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segunda-feira, 24 de junho de 2013

O que significa To kiss up?

To kiss up é um phrasal verb norte-americano utilizado para indicar uma atitude “submissa”, “bajuladora”.

Os ingleses por sua vez utilizam to suck up (literalmente “sugar”). Ambas as expressões podem parecer obscenas, mas não são consideradas como tal.

Kiss up with politicians.

Quantas frases você consegue escrever utilizando esse phrasal verb?

Baseada na reportagem da revista SPEAK UP 310.

quinta-feira, 20 de junho de 2013

I'm Nobody! Who Are You? By Emily Dickinson

I'm Nobody! Who are You?


I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us -don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

domingo, 9 de junho de 2013

Psalm 91

Clique na imagem para ouvir o Salmo 91 em inglês.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

quinta-feira, 6 de junho de 2013

business or one-to-one classes

It is not always, but most part of the time when you are supposed to have business or one-to-one classes, it is likely to happen. You have every little thing prepared and tested, but suddenly… “Wait, where are my students?”

Not only frustrating, but also demotivating, one-to-one classes may be difficult to deal with. I would suggest you to have an agreement with them (students) before you start the lessons properly.

Remember, we – EFL teacher – are not going to save the planet, so stop doing the wrong thing. Your bad attitude towards to one-to-one classes is not only bothering you, but your peers too.

Next time you establish the rules for your classes, try to remember that other teacher – novice or experienced – exist. Does it make any sense? Be a professional or just read this: