How can I really sum up this C1
course in a nutshell? That's the question I asked myself when I started to
write these lines.
Firstly, the illusion of the beginning
mixed with the responsibility of finishing the huge tasks we had to do and the
high level of my classmates, it was a demanding plus that made me to do my
Apart from this, I had a very bad
time just after Christmas, when I was aware that it was impossible for me
sometimes to combine all the activities I had to do with my job and my family responsibilities.
To be honest, I have to say that I considered dropping out the C1 course
because I had no time for my wife and my two young daughters. But at that moment,
I realized that I enjoyed attending English classes without pressure of
homework and my wife encouraged me to continue because she noticed that it was important
Moreover, that particular day Emilio gave us a
superb speech about what was really important in learning English, he said:
"The thing is you come to class, and do not worry so much if you can do or
not all the tasks I demand, because it is here where we can practice and learn as
much or more than doing exercises, activities are very important but they are not
the only thing”. You were right Emilio, and thank you for telling me in that
From this moment till the end of the
course I enjoyed my English classes in a different way. I participated more
than I used to do, I tried to do everything I could but without pressure and
the most important thing, I consider that the moments and the experiences we
lived, the topics we discussed were so interesting, that it was worth attending
your classes in English, in Spanish or in Chinese.
Finally I would like to say that the
atmosphere we created in the classroom with my classmates "the small
circle" was something I have not felt for a long time and I do not know
when it will be repeated.
Thanks Emilio for everything you
taught me and also for trying to improve my English to the best of my ability!
have receding hair lines that always show honest ideas and seldom bright. Broad
forehead with wrinkles that furrow in parallel, they are obvious signs of age
and lived experiences. A large face and chubby cheeks is the genetic
inheritance from my mother. My thick eyebrows are never surprised of anything.
Big, sad and green eyes never lie, and which have seen wonderful and horrible
things. My elongated and pointed nose can smell goodness but not treason. Three
beauty spots on my left side to remind me what are the three most important
things in life. Thick lips ready to love and be loved with passion as if for
the first time. Big ears prepared to listening wonderful noises of life that
are sick of hearing the hypocrisy of those who govern us. In short, it is a
facial expression that shows the greatest compassion and sometimes the greatest
hatred in the same person; it is well known for those who are loved and hated
A Sailor -Boy's
Tale was written by Karen Blixen - Finecke von Christenze or Karen Dinesen. She
was a Danish author also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen. She is the author
of many books and tales, whose best-known novel is “Out of Africa” that was
adapted to the big screen by Sidney Pollack.
narrates the experiences of a young sailor who sails the seas in different vessels
round the world. In this tale are mixed youthful love, unexpected tragedy and
fantastic characters that have certain powers to transform their appearance.
happens in a small Norwegian port, where sailors from different countries,
coexist with the locals (Lapps) in a mystical setting such as the long days of
spring in northern Scandinavia. In this context, a story of impossible lovecomes between our young sailor and a beautiful girl
where fate plays a dirty trick on them, but both (Nora and Simon) will never
masterfully combines all these elements (love, mystery, fantasy and gratitude)
in a short story that intrigue readers till the end, which is unexpected and wonderful.
It is a tale that reminds us the connection between all living beings on this
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The purpose of this report is to
analyze the distribution of wealth that is a comparison of the wealth of
various members or groups in a society. It differs from the distribution of
income in that it looks at the distribution of ownership of the assets in a
society, rather than the current income of members of that society.
Data and current
The richest 1% of adults in
the world own 40% of the planet's wealth, according to the largest study yet of
wealth distribution. Europe, the US and some Asia Pacific nations account for
most of the extremely wealthy. More than a third lives in the US, Japan
accounts for 27% of the total, the UK for 6% and France for 5%.
The surprisingly small number of
companies that control many of the basic commodities we use in everyday life,
globalization has been accompanied by an extraordinary concentration of
ownership. Five companies dominate the U.S. petroleum industry and five control
the worldwide trade in grain…
Proposal for the
In conclusion, it is
apparent that radical changes are necessary in the world to redistribute wealth
such us: higher wages, more progressive tax burden,more extensive public resources and more capital in public
“...A GOVERNMENT OF THE
PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE”.
Do we really have a real
democracy? Do we really vote to decide our future or we can only decide who will
govern us in a better or worse way? In fact, these are questions that many
people ask themselves and they have no answer.
I would like to start
with the analysis of what a democracy system means and for this reason I am
going to use “The Gettysburg Address”, the famous speech that was
delivered by Lincoln during the American Civil War. In this discourse he
explained what is a real representative and participatory democracy. It implies “a government of the
people by the people and for the people”.
Secondly, I would like to
explain what he wanted to express with “a government of the people”. It means
that the government must be chosen by people who belong to a nation. But do we
really elect our representatives or we only choose between two lists of
candidates that are drawn up and blocked by political parties? And would it be possible
that a perfect candidate who did not belong to the two main political parties
won an election? Frankly, I must say that he or she would not have any
Thirdly, he talked about
“a government by the people”, and I have to say that it is perhaps the only
thing you will be able to find in our democratic system. They (our
representatives) decide instead of us because it is impossible to vote every
single decision that affects us.
Moreover, he referred to
“a government for the people” but sadly at this point, I have to manifest that
no government actually governs for the people’s interest. All decisions are
taken to defend the interests of the banks and multinational companies to the
detriment of its citizens.
All things considered, I
would like to finish learning something from the new technologies, and it
implies that when one system does not work properly we have to restart it.
The National Front
troops advanced rapidly towards their goals. It was winter and everything was
so frozen that the cold seemed to seep into Juan’s bones, a Spanish soldier.
More and more prisoners from
the Republican side were arrested and summary executions were carried out all
time. Juan was horrified to see how
humans can contemplate such horror while feeling almost nothing.
Sebastian, captain of
Juan’s company, ordered him to join with the next firing squad. All the soldiers
boarded on to the truck and four detainees were with them. One of the prisoners
was staring at Juan with fear in his eyes. In that moment, Juan thought that he
had become a murderer who followed orders without questioning.
Not so long time ago, Juan
had been a nice guy who was studying in a high school at Teruel and was full of
joy playing football with his classmates. He liked to remember those times
watching a photo of the football team in which he played. But the war had changed
everything and he had been changed by the war.
Suddenly the truck
stopped close to the cemetery walls and the soldiers ordered the inmates to get
off and stand next to the wall. In ten minutes the shooting ended the soldiers’
mission; after that they reviewed the clothes of the dead in case there was
something of value, before they were buried in a common grave. Juan revised the
prisoner belongings who were staring at him in the truck and he found a wallet
and an old watch.
When he returned to the camp
he opened the wallet and could see that the prisoner carried the same picture
of the football team as he did. He was stunned when he checked the prisoner’s ID
and realized that he was his best childhood friend.
At that moment he felt
devastated by what he had done, he had become a monster. Then he ran out and
returned to the walls of the cemetery beside the grave where the bodies were
buried, suddenly he took out the picture that kept like a treasure, he looked
at the sky and a shot was heard and everything was over. If he could not restore
his life at least he would accompany him in the afterlife.