Showing posts from October, 2010

Learning Real English with a clown

I talked about the now world famous Brazilian clown Tiririca in another post. But this video about him being elected is not just funny but also an opportunity to learn some useful vocabulary:

How do you say these expressions in English?

1. concorrer a um cargo público?
2. estar cheio de alguém?
3. acabar com a concorrência?
4. aprontar, tramar algo?
5. hipócritas pomposos, falsos políticos profissionais?

Now complete the sentences below with the English words and expressions:

There is a clown _____________________ in Brazil.

It shows how people __________________ politicians.

He ___________________________. He won!

I’m going to go figure out what they _______________.

People are tired of the _________________________________________.

For the answers, click here.

On a funny note, how many ways does the male presenter pronounce the clown's name?

Hey Jude

This is an incredible new way to learn the lyrics of a song.

After you watch the video:

What are the three main lines of the song?

A country with a history of strikes

One prominent feature of the French people is that they seem to love strikes or believe in their effectiveness.

Are the French the number one nationality for striking? Is it the same of different in your country?

Do you believe in the power of strikes?

How many words can you think of to combine with strike?

Toxic Red

It looks like more and more ecological disasters are occurring at a time when companies say they invest more and more in safety precautions to avoid these kind of disasters.

Could this toxic tsunami have been avoided?

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Is protesting a joke?

"What does a federal deputy do? Truly, I don't know. But vote for me and I will find out for you,"

That's all Tiririca, or Francisco Oliveira Silva, needed to get 1.3 million votes as a federal deputy for São Paulo in last Sunday's elections.

And apparently, Mr. Tiririca, or Grumpy in English, does not even know how to read or write.

So the question here is, is voting for a clown or charismatic figure a legitimate way to show dissatisfaction about politics?

Can somebody like Tiririca really defend the needs of his voters?

There is an proverb that says "He who laughs last laughs best". (Quem ri por último, ri melhor)In the case of these elections - who will get the last laugh - the clown, the voters or the politicians?

Inspirational Saturday

These words of advice are always welcome and we should always remember to do them: