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quarta-feira, 29 de agosto de 2018

30 of the Best Quotes Ever That Will Inspire Your Life

Hi there!

Here are some great quotes to reflect on your life:

Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power. You are free.
- Jim Morrison

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

“We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.”

-Virginia Satir

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.”

-Kurt Cobain

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Top 10 Emerging Technologies That Will Change Your Life

Have you ever heard of Hyperloop? Driverless cars? What about Electric cars? Those and other cutting-edge innovations might completely change our lives and jobs in the near future. Take a look and share your thoughts. 

Video by Whatchmojo:

terça-feira, 28 de agosto de 2018

Guess the movie or TV show - part 3

Check out these texts/plots created and adapted from IMDB by our students: 

This is an American television drama series. The series follows a Portland homicide detective, he discovers to be special because he sees monsters that normal people don't see. He is the last in a line of guardians who swear to keep the balance between humanity and mythological creatures, known as Wesen.

A boy who was born with a facial deformity, which caused him to undergo 27 plastic surgeries. At age 10, he will attend a regular school, like any other child, for the first time. In the fifth year, he must fight to fit into his new reality.

He is a green animal who sees himself with a huge problem: all fairy-tale characters have been dumped wherever he lives. To get him out of there he makes a deal with the prince, who needs someone strong to rescue a princess, with whom he intends to marry. However, the girl is guarded in a tower by a ferocious dragon. 

They are best friends and are in love with each other, and separate as soon as they leave college. After some time they meet again and the passion comes back and they fight to stay together

Four teenage members of Mystery, arriving at a location in the Mystery Machine, a van painted with psychedelic colors and flower power imagery. Encountering a ghost, monster, or other supernatural creature terrorizing the local population, they decide to investigate.

Fantasy books written by British author. The novels tells the lives of a young wizard with a scar on his forehead and his friends. All of them are students at a famous School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. 

Joao Victor:
Jack Torrance becomes winter janitor in the isolated Hotel Overlook in the Colorado mountains hoping to heal his writer's block. He moves with his wife Wendy and son Danny, who is affected by premonitions. Jack cannot write and Danny's visions become more disturbing. The writer discovers the dark secrets of the hotel and begins to turn into a maniac, terrorizing his family.

The saga tells the story of a mafia family that struggles to establish its supremacy in America after World War II. An assassination attempt leaves Vito incapacitated and forces his sons Michael and Sonny to take over business.

A teenage boy and his family decide to go canada after having closed the family zoo. Their ship sinks, and the young man survives along with some animals, including a fearsome bengal tiger, with which he develops a bond.

In this story this sarcastic hero acquires superpowers after a scientific experiment, and decides to take revenge of the person in charge of securing his girlfriend.

When his parents are killed, the billionaire moves to Asia where he is mentored to fight evil. When he discovers the plan to destroy his hometown, he wants to stop villains from destroying the city. But he adopts the image of a bat to strike fear into the criminals and the corrupt.

Determined to save his home and keep the promise he made to his wife, an old man embarks on a journey to the mysterious Paradise Falls in an balloon airship of his own invention. He goes on the adventure to South America that he and his wife planned. This adventure involves a flying house and a dog.

segunda-feira, 20 de agosto de 2018

TO vs FOR ???

Uma das dúvidas mais recorrentes do inglês: Quando usar TO ao invés do FOR e vice-versa. Assista a este vídeo e acabe com este problema.


sexta-feira, 17 de agosto de 2018

15 perguntas comuns em restaurantes (ENGLISH)

Neste vídeo, o americano Gavin descreve algumas das perguntas/situações comuns em restaurantes:

No nosso curso de Inglês para viagens, esta e outras situações são abordadas e estudadas para uma viagem sem dor de cabeça. Veja algumas abaixo:

No aeroporto, imigração, taxi, restaurante, hotel, estação de trem, farmácia, pedindo infirmações...etc.

terça-feira, 14 de agosto de 2018

13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful


”Somebody once told me the definition of hell:
“On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.” — Anonymous
There are certain things that are universal, which will make you successful if you give up on them.

