quarta-feira, 20 de abril de 2016

CITIES VOCABULARY AND DEFINITIONS

Hoje vamos aprender vocabulário sobre cidades e aprender como se diz esses termos em inglês.

HAMLETS

Hamlets are very small settlements where the population is around 100 people, usually in rural areas.

VILLAGE

A village is a group of houses or buildings in rural areas. They are larger than hamletsand smaller than cities.

TOWN

Towns are settlements larger than villages but smaller than cities. The number of people needed for a settlement to be considered a town varies greatly among countries.

CITY

Cities are large and permanent settlements. Cities have all the infrastructure needed for humans to live, including sanitation, education, housing, transportation, health care and so on.

METROPOLIS

Metropolis are very large cities that are or have become the capital or chief city of a country. They have densely populated residential and commercial areas and have all kinds of facilities and services available to maintain such a large and usually growing city. In the past, this term was used to define the first and main city, from which settlers were sent out to find new places to start another city (anyone ever played civilization? :)

Inside cities we also have:

DISTRICTS

Mostly an administrative division managed by the local government.

SUBURBS

The suburbs are residential areas that are in a commuting distance from a city.

NEIGHBORHOOD

Neighborhoods are residential communities existing within larger cities, towns or even rural areas. Usually people in the same neighborhood know each other with considerable interaction between themselves.

DOWNTOWN

The downtown area of a city is the main or central area of it. This is an American term, that is thought to have originated in Manhattan. In England, they call it the “city centre” instead.
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quinta-feira, 3 de março de 2016

Olá pessoal! Nesse fim de semana foi a noite do Oscar onde o Leonardo DiCaprio ganhou seu Oscar depois de tanto tempo!
Por isso hoje vamos aprender algumas palavras e expressões usadas em filmes que são úteis para discutir o assunto e entender um pouco mais sobre essa área.

CAST

The cast of a movie are all the actors and actresses starring in it. See the example below:
I loved the cast of the movie. I can’t wait to watch it.

CHARACTER

character is a person in the story, played by the actor or actress.

CINEMA

The cinema is the place where the movies are shown in a big screen. You can also say “the movies” as shown in the examples below:
Let’s go to the cinema. / Let’s go to the movies.

GENRE

The genre defines the style of the movie. Comedy, drama, action, horror, etc are all kinds of movie genres.

PLOT

The plot is the series of events that will shape the story. It is often what makes the movie worth watching.
Even though the cast was not the best, the plot was fascinating.

SCENE

A scene is a small part of the movie.
My favorite part was the scene where Leo fights the Bear.

SCREEN

The screen is the surface where the movie will be shown. When they say “the big screen” they are referring to the cinema.

E aí, o que vocês acharam? Deixe seu comentário!

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quinta-feira, 7 de janeiro de 2016

Olá pessoal. No post de hoje vamos aprender o nome de alguns móveis da casa, além de alguns itens de decoração também. Mas ao invés de ver aqueles mais conhecidos, vamos falar de outros itens diferentes que talvez você ainda não conheça o nome em inglês.

BOOKSHELF / BOOKCASE – ESTANTE DE LIVROS

Bookshelves or bookcases are used to store books. Nowadays they come in many shapes, instead of the usual horizontal shelves.

DRESSER – CÔMODA

Dressers are cabinets used for holding folded clothes. Wardrobes, on the other hand, are larger cabinets where you can hang or store clothes

ENTERTAINMENT CENTER – ESTANTE DA TV

Entertainment centers are the central piece of furniture in most living rooms in the U.S. They are used to keep the TV, stereo, and other electronic devices.

PANTRY – DESPENSA

Pantries are small rooms or sometimes closets where people store food, kitchen utensils and dishes.

BASSINET / CRADLE – BERÇO

Bassinets are usually a kind of a bed with fixed legs for babies up to four months. While cradles are generally designed to provide a rocking or swinging motion.

HAMMOCK – REDE DE DORMIR

Hammocks are slings made of fabric and ropes suspended between two points. They are used to swing while you sleep or relax in it.

