Avoid embarrassment at the doctor’s office

There’s really nothing worse than pronouncing an obvious word incorrectly – especially when you do it in front of someone who’s an authority on the word. The doctor’s office is one of many places where we find ourselves in this sort of situation. Let’s have a quick look at some words that may cause an […]

Adora filmes clássicos? Este exercício de inglês é para você

O entretenimento é um excelente aliado no aprendizado do inglês. É possível aumentar seu vocabulário com títulos da Netflix, exercitar a língua com filmes da Disney ou até incluir as gírias típicas do mundo das séries no seu repertório. Se você é um apaixonado pelos clássicos do cinema americano das décadas de 50 a 90, […]

7 passos para aprender inglês com música

  Uma das dicas mais sugeridas para aprender ou aprimorar o inglês é ouvir músicas, já que é um entretenimento de que todos gostam, e buscar saber o que as canções falam. Mas como não ter erro e realmente aprender inglês com música? Listamos abaixo! Descubra uma ferramenta de música para se familiarizar Há quem […]

6 dicas para nunca mais errar o gerúndio em inglês

Saber usar o gerúndio (-ing) ou infinitivo (to) nos verbos em inglês causa bastante confusão. Afinal, existem algumas regras – mas, para tantos outros casos, não. O tema merece atenção, pois usar os verbos corretamente pode fazer uma grande diferença na qualidade da sua comunicação. Veja a seguir 6 dicas para nunca mais confundir o […]

Pies and cakes in English idioms

It is assumed that the word pie came into English via Old French, from Latin pica ‘magpie’, which in turn is related to picus ‘green woodpecker’. Here, the allusion is perhaps to the various combinations of ingredients of a pie being comparable to the objects randomly collected by a magpie. Its sweet equivalent, the cake, on the other […]

Holy lexicon, Batman! Comic book language from Agitron to Zod

The most hotly-anticipated film of the summer, Suicide Squad, shows that even supevillains can make a contribution to society. But what contribution have superheroes, supervillains, and comic books in general made to the English language? Here’s an A-Z of words and terms from comic book culture. Some have yet to gain the traction to make […]

Don’t Panic: the language of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was originally written as a radio script, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 in 6 episodes described as fits – a term used for a section of a poem that goes back to Old English. The Hitchhiker’s Guide appeared in book form in 1979; since then it has […]

13 ways to say ‘unlucky’

Friday 13th has long been considered an unlucky day in the West, at least by some people; this dates back to the Middle Ages. Though it’s often treated whimsically, a word for a phobia of the day has been suggested: paraskevidekatriaphobia, by analogy with the existing word for a phobia of the number 13, triskaidekaphobia. […]

Here are 9 pronunciations for you and your friends to argue about

When it comes to pronunciation, there’s always something to argue about And we’ve all done it –whether standing in line at Starbucks arguing about espresso or throwing down about whether or not to enunciate the ‘r’ in the second month of the year. So here’s more grist for the argument mill. 1. timbre If you’re […]

10 ways speakers of World English are changing the language

When people think of world varieties of English and their contribution to the language, they tend to think in terms of unusual loanwords that conjure visions of exotic, faraway lands. Indeed, in countries such as India, Hong Kong, and the Philippines, where English is primarily used as a second or even third language alongside local […]

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