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“¿Cómo puedo hablar inglés con fluidez?” (Quora)/ “Bradley Hand ITC”

11 August 2021

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¿Cómo puedo hablar inglés con fluidez?

Iván Casado
Aprendí Inglés después de la treintena.

“Este es el mejor consejo que jamas me dieron para aprender inglés y el que mejor resultado me trajo:

“Para mejorar tu inglés es fundamental que te acostumbres a hablar despacio en español”.

El número medio de palabras pronunciadas por minuto en inglés es de 145/160. El número medio de palabras pronunciadas en español es de 182/200 por minuto. Nuestro idioma se habla casi un 26% más rápido.”



PDF escrito con fuente Bradley Hand ITC, tamaño 12

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Slow running (trying to)

11 August 2021

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

woamn maa

-Brigid Kosgei- (Tokyo, 2021)

14 Runner’s World readers on how running transformed their bodies
Of course it’s not all about weight loss, but these are amazing…


“I was on my way to an early grave in 2015 at 30 stone plus, then, nearly 16 stone lighter, I became a London Marathon finisher in 2017. Running has given me both my health, and my life back.


I started going to Slimming World at 23 stone, then started running at 20 stone and since then I have lost nine stone. I couldn’t run for 30 seconds when I started, but now I run 5K twice a week and 7K once a month. I also built up to running eight miles last month.


Running has transformed my body but not in the way you think. Before, I suffered from an eating disorder and was underweight and unhappy. Then I discovered running and I loved it so much that I realised I had to eat better to fuel my body. I’ve gained about three stone, but I’m stronger and healthier than ever.


Running and massive diet changes helped me shed 12 stone in a little over a year! I’ve now stabilised my weight and am hitting running goals I never in my wildest dreams thought I would make. I’ve completed a sub 20 minute 5K and a sub 41 minute 10K and I’m now starting to work on reducing my half and full marathon PB. Running has given me the confidence to do new things and has certainly benefited my mental, and overall physical health.”





The Long Slow Distance Run vs. Tempo
By Beth Shaw

“In the traditional marathon training plan, a long slow distance (LSD) run serves as the cornerstone. The LSD run is often prescribed as a weekend run, anywhere from 2-3 hours long, and run at a pace about 30-90 seconds slower than your goal race pace.

By contrast, the tempo run is much shorter and sometimes mixed into a training plan. Tempo works as a speed day when track workouts aren’t an option. The most common tempo run is about 30 minutes at a pace you can hold for the duration.

Recently there has been a lot of debate over which run is better in training for the half marathon and marathon. The new argument is that speed and endurance can be accomplished without spending early weekend mornings running long, slow miles. In addition, some argue that the long, slow run can lead to injury.”



@YouTube video, Tokyo Olympics 2021 / women’s marathon

18:41 mins


The Benefits of Running Slow


ON MAY 13, 2020

Why Running Slow is Important

“It is easy to get into a routine of running the same fast pace all the time but running slow can be just as important as running fast. Running slow should not be neglected if you want to become a faster stronger runner.

How do you know if you are running slow?


Running slowly can easily be determined by how easy it is to hold a conversation with someone. If you can easily chat on the run then you are running slow. If you are using heartrate training then you would want to be running in zones one or two. Zone one is an easy jog and zone two is a slightly faster aerobic pace. Your heartrate should be somewhere between 110 and 140 heartbeats per minute.

It can be hard at first to go slow for your runs because your inclination is to speed up an go faster but going slow has great benefits for your running.

There are huge benefits to becoming a faster stronger runner if you spend some of your training time going slow.

Benefits to running slow

Your running form will be most efficient when you are going slow. This is a great time to focus on and work on your running form.
You will be training to become more efficient with your respiratory system, your cardiovascular system and your muscles.
Injury risk is lower as you are putting less strain on your body.
You can run more often and build up your miles.
You are improving your aerobic energy system.
Slow running will allow your body to recover from harder, faster running,
You can use slow running as active recovery after a hard run because it helps to ” facilitate blood flow gently to the damaged muscles that need help” (
You will build your base when you do slow runs.

Running slow all the time will provide you with a good base but should be interspersed with harder workouts such as intervals and hill workouts if you want to get faster. According to Women’s Running, ” 75–80 percent of your weekly mileage should be slower running.””



marathon Hasay


June 23, 2016 by Heather Hart, ACSM EP-C 
“Let me start this post out by saying: I get it. I really do.

While these long legs are capable of something resembling speed and/or the occasional placement on a local 5K podium, I’m incredibly far from the fastest runner in the pack. In fact, I’ve been in “packs” where I was the absolute slowest runner, hands down. And I know what it feels like to believe you are the weak link holding everyone else back. You see everyone else running effortlessly ahead of you, and you feel frustrated and guilty, believing that your lack of speed is ruining their workout. So you tell them “I’m sorry I’m so slow, go on without me” and then again “no, seriously, I don’t want to hold you back, go on without me” when they don’t listen. You find yourself equal parts frustrated and thankful when they refuse to go, but you incessantly and instinctively apologize anyway.”



