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Lucky Charms - LAL Language Centres
www.lalschools.com/stoppressmag
The LAL Student's Magazine | Fort Lauderdale Issue 25 | Spring 2014
Lucky Charms
What things do you believe
bring you good luck?
LAL Advantage
Take advantage of our e-learning portal
The Ideal Friend
What makes a good friend?
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LAL Fort Lauderdale StopPress | Spring 2014
Welcome to StopPress
Welcome to the Spring issue of StopPress.
March was an important month for LAL
Fort Lauderdale as we hosted our third session of
Cambridge exams. Also, we ran the TOEFL course
this month. We opened new Cambridge courses
on March 31st and will run our next session of
exams in June. We have the pleasure of having
Young Learners at our school this month. They are
excited as they are discovering all that Florida has
to offer with our English in Practice course. Make
sure to check out our monthly calendar to see all
the exciting places LAL Fort Lauderdale will visit
throughout the month of April!
Thanks to all the excellent writers who
contributed to this edition of StopPress. A big
round of applause to our talented students!
Cyd Anthony, Editor
Academic Manager
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LAL News........................................... 4
LAL Advantage.................................. 5
Recommendations from
our students....................................... 6
The Ideal Friend................................. 8
Lucky Charms................................... 10
Good Luck and Good Fortune........ 12
#lal_us.............................................. 13
Festivals and Celebrations.............. 14
Movie Reviews................................. 16
Coffee Break.................................... 18
What's On?...................................... 19
Lucky Charms
Students from Laura Blum's
Upper-Intermediate class tell us
about their lucky charms.
We welcome submissions: Please hand
any items you would like considered for
publication to Reception, or e-mail
[email protected]
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Articles in this magazine are contributed
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The Ideal Friend
What makes and ideal friend?
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News
March
student of
the month
Ana Flavia
Fernandes
Ferreira is
our March
Student of
the Month.
Ana Flavia joined
my class six weeks ago and has
been an asset ever since. She is
hard-working, dedicated to her
studies, has never missed a class,
and always has a positive attitude.
Her presence greatly enriches
our classroom environment both
academically and socially. When
she returns to Brazil, she will be
attending college in a city near
her home. I will sincerely miss her
when she leaves, but wish her the
best of luck with her upcoming
college experience!
& Laura Blum
Get connected
April student of the month
Khaled Ba Odhah is our April Student
of the Month.
Khaled was born in Yemen, but
moved to Saudi Arabia with his family. I
have had Khaled in my conversation class
for a few months now and have been
infected with his positive attitude and
outlook on life. I have never seen Khaled in
a bad mood. He is always smiling, happy,
and making friends with everyone he meets.
He enjoys spending time with his friends and
family, being outdoors, and learning English. When Khaled arrived to LAL
six months ago, he knew absolutely no English. I found this to be quite a
shock, seeing as though he speaks so well in my conversation class. It is
refreshing to see him working so hard in order to learn the best that he can.
With three more months left at LAL, I know that he will continue to grow.
Keep up the good work, Khaled!
& Laura Blum
Letter to Tyler
We chose LAL Fort Lau
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After five weeks of stu
dying at the school, we
must say that it is the
truth.
The second day of schoo
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All thanks to the system
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of teaching, great classm
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and especially thanks to
very friendly and profes
sional teachers.
We want to thank you
for what you have taugh
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your excellent teaching
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t we have been in this
and most importantly tha
class
t you were our teacher.
After this experience we
would like to come back
and study again at this
school.
Lenka and Petr Hurdik
February 28, 2014
Cambridge Michigan Certified Speaking Examiner
As some of you already know, we are a Cambridge Testing Centre and
a Cambridge Michigan Testing Center. We are pleased to announce that our
Academic Manager, Cyd Anthony, is the first Cambridge Michigan Certified
Speaking Examiner for the state of Florida. We congratulate her and hope to have
many more examiners throughout the years!
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Recommendations
from our students
To a new student from an old one - in both
senses of the word
Since you are planning on becoming an English student
In Fort Lauderdale, let me give you a piece of advice: There is
not a better place than Fort Lauderdale to do so. The weather
is spectacular and mostly sunny year round. The beaches
are beautiful and endless, and you can go to them all. The
people are friendly and look forward to getting to know you.
Fort Lauderdale is called the Venice of America, not only for
its canals, but also for the view from the water taxis of the
villa-like mansions along the waterways. You have many
places to choose from – from quiet and relaxing to loud and
crazy. So come on – we’re waiting for you!
