Thursday 17th June 2010 22:15
Wrapping up a news conference after Argentina's 4-1 win over South Korea today, Maradona sat back down and pulled a letter out of his pocket.
"I received a letter from Platini in which he clarified he'd never said what you journalists claimed he had," Maradona said. "So, I want to say sorry to Platini - but not to Pelé."...
Maradona had criticised Platini and Pelé in reaction to reports that they had been critical of his coaching style and that he had only taken the job because he needed the money.
Maradona said that Platini "thinks of himself as being more than the rest of the world" because he is French.
Maradona also suggested that Pelé "go back to the museum". Maradona and Pelé, have not seen eye to eye for a number of years.
OMG fact: The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog" uses every
letter of the alphabet. Go on, count the letters. It's typically used by font designers to
demonstrate their creations.
OMG fact: "In 1963, baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry remarked, 'They'll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run.' On July 20, 1969, just minutes after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Gaylord Perry hit his first home run. "
OMG fact: "Vending machines kill four times more people each year than sharks do".
Between 1978 and 1995, at least 37 people died as a result of shaking vending machines to get free merchandise, averaging 2-3 deaths per year. Over the past decade there were a total of six recorded shark attack fatalities in the U.S., for an average of .6 deaths per year.
• Creemos que el inglés es una herramienta esencial para el desarrollo profesional del personal en empresas. Apuntamos a que los profesionales tengan un manejo global de la lengua y que los conocimientos integrados estén enlazados con sus tareas laborales del día al día cualquiera sea su área de desempeño. • Ofrecemos un servicio de enseñanza de calidad hecho a medida, a precios accesibles y con total seriedad.
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It plainly marks for my revue
Miss steaks eye can knot sea.
Eye strike a key and type a word...
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.
As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.
Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My checker tolled me sew.
Word stress is golden key number one for speaking and understanding English. Try to learn about word stress. This is one of the best ways for you to develop an ear and understand spoken English much better.
What is Word Stress?
Take these three words: photograph, photographer and photographic. Do they sound t...he same when spoken? No, they don't. They sound different, because one syllable in each word is "stressed" (stronger than the others).
This happens in ALL words with two or more syllables.
The syllables that are not stressed are 'weak' or 'quiet'. Native speakers of English listen for the stressed syllables, which are the most important when trying to get a message, not the weak syllables. If you use word stress in your speech, you will instantly and automatically improve your pronunciation and your comprehension.
Try to notice the stress in words each time you listen to English - on the radio, or in
films for example. Your first step is to notice and recognise it. After that, you will be able to use it!
Secret #2: SENTENCE STRESS
Sentence stress is golden key number two for speaking and understanding English. With sentence stress, some words in a sentence are "stressed" (loud) and other words are weak (quiet). Look at the following sentence: We want to go.
Do we say every word with the same stress or force? No, we don't. We make the important words 'big' and the unimportant words 'small'. What are the important words in this sentence? WANT and GO.
We WANT to GO.
We WANT to GO to WORK.
We DON'T WANT to GO to WORK.
The important thing for you is that you know it exists and try to learn about it. Sentence stress is very important!
Secret #3: LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN!
Students sometimes say: 'I don't listen to the BBC news on the radio because it's too fast for me and I can't understand it.' That's a pity! When it's too fast for you, when you can't understand it, that is exactly when you NEED to listen to it.
How can you improve if you don't listen and practise? When you were a baby, did you understand your own language? When you were three weeks old, or two months old, or even one year old, did you understand everything? Of course not! But you learned to understand by listening. Think about it. You learned to understand your own language by listening, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After that, you learned to speak. Then you learned how to read. And then you learned to write. But listening came first!
Secret #4: IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY WITH 5 WORDS A DAY
Vocabulary is easy! How many days in a year are there? 365, normally. If you learn only 5 new words a day, you will learn 5 x 365 = 1,825 new words in a year. ONE THOUSAND, EIGHT HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIVE WORDS. That is a lot of new words. And we are not counting all the other words you will learn in other ways - reading, conversation etc. Buy a notebook and write in 5 new words EACH day, EVERY day. Learn them! You will soon have an excellent vocabulary.
Secret #5: 30 MINUTES A DAY BETTER THAN 5 HOURS ONCE A WEEK
In fact, 30 minutes of English study once a day is better than 5 hours once a week! Study regularly. Study often. LITTLE + OFTEN is better than LOT + SOMETIMES. It's easier, too. You can easily find 30 minutes each day. How? You can get up 30 minutes earlier. Or have a shorter lunch break. Fix a particular time every day - and keep it!
Secret #6: REVISE! REVISE! REVISE!
If you revise, you'll improve your learning by 100%. What does "to revise" mean? It means "to look again". You should be systematic about this. When you learn something, you should note it down. Then you should look at it again. "Recycle" everything you learn!
Secret #7: HAVE FUN!
The importance of learning a foreign language
Mrs. Mouse and her three little mice were crossing the street. Suddenly, a large cat appeared right in front of them. Everyone froze.
Mrs. Mouse stared at the cat. The cat locked eyes with Mrs. Mouse, her little mice shuddering behind her. Mrs. Mouse opened her mouth and roared: “WOOF! "WOOF!"
The cat tu...rned tail and ran away as fast as he could.
Mrs. Mouse turned to her three little ones and said: "Do you now see how important it is to learn a foreign language?"