Public Speech by InaM

The Importance of Music in our lives

Dear MissM and dear colleagues, I am going to tell you how I feel about music and why music is so important in our everyday lives.

“Music is the language of emotions”, said once a great man with a deep knowledge of life (Immanuel Kant). It is true: when I am happy, I play the piano, when I am sad, I play the piano as well, and when I am tired after a day of school, it is the piano which gives me energy.

Music is the way leading to emotions, but also to express emotions through notes. Music can help us become good persons and is a great way to learn about the world and its beauties.

Point 1: Music can make us happy; happiness improves our performance.

Listening or playing music is a way to get happy when you are sad and to share your joy with your friends.

Did you know that the brain can use the music to keep the mind and body healthy? Today’s doctors tell us that music helps the brain to be receptive and alert; that music slows heart rate, reduces stress and anxiety by increasing the levels of what we call HAPPINESS.

Do you want to know a “scientific trick” to boost your performance before a quiz or exam? I’ll tell you about the “Mozart Effect”. Scientists have shown that listening to 10 minutes of Mozart’s music increases your performance significantly…but, for a short period of time. 

It can be a good idea to play in the background music by great composers such as Mozart, Bach, Chopin for a longer period while we study. Being happy is important not only for how we feel, but also for how proficient we can be. 

Point 2: Music is a tool to develop into a harmonious person.

Music is not only a way to improve one’s performance almost instantly. It helps young people to develop in many important ways. The best part? You don’t have to have a great singing voice or play a musical instrument to benefit from the positive influence of music on your brain’s development. The simple and enjoyable act of making music will naturally foster important social and emotional skills, such as self-regulation, self-confidence, leadership skills, social skills, and socio-emotional intelligence.

Moreover, music-making and learning to play an instrument may enhance the brain’s ability to fulfil tasks which require language skills, memory and attention. 

Point 3: Music is a great teacher! 

Playing the piano is also a way to learn about the history, geography and people the music comes from. When I play Beethoven’s Bagatelle, I imagine seeing and talking to Elise and realize the emotions, of deep love, felt by the great composer.  

 

Ludwig van Beethoven was an amazing creator, whose work is exceptional in complexity and sensibility, but what makes him even more exceptional is the fact that he symbolizes the impossible made possible. Beethoven was truly unique as he could create music of unmatched beauty even after he lost his hearing.

Even if we realize the great achievements of Beethoven and praise him now for his huge contribution to the world’s culture, this does not mean he had an easy and beautiful life all the time. To the contrary. He struggled and fought most of his life to be appreciated and was even cruelly mocked when he couldn’t hear anymore. He died unhappy, but he left a musical legacy without match.   

I would like you to try an experiment. Just go after a classical composition you like and try to find information about the composer, when and eventually why he/she composed that musical piece, where did the composer lived/lives. I promise, you will be amazed by how many things you may find from a musical piece: places, people, stories!

Conclusion

In conclusion, I strongly believe that music is very important in our lives. This becomes clear when we realise that music helps us discover emotions at a very young age and improve our spirits and general performance when needed, that music is a way to communicate emotions and build social harmony and understanding around us and that music underpins the knowledge about exceptional people whose lives will keep on inspiring humankind. 

All the great thinkers of mankind from ancient times till the present day have stressed the role of music in the betterment of people and in creating peace. When you realized the miracle of music, wouldn’t you want to be part of it? 

 

Winter by InaM

Winter, a poem created for Similes and Metaphor English Language Art Activity.

Winter is my favorite season
I will tell you now the reason
I can ski and I can skate
Snowman is my playing mate

Snowflakes falling from the sky
Like a crystal butterfly
Like a mirror it’s the lake
Hill looks like a merengue cake

Walking on the starry night
Watching magic lights outside
I am happy and so blessed
That’s why winter is the best.

 

A blessing or a curse? הברכה או הקללה?

 

When Isaac became old and lost his sight, he thought it was time to give the blessing to his first born son, Esau. Maybe Esau did not deserve to have his father’s blessing because he sold the rights of a firstborn son to  his twin brother Jacob, just for a bowl of soup. 

I think Esau was disrespectful and careless about God’s promise, to make a great nation from Avraham descendants.

כאשר יצחק הזדקן ואיבד את ראייתו, חשב שהגיע הזמן לתת את הברכה לבנו הבכור, עשו. אולי עשו לא הגיע לברכת   .אביו כי מכר את זכויותיו של בן בכור לאחיו התאום יעקב, רק בשביל קערת מרק

 .אני חושב שעשו היה לא מכבד וחסר רשלנות כלפי הבטחתו של אלוהים, להפוך לאומה גדולה מצאצאי אברה

I believe that this Pasuk/Parashah teaches us that the way Jacob wanted to get his father blessing it is bad.

אני מאמנת שהפסוק/(שהפרשה) מלמדת אותנו שהדרך של יעקב לקבל את הברכה מאבא שלו היא לא טובה (היא רעה).  

His father loved his both sons but he thought that it was right to give Esau his blessing.

אביו אהב את שני בניו אך הוא חשב שנכון לתת לעשו את ברכתו.

Rivka helped Jacob to disguise himself in Esau, to deceive Isaac. I think that the blessing obtained by cheating, will be heavy on Jacob’s neck and shoulders.

רבקה עזרה ליעקב להתחפש לעשו, להונות את יצחק. אני חושבת שהברכה המתקבלת על ידי רמאות, תהיה כבדה על צווארו וכתפיו של יעקב.

 

Legend writing by InaM

And old kind of hero in a modern time Legend

Once upon a time, not too far in the future, one happy family lived in a beautiful city somewhere in Canada. Everything went well for this family. The fathers was a still young and intelligent computer specialist and the mother was a brave nurse in a big hospital. Their son, Jan, was a very hard working student, very eager to learn as much as possible.