You can give up on some of them as soon as today, while it might take a bit longer to give up on others.

1. Give Up On The Unhealthy Lifestyle:

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” — Jim Rohn

If you want to achieve anything in life, everything starts here. First, you should take care of your health, and there are only three things you need to keep in mind:
1-Quality Sleep
2-Healthy Diet
3-Physical Activity

segunda-feira, 13 de agosto de 2018

Algum dia nós iremos colonizar o Espaço?

Do you believe in space exploration? How far can we go? 

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through August 4)

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through August 4): From Apple's market value hitting a trillion dollars to a super-dextrous robotic hand, check out this week's awesome tech stories from around the web.

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Florida! Muito mais que Parques Temáticos:

Would you like to visit the sunny Florida state?
Check the video!

Para uma viagem tranquila aos exterior, pergunte sobre nosso curso de inglês para viagens

Suíça! Switzerland! Schweiz!

Watch this video. What do you think about Switzerland? Share your opinion:

Explore Thailand

Top 10 attractions in Thailand:

sexta-feira, 10 de agosto de 2018

Sad but true. Think about it...What do these images represent?

As melhores dicas de viagem após 7 anos viajando o mundo!

Travel Tips
It’s now been 7 years since I sold everything and left the United States to travel the world. These are the best travel tips I’ve discovered along the way.

1. Patience Is Important
Don’t worry about the stuff you can’t control. Life is much too short to be angry & annoyed all the time. Did you miss your bus? No worries, there will be another one. ATMs out of money? Great! Take an unplanned road trip over to the next town and explore. Sometimes problems happen.

Just take a deep breath and remind yourself that it could be worse.

2. Wake Up Early
Rise at sunrise to have the best attractions all to yourself while avoiding crowds. It’s also a magical time for photos due to soft diffused light, and usually easier to interact with locals. Sketchy areas are less dangerous in the morning too. Honest hardworking people wake up early; touts, scammers, and criminals sleep in.

3. Laugh At Yourself
You will definitely look like a fool many times when traveling to new places. Rather than get embarrassed, laugh at yourself. Don’t be afraid to screw up, and don’t take life so seriously.

Once a whole bus full of Guatemalans laughed with glee when I forced our driver to stop so I could urgently pee on the side of the road. Returning to the bus and laughing with them gave me new friends for the rest of the journey.

4. Stash Extra Cash
Cash is king around the world. To cover your ass in an emergency, make sure to stash some in a few different places. I recommend at least a couple hundred dollars worth. If you lose your wallet, your card stops working, or the ATMs run out of money, you’ll be glad you did.

Some of my favorite stash spots include socks, under shoe inserts, a toiletry bag, around the frame of a backpack, even sewn behind a patch on your bag.

5. Meet Local People
Make it a point to avoid other travelers from time to time and start conversations with local people. Basic English is spoken widely all over the world, so it’s easier to communicate than you might think, especially when you combine hand gestures and body language.

Learn from those who live in the country you’re visiting. People enrich your travels more than sights do.

6. Pack A Scarf
I happen to use a shemagh, but sarongs also work great. This simple piece of cotton cloth is one of my most useful travel accessories with many different practical applications. It’s great for sun protection, a makeshift towel, carrying stuff around, an eye mask, and much more.

I can’t tell you how many times a scarf has come in handy around the world.

7. Observe Daily Life
If you really want to get a feel for the pulse of a place, I recommend spending a few hours sitting in a park or on a busy street corner by yourself just watching day to day life happen in front of you.

Slow down your train of thought and pay close attention to the details around you. The smells, the colors, human interactions, and sounds. It’s a kind of meditation — and you’ll see stuff you never noticed before.

8. Back Everything Up
When my laptop computer was stolen in Panama, having most of my important documents and photos backed up saved my ass. Keep both digital and physical copies of your passport, visas, driver’s license, birth certificate, health insurance card, serial numbers, and important phone numbers ready to go in case of an emergency.

Backup your files & photos on an external hard drive as well as online with software like Backblaze.

