Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

by Bruce Lee

jueves, 20 de julio de 2017

Are you lost?

How do lost cats and dogs find their way home?  When you are visiting a city, are you good at finding your way to the hotel?  Have you ever been lost? What did you do?

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The Amazing Science Behind Pets That Find Their Way Home (Time Magazine)


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By the way, what does 'stray cat/dog' mean?

Listening exercise to do: How do pets navigate? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

How do you call the person who navigates? And in a bus or a coach?

Last year we visited Dublin on our V Trip to the British-Irish Isles, the hometown of Oscar Wilde. Here I present you with one of his most famous comedies.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Part 1: Earnest or Ernest?   (Parts 2 & 3)   Dramas from BBC Learning English

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REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

89. Put the sentences into the PASSIVE VOICE :

1. Nobody has been writing a letter.  
2. We must buy all the things because she is going to cook the meat.
3. Somebody gave Albert a wonderful present.    
4. Did John see Rose?   

90. Put these sentences into REPORTED SPEECH. (Use suitable introducing verbs)

1. "We have a lift, but very often it doesn't work", they said.
2. "Who put salt in my coffee?", he asked us.
3. "I'm going fishing with your mother this afternoon", he told her.
4. "Don't open the door!", she told him.   
5. "Can you pass the exam?", the mother asked her daughter.

Proposed solutions to exercises 87 & 88 in the previous post
Ex 87  >>>  1. will pass     2. broke down, was listening     3. have studied    4. come, rains   5. to be carried      6. go    7. had been   8.  would listen    9. were

Ex 88  >>>>
1. The post is about Roger Federer's eighth title in Wimbledon, which is the only major tennis....
2. I've just read an article about Roger Federer, whose family was watching the Wimbledon final.
3. Have you ever been to the lake where Nessy usually swims?
4. Queen Elisabeth II lives in Buckhingham Palace, which is just 300 metres far from Trafalgar Square.
5. The detective was questioning the men I had been speaking with the day before.


14 comentarios:

  1. Este comentario ha sido eliminado por el autor.

  2. Dog and cats have the sense of smell much more developed than humans so that they can find things or places that humans couldn't find. They are also connected with Earth's magnetic fields and they can navigate via magnetism.

    Scientists say that humans have five millions of olfactory receptors and dogs have hundreds of millions. It is one of the main reasons why dog and cats can return at home easily. I think that they remember the smells near the house and the smells of the way home and they try to follow them to arrive at the house.

    I've read on the Internet that animals return at home because of his relationship with their owners. When they get lost, they try to search their owners since they don't want to leave them alone, they want to be with them to be surer. They are very faithful so that people say dogs are the man's best friend.

    For instance, some people have told me that they had left their dogs or cats on the field or in a different city which was very far from their house, and in a few days, their dog or cat arrived at home without any problem.

  3. In this days and age, if you are human, is too easy finding a place where you can go with a GPS or asking another people who walk in the street how to get there.

    I reckon that some of pets like dogs and cats are very intelligent at the moment of
    getting lost. Many of them remember how to return home. But there are others pets who aren't got used to and if they are lost it's very difficult for them to know how to return.

    I think that for humans to find somewhere is easier, we have many things to find out, although animals can find just as fast as humans.

    To sum up, I say that both animals and people have the ability to know how to come back home when we get lost. Besides, humans only have a small advantage. I believe we are similar enough.

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  5. Nowadays a lot of people buy cats or dog for his children's, and when they mess the house the parents they leave them in the countryside and they dead if other people dont find the animal for this if you dont know care them do not buy them.

    I rembember, one time when my family ate in the beach, my dog it got lost and we dont find her, i felt bad because i loved this dog, i was very sad but two days later the dog showed up in the door of my house, i dont know as he found the path to my house.

    A lot of people when his dog have puppies, instead give the puppies, they kill them, not only i speak of the dogs, for example rabbits, cats and many more.

