Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Superstitions

Today Carmen brought us an interesting video about superstitions. Which English superstitions didn't you know? What countries' superstitions does Mr Duncan talk about? Write them using a conditional sentence.

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9 comments:

Mª Jesús said...

-Which English superstitions didn't you know?
*Touching something made of wood is supposed to bring you good luck in the future.
*Throwing salt over your left shoulder will bring good luck.
*Putting a new pair of shoes upon a table is considered very bad luck.
*If you see a four leaf clover in the field, keep it safe.
*Keeping a rabbit foot in your pocket.
*Making a wish when you put out a loose eyelash.
*Hanging a horse shoe on your wall. Is that all your good luck will be caught in the shoe like a coup.

-What countries'superstitions does Mr Ducan talk about?
*In China, if you see the number four, you will have bad luck, because in the Chinese language, four has similar sound to the Chinese word for death.
*In Brazil, if you put the sugar into the cup before the coffe, then you will became rich.
*In Thailand if you see the number six you will supposed to bring bad luck because it is believed thai it can reverse or undo your good fortune.
*In Japan, if you see a white snake, you will have good fortune for the rest of your life.

Raquel said...

Mr. Duncan talks about the world of superstition. I didn´t know that throw salt over the left can bring good luck and put a new pair of shoes upon a table is considered very bad luck.
In China the number four is considered unlucky because in the Chinese language four has a similar sound to the Chinese word for death.
Ex: If you pronounce four in Chinese you will have bad luck in the future.
In Brazil, a person that put sugar into the cup before the coffee can become rich.
Ex: If you put sugar into the cup before the coffee you will be rich.
In Thailand the number six is supposed to bring bad luck.
Ex: If you see the number six your fortune will can undo.
In Japan a white snake is considered lucky.
Ex: If you see a white snake you will be lucky.

Ana said...

I didnt't know some of the supertitions that Mr. Dunckan aforementionedin the video, but now, I'll have more care because I'm superstitious.

UK:
-If you touch wood, you probably will pass the exam.
-If you put salt in your face you will have good luck.
-If you make a wish and you blow a loose eyelash, you will have good luck.
-If you find a 4 leaf clover, you will have good luck.
-If you keep a rabbit foot in your pocket, you will have good luck.
-If you walk under a ladder, you will have bad luck.
-If you put a new pairs of shoes upon a table, you will have bad luck.
-If you see black cat walking past you, you will have bad luck.
-If you open an umbrella indoors, you will have bad luck.
-If the number thirteen of the month falls on a Friday, you must be at house.

China: If a day of the month falls in 4, you will have bad luck.
Brazil: If you put the sugar into the cup before the coffee, then you will be became rich.
Thailand: If a day of the month falls in 6, your fortune will just.
Japan: If you see a white snake, you will have good fortune for the rest of your life.

Jesús Díaz López said...

Superstitions in another countries:

-In China, if you write the word "luck" upside down , your good luck won't run away. Also if you use the number 4 it will bring you bad luck.
Superstitions in another countries:

-In Brazil, if you put the sugar into the cup before the caffe, you will become rich.

-In Thailand, if you use the number 6, it will bring you bad luck.

-In Japan, if you see a white snake , it will bring you fortune for the rest of your live.

Carmen Torres said...

I didn't know some interesting and surprising English superstitions such as "carrying a part of an animal or throwing salt over your left shoulder" would bring you good luck; or "putting a new pair of shoes upon a table" brings you bad luck!
They are quite funny for me, because I don't believe in superstitions and people who believe that such simple things, like those ones, bring bad or good luck for us make me laugh!

Other countries superstitions:
-In China, if you say "four", you will have bad luck because it has a similar sound to the Chinese word for death.
- In China, if you hang the word luck upside down on the wall of your house, fortune won't run away.
- In Brazil, if you put the sugar into the cup before the coffee, you'll become rich.
-In Thailand, your fortune will be undone or reversed if you have the number six written anywhere.
- In Japan, you'll have good luck for the rest of your life if you see a white snake.

José Ramón said...

I didn't know that touching something made of wood was supposed to bring you good luck in the future. In fact, I'd never imagined that.
I already knew all the rest, but for me the most famous ones are if you see a four leaf clover it will bring you good luck, and that hanging a horse shoe on your wall brings good luck too.
The countries' superstitions which Mr Duncan talks about are:

China. In Chinese number four sounds like "death". So if you find number four, you'll get unlucky.

Brazil. In Brazil, if you put sugar into a cup before the coffe you'll become rich.

In Thailand number six means the opposite of good luck. If you see number six, your good luck will be undone.

Japan. For Japanese, whites snakes might be so difficult to see. So if you see a white snake, you'll be lucky for the rest of your life.

Cristóbal said...

I'm not so supersticious but in general I like this topic.
I didn't know that throwing salt over your left shoulder would bring good luck to you. In fact I didn't know that Walking under a ladder would give you bad luck in the future.

For Chinese people four sounds similar to death.. what means that if you say "four" you'll be unlucky.

For people in Brazil, if you put sugar into a cup before adding the coffe, you'll become rich.

For people in Thailand your fortune would be undone if you have number six near you.

For Japanese people if you see a white snake, you'll be lucky for the rest of your life.

Victoria García said...

I don't consider myself superstitious, I think that's why I love opening umbrellas at home and then turn them once and again. ;)

I didn't know:
"If you carry a rabbit foot in your pocket, you'll be lucky"
"If you put a pair of shoes under a table, you'll be unlucky"
If you put the sugar before the coffee into your cup, you'll become rich" (Brazilian superstition)

Mr. Duncan talks about UK, China, Brazil and Thailand's superstitions.

josema said...

I loved this task very much. Carmen has prepared a great activity and I found it very interesting. I'm a very superstitious boy, so the English superstitions that Mr. Duncan show us haven't been so strange for me. They were, for example: these ones.

· You will have good luck if...
- you touch wood.
- you make a wish and blow a loose eyelash.
- you found a four leaved clover.
- you put salt in your face.
- you carry a part of an animal, such as keeping a rabbit foot (in your pocket).

· You will have bad luck if...
- you break a mirror.
- you walk under a ladder.
- you open an umbrella indoors.
- you see a black cat while walking.
- you put your pair of shoes on a table.
- it's Friday 13.

However, I didn't know the other countries superstitions. They were very interesting and I'm sure I'll never forget them, just in case. They were for example:

· In China: If you say or use the number 4, you will have bad luck. That's because in Chinese it has a very similar word for death. Also in this country, if you write the word "LUCK" upside down in your house wall, fortune won't run away.

· In Thailand, number 6 brings bad luck, so if you write it anywhere, you will have bad fortune.

· In Brazil: If you put the sugar into the cup before coffee, you’ll become richer.

· In Japan: If you see a white snake you will be very lucky for the rest of your life.

And I think that's all, there weren't any more superstitions, but If someday I find one more I'll write it in my long superstitions list. :)