July 13, 2011


What's up?

On today's post, you will learn the colors in English.
Did you know that in the UK they say "colours"? In the US they say "colors", without the letter "U" in the middle.

In the beginning, there were only three colors, called Primary Colors:
Red, the color of fire, the color of love, the color of our blood
Blue, the color of the sea, the color of tranquility, the color of the sky
and Yellow, the color of the sun, the color of some types of cheese, the color of sunflowers

By mixing Red and Blue, we get the Purple, the color of violets.
By mixing Blue and Yellow, we get the Green, the color of grass.
And by mixing Red and Yellow, we get the Orange, the color of an orange!
These are the Secondary Colors.

Look at this picture:

Then we have the Tertiary Colors, which are:
Brown, the color of wood.
And Grey or Gray, the color of a rain cloud.

And by mixing every color, we get the White, the color of light, the color of the moon.
When there is no color, it is Black, the color of the vacumm.

When you add Black to a color, you call it "dark [color]"
Black adds shadow to a color:
Blue +  Black = Dark blue

And when you add White to a color, you call it "light [color]".
White makes a color lighter:
Blue + White = Light blue

Some people say that Pink is the color of girls.

Here are some phrases with colors:
"The U.S. flag is blue, red and white."
"The Brazilian flag is green, yellow, blue and white."
"Penguins are black and white."
"It doesn't matter if you're black or white." - Michael Jackson

I hope you like this lesson!

image: wiu.edu

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July 10, 2011

Reflexive Pronouns - Exercises

Hello guys!

Here you have a quiz about Reflexive Pronouns. If you want to learn what Reflexive Pronouns are, click here.

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I hope you like it!

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Hello guys!

Aqui você tem um quiz sobre Reflexive Pronouns. Se você quiser saber o que são Reflexive Pronouns, clique aqui.

Espero que goste!

July 09, 2011

Reflexive Pronouns

How do you do?

Today we're gonna talk about the Reflexive Pronouns. Pay attention to the video below:

On the next post, I'll bring some exercises.

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July 08, 2011

Many, Much and Very - Exercises

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Here is a quiz about "Many, Much and Very". Choose the correct answer for each sentence:

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Many, Much and Very

Hello everyone!

Today's video is about the uses of Many, Much and Very. Pay close attention, please:

On the next post, some exercises.

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July 07, 2011

Countries and Nationalities - Part 3

Hello again!

As I said, here is the third part of Countries and Nationaities:

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Countries and Nationalities - Part 2


Now, the second video created by me, on Countries and Nationalities. This is about Africa and Asia.

On the next post, the last continent, Oceania.

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Countries and Nationalities - Part 1


Today I created a video on Countries and Nationalities. If you like it, leave a comment below. If you don't, leave a comment too. I think it is a bit small to be visualized. If you want to see it better, click on that buttom with four arrows to enlarge it.

I hope you like it. On the next post, I'll talk about Asia and Africa.

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Listening - Taking me Under

Hello people!

Today we're gonna listen to the song "Taking me Under", sung by Austin Kyle:

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July 04, 2011


Hello people!

Well, I know that a person who is learning English needs to speak to learn more. So I brought some tongue-twisters to help you. Tongue-Twister "is a phrase that is designed to be difficult to articulate properly and can be used as a type of spoken (or sung) word game" (wikipedia), it is hard to speak fast, that is, it is funny!
Read these phrases aloud, please:

Can you can a can in a can?

She sells sea-shells by the sea shore.

Sheena leads, Sheila needs.

Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.

Six slippery snails slid slowly seaward.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.

Once a fellow met a fellow
In a field of beans
Said a fellow to a fellow
"If a fellow asks a fellow,
Can a fellow tell a fellow
What a fellow means?"

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepers
A peck of pickled pepers Peter Piper pecked
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepers,
Where's the peck of pickled pepers Peter Piper picked?

Dr, Johnson and Mr. Johnson,
After great consideration,
Came to the conclusion
That the Indian nation
Beyond the Indian Ocean
Is back in education
Because the chief occupation is cultivation.

A flea and a Fly in a flue
Said the fly: "Oh, what should we do?"
Said the flea: "Let us fly!"
Said the fly: "Let us flee!"
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.

How much pot could a pot roast roast if a pot roast could roast pot?

Mr. Tongue Twister tried to train his tongue to twist and turn, and twit an twat, to learn the letter "T".

Who washed Washington's white woolen underwear when Washington's washer woman went West?