- Haydee de Bajares
Hello arriving students!
I would like to give you some recommendations for your
time while you’re at LAL. If you’re hungry, there are good
restaurants nearby. Close to the school are Panera Bread and
Smashburger, and at the city beach there is Hooters. If you are
21 and would like to have a drink and improve your English
with new friends who are native speakers, I recommend the
Blue Martini or the Aruba. There are quite a lot of places to
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go to at night, but I definitely recommend the Hookah Club
and the Hard Rock Café complex. If you want to experience
American sport events, you really should go to a Miami Heat
or Miami Dolphin game.
I hope these recommendations will help you. Enjoy your
time here at LAL Language School in Fort Lauderdale!
- Philipp Magel
How beautiful are the beaches in Fort
Lauderdale?
I have been living in Fort Lauderdale for more than a year,
and I can say that I have fun at the beach with my family and
friends in every season. Fortunately, almost every weekend I
can enjoy the wonderful view of the ocean – the sunrise is the
most beautiful that I have ever seen. I strongly recommend
Fort Lauderdale and its beaches to my friends, my fellow
students and everyone – the perfect place to have a good
time.
- Caroline Cordoni
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My favorite restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
I would like to recommend three great places for a
delicious lunch, dinner and dessert. My first recommendation
is the Cheesecake Factory for lunch or dinner. They have
a wide variety of food, including dozens of different
cheesecakes, for a reasonable price. The meals are quite big,
so keep this in mind when you order. My absolute favorite for
dinner is Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. I love the Chopped Salad
and the delicious Filet Mignon. It is a bit pricey but worth it.
Last but not least is the Cold Stone Creamery, which has the
best ice cream I’ve ever had. Enjoy!
- Tomas Hnetila
The cultural scene
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts has amazing
shows! It’s located in downtown Fort Lauderdale near the
Museum of Discovery and Science. With many different plays
coming all the time, you shouldn’t miss the chance to see a
Broadway musical. Also, students’ tickets are at a lower price,
so it’s not going to be so expensive – and for the best seats in
the theater. I went and loved it, and I’m going again.
- Paula Graziele
A Day of Sun and Fun in Fort Lauderdale
It’s a sunny, funny day here in Fort Lauderdale.
The birds sing and the squirrels run
while you’re having a lot of fun.
Your skin throws her whiteness away
on this sunny, funny day.
And when the sun goes down,
you’ll have fun visiting “Miss Downtown.”
Sounds and lights all around
her can be found.
But if you’re tired of her noise,
you can always find another choice.
Theater, cinemas, beaches at night—
Here, all you desire you will find.
Do you think it’s been a sunny, funny day?
Hey remember -- you’re in Fort Lauderdale!
& Helen Paggiarin
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The Ideal Friend
What makes an ideal friend? Our students tell us what they look for in a good friend.
My ideal friend is someone who is sensitive about my
feelings. She’s a person who is supportive, and is able to listen
to my opinions or problems without judgement.
My ideal friend is someone who tells me what is on her
mind. I’m not sure people have a lot of friends who have all
these qualities. - Jacqueline Wagner
My best friend is someone who is reliable, honest,
sociable, tolerant and supportive. She is an intelligent and
interesting person. We have the same kind of humor and
similar interests. I like it when she gives me her opinions and
advice. My best friend has helped me in good times and also
in bad times. I can talk to her about everything and I trust her.
I’m so happy to have found her! - Simona Machackova
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The ideal friend is a person who is sociable, easygoing,
supportive, sensitive and tolerant. But the most important
quality is reliable, because it’s impossible to maintain a
relationship without trust. My ideal friend is similar to
someone that you can talk to about many things, because she
is open minded so you can laugh about funny things but also
you can talk about serious problems in the same way.
We can’t expect that a friend be perfect, but certainly it is
someone special. - Nathalia LL. Yilhena
A good friend should be reliable. I think it’s the most
important thing in a friendship. Another important quality is
sense of humor. It’s always easier to speak with a person who
has a good sense of humor. - Valentin Pillariaux
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I like people who have a good sense of humor and who
are funny. Also, I like people who are warm and sensitive.
My ideal friends are people who share the same interests and
who are easygoing and modest too. - Puri Costa
The ideal friend is someone who is warm and sensitive. I
want to discuss my problems with friends who are reliable.
