the 3 wise men & 2 other wise men

aristotle, the wise greek philosopher and scientist, is quoted as saying this about sleeping habits and wisdom

it is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom

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aristotle: the tired eyes of wisdom

benjamin franklin ‘s wisdom has also been highly valued by the generations of americans who have come after him and his portrait is on the $100 bill today. he translated aristotle’s idea into english and turned it into a little rhyme

early to bed, early to rise

makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise

hundred dollar bill wise
u.s. $100 bills are also known as “benjamins”

health (healthy) the state or condition of your body and wealth (wealthy) your possessions and money are pronounced hellth and wellth.

fun elt practice :) richyrocks english on youtube

wisdom (wise) means intelligence that comes from experience.  it is a timely vocabulary word as tonight kids here in mexico and across the spanish speaking world will possibly get to bed early and definitely rise early tomorrow morning in anticipation of the arrival of the reyes magos. the phrase translates directly as magic kings. we know them in english as the magi (wizard, person with magical powers), but more often as the three kings or the three wise men.

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three wise men visiting baby jesus

the wise men will bring kids toys, candy, money or clothes. the tradition is based on these wise men visiting the baby jesus on what came to be known as the epiphany (january 6). they took him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh (two types of incense).

happy birthday! incense was a cooler present 2000 years ago. (

there is a christmas carol about the three kings called we three kings of orient are

the song can help u remember what we call the reyes magos in english, but it is not necessarily great english practice. there are several weird structures and a lot of the vocabulary is either antiquated or doesn’t apply to other situations.

do u celebrate the visit of the three wise men?  what do u like most about this holiday? share your experience under leave a reply


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