9. Take Lots Of Photos
You may only see these places & meet these people once in your lifetime. Remember them forever with plenty of photos. Don’t worry about looking like a “tourist”. Are you traveling to look cool? No one cares. Great photos are the ultimate souvenir.

They don’t cost anything, they’re easy to share with others, and they don’t take up space in your luggage. Just remember once you have your shot to get out from behind the lens and enjoy the view.

10. There’s Always A Way
Nothing is impossible. If you are having trouble going somewhere or doing something, don’t give up. You just haven’t found the best solution or met the right person yet. Don’t listen to those who say it can’t be done.

Perseverance pays off. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told what I want isn’t possible, only to prove it wrong later when I don’t listen to the advice and try anyway.

11. Smile & Say Hello
Having trouble interacting with locals? Do people seem unfriendly? Maybe it’s your body language. One of my best travel tips is to make eye contact and smile as you walk by. If they smile back, say hello in the local language too. This is a fast way to make new friends.

You can’t expect everyone to just walk around with a big stupid grin on their face. That’s your job. Usually, all it takes is for you to initiate contact and they’ll open up.

12. Splurge A Bit
I’m a huge fan of budget travel, as it allows you to travel longer and actually experience more of the fascinating world we live in rather than waste your hard-earned money on stuff you don’t need. In fact you can travel many places for $50 a day with no problems.

That said, living on a shoestring gets old after a while. It’s nice (and healthy) to go over your budget occasionally. Book a few days at a nice hotel, eat out at a fancy restaurant or spend a wild night on the town.

13. Keep An Open Mind
Don’t judge the lifestyles of others if different from your own. Listen to opinions you don’t agree with. It’s arrogant to assume your views are correct and other people are wrong. Practice empathy and put yourself in someone else’s shoes.

Embrace different possibilities, opportunities, people, suggestions, and interests. Ask questions. You don’t have to agree, but you may be surprised what you’ll learn from the people you meet during your travels.

14. Try Couchsurfing is a large online community of travelers who share their spare rooms or couches with strangers for free. If you truly want to experience a country and its people, staying with a local is the way to go.

There are millions of couchsurfers around the world willing to host you and provide recommendations. Expensive hotels are not the only option, there are all kinds of cheap travel accommodation options out there.

15. Volunteer Occasionally
Make it a point to volunteer some of your time for worthwhile projects when traveling. Not only is it a very rewarding experience, but you’ll often learn more about the country and its people while also making new friends.

There’s a great site called Grassroots Volunteering where you can search for highly recommended volunteer opportunities around the world.

16. Pack Ear Plugs
This should actually be #1 on the list. I love my earplugs! Muffle the sounds of crying babies, drunk Australians, barking dogs, honking horns, dormitory sex, natural gas salesmen, and more. A traveler’s best friend. These are my favorite earplugs for comfort & effectiveness.

If you’re looking for other gift ideas for travelers, make sure to check out my ultimate travel gift guide for those travelers in your life (or, just a treat for yourself!)

17. Don’t Be Afraid
The world is not nearly as dangerous as the media makes it out to be. Keep an eye out for sketchy situations but don’t let that be the focus of your whole trip. Use common sense and you’ll be ok. Most people are friendly, trustworthy, generous, and willing to help you out.

This goes for women too. I realize I’m not a woman, but I’ve met plenty of experienced female travelers who agree.

18. Get Lost On Purpose
If you want to see the parts of town where real people live & work, you need to go visit them. The best way to do this is on foot — without knowing exactly where you’re going. Write down the name of your hotel so you can catch a taxi back if needed, then just pick a direction and start walking.

Don’t worry too much about stumbling into dangerous neighborhoods either, as locals will generally warn you before you get that far.

19. Eat Local Food
Think you already know what Mexican food tastes like? You’re probably wrong. Taste a bit of everything when you travel, especially if you don’t know what it is. Ask local people for recommendations. Eat street food from vendors with big lines out front.

I’ve been very sick only twice in my travels. Don’t be scared of the food.