The most important quality about a friend is that I can
trust them. I’d prefer someone who is similar and different
from me. It’s great when you have something in common
and it can also be good when a friend is very different
because you can learn a lot of new things. - Miryam Giess
An ideal friend should always be there for you. A person
that is supportive and reliable. I’d prefer someone I can talk
to easily. Also, someone with the same sense of humor. The
most important thing of all is that I feel comfortable with
this friend.- Diana Rudorf
My best friend should be somebody I can trust one
hundred percent, somebody confident and easygoing. I’d
prefer someone I have fun with. On the other hand, I hate a
temperamental person who has irregular moods because it
makes me sad. - Erica G Lopes
We can’t expect that
a friend be perfect,
but certainly it is
someone special.
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Our Lucky
Charms
Students from Laura Blum's
Upper-Intermediate class tell us
about their lucky charms and
what makes them special.
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I have a kind of lucky necklace.
For Catholic people, it is a sign of
protection, peace and love. This
necklace means that you are protected
from bad things and shows your
devotion to the saint who is in the
picture of the necklace. I bought it in
a store in Brazil near the place I used to
work, and I have had it for around eight
years already. Of course bad things
have happened to me since then, but
when I pray or I’m really scared about
something, I hold the necklace and ask
for protection and calmness so I can get
through the problem. It’s a very popular
necklace in my country. - Fernanda S.
Scilla, Brazil
I was born in Slovakia, a country
located in the heart of Europe. Most
people there are devote Catholics
and most families have miscellaneous
symbols of the Catholic Church in their
homes. I can remember when I was
a child; I was often on vacation at my
Grandma and Grandpa’s house. There
were symbols of church in every room,
like a Holy cross, a picture of the Pope
or Holy Mary. Maybe that is the reason
why I still have one little crystal angel
with the holy cross in my car, hanging
on the mirror. I still believe that this
“lucky charm” will protect me on the
roads because I have to drive a lot. Pavol Klobusicky, Slovakia
A few years ago, I bought my
dream ring, which meant a lot to me.
It’s big, round, has a big black stone,
and it’s made of silver. Wherever I go
and whatever I do, I always carry it with
me to give me luck. Sometimes funny
things happen to me when I’m wearing
it. Unlike the young people, the elderly
stop me all the time to ask me where I
got it and how much I paid for it. I think
the ring, for me, is very special because
it makes me feel more happy, beautiful,
lively and when I forget to wear it, I feel
like I’m naked! - Flavia Andrade Botelho
Mesquita, Brazil
People always ask me if I have
a lucky charm. I never know how to
answer them because I actually don’t
have any. I don’t believe in objects that
give you good energies, but if it works,
I have objects that I carry almost all the
time, such as some friends’ letters. It’s
not because it will give me luck. It’s just
because it reminds me that friendships,
at least the real ones, last no matter
what. I still have those friends, which
means that my reminder worked. I can
seem like a superficial person, but unlike
most people think, I’m quite a deep
person. - Massimo Baldini, Colombia
I have two lucky charms. The
first one is a ring that I got from my
boyfriend on Valentine’s Day. Last year
I forgot it in another city and for the
days I wasn’t wearing it I felt like a part
of me was missing. The second one is
my rosary beads that belonged to my
grandmother before she died. I love
and miss her so much and I feel like the
rosary protects me wherever I go since I
always wear it. - Tabata Santiago, Brazil
My cross is my lucky charm. I keep
it as a necklace and wear it every day.
