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

martes, 28 de noviembre de 2017

Any couch potatoes around?

What do you mean by 'a couch potato'? What kind of people are you talking about? Are you a couch potato yourself? What do you have to do if you are a couch potato? Do you feel well? (what is the noun that comes from the adjective 'well'?

Related articles to read about the issue:

Activities for my 2º ESO studens: What do you usually do to keep fit? How much television do you watch? Do you do sport alone or in group? What does 'couch potato' mean? Look it up in a dictionary.

Here's a listening exercise to do: Why more of us are getting fitter together? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

Let's learn 10 English Expressions with HAVE - phrasal verbs, idioms and slang sayings with Lucy.

Revision for SELECTIVITY & 2º Bachillerato.

67. Put the following sentences into the ACTIVE VOICE :

     1. Food won't probably be needed next year in Somalia any longer.
     2. The men were taken to Manila by the submarine.
     3. The message had not been delivered yet.

68. GERUND , INFINITIVE or PRESENT PARTICIPLE. Put the verbs in brackets into the correct form :
1. We suggested __________ (sleep) in hotels but the children were anxious __________ (camp) out.
2. I don't feel like __________ (study) English this evening, I'd rather __________ (spend) the whole time __________ (watch) television.
3. Albert would like __________ (pass) every student, so we wouldn't have __________ (come) in September, but unfortunately there's no point __________ (dream) such silly things.

69. Join the following sentences together using a Relative Clause :

      (a) John and Paul were working on the roof. They left the ladder against the house.
      (b) Bill's fingerprints were on the screwdriver. He was later caught by the police.
      (c) The bed has no mattress.I slept on this bed.
      (d) Tom had been driving all day.He was tired and wanted to stop.
      (e) He spoke in French,but the people didn't know French.He was speaking to these people.

70. Write sentences using the following lexical items in two different contexts and with two different meanings :         COURSE    ,          ASK     ,          STILL

71. Write the following sentences in Indirect Speech :

      (a) "Could you pass me the salt, please?", she asked me.
      (b) "She is not the right woman to do this", Jim answered.
      (c) "I can't find the road in the map", the driver said.
      (d) "Shall we have dinner somewhere after the theatre?" said Peter.
          "Yes,let's," said Ann. "What about going to that place Jack is always talking about?"
      (e) "Jack's parents have asked me to supper tomorrow night," said Ann. "What shall I wear?"

72. Translate the following sentences into English :

      1. Prefiero conducir a viajar en tren si no te importa.
      2. Según ciertas personas, muchos padres preferirían que sus hijos tuvieran menos deberes.
      3. Cuando fuí a Inglaterra no estaba acostumbrado a desayunar tan temprano, pero poco después me
          acostumbré a levantarme y desayunar temprano.
      4. No vale la pena preocuparse por el dinero porque nunca sabes lo que va a pasar mañana.
      5. Casi nos hemos quedado sin gasolina. Sería mejor que parásemos en la próxima gasolinera a llenar.
      6. May, que es la nueva Primera Ministra británica, también declaró que ya es hora que se haga algo 
          sobre la contaminación y el problema bosnio.
      7. No ví a nadie entrar en casa, pero podía oir cómo alguien andaba por la segunda planta.
      8. Al principio ella no queria cenar con Alberto, pero al final él pudo convencerla.
      9. Él debe haber salido porque llevo telefoneándole desde las cinco y nadie contesta. ¿Crees tú que 
          me podrías echar una mano con mis deberes de inglés?
      10. Tenemos cantidad de tiempo , así que no hace falta que nos demos prisa.

Solutions to the exercises in the previous post:

63. (a) She did not intend to be unhappy about him as they had all agreed he had to marry someone rich.   (b) He told her he loved her so much.    (c) He behaved like that because he was very nervous about what he was about to say.  

64. (a) What did Elisabeth do?     (b) How did she answer him?      (c) How long did he sit down?

65. FORTUNE.- large amount of money, HALF EXPECTED.- when someone is almost sure something is going to happen & TO STRUGGLE.- to fight, to have much difficulty in doing something 
66.    1. The power of poetry cannot be understood.   2. It is said..... ///   The audience is said to have enjoyed very much the play.    ///   The play is said to have been enjoyed very much3. The King's father is trying to be cured.



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27 comentarios:

  1. The couch potato is the very important problem because you're the couch potatoes you haven't got social life and is very important be related to people because but you can fall into a depression.
    if I were a couch potato
    I would go to a specialist

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  3. To begin with, I would like to say that a couch potato is a person who watchs TV all the day without doing other things. Nowadays, there are more people who don't want to go out because there are new series or new programmes which are very funny and entertaining as Netflix.

    I think that I am not a couch potato because I don't watch TV so much. I like doing other activites much more as playing football or playing my tube instead of watching TV. Moreover, I believe that many information of TV is a lie although the majority of people think that all that mass media sell us is true.

