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Prepositions are for Preppies

Prepositions are for Preppies

Well, call me a preppy then because I love grammar and prepositions are one of the key elements to dominating the English language.

Let’s start by defining this small yet fundamental part of the language.

  1. The prepositions job is to connect things and is always followed by a noun or a word that is posing as a noun, (like a gerund or infinitive) You can think of this as the word that links the verb to the noun.
  2. We usually use them to describe time, place or movement. But these are easy. Your teachers have been drilling your on these since you were 5! If you need to review the prepositions of time and place, this is a pretty good chart.
  3. The most difficult part about learning the prepositions is when they are attached to verbs or adjectives, forming collocations. This is not to be confused with phrasal verbs which are also formed by verbs and prepositions that, when put together, change the meaning of the verb entirely. For example, I could say, “Everybody get down!” I am using that verb/preposition combination in a very literal way. I want everyone to literally get down on the floor. But I say, “I say Sarah a the club last night. She was getting down!” What I mean to say is, she was dancing like no one was watching.
  4. Prepositions are not the most important part of the sentence and it is because of this that they are hard to hear.

This week we worked on several of the most commonly used prepositional collocations (with both verbs and adjectives) but you will find a more complete verb list here.

So how can we learn and remember these darned things? I would recommend learning the verb with the preposition, as if it were part of the same word.

For example don’t just learn the verb depend because depend is always followed by on.

ie: You can really depend on Frank. If he says he will be there at 10, he will be there at 9:55. 

So, here is a little example:

I always dream about traveling, never dream with, and I am always famous for my cooking and never famous about. When I loose something I always search for it and when I can’t find it I worry about where it might be. I am always addicted to and and never addicted by and if you ask me what I am afraid of I will say snakes. In fact, I am terrified of them, though I am quite fond of animals in general. I am fairly accustomed to living abroad, never accustomed with, and even though I don’t always agree with some of the cultural habits, I would never argue with anyone. Arguing about ideas is useless. Because when you argue, you do not listen to the other person.

If you would like to see more collocations in context, you can click here to read this month’s short story.

 

Taboo Night

Taboo Night

We love doing things differently and we love when being different is edgy because edgy is cool and we are nothing if not cool. (In a dorky kind of way of course!)

So, what the hell is Taboo Night? No, silly we aren’t going to get drunk and have sex with our brothers. (We don’t even have brothers!) No, seriously. But I can’t promise we won’t get a bit tipsy.

What I can promise you is that we will have fun. We will eat and drink. We will be merry and it will all be very very taboo. In a language kind of way. Spanish will be prohibited!

We will need you to sign up for this one, however, so we know how many drinks and snacks to buy. Once everyone arrives we will call for pizza. Last time we had game night, our bellies were a growling! Which is why we have decided to add pizza to the mix.

When: Friday the 15th of July

Time: 20:30-23:00 (after the Big Questions workshop)

Price: $150 – 2 cans of beer or soda, snacks, pizza, fun and games.

Sign up here and now.

Psst…You have to click on “here and now”.

Trivia Night!

Trivia Night!

There is no funner way to practice your English than playing. There is no dispute about that. And, if you are a nerd, like we are, trivia is a fantastically fun way to learn, not only English but also senseless pieces of information through playing.

What is Trivia? 

Trivia is basically details, considerations, or pieces of information of very little importance or value.

For example:

What did Madonna wear in the original version of her 1984 hit single “Like a Virgin”

a) a wedding dress

b) a cone shaped bra

c) a nun’s habit

 

How will we play?

There will be 6 categories; Geography, Entertainment, History, Arts & Literature, Science & Nature, and Sports & Leisure. Once everyone has arrived we will break up into groups to compete for the grand prize. (Shhh, it’s a surprise!)

 

What will you get for your money?

The cost is $100 pesos and it includes 2 hours of gaming, 2 cans of beer (or soda) and snacks (potato chips, peanuts, etc) oh yeah and loads of nerdy fun!

Giving Back

Giving Back

“The greatest gift you can give is your time.” -Unknown

The science of happiness states that there is one step that keeps us from being a 10 on the scale of contentment and that is giving back to the community IN community!

That is why on June 4th 2016, from 9:30-12:30 the English in Rosario and Spanish in Rosariocommunities will be giving back by helping BAR | Banco de Alimentos in #Rosario to unload, organize, count, clean, and inventory the food that will then be distributed to those that need it most!

*IMPORTANT*
You will not be able to donate your time if you do not sign up by Thursday June 2nd.

You can do so by clicking here:https://goo.gl/dKsNFq

We hope you will invite your family to participate!

Are you Happy?

Are you Happy?

I often hear people say they aren’t “much for philosophy.” I respect and understand that. The worst grade I received in all of my academic career was in Philosophy 101. While the professor clearly lacked the necessary pedagogical skills restless twenty-year-olds require to confront Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, there was nothing I considered interesting about that class, much less applicable to real life. I got a D in that course, one step above failure.

Until that time, studying, had always come easy to me. But it was perhaps, my brief brush with underachievement that sparked my thirst for questioning, igniting a need to define and destroy said definitions. Which is why I am writing this today, to kindle in you a small curiosity for reasoning.

What is Philosophy?

For me, it is the art of questioning everything; un-defining the defined and then questioning again. It is the examined life. Nothing is to be taken at face value. And when you find yourself comfortable in the definition of things, ask again. That is what we do in the Big Questions workshop and on last Friday we questioned happiness.

The quest for happiness is as ancient as time itself. There isn’t a philosopher dead or alive who hasn’t reflected upon it. And while we had agreed upon a few things, we had yet to define this abstract concept everyone is supposedly searching for.

Before defining and then un-defining, we looked a bit closer at how the concept of happiness and all its definitions had mutated extensively throughout the years.

For example, if we divide the philosophers into two groups, the Eastern and Western we will see that the Greeks equated happiness with ethics. This essentially meant that you did good because because you were virtuous and in being so, you achieved harmony. Harmony combined with the elimination of suffering is at the root of nearly all Eastern philosophers arguments. But things on the Western forefront changed with the arrival of Christianity. Happiness moved from something sought after in this life to something achieved in the afterlife. It became a reward. But it didn’t stop there. The Medieval times twisted Christianity’s definition ever so slightly adding that one must have a “godly attitude” if they were to achieve their reward. Pack your bags we are going on a guilt trip! It wasn’t enough to live a good moral life, you had to live a pious one if you wanted to achieve happiness in heaven.  Finally, with the arrival of modern times, happiness transformed into something of a social achievement. And that is how we view it today. Happiness can now be lost, found, purchased and put on display. It is equated with positivism and the power of the mind, with staying clear of bad vibes and above all else appearing happy. God forbid your response to the question, “how you are feeling today?” be “terrible!” Every day there is more and more pressure to appear happy. If you don’t appear happy, you have to at least be in search of a path to get there.

But is happiness something you can find? Can you create it? Is it something to be achieved? Does it even exist? Is pleasure and happiness one in the same? Are they dependent on each other?

We do not have all the answers, but after two hours of examination we came to a group consensus:

  1. We all felt happy in the moment that we were reflecting as a community
  2. Happiness, at face value, seems to be determined by your circumstances. However, when you delve into it a bit more, happiness exists in spite of those circumstances.

And finally, we challenged good ole Aristotle’s by taking his famous quote, “Happiness depends on ourselves.” one step further. Because according to our reasoning,  “Happiness doesn’t depend on yourself, it depends on overcoming your self.”

Signed,

The #BigQuestion Philosophers of EinR

Do you want to learn more about our monthly philosopher’s circle? Email us at englishinrosario@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook by clicking here.

Our next meeting is set for June 17th at 18:00.

Wine Talk

Wine Talk

What is Wine Talk all about? 
Wine Talk is a night of fine wine, gourmet food, good friends and yes, English.
I have many passions in life, one of them is food and another is wine. Put these together with my passion for teaching and you have Wine Talk.
We will start out by learning about the winery and their harvests. After doing so, we will taste the first of three wines. Then we will taste that wine again to see how it changes withe the first course. We repeat this process three times, all the while learning how to recognized, decipher and describe the flavors we are experiencing.
While we do several of these events throughout the year, the first of 2016 will be:
Friday May 13th from 20:00-11:00!
This is a reservation only event which means you will need to come to English in Rosario (Catamarca 3095) before Thursday the 12th of May in order to pay for your seat. We only allow 25 reservations and they fill up quickly so don’t drag your feet or you will have to wait until June!

The prices is $250 per person, or $400 for two and includes:

*3 hours of English conversation
*Short workshop about wine knowledge
*Tasting (and drinking) of three different showcased wines
*A three course gourmet meal (there will be vegetarian options)
*Dessert
*Option to purchase showcased wines at wholesale prices

Convinced? Sign up here and we will confirm the times in which you can come reserve your seat.
We Ain’t PC – Poker Night

We Ain’t PC – Poker Night

First of all, ain’t ain’t a word. So that should tell you right there that this game night ain’t going to be like any other game night in town. No sir. We are doing things the wrong way. The un-PC way. What is PC? Politically Correct, and on May 20th at 20:00 we are going to be the opposite. We are going to take the filters away and get real. We are going to play poker and drink beer!

What you can expect: To laugh until your cheeks hurt and to practice English while doing so. To meet new people and maybe even make new friends. To drink cold beer (or soda!) and learn to play poker, one of the most loved US American pastimes.

When: Friday May 20th from 20:00-22:00 (After our Big Questions workshop!)

Where: Catamarca 3095

How much: $100 pesos includes two hours of speaking, refreshments (beer or soda) and snacks while you learn to play poker.

If you participate in many of our monthly workshops, ask about a discount!

Leading Dermatologists and Developers of E-Derma

Leading Dermatologists and Developers of E-Derma

An interview with 

Gabriel Salerni and Carlos Alonso

Stephanie: Tell us in just a few words about your project.

Gabriel: Our project is mainly focused on telemedicine for teleconsultations.

Carlos: We have designed a web based platform that allows doctors to upload images they have taken with their cellphone, with special adapter for their camera to take images that are visible several layers below the skin in order for lesions to be evaluated for a second opinion without the patient needing to traveling.

Gabriel: Our main motivation is to eliminate deaths by skin cancer. There was a doctor that said, “no one should die from skin cancer.” Maybe it is a utopia but he is not so wrong.

Carlos: There are people who live in remote places or cannot travel who are dying of a disease that can be stopped if they get early treatment. So this is a way that those people can reach dermatologists without having to travel.

Gabriel: Yes, our goal is to bring qualified medical attention to remote places where there are no specialists.

Stephanie: So in just a few words, you could say that you are saving the lives by earlier and better diagnosis.

Carlos and Gabriel: Yes.

Stephanie: Great! So then, how was this idea born?

Carlos: Wow! What a good question! Haha, we were in Vienna last year for a conference about telemedicine. We were having a couple of beers and we started thinking about how these projects in Europe could be applied to Argentina.

Gabriel: In fact, Argentina is almost the same size as all of Europe, so we believe it is perfect for this project as most of the population is concentrated in three or four cities and in most areas they do not have specialists.

Stephanie: So your idea was born from inspiration.

Carlos and Gabriel: Definitely.

Gabriel: We were inspired by an idea but then we incorporated new ideas to make it our own and continue growing.

Carlos: I think we saw a need and we are trying to respond to that.

Stephanie: Great, and how do you think your project will impact Argentina and the Medical industry?

Carlos: I think it is a good idea. It is probable that other people will copy our idea.

Gabriel: Theoretically it should be a success, but in Argentina, things are very concentrated, and our idea wasn’t born in Buenos Aires. I think that people might think, “Oh, what about the face to face interaction with the patient” but they need to think about the fact that you are saving a lot of money, not just because people don’t need to travel, but also because you are diagnosing things early. In the United States a person with advanced skin cancer will spend nearly a million dollars just in drugs.

Stephanie: So do you think that this could be a challenge you will have to face? That the medical industry will oppose to your early diagnosis because their profits are built on late diagnosis?

Gabriel: No, not really, because there will always be people who don’t want to get help or physicians that look at a mole and say, “Oh that is nothing” and then they die.

Carlos: We are actually trying to gain the trust of other kinds of physicians, not just dermatologists, because they already have a lot of knowledge of skin lesions, but general practitioners, plastic surgeons, and pediatricians, they don’t.

Stephanie: What kinds of problems have you encountered so far in your project?

Carlos: Well, it is not that other dermatologists don’t like us, but they aren’t as quick to collaborate.

Gabriel: We have one of the biggest patient data bases in the nation and most of those people who are referring their patients to us know that we are innovating. They know we are not trying to “steal” their patients. We are trying to reach patients who are outside the system.

Stephanie: So then, on a national level, have you thought about providing this project to the public sector?

Carlos: Yes, we want to do that as a second step, but we want to start in the private sector and then move to the public.

Stephanie: Great! Because those are perhaps the people who need it the most right?

Carlos and Gabriel: Totally

Stephanie: So what kinds of challenges have you had to overcome so far in your project?

Carlos: Oh, all of our challenges have been technologically based. We wanted a device that would be universal to all cellphones. We couldn’t find one at first so we tried to build our own.

Gabriel: It was very difficult. Then we contacted some people from Canada that were working with 3D printers but they were trying to create a device that was compatible with only one kind of phone. We told them we wanted a universal device but they didn’t take us seriously. Then in December of last year a big company launched a universal device and now produce 95% of all devices being used in the world.

Carlos: The Canadians called us later and admitted that they should have taken us seriously.

Gabriel: But both companies were developing these devices so that patients could send their images directly to the doctor, but I don’t think this is sustainable because there is no control. Imagine, you send your images to a doctor, the doctor says, “No, you are fine” and then the patient dies, then what?

Carlos: Yes, with our project, we value the face to face interaction with the patient and the doctor. Then the doctor pays us for our services and charges their patient whatever they want for an expert second opinion.

Stephanie: What about legislation? Will you need to lobby new legislation?

