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 Posted by Bruno Guimarães at 15h32
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  The Secret Language of Women - Keywords and Their Meaning

Fine
This is the word a woman uses at the end of any argument in which she
feels she is right about but needs to shut you up. Never use "fine" to
describe how a woman looks. This will cause you to have one of those
arguments.

Five Minutes
This is really half an hour. It is equivalent to the same "five minutes"
that a football game is going to last before you take out the garbage.

Nothing
This really means, "You'd never understand." "Nothing" is usually
accompanied by a woman's desire to turn you inside out, upside-down, and
backwards. "Nothing" is often said prior to an argument that will last
"Five Minutes" and will end with the word "Fine."

Go Ahead (with raised eyebrows)
This is not permission. This is a dare. One that will result in a woman
getting upset over "Nothing" and will end with the word "Fine.
 
Go Ahead (with normal eyebrows)
This means, "I give up" or "do what you want because I don't care." You
will get the "Go Ahead" with raised eyebrows in just a few minutes,
followed by "Nothing" and "Fine" and she will talk to you in about "Five
Minutes" when she cools off.
 
Loud Sigh
This is not actually a word, but is still a verbal statement often
misunderstood by men. A "Loud Sigh" means she thinks you are an idiot at that
moment and is
wondering why she is wasting her time arguing over "Nothing."
 
Soft Sigh >
Again, not a word, but a verbal statement. "Soft Sighs" are one of the few
things that some men actually understand. This means a woman is content
and your best bet is to not move or breathe and she will stay content.
 
That's Okay
This is one of the most dangerous statements a woman can say to a man.
"That's Okay," means that she wants to think long and hard before paying
you retributions for whatever it is that you have done. "That's Okay" is
often used with the word "Fine" and used in conjunction with the raised
Eyebrow "Go Ahead." At some point in the near future when she has plotted
and planned, you are going to be in some mighty big trouble.
 
Please Do
This is not a statement, it is an offer. A woman is giving you the chance to
come up with whatever excuse or reason you have for doing whatever it is
that you have done. You have a fair chance to tell the truth, so be careful
and you shouldn't get a "That's Okay."
 
Thanks
A woman is thanking you. Do not faint; simply say, "You're welcome."
 
Thanks a lot
This is much different than "Thanks." A woman will say, "Thanks a lot"
when she is really ticked off at you. It signifies that you have hurt her in
some callous way, and will be followed by the "Loud Sigh." Be careful not
to ask what is wrong after the "Loud Sigh," as she will only tell you
"Nothing."
 
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 Posted by Bruno Guimarães at 16h41
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  Some new links by Mr. Vitor Groba

My dear friend Mr. Vitor Groba has given me some suggestions for links everybody should enjoy. Here they are:


http://www.dilbert.com/ -  Every day new comics to see.
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/ - Interesting news
http://google.blogspace.com/ - Interesting news
http://www.engadget.com/ - Technology news :D

 



 Posted by Bruno Guimarães at 14h07
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  MP3 player, herbal remedies on list of terrorist

Apr 27, 2005, 11:25 AM ET by Ryan Block

Like being stuck flying next to someone for five and a half hours doesn’t already suck enough, then they catch you with your MP3 player (couldn’t they tell us which?) and a couple vials of homeopathic medicine, switch into turbo-freakout mode, and turn you in to the flight crew—who, of course, are under strict orders to be overly cautious about reports of “suspicious materials”. Well, it happened, and they landed a United flight from NY to SF in Chicago and the bomb squad inspected for three hours what turned out to be the aforementioned. The moral of the story? If you plan on listening to some tunes and taking some Leopard’s Bane on your next trip, do yourself a favor and slip some rufies in your in-flight neighbor’s in-flight bevvy when they get up to hit the in-flight bathroom.

From Engadget.com



 Posted by Bruno Guimarães at 14h20
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  For or To

I have often heard this question: "Should I use for or to?" Well, that is a really tricky question -- even for native speakers, I think. But I was reading about John Paul II's passing away on yahoo.com and I read the following:

"I'm here not only to pray for him, but also to pray to him, because I believe he's a saint," said Therese Ivers, 24, of Ventura, Calif., holding high an American flag in the middle of the crowd on the broad Via della Conciliazione, which stretches from St. Peter's Square to the Tiber River.

Pay close attention to the sentence highlighted and come up with your own conclusions.