    I think that if you dont want to have animals, you should not buy them for your children because at the end you will finish Abandoning them, and they do not deserve that

  6. In this essay I am going to examine how dogs and cats can find their way home over long distances. Firstly, it is well-known the story about that cat that travelled 200 miles in 2013 to get home. How could it be? It is just unbelievable! Cats use a system to make a mental map of the place; like that they claim their territory, which is very important to them.

    By the way, there is a cat called Omar. It is thought to be the world’s longest cat. It is 120 centimetres long. It is nearly two thirds of the height of an ordinary person! And it weighs 14 kilometres.

    In addition to this, finding the way to get home depends on the different species. For instance, seabirds and also dung beetle are thought to steer by the sun and the stars. As well, many more animals navigate via magnetism, included cats. Mammals have a range of ways to get around, so it doesn’t surprise us that dogs can do very long ways thanks to their big scent.

    Last, but not least, from my point of view, we should all agree that cats or dogs can be as clever as humans are. That is why they can do incredible things such as spending time with us, helping us in our real life and the sweetest thing, giving us so much love.

    Andrea Gutiérrez López

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  8. Many things we have listened that animals which are abandoned or lost, in the end they return at home. For us, this is looks like impossible if we don´t ask to someone or with help of our phones but they get it without help of nobody.

    Each animal is oriented of different ways. Cats, like other animals, might rely more on magnetic field, a faculty that could turn out to be quite common in mammals. Dogs have perceive hundreds of millions olfactory receptors instead the humans have five millions. Dogs memorize the smells and they are be able to visualize a way remember the smell of their owners.

    Many factors could difficult return at home. If it´s raining or it´s windy, it could disappear the smells. The magnetic field could fail because the change climate is very harmful and it affected to animals.

    News say that animals are return at home itself and the news priority this but many animals can´t return at home and it disappears forever. I think that the orientation in animals is incredible and spectacular.

  9. Is our directional awareness declining with disuse?

    Animals are absolutely fantastic; I think we humans can learn from them. The internet is full of stories of how cats and dogs manage to find their way back home after travelling over hundreds of miles distance. We are told that animals use magnetic fields, the sun and an acute sense of smell in order to orientate themselves.

    I have my own experience of this phenomenon. My aunt lives in a cortijo East of Motril. It’s not easy to find your way there, as there are few geographical points as a reference and people who visit it often can’t find their way there again. We took our dog, Gorbi, to stay with my aunt and set off on our holidays. My aunt was horrified to discover next morning that Gorbi had disappeared and she spent the morning searching for him. Later that afternoon she got a telephone call from our next door neighbour; Gorbi was at our gate whining. It is about a distance of 6km and he had never been there before.

    How come pigeons can find their way back over thousands of miles while some humans can’t even tell if a map is upside down or not? Some of us find it easy to orientate ourselves. Are they just lucky, are some of us bad learners, or are some born with a stronger internal compass?

    Apparently, there is scientific evidence that not all our navigational skills are learnt, some are innate. Out brain contains special navigational neurons that act as an internal GPS and are evident even in small children. The more we use these neurons, the better our orientational skills become but the opposite is also true; directional awareness declines with disuse. There is a theory that humans’ ability to orientate themselves is in decline because we now rely too much on GPS applications.

    Perhaps the Australian Aborigines who have a super human sense of direction can teach us a thing or two. You might think their perduring ability to orientate themselves is due to the fact that they use mobile phones less. However, they also have innate navigational skills which they use far more than other people. There are no words for “left” or “right,” “in front of” or “behind.’’ in their language. If an Aborigine wanted to explain that a pencil is on the floor behind his companion, he would indicate it by using the cardinal directions. So, if the pencil is behind on the left an Aborigine would say it is to the southeast. Even as young children, Aborigines must pay attention to directional clues in their surroundings, such as the position of the sun, every second of their lives. This leads Aborigine children to intrinsically develop an accurate memory of their own changing orientations at any moment.

    We modern humans are losing our natural instincts. Perhaps we could do well to imitate animals and Aborigine children and throw our mobiles away!