The cross is made of dark wood and
measures about one inch. I got it when
I was travelling so that I could think
about our actions. It brings me peace
and a feeling of safety. - Ana Flavia
Fernandes Ferreira, Brazil
I like to believe that the rosary
beads that my mother gave to me bring
me safety, peace, wisdom to make the
right choices and make me a better
person. I think that for this lucky charm
to really work, you need to believe with
faith and with all your heart. - Leonardo
Carvalho Mazzega, Brazil
I don’t have a lucky charm, but
I have a ring that my father gave to
me. I keep it with me everywhere I go
because it reminds me of my family. I
didn’t bring that ring with me on this
trip because I was afraid to lose it, but I
really miss it! - Daisy dos Santos Gomes,
Brazil
My lucky charm is a gift from my
sister. In 2011 she gave me a silver
necklace with dog tags. On the dog
tags it says, “Roque Et Rolle,” which
means “Rock and Roll,” because my
sister knows that I like rock and roll
music. Since that moment, I always carry
the necklace because it reminds me of
my sister and my family, and when think
of them, it brings me peace, calmness,
and luck. - Juan David Riascos Sanchez,
Colombia
My lucky charm is a tooth from my
race horse. When she was two years
old, her teeth fell out and I put one on
a gold plate and made a necklace out of
it. - Hamel Holger, Germany
In October of 2012 when I was
beginning to study, my girlfriend gave
me a small present. It was a cute frog
which makes a fist and pushes his
thumbs on top. In Germany it means
“Good luck” or “Everything will be
good; I’m thinking of you.” Since
this time, I have had this little frog in
my pencil case as my lucky charm for
examinations at the University. - Steffen
Muller, Germany
My parents gave me a necklace for
Christmas two years ago and said it was
a lucky charm for me. It was so cute of
them! The necklace is a silver medallion
with the lettering, “1 bacio,” which
is Italian for “One kiss.” The necklace
gives me good luck all the time and my
parents always think of me. It’s a sign of
love and it protects me, too. Whenever
I wear my charm I’m happy and I think
of my parents. I’m sure I will wear it my
whole life! - Vera Krueger, Germany
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Good Luck and
Good Fortune
Recently, the Jacksonville Conversation Class discussed the
subject of luck, or good fortune.
On March 17, many Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The Irish symbols
associated with this special day have become universal symbols of luck. These
would include wearing green, four-leaf clovers, and elfin creatures called
leprechauns.
Part of our conversation involved discussion of the symbols of good luck and
bad luck from the countries represented in our class. The following is a list of
those symbols.
•
Fabio Baldini Fuentes, from Italy, mentioned spilling
salt as being bad luck in Rome. Also, Friday the 17th
is considered bad luck like Friday the 13th is in the
USA.
•
Lindamir Pisani, from Brazil, said that eating
lentils or grapes to begin the New Year brings
good luck.
•
Hussam Mograbi, from Syria, told of coffee spilling
over your cup as bringing good luck. He also said that
if your left palm itches, you will be getting money but
if your right palm itches, you will give money. Hussam
mentioned that some Syrians carry a blue eye made of glass
to ward off the evil eye.
•
Filip Nowak, from Poland, spoke about the four-leaf clover as
bringing good fortune.
•
Elena Gromova, from Russia, said that breaking a plate brings
good luck as well as throwing salt over one’s shoulder.
& Jacksonville Conversation Class
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Festivals & Celebrations
Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated
annually on the 17th of March. It
is popular in the USA, Canada, and
Australia. Recently, it has gained
popularity in Europe and the Czech
Republic. On March 17th, I will be in
the Czech Republic and I will go to one
of the lavish hotels in Prague. At the
hotel's restaurant, you can enjoy Irish
cuisine, especially Irish whiskey and beer.
Certain foods and beer will be green. Petr Hurdik
Saint Patrick's Day is observed by
Irish people, people of Irish decent,
and many other people around the
world. It is a Catholic holiday and is
significant because it marks the arrival
of Christianity to Ireland.
STEVEFE
& Marcelo Lipiec
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Spring Break
In our town, we will have Spring
Break from March 3rd to March 9th.
When my children went to school, we
went skiing in the mountains of the Alps
in Italy or France.
Our children are grown up and I
work everyday for Spring Break but I will
visit my daughter and grand daughter.
My grand daughter is five years old. She
will go to school next year. Then she will
have Spring Break and we will go skiing
in the mountains with her.
& Lenka Hurikova
Spring Break is a big party in Miami
Beach. Many clubs participate in a music
festival and many people visit the city.
Many young people take a vacation
from university and stay on the beach.
I will get a hotel on the beach and stay
with my friends.
& Simon Hostettler
Carnival in Brazil
Carnival starts in Brazil 40 days
before Easter. We have parties in the
whole country. In big cities, we have
a “big show” where people parade in
the street with costumes and decorated
big cars. There are competitions among
many “schools of samba” to see who
has the best songs and costumes.
Carnival is a holiday that lasts five
days, and people go to the street to
dance and drink. People usually stay
single to meet others looking for love!
For kids, they have parties too. They
wear costumes but in separated events.
Carnival is also special for gays.
We can say that the New Year
actually starts after Carnival.
