PRACTICE READING

In this article, called “Family suicides on rise in Taiwan”, said us that the suicide notes and police reports we study, most of the parents suffered some kind of financial pressure, including business failures, job losses and large debts.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7714169.stm


In this link you read 2 lectures and then you have to answer multiple choose questions. As a consequence you can practice you Reading comprehension.
http://www.pearsonlongman.com/ae/marketing/sfesl/tests/grade6.html

PRACTICE LISTENING

On this page we can see a lot of Podcast and Listening Downloads , I choose alcohol abuse. It is very interesting because they talk about the difference between binge drinking and just plain old getting drunk. Binge drinking is a period of time when a person would continue to drink alcohol to such an extent that he or she would abandon their usual activities such as work or, in the case of younger drinkers classes. Finally they mention that the culture of drinking in the UK is very different from other countries like France, Spain or Italy. In most mainland European countries children grow up seeing alcohol consumed slowly the odd beer on a sunny afternoon. In the UK, go out to the pubs and up until recently the pubs all closed at eleven on the dot. So you drink as fast as you can so that by the time eleven comes around you aren’t left feeling like another drink.
http://www.britishcouncil.org/professionals-podcast-english-listening-downloads-homepage.htm
This page has some listening exercise, we can listening conversation between Alice and Jack and the exercise give choices for answer. It’s important to focus on important information and take notes for answer each question.
http://esl.about.com/od/advancedlistenin1/Listening_Skills_for_Advanced_Level_English_Learners.htm
This page have a lot of listening practice with some exercises of multiple choices and open questions to answer, it’s so useful and gives answers and scripts for each answers.

ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY - GLOBALIZATION

Globalization refers to a set of processes that increase and make the parts of the world interdependently integrated. It is a historical process, the result of human innovation and technological progress. It refers to increasing integration of economies around the world, particularly through trade and financial flows. Many people view globalization in different ways. Some view it as a process that is beneficial a key to future world economic development and also inevitable and irreversible.

Some view it with hostility, even fear, believing that it increases inequality within and between nations, threatens employment and living standards. Globalization offers extensive opportunities for truly worldwide development but it is not progressing evenly. Some countries are becoming integrated into the global economy more quickly than others. Globalization can be looked at from five different aspects; economically, technologically, politically, culturally and environmentally.


Economically, globalization has been greatly encouraged since the Second World War, with the introduction of free trade agreements additionally; regional trade agreements have also been developed. On the other hand, technologically, the Information technology revolution has resulted in massive improvements in communication, through faxes, email, and the internet. These improvements have resulted in the world becoming a smaller place as world-wide interaction is both quick and easy.


Some view globalization as being inevitable and key to our economic future. It has the potential of making societies richer through trade, and creates knowledge and understanding to people around the world. On the other side, people believe it increases inequality within and between nations. I believe that globalization will only advance our world and make us more unified.


To sum up, globalization effects just about everything and everyone. Nowadays, globalization has impacted technology and helped our community become more modern with internet practice and communications. An increase in foreign residents has become the norm in our local area, and local businesses have begin to outsource jobs to remain competitive.

ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY - LEADERSHIP


Nowadays people have to develop their skills or tactics that can open up their road to success and to be a good leader. They are many factors that can contribute to a good leadership. So, if you are not a good leader naturally, don't worry, you can learn it.

One of those factors of a good leadership is communication. Communication is one of the most key elements, because if you are a good communicator, you can express your ideas and thoughts in a convincing way. And as a consequence, you can persuade people to fulfill their different goals and dreams. Therefore, good communication skills need to be learned effectively.

Nevertheless motivation is another variable that plays into a good leadership. People tend to give the best of their selves when there is a lot of motivation. People can be motivated by different forces such as beliefs, values, interests, fear, and worthy causes. Some of those forces are internal, such as needs, interests, and beliefs. Others are external, such as danger, the environment, or pressure from a loved one. A person's motivation is a combination of desire and energy directed at achieving a goal. Influencing someone's motivation means getting them to want to do what you know must be done.

On the other hand, in almost every situation where you are in a group, you need a skilled leader. Groups without leaders or with a weak leader tend to break down. Hence, leaders have to know the skills that theirs teamwork have, recognized them and use the potential to their benefit.

To sum up, leadership is an ability that some people have. Nevertheless, you can learn how to be a good leader, if you want it. You can take different training courses, you can develop different skills and techniques to improve a range of qualities which are necessary to be a good leader like good communication, motivation and learn how to work in teamwork. Without those characteristics you can't be a good leader, and therefore, you can't persuade people to achieve goals and dreams.

VIDEO "Culture Shock" Part 4: Monkey Feast!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nRILLmIUGg


This video it is very exciting and interesting , because I didn’t imagine a country that have a lot of monkeys around the street and how the people that live there like or appreciate those animals.
Thailand, its call the land smice provision, Thai people even has an inferred “sanuk”. The word "sanuk" means to have a good time, to enjoy oneself and to derive pleasure and joy from something. Thai people that whatever they do have to be "sanuk".
Thai it’s a town that has a one difference because it has a lot of monkeys. The monkeys live in the midst of the city and are not afraid of humans, they are certainly not domesticated. From their base in the shrines, they cross streets at will to climb on parked cars and groom each other on storefront awnings.