CHANDELIER – LUSTRE

Chandeliers are decorative lights hanging from the ceiling. Most of them are ornate, and some are made of crystals to refract light to the whole room.

DRAPES – CORTINAS

Drapes are a little different from curtains for being made of heavy opaque materials, designed to block light during the day and provide some sort of insulation during the winter or cold months. They are also more expensive than curtains because of the heavy materials and its quality.
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terça-feira, 29 de setembro de 2015

BUSINESS EXPRESSIONS




Olá pessoal. Hoje vamos ver algumas expressões usadas no mundo dos negócios e ver alguns exemplos de uso.

Back to the drawing board – They use this expression when they have to start over something that was not successful.
E.g: The marketing strategy didn’t work out. We need to go back to the drawing board.

Ballpark number – It’s an estimated value.
E.g: We don’t know how much profit we made this week, but I’d say the ballpark number is around 100 thousand dollars.

Blue collar / White collar – Blue collar workers work with their hands (maintenance, construction, etc) and a White collar worker is someone who works in an office, like in customer service, sales, etc.

Game plan – A game plan is a strategy. 
E.g: We need a new game plan for this crisis.

Hands tied – When someone say their hands are tied, they mean that there’s nothing they can do.
E.g: I wish I could help you but my hands are tied. (there’s nothing I can do to help you)

Win-win situation – It’s a situation where the terms are good for both parties and everyone wins.
E.g: This deal is a win-win situation. 

On a roll – When someone is on a roll, they are having consecutive successes.
E.g: I’ve made 6 sales on my last 6 calls. I’m on a roll here!

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quarta-feira, 19 de agosto de 2015

Cooking and recipes vocabulary

Hey guys! Hoje vamos aprender um vocabulário relacionado com cozinha e receitas. Com essas palavras você vai entender a diferença entre cozinhar, fritar, grelhar e etc.

Bake – Assar
We use this word when we are going to cook something in an oven.
E.g: Bake the fish for 10 minutes. / I just finished baking the cake for you.
To barbecue – Fazer churrasco
To barbecue something is to cook on a grill, usually outside.
Abbreviation: BBQ.
Eg.: Let’s make a barbecue. / Dad is going to barbecue some steaks.
Boil – Ferver
To boil is to cook in hot water.
Eg.: I ate two boiled eggs and bread for breakfast.
Fry – Fritar
To fry is to cook in hot oil.
Eg.: I’ll eat some fried chicken for lunch.
Marinate – Marinar
To marinate something is to leave it in a spiced liquid, usually for a few hours or overnight.
E.g: Leave the beef marinating in red wine vinegar.

Esse é o vocabulário básico de como cozinhar a comida. Em breve veremos um vocabulário mais específico que encontramos em receitas.

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segunda-feira, 20 de julho de 2015

ESSENTIAL AMERICAN SLANG WORDS



Hello guys. Hoje vamos aprender algumas gírias muito usadas pelos americanos.
If you’re just starting out, these slang words are a great place to get started!

Awesome
Something that is awesome is great or wonderful.
Example: 
“Did you see the new Avengers movie? It was awesome!
Cool
The literal definition of “cool” is “a little cold”. In American slang, it can have the same meaning as “awesome” – where something is great or wonderful.
Example:
“That shirt is really cool.”
I’m beat
To be “beat” means “to be tired”.
Example:
Can you come over to play video games tonight?”
“No thanks. I worked all day, and I’m beat.”
hang out
To “hang out” means to spend free time, usually with friends.
Example:
You seem like a cool guy. We should hang out sometime!”
chill out
“Chill out” has the same meaning as “hang out”, but it also has a second meaning. If someone tells you to “chill out”, then they mean “calm down”.
This phrase is sometimes shortened to just “chill”.
Example #1 (spending free time)
“I’ve got a couple hours after work tonight. Do you want to come over to my house and chill out?”

Example #2 (calm down)

“Stop getting so angry. You need to chill.”
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