& Juliane Martins, Carlos Henrique
Silva, Paulo Oliveira, and Barbara Nack
de Oliveira
ZEAFONSO
St. Patrick's Day
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Oktoberfest called “Wiesn” “Nevruz Day” in Turkey
The word “Nevruz” has a Persian origin and is a combination of the words
“Nev” and “ruz”, meaning “New Day”. We celebrate the beginning of spring
when the sun has gone. It’s a symbol of awakening and creation on March 21st.
The Ottoman sultans paid special attention to “Nevruz Day”. Poems in the
form of the “gazel” and “kasida”, called “Nevruztye” were given to them on that
day.
On “Nevruz Day” people bring food, play games, hold festivities and prepare
big fires. We jump on the fires for luck or just for fun, of course, we follow safety
rules.
March 20th , the day before “Nevruz”, is the time for welcoming “Nevruz”
in, and it’s devoted to it by making preparations like cleaning houses or preparing
foods. Pastry with spinach, eggs and onion, thin pastry breads, “burma’ sweets
and candy, roasted chick peas, and Turkish delights are among the dishes and foods
served on “Nevruz Day”. Meanwhile relatives and neighbors start visiting each
other. During the meal, people play musical instruments and sing folk songs. Swings
are hung from trees and children fly kites.
& Kenan Erol
WIKIPEDIA
Oktoberfest is a German festival
that takes place in “Theresienwiese”,
which is a public place in the center or
Munich. It is every year from the end of
September to the beginning of October.
It is a big social event with lots of eating
and drinking. It lasts 16 days ending
on the first Sunday of October. If the
first Sunday falls on the 1st or 2nd, the
festival is extended until October 3rd,
which is the “Day of German Unity”.
This is the day when West Germany and
East Germany joined as one country in
1990.
Today “Wiesn” is the world’s
largest fair, and it has become very
famous and popular. About 6 million
people visit it every year. Many people
and tourists from all over the world
come to Munich to go to Oktoberfest.
Other cities have similar festivals, and
also have foods similar to the ones
people eat in Oktoberfest.
& Martin Liebmann
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Movie Reviews
Past and Present
Laura Blum’s Upper-Intermediate Class
Le Majordome
The last movie I saw was “Le Majordome.” It takes place
in the South of the United States in 1926. I loved this movie
because it really happened. It’s the true story of a man who
wanted to have a good future and a good job. The problem
is that he is a black man, and in 1926, the United States was
faced with segregation. It’s a really interesting movie since we
can follow the character’s life from beginning to end. We can
understand better how difficult it was to be black in 1926.
Moreover, it is a very touching movie. We feel a lot of feelings
such as happiness, sadness, and bravery. It’s also well played
by the actors. At the end, the main character gets a very
prestigious job, to be the United States President’s butler. This
kind of movie shows that it is important to be ambitious so
you can live your dreams. - Diana Goncalves, France
The Lucky One
The last movie I saw was about a sergeant, Logan
Thibault, who found a photo in his camp in Iraq. He saw it
glistening in the sun and when he walked over to pick it up,
his friends were attacked and killed. Since he believed that the
picture saved him, he kept it. It was a picture of a beautiful
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blonde woman. When he returned to the U.S., he decided to
look for the woman in the picture to tell her that her picture
protected him. He figured out where she lived and travelled
there. To get close, he started to work for her family business.
He wanted to build her trust. After that, he decided to stay
in her city and a romantic story started. He was afraid to tell
her the truth about what happened because he really loved
her and didn’t want her to think he was crazy or misleading. I
thought it was an amazing movie and I highly recommend it. Talita Bertamoni Basso, Brazil
Gladiator
Gladiator is my all-time favorite movie starring Russell
Crowe, Joaquin Pheonix and Connie Nielsen. It’s a BritishAmerican, epic, historical drama directed by, Ridley Scott and
was released in 2000. The story involves a Roman general
who is betrayed. His family was murdered by an emperor’s
corrupt son. He comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek
revenge. I really loved this movie and I think it’s a must see
movie. - Fahad Saleh Alabdullatif, Saudi Arabia
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12 Years A Slave
The last movie I saw was two weeks ago and is named
“12 Years a Slave.” It’s based on a true story about an African
American musician in the United States during the 17th
century. He was kidnapped and sold as a slave to a farmer
and submitted to hard work and abuse on the plantation.
