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Hallelujah!!

Good news, everyone! The Royal British Academy has finally succumbed to the pressure of billions of non-native speakers of English and has changed one of the features of the English language that cause the most trouble to these people: the irregular verbs.

Everyone who has ever studied the Past and Perfect tenses in English knows what a nightmare it can be to memorize all those irregular forms of the verbs, both in their past form and in their past participle form.

Of course it is difficult, because there are absolutely no rules you can apply to help you remember them. For instance, why is it that ‘bring’ goes ‘bring- brought- brought’ and ‘ring’ goes ‘ring- rang- rung’? Don’t they both end in ‘ing’? What about ‘show’? It pretends to be regular, because its past form is ‘showed’, but then it shows its true face, and the past participle goes ‘shown’! No way!

So it was to put an end to this torture that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, along with the Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron, has finally convincend the High Board of the Royal British Academy to abolish irregular verbs from the English language. Quoting the new rule, which was written on the Great Book Of English, “As per request of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, the declination of verbs into the past and past participle forms is henceforth banned from the English language”.

What does this mean to you, English student? No more time wasted memorizing endless lists of crazy verbs! Some examples: the past and past participle of ‘go’ (the second and the third columns, as they are usually referred to) will become simple ‘goed’. Likewise, ‘buy’ will now be ‘buyed’, ‘see’ will be ‘seed’ and ‘fly’ will be ‘flied’ (you still have to follow the spelling rules though).

So throw your books away and enjoy!

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For those of you who haven’t noticed yet, this post is just an April Fool’s prank! I know that this particular piece of news would make a whole lot of students happy, and I thought, ‘why not?’… I hope you haven’t gotten too downhearted to realize you will still have to memorize irregular verbs for many many years to come…

But come on, it’s not that hard!

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The Addams Family

Who has never watched The Addams on TV? If you’re  over 30, that is. Well, today their creator, Charles Addams, would be 100 years old.

Just for fun, let’s see if you can match the names of the characters in English to their counterparts in Portuguese:

English: Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, Wednesday, Pugsley, Thing, Cousin Itt.

Portuguese: Vandinha, Vovó Addams, Gomez, Tropeço, Mãozinha, Tio Chico, Primo Coisa, Mortícia, Feioso.

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DIY

Note: DIY means Do It Yourself.

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Mens sana in corpore sano

 

So organize your thoughts…

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For runners

I came across this post about runners and their morning habits. Fantastic! If you are a runner yourself, you will certainly enjoy it even more… The whole blog is worth reading, so go ahead and practice your English!

By the way, do you understand the words in the picture above?

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Para corredores

Dei de cara com este post sobre corredores e seus hábitos matutinos. Muito bom! Se você for corredor, vai se divertir ainda mais… O blog todo vale a pena, então vá em frente e pratique seu inglês!

E por sinal, você conhece todas as palavras que aparecem na figura acima?

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Things to Do When You’re Blue: #13 Festival of Tearjerkers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tearjerker = a very sentimental story (Portuguese equivalent = dramalhão)
wallow = to let yourself be taken by emotion (Portuguese equivalent = mergulhar na tristeza)
gut-wrenching = that hurts you deep inside (Portuguese equivalent = angustiante)

“52 Silly Things To Do When You are Blue”, is a cute little deck of cards written by Lynn Gordon and illustrated by Susan Synarski. Ms. Gordon has written several wonderful books and decks of inspirational cards, that you can find and purchase here. Please pay a visit to this website and enjoy her work!

When you get blue on Sunday afternoons, just drop by for some ideas on how to lift your spirits! (I’ll help you out with any difficult vocabulary)

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Things to Do When You’re Blue: #12 Costume Dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

costume = an outfit or a disguise worn on Carnival, Halloween, or similar occasions (Portuguese equivalent = fantasia)
makeshift = temporary, not very well done (Portuguese equivalent = improvisado, caseiro)
thrown together = improvised (Portuguese equivalent = improvisado)

“52 Silly Things To Do When You are Blue”, is a cute little deck of cards written by Lynn Gordon and illustrated by Susan Synarski. Ms. Gordon has written several wonderful books and decks of inspirational cards, that you can find and purchase here. Please pay a visit to this website and enjoy her work!

When you get blue on Sunday afternoons, just drop by for some ideas on how to lift your spirits! (I’ll help you out with any difficult vocabulary)

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