Education and Learning

Friday, October 29, 2010

Joke, Joke, Joke in English

Humanizing Human Beings, To Be Little Candles for Others

When your read Joke in English, sometimes, you should understand the linguistic aspects of the language. They can be homophones, homonym, semantic (meaning) or some wisecrack.

Read following Jokes!

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Joke or Humor in Class Activity for English Language Teachers

Humanizing Human Beings, To Be Little Candles for Others

Humor or Joke can become effective ice breaker in class. It is good for teachers to give some joke when teaching in the classroom. Humor or Joke can minimize the student's stress. Joke or Humor can also become teaching materials in English language learning.

You can see how you can use humor in class activity as well as teaching material.

- Joke for Teachers

- Lesson Plan of Homophone Joke

- Homonym Lesson Plan

- Halloween Jokes Lesson Plan for ESL Students

Read also Joke of Wisecrack or Homophone

* No Pain No Gain

* Kiss and Ice Cream

Monday, October 18, 2010

English Lesson Plan and Worksheet: Superheroes

Humanizing Human Beings, To Be Little Candles for Others

Are you looking for topic for your English Language lesson plan or teaching materials?
Superhero can be interesting topic for students. Not only can the topic develop their language skill but also stimulate their imagination.

You can adopt or just try following links of worksheet and lesson plan.

Monday, October 11, 2010

White Cat with Beautiful Blue Eyes

Humanizing Human Beings, To Be Little Candles for Others

According to Sarah Hartwell, in her article: WHITE CATS, EYE COLOURS AND DEAFNESS:

"Dominant white masks all other colours and cats may have blue, orange or odd eyes. Those with blue eyes have a high chance of deafness. Those with one blue eye have a high chance of deafness on the blue-eyed side. Those with orange eyes are far less likely to be deaf.

There is an established link between the white coat color, blue eyes and deafness. The tapetum lucidum is generated from the same stem cells as melanocytes (pigment cells). The blue eyes in a piebald or epistatic white cat indicates a lack of tapetum. Deafness is caused by an absence of a cell layer in the inner ear that originates from the same stem cells as well. In odd-eyed white cats, the ear on the blue-eyed side may be deaf.

# 5% of the general cat population is white cats (i.e. pure white). 15-40% of these pure white cats have one or two blue-eyes.
# Of those white cats with one or two blue eyes, 60-80% are deaf; 20-40% have normal hearing; 30-40% had one blue eye and were deaf while 60-70% had one blue eye and normal hearing.
# Deaf white cats with one or two blue eyes account for 0.25 - 1.5 of total cat population
# Total number of cats with white coat and blue eyes account for 0.75 - 2.0% of total cat population"

Sixty percents of white cats with blue eyes are deaf and I have a fable story of one of them.

Read Deaf Cat Story

Berbeda-beda Tetapi Satu Gado-Gado

“Aku telur. Aku bulat dan berprotein.”
“Aku juga,” kata Tempe.
Kangkung, Kentang, Buncis, Kol, Tauge, Wortel, dan Timun berkata,”Kami sayuran. Kami menyehatkan dan menyegarkan.”
“Namaku garam. Aku dari laut. Masakan perlu sedikit asin agar cocok di lidah.”
“Namaku Asam. Asalku dari gunung. Aku juga bikin lidah bergoyang.”
“Namaku Cabe. Aku bisa menghangatkan suasana dikala sedang bersantap.”
“Selain bikin goyang lidah, aku juga menyehatkan sebagai jamu, lho,” kata Serai.
“Namaku Kacang. Biar kacangan, tetapi aku tetap menjadi idola.”
“Aku sederhana tetapi banyak orang mencintaiku. Namaku Krupuk.”
“Namaku Beras. Aku punya banyak penggemar di Indonesia.”
“Akulah idola yang sesungguhnya. Semua orang di seluruh dunia membutuhkanku,” kata Sang Air.
Sambil memegang cobek, Bu Surti berkata,“Yo Wis..semuanya hebat-hebat, kok. Sekarang, waktunya membuat gado-gado. Kita semua satu tim. Waktunya mewujudkan cita rasa kesatuan yang mantap dari keberagaman kalian. Kalian siap?”

Wahyu Purnomosidhi, Jakarta, 10-10-2010


Friday, October 1, 2010

Obesity and insurance rates

Gaining some fat during the winter is something that most of us face every year. And things like that won't affect the rates you insure your life at. But if it's much more than just a seasonal weight gain you might risk having your insurance rates lifted higher, especially if you have become overweight or obese.

The problem is that obesity has become the national health problem and insurance companies are well aware of that, charging higher rates for having too much excessive weight.

The cost of overweight in insurance rates

Most of you know that obesity and overweight leads to higher risk of developing such health problems as diabetes, heart diseases, osteoarthritis, arthritis, various types of cancer and even early death. When an insurance company is setting rates for a specific person it evaluates the overall life expectancy according to a specific demographic group. And it usually turns out that people with too much excessive weight have lower life expectancy than people with healthy weight in the same age and sex group.

Obesity is generally defined as the relation of body fat to the mass of all other tissue a person has. It is usually expressed through the body mass index (BMI) that represents the relation between a person's height and weight. The resulting number is used to define how much the person is overweight (or underweight). Officially, overweight is considered a person who has a BMI between 25 and 29.0. If a person has a BMI of 30 and higher they are considered obese.

If speaking hypothetically, if a man aged 55 with no smoking habits and a BMI of 38 would like to get $250,000 in life insurance coverage then it would cost him $4,256 per year in premiums. But if the same man would have had a BMI lower than 30, getting the same amount of coverage would cost him $3,767 per year. And it's not just a matter of insuring one's life. Health insurance costs will also be higher if you're officially classified as overweight or obese. So having too much excessive weight will certainly hit you hard on the wallet.

Even worse news for women

If you are a woman and are obese, expect to pay even more. And it's not because of sexism or harassment, but because adult women with too much excessive weight have a higher risk of developing certain types of cancer and infertility. Numerous studies have confirmed that there is a direct link between obesity and certain female-specific forms of cancer. And when there's the word "cancer" on the horizon, insurance providers tend to get very expensive.

In order to get lower life insurance quotes you should certainly do something about the excessive weight if there's too much of it. And it's not a matter of minimizing costs (though, you will certainly save a lot on medical bills and insurance costs) but a matter of your own good. By keeping a healthy weight you will improve your health and minimize the risk of developing numerous problems. So it's definitely for your own good, especially if you want to have health and life insurance rates really low.