That's all for now. On another post, I'll bring more tongue-twisters.

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Use of "That"

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Do you know how to use the word "That" in a sentence? Do you get confused when you use this word? So today I'm going to help you with it. Pay close attention.

The word "That" can be used as a Relative Pronoun. For example, when we are talking about something,  we say:
"Look at that!", "What's that?", "That was an amazing trip!", "Where is that CD?"
In these sentences, the word "That" is essential because it is a Relative Pronoun.

We don't use "That" after a verb of attribuition (said, stated, announced, disclosed). The word "That" can be omitted with no loss of meaning.
"He said that he saw a big monster!" - No need for "That", better to ommit it.
"He said he saw a big moster!"

When, in a sentence, there is a pronoun and a verb, and next to it, there is another pronoun and another verb, we drop the word "That":
"I know that you are somewhere out there." - Pronoun, verb, pronoun, verb
"I know you are somewhere out there."
"I know you like me."

In some cases, the word "That" can be repeated:
"Did you know that that  man is my husband?"
In these cases, we also have a pronoun, a verb, a pronoun and a verb. We can drop the first "That" in this sentence. Some people use this "That" because of good writing.
"Did you know that man is my husband?"

Now, here's a sentence for you to say if it is right or not:

"Did you know that that "that" that that "That" wrote is wrong?"
Well, you might think I'm crazy, but I'm not.
I created this phrase thinking of a world where people's name is "That". And one person wrote the word "that" in a wrong way. Then I asked: "Did you know that that "that" that that "That" wrote is wrong?" Ok, I know it was no fun...

I hope you got it.

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What's up?

Você sabe como usar a palavra "That" numa frase? Você se confunde quando usa essa palavra? Então hoje eu vou te ajudar com ela. Preste atenção: 
"Eu me amo, e isso é tudo que importa."

A palavra "That" pode ser usada como um Pronome Relativo. Por exemplo, quando falamos sobre alguma coisa, dizemos: 
"Look at that!" ("Olhe aquilo!"), "What's that?" ("O que é aquilo?"), "That was an amazing trip!" ("Aquela foi uma viagem incrível!"), "Where is that CD?" ("Onde está aquele CD?")
Nessas frases, a palavra "That" é essencial pois é um Pronome Relativo.

Não usamos "That" depois de um verbo de atribuição (said, stated, announced, disclosed). A palavra "That" pode ser omitida sem perda de sentido. 
"He said that he saw a big monster!"
("Ele disse que viu um grande monstro!") - Não precisa-se do "That", melhor omití-lo.
"He said he saw a big moster!"

Quando, numa frase, existe um pronome e um verbo, e próximo a ele, existe outro pronome e outro verbo, podemos largar a palavra "That":
"I know that you are somewhere out there." - Pronomeverbopronomeverbo
("Eu sei que você está em algum lugar aí fora.")

"I know you are somewhere out there."
"I know you like me."

Em casos a palavra "That" pode ser repetida:
"Did you know that that  man is my husband?" ("Você sabia que aquele homem é meu marido?")
Nesse exemplo, o "That" também poderia ser omitida pois existe um pronome, um verbo, outro pronome e outro verbo, mas algumas pessoas preferem mantê-lo por uma boa escrita.
"Did you know that man is my husband?"

Agora, aqui tem uma frase para você dizer se está certa ou errada:
"Did you know that that "that" that that "That" wrote is wrong?"
Bem, eu criei essa frase pensando em mundo onde as pessoas se chamavam "That", e uma dessas pessoas escreveu a palavra "that" errado. Então alguém perguntou: "Did you know that that "that" that that "That" wrote is wrong?" ("Você sabia que aquele "that" que aquele "That" escreveu está errado?").
Ok, eu sei não foi engraçado...

Espero que tenham entendido...

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July 03, 2011

The Body - Exercises


Here are some exercises on the three lastest posts.

1. Give the correct answer:
a) What do you have at the end of your arm?
b) What is the name of the small hole that we have on our belly?
c) We have fingers in the hands. What do we have in the feet?

2. Match the columns:
(a) brain
(b) lung
(c) stomach

(  ) take in oxigen and eliminate carbon dioxide
(  ) the food is sterilized and pre-digested in it
(  ) we think with it

3. Have you ever broken any part of your body? If so, which part?

On the next post, I'll talk about the uses of the word "THAT".

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The Body - Part III


Now, you're going to learn the name of some organs that you have inside your body. If you don't feel good when talking about this, please don't read this post.


