Scientists have identified five communities where the citizens regularly live to be over ninety years old. The people of Okinawa, Japan, Sardinia, Italy, Nicoya, Costa Rica, Icaria, Greece, and Loma Linda, California, USA are known to live longer lives than anywhere else in the world. Not only are they living longer, but they are also known to live healthier lives free of dementia or other general old-age illnesses.
What do these people do to live longer, healthier lives? It turns out they aren’t doing anything exceptional. Data has shown that these communities are more likely to eat a plant-based diet, do moderate exercise, and spend a lot of time with their loved ones. This means that these communities of elderly people are living semi-vegetarian lifestyles with diets rich in legumes. They most likely aren’t doing the latest HIIT workout, but probably going for regular walks and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. They are also spending time with their community and socializing. The families living in these communities are also usually multigenerational with children and elderly people living together. Engaging with others has been proven to increase happiness in people and to give life a “sense of purpose”.
It seems like living a long, healthy life is easier than we initially thought!
梅はアンズやスモモと複雑に交雑しているので、一般的にはJapanse plumやJapanse apricotと呼ばれます
‘Wish’ is a verb which talks about unreal or imagined situations. Because of this, it has some unusual verb patterns:
A present wish
When we want to make a wish about a present situation, we use wish and a past simpleor continuous verb.
- I don’t have my umbrella. I wish I had my umbrella.
- She doesn’t know the answer. I wish she knew the answer.
- You’re at work, but you wish you were playing football, right?
A past wish
When we want to make a wish about a past action or situation, we use wish and the past perfect – had + past participle verb.
- I’m so tired. I wish I had slept for another hour last night.
- She knows she made a mistake. She wishes she hadn’t been so silly.
- You were right. I shouldn’t have quit my job. I wish I had listened to you.
A few years ago, a survey went around American Facebook circles asking simply what part of the country you live in, what you call certain objects, and how you pronounce certain words. After finishing, you saw a map of how people answered the same questions in different parts of the country.
For some questions, the answers were nearly the identical across the board except for one small hotspot (e.g. only in a small part of Pennsylvania and New Jersey do they call a long sandwich with meat and lettuce a ‘hoagie’, whereas everywhere else it’s called a ‘sub’). For other questions, the answers varied wildly; here are a few of my favorites:
These illustrations are from designer Joshua Katz’s book, “Speaking American” and based on a pre-Facebook study done by Cambridge’s Bert Vaux et al. To take a similar version of the survey, check out The Cambridge Online Survey of World Englishes (also being conducted by Vaux).
I’m not a great dancer, but give me a dark club with a good sound system and this track in the mix and I might just blow your mind. Rizzla always brings the heat! :))