 Posted by Bruno Guimarães at 14h11
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  Student of the Month

As you might have noticed, there's no more student of the week. Now, we have student of the month. Yeah. I decided to do that for two reasons. One - I've been f... busy! / Two - You never write me any emails and you never visit my blog.

See you later,



 Posted by Bruno Guimarães at 19h22
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  Help me!

Hey guys!

Why don't you help me build this blog? You could send me interesting stuff you see on the net. And then, I could publish it here.

See you!



 Posted by Bruno Guimarães at 13h25
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  2005 Oscars 77th Academy Awards

Hey Guys! Take this survey. Who's the hottest chick and guy at the 77th Academy Awards?

Visit http://movies.yahoo.com/movies/feature/osc02_photos.html and check it out. After you have your call, write a comment.

I'm a little unsure. We have the "picante" Salma Hayek, but on the other hand we have the cute Emmy Rossum. Not to mention the naive-looking Catalina Sandino Moreno. Tough fight!

By the way, check some of the winners below. Some interesting surprises.

Best Picture - Million Dollar Baby
Best Director - Clint Eastwood
Best Actor - Jamie Foxx
Best Actress - Hyllary Swank
Best Original Screenplay - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Best Original Song - Al Otro Lado Del Rio (From The Motorcycle Diaries)



 Posted by Bruno Guimarães at 16h38
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  Europa se rende ao inglês

A expansão do bloco favorece a adoção do idioma de Shakespeare como língua comum

A língua inglesa ficou mais próxima de um grande feito: transformar-se no idioma oficial da União Européia. Informalmente, o inglês já é utilizado por servidores públicos, membros das comissões e até ministros de Estado durante as plenárias do Parlamento europeu. Mas a chancela definitiva para oficializar essa condição ganhou mais força depois da entrada de novos países no bloco. Antes da chegada dos dez novos membros, toda a documentação da União Européia circulava em 11 línguas -- o que já era um número absurdo. Agora, a montanha de papel circula em 20 idiomas e pode chegar a 22 num par de anos. Os representantes da comunidade, independentemente da nacionalidade, já admitem que só o inglês pode resolver os problemas práticos dessa expansão. Afinal, o idioma é a segunda língua de 70% dos europeus e a única com capacidade para integrar as ex-repúblicas comunistas, recém-admitidas, e candidatos como a Turquia.

Não é fácil para nações como Alemanha e França admitir esse predomínio. A União Européia é um clube cujo eixo central é baseado na aliança entre essas duas nações, muito ciosas de sua língua e cultura. Além disso, o Reino Unido é visto com certa desconfiança no clube (nem sequer adotou o euro como moeda única). Mas a necessidade de um idioma comum e a penetração do inglês são argumentos poderosos. No mundo, o idioma é falado fluentemente por 700 milhões de pessoas. Só perde para o mandarim, com 800 milhões de falantes. A língua inglesa é também a mais estudada. Calcula-se que mais de 1 bilhão de pessoas estejam aprenden do o idioma. A penetração do inglês pode ser constatada na internet, no mundo dos negócios ou em qualquer viagem que se faça. Estudos mostram que cerca de 90% do conteúdo da internet, 75% da comunicação internacional e 80% das informações armazenadas em computadores estão em inglês.

A transformação de um idioma em língua universal obedece a fatores econômicos e políticos. Até o século 1, o grego era o idioma mais conhecido do planeta. A Grécia tinha espalhado sua civilização por dois continentes (Europa e Ásia) e seu domínio transformou essa língua no dialeto comum de mercadores a diplomatas. Estima-se que 45% do mundo conhecido de então tivesse noções de grego. Com o apogeu do Império Romano, o latim foi alçado a essa posição. Pelo menos a metade do Velho Mundo tinha alguma familiaridade com o idioma. Há 300 anos, foi a vez de o inglês iniciar sua marcha. Num primeiro momento, impulsionado pelo imperialismo britânico. Mas o fator crucial foi a transformação dos Estados Unidos em superpotência, logo depois da Segunda Guerra Mundial. Desde então, o inglês firmou-se como idioma global -- ainda que contra a vontade de alguns burocratas europeus e dos barbudinhos do Itamaraty.

From Revista Exame -- Contribution: Wanderson Leal



 Posted by Bruno Guimarães at 16h32
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  Valentine's Day (Sorry it's so late)

As we celebrate our Dia dos Namorados on June 12, Americans celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14. Nevertheless, the way they do it is a little different from what we do here.

