An Electronic Magazine by Omar Villarreal and Marina Kirac ©


Year 3                                   Number 59                    December 1st 2001



Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being SHARED





It´s early in the morning (6:50) as I start to key this issue of SHARE on my computer. From my window I can see the sun starting to shine timidly.

Let us pray that that this is a good and sunny weekend.

I am a bit sad. I didn´t know whether to include this in SHARE but…  George Harrison is dead. Memories of my adolescence flow back to my mind. I grew up with his music, with their music. I remember how  I and my secondary school friends would go to the record shop day after day to ask for their latest album as from the day after we heard it had been released in England or America and pray for a miracle: that we did not have to wait for so long this time. Nobody had heard about global releases at the time but we were so young and so naïve and world was not  such a difficult place to live in.

George´s departure only made me nostalgic and this is not so bad if you can share it with friends.

Let us pray that this a good and sunny weekend.

Marina is by my side now. She points at Ernie, our dog,  looking at us through the window and we laugh heartedly. I know this and all the other weekends are  going to be good and sunny …even if it rains.




Omar and Marina






1..-   Coming Events in Chile.

2..-  Assaults upon the English language.

3.-   The Meaning of ASAP.

4..-  Special Issue of “Quaderns Digitals”.

5.-   The 100 most common words in English.

6..-  Licenciatura at St. Trinnean´s

7..-  News from The Suburban Players.






Our very dear friend and SHARER, Miriam Ravinovich from Chile writes to us with information about two important professional events in Chile.



Instituto Profesional Chileno-Británico de Cultura in association with The University of Warwick offers a course leading to a Certificate in Translation Studies

The two components of this post –graduate Course are  an Intensive Core Course offered by a tutor from the University of Warwick (24 contact hours), and a Specialised Option offered by British Institute Tutors (10 contact hours).  Available options may include the Translation of Business or Economic Texts, Technical Translation, and Translating Literature.  In addition, the Specialised Option includes a 6,000 word assignment.


Dates:                   Core Course:            3  -  8   January, 2002.

(tentative)             Option:                   9  - 11  January, 2002.



Assessment: Written examinations, taken at the end of April. An assignment to be submitted at the beginning of April.


Credits: Students who obtain the Certificate in Translation Studies may receive credits for up to 30% (one Term) of the Warwick M.A. in Translation studies.


Candidates must have a degree in Translation, or in Modern Languages.  Exceptionally, experience in translation may be accepted in lieu of a degree.

For more information and an application form, please contact the British Institute by phone (6386924), by fax (6326637), or by email: instprof@britá  

You can find a full description of the Warwick University Certificate and M.A. in our website :  in the NEWSBOARD section.



Miriam also sends us some details about the IATEFL-CHILE Conference :

It will take place at the Diego Portales convention centre on 10th & 11th May, 2002,  Virginia Pichilaf, President of IATEFL-CHILE Committee is the Conference Programme Coordinator and you e-mail her for further information to:  OR                    







The following is an excerpt from the book “Anguished English” that a close friend of ours, Fernando Armesto,  brought us from one of his trips.


“ Sam Goldwyn came to America from Poland and became a legendary Hollywood movie producer. Perhaps even more enduring than the memorable MGM pictures he made are his classic manglings of the English language, now known as Goldwynisms:


Ø      A verbal contract is not worth the paper it´s written on.

Ø      I´ll give you a definitive maybe

Ø      We´re overpaying him, but he´s worth it.

Ø      I never liked you, and I always will.

Ø      Include me out.

Ø      For your information, I would like to ask you a question.

Ø      Don´t talk to me while I´m interrupting.

Ø      I may not always be right but I´m never wrong.

Ø      Anybody who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.

Ø      The scene is dull. Tell him to put more life into his dying.

Ø      In two words: im-possible.

Ø      It´s more than magnificent. It´s mediocre.

Ø      Tell me, how did you love my movie?

Ø      Yes, my wife´s hands are beautiful. I´m going to have a bust made of them.

Ø      We have passed a lot of water since then.

Ø      It´s spreading like wildflowers.

Ø      You´ve got to take the bull by the teeth.

Ø      If I could drop dead right now, I´d be the happiest man alive!

Ø      When I want your opinion, I´ll give it to you.

