Friday, 8 April 2016

WORD ROOTS

C2-level group update: Studying word roots and beautifully visualizing them. 

More details on Latin and Greek roots and their meanings: www.learnthat.org/pages/view/roots.html 





Saturday, 2 April 2016

GM crops

         Nowadays, with the technological advances it is easier for scientists to increase food production by altering the genes of basic foods. Proponents of this issue usually claim that it is the only alternative to remedy hunger which torments all the world. However, opponents of this issue doubt whether the benefits are worth the possibly disastrous consequences of interfering with nature. Personally, I believe that this is an ambivalent plan and many parameters should be considered to reach a final conclusion.
         To begin with, suporters of GM crops claim that with them we can face the essential problem of malnutrition and hunger. A huge amount of people are starving and the list of these people keeps rising. Due to this, proponents of genetic modified crops believe that is the only solution to this problem. Their opinion is mostly based on predictions that were made saying that the following years more than four billion people will starve and that our planet does not have the necessary land which we will need to feed everyone.
         On the other hand, GM foods are usually a subject of protests in which many organizations and opponents of them take part. The key areas of these protests are not only the effects of GM crops on human health but also on environment. Many people argue that not enough tests have been done to identify the long-term effects of GM food on our health. Some of them fear that certain GM crops may cause health problems ranging from allergies to kidney and liver damage. Only if this is true, will a vast majority of people be opposed to it. Furthermore, another reason for critisizing this new crops is that for some people it is unethical to tamper with the DNA of organisms even if we talk about humans' DNA or vegetables'. Last but not least, hunger and famine can, and often do, occur when food is abundant. People go hungry either because they cannot afford food or because they do not have access to land which they could grow themselves.
          Takig everything into consideration, I am inclined to maintain that genetic modified crops  should not be used until more researches are done in order to see the effects they have on humanity's health and also on our environment, No sooner will more researches have been done than more people will accept GM crops and, as a consequence, hunger and malnutrition will be surpassed.

Parents who push their children to succeed

          Many parents every day press down on their children to succeed in several things, such as, sports, musical instruments, singing etc. Most of them claim that children are not mature enough to make choices about their life. However, others argue that this strategy is not right for children because they cannot have the freedom of choice and that they may be indecisive in the future. Every coin has two sides and so does this problem.
          First of all, a large amount of people claim that they know how to protect their kids and what is best for them, so they try to help them. Parents believe that they have the charge to navigate their children on the correct road. Moreover, children's unawareness of life habits and immaturity usually make them make decisions which they regret afterwards.
         On the other side, problems in future life, like, inability to decide which is the best option or never discover a talent, are possible. Parents usually have the tendency or even insist on their children to do whatever they did not do when they were young. In this way, they pressure kids into making wishes and dreams, that parents had, come true. Consequently, parents should help children find the road but children have to choose the journey and the destination. Also, as a result of this, children will recognise the importance of personal decisions and setting goals. Furthermore, pressure by parents may make it difficult for the child to explore his talents. We should not forget that there is a possibility that someone may have a huge talent in musical instruments, for example, guitar and he may never know it because parents told him to go swimming. In such a way their dreams may never come true. Last but not least, if parents want their child to be one of the best and most successful person, they should talk to him about the importance of fair play. Otherwise, he will have rivalry with his classmates or colleagues,
         Taking everything into consideration, my firm belief is that children have mainly the responsibility of their choices according to their skills and character. Parents should not inflict their choices on their children but they should hear and accept their childrens' decisions.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Sentences with gerunds and infinitives

Verbs + -ing form

  1. He can't help eating chocolate.
  2. I will postpone having an appointment with the doctor.
  3. They keep on learning about Greek history.
  4. I adore studying English.
  5. She suggests planning a trip to London.

Verbs + full infinitive

  1. John yearns to eat ice cream.
  2. She vowed to keep the secret.
  3. We opted to take this way.
  4. I hope to find the money you need,
  5. This person deserves to win an award.

Verb + object + full infinitive

  1. I begged him not to reveal the secret.
  2. The story inspired the poet to write a poem.
  3. She permitted you to go out.
  4. They motivate us to do our best.
  5. Mary urged them to go for a walk.

Verb + object + -ing form

  1. I caught him reading my messages.
  2. He found her hiding behind a tree.

Verb + object + -ing or bare infinitive

  1. We overheard them talking about a treasure.
  2. I saw him eat all the cake.
  3. I heard him command them to go to their offices.


Wednesday, 30 March 2016

A video about climate change

Here you can find a very useful video about the causes and the consequenses of climate change:



Saturday, 27 February 2016

What is education?

                  Nowadays, a debate has been going on about whether education is about learning or about teaching people to get along in society. Personally, I maintain that it is an ambivalent issue and many parameters should be considered to reach a final decision.
                  First of all, it is undeniable that learning from school is one of the most vital factors in children's or young people's lives. By learning about facts and figures we can be fully prepared for our adult life in many ways, such as, managing money or teamwork between people or companies. Another significant reason is that we need to have the basic knowledge to understand the current events and issues. As a result, we may improve our objectivity and have clear opinions about crucial issues. For example, we may have a more clear view about politics or who to vote in the elections.
                  There is, however, another side to consider: that is, society's role in people's education. Many people support the view that the most knowledgeable person may be in the future the worst person. According to this, educated person is not the one with more degrees but the one who behaves better to the other people. Moreover, we can learn how to behave in different situations, how to be an active citizen and how to deal with all the responsibilities, For a large amount of people this is an example of behaviour.
                  Taking everything into consideration, although there is no absolute answer to the question of what is education, I am inclined to believe that education is about both learning about facts and figures and teaching people how to get along with each other in our society. We should all be educated but also well beahaved to all other people, so both forms of education sre necessary.

Microchip implants


                For some time now, a debate has been going on about whether people should have implanted microchips. All their personal data will be contained in them in order for people to be scanned when they go into a public service or other places where the traditional ID is now needed. Personally, I maintain that the scheme will gradually eliminate our personal identity and our rights. It violates human rights and freedoms and makes humans a consumable item without personal lives. 
                To begin with, the use of this device renders people to items which you can scan and know everything about. Thus, people will know more things for us than they should. For example, a doctor is not interested in our assets. This may lead to violation of our personality, personal freedoms or privacy. Furthermore, another fear of people is that it is not difficult for criminals to use concealed scanners to retrieve information on people's chips. It would then be quite straightforward for them to write their own chip and begin pretending to be someone else. Health is another vital point which people focus on. It is believed that these chips may emit radiation which can affect our health system. Last but not least, if the democratic polity of a country gives way to dictatorship, the dictator will be delighted that everyone has a chip and all the citizens' personal data are kept on a computer.
                On the other hand, if the tranditional ID cards are replaced by the microchips, people will not be able to lose them and also chips are more convenient. Chips may open up possibilities for technology such as automatic security doors for the home and keys may no longer be necessary. Moreover, it will be more difficult for people to commit fraud.
                Taking everything into consideration, my firm belief is that microchips will have detrimental effects on people's lives. Instead of using microchips, countries should provide citizens with a registration code where all their data will be kept. We shouldn't forget that human rights and freedoms are supreme values that should never be violated.