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In this section you will know about interesting people who have made history and have become true milestones for humanity! Welcome.
Mario Benedetti (1920 - 2009) Ana María: Juank have you ever heard about Mario Benedetti? Juan Carlos: Not enough, I think! AM: Ok! He was an outstanding poet, novelist, playwright and Uruguayan critic, member of the Generation of 45; He is considered the most important figure in Uruguayan literature of the second half of the twentieth century and… JC: Wait, wait. Generation of 45...what is it about? AM: The Generation of 45 refers to a generation of Uruguayan authors, mainly writers of various genres (though also included musicians and painters) that emerged artistically from 1945 to 1950. Its members were part of a social, political and cultural phenomenon which had a decisive influence on contemporary Uruguayan intellectual identity. JC: So, well! Certainly, I know his extensive work spanned the genres of narrative, dramatic and poetic, likewise was the author of essays. His literary output included over 80 books, some of which have been translated into over 20 languages. Sales were leaders of Latin American narrative from the 50’s to the 70’s. AM: I would like to quote one of his thoughts: “Do not give up, please do not give in, although the cold burn, although fear bite, although the sun goes down, and shut the wind, there is still fire in your soul, there's life in your dreams. Because life is yours and yours is also the desire, because every day is a new beginning, because this is the time and the best time, because you are not alone, because I love you!“
Juank, He was deeply romantic. Wasn't he? JC: Yes, He was. He always wrote with a special feeling for life, love, the truth and everything… But do you know his full name? AM: His full name is Mario Orlando Hamlet Hardy Brenno Benedetti Farrugia, It is too long. Can you imagine when his mother got angry? (LOL)…
On the other hand, there is a beautiful poem dedicated to the youth. I would like you to read it with pleasure. But before, tell me how would you describe the Benedetti's way of writing? JC: I just can say: “Benedetti, there are no words to describe the depth of your verses and,
if any, only you had been able to find them.”
Let’s enjoy the poem…
University students with university parents Here more than establish a position on the issue, what is proposed to make is an approach from different points of viewand take into account easily the possible realities that parents and university students can face.This is in order to impartially analyze facts and situations for the reader to do a self reflection about that. Before talking about the relationship of parents with their children â€œuniversity studentsâ€?, it is necessary to understand the impact that this cycle has in the transcendental decisions of young people, because they do not always turn successful but also can become failures or frustrations. First, it should be reviewed the background of the young when they start their studies at a university. On one side for those who have lived such dependent on your parents not only in the economic aspect but in general, it is more complex because from the family environment they have been infused with a kind of fear of change and the need for control by parents. On the other hand, there are independent students who for several reasons have led a life surrounded by more opened situations that have allowed them to take control from themselves. Entry to the university is an important step for both the young and for the entire family. There are thousands of expectations and dreams. But regardless of the case, go to university symbolizes the young are separated from their parents and enter into adulthood. Even though there is enthusiasm, the transition to the university also brings feelings of sadness, loss and worry for parents and children. Despite the excitement of what is coming, the detachment can be difficult for everyone.
This stage of university life entails a transformation of the relationship with parents and the role of these figures so far have been guides and models and at this stage they begin to be looked more likesupporting figures.This is part of the process of growth and maturity of every human being and the ideal is that both parties can understand and support it. However, it is not always possible and sometimes is observed adverse situations for the student, due to the difficulty of parents to understand changes in their children, to mold a new form of relationship and their adulthood and independence they experience at the university. Can be seen conflicts in parents related to stagnation and the difficulty of letting go and allowing space and handle that responsibility in young people needed to mature and succeed. It is also a challenge to be seen by parents as adults, in the process of becoming independent, able to make many decisions for themselves because sometimes they are given full freedom in life but they are not supported even more so knowing that the support and understanding are needed to take the best decisions and become people with clear objectives and a project of living. The role of parents is important in the university stage, because although their children have acquired a physical, mental, psychological, social and spiritual, still there is an interdependent relationship between parents and children. The relationship between parents and children must be consistent, continuous and sincere communication, which involves a thorough knowledge of their children, their feelings, needs, desires, strengths, weaknesses and limitations. It must be fair in dealing with their children adapting acts according to the different circumstances and needs as they arise in the course of our relationship with them. Should be recalled that knowledge arises from the continuous treatment, to share time with them, to love them, to listen with patience and to show interest in what interests them. Finally and contrary to what parents think, their presence is helpful not to control but to follow and participate in academic education of their children. How can they do? By talking openly to themabout concerns and fears, transmitting tranquility, and letting them know that parentswill always support them always, promoting positive relationships and encouraging independence with responsibility.
Time: it is not enough free! Free time is a social phenomenon that emerges more clearly in industrialized societies. But discuss about free time today is a bit complex when you consider that we live in a world saturated with information, activities, and as if that were not enough life expectancies are reduced increasingly so having free time is difficult and almost impossible, in other words it is a privilege. Free time is a concept that must be understood from two criteria. The first is that this is a time that people engaged in activities that do not correspond to their formal work or housework essential. And the second is that this time is different from non-free regarding
the person can decide the number of hours that will be used in carrying out these activities.
Although free time, for some people, usually include some activities that are not labor but, can take some kind of compulsion, such as going to the doctor, grocery shopping, among others. The distinction between free time activities and those that are mandatory, is not strict and depends on each person, so studying, cooking, or making music, it may be fun for some and work for others, as the latter can also be done for pleasure of its long-term usefulness, and its eventual profit. Free time can be spent on productive and stimulating activities. Free time is not an isolated phenomenon and manifests itself in different contexts according to the senses and meanings culturally produced by people in their relations with the world. In everyday life, free time is important relationships with other fields besides work, such as education, politics, economics, language, health, art, science and nature, among other dimensions of life, being integral and constitutive part of each society.
