Friday, December 8, 2017

Learn, Relax and Enjoy

  1. Immoral — see amoral
  2. Impromptu — see extemporaneous
  3. His language implies a prejudice against Native Americans; you can infer that from certain passages in his latest speech
  4. The incidence of incidents involving racist slurs has become intolerable.
  5. This incipient revolution seems to be based on the most stupid and insipid causes.
  6. He was incredulous that his brother could perform such incredible feats on the parallel bars.
  7. The scientists produced an indeterminate study concerning the indeterminable number of stars in the universe.

Disparity                               A great difference
Disseminate                        Spread widely (information)
Dissenter                              Express disagreement with a widely held view
Dissertation                         A long essay
Dissipate                              Be or cause to be dispersed
Dissonant                            Lacking harmony
Diurnal                                 Of or during the daytime
Diverge                                 Separate from another route or go in a different direction
Diversion                              The action or an instance of diverting something
Divest                                    Deprive of

Interview the Experts
Three students sit in a line at the front. They are the experts, but they don't know what the are experts about. The rest can choose the area of expertise - e.g. cooking, car maintenance, trees.  
The other students then ask the experts questions and the experts answer them. Each expert uses only one word at a time.
Example:                              They are experts about fashion.
Question: What colour will be fashionable next year.,
Expert 1: I                             Expert 2: think            Expert 3: that             Expert 1: blue           Expert 2: will
Expert 3: not (Expert 3 trying to hi-jack the answer - this is good!)      Expert 1: be
Expert: 2: unfashionable (Expert 2 trying to hi-jack the answer back)
A very simple and effective speaking activity.

Q1 - I'd ____ go by train- it's more comfortable than the coach.          better              rather
Q2 - "Can I open the window?"                 "I'd better you didn't."           "I'd rather you didn't."
Q3 - You'd ____ not do it again or you'll be in real trouble.     better              rather
Q4 - I'd ____ you didn't do that.     better              rather
Q5 - I'd ____ be ready on time or the boss will go mad.            better              rather
Q6 - You'd ____ get your vaccinations if you're going to Cambodia.             better              rather
Q7 - We'd ____ get going or we'll miss the last train.                better              rather
Q8 - I'd ____ not work with him if you don't mind- we don't get on that well.                        better                                                 rather
Q9 - This is a disgrace- you'd ____ sort it out and quickly!      better              rather
Q10 - The doctor said that I'd ____ cut down on sugar to reduce my weight.           better              rather

GOD - The Story of a Wallet
Once an old man was travelling by train on a pilgrimage to Brindavan. At night, whilst he was asleep, his wallet fell from his pocket. A co-passenger found it the next morning and enquired as to whom the wallet belonged. The old man said it was his. A picture of Sri Krishna inside the wallet was proof that the wallet really belonged to him.

The old man then began to relate the story of the wallet. He soon had a group of eager listeners around him. Lifting up the purse for all to see, the old man said: This purse has a long history behind it. My father gave it to me years ago when I was a mere schoolboy. I kept my little pocket money in it and also a photograph of my parents.

Years passed. I grew up and began studying at university. Like every youth, I became conscious of my appearance. I replaced my parents’ photograph with that of my own and I would look at it often. I had become my own admirer.

Then came marriage. Self-admiration gave way to the consciousness of a family. Out went my own picture and I replaced it with that of my wife’s. During the day I would open the wallet many times and gaze at the picture. All tiredness vanished and I would resume my work with enthusiasm.

Then came the birth of my first child. What a joy I experienced when I became a father! I would eagerly rush home after work to play with my little baby. Needless to say, my wife’s picture had already made way for the child’s.

The old man paused. Wiping his tearful eyes, he looked around and said in a sad voice: Friends, my parents passed away long ago. My wife too died five years ago. My son- my only son- is now married. He is too busy with his career and his family. He has no time for me. I now stand on the brink of death. I do not know what awaits me in future. Everything I loved, everything I considered my own, has left me.

A picture of Lord now occupies the place in my wallet. I know He will never leave me. I wish now that I had kept HIS picture with me right from the beginning! He alone is true; all others are just passing shadows.

In the Divine plan, one day each union must end with separation.

In the Mahabharata, Bhishma said: Develop this attitude based on wisdom:

I am alone. There is no one who is mine; nor do I belong to anyone. Even this body does not belong to me. These objects of  the world are not mine; nor do they belong to others. Or, all things belong equally to all beings. Therefore there is no need for any mind to grieve over these.

Dhanaani Bhoomau Pashvascha Goshthe
Bharyaa Gruh Dwaare Swajan Smashaane
Dehschitaayaam Parlokmaarge
Karmaanu Go Gacchati Jeev Ek

Your wealth will remain on earth; your cattle will remain in the stables, Your wife will come till the entrance door, your relatives and friends will come till the cremation ground, your body will accompany you till the funeral pyre, but on the way beyond this life only your Karmas will accompany you.

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