English Podcast 50: 10 Erros mais Comuns de quem Estuda inglês

Olá, amigos do English Experts! No episódio de hoje o intérprete de conferências Ulisses Wehby de Carvalho fala sobre os 10 erros mais comuns de quem estuda inglês. Se você está começando agora, vale apena tirar aí uns 30 minutinhos para aprender um pouco com quem já tem mais de 40 anos de estrada. I hope you like it!

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Vocabulary – Restaurant

At the restaurant – English Basic Communication

There are many types of restaurant. In this lesson, Niharika will cover what you need to say in fine-dine restaurants, regular sit down restaurants, and luxury fine dining restaurants.This lesson teaches common words and expressions for describing food and drink, restaurant service and parts of meals.

Useful phrases :

  1. Asking for a table

do you have any free tables?
I’d like to make a reservation
I’d like to book a table, please
I’ve got a reservation in the name of

  1. Ordering your meal :

Could I see the menu, please?
could I see the wine list, please?

Do you have any specials?
what’s the soup of the day?
what do you recommend?
what’s this dish?

Internet Slang & Jargon – English Vocabulary Lesson

  1. 404 Error – 404 is “The website Page not found error” or “Clueless”

  2. Adobe acrobat – Adobe Acrobat is a family of application software and web services developed by Adobe Systems to view, create, manipulate, print and manage files in Portable Document Format.

  3. Cookie – A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user’s web browser while the user is browsing that website. Every time the user loads the website, the browser sends the cookie back to the server to notify the website of the user’s previous activity.

  4. Domain Name – Domain names function on the Internet in a manner similar to a physical address in the physical world. Each part of the domain name provides specific information. These pieces of information enable web browsers to locate the web page. The naming system is closely regulated in order to prevent confusion or duplicate addresses.

  5. DSL – Digital subscriber line (DSL, originally digital subscriber loop) is a family of technologies that provide Internet access by transmitting digital data over the wires of a local telephone network.

  6. E-commerce – Electronic commerce, commonly known as E-commerce or eCommerce, is a type of industry where the buying and selling of products or services is conducted over electronic systems such as the Internet and other computer networks.

  7. Emoticons – a representation of a facial expression such as a smile or frown, formed by various combinations of keyboard characters and used in electronic communications to convey the writer’s feelings or intended tone.

  8. Case-senstitive- (of a computer program or function) It differentiates between capital and lower-case letters on the key board. Passwords are case sesitive.

  9. Lurker – In Internet culture, a lurker is typically a member of an online community who observes, but does not actively participate.The exact definition depends on context. Lurkers make up a large proportion of all users in online communities.

  10. Mouse potato – a person who spends a great deal of time using a computer.

  11. Spider(web) – A spider is a program that visits Web sites and reads their pages and other information in order to create entries for a search engine index. The major search engines on the Web all have such a program, which is also known as a “crawler” or a “bot.” Spiders are typically programmed to visit sites that have been submitted by their owners as new or updated.

Weisure Time

The traditional lines between work and leisure have blurred significantly in recent years, forcing businesses and individuals to reevaluate the nine-to-five workday. In lieu of the stereotypical officedrudgery, work invades leisure time and leisure time invades work. The phenomenon has been called “weisure time” by sociologist Dalton Conley, and the concept represents the next step in the evolving balance between adults’ personal and professional spheres.

In part, one reason for weisure time comes from the simple fact that people work more than ever before. As such, people keep in touch with colleagues and business associates while hanging out with their families on the weekends. Yet a lot of work relies on creativity and valuable input these days, which means employees keep in touch out of obligation and desire. In short, people enjoy their jobs more, and so tend to be increasingly willing to mix both sides of their lives.

The computer and social networks also play a significant role in weisure time too. Facebook, Twitter, and other social media services coax people to stay connected during business hours. Social technology stimulates a pleasure response in people’s brains, so people crave the connections with friends. It makes the business day move much faster. What’s more, it encourages people to maintain connections with their colleagues during off time.

At some point, explains Conley, there could be a backlash, simply because there is much less time to relax. Although people see weisure time as a solution at present, they may not always be willing to mix the personal and professional. At the moment, though, the mantra “work, work, work” fuelsthe need for weisure time.


Warm Up: Do you agree or disagree? Why?

  1. I work too much.
  2. People work more now than ever before.
  3. I regularly exchange business emails and phone calls on the weekend.
  4. I regularly send private emails and use social media sites like Facebook at work.
  5. I love my job.

How to pronounce better?

Here it is a good vid and tips! Go ahead and practise:

Everyone knows that using English is the only way to really improve your pronunciation. But what if you can’t practice with a native speaker every day? Don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to stretch your vocal chords.

  1. Listen to yourself. If you can’t hear your pronunciation problems, it’s tough to correct them. Try recording your speech on a tape and comparing it with a native speaker’s.

  2. Slow down! Many English learners say that speaking too quickly reinforces their bad habits. Practice a few basics each day. Start with single sounds, then move on to words, and finally, string several words together.

  3. Picture it… Close your eyes and think about how to make a sound before saying it. Visualize the positioning of your mouth and face.

  4. Get physical! Pronunciation is a physical skill. You’re teaching your mouth a new way to move and using different muscles. Focus on difficult sounds each day. Having trouble with ‘th’? Put your tongue between your teeth (don’t bite down) and blow air out of your mouth. Feel the air move over the top of your tongue.

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Sounds and spelling –

It’s important to note that the spelling of a word is not always an accurate guide to how it is pronounced. Similarly the pronunciation of a word is not always helpful when working out how that word should be spelt.

There are 26 letters in the English alphabet but there are many more sounds in the English language. This means that the number of sounds in a word is not always the same as the number of letters.

For example, the word ‘CAT’ has three letters and three sounds but the word ‘CATCH’ has five letters but still only three sounds.

If we write these words using sound symbols, we can see exactly how many sounds they have.

CAT is written – cat
CATCH is written – catch

In ‘CATCH’ the three letters TCH are one sound represented by one symbol tch

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20 Basic Accounting Terms, Acronyms and Abbreviations Students Should Know

No matter what career you are pursuing, you will need to learn the lingo used in your field or industry. All industries have their own unique blend of terms, acronyms and abbreviations.

If you want to fully understand the industry and your organization in order to do your job effectively, it’s imperative you understand this language from the start.

“Accounting is the language of business. Knowing the language is critical for success in any corporate function because the information is communicated using these terms,” says Kari Grittner, MBA, CPA and Rasmussen College accounting instructor. This is especially true for anyone looking to work in the accounting field.

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