Free time is treated as a human need and dimension of culture characterized by the ludic experience of cultural manifestations in the social space-time. Thus, the cultural manifestations that constitute free time are social practices performed as enjoyment of culture, such as parties, games, rides, travel, music, poetry, graffiti and murals, painting, sculpture, dance, experiences and bodily expressions, electronic games and virtual experiences, photography, theater, community activities, fairs with new forms of exchange, recreation and sports, festivals and artistic events, chat rooms and discussion, and so on. From this perspective with a new meaning, free time can create an experience of opening marked by an attitude that breaks and transgresses with what is allowed and what is lawful, appearing often on the edge of what is socially appropriate and accepted. This is precisely one of the great fears as well as dangers, which represents leisure for
maintaining the "status quo" or the order of society. Hence arises, in part, the attempt to silence and forbidding what are disruptive, countercurrent, otherness, and subversive innovation, and everything that can express a problematic leisure, chaotic, and transformational. Economic downturns or crises in people who work are likely to decrease the chances of enjoying their holidays in their free time to rest. Every time distract and have fun cost us more! We are increasingly glued to the TV and the computer. We often do not take advantage of the free time to read, for example! Finally, the creative use of free time begins to be from the early stages of life through play, exploration of the own body and the environment. When starting the academic activity, this time begins to decrease but is still significant until young adulthood. Upon entering the labor system the proportion of free time decreases, being predominant the time spent at work. Only at the stage of old age, the proportion of free time increases again. Also, it is important to make clear the importance of free time in our lives, we need to develop a schedule of personal or family free time and thus use it to the fullest. In this way we will do of our free time a while productive, enjoyable and beneficial for our personal lives.
Some information taken from: http://www.elhospitalblog.com/salud/consejos-de-salud/ocio-y-uso-del-tiempo-libre/ http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocio
Polyglots: Mad or smart people?
One of the most requested languages is English. It is the most common among those who choose to learn foreign languages. However, the range is wide for those who wish to study a different language. Nowadays, it is easy to get information and courses in order to learn a new language like English, German, French, Italian or Portuguese. Learning languages is something that everyone can do, and throughout life. Thus, people are never too old or too young to learn a language, considering that understand and be able to speak a new language can only bring positive things. In a globalized world like this, learning a language is basic for survival in a highly competitive labor market. Today, main business companies require people who have acquired at least an intermediate level in English. Eventually, learning a language opens the door to a world of labor and cultural opportunities. Learning a second or foreign language is not only useful for you to access a job or travel abroad. It also has powerful effects on the brain, according to recent scientific studies. For that reason, there are many people studying several languages around the world. In spite of this, learning a foreign language takes time and dedication. It is not easy to start studying any language without a clear aim to get. For being successful in languages, the first necessary step is the inner motivation for learning it. Laziness of people is one of the main obstacles for achieving something even when they have at least just one reason why learning languages is important. There are lots of benefits and each one of them should be a powerful reason to face the challenge. Anyway, it is important to point out some of them in order to the reader becomes conscious, analyzes, and takes into consideration. Initially, knowing a second or foreign language modifies the structure of the brain positively, specifically the area that processes information. In particular, improves brain plasticity enhancing learning and memory skills. In that way, people get the brain to be stimulated positively, so that they become more creative and intelligent. By causing the brain to jump from one language to another, they are training it, without realizing it, to make it much more efficient and effective in multitasking situations. In addition, knowing and practicing another language causes neurons are connected and work much better.
On the other hand, knowing another language helps extend the current language. People learn words that perhaps were unaware in their native language or meanings that they never knew existed. The typical sayings and expressions will also enrich them linguistically. Managing a language fluently makes people feel better about them. They can talk to a lot of people from other countries, watch movies, read books or browse their websites. It is one of the best ways to discover the customs and history of places hitherto unknown to them. Slowly, as people go to learn the language, they will become more confident about themselves and improve their selfesteem. By knowing and learning more about languages, thus, people become open-minded and develop autonomous learning to a certain degree. Otherwise, travel and business are fields deeply connected to languages. People usually think that their monotonous and simple lives do not deserve new adventures or opportunities. However, through the knowledge of a language everything seems to be easier and possible. For example, knowing at least master a few phrases of a foreign language will give people the opportunity to learn much more about that country and in that way they can communicate, and establish a dialogue with someone who will teach them more than just the city. When they have the opportunity to learn other sayings of other cultures, they will want to travel even more, and learn from each of the languages. Today, most jobs have terms in other languages, and to know what it means is imperative. Managing a second or a foreign language is necessary to achieve success in any type of work, due to international trade is growing more and more. For that reason, depending on the peopleâ€™s prominence in any business, the recognition is going to be better. In other way, people who speak more than one language began to show symptoms of the disease between 4 and 5 years later, according to a study in Alzheimerâ€™s patient. According to research published two years ago in the journal Psychological Science, children who are learning more than one language are better able to concentrate and focus their attention, ignoring interference that may distract them. When a bilingual switches from one language to another is exercising your brain. This "brain gym" allows better handle multitasking situations; for example, work on several projects simultaneously. Also, knowing several languages helps improve memory and keep the brain healthy. It is proven that bilingual people are less prone to degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. In conclusion, learning languages is not a simple process but it has many advantages for those who learn them like amplify the thought, easier way to access to information, for getting job, for self-knowledge and mental health. Certainly with all the above, it could be said that speak another language can only bring positive things. So, to try and prove it is just a personal choice. As Ludwig Wittgenstein said "The limits of my language are the limits of my world". Topic taken from the following reading: http://linguim.com/es/blog/razones-aprender-idioma.html