A leitura de notícias e artigos em inglês é uma ótima prática para fixarmos gramática, ortografia e vocabulário, além de nos colocar em contato com conteúdo real e interessante

 

Essa ideia segue o conceito de trazer o inglês para o nosso dia a dia, já abordado anteriormente no dicas de estudo como aproveitar ao máximo seu curso de idiomas

Um incremento à simples leitura é explorar o que o texto traz do idioma. Abaixo, o artigo de Deepak Chopra foi dividido em quatro partes para trabalhar:

1) Preposições
2) Advérbios
3) Vocabulário, ortografia e gramática
4) Gramática

Life Expectations: Are You Where You Thought You Would Be?
Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Fill in the blanks with the right preposition

What you expect _____ life is crucially important, but how is this measured? A leading measure ______ how well a society is doing touches upon expectations. Well-being is correlated _____ how many people report that they are thriving, and you’d expect that _____ prosperous developed countries, a healthy percentage ____ people think they are thriving. However, very few societies can boast one-third of their population reaching this level. Which means that ____ many, expectations have fallen very far short.
If you look ____ your own life, where do you stand ____ your expectations? I think the answer ____ most people focuses _____ three areas: money, family, and relationships. If you are ____ a happy marriage or partnership, surrounded _____ a happy family, and free _____ financial problems, you probably count yourself very lucky. So many people fall sort ____ these goals, and few are so fulfilled that they’d consider themselves to be thriving.


Fill in the blanks with the adverbs from the box
Fairly woefully yet consistently almost

__________ from a different perspective, one that looks from the inside out, these externals markers shouldn’t be our measure of fulfillment. In reality, ___________ all the causes of frustration, lack of fulfillment, and the feeling of being stuck are due to one thing: low expectations. Psychological studies have ________________ shown that earning more money, beyond feeling _____________ comfortable, doesn’t lead to greater happiness. In fact, seeing yourself in terms of money, possessions, status, and career success is the same as selling yourself ___________ short — your inner potential still needs to be awakened.


Find out the six mistakes and correct them
Measures for Fulfillment
Here are some goals that brings growing fulfillment over a lifetime:
Finding out who are you really.
Expanding your awareness everyday.
Living according to a higher vision.
Giving of yourself to others.
Following your own true.
Being a model for your children to live up to.
Exploring the spiritual dimension of life.
Setting a difficulty, meaningfull goal and achieving it.
Becoming a master at an art or craft.
Acting as a mentor to the young and/or disadvantaged.
Delving into the world’s wisdom traditions.
By these measures, who are time-honored and time-tested, countless modern people who consider themselves well-off has barely began to discover what they can really achieve. Despite economical ups and downs, we live in astonishingly prosperous times by any historical measure. The sages, saints, and spiritual guides of the great traditions would look at our situation and expect us to evolve in our inner life, not endlessly pursue more things driven by blind consumerism. In India, the choice has always been between Vidya (spiritual knowledge) and Avidya (ignorance of spiritual knowledge). The same fork in the road exists today, in every society.


Choose the best alternative to complete de paragraph
It may be too simple to say that (   ) raising  (   ) rising your expectations leads to happiness while lowering them leads to unhappiness. (   ) –  (   ) The Life is too (   ) impredictable    (   ) unpredictable for that. But for centuries the inner path has been extolled as the best thing about being human. Therefore, it isn’t simplistic to say that for someone who hasn’t explored the inner path, the bar of expectations has been set (   ) much    (   ) many too low.



KEY
PREPOSITIONS
What you expect from life is crucially important, but how is this measured? A leading measure of how well a society is doing touches upon expectations. Well-being is correlated with how many people report that they are thriving, and you’d expect that in prosperous developed countries, a healthy percentage of people think they are thriving. However, very few societies can boast one-third of their population reaching this level. Which means that for many, expectations have fallen very far short.


If you look at your own life, where do you stand with your expectations? I think the answer for most people focuses on three areas: money, family, and relationships. If you are in a happy marriage or partnership, surrounded by a happy family, and free from financial problems, you probably count yourself very lucky. So many people fall sort of these goals, and few are so fulfilled that they’d consider themselves to be thriving.


ADVERBS
Yet from a different perspective, one that looks from the inside out, these externals markers shouldn’t be our measure of fulfillment. In reality, almost all the causes of frustration, lack of fulfillment, and the feeling of being stuck are due to one thing: low expectations. Psychological studies have consistently shown that earning more money, beyond feeling fairly comfortable, doesn’t lead to greater happiness. In fact, seeing yourself in terms of money, possessions, status, and career success is the same as selling yourself woefully short—your inner potential still needs to be awakened.

MISTAKES
Measures for Fulfillment
Here are some goals that bring growing fulfillment over a lifetime:
Finding out who you really are.
Expanding your awareness every day.
Living according to a higher vision.
Giving of yourself to others.
Following your own truth.
Being a model for your children to live up to.
Exploring the spiritual dimension of life.
Setting a difficult, meaningful goal and achieving it.
Becoming a master at an art or craft.
Acting as a mentor to the young and/or disadvantaged.
Delving into the world’s wisdom traditions.


By these measures, which are time-honored and time-tested, countless modern people who consider themselves well-off have barely begun to discover what they can really achieve. Despite economic ups and downs, we live in astonishingly prosperous times by any historical measure. The sages, saints, and spiritual guides of the great traditions would look at our situation and expect us to evolve in our inner life, not endlessly pursue more things driven by blind consumerism. In India, the choice has always been between Vidya (spiritual knowledge) and Avidya (ignorance of spiritual knowledge). The same fork in the road exists today, in every society.


Choose the best alternative to complete de paragraph
It may be too simple to say that raising your expectations leads to happiness while lowering them leads to unhappiness. Life is too unpredictable for that. But for centuries the inner path has been extolled as the best thing about being human. Therefore, it isn’t simplistic to say that for someone who hasn’t explored the inner path, the bar of expectations has been set much too low.

Escrito por Lígia Crispino. Publicado em 08/03 na Exame.com. Editado por Lígia Crispino para o blog da Companhia de Idiomas.

Lígia Velozo Crispino, fundadora e sócia-diretora da Companhia de Idiomas e do ProfCerto. Graduada em Letras e Tradução pela Unibero. Curso de Business English em Boston pela ELC. Coautora do Guia Corporativo Política de Treinamento para RHs e autora do livro de poemas Fora da Linha. Colunista dos portais RH.com, Vagas Profissões e Revista da Cultura. Organizadora do Sarau Conversar na Livraria Martins Fontes.

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