“Cotton farmer” (stories in English)/ extras: journalism, writing manuals

11 August 2021

twitter: @eugenio_fouz



Cotton Farmer

-via @Pinterest-

Cotton Farmer



A farmer from the cotton fields of Central Texas dies and goes to hell. Why? Well, only his wife, God and the Devil knows!

Once there, the Devil notices that this farmer is not suffering like the rest there are. He checks his gauges and sees that it’s 95 degrees and about 80% humidity.

So he goes to the farmer and asks why he’s so happy. The farmer replies “I like it here. It’s just like plowing my fields in June.”

Unhappy with the farmer’s response, the devil goes back to his controls and turns the temperature up to 105 degrees and 90% humidity. After making the adjustment, the devil goes looking for the farmer. Finding him just as happy as can be, the Devil is very frustrated and asks the farmer again why he’s so happy.

“This is even beter now! It’s like pulling weeds in the fields during July!” says the farmer.

The Devil, now quite upset and deciding to make the farmer really suffer, returns to his controls and cranks the heat up to 115 degrees and the humidity to 100%. “Now we’ll see if that farmer is smiling!” he thinks as he goes looking for the farmer again. But he found him sitting on the ground, happy as ever. Now the Devil is madder than before.

When he asks the farmer why he’s happy now, the farmer answers, “This is great, it’s just like driving the picker in August!”

That was enough for the Devil. Running back to his controls, he turns the temperature down to a freezing 10 degrees below zero.

Within a matter of minutes, the pools of molten brimstone begin to ice over. “Let’s see what what farmer has to say about this,” snickers the Devil to himself.

To his surprise, the Devil returns to find the farmer running around and jumping for joy, yelling at the top of his lungs: “The Cowboys won the SuperBowl! I can’t believe it! The Cowboys won the Super Bowl!”








Five writing books every journalist should own


5 Writing Books Every Journalist Should Own
May 8, 2018
BY RICK NAGEL, Parts Unknown

“Just last month, a young journalist asked me for some tips on how to be a better writer.
“Read a lot, write a lot,” I said, almost instantly — advice lifted word-for-word from Stephen King’s book, “On Writing.”

Now, before you snort derisively or make a nasty finger gesture at the NINA emblem on your screen, let me say this: Even if you DON’T LIKE Stephen King, if have any interest at all in putting sentences together that other people might lay eyes on, by God, you should read this book.

In fact, “On Writing” is one of and handful of books I think every journalist should have on his or her bookshelf, tablet or e-reader.”





The 54 Best Journalism Writing Books

The 54 best books to read if you want to be a journalist, according to journalism professors
Victoria Giardina

-Business Insider dot com-

May 12, 2021

“Journalism is a diverse and creative profession, so there’s much to learn from reading.
55 college professors suggested more than 50 book recommendations to add to your reading list.
Below, find books on writing, editing, interviewing, digital media, photography, podcasts, and more.
Real talk — I’m a soon-to-be journalism graduate and a major bookie, so I’m always on the hunt for books that will offer new perspectives about the emerging profession of news, digital journalism, and reporting. Naturally, I put my reporting skills to work and reached out to 55 journalism professors — from schools like UPenn, Stanford, Duke, Northwestern, and many more — to put together a master list of beloved recommendations from esteemed professionals.

Whether you’re entering a newsroom as an entry-level journalist, seeking to improve your writing skills, or interested in learning more about the digital media landscape, you’ll certainly benefit from flipping through the pages of one (or more) of our picks below.

Read on to discover the best journalism and writing books, the professors who recommended them, and why they integrate them within their courses.”


E. Fouz.-11.8.2021

diss iii


“Man bites dog”, New Journalism on slideshare, et cetera

11 August 2021

twitter: @eugenio_fouz



Man bites dog (i)



“The phrase man bites dog is a shortened version of an aphorism in journalism that describes how an unusual, infrequent event (such as a man biting a dog) is more likely to be reported as news than an ordinary, everyday occurrence with similar consequences, such as a dog biting a man. An event is usually considered more newsworthy if there is something unusual about it; a commonplace event is less likely to be seen as newsworthy, even if the consequences of both events have objectively similar outcomes. The result is that rarer events more often appear as news stories, while more common events appear less often, thus distorting the perceptions of news consumers of what constitutes normal rates of occurrence.”




Man bites dog (ii)


MAN BITES DOG! Truly unusual news that turns the expected on its head.

