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Superstitions
Superstitions

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Date: Jan 31 2018

Themes: Health, Hobbies

Grammar: Imperative Form

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It’s not uncommon to find superstitions in cultures around the world. In the United States, some people believe that you should carry a good luck charm and you should avoid black cats. In China, the number 8 (eight) is lucky, and the number 4 (four) is unlucky. In Russia, you should never hand money directly to another person, and you should only use your right hand.

It’s hard to know how or why any superstitions were created, but millions of people are dependent on them and believe they are powerful. It can be comforting to feel that there’s a reason that a bad event has happened in your life, and also comforting to feel that you can stop more bad events from happening if you pay attention to superstitions.

Are Lily and Marni superstitious? Find out in today’s English lesson.

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Lily

Lily

Marni

Marni

Lily:  Marni, is that a rabbit’s foot?

Marni:  Yes.

Lily:  So, I take it you’re superstitious.

Marni:  I am so superstitious. I have to have good luck charms on me at all times or I believe bad things will happen to me!

Lily:  That must be kind of scary to be dependent on inanimate objects like that.

Marni:  I find it comforting. I mean, I just don’t think anything is a coincidence. I think everything happens for a reason, and the more you arm yourself with good luck charms, and you don’t walk under a ladder or you don’t step on a crack…

Lily:  Definitely don’t break a mirror!

Marni:  Exactly. I really think that if you heed certain things, that good things will happen.

Lily:  So, how did these superstitions come about? Did you just decide to become superstitious one day?

Marni:  Oh, no. It’s been passed down in my family, so I’ve always been very aware of it.

Lily:  OK.

 

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Marni and her family are superstitious. She carries good luck charms, for example, and she’s careful to avoid doing things that will bring her bad luck.

It doesn’t seem like Lily believes in the same superstitions, but she doesn’t make fun of Marni. It’s quite common for people to share the same beliefs, and it’s not like Lily hasn’t learned them, too.

Are you superstitious? What do you believe will give you good or bad luck?

 

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hatamian

hatamian

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Iranian people have some of the Superstition .for instance If sb sees a dead person at sleep who gives him something then He will be able to earn some mony or wealth in next days or earning progress in life.


If you itch on your palm so you will earn some money very soon.






11:19 AM Dec 28 2013 |

jennimaggi

jennimaggi

Ukraine

i think many of superstitions are formed by religion or have roots in religion. every day can potentially be our best day but we ourselves make them destroyed and after that say it is because the bad fate or chance.

11:15 AM Dec 28 2013 |

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legs

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I am not superstitions but in my country Iran some people believe that number 13 has bad luck.or the first day of week saturday is very importantn for having a good week so they should start saturday morning with happiness in order to have good week and have good chances in a week

10:36 AM Dec 28 2013 |

S&W

S&W

China

I was affected by some superstitions that pass down from my family.My grandmother depicted many old and weried stories that really happened as the superstition predicted.Most superstitious i know were from her.such as ,Do not look into mirror at night,because you are not strong as daytime,You would see ghost throught the mirror.Do not put chopsticks inserted in a bowl,which is a way to remember the dead.I’m not totally believe that,But subconsciously i will avoid them.

09:36 AM Dec 28 2013 |

omar saidi

omar saidi

Tanzania, United Republic Of

I always believe in God , I pray for him to protect me from all Superstitions sources couse He is the only one Powerfully than all creaters in the World .

09:25 AM Dec 28 2013 |

david787

david787

Spain

I am not superstitius but if I see a ladder I don’t walk under of it, just in case, just in case something could fell dawn and hit my head

08:31 AM Dec 28 2013 |

kakaluojin

China

I’m not superstitious. In my hometown, it is said that if a kid drops a tooth which is in the top row, it should be throw on the floor; if the dropped tooth is from the bottom row, it is supposed to be thrown onto the roof of the house, or else new teeth will not grow and will not grow in the right way.

03:57 AM Dec 28 2013 |

setarezarin

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I`m not superstitious.but I believe as in islam says putting money aside for poor people makes bad events not happen .

07:24 PM Dec 27 2013 |

liguohui88

liguohui88

China

I am not supertitious.

02:10 PM Dec 27 2013 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

There was song sung by a rock group that had a verse in the lyrics, “ain’t superstitious but a black cat crossed my trail…!” Hmm?