20. Say Yes Often
Be impulsive and say yes when someone randomly invites you to meet their family, try a new activity, or explore a place you didn’t know existed. It’s these unexpected and unplanned situations that add spice to your travels and always turn into the best stories later.

Accept the kindness of strangers when you travel — you’ll have plenty of opportunities.

21. Slow Down
Please don’t try to cram 6 countries into 6 weeks of travel. All the good stuff happens when you really take the time to explore. You’ll learn about activities that aren’t in your guidebook and meet people who are eager to show you around.

I can honestly say that NONE of my best travel experiences happened within the first few days of arriving somewhere. Spend more time in fewer places for maximum enjoyment.

22. Keep Good Notes
My memory for details sucks. When I first started traveling the world 7 years ago, I didn’t keep a good journal, and now I’m regretting it. Information like the names of people I met, conversations I had, feelings about a new experience, or what a particular town smelled like.

If you ever want to write about your travels, these details are handy. These days I use an incredible note-taking app called Evernote, which I use as my 2nd brain. So useful for all kinds of applications — from planning trips to journaling about them later.

23. Break Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Challenge yourself to try things that normally give you anxiety. The more you do this, the more that anxiety will fade away. Not a hiker? Go on more hikes. Have trouble talking to strangers? Talk to everyone. Scared of weird food? Eat the weirdest thing you can find.

The reason this works so well while traveling is because everything is already so different, what’s one more new/uncomfortable experience?

24. Don’t Plan Too Much
I cringe when readers ask how many days they should spend in a particular country or city. The truth is I have no idea what you’ll enjoy or who you’ll meet. I thought I’d rocket through Nicaragua in a week or two, but ended up living there for 4 months.

My advice is to pick a starting point, 1 or 2 must-do activities, and an ending point (or not). Then just let the universe determine the rest.

25. Pack Less Stuff
You don’t need 1/2 the gear you think you do to travel anywhere. We’ve all done it. It’s a right of passage for travelers to slowly become better at packing less. My first backpack was 70 liters packed full, my current bag is only 38 liters.

As a full-time vagabond, everything I own fits on my back. If you’re not sure about packing something, you don’t need it. It’s also possible to buy most things at your destination country if you discover you need them.

26. Listen To Podcasts
Podcasts are awesome. It’s like creating your own personal radio station and filling it with shows and music you always want to listen to. I never thought I’d actually look forward to a 10-hour bus ride. But with podcasts, it’s possible (well, as long as the seats are comfortable).

Time will fly by as you listen to incredible storytelling, fun music, or interviews with experts. Here are some of my favorites: This American Life, The Moth, Tim Ferriss Show, Radiolab, and Smart Passive Income.

27. Treat Your Body Well
Travel can throw your body out of whack. When you’re moving from place to place it’s difficult to maintain a workout routine, and many of us slack off. Or we don’t sleep enough. Or we eat too many cupcakes. I’m guilty of not flossing my teeth.

Remember to be nice to your body. Get enough sleep, stay hydrated, eat healthily, use sunscreen, and exercise often (check out this body weight routine, no gym required!). And, yes, flossing too I guess.

28. Stay In Touch
Remember to call your family & friends from time to time. Maybe surprise them and go old-school by sending a postcard (it’s in the mail, Mom!). Travel isn’t lonely, far from it. You constantly meet other people. But many of those relationships are fleeting. So maintaining a strong connection with the people who know you best is important.

29. Get Off The Beaten Path
I know it’s cliché, but you should still attempt it. Seek out interesting and unusual places that don’t see much tourism. Many memorable travel experiences have happened to me in areas that are not easy to visit. By all means, travel to popular sites, but don’t rule out other locations just because they’re not on the tourist trail.

Although please realize that just because an area is remote or dangerous doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have a life-changing experience.

30. Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
No one ever thinks they’ll get sick, injured, or robbed while traveling. But it happens. I’ve sliced up my head on a volcano, contracted Dengue fever, and lost my laptop to thieves. With travel insurance you don’t have to worry about huge hospital bills or stolen gear when it eventually happens.

