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Blog criado por Bruno Coriolano de Almeida Costa, professor de Língua Inglesa desde 2002. Esse espaço surgiu em 2007 com o objetivo de unir alguns estudiosos e professores desse idioma. Abordamos, de forma rápida e simples, vários aspectos da Língua Inglesa e suas culturas. Agradeço a sua visita.

"Se tivesse perguntado ao cliente o que ele queria, ele teria dito: 'Um cavalo mais rápido!"

domingo, 6 de abril de 2014

EFL teacher Bruno Coriolano's Blogging Hiatus (April 2014 - ?).

YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY, “WE ALL GO THROUGH BLOGGING HIATUS”. I will probably come back when I am ready.

There are two obvious reasons for my blogging hiatus now. Starting with the good one, I have been working way too much and I also have so many things to do and, apparently, no time at all. I can assure you folks that my days do not last twenty-four hours anymore. I successfully managed to teach my favorite subjects at university (English Literature II, English VII, ESP, and Language Teaching Methodology I). Preparing lessons and teaching take some time; they are time-consuming, but a gratifying experience. I have no doubts that by the end of this year, I will have become a better lecturer and teacher. It’s quite ironic tough – I have plans to change my career in the next few years. Nevertheless, in order to do so, I will have to work harder as well.

The bad reason is because blogging is time-consuming and since I have no time at all and I don’t feel like blogging any longer, I felt I needed some quality time with myself. I need some free time so that I take care of my personal stuff. Therefore, in the interests of not getting distracted by outside world (I mean this blog and virtual life in general), I reckon it will be good to lay off blogging until I feel like blogging again. I hope you people understand it and keep enjoying whatever you find interesting here on Portal da Língua Inglesa.

I’ll finish this last post by citing “Walden: Or, Life in the Woods”, one of my favorite poems in the English language:  

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.”  ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

See you soon!


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sexta-feira, 4 de abril de 2014

IDIOM: Deja vu (or déjà vu)


Deja vu (or déjà vu) is the feeling of having already experienced the 
present situation. Déjà vu is French for "already seen".

quarta-feira, 2 de abril de 2014

English Teacher Receives “Fuck You” Letter From Student, Edits It To Highlight Asshole Senior’s Stupidity.

Something tells me this English teacher at McKinley High School in Somewhere, USA, is probably “the man,” or “the woman,” because the response he or she gave after receiving a “Fuck You” letter from a presumably anonymous student is fucking awesome.

Not only did the teacher grammatically correct the shit out of the letter, making the student look like an imbecile, but he or she did it in a clever way so to avoid any punishment from the school’s administrators.

The teacher’s list of corrections is incredible, considering the letter is only a mere 101 words.

• Date?
• Formal writing should not include profanity.
• –> lowercase
• –> Run-on sentence
• Don’t start a sentence w/ a conjunction.
• –> (comma needed)
• should be lowercase
• comma splice
• –> Is the a better synonym for this?
• (capitalize “Wuthering Heights”)
• –> Underline or italicize of large works. Capitalize titles.
• (two more commas needed)
• (a smiley face is not appropriate punctuation)
• spellcheck “Sincerely,” yet another comma needed
• (write out McKinley)
• –> indent signature line

And the knockout punch:

*Please use your education appropriately. Proofreading takes five minutes & keeps you from looking stupid.*

In other words, the teacher pretty much said, “BOOM. You just got roasted, you high school chump. Fuck you for not taking your education seriously. Also, fuck you, because people like you make the world less intelligent, despite my best efforts. Good luck with the rest of your life. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

Well played, teach. I feel like this comeback is on the level of Mr. Turner from “Boy Meets World,” and it’s common knowledge he’s one of the coolest high school English teachers of all time.

From what I can infer from Reddit, the teacher left the note pinned to his or her door for the whole school to see.

Nice move.

[via Reddit]

terça-feira, 1 de abril de 2014

FUTURE PERFECT: AMC's epic series The Walking Dead.

This short post might sound weird, but it might also be one of the best examples of “FUTURE PERFECT” (the grammar topic we studied in our advanced lesson today). 

It is known that students are all the time watching those kind of TV series. The Walking Dead is probably one of the best known AMC's epic series. 

If you want to learn more about it, click here.

Frederik Peeters's drawings. 

Some zombies have bitten Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and Ayrton Senna; therefore, by the end of the day they will have turned into walkers.

 FORM Future Perfect with "Will":
will have + past participle


By this time next year, I will have graduated from university.
You will have saved enough money to study abroad next year.
Jack will have finished his homework by the time his mother gets home.
By the time he wakes up, we will have prepared lunch for everyone.

Grammar topic: Future perfect.

Theme: The Walking Dead.

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