Friends and the New Year

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This is another good episode to discuss the holiday season and the resolutions many people make at the end of each year. Here you can check out a couple of scenes where each one of the guys makes a New Year’s resolution… watch the whole episode to find out if they can keep it or […]

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Friends and the holidays

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I’ve been using this Friends episode this year to talk about Christmas with my students, and the response has been great! I found an edited version on Youtube with the exact scenes that I use. It’s a good video to discuss Christmas tradition and how different religions celebrate it (the Jewish, in this case) – and […]

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Vocabulary: American vs. British

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I’ve written here before about differences in spelling between British and American English. Now let’s see some vocabulary differences, which are also common.

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English Central, a "must-use" website

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The Internet has brought many advances to the teaching of foreign languages. Nowadays, there are lots of websites with countless activities for students. I particularly like those with videos and subtitles, which help students improve listening. Today I share with you one of these websites, it’s called English Central – www.englishcentral.com. There you can: – […]

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Slang time!

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First and foremost, you should know that slang (gíria) is an uncountable word in English, so you don’t learn *slangs, but slang words, slang expressions, slang terms… =) I’ve bought this very interesting book by Jack Scholes – it’s called Slang: Gírias Atuais do Inglês and I highly recommend it. I’ll select a few expressions […]

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Present time, part II: Present continuous

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The Present Continuous is formed by verb to be + principal verb+ing. Affirmative: I‘m looking at you. She‘s looking at you. They‘re looking at you. Negative: I‘m not looking at you. She‘s not looking at you. They‘re not looking at you. Interrogative and short answer: Am I looking at you? Yes, I am. No, I‘m […]

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Present time, part I: Simple present

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Let’s talk about verb tenses! They’re supposedly easier in English, but it’s important to pay attention to some details, such as auxiliary verbs and word order. Here you’ll see the structure of Simple Present and its use. Affirmative: I/You/We/They drink milk for breakfast. He/She/It drinks milk for breakfast. Negative: I/You/We/They don’t drink milk for breakfast. […]

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English tip: British vs. American spelling

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Today’s tip comes from Oxford Dictionary. The differences between British and American spelling don’t usually keep the student from identifying a word, but it’s interesting to know which is which so that we can try to follow a pattern. Double l at the end of verbs: American: canceling; traveled British: cancelling; travelled ter > tre […]

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English tip: actual/actually

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For my first post I’ve decided to write about a false cognate which students often confuse: actual/actually – they’re not atual or atualmente in Portuguese. Here are some examples from Cambridge Grammar of English. Actual and actually refer to whether something is true or factual. They do not refer to time: They went into a […]

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Welcome to my blog!

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Hi, everybody! I’ve created this blog to post English tips and news about my work. I’ll do my very best to always keep it updated. =) Hope you find it useful! Gabi

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