Gabriel: Well, at the moment there is no legislation. This is a grey situation because while there is no one saying we can’t do it, there isn’t a lot of protection either. And if the doctor follows our advice, who is the responsible person in that situation? Us or the doctor?

Carlos: The thing is that many people are already working in telemedicine, but they don’t call it that. Imagine, the doctor who reads tomographies who works from home. The hospital sends the doctor the images and he analyzes them from home and then sends in his analysis. That is telemedicine.

Gabriel: The difference is that we are using a new device and a web platform in a very specific area which is skin lesions.

Stephanie: Great. Right now, do you have any competition?

Carlos: No, not right now, but in the short term, I am sure we will.

Gabriel: I think the most important part will be to gain our colleagues trust. In fact, we have the largest patient data base in the country. Our colleagues that say, “don’t bring me a report from any other doctor because I only trust Alonso and Salerni.”

Stephanie: What about on an international level?

Carlos: That is the third stage really. We would love to build a network for all of Latin America, training their experts to evaluate effectively and then they would simply pay for the software and application. Then if they are not 100% sure of their assessments then they can also send the images to us.

Gabriel: For example, the number of dermatologists from Brazil is huge, but many of them are aesthetic dermatologists and the incidence of skin cancer in Brazil is huge and is going undiagnosed.

Stephanie: How do you plan to profit from this profit?

Carlos: To begin with we plan to charge for a normal consultation. But the idea is that, in the future, the private sector would pay for that service.

Gabriel: Yes, like they would pay a monthly fee to have the services and they they could charge their patients accordingly. We didn’t start this project with the idea of making money. Of course we have to live but that isn’t the most important part. It is more about saving time and lives.

Stephanie: O.K. great, and this is my last question for you today. What percentage of certainty do you have when you make an evaluation? I mean, is there a margin of error in your diagnosis?

Carlos: The diagnosis 30% over the actual diagnosis.

Gabriel: Yes, that means that instead of 60% the accuracy rate will be more like 90%.

Carlos: And that is not counting the fact that we utilize a checks and balances system, where both Gabriel and I analyze the image and then compare our assessments. If we don’t come up with the same diagnosis then we sit down and look at them again.

Stephanie: So then the accuracy rate is even higher!

Gabriel: Yes.

Stephanie: That is great guys. You are doing really noble work and I am so proud to be helping you perfect your English in the meantime! Thank you for your time!

 

Big Questions – An evening of Philosophy in English

Big Questions – An evening of Philosophy in English

What is Philosophy? Who is a philosopher? What is the meaning of life? Is there life after death? Who are you really? What came first, the chicken or the egg?

These, and many more, are some of the big questions we plan to explore in our first English and Philosophy meet up.

This is a great opportunity to expand your perspectives as well as practice English, all at the same time!

Guided by Stephanie Cariker, native English teacher from the United States and Hernan Aliani, local philosopher, we will guide the group through a two hour discussion, seeking to open a space where opinion does not impede new points of view.

When: Once a month. Our next meeting is May 20th at 18:00.

Cost: $100

Place: Catamarca 3095

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather

“What time is it,” Joe asked.

“Now,” Jack responded. Jack had no need for time. He had abandoned his watch along with his calendar and any other methods that attempted to measure the immeasurable. Now is a long time. It is infinite. And because Jack lived there, in the “now”, he no longer needed to keep track of the trivialities of time.

“Oh come off it man, don’t give me that Yoga shit right now! I need to know what time it is. I’m late!”

Joe was a traveler, but not the kind that took a plane from country to country. Instead he hopped back and forth between the past and future, seldomly stopping in the present for longer than a warm cup of tea. And though they had clearly taken different paths in life, Jack and Joe had been friends since they were young boys. There was a closeness that kept them together, a closeness like birds of the same feather.

Jack smiled mischievously. “It’s 8:37 a.m., to be exact, and you are on the planet we refer to as Earth in the city with the given name San Diego. By the way, did you know that your shirt is inside out?”

Come on Jack! I haven’t even had my coffee yet! Please leave your hippie commentary to yourself, oh and thanks for telling me about my shirt! Did you get it?” he asked, turning his shirt right side out in record breaking time.

“What?” Jack responded with a smile as he pulled the velvet box from his shirt pocket.

“You suck dude! How can you be so calm all the time?”

Stepping through the door with his coffee in hand and hollered over his shoulder, “Don’t be late man, this is really important to me.”

“Have a mindful day Joe and may the force be with you.”

“You get weirder by the day man.”

Joe headed for the chapel at a half walk run.

He knew that Jack would tell him to breathe. He heard his voice whisper in the back of his mind, “You do not need to race, she will be there, she will wait. There is no such thing as late.”

With that thought he took a deep breath and made his first conscious step toward the rest of his life.