“This is a cliché of the news business: the unusual gets the headline, the expected is not news. In his chronicle of the (New York) Sun from to 1833-1918, Frank O’Brien quotes city editor John Bogart: “When a dog bites a man, that is not news because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.”reference 1 This may seem self-evident. However, the nature of what is and is not considered news shifts over time. The Man-bites-dog adage is actually part of larger set of journalistic principles that signaled a significant departure in journalistic values.

In the mid 19th century most newspapers were highly partisan—making today’s Fox News look genuinely fair and balanced. Readers were not always made aware what was a news story and what was a paid advertisement (think product placement). Many papers (with the exception of Horace Greeley’s Tribune) also prominently featured what we now call infotainment and fiction to the exclusion of hard news. The Sun regularly featured the rags-to-riches tales of Horatio Alger. “What did women readers of the Sun care about the discovery of oil in Pennsylvania,” O’Brien asks sardonically, “when they could devour daily two columns of ‘Jessie Graham; or Love and Pride?’”reference 2 In 1868 Charles A. Dana (a Greeley protégé) became the Sun’s editor and manager, implementing a radically differnt mission”





On New Journalism (slideshare)


Who stole the news? 

Mort Rosenblum



E. F.-11.8.2021

diss iii

“Woe is I” (Patricia T. O´Conner)

9 August 2021

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

Woe is I

O´Conner, Patricia T. Woe is I. The Grammarphobe´s Guide to Better English in Plain English. New York: Riverhead Books, 2019. Fourth edition. 

Woe is I explains several points of grammar in a curious way. The author uses irony. O’ Conner likes playing with double-meaning words. Having a look at the index of the handbook the reader becomes aware of that: Woe is I, Verbal Abuse, SpellBound, Comma Sutra, etcetera. 

An example of the necessity of the vocative case. 

Use commas before and after the names of people being addressed. ‘Good-bye, Mom. Dad, be good’ ” (page 192)


William Shakespeare.  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Act III, scene I. page 812

Ophelia: … O, woe is me. To have seen what I have see, see what I see!”

The Illustrated Stratford Shakespeare. All 37 Plays, All 160 Sonnets and Sons.London: Chancellor Press, 1982



Patricia T. O´Conner & Stewart Kellerman, @grammarphobia on Twitter


E. Fouz.-

diss.iii.- 9.08.2021

“The world is a dangerous place for little girls” (Robyn Davidson)

2 August 2021

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“The world is a dangerous place for little girls. Besides, little girls are more fragile, more delicate, more brittle than little boys. ‘Watch out, be careful, watch.’ ‘Don’t climb trees, don’t dirty your dress, don’t accept lifts from strange men. Listen but don’t learn, you won’t need it.’ And so the snail’s antennae grow, watching for this, looking for that, the underneath of things. The threat. And so she wastes so much of her energy, seeking to break those circuits, to push up the millions of tiny thumbs that have tried to quelch energy and creativity and strength and self-confidence; that have so effectively caused her to build fences against possibility, daring; that have so effectively kept her imprisoned inside her notions of self-worthlessness. And”

Robyn Davidson, Tracks: One Woman’s Journey Across 1,700 Miles of Australian Outback
via goodreads




Lord L. P. Byron rodeado de libros

2 August 2021

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Extracto del pregón de Luis Pousa, @luispousa

en la inauguración de la 50ª Feria del Libro en Coruña

(en gallego)

50 edición de la Feria del Libro de A Coruña 
Pregón do escritor e xornalista da Voz Luís Pousa para inaugurar a 50 Feira do Libro da Coruña
01 ago 2021 .

Que a fin do mundo nos pille lidos e bañados
Benqueridos […]

“Cumpre a feira 50 anos, que son os mesmos que cumprín eu neste 2021 difuso, así que debe de ser por iso que desde que comezan os meus recordos, as casetas de agosto xa estaban aquí, co seu festín de libros, escritores, lectores, editores, ilustradores, comiqueiros e, por suposto, libreiros, xentes todas da bendita seita da letra impresa, adictos á tinta en busca da súa dose diaria.

Hai outras feiras do libro. Talvez incluso sexan máis importantes. Hai feiras que tamén cheiran a árbores, a sombra, a verán. Pero non coñezo ningunha outra feira que cheire a brea, a salitre. Ningunha que teña como banda sonora de fondo as bucinas dos petroleiros e as sirenas dos remolcadores. Eu, que aprendín a contar a dous pasos de aquí, nos peiraos, lendo os nomes do Sertosa 1, Sertosa 2, Sertosa 3… e así ata o infinito de Cantor, tamén aprendín a ler nestes xardíns, nos tempos mortos en que non me asomaba con pánico submarino ao estanque dos peixes laranxas, ou cando non me balanceaba nas cadeas do monumento a Concepción Arenal, ou cando non usabamos de porterías os arcos polos que soben as roseiras.”


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