  10. It seems really surprising how far away animals they are from home are able to find it on their way home by themselves, but this has an explanation ..
    According to research carried out at the University of Vancouver, dogs only manage to return home because they track their masters and the route they did. For this, they have two skills, the first well known, and the second surprising and moving.
    On the one hand, their sense of smell is specially trained to recognize the individual scent of the human they know best and see as their leader of the pack. Among all the aromas of an environment can recognize the one you are looking for and follow it without rest until you find it. Then, the dog at no time knows where he is or where his house is, but moves guided by his infallible smell. On the other hand, they are able to walk and walk to find their home because of their strong sense of loyalty to their human. For the dog, the bond with his master and his terriotrio is something sacred that can not be lacking. It is even possible to affirm that all the emotional motivations of the canines arise from this feeling of fidelity and that is why they do not rest until reunited with their masters, for them it is not a question of returning to the place where the animal has shelter and food, if not It is about returning to the place where the person you most want is.

    This would explain dog behaviors such as the famous Akita, Hachiko, a dog that every day went to the train station to wait for his master to return from work. One day, his master died suddenly while working and for obvious reasons did not return home on the afternoon train. Hachiko, faithful, returned every day of his life, until he died, to the place where he always met his master. His sense of loyalty was greater than the need to get shelter or the temptation to restart a new life next to someone else. Today, in Japan, there is a statue commemorating the dog right in the place where he spent his whole life waiting for a reencounter driven by loyalty

  11. Nowadays, finding the place where you want to go is very easy with the new tecnologies; for example a GPS. For humans it is easier to find the place where we want to go than for an animal because we can use GPS and talk to people to ask.

    I think that most domestic animals, in particular, dogs and cats are very intelligent at the time of getting lost. Many of them remember how to return home, also their owners don't care if they come back in a few hours and even they can leave then without a leash because they don't know that they won't leave. But there are others especially the smaller ones who aren't accustomed and if they are lost it's very difficult for them to know how to return.

    I think that for humans to find somewhere is easier, we have many things to find out. I also think it is very good to find the way to the hotel if we are visiting a new city because it will be our stay for as long as we want to stay. The people who are lost the most are the children and an old people because they are the most innocent people. I say this because when I was little I got lost in a mall but they found me shortly. But there are people who are lost and can't get back especially aged people when they have the tragic alzheimer's disease.

    In conclusion, I say that both animals and people have the ability to know how to go home when we get lost. Although humans have a small advantage. I think we are very similar.

  12. Before there were many dogs in the street, they haven't owner and they had to eat of the food that the persons gave him or they died because don't ate. Nowadays, people have two, three, four,.. dogs but the most important is now there are people that they collected the dog abandoned and they take care them. In my town there is a person who gather dog and she buy in the other countries, for example she has been in New York, Paris, London.

    I have managed to have twelve dogs because they reproduce. My father asked people if they wanted a dog. Now I have a dog with lees than one year in my farmhouse. It's Jun. This name because when my father was young, he found a dog and it's called Jun. But in total I have four dogs.

    I think dogs are very intelligent and human should learn of them. Dogs and cats have a mustache that with them they can guide, it's un GPS. Scientists tell that we don't cut those mustache because dogs don't guide and they fall. I reckon people shouldn't do anything to the dogs because althounght they don't believe , it can be bad. You must take care as to your son.


  13. Before, dogs lived on the streets since their owners left them abandoned and had to feed on garbage or other people fed them, many people have to stop living with a dog because they have an allergy.
    Nowadays when a dog is lost or leaves its house he knows how to return, although we think that he will not return once he leaves the house and it takes a long time to return. Dogs have perceived hundreds of millions of olfactory receptors dogs memorize smells and can visualize a way to remember the smell of their owners.
    Nowadays the dogs that live on the street since their owners leave them abandoned, there are people who welcome them and take care of them.

    I think that the dog is a very intelligent animal, and the dog is smarter than the cat, since it is more difficult for the cat to be tamed