Ø      I never put on a pair of shoes until I´ve worn them five years.

Ø      Our comedies are not to be laughed at.

Ø      Colour television? Bah, I won´t belive it until I see it in black and white.”






Our dear old time SHARER , Bethina Viale sends us this poem to SHARE and as she says “ Lots of love”. The same to you, dear friend.

Ever wonder about the abbreviation ASAP? Generally, we think of it in terms of even more hurry and stress in our lives. Maybe if we think of this abbreviation in a different manner, we will begin to find a new way to deal with those rough days along the way.

There's work to do, deadlines to meet,
You've got no time to spare.
But as you hurry and scurry,
ASAP - Always say a prayer.

In the midst  of family chaos,
"Quality time" is rare.
Do your best;  let God do the rest,
ASAP - Always say a prayer.

It may seem like your worries
Are more than you can  bear.
Slow down and take a breather,
ASAP - Always say  a prayer.

God knows how stressful life is,
He wants to ease our cares.
And He'll respond to all  your needs,
ASAP - Always say a prayer.

Today I'm saying a little prayer that
God will smile on you and send you
all the special blessings you deserve.
Pass it on ASAP.




Our dear SHARERS Carmen Pinilla and Lola Grau send us this information


The "Quaderns Digitals" ( magazine is preparing the edition of a special issue about  foreign language teaching (English, Spanish, French, etc). The issue will come out in Spring 2002.
 If you are interested on sending a proposal, please contact
Carmen Pinilla:
Lola Grau:




This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions by language educators and students (especially adults who still believe in “knowing the most important words”). This thread was originally published in the City University of New York ESL List: 


Two of the mails of the mails sent (in abridged form here) follow:


(A) Here's one list, available online, of the 1000 "most common" English words.

Don Weiss, Tokushima, Japan


(B) Rather than the 100 from your source you should probably use the Dolch word lists. The Dolch words are the 220 most frequently found words in books that children read.  The lists are in order of frequency.  These lists are studied in first and second grade; children who learn these words have a good base for beginning reading.  Here are two links;

Christopher Priest





Our dear SHARER Prof. María Teresa Barinotto, Examinations Officer of Instituto Superior “Santa Trinidad”  writes to us :


Tenemos el agrado de informarles acerca de la nueva propuesta que el Instituto ofrece a los docentes de Inglés :

Licenciatura en Lengua Inglesa, articulada con la Universidad Nacional del Litoral. La misma estará a cargo de docentes de la UNL y la certificación la otorgará dicha Universidad. Los aspirantes al Ciclo de la Licenciatura, egresados de carreras de duración menor a 4 años, deberán cursar un Ciclo de Articulación.


Inscripción:   5 de noviembre 2001  al  25 de febrero de 2002


Por mayor información la presentación les rogamos comunicarse via email  o telefónicamente al 47427268 o en la sede del

Instituto Santa Trinidad : Avellaneda 450 - San Isidro






Our dear SHARER Susan Hillyard, President of The Suburban Players, invites all SHARERS to celebrate December with TSP :


December is a month to celebrate with our children!  So here We Go Again!

Bring your children to watch other youngsters performing live exclusively for them.  Sunday December 2 at 6 :30 pm at The Playhouse, Moreno 80, San Isidro.

Tickets $ 5.-


The Suburban Players Junior :

Don't miss your last chance to share in the magic!!!

- The Magical Forest –

An improbable fairy tale….entertainment for the whole family

written and directed by Ximena Faralla 

on Sunday 9th December at 7:30 p.m.  at The Playhouse, Moreno 80, San Isidro



4568-7125 ~ 4747.4470




Time to say goodbye. This time we want to use a perfectly silly poem.  It is something that teens use a lot. It´s up to you to teach it to your teen students or to use it in your next Christmas cards!


Written with a pen

Sealed with a kiss

If you are my friend,

Please answer this:

Are we friends or are we not?

You told me once, but I forgot.

So tell me now and tell me true,

So I can say, I am here for you.

Of all the friends I've ever met,

You're the one I won't forget.

And if I die before you do,

I'll go to Heaven

And wait for you.


Omar has just thought of something even sillier :


Remember Polimodal,

Remember EGB

To hell with them!

Remember me!




Omar and Marina.


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