Showing posts from September, 2008

Palin along

Here is a great example of what we can expect with Mc Cain in the White House and a very active VP- Sarah Palin shows to be ready to take over if Mc Cain goes down.

(No, it's Saturday Night Live, actually)

Citizen or alien?

"I'm an alien
I'm a legal alien
I'm a Trini in Rio de Janeiro..."

Taking the idea from Sting in the song Englishman in New York (see video), I decided to talk about my experience in a place home away from home.

I've been living in Rio for 12 long years, have a permanent visa and consider myself totally integrated in Brazilian society and the carioca way of life.

But does that make me Brazilian? Do I want to be Brazilian? Do I have to be one?

I don't think so. It's not necessary. Most people make the mistake of thinking that I'm Brazilian, probably I have mixed in so well and learnt the language.

Accordng to the Cambridge Advanced Dictionary, an alien is someone or something coming from a different country, race, or group; foreign.

But alien does not mean that I can not adapt to and accept the new.

They say that when in Rome, you should do as the Romans. More than that, I think you have to be yourself. So, the words of Sting:


Happy Birthday to me - belated

Nothing better than congratulating yourself for something you didn't even do. One more year, one more chance to make things just a litte better!

Why do we ask why?

The question above may appear ridiculous or philosophical. But it is actually very practical because it has to do with students' need to ask why they say this expression in English or why do we use the Present Perfect to talk about indefinite actions in the past.

Does it really help us learn better if we understand why something in a language is the way it is?

Do we stop to think about the way we say things in our native language?