Sunday, January 2, 2011

Weekly Bilingual News

Dear Friends:

Hello! Welcome to an online communication of the Spanish-English Club with several comments we posted in online publications during the last few days.

Due to professional compromises and personal requirements, we have only time to write a short Weekly Bilingual News, but here you have interesting subjects for your debate and bilingual conversation. The Vocabulary included will help you.

WSJ Journal Community Question: Has the recession led your company to postpone an IPO? (Dec. 28, 2010)
Journal Community Answer: "Worse, the recession is pushing me to stop any new business project." Domingo A. Trassens. 

WSJ Journal Community Question: Where will crude oil be by April 2011? (Dec. 29, 2010)
Journal Community Answer: "The economic reactivation will push the crude oil prices up because during the last few years our government didn’t at least make one positive initiative to increase the normal production. If in this gloomy economic environment of today the barrel goes over $90, any small demand will increase the barrel price. Basic economy!" Domingo A. Trassens.

WSJ  Journal Community Question: Where will unemployment be at the end of 2011? (Dec. 30, 2010)
Journal Community Answer: "Now nobody has a crystal ball to make the right prediction. It looks the Government doesn’t have any idea how to address the job issue for the right move and Congress has other priorities. Everybody will hope to maintain that rate under 10%." Domingo A. Trassens.

WSJ  Journal Community Question: Will you make a New Year’s resolution for 2011? Tell us about it. (Dec. 31, 2010)
Journal Community Answer:  "I will fight with all my energies to avoid dieing in the street. " Domingo A. Trassens.

Now our question to all of you: Did you make a New Year’s resolution too? Please share your resolution with the other members of the Club. Thank you.

Ahora nuestra pregunta para todos ustedes: ¿Tomaron ustedes resoluciones para Año Nuevo también? Por favor, compartan sus resoluciones con los otros miembros del Club. ¡Muchas Gracias!

Happy New Year! / ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!


Domingo A. Trassens
Spanish-English Club
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Questions - Preguntas:

1) From your point of view, what was the worst news for the last year?

1) Desde vuestro punto de vista, ¿cuál fue la peor noticia del último año?

2) And what was the best news from the last year?

2) ¿Y cuál fue la mejor noticia del último año?

Vocabulary - Vocabulario:

- at least = al menos, por lo menos
- demand = demanda 
- duck, ducks = pato, patos
- crystal ball = bola de cristal
- gloomy = oscuro, triste, pesimista
- IPO (Initial Public Offering) = oferta inicial en el mercado público de Wall Street
- New Year = Año Nuevo
- oil crude = petróleo crudo
- postpone = aplazar, posponer
- prediction = predicción
- reactivation = reactivación
- recession = recesión
- resolution = resolución  
- under = bajo
- worse = peor
- year = año 


Thanks to Bev, Bob, Erika, Joseph, Louis, Mary, Nelson, and Stephanie for your messages.

Every year, these ducks make the same New Year's resolution: to love each other and swim together enjoying the beautiful Nature.

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