lunes, 1 de enero de 2018

Christmas shoppings


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Who doesn’t love getting Christmas presents? Christmas is the season in which we give and get more presents. This is because we love giving them to others as sign of affection or friendship. But this can affect our budget, for this time, so we have to know how to spend our money properly.

A lot of people love buying ornaments for their home to make it cosier; as well there are others who buy too much food for people who may visit them during these days. But we usually spend almost all of our money buying presents for our family, friends or even ourselves.

Furthermore, we can make presents to others on Christmas Eve, the Three Wise Men’s eve or simply making the Invisible Friend game. The things that are given the most are perfume, a pair of shocks, bracelets or some chocolates. What happens when we have no time to buy them? Well, it is easy; the best option is buying them online, for example in Amazon.

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All in all, I can’t deny that I love getting presents without minding the season. My favourite presents are jewellery, make-up and clothes. As well, I like receiving some good books to read. This year, my perfect present would be a ticket to travel to a little island to relax me with my BBF.


Santa Claus is coming to town!!





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I am going to write about one of the most important celebrations around the world, that is, Christmas. This party is celebrated in different ways depending on which country we are. Two important aspects of Christmas are obviously Santa Claus and Christmas Eve.

On the one hand, here in Spain we celebrate Christmas Eve having a family dinner, listening to music or singing Christmas carols. Besides, some people wait for Santa Claus’ gifts. Personally, I usually celebrate this day having a big family dinner at my grandma’s house. After dinner, all of us sing carols for hours and hours, and then I meet some friends and cousins and we all go to a party. However I don’t receive any presents, my parents give me some money as Christmas box.

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On the other hand, the role of Santa Claus is very important. But, what makes the perfect one? The first is being the jolliest person on the planet and having a big smile on the face. It could be the greatest job, although you could feel some pressure as it is huge responsibility to recreate the magic of the real Santa. The best is living the Christmas spirit as a child. How lovely it is!

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On the whole, I think that Christmas Eve is the most familiar party of the year because in New Year’s Eve we usually spend more time with friends than with family. Additionally, here in Spain it is more traditional to get presents on 6th January, the day of the Three Wise Men, than on Christmas Eve. Nowadays it is more and more usual, though.



lunes, 11 de diciembre de 2017

Are mobile phones really suitable for children?



A problem which is often discussed today is if mobile phones are really suitable for children. Giving children a phone is a very difficult matter that parents have to deal with. But is this good at all? It is said that letting a baby play on an Ipad might lead to speech delays. Actually it could be a big problem if babies spend more than thirty minutes a day in front of screens. What should parents do?

Firstly, parents have to know if their children are ready to have a phone, that is to say, if children are mature or not. Besides, they have to teach them about things such as bullying, the permanence of what they post and stranger danger online. Another piece of advice is not to punish them by taking the phone away. It’s because that might make teens less likely to open up about a problem they are dealing with online.

Secondly, it is a well-known fact that no parents want their children to eat junk food all the time, so they shouldn’t do the same with their online time. Teenagers’ screentime has become an emotive issue. If they see that someone has something new, they immediately want it too; but sometimes they can’t get it. This causes them such a discomfort. Additionally, they always want to show others what they have or what they are doing every time.




In conclusion, if I was mother I wouldn’t give my children a mobile phone till they were mature enough. I prefer that children live their childhood freely. What’s more, I would give them a book as a Christmas present instead of any electronic devices. Despite, I think that mobiles are extremely important in our real life since we are able to do nothing without them. Moreover, if I didn’t use my computer, I couldn’t do my English homework or have a look at my History notes.


IS INTERNET ADDICTION REALLY A PROBLEM?



One of the issues which the public is particularly concerned about is the internet addiction, but is it really a problem? Well, it is impossible to deny the incredible significance of the internet and the effects its development has had on the world. Today the internet touches nearly every aspect of our daily lives.

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First of all, we shop online, we keep in touch with friends and family, we read news from all over the world since planet is connected thanks to internet. Actually, we would be able to do nothing without it. Teenagers, including me, usually use it to search for further information, to do homework or projects or simply to listen to music. They usually spend more than an hour a day surfing on the Internet.




