Turn the holiday season into an opportunity to learn English [phrasal verb]

Turn the holiday season into an opportunity to learn English [phrasal verb]

In today's talk, Tim reads another part of "Charlie Brown's Christmas" and talks about how you can turn the holiday season into an opportunity to learn English. Don't miss the other episodes!

Fill in the blanks (Preencha as lacunas).

Hey, it's Tim Barrett here.  Sorry I didn't continue talking to you last week, but you know how things get _________ at the end of the year. Continuing Charlie Brown's story, Charlie Brown's (First) Christmas , remember Charlie Brown was feeling _______ , so he tells Linus: "I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I'm not happy. I don't feel the way I'm supposed to feel. I just don't understand Christmas I guess. I like _________ presents and sending Christmas cards and _________ trees and all that, but I'm still not happy. Read the rest of this entry »

What cheers you up when you’re feeling down? [phrasal verb]

What cheers you up when you’re feeling down? [phrasal verb]

In today's talk, Tim talks about the importance of Phrasal Verbs and shows you the first phrasal verb in the story "Charlie Brown's Christmas".  Don't miss the other episodes!

Fill in the blanks (Preencha as lacunas).

Hi, it’s Tim here.  I said I’d try to write you every day, so… Excuse me, I said I would try to talk to you everyday, so here I am with a tip today.  And I have an e-mail...  I received an e-mail from someone.  And he was asking about our Tim and Tammy products with phrasal verbs - or, that teach phrasal verb.  And he asked me if phrasal were really _________ .  Are they something you really need to learn?  Are they something that you use _____ in and _____ out or are they something that you a going to use just once in your life.  I’ll answer like this: Read the rest of this entry »

Putting off writing Christmas Cards [phrasal verb]

Putting off writing Christmas Cards [phrasal verb]

In today's talk, Tim introduces his "daily" talks and teaches the phrasal verb "put off".

Fill in the blanks (Preencha as lacunas).

Hey, it's Tim Barrett here.   I'm just ________  _____ to say hello, and say that I'm going to be posting these videos now until the end of the year, maybe every day, maybe every ______  day (I don't know), or less.  So if you have any questions, just send me an e-mail at contato@domineingles.com.br , and I'll try to answer them in these videos . It can be questions about English, about ________ , about my family, whatever.  I'm _________  to be writing Christmas cards right now, but I keep _______  it _____ .  I'm not feeling very motivated right now.  So say something to motivate me; okay?  Bye-bye! Talk to you later. Read the rest of this entry »

Burning the midnight oil

Burning the midnight oil

A few years ago, I wrote an e-mail to our Tim and Tammy Friends and told them that David and I were up until 3:30 in the morning "burning the midnight oil".  We were recording a song for my cousin's wedding and had to stay up late to finish.

Thanksgiving Day – A Very Special Holiday!

26 comments Written on November 24th, 2011 by
Categories: Reading & Vocabulary, U.S. History & Culture
Thanksgiving Day – A Very Special Holiday!

IN THIS ISSUE:  O que é THANKSGIVING DAY (Dia de Ação de Graças) nos Estados Unidos - As principais tradições do Dia de Ação de Graças - Uma refeição do Dia de Ação de Graças - Pelo que voce e agradecido? - Atenção fans (ou não) de futebol americano! - Pelo que voce é agradecido? Read the rest of this entry »

Bill Gates took on Apple

22 comments Written on November 3rd, 2011 by
Categories: Phrasal Verbs, Videos & Scripts
Bill Gates took on Apple

Você conhece o Phrasal Verb "take on (someone)" / "take (someone) on"?

Este phrasal verb tem vários significados diferentes, dependendo do contexto.

Vamos aprender um dos significados no vídeo de hoje.

Steve Jobs took on IBM.  Bill Gates took on Apple.  They both took on the world.

Watch the video and fill in the blanks.  (See answers and translations below.) Read the rest of this entry »

Falecer, Desmaiar e Distribuir (3 phrasal verbs com a palavra “pass”)

Falecer, Desmaiar e Distribuir (3 phrasal verbs com a palavra “pass”)

Do you see the image in today’s post? It’s a tombstone with the words R.I.P. Do you know what those three letters stand for?

  • tombstone = lápide
  • stand for = significar, representar

Those letters stand for the sentence “Rest in Peace”. That’s a common phrase on tombstones (at least in cartoons. 😉 ).

Last week, I wrote about Steve Job’s passing away and taught you many sentences and expressions to talk about Steve Job’s life. Click HERE to read last week’s article.

  • passing away = falecimento

Now watch the video below where they use the phrasal verb “pass away” to talk about Steve Jobs. Read the rest of this entry »

Steve Jobs: A Creative Genius

Steve Jobs: A Creative Genius

Hoje, nosso amigo Denilso de Lima publicou uma matéria sobre a morte de Steve Jobbs e sobre a importância de “Narrow Reading” (a prática de ler vários artigos sobre um mesmo assunto para assim dominar o vocabulário, collocations, expressões, etc. referentes àquele assunto.)

Veja o artigo do Denilso de Lima aqui:
http://denilsodelima.blogspot.com/2011/10/voce-sabe-o-que-e-narrow-reading.html

No fim do artigo, o Denilso deixou o desafio de lermos vários textos sobre a morte de Steve Jobs e anotar as palavras e expressões que forem sendo usadas com frequência.

Resolvi repassar esta dica para você e mostrar aqui algumas expressões importantes que li nos artigos para o seu proveito. Read the rest of this entry »

I could use a drink

44 comments Written on September 22nd, 2011 by
Categories: Everyday Expressions
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I could use a drink

Several people asked me about a sentence in the last video we showed you.

Click here to see the video: “O Brasil está ‘mandando ver’ com a produção do iPad”.

Several students didn’t understand it when the host said:

“Brazil could use an economic boost.” Read the rest of this entry »

O Brasil está “mandando ver” com a produção do iPad

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Categories: Phrasal Verbs
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O Brasil está “mandando ver” com a produção do iPad

O Brasil está “mandando ver” na produção do iPad (produto da Apple Computers) – e está fazendo isto justamente na cidade de Jundiaí, onde nós moramos!! 🙂

Você saberia dizer “mandar ver” (na produção de algo) em inglês?

Bom, para se dizer, de uma forma informal, que uma firma está produzindo algo rapidamente e em grande quantidade, você poderia dizer… Read the rest of this entry »