The Grass is Singing

By Alicia Martínez (English and German Teacher at AIT)

En el artículo de esta semana os traemos una recomendación literaria que no os podéis perder: «The Grass is Singing» de Doris Lessing.

Reading an interesting book has always been a pleasure for bookworms.

On one hand it is a way to see the world through the eyes of another person, to live in another reality just for the moment you want or to be another person for some time.

Reading can be done anywhere and it prevents boredom and promotes relaxation.

On the other hand, it encompasses a wide range of genres and includes both fiction and non-fiction.

  • Fiction: Novels, short stories, jokes, comics, poetry, lyrics, plays and scripts
  • Non-fiction: Reference books, newsletters, letters, emails, biographies, memoirs, newspapers, magazines, websites

Today I would like to talk about a novel called “The grass is singing”. This novel was written by British Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing. It was her first novel, published in 1950.

The novel begins with a newspaper clipping about the death of Mary Turner, a white woman, killed off by her black servant Moses for money. The news actually acts like an omen for other white people living in that African setting. After looking at the article, people behave as if the murder was very much expected. The bulk of the novel is a flashback of Mary Turner’s life up to her murder at the hand of Moses in the last chapter.

When you usually read a murder mystery novel you expect to know the name of the murder at the very end after going through the whole novel. But not in this novel as you know it from the very beginning and the author leads you through the protagonist´s miserable life on her husband´s unsuccessful farm.

If you prefer watching the film click on the following link and enjoy it:

Once you start one cannot stop reading!

6 ways to improve your health (part I)

By H. Adjei, English and French teacher at AIT Language School

Hoy os traemos unos consejos muy útiles para mejorar tu salud. ¡Seguro que si los sigues, notas la diferencia!

*Disclaimer: I’m neither a doctor nor a health-care professional. This article was written by me as a result for research on reliable sources that I’ll link down below.

In this article I’m going to talk about six ways to improve your health. So, if you’re interested in improving you overall health, here are some ways to do it:

  • If you care for your brain, sleep for 8 hours. It has been shown that having a good rest contributes to your productivity during the day, helps you to have loads of energy, improves your concentration level and even helps boost your metabolism to burn fat if you’re trying to lose weight.
  • If you care for your blood circulation, massage your feet with oil before going to bed. Apart from improving circulation, stimulating muscles it also helps to reduce tension and ease pain off your feet.
  • If you care for your stomach, avoid cold food. Cold should be avoided because it reduces stimulation of gastric fluids. Eating cold foods may result in contraction and poor blood circulation in the digestive system, leading to indigestion.
  • If you care for your liver, avoid excessive fatty food. Eating excess fat creates a build up in the liver. When the liver does not process and break 
    down fats, as it normally should, people tend to develop fatty liver and other conditions such as obesity or diabetes. 
  • If you care for you intestines, replace junk food for vegetables.  Junk food tends to just lie there in your stomach because we aren’t genetically programmed to easily digest this kind of food. Whereas vegetables help to cleanse the gut and the whole digestive system. 
  • If you care for you kidney and heart, drink a lot of water during the day and less water during the night. You should also make sure to empty you bladder before going to bed.  Drinking water too close to bedtime can interrupt your sleep cycle and negatively impact the heart health. Withholding urine during sleep can cause the bladder to double its size and can eventually lead to a loose bladder, which causes involuntary urine release on the long run. Nevertheless, you must drink enough water throughout the day to avoid dehydration.

Hopefully this article is useful to each and every one of you!


Links of research sources: (How does junk food affect the digestives system) (The Liver) (How the cold affects the stomach) (How the urinary system works) (The benefits of acupressure)

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