But one day, all their hopes and dreams crushed all of a sudden. Jan was found with a very serious illness. There was hope, but the cure was very expensive. The family was not rich and sadly, the insurance did not cover this specific cure. So the father, with his computer skills, decided to obtain the cure by using the model of Robin Hood when taking from the riches and giving to the poor. He put his mind to modifying the information of the insurance companies to include the expensive cure to be covered. He tried so hard without any success, and he was desperate and ready to do anything to save Jan. 

When he almost gave up his hopes, he met at his office a new company collaborator, Janet. They become friends and Janet, who has many skills and no friends at all, decides to help Jan’s father. Jan dad found out that Janet was the inventor of the cure his son needed, as she used to work for a big pharma company.

Although Janet had no friends and she was often mocked for being a nerd, she was a honey heart and wishfully to help any people. Long time ago, she realized that she can transform what seems to be a defect into a major strength, like Rapunzel in her legend, Janet used her strength to help Jan father, a Robin Hood of modern days, come to the rescue of the week.

Negrochia my ideal country by Ina M

Negrochia

-my ideal country-

By InaM

When I was 5 or 6 years old I invented the country which I named: Negrochia. It was my dream country, and every time I played, everything was happening there, in Negrochia.

Negrochia is not a big country, but it has high mountains, rich forests and a large and deep river, called Rochia river. Its waters are clear and home to so many kinds of fish. Some are big, some small, some red, some yellow or blue. There are so many birds in the sky and in the forest, some of them singing beautifully and some of them impressed by their unique looks. 

The cities of Negrochia are clean and modern, with beautiful houses, colorful gardens and large streets. The cities also have many schools, where children go everyday smiling and determined to learn. Everything works here with electricity.

Negrochia is a very well organized country. Here, each inhabitant is well represented by one of his own, so that not only people are representatives but also from the animal kingdom. In Negrochia, people and animals can talk to each other. People and animals live in harmony, study and work together. One of the most important laws is about the right to be happy. If for some reasons you feel sad one day, the others will do their best to comfort you and make you smile and laugh. The second law is about education. All children in the country go to school and discover their talents. The third law is about friendship. Everyone respects and protects each other. In this society, there is no place for envy or anger.

If you wish to become a Negrochian citizen you must prove that you are a funny and happy person.  

 

 

 

Nadia Comaneci un Athlet d’exception

 

  Nadia Comaneci un Athlet d’exception

 

               

Nom: Nadia Comaneci

Age: 58 

Pays: Roumanie

Sport: gymnaste (entre 1970 et 1984)

Détails physiques: Elle est 1m63, elle est flexible et musclée, elle a des cheveux longs.

Autres détails: Elle a toujours un sourire sur les lèvres.

Elle a gagné beaucoup de médailles: 5 médailles d’or, 3 médailles d’argent, 1 médaille de bronze aux Jeux Olympiques un en 1976, à Montréal, et en 1980, à Moscou.     

Faits sur Nadia Comaneci

 

  • En 1976 aux Jeux Olympique à Montréal, elle gagne trois médailles d’or. Elle a seulement 14 ans et son résultat est parfait. 
  • Elle gagne plus de 25 médailles d’or dans les compétitions de gymnastique.
  • En 2000 elle est nommée une des meilleures athlètes du siècle.
  • Nadia Comaneci est la seule athlète au monde à avoir reçu deux fois L’Ordre Olympique, la plus prestigieuse distinction du Mouvement Olympique en 1984 et 2004, accordée par Le Comité Olympique International.

 

 

 

Romania

Romania  

Romania Shape on the Map and Flag

Famous places to be visit

For those who don’t know, I am born in a small country called Romania situated in East Europe.

Despite the fact that Romania is 42 times smaller than Canada :)!!!!!, there are astonishing places in my country that may take your breath away.

I will try now to do a virtual travel with you through the tenth best places in Romania:

  1. Sighisoara, Mures County 

It is a very old (Middle Ages) city, a medieval fortress very well conserved, full of towers and is also called “pearl of Transylvania”

You must visit the Clock Tower, the Hall of Arms and Torture Chamber

Sighisoara Medieval City

Sighisoara Medieval City

  1. Sibiu

It’s called in german Hermannstadt -The Heart City because it is situated in the center of Romania…like a heart in my country’s chest. In Sibiu you must visit the Bridge of Lies which is known to be one of the oldest iron bridges ever built in Romania, and the second ever built in Europe. 

Sibiu -Bridge of Lies

Sibiu -Bridge of Lies

Since you are in the area, you must not miss a visit to Mud Castle of Fairy Valley near Sibiu. You will feel like in a fairy tale, trust me!

  1. Brasov 

Brasov is a very well known city for tourism – many people visit it throughout the year. It is located in the Carpathian mountains and is known for its churches, the town square, and its medieval natured walls. For example, when you go to Brasov, you would go with the gondola (which I have done many times before) and visit the great cafes in the well known Council Square (Piata Sfatului). Did you know that Brasov is also the home of the famous Bran Castle?? (you may also know it as Dracula’s Castle!!).

Brasov

Brasov-Piata Sfatului

Brasov Bran Castel

Dracula’s Castel -Bran

 

  1. Deva

Deva, is another city located in the Transylvania region, much like Brasov is. Deva is well known for its great castles and for being on the Mures River. An interesting fact is that Deva had Jewish occupancy in the 1830s. When Romania entered WWII, Deva was a safe place for Jewish refugees to stay. Way to go, Deva!! The best place to visit is the Great Fortress of Deva which is located on top of a volcanic hill. 

Deva City

Deva City view