English does not make sense!

Hi, everyone! 😀

You might be surprised by the title of this post and I confess: me too! This morning, while I was checking the news on Engvid’s Facebook page, this was their latest post and I got myself reflecting on how it is challenging to study and get fluent in any additional language.

As our choice is for English, watch here Ronnie’s latest lesson showing some words and expressions that just do not make sense and take the quiz here after watching it.

And more: some time ago, I read this text by chance on the internet and I decided to share it with you. Continue reading

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Teach girls bravery, not perfection

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Today is International Women’s Day and it has been vigorously celebrated all around. I have chosen a delighting message to show you. This has made me reflect upon our role in the world in a special way.

Reshma Saujani is the founder of Girls Who Code. They work “to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields.” Why does it matter?  Continue reading

What NOT to say to people – and 20 things we SHOULD say way more often

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Today I’ll teach you what NOT to say to people and 20 things we SHOULD say way more often!

You will learn with Ronnie conversation topics that you should NEVER go into, because they are insulting and can make people dislike you. They are different from culture to culture, but to an American, English or Brazilian person, you are being rude by mentioning them. Continue reading

The dangerous ways ads see women

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I’m bringing today a current matter to discuss.

Jean Kilbourne is a cultural theorist. Since the 1960s, she has examined the ways women are portrayed in American advertising.

“Gradually, I began to see a pattern in the ads, a sort of statement about what it meant to be a woman in [American] culture.”

“The pressure on women to be young, thin, beautiful is more intense than ever before,” she says, citing the photo manipulation powers of Photoshop. These computer-altered images distort society’s expectations for the female body, encouraging both sexes to accept this as normal.

Watch the whole talk below:

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A newborn and a cardboard box: what do they have in common?

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I have read this news on the internet and it has brought me some reflection. And I will explain why.

Nowadays we can see some different realities involving families when it comes to having a baby: on the one hand, high priced baby stores carrying expensive items and clothing. On the other hand, you have mothers who barely can afford to cloth and feed their newborns. In the middle you have people working long hours just to provide the essentials.

In Finland they do things different.  Continue reading

The benefits of a bilingual brain

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Today I will cover a topic that has been more and more discussed as time goes by.

It’s widely known and obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling, communicating with all kinds of people, watching movies or plays effortlessly. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain?

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Idioms

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This time I want to cover a very peculiar theme concerning any additional language we may study: the idioms. But what are these?

An idiom is a phrase or a fixed expression that has a figurative or literal meaning.

Idioms occur frequently in all languages. It is estimated that there are at least twenty-five thousand (yeah, 25.000!) idiomatic expressions in the English language. Read more here.

So is there a way to familiarize with at least a good number of idioms?

The answer is YES! 😉  Continue reading

On an airplane

Hello, everyone! How are you doing? Fine? 🙂

This time I’m bringing to you a lesson in which you can find great explanation for all terms we deal with when we are on an airplane. Why?

English is the most common second language that crew members speak in a flight. Whether you are a student, businessman or a leisure traveler, this lesson can help you learn important words and expressions to use while you are on an airplane.

So, leave your comment and I’ll know if you got the point! Enjoy your week!

Sam Stern – incredible teenager cook!

Hi, guys!

Today let’s see a little about this amazing teenager cook, Sam Stern!

He has been publishing cookbooks since he was fourteen. He’s a recent graduate and a proud Yorkshireman (so he loves a proper cup of tea). He’s pretty handy in the kitchen too.

Do you want to know more about this guy that is in our Connect 2 book? Click here!