optimistic about achieving their goals when they are angry.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Addicted – to become dependent on something (i.e. drugs, alcohol, etc.)
  2. Psychologists – experts in the study of mental health;
  3. Persistence – the quality that allows someone to continue doing something or trying to do something even though it is difficult or opposed by other people
  4. Optimistic – hopeful about the future; having a positive outlook in life

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you listen to music? How often do you listen to music? When do you listen to music?
  2. What types of music do you listen to?
  3. The article says that music can also improve our performance, should we allow music inside the office during working hours? Why or why not?

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Positive Emotions Can Make Your Heart Healthy

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Is laughter truly the best medicine?

Researchers from Harvard Medical School have made various studies about the connection of our emotions and heart attack. They found out that 40% of the patients who had heart attack had extremely powerful anger within the same year the heart attack occurred. Additionally, 8% of that group admitted that they felt rage two hours before the heart attack happened.

That’s why doctors encourage people to laugh as much as they can. Increase in blood flow, reduce build-up of cholesterol and lower chances of blood clots are some of the many benefits of laughter.

Additionally they also suggested that people should cuddle a lot. They believed that cuddling will decrease heart rate and blood pressure.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Occur – to happen; to take place
  2. Rage – extreme anger
  3. Encourage – to promote; to recommend
  4. Build-up – to enlarge; to develop
  5. Cuddle – a close and affectionate embrace

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you believe that laughter is the best medicine? Why or why not?
  2. Aside from the things mentioned in the article, can you list other benefits of laughter and positive emotions?
  3. Can you remember the time when you laughed so much? Please describe the situation.

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Drinking Too Much Water Is Not Good

 

 

Is drinking too much water harmful for our body?

Professor Mark Whiteley, a surgeon and founder of The Whiteley Clinic in London, believed that drinking too much water than what your body needs is harmful.

Here’s the list of reasons Professor Whitely gave.

  • Lots of water can make you sweat too much. He said that when your body has too much water, your body will try to get rid of that too much water through sweating.
  • It can cause insomnia. Professor Whiteley said that when you drink two or three glasses of water in the evening before you sleep, your bladder will wake you up, then you will need to go to the toilet and it will be difficult for you to go back to sleep.
  • You can die from water poisoning. If you drink lots of water in a very short amount of time, the kidneys will find it hard to remove extra fluid from your body and it will cause bad things to your blood.
Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Surgeon – a doctor who does operations
  2. Founder – a person who founds or establishes some institution
  3. Harmful – capable of causing harm and danger
  4. Get rid of – terminate; end or take out
  5. Fluid – any liquid; water

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. How many glasses of water do you drink in a day?
  2. Do you believe that drinking too much water is bad for you? Why or why not?
  3. How many glasses of water do you need to drink in a day?

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How Much Sleep Does Your Body Needs?

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How much sleep is enough for your body?

According to some researchers, we spend one third of our lives sleeping. Some researchers suggested that 8 – 9 hours of sleep is needed by your body. However, the National Sleep Foundation, a non-profit organization which aims to promote healthy sleeping conducted a study about how much sleep a person really needs at a particular age.

The study was conducted for more than two years and the results suggested that the need for sleep is different across ages and also depends on the kind of lifestyle and health the person has.

Here’s the list on how much sleep your body needs in average in order to perform well:

  • Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours
  • Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours
  • Pre-schoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours
  • School age children (6-13): 9-11 hours
  • Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours
  • Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours
  • Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours

Additionally, the organization said that these numbers are just average. A person’s need of sleep will still depend on his or her lifestyle and health status.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Non-profit – an organization whose purpose is to help others instead of making earning money
  2. Aim – have as a plan or objective
  3. Promote – make publicity for; try to sell
  4. Lifestyle – a manner of living that shows the person’s values and attitudes

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you agree with the result given by the National Sleep Foundation?
  2. How much sleep do you think your body needs?
  3. Do you think you lack sleep? Why or why not?

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