    If the people want to be a healthy life is better that they start to watch TV less. I would recommend that the people who suffer this problem, started to practice some sports twice a week at least to improve their lifes. One advice is that all the hours losed watching TV should be changed for many hours studying or reading a book because is the best form to improve the capacity of our brain.

    To sum up, I would like that this world with many couches potatoes changed for another world with more people who wanted to go out with their friends. I think that it is possible, but if everyone try to improve their lifes and they stop living in a world controlled by the TV.

    The noun that comes from the adjective "well" is wellness.

    Francisco García García 2°Bach A

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  5. A couch potatoes is a person who watch much a TV. Nowadays, many people are couch potatoes because this persons prefer stay at home for see a film or series. Currently, there is a service called Netflix which all over people can see all film or series with internet.

    I don't consider a couch potatoes because I can not watch televison several days. I prefer go out with my friends or go a dinner wuith my family. Although the day that that are cold and rainy I want stay at home watching a series.

    People who are a couch potatoes should stop watiching it so much because in the future it can give many problems to health. This persons can do sports and go out with your friendsfor have a social life. So many hours watching television is a waste of time.

    In conclusion, I hope that these people change so that I have a good life and health. I also believe that this can be achieved with very little effort. There are to have willpower.

    The nound that comes from the adjetive "well" is wellness.

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    1. First of all, I would like to say that a couch potato is a person who watches a lot of television and does not have an active life. From my point of view, the number of this kind of people has increased over the years.

      I wouldn’t consider myself a couch potato as I hardly ever watch televion. However, when I am not doing homework, studying or hanging out with my friends I spend a lot of hours on social media, chatting with my friends or listening to music.

      It is an open secret that almost everybody wants to be healthy and get fit, but they are too lazy for that, owing to this fact a bunch of websites give pieces of advice such as: follow some people on social media that will inspire you to get active, keep a workout calendar and track your progress and create a playlist with awesome songs.

      To conclude, I would like to add that more and more children are becoming “couch potatos” due to the new technology. I reckon that parents shouldn’t provide their kids with mobiles and that a good way to keep healthy is joining sport clubs like swimming, football or tennis.

      “Wellness” is the noun that comes from the adjetive “well”.

      Irene Ramón Arellano 2ºBACH

  7. There are lots of persons like the couch potato. These persons watch TV all the time and usually they are in bad physicals conditions. I don't see much the TV, but I do spots like: football, basketball, softcombat... If I watched TV (wich is not the case) I would try to find a specialist, so he can see my condition and help me fix it.
    The video is very interesting (like all) and it helps me to learn more about the verb to have.


  8. Do you spend a lot of time in front of the TV?
    It is a big problem because you can become a couch potato and you can even lose your friends, as well as your social life. When you haven't any friends or social life you can try to commit suicide. In my opinion I think that a couch potato should spend more time outdoors and meet friends.

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  10. A couch potato is a person who sees too much television, these types of people prefer to spend hours and hours at home watching whatever they broadcast on television that day than going out for a walk with their friends.
    Spending more than an hour sitting in front of the TV every night or sitting in front of the TV and letting time pass without registering is a problem. Watching TV for a while every day is fine, what is not right is doing it for a long time.

    Some intellectuals have established that television is an evil that prevents human beings from relating to each other, a means that closes the door to reflection and that has become a kind of collective conscience that guides us to define the good and bad around public affairs. Television induces the individual to a state similar to hypnosis, this is very common among couples, since the presence of the other is ignored and usually complain about it when saying that her husband does not listen while watching a series or sport. In the case of children, it is the same: parents despair and shout at their children to eat, do homework, bathe or dress, but boys do not really hear.

    On the other hand, spending many hours in front of the TV can cause health problems,
    depression, spending several hours watching television could cause depression problems because people are kept in a state of isolation and loneliness, obesity, heart disease or eyestrain, etc. As we already see spending too many hours in front of a television only brings problems.

    I do not consider myself a couch potato, I could spend days and days without watching television, and I only remember her when I have free time and I'm bored, watching TV seems secondary to me, unimportant and only keeps me entertained for a while, because every day the programs that emit are worse and all the programs are copies of others.


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  12. 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.

    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.

    Andrea Gutiérrez López 2BACH A

  13. Many people spend the day watching TV, watching TV many hours is not good for the head or for the eyes
    Many teenagers are obsessed with the series and spend the day watching them, that is obsession, they are looking forward to finish them to see another. When you do not have anything to do you can go out with your friends.

  14. A couch potato is a person who watches much TV. I don't watch much television because I'm very busy doing homework or drawing. I prefer doing sport in group because I think it's funnier.

  15. Many people spend all day watching TV, watching television for many hours is not very good, as it can cause headaches.
    Many kids this age are obsessed with television shows and spend the day watching it, that's an obsession, they're eager to get home to watch TV. When you have nothing to do, you can go out with your friends for a walk.

