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Don’t be clever or snarky. You want to show off your sharp wit? Keep it for when you’re writing letters to the Promotion and Tenure Review Committee. Unless you are being kind, do not be cute or ironic or use mockery when writing comments on a student’s paper. The ability to decide somebody’s grade is not the same thing as being able to bully that person. The easiest thing in the world is to make a student feel bad. You should get satisfaction from being that person’s teacher, not from being that person’s judge.

—Gina Barreca, 5 Ways to Make Grading Easier

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“Nos ganamos la vida por lo que conseguimos, pero hacemos la vida por lo que damos.”

Mi traducción de la cita malatribuida a Winston Churchill:

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

*Yo encontré otras traducciones similares pero sólo después de hacer mi propio trabajo con un nativo hispanohablante.

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The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

References

King Jr., M.L. (February 1947). The purpose of education. The Maroon Tiger. Atlanta, GA: Morehouse College. http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_470200_000/

Image downloaded from http://thewiredhomeschool.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/martin_luther_king_quote1.jpg

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If you want something you haven’t got, you’ve got to do something you haven’t done.

—My translation of the saying “Si quieres lo que no tienes, debes hacer lo que no haces.”

I looked up my translation on the Internet, and found some variations of the same saying in English, though none with quite my wording. Since I like my wording and the work I put into translating it from Spanish into English, I’m adding my rendition to the mix.

The photo in the poster is one of my most popular on Flickr. I created the poster with Big Huge Labs’ Motivator.

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Si quieres lo que no tienes, debes hacer lo que no haces.

This really caught my attention in an article I read this morning at a Spanish conversation group.* My translation: If you want something you don’t have, you have to do something you’re not doing. Or… If you want something you haven’t got, you’ve got to do something you haven’t done.

Here’s an English quotation I found that is similar to my translation:

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If you want something you’ve never had you’ve got to do something you’ve never done. —(some attribute this quote or something like it to Thomas Jefferson, but I looked it up, and it’s not)

En español:

Esta mañana, fui a un grupo de conversación en español. Leímos un artículo en español para practicar leyendo y hablando el idioma, y una oración me fascinó: “Si quieres lo que no tienes, debes hacer lo que no haces.” Me recordó de un aforismo, un refrán sabio. El artículo no tuve una nombre de escritor, desafortunadamente. Sin embargo, me gustó tratar de traducirlo. Lo busqué la atribución de la oración en español e ingles por el Internet, y no pude lo encontrar, pero lo importante es como me hace sentir. En cualquier idioma, voy a mantener este sentimiento en mi corazón.

* There was no attribution to the quotation nor to the author of the article, unfortunately.