For all kinds of trips ranging from a weekend up to a few months long, I always recommend World Nomads Insurance.

Explore some of it now, rather than later.

quarta-feira, 8 de agosto de 2018

9 Work Life Balance Tips for a Happy and Productive Life

Longer working hours, more pressure to get things done quickly, more pressure to succeed and less personal time. Added together this combination of things creates more stress and a routine of unhappiness.
So, here are 9 work life-balance tips you can implement right now to start living a more stress free and joyful life:

1. Take more time for yourself.

When was the last time you took some time out from work to completely rejuvenate?
One of the best ways to create an environment for future high productivity and creativity is to take yourself outside of the day to day and remove yourself completely from work-related activities.
By taking time out for yourself, you will gain clarity on what’s most important, both now and in the future, and you will come back refreshed, energized and motivated. 

2. Let go of fear

Many people worry that if they’re not working, or seen to be working every day, they may miss on something important. The business may fail or they may not get that promotion or something. There’s always something. There is a sense that something bad could happen if not enough time was invested or “I could always be working on something else”.
But, what if you believed you were good enough, you were achieving and doing something meaningful, and that you mattered?
Once you have that belief and confidence, you can let go of the fear that there is ‘always more’. You will feel more joyful, productive, abundant and know that what you accomplished was good enough.

3. Prioritize your day
If you took a step back and looked at what’s on your to-do list, how many things are critical? How many things MUST be done that day?
It all starts with a clear understanding of what your bigger and better future looks like. Are you planning a year ahead? Three years? Ten years? What are you working to achieve?
Once you understand that, you can work back and create plans and goals that help you achieve your bigger objectives.

4. Express gratitude for what you have

Sometimes we are so busy working through and dealing with the day to day and having our mind in the future that we forget about the here and now, this present moment. I believe it’s essential to include proactive gratitude as part of everyday life, to actually look at everything in our lives and appreciate what we have.
Try giving thanks for three things at the end of every day and see how this shifts your mood and mindset.

5. Learn to say no

It’s important to decide what you want to do, who you want to build relationships with and where you want to spend your time. We have so many requests made of us and so many opportunities to do different things that we end up saying yes to things that we really don’t want to do but feel we should do.
Have the self-respect, confidence and courage to live life on your own terms and say yes only to the things that really matter. For everything else, start saying no.

6. Have more fun
If you looked back at the last week, how much time did you spend just having fun? If it wasn’t much, then it’s time to change things up.
Think about what gets you excited, think about the people you love spending time with. Jump into new things and new relationships. Take some risks, try something new, learn a new skill or start a big project you’ve always been putting off.
7. Create one hour a day to think and relax
It’s amazing what we actually have time for, especially when we decide to really make time. I hear the phrase “I don’t have time” constantly. How about you change that mindset and start dedicating one hour a day to yourself?
One hour to work on yourself. One hour for reading. One hour to learn a new skill.
This one hour a day could help us become more creative and increase your energy and focus. Plus, you’ll increase your capabilities.

8. Do one thing you love to do every day

We often forget to do or enjoy the things that actually bring us the biggest amount of happiness.
One of the best ways to bring more balance back into your life is to recommit to do the things that give you the most pleasure. If you don’t have anything, I suggest you find something you’re passionate about. This could be reading, walking, meditating, learning an instrument or a language, or becoming a better cook or gardener.
9.Set clear goals
Successful people are always guided by a vision of their future. To keep them on course and motivated setting clear goals, both long-term and short-term, allows them to achieve their biggest dreams.
Setting specific and measurable goals gives you the best chance to transform how you work and live.

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segunda-feira, 6 de agosto de 2018

Como se diz: Agora é com você?

Existem expressões idiomáticas muitas vezes não podem ser traduzidas "ao pé da letra" de um idioma para o outro. Em inglês, este termo é chamado IDIOMS:

A expressão "agora é com você", no sentido que alguma decisão ou passo deve ser tomado por você tem em inglês um similar em :

The ball is in your court = que literalmente quer dizer:  a bola está na sua quadra.
It is up to you to make the next decision or step = 

Cabe a você tomar a próxima decisão ou passo.

