I was very happy to log in tonight and see that you had made a new post. I am really enjoying this whole experience – are you? I like the look of the ‘empanadas’. Are they big or small? If they are large, I wonder if they are like our English Cornish pasties, which are also pies in a half moon shape, but filled with corned beef and potatoes.
I have to admit that I am multitasking tonight. As I type, I am watching a really interesting programme on TV called Human Footprint.
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The programme is telling us about the impact of an average person’s life on the planet, and the total amount of different substances that we use, consume or produce in one lifetime. For example, how much milk do you drink from the cradle to the grave (15981 pints, apparently) or how many nappies do we wear from the ages of birth to 2.5 (3800). The figures are based on an average person living in the UK, so for some countries they would differ, but it’s a sobering thought to see how much we consume.
Anyway, I’m typing and Steve is shouting out numbers. How much meat will we all eat (unless of course you’re vegetarian – but I did say this is an average person…)? How does 4 cows, 21 sheep, 15 pigs and 1200 chickens sound? And the number of eggs we will eat is 13345. All the food we eat will generate 8.5 tonnes of packaging, which will go straight into a landfill site. Ana Paula, I know you like apples and you will eat around 5272 of them during your life. And for those of you who like toast and sandwiches, like Eugeny and Carme, you will go through 4283 loaves of bread. We eat 8.2kg of chocolate a year and 845 tins of beans in a lifetime – enough beans to fill a whole bath. Cris – I don’t know how many croissants we will both eat, as they didn’t tell us, but what do you think :-)
To wash all of this food down, the average British person drinks 74802 cups of tea, or an average of 3 cups a day. If you like something a little stronger, your average Brit gets through 10351 pints of beer or 1694 bottles of wine by the age of 60. The average person walks 15468 miles in an average lifetime and drives 453662 miles. That’s from here to the moon and back!
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And can you guess how many words we speak? We have a vocabulary of around 25,000 words, which sounds impressive until you learn that there are around half a million words in the English language. Over a life time, we will speak 123,205,740 words. That’s a lot of conversations. We will meet 1700 people during our lives (knowing a person is defined as (a) you know the person by name and (b) you have contacted them within the last 2 years)
There are lots of details of bodily functions that I won’t repeat here, but in the bathroom we will use up 656 bars of soap, 198 shampoo bottles, 272 cans of deodorant, 276 tubes of toothpaste, 78 new toothbrushes, 21 lipsticks (girls!) and 5.6 bottles of fake tan lotion (Steve would like to know who is using his quota of fake tan lotion). How many rolls of toilet paper? 4239 is the number. Our hair would grow 9.42m and our nails 2.86m, if we didn’t cut them.
Finally, we will have 104390 dreams and blink our eyes 415,000,000 times before we die. So what do you think, everyone? Do all these figures seem plausible to you? Or do you think they are just made up statistics?
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OK, enough numbers, over to language. Your revised paragraph was much better, Cris. Here is what you wrote, along with my comments.
We have to wait until Wednesday because the wind direction will change and it is expected to rain. The smoke contains high levels of carbon monoxide which causes sore eyes and a sore throat. It’s very unpleasant to breathe. We have to close all the windows and doors and stay inside. However, smoke can be smelled inside the house because it’s difficult to prevent it from filtering in. For a claustrophobic and allergic person as me, this situation is terrible.
Sentence 1 – instead of ‘it is expected to rain’, you can say ‘rain is expected’
Sentence 5 – I asked you to use ‘smoke’ as the subject and this phrase is correct. Another alternative is ‘you can’t escape the smoke because it still filters in’
Sentence 6 – I would say ‘such as myself’ or 'like me'.
I wonder how many homework assignments the average student does in a lifetime? Who knows, but I can tell you this. Tonight you guys have just one. I usually give you the definitions of all new words, but tonight I am going to do what others have done before, and try to get you to guess the words from the context. Answers next time. Have a good night,
Bye for now,
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