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  17. Nowadays new technologies have improved our lives, but they have also created new addictions, including addiction to television.

    To begin with, the televión has evolved a lot during the last decades. Not only do we have a wide variety of channels with programs of all types including the series that hook us, but we can also watch international channels with the current satellite dishes without forgetting that Smart TV offers the possibility of watching programs by connecting to the Internet. It seems impossible to get bored because we have TV on demand to choose what we want to see and what time. This makes us have all the leisure we want without leaving our house throughout the day and also the night.

    On the one hand, being all day watching TV has great disadvantages that harm us physically, since we don't do any sports and also psychologically, because it creates an addiction in which you can't stop watching the series or program that both you like. On the other hand, people also need to do outdoor activities, have social life with friends ...

    In conclusion, I reckon that we should know how to divide the time we spend watching TV from the time we have to do anything without forgetting to do physical exercise that is good for our physical and mental health.

    Paola Ruiz Fernández 2ºBach A

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  19. What is a couch potato? It is a person who spend a lot of time watching television because they are probably addicted to it. And as a consequence they don’t have an active life since they prefer to stay at home regarding series or films rather than going out with friends to do any exercise.

    This people usually are very lazy as they don’t want to do anything, they only want to lie on the sofa for all the day. They can easily have health problems such as obesity because they don’t want to play any sport, which is a good way to get fitter since you have fun as you can play with friends at the same time that you are doing physical exercise. They probably don’t do sport since they have never practice any sports and they think it is boring.

    As for solutions, I think that friends of a couch potato should show them that doing sport is not boring and insist them to take up a sport. For instance, if all of them like football they can take part of a football team in the city where they live. By doing so, the couch potato will need to go training some days and he will be less dependent on television.

    Personally, I think that I am not a couch potato since I don’t like much watching TV, I prefer going out with my friends for walking, hanging out or playing football. If I had a friend who were a couch potato, I would encourage him to stop watching television for all the day and going out with friends.

    The noun that comes from well is wellness.

  20. I don´t practise any sport, but I play basketball in my free time. I usuually do sport alone, but I prefer doing sport with friends. I don´t watch much television because I play videogames, I do homework or I read. A couch potato is a person who spends little or no time exercising and a great deal of time watching television.

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  22. To keep fit I like playing any sport, like basketball or football, I don´t usually play them, but I like playing with my friends. I watch TV around 3 hours a day, I prefer playing videogames or watching videos in YouTube. A couch potato is a person who spennd his free time watching TV.

  23. A couch potato is a person who watches too much a TV. Nowadays, many people are couch potatoes because these peoples prefer staying at home watching a film or series. Currently, there is a service called Netflix, which provides people with film or series throught Internet.

    I don't consider myself a couch potato because I cannot watch televison for long hours. I prefer going out with my friends or having a dinner with my family. However, if the day is cold and rainy, I want to stay at home watching a series.

    People who are couch potato should stop watching it so much because in the future it can give many problems to health. These people can do sports and go out with their friends and have a social life. Watching television for so many hours is a waste of time.

    In conclusion, I hope that these people change so that they have a good life and health. I also believe that this can be achieved with very little effort. You must only have willpower to do it.

    The nound that comes from the adjetive "well" is wellness.

  24. This term refers to a person who spends a lot of time watching TV, lying on the cough, and in general, this persons have a very sedentary life.

    Nowadays there are a lot of people that we can include in this group, because each day there are more people who prefer staying at home watching wathever in TV, like films or series, tan people who prefer go out with Friends, do sport...

    This habit, with other, can provocate health problems, because they are out of shape and they have weight problems, so they can be obesity problems by the simple fact of speng long hours in front of TV.

    I do not belong to this group, because I do not watch TV so much, only around half an hour a day, normaly when I have dinner. Besides, I prefer meet with my friends or do sport outside.

  25. A couch potato is a person who watches much TV. I don't watch much television because I'm very busy doing homework or doing sport because I think that's better and healthier.

    If you watch too much TV you can get weight and that's something bad because it can affect yo your health. If you do sport and you eat healthy food like fruit ore vegetables you can lose weight and you can stay fit. I watch only half an hour a day ore sometimes I don't watch it at all. I'm always doing sport because I think is healthy for me and I also think that if you do sport you won't get weight and you'll be fit.

    Nowadays most of the people don't do sport and spend most of his time watching TV or playing video games. I think that they should go out and do some sport because it's healthier than staying at home for the hole day. They will lose weight and they will be healthy.

    In fact, I think that's ok to watch sometimes TV and play video games but you also have to go out to do some sport and meet your friends. So remember, don't stay too much time at home and go out and stay fit!

    Realizado por Álvaro Martín Moliz 4º ESO A