Valentine's day is meant to celebrate not only love between two lovers (e.g. boyfriend-girlfriend, husband-wife, etc.), but also to celebrate love in all its shapes and forms. Therefore, people want to please not only their wives, girlfriends, etc, but also their relatives and friends. Also, they don't usually buy expensive gifts to the people they care about. Instead, they send them a card. This card is called a Valentine. Of course, even though people send cards to friends and relatives, the cards addressed to their lovers are, by far, the most popular, along with the flowers and the heart-shaped box of chocolates.

How many Valentines did you get this year?

For more information on the history of Valentine's day, click on one of the links below.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL

PICTURE FRAMES (From UK)

WILSTAR

(Late) Happy Valentine's Day



 Posted by Bruno Guimarães at 19h19
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  To all you dog lovers...

The Creation

When God had made the earth and skies
the flowers and the trees,
He then made all the animals
the fish, the birds and bees.

And when at last He'd finished
not one was quite the same.
He said, "I'll walk this world of mine
and give each one a name."

And so He traveled far and wide
and everywhere He went
a little creature followed Him
until its strength was spent.

When all were named upon the earth
and in the sky and sea,
the little creature said, "Dear Lord,
there's not one left for me."

Kindly the Father said to him,
"I've left you to the end.
I've turned my own name back to front
and called you dog, My friend."

> Author Unknown

Thanks to Christiane Vila Nova Camargo



 Posted by Bruno Guimarães at 19h25
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  A Homeless Invitation

A man was walking down the street when he was accosted by a
particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked him for a couple of dollars for dinner.

The man took out his wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked, "If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead?"

"No, I had to stop drinking years ago," the homeless man replied.

"Will you use it to gamble instead of buying food?" the man asked.

"No, I don't gamble," the homeless man said. "I need everything I can get
just to stay alive."

"Will you spend this on greens fees at a golf course instead of food?" the
man asked.

"Are you NUTS!" replied the homeless man. "I haven't played golf in
20 years!"

"Will you spend the money on a woman in the red light district  instead
of food?" the man asked.

"What disease would I get for ten lousy bucks?" exclaimed the homeless
man.

"Well," said the man, "I'm not going to give you the money. Instead, I'm
going to take you home for a terrific dinner cooked by my wife."

The homeless man was astounded. "Won't your wife be furious with you
for doing that? I know I'm dirty, and I probably smell pretty  disgusting."


The man replied, "That's okay. I just want her to see what a man looks like who has given up beer, gambling, golf, and sex."



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  Journal Writing

I'm going to write this one in Portuguese so that I can reach more people.

Bom, já falei pra alguns alunos sobre "Journal Writing". Ao contrário do que muitos vão pensar, não tem nada a ver com jornal, viu? Se trata de um diário. Mas também não se resume a um diário.

Funciona assim, toda vez que você tiver a oportunidade escreva alguma coisa pra mim. Qualquer coisa. Você pode me contar como foi seu dia, o que você tem feito de interessante, comentar sobre um livro ou um artigo que tenha lido, ou um filme, ou mesmo -- se sua criatividade permitir -- um poema. Mas, of course, em inglês, né?

A idéia não é que eu corrija. Esse será um exercício que vai melhorar sua fluência, e não sua precisão. O que eu vou fazer é responder. Vai ser como se você estivesse escrevendo casualmente. O grande lance aqui é fazer você se comunicar, pensar em inglês, ok?

bruno79guima@gmail.com

p.s.: Anyone may write. Students, private students, former students, never-been-my-students, intend-to-be-my-students, whatever!



 Posted by Bruno Guimarães at 19h09
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  Calvin & Hobbes

 

shrimp - a small sea animal with a thin shell, ten legs and long tail, or its pink curved body eaten as food:
shrimp cocktail/paste
shrimp - an unusually short person

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Student of the Month

Roberta Gimenes
(because she's back and working hard)
Former Students of the Week:
1. Wesley Iguti
2. Cátia Tamaoki
3. Wanderson Leal
4. Irani Ferreira da Silva
5. Aline Trindas
6. Maria das Graças Oliveira
7. Wanderson Leal (for keeping in touch)
8. Natália TEC 6
9. Victor Adame
10. Vitor Groba
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