Vocabulary: American vs. British, part II

mai 04, 2011 No Comments by

Following all the buzz around the royal wedding, let’s analyze more differences between American and British English. American English Portuguese Allowance Pocket money Mesada Bar Pub Bar Collect call Reverse-charge Chamada a cobrar Cookie Biscuit Biscoito Dresser Chest of drawers Cômoda Flashlight Torch Lanterna Freeway Motorway Rodovia Mail Post Correspondência Math Maths Matemática Pacifier Dummy […]

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Verbs + infinitive

abr 26, 2011 No Comments by

Today we’ll take a look at some important verbs that are followed by infinitive (to + verb). Agree: He agreed to help me with the research. Arrange: Let’s arrange to meet them at the gate before the match. Decide: Jane decided to wear a pink dress. Deserve: The mean girl deserves to be punished. Expect: […]

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Confusing verbs: raise and rise

abr 19, 2011 No Comments by

It’s very common to confuse these two verbs, but if you think that raise always needs an object, and rise has no object, it might become much easier to understand. In Portuguese, we could say that raise is levantar algo/alguém, and rise would be levantar-se. Also remember that raise is a regular verb (raise – […]

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Slang with “C”

abr 01, 2011 2 Comments by

Let’s continue studying slang, today with the letter “C”. Cheesy: inferior, malfeito; brega, cafona What a cheesy shirt! This song is so cheesy. Chick: mulher, moça; mina, gata I met a nice chick at the party. To chill, to chill out: relaxar, descansar; ficar frio I’m not going out today, I’m just going to chill. […]

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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 by

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 by

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 by

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 by

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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