10 Palavras em Inglês no seu dia-a-dia não traduzidas


Segue abaixo uma lista de 10 palavras usadas em Inglês no dia-a-dia dos brasileiros que não são traduzidas para o Português:

– Mouse
Apesar de existir a tradução do animal, “mouse” é “rato” em Inglês, quando se trata do acessório que você pode estar usando neste momento caso esteja em um computador ou notebook, adotou-se no Brasil usar a palavra “mouse” mesmo.

– Smartphone / Tablet
Dois equipamentos que são desejos de consumo cada vez maior no mercado brasileiro, a manutenção das palavras originais em Inglês mostra o peso da indústria em manter termos únicos para produtos globais.

– Check-in
Seja em um hotel ou para pegar um voo, todos precisamos fazer o check-in durante as nossas viagens.

– Diet
Certamente existe a palavra correspondente em Português, “dieta”, porém, quando as empresas querem qualificar um produto como sendo adequado para quem está em algum processo de dieta, ou seja, produtos com baixa quantidade de calorias, sem açúcar, etc, adotou-se como padrão no mercado brasileiro usar as palavras “diet” e “light”.

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Palavras homófonas em inglês, com exemplos


A palavra homófono vem do grego e quer dizer, “mesmo som”. Em lingüística são as palavras que têm o mesmo som e podem ser escritas de maneira diferente, com significados diferentes (em português temos cessão, sessão e seção). Sempre que estou trabalhando nos níveis iniciais uma das reclamações (e desabafos) dos alunos é o caso dos homófonos. Por isso vou dar uma ajudinha a vocês com uma pequena lista aqui:

It’s – forma verbal do verbo to be no presente com o pronome it.
Its – possessivo de coisas em geral.

Two – número 2
Too – também; demais
To – preposição

They’re – forma verbal do verbo to be com o pronome they
Their – possessivo da terceira pessoa do plural (they)
There – advérbio de lugar (lá)

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How to give the BEST PowerPoint presentation!


Do you have to make presentations? Do you hate presentations? I like presentations, but one thing that you are probably maybe good at with presentations are making PowerPoint presentations, because you have visual aids to help you so you don’t really have to talk as much, if you’re nervous about talking. Presentation skills is something that you can work on. We have videos on http://www.engvid.com to help you with presentation skills. So, go and check those out for learning how to speak during presentations.

But what we’re going to focus on today is the visual aspect of presentations, so your PowerPoint things. Some things to do, and some things not to do. So, here we are, presentation skills. The first thing and one of the things that makes these presentations so fun are pictures. But we have to be careful. The templates that you have already included in your presentation software, they’re boring. People use them all the time. So, I suggest you try and download some other pictures to make your presentation more interesting. And with that, make sure that on one slide you have one image. Make it interesting.

Do not have a split screen. So, don’t have two images on one slide. Do not have a collage, that’s insane. A collage is many different small pictures on one screen. Even when I see a collage, there’s a lot of collages coming out on Facebook now, and I’m like: “Too many pictures. Can’t understand.” Our brains just cannot comprehend all those pictures, especially when you’re having the slide up for a short period of time. Don’t make it like a photo album. Don’t put millions and seven pictures, and… Keep it simple. Put a single image on each slide. Try and pick images that you actually like, and not too distracting. You don’t want puppy dogs and things. Make something simple, but something that you like, and make sure it looks nice.

The next one you have to worry about is the lettering. So, the lettering, you also might know this as the font. So, font and lettering are the same. One thing that you do not want to do is have really fancy or beautiful lettering. Simply… The reason is some people can’t read when the letters are fancy, especially if you are doing presentations for people whose… Do not have English as their first language, if you take the letters and you write them even cursive, a lot of people have problems reading cursive. So, I suggest you use something more traditional. There’s lots of very easy-to-read fonts you can get from your… Whatever word processing you use. So, make it simple, easy to read.

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O som do ‘TH’ em inglês com um falante nativo


AS 6 REGRAS:

1) A maioria das palavras que começam por TH- tem o som de θ.
Exemplos: thanks, theme, thick, think, thirsty, thorn, thumb, thyroid
Exceções: the, this, that, these, those, they, them, their, there, then, than, thus, though, Thomas, Thailand, thyme

2) -TH final é θ.
Exemplos: booth(s), health(s), sixth(s), teeth, width, with

3) -THE final é normalmente ð.
Exemplos: bathe, breathe, clothe
Exceção: clothes

4) -THY final é normalmente θ.
Exemplos: earthy, healthy, wealthy
Exceção: worthy

5) A maioria das palavras com -TH- dentro tem o som de ð.
Exemplos: father, brother, farther, northern, together, clothing, smoothest, algorithm, rhythm
Exceções: anything, nothing, everything, bathroom, healthcare, athlete, cathedral, ethics, method, sympathy

6) -TH- incidental em “compound words” não tem o som de θ nem ð.
Exemplos: lighthouse, knighthood, pothead, anthill

Reading activity – US election: Bill Clinton backs ‘best friend’ Hillary to lead US


Former US President Bill Clinton has set out the case why his wife and “best friend” Hillary should lead the nation.

He told the Democratic convention in Philadelphia that she was the “best darn change-maker I’ve ever known”.

In a very personal speech, he spoke warmly about how they met and her dedication to public service.

Hours earlier, his wife became the first woman to be officially nominated for president by any major US party.

Mrs Clinton ended the night with a video message, saying: “I can’t believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet.

“And if there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say, I may become the first woman president but one of you is next.”

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Business English Questions – WH-Questions


Where

  • Where is your company based?
  • Where does your company have offices?
  • Where is your company’s head office/ headquarters/ HQ?
  • Where are you from?/ Where do you come from?
  • Where do you work?

 

Who

  • Who do you work for?
  • Who are your main competitors?
  • Who is your company owned by?

 

Which

  • Which floor do you work on?
  • Which department do you work in?
  • Which branch do you work in?
  • Which line of business are you in?
  • Which department do you work in?

 

How

  • How has your week been?
  • How are you (today)?
  • How many employees does your company have?
  • How long have you been working for your company?

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