It’s a very touching movie that makes you think about
those people who still endure slavery in the present days. It
won three Oscars this year, including best movie and best
supporting actress for Lupita Nyong, who has dual citizenship
(Mexican and Kenyan) and did a very good job performing. I
really recommend it. - Maiana Dipp Simoes, Brazil
The Untouchables
One of my favorite movies is Untouchable. It’s a French
movie about a man in a wheelchair who can’t move any part
of his body. He needed a new male nurse and he wanted
someone who was strong and doesn’t take care of his
sickness. He decided to employ a black man who doesn’t
really work and who hangs out on streets with friends. They
both never thought that they would have the best time of
their lives. The main actors are Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy. I
really recommend this movie because it’s so funny. This is the
best movie I’ve ever seen. - Mirjam Giess, Switzerland
300: Rise of an Empire
If you saw the first 300 movie, you would love 300: Rise
of an Empire. It was a great movie with new characters, like
Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) and Artemisia (Eva Green).
These characters really made the movie interesting. The story
was great, designed and directed by Noam Murro. You’ll
never get bored watching this movie, and in the end, you’ll
want to see more. In brief, if you like action and epic movies,
you must watch 300: Rise of an Empire. - Juan David Riascos
Sanchez, Colombia
The Wolf of Wall Street
Directed and Produced by Martin Scorsese and starring
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie.
The Wolf of Wall Street is an American comedy based
on Jordan Belfort’s life. Leonardo DiCaprio is Jordan Belfort,
a New York stockbroker who runs a firm that engages in
security fraud on Wall Street in the nineties. This decade was
the boom of frauds in the stock market. The brokers won easy
money and spent this money on excesses like cars, mansions,
sex, drugs, etc. the movie reminds me of another movie about
Wall Street in the eighties called “Wall Street, The Money
Never Sleeps.” The Wolf of Wall Street is an entertaining
movie, real but with exaggerations. I think it is a movie for
everybody because although you don’t know much about the
stock market, you can enjoy the crazy life that the brokers
had. The one failure is that it is very long, almost three hours,
and if you are not passionate about this type of movie, it can
be heavy. For me, it is very advisable to have a fun night in the
cinema. - Alberto Peinado Garrido, Spain
The Notebook
Actors: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner,
Gena Rowlands.
At the beginning of this movie, an old man was reading a
story to an old woman who lost her memory more and more
each day. The story he was reading was about two lovers
who met at a carnival. Allie was a girl with a lot of money
and Noah was a country boy. They spent the whole summer
together and fell in love. The sad thing was that Allie was
forced to move and go to college even though she would
have rather stayed with Noah. A few years passed and Allie
met another man and fell in love again, but after she saw a
picture of Noah in the newspaper, she returns to see him. She
then had to choose between the man she loved then and
the man she loves now. This is one of my favorite movies. I
like the way they filmed it both in the past and the future.
It’s a really beautiful story with emotional scenes that interest
you during the whole movie. I highly recommend this movie,
especially to women because there are a lot of extremely
sweet, exciting, sentimental and hot scenes. I’m pretty sure
that this movie will make you cry. - Alma Jane Susvilla,
Switzerland
Serendipity
Actors: Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack, John Corbett,
Bridget Moynahan, Jeremy Piven, Molly Shannon.
Director: Peter Chelsom
Serendipity is one of the best movies that I have ever
seen. While Christmas shopping in New York City, Jonathan
met Sara and they fell in love. Beside the fact that they were
both in a relationship, they decided to spend the evening
together at Serendipity 3. After a series of tests to see if their
relationship was destined to be, they lose each other. Several
years later they are both engaged to their partners, but could
not forget each other and the moments that they shared.
They both decide to return to New York to find each other
again. It was one of the best movies that I ever saw, with a
lot of magic, sense of humor, fate change, and proves that
love can change everything if you listen to your heart. I love
the quote, “Can once in a lifetime happen twice?” - Galina
Scherstitschenko, Germany
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Everglades
In February I went to the Everglades with the
students from our school. It was very fun and amazing.
We drove in the LAL bus to the Everglades and went
on a boat tour on the special Everglades boat and the
employee from the Everglades Park told us the story
about the Everglades and the alligators. And then the
special and very exciting moment we saw an alligator,
a big one. It was very nice to see one there. After that
everybody took a picture with the baby alligator who
is only six months old, he was so-o-o-o cute. I loved
him. What I know about Florida is that the Everglades
is so exciting and amazing, but not only the Everglades;
Key West, Kennedy Space Center, the beaches, and the
sunrise and sunset are very romantic. One big praise to
our teacher, Mister Michael. Thank you very much for
the nice lessons.
& Galina Sheistitschenko, Germany
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