dilluns, 16 de gener de 2012

Driving: The do's and don'ts

 DO or DON'T?

- always wear your seat belt.

 - make assumptions about what other drivers are going to do. Just because someone has their turn signal on does not mean they are actually going to turn. They may be like the rest of us, and have forgotten that it is on!

 - assume that other cars know what you are doing, either. Make sure that you use your turn signals and give yourself, and the cars around you, plenty of room to maneuver.

-  follow the speed limits.

-  give pedestrians the right-of-way in crosswalks.

-  play your car stereo so loudly that you are disruptive to others, or so loudly that you are unable to hear train signals or emergency vehicle sirens.

- leave valuables in your car, especially in places where they can be seen, no matter where you are parked.
-  make room for bicycles.

-  plan your route out in advance for long car trips and keep a map or atlas in the car in case you get lost.

-  keep children in tested and approved car seats, no matter how much they beg or plead to get out. If you need, take frequent breaks so that little ones can stretch their legs.

-  let your emotions and frustrations get the best of you. Don't engage in road rage, no matter how irritating another driver might be to you.

-  talk on your cell phone and drive at the same time. If you need to make or answer a telephone call while you are driving, pull over at a safe place, use the phone, and then resume your journey.

-  drink and drive, and don't get in a car with a driver who has been drinking or using drugs.

-  give pedestrians the right-of-way in crosswalks.pay attention when you are driving, even if you are familiar with the area. A surprising number of accidents happen only blocks from home!

-  be courteous toward other drivers.

-  make sure that your spare tire is in your car and that you have a working jack.

-  engage in other activities, while driving, that distract your attention or reduce your reaction time. Eating, changing clothes, or putting on makeup while driving is dangerous. In some states, if you are caught doing these things while driving you can be cited for "driver inattention" and given a ticket.



SOLUTIONS

Now watch this video (start at minute 1:54) What are the safety driving principles that are given?


dilluns, 9 de gener de 2012

Families

 
Talk about the size of families in the past and at the present.

Watch  this video of an extended family and explain it to your partner.






What are boomerang children? Watch this short video and find out.



Useful vocabulary:
- a recent poll : una enquesta recent
- tough times: temps dolents, durs, de crisi
- saving: estalviant
- my folks: els meus pares
- a loser : un perdedor
- downsides, snags: incovenients

- privacy: privacitat
- household chores: tasques domèstiques
- move back: tornar a viure amb
- He's seen better days: ha vist millor dies (s'ha mort)
- mortgage payments: pagaments de l'hipoteca

What types of families are there? Read this article.

What type of family is making a comeback? Read this article.