However, more and more people overuse the internet, and they feel a compulsive need to be connected, so some scientists have considered it an addiction, which can be harmful for our mental health. When we talk about internet addiction disorder we refer to excessive internet use that interferes with a daily life. Those who suffer from this addiction can be carefree because there are plenty of solutions.

Personally, I have messaged people who live in other countries. It’s because I have some friends who live overseas; one of them lives in the USA and the other one in India. Furthermore, I have my own blog, which I created three years ago. I generally use it almost every week to write some articles in English. As I see it, I don’t consider myself an internet addict.


viernes, 8 de diciembre de 2017

Cities are no longer cars' territory





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Currently, it is true that pedestrians are becoming an endangered species on city roads. Cities are full of cars, lorries, buses and there are traffic jams everywhere. This causes that cities aren’t being seen as they are, so many people prefer to visit another place.



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For example, a historical city as Seville is invaded by obstacles, so people have no place to walk around. This beautiful city has amazing buildings to show us, like La Giralda. La Giralda is a bell tower which was originally built as a minaret. It is called like that because in the summit it has a small statue called Giraldillo. Another building to see is The Tower of the Gold, which is situated by the Guadalquivir. Now, the city centre in Seville is also almost pedestrians’ territory.



Last, but not least, it happened in other Europeans cities like Bordeaux in France, Freiburg in Germany or Norwich in Britain. Now city centres are pedestrians’ territory. Actually, it is a delight you can walk freely, also you can see all around you. But the most important is that it reduces the pollution and the noise.

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Summing up, I think that reducing the traffic in the cities will make them safer; there will be less pollution and noise. A good solution would be using the public transport and inciting the creation of green areas and bike’s networks. We have to try to do things to make our city the most beautiful, so it will be more attractive for tourists.

Any couch potatoes around?


To begin with, what is a couch potato? It is a slang word to call a person who spends too much time watching TV. As I see it, I am not a couch potato because I go to the gym and I don’t spend all day watching TV, mainly since I have no time. Although, if I was one I would ask my friends or family for help, for example I would ask my sister to work out together.


It is a fact that everybody loves spending time in the sofa watching their favourite series. Nowadays there are lots of platforms which provide us with a great amount of series and films as Nextlix or Movistar+. By the way, I like watching Hawaii 5.0, NCIS Los Angeles and The Walking Dead in my free time. 

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Futhermore, I love watching films, as well. I prefer the romantic ones. My favourite actors are Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum and Chris Hemsworth. I really like all of their films, especially The Notebook, in which Ryan appears. However, what I like the most is watching the famous reality show Keeping up with the Kardashians.


To conclude
, I think that people are really into series, that is to say, that they spend time doing nothing; but it is a real fact that some people are more and more into doing some exercise. It may be due to people who are extremely concerned about their image, so they have to work hard to fit their bodies. I think the best idea is to eat well and do some exercise. If you don’t want to go to the gym because you are afraid of feeling lonely, you can always ask a friend to come with you.

martes, 28 de noviembre de 2017

What do you think about superstitions?


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For a start, I am going to write about what I think about superstition. Firstly, who has ever read about his horoscope in some gossip magazines or online? Honestly, I used to do it very week. Because I was born on 25th June, my zodiac sign is Cancer. I like reading it since it almost always describes exactly how I feel.

On the one hand, there are lots of superstitions. Among them, one is triskaidekaphobia. This phobia is the belief that number 13 is unlucky. Another one is the saying that if a black cat crosses your path, it is bad luck. Its origin was due to the belief in the middles ages that single women who were associated with cats were witches.


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On the other hand, not all the superstitions mean bad luck. One of them says that a horseshoe bring us good luck. As well, it keeps nightmares away. Another one is the saying that the bride has to have something old, new, borrowed and blue. The first represents continuity; the second represents hope and the future; the third symbolizes borrowed happiness while the last is supposed to bring purity, love and fidelity.



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On the whole, I think that I am not the only one into horoscopes. But I know some people who are very sceptical, as my cousin. He always tells me that providing that he sees real facts, he will believe in some superstitions. How stubborn he is! He just believes in what he sees, he loves performing the scientific method in almost every aspect of his real life.