Article: 12 Tactics to Open Up Your Road to Success

http://ezinearticles.com/?12-Tactics-to-Open-Up-Your-Road-to-Success&id=1303344


This article is very interesting because it show us 12 tactics that can open up your road to success. However, these are the tactics that every successful people possess. And if you model these tactics, you will be able to create the amazing results just like them in your life.
The strategies are: never give up (if you quit, you will never achieve what you want), control your emotion to achieve better results, get ready and always be prepared, be responsible in your life, have a burning desire (what keeps you going in your life), plan on the road to your success, focus in your work, set a clear goal, have all the resources to success, need to pay for success (the price depends on how big your goals will be), be enthusiastic to learn and take massive and consistent action (you need to spend time developing your strategies and time to enjoy as well).

What Makes People Successful

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Article: Cultural Shock and Adaptation By Michael Winkelman

http://www.asu.edu/clas/shesc/projects/bajaethnography/shock.htm

This article talks about that the resolution of cultural shock requires an individual plan that selects among maintenance behaviors, adjustments, and adaptations, depending on personal circumstances, resources, and goals. Resolution of cultural shock is best achieved by a proactive cognitive orientation. Learning culturally appropriate behaviors and implementing problem-resolution procedures provides the basis for effective adaptation.

“Culture Shock" Part 3: The Giraffe Women


It’s very interesting this video, Interesting, some African cultures have the same idea of beauty and the same cultural tradition! because they have a particular idea about beauty. Interesting, some African cultures have the same idea of beauty and the same cultural tradition!nteresting, some African cultures have the same idea of beauty and the same cultural traditionbecaisnbiubh This video talk about giraffe women that live in Thailand, these women have a particular strange and ancient custom around the neck, the rings shows these women beauty and elegant. Its only one piece this is very heavy like 2 – 3 kilos, they add new ring in the next every year after and they next year take it off and change it for a new one, a bigger, longer one. These people do that because they don’t want to lose the tradition, they said: “If the situation changes in the morning we will go back in the evening”

ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY - MOBILE PHONES

Nowadays all people use mobile phones. Some people buy them thinking in all the advantages, but ignoring the risks. Mobile phones changed the world. As we live in a consumption society, we like to spend and spend money, and sometimes, we don’t think in disadvantages and risks.

Publicity is the main channel for the cell phone companies to sell. For example advertising show mobile phone promotions on the TV and young people watch it and download very expensive things like wallpapers, sound and games. Even if they know that they don’t need all these things, they want them, because they want to be cool.

Nevertheless mobile phones are very practical when you have an emergency call; because you don’t have to wait until you get home to use the phone or you don’t have to arrive in a store to use the phone. With your cell phone you can call in anywhere place. Although many people use others functions of the cell phones like clock, games and sometimes a MP3 player. So when you are in a bus and you have to wait for a long time, you can play games or listen to music.


On the other hand, cell phones transmitted radiation, so that helps to develop illness like cancer. People carry their own mobile phones very near to the body ignoring that they use electromagnetic radiation
in the microwave range. As a consequence, some people believe this may be harmful to the human health. These concerns have induced a large number of research programs.

To conclude mobile phones are very important in our consumption society, it is true that we need them but it is also true that they have risks. And regrettable some people don’t think in this way, because they only think in the advantages. They only think that they are the only and the best way to communicate with the other people.

DEFINITION


CULTURE SHOCK
It is an event, where which groups of culture are presented in a single territory, where people have to operate within a culture completely different, the feeling of not knowing what to do or how to do things in a new environment, and not knowing what it is appropriate or inappropriate, are set in the first weeks after reaching a new place.




SUCCESS

It is the complacency of knowing that you do our maximum to become the best thing you can be. Success person must be a struggle for their goals and achieves a base of discipline and talent.



LEADERSHIP

It is the quality of a person, which is characterized by guide a group of people on the way with a particular purpose, this leader is responsible for choosing certain strategies with the help of contributions from the group.


LEARNING

Is one of the most important mental functions of humans. It relies on the acquisition of different types of knowledge supported by perceived information. This leads to the development of new capabilities, skills, values, understanding and preferences. Learning functions can be performed by different brain learning processes, which depend on the mental capacities of learning subject, the type of knowledge, as well as on environmental circumstances.



LIFESTYLES

Is a characteristic bundle of behaviors that makes sense to both others and oneself in a given time and place, including social relations, consumption, entertainment, and dress. The behaviors and practices within lifestyles are a mixture of habits, conventional ways of doing things, and reasoned actions. A lifestyle typically also reflects an individual's attitudes, values or worldview.

OBJECTIVE

The purpose of this blog is to show and talk about how is the lifestyle during 21st century. Here, I will post different activities like videos, audio clips, imagines and essays. Finally you can suggest your viewpoints

INTRODUCTION

On 21st century you can find a lot of new things, and of course new lifestyle is different. Nowadays people rely more on technology that makes your life easier and more pleasant, mobile telephones and laptop computer allow people to bring their office anywhere. However, the Internet has made family life has deteriorated because members prefer to be connected to the world that virtually interacting. Finally, globalization has allowed us to know and adopt customs from other cultures or to negotiate products to accommodate our environment.