We use the brain to think, remember things, concentrate...

Blood flows in the veins.

You need your heart to live. The heart pumps blood.

The liver releases secretions in a system of channels that open in an outer surface.

The intestine is responsible for absorving water and nutrients and excretion of waste.

Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from the ventricles of the heart to all parts of our body.

The lungs take in oxigen and eliminate carbon dioxide.

The food is sterilized and pre-digested in the stomach in order to follow into the intestine.

The kidneys filter wastes from blood (especially urea) and excrete them in urine with water.

The spleen plays an important immune function of antibody production and proliferation of activated lymphocytes.

The skin is the outer covering of the body, considered the largest organ in the body and heavier.

That's all, folks!
I don't want to give a Biology lesson...


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The Body - Part II


Today, I'm going to post about the limbs and the trunk of the human body. This may be important to you someday.

Below the neck, we have the shoulders. The arms start at the shoulders.
At the end of the arms, we have hands.
And we have the fingers, which are at the end of the hand.
In the middle of the arm, we have the elbow.

We also have the chest, just below the shoulders.
Some chests are hairy.

Then, we have the belly. There is a small hole on our belly, which is called navel.

Below it, we have the genital organs (penis and vagina)
I won't show you how they are because you must know how they are...

And finally we have the legs. In the middle of the legs, we have the knee.
At the end of the leg, we have the foot, two feet.
And at the end of the feet we have the toes.
The fingers are in the hands and the toes are in the feet.

That's all for today.


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July 02, 2011

The Body - Part I

Here I am again!

Let's start with the head (cabeça):

On the top of the head, we have hair, which can be short, long, smooth, curly...

Then, we have the forehead. Within our forehead is our brain, which we think with. Some foreheads have wrinkles, like this person:

After the forehead, we have two eyebrows. Many women like to trim their eyebrows.

The eyes are the next. They are very similar to a ball, but they have a beautiful color. Near the eyes, we have small hair, which are the eyelashes.

Between the eyes, we have a nose. The nose has two holes called nostrils.

Below the nose, men have mustache.

Beside the nose, we have the cheeks. Some cheeks are fluffy.

Then, we have the mouth. Inside the mouth, we have teeth (dentes), tongue (língua) and gum (gengiva).

Below the mouth, we have the chin. Men have beard (barba).

Beside the cheeks, we have the ears.

And finally, we have the neck, which supports the head.

On another post, I'll talk about the other parts of the body. Don't miss it, ok?

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Other slangs

What's up?

Ok, without further ado, I'll post more slangs.

Da bomb - excellent
Freaky daddy/ mommy - someone is very beautiful
Friendosaurus - someone is very ugly
A french kiss - a tongue kiss
To puke - to vomit
Weirdo - silly, stupid

I'll post more soon.

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July 01, 2011

More Idioms

Hey there!

Today I'll post more idioms. If you wanna see the idioms that have been posted, click here.

Last but not least
An introduction phrase to let the audience know that the last person mentioned is no less important than those introduced before him/her.

Lend me your ear
To politely ask for someone's full attention.

Method to my madness
Strange or crazy actions that appear meaningless but in the end are done for a good reason.

Never bite the hand that feeds you
Don't hurt anyone who helps you.

Over my dead body
When you absolutely will not allow something to happen.

Pass the buck
Avoid responsibility by giving it to someone else.

Pig in a poke
A deal that i made without first examining it.

Pull the plug
To stop something. To bring something to an end.

Queer the pitch
Destroy or ruin a plan

Raining cats and dogs
A very noisy and loud rain storm.

Rome was not built in one day
If you want something to be completely properly, then it's going to take time.

Saved by the bell
Saved at the last possible moment.

To escape and not have to pay.

Smell something fishy
Detecting that something isn't right and there might be a reason for it.

The ball is in your court
It is your decision this time.

Third time's a charm 
After no success the first two times, the third try is alucky one.

Under the weather
Feeling ill or sick.

Variety is the spice of life
The more experiences you try the more exciting life can be.

When pigs fly
Something that will never ever happen.

X marks the spot: A phrase that is said when someone finds something he/she has been looking for.

You are what you eat
In order to stay healthy you must eat healthy foods.

You can't judge a book by its cover
Decisions shouldn't be made primarily on appearance.

Your guess is as good as mine
I have no idea.

Zero tolerance
No crime or law breaking, big or small, will be overlooked.

Source: idiomsite.com

That's all, folks!

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