Archive for março, 2011

Simple past, part II: use

mar 28, 2011 No Comments by

We’ve seen how the simple past is formed, now let’s take a look at its use. Definite time reference: Did you watch that film yesterday? He went at the end of November. Their grandfather died four weeks ago. Without explicit time markers: in these cases, a definite past time may be implied by the situation, […]

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Meet our winner!

mar 24, 2011 2 Comments by

Priscila Moura was the winner of the book in the drawing. She is 26 years old and a Chemical Engineer. Priscila has been my student for a little over a year now. Congratulations!!

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Vocabulary: The media

mar 22, 2011 No Comments

Let’s take a look at vocabulary related to the media today. Radio and TV The news is on TV at 6 o’clock. (As notícias in Portuguese, but it’s singular in English) Do you watch soap operas? Yes, I watch Insensato Coração every day. I watched a documentary last night about drugs and young people. I […]

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Cartoons about the Internet

mar 14, 2011 1 Comment

The tragedy in Japan has also been showing us the power of the Internet today. We not only hear about the news, but we actually see a lot of what happened through videos, mostly made with cell phones. I’ve created an activity to encourage my students to think and talk about the influence that the […]

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Talking about the weather

mar 11, 2011 No Comments

This has been an unfortunate week regarding the weather, especially in Rio Grande do Sul, with all the rain, and in Japan, with the earthquake and tsunami. While we hope things will soon get better, here are some tips for talking about the weather. Noun Adjective Sun Sunny Rain Rainy Wind Windy Cloud Cloudy Snow […]

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Simple past, part I: form

mar 09, 2011 No Comments

It’s been a while since I last posted about verbs tenses, so let’s talk about Simple past today. We’ll see how it is formed, and in future posts I’ll talk about the uses. Regular verbs are formed by adding -ed to the base form: talked, walked, touched. For irregular verbs we use the past form […]

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Make and Do

mar 02, 2011 2 Comments

Make and do are verbs that usually have the same translation in Portuguese: fazer. So it’s very common for students to confuse them. There are a few rules, but in general the best thing to do is try to memorize some fixed expressions. Let’s take a look at some basic make and do expressions: Make […]

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