terça-feira, 24 de março de 2009

For students:

Remember that verbs are actions, and it all starts in a action. Therefore, try to remember the verbs you know and learn new ones. Read two new verbs a day and try to use them in conversation classes and while writing compositions on your book. Good luck guys!!!!

sexta-feira, 6 de março de 2009

We know there are many phrasal verbs in English, so, to help people out, new phrasal verbs will be on the blog for students to learn.

cook up:to put (something) together falsely or dishonestly;
Don't believe Ron's excuse, he just cooked that up to avoid going to the meeting.

duck out of:to avoid sth or doing sth;
It's raining a lot so everybody is trying to duck out of the soccer match.

quarta-feira, 4 de março de 2009

Sentence of the week

"Nobody holds a good opinion of a man who has a low opinion of himself."
Anthony Trollope

HOLD (verb) = here it is used in the sense of having, forming,expressing.

There are many differences between these two tenses, we know it. But, if you always get confused when talking to a person remember:
We use peresent perfect for indefinite time in the past, you dont know when.

She travelled last week. (when? last week)
She has travelled there before. (when? before is a vague time expression)

sexta-feira, 27 de fevereiro de 2009

Sentence of the week

"Experience shows us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but looking together in the same direction".
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

to gaze: to look at sb or sth for a long time, especially in surprise or admiration.
Topics for this week's fixed classes

Lab: at the supermarket; things people buy and how to work with prices
Spin: how are you learning English? see if you are improving the way you expect
Basic: thinking about the future; using a fable let's talk about preparing ourselves for the future
Intermediate: why do people love America? let's discuss how much influence the USA has on the world
Advanced: Mardi Gras; in spite of tragedy, New Orleans still can celebrate life
Joy: getting acquainted; how well do you know your classmates and how well can we know people?

sexta-feira, 20 de fevereiro de 2009

Two words that may confuse people: LIKE and AS

These words can be use in similar way, however in some cases only one is the correct option

Like: we use to express "the same as", "similar to"
What a beautiful place! It's like a palace.
What doe sshe do? She is a teacher, like me.
We also use to indicate "for example":
Some sports, like motor-racing, can be dangerous.

AS: we use to express "in the same way", or "in the same condition"
I didn't move anything. I left everything as it was. ( before subject + verb we use as)
You should have done as I showed you.
To express "in the position of", "in the form of"
A few years ago I worked as a taxi driver.
We don't have a car, so we use the garage as a workshop.