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What makes a good role model? You may admire celebrities, sportspeople, actors, musicians or even friends and family members. To talk about people that you respect and look up to you may want to revise vocabulary from Me, my family and friends. Here is some additional vocabulary to help talk about role models:

un modelo de conducto/un modelo a seguirrole model
admiro ...I admire ...
adoro ...I adore ...
porque su música es ...because his/her music is ...
porque sus películas son ...because his/her films are ...
las cualidades personalespersonal qualities
las características positivas/negativaspositive/negative characteristics
influirto influence
motivarto motivate
inspirarto inspire
imitarto imitate
tener éxitoto be successful

Valentina, Iker, Alba and Jorge have written blog posts about what makes a good role model in their opinion.

Valentina

Los modelos a seguir son importantes porque hacen una diferencia en nuestra vida. Nos influyen y nos ayudan a convertirnos en la mejor persona posible porque poseen cualidades que nos gustaría tener.

Iker

Los verdaderos modelos a seguir deberían inspirarnos y motivarnos. Creo que deberíamos identificar a personas que han hecho algo impresionante o admirable.

Alba

En mi opinión, muchas celebridades no llevan vidas que deberían ser imitadas. Es mejor tener un modelo a seguir que conoces personalmente.

Jorge

No se debe copiar a un modelo por completo porque todos cometen errores. Reconocer las características negativas de tus modelos puede ayudarte a evitar desarrollar malos hábitos.

Question

Who thinks that role models should be inspiring and motivating? What should we look for in a role model in their opinion?

Iker thinks that role models should be inspiring and motivating. He says: Los verdaderos modelos a seguir deberían inspirarnos y motivarnos. (True role models should inspire and motivate us.)

In his opinion, we should look for a role model who has done something impressive or motivating. He says: Creo que deberíamos identificar a personas que han hecho algo impresionante o admirable. (I think we should identify people who have done something impressive or admirable.)

Question

Who thinks that you should have a role model that you know? What is the reason for this?

Alba thinks that we should have a role model that we know. She says: Es mejor tener un modelo a seguir que conoces personalmente. (It's better to have a role model that you know personally.)

The reason that she gives for this is that many celebrities don't lead lives that should be copied. She says muchas celebridades no llevan vidas que deberían ser imitadas (many celebrities don't live lives that should be copied).

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Who thinks that we should avoid imitating our role models? What is the reason for this?

Jorge thinks that we should avoid copying our role models. He says: No se debe copiar a un modelo por completo. (You mustn't copy a role model completely.)

The reason he gives for this is that everyone makes mistakes (todos cometen errores). He also says Reconocer las características negativas de tus modelos puede ayudarte a evitar desarrollar malos hábitos. (Recognising the negative characteristics of your role models can help you to avoid developing bad habits.)

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Who thinks that role models can help us become better people? Why?

Valentina thinks that role models can help us become better people. She says: nos ayudan a convertirnos en la mejor persona posible (they help us to become the best possible person).

The reason she gives for this is that they have qualities that we would like to have. She says poseen cualidades que nos gustaría tener (they possess qualities that we would like to have).