Esta frase, tem o mesmo sentido de: It's your responsibility now / ou It's up to you (cabe a você)

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Então, da próxima vez em que a responsabilidade for passada para uma outra pessoa = the ball is in your court now!

See you next time!

Veja mais exemplos de idioms em: 

quinta-feira, 2 de agosto de 2018

Top travel destinations:

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1. Angkor Wat, Cambodia 
Built more than a thousand years ago, Angkor Wat is considered by many the most important archaeological discovery of modern times. Originally built as a shrine (templo) to the Hindu god Vishnu, Angkor Wat, or “Temple City” as it’s translated, has more than 150 square miles. 

2. Giza, Egypt
More than just big stone structures, these places demonstrated the knowledge of math, science, and engineering that seems impossible for the people living at that time. The pyramids, the Sphinx, the Valley of the Kings, they’re all gorgeous architectural accomplishments that must be seen in person to be truly appreciated.

3. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
This is a small group of islands that were home to one of the most diverse collections of wildlife on the planet. Walk on the beach, swim with sea lions, penguins and marine iguanas that have no fear of man, or simply explore the various islands in the volcanic territory. 

4. Taj Mahal, India
Built in 1632 as a grave for an emperor’s wife, the Taj Mahal is a beautiful white marble mausoleum. The power of emperor Shah Jahan’s love for his wife can still be appreciated today.

5. Italy
Are you traveler, looking to develop your appetite with some of the best food the world has to offer? Are you an art and history lover, looking to see the most important masterpieces out there?  Then you need to visit Italy. Rome, Venice, Florence, Bologna and Milan are some examples.

6. Greece
The birthplace of Western civilization and democracy has about 4000 years of  history, and some spectacular natural places and islands. Besides that, the food and drink is amazing too.

7. Tahiti, French Polynesia
Travel to this island – the largest in French Polynesia – and spend you vacations in a luxurious overwater bungalow. Beyond the fancy resorts, Tahiti has black sand beaches, great snorkeling and surfing conditions, and a wonderful capital. 

8. London, England
London is a world by itself. The diverse neighborhoods, which offer a mixture of historic landmarks and modern-day attractions, can keep you busy for days. If it's your first time, don't pass up a visit to the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace or the British Museum before sitting down to a classic afternoon tea.

9. Dubai
Beautiful Persian Gulf views, heart-pumping activities and historic landmarks await in Dubai. This Middle Eastern city is filled with marvellous attractions, including the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, and the indoor Ski Dubai. But the city still holds its heritage, as seen in the historic districts and traditional gold and spice markets.

10. Prague, Czech Republic
With its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture top attractions like Old Town Square, Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Prague Astronomical Clock, Prague makes travelers feel like they're in a fairy tale. Make sure to visit the popular Charles Bridge and touch one of the 30 saint statues for luck.

quarta-feira, 1 de agosto de 2018

Guess the TV show or movie - Part 2

Movies or TV shows!

In this show, a group of chefs will compete in a series of challenges, cooking to impress the judges. In the end, only one will be awarded the master.

In the mythical-fantasy continent, many powerful families fight to control the Seven Kingdoms. When conflict starts among the families, an old enemy rises again to destroy them all. 

This TV show follows 2 brothers, Sam and Dean, as they cross the country hunting evil creatures with the help of their Angel friend with some other hunters they meet along the way.

The show follows the adventures of the 20-30 year old friends in New York City: an actor, a chef, a waitress who hopes to work in fashion, a paleontologist, someone who hates his job in data processing, and a crazy musician.

In this famous TV show, the main character works during the day as a forensics expert at the Miami police department. However, at night he is a serial killer who only kills other killers. 

When a genetically modified spider bites him, a nerd, shy, and awkward high school student gets new amazing abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil after tragedy hits his family.

In this colorful animation, after his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a shy fish embarks on a journey to bring his son back home.