01:11 PM Dec 27 2013 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

I am not supertitious, hey, !! wait a moment, why then when  crossing under a ladder  you cross fingers and if you happened to hear an owl  hooting at night you think that is a bad omen  and pray to God to protect you and your family. In the US most hotels  skip the 13 floor  as it is considered an unlucky number.  OLA,  your post is hilarious.

12:58 PM Dec 27 2013 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

We have a number of superstitions.


If you meet a man with an empty bucket, you’d better go home and do nothing for a day, the success is not going to be your way, But if the bucket is full, lo and behold, hurry up to strike a deal!


If you see a black cat crossing a road, try to take roundabouts, it brings misfortunes as well


Number 13. Unlucky too.


The spilled salt predicts falling out.


to sweep crumbs from the table by your hand – no money


If you going somewhere but forgot something and had to go back on your half way, you’ll get unlucky in the task you were going ot fulfill. In that case look in a mirror and it might “undo the spell”.


Before going on a trip, everyone should sit for a minute and get quiet.


if you eat from a knife, it will make you agressive, angry and vicious


Don’t pass anything over a treshhold. Get in house or out of the house and hand in what you need.


And the last one, I didn’t know before. Watched in a movie. If a person enteres a house and the clock stops (it’s rare though), it’s bad, very bad …. aaaaaahhhhh



I’m not that too much superstitios, but I try to avoid the above situations.:)

12:14 PM Dec 27 2013 |

Jasonlongo

Jasonlongo

Congo, Democratic Republic Of The

Personally I’m not superstitious !

10:06 AM Dec 27 2013 |

Jasonlongo

Jasonlongo

Congo, Democratic Republic Of The

In my country and all around the world there’re a whole bunch of superstitions such as:



666: Devil’s number
13: Unlucky number
7: lucky number
3: another lucky number; signifies strength because of the Trinity
Don’t walk under a ladder
Don’t break a mirror
Don’t step on a crack
If you spill salt throw a pinch over your left shoulder to keep the devil away
If you sneeze cover your mouth so your soul doesn’t fall out
Don’t let a black cat cross your path.


walking past a pole with someone it is bad luck to split up & each go around on different sides of it. ( if you do you have to say Bread & Butter)
Walking with one shoe on & one shoe off will make you have some kind of leg or foot problem one day
Never shut a pocket knife someone else opened, they must shut it themselves
If your nose itches someones coming that you know
if your ears are burning someone is talking about you
If you drop a piece of silverware someone is coming from the direction it is pointing
If you pee in the road you will get a sty in your eye
if you hold a toad & it pees on you you will get a wart
killing a cricket is bad luck
a small new potato in your pocket will help with arthritis
a buckeye in your pocket is good luck
Cabbage or black eyed peas on New years with some change in your pocket means all your needs ( not wants) will be met during the that year
Find a penny pick it up but only if it faces heads up & you will have a day of good luck



So, you’ve gotta chose between all this what you’ve to avoid, according to your culture, lol !

10:01 AM Dec 27 2013 |

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The Last Joke

Yemen

As for me , i believe in this :Yes, sometimes bad things happen to people who seem undeserving of them. But Allah allows things to happen for His reasons, whether or not we understand them. Above all, however, we must remember that Allah is good, just, loving, and merciful. Often things happen to us that we simply cannot understand. However, instead of doubting Allah’s goodness, our reaction should be to trust Him.


 I always say in good or bad status Alhamdulillah (All praises and thank be to Allah),


Allah always Gives His best to Those who leave the choice with Him !


whatever happens is Allah’s will”.


وعسى أن تكرهوا شيئا وهو خير لكم وعسى أن تحبوا شيئا وهو شر لكم والله يعلم وأنتم لا تعلمون


 But it is possible that you dislike a thing which is good for you, and that you love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knows, and you know not. 


Don’t think it  to be an evil to you; On the contrary it is good for you:


... لا تحسبوه شرا لكم بل هو خير لكم



 

04:25 AM Dec 27 2013 |

Eric_

Eric_

China

I ain’t superstitious. However, many famous persons agree that success and luck are related to each orther. They carry good luck charms,pray everyday.


As Marni said,everything happens for a reason. My point is how you face the matters. Some ppl always count on the luck and don’t try to do the best. Once they failed, they give up.


Louis Pasteur siad “Chance favors only the prepared mind”. Get the best preparation before you do one thing,then the lucky chance naturally fall in to you. :DDDDD 

03:35 AM Dec 27 2013 |

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