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Profile: Martinbeco
User Name: Martinbeco
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  Last 10 Posts
Topic: Turn off the TV
Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 4:46:18 PM
I don´t watch TV anymore. My source for fun or news is now the Internet. In fact, I look for the news my friends talk about. And some of my leisure time is dedicated to Youtube. And that is a lot of fun, because you always decide what you want to watch.
Topic: It is easy enough to say that poverty is no crime. No; if it were men wouldn't be ashamed of it. It is a blunder, though, and...
Posted: Saturday, December 5, 2015 2:05:26 AM
Poverty is no one's fault. Our economic system has not figure out a way to really help the poor. Rich or poor is only one way to look at people. I would rather be labeled interesting rather than rich, middle class or poor. Money and wealth is not the only way to measure a man's life.
Topic: Charm, in most men and nearly all women, is a decoration.
Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2015 10:33:19 AM
This quotation in particular sounds quite negative.It doesn´t lead me to read more about its author.
Topic: Subject and predicate.
Posted: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 10:50:07 PM
why aren't there Grammar words, verbs and the like, in sign language? Answer: Really!!!!!!!!!! Let me see, there must be a sign for the cat, and then there must be a sign for the mat, (cat and mat are nouns) maybe there is no sign for an idea like sit, sat, is-are, was-were. that would be the verb. There are some languages without the concept of ¨to be¨. Is there a sign for a word like existance or exists? Every word we utter in any language is a noun, adjective, verb, adverb or some other part of speech. Nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs are the most significant words in most languages. Most ideas are translatable in all languages. This is because we are humans and absolutely all human societies have a language. Some societies have very complicated grammatical structures others don´t. But believe you me, Sign language must have some internal grammar, you just have to study it. A four year old kid who speaks English does not know its grammar, and yet, if his parents speak good English, the kid will speak good English.
Topic: I love words.
Posted: Thursday, June 4, 2015 12:18:48 AM
When I write, words just happen. I am going to try to keep them short. I am still searching for my voice. I do believe words should equal the sentence in some context to be understood by the reader. I cannot put my mind inside other people´s minds and know what they think I said. The words I write come from what I have already read and known. What makes a word correct? If you got the word wrong and were mentally handicapped by retardation or dyslexia, would the writer tell that person they are wrong in their grammar? My argument is: All words have unique meanings according to the history of each word.

And then we have synonyms which supposedly put the correct word in each sentence.
Topic: Mother's Day (United States)
Posted: Sunday, May 10, 2015 11:07:34 PM
Mother´s day is also celebrated in Mexico. Here being exactly on the 10th of May, every year. In many houses, people get together to celebrate and have fun and special food. Some people add a religious aspect and go to church to pay respect to Virgin Mary, since she was Christ´s mother.
Happy Mother´s day to all Mothers in the world!!!
Topic: Pronounce "perejil" -- or die!
Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:46:05 PM
Yes, it is a good example for a shibboleth. Yet, there in that word, perejil, the r is not rolled. Probably French-speaking Haitians could not pronounce the r exactly as we do in Spanish and the j sound doesn´t quite match the j in French. Most consonant sounds from different languages have peculiar pronunciations only native speakers and few foreigners achieve. I am Mexican and I notice how Americans have a hard time pronouncing many consonant sounds from Spanish. Few people learning some other foreign language achieve a perfect pronunciation. Most people learn just enough to get by. And being honest, I still get upset with foreigners who expect a perfect pronunciation. I understand broken Spanish from most foreigners, why can´t they understand their own mispronounced language? All you need is a little imagination. Some common Shibboleths in Spanish are words like Carro, (Car), Perro (dog) and Niño (boy) a double r signals that the consonant should be rolled and the ñ sound is similar to the sound of ni in onion.
Topic: I am not going to London next weekend vs I won't go to London next weekend.
Posted: Friday, April 10, 2015 1:15:06 PM
You are correct. "will" is used when there is an intention or willingness to do or not to do something. "Going to" is used for predictions we just feel certain about.
Topic: Isn't English awesome?
Posted: Friday, March 6, 2015 11:30:39 PM
If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world.

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.

I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.

Just compare heart, beard, and heard
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)

Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;

Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;

One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel,
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.

Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour

And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,

And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.

Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.

Feoffor does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.

Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;

Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,

Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succor, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,

Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.

Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.

Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,

Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?

It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.

Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up ¡!!

Topic: The Indignity of Aging in the USA
Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 12:01:59 AM
Laughter is definitely the best medicine.