This is a text I created after teaching a pair of private English students:
- A DVD player, a microwave oven, a washing machine - all of these are examples of electronic devices.
- For people who are partially deaf, there is a device to help them hear. It’s called a hearing aid.
- What’s the difference between hear and listen? The first refers more to a physical perception of a sound, e.g. “Did you hear that noise outside?” The second refers to focused attention we pay to a sound, e.g. “I love listening to music while reading a book”.
- Speaking of differences in meaning, two words are always tricky for people learning English: remember and remind. We don’t need anybody to remember something, but if we forget, then someone else has to remind us what we have to do.
- Last Sunday, Brazilians went to the polls to do their civic duty of voting for president, governor, senator, federal congressperson and state representative.
- We have duties as parents, as employees, as members of an organization. When we do our duty, things usually work and everybody benefits.
- When we go to a duty-free shop, it means that the products have not received the import taxes or tariffs of those produts we see in a regular store.
- Does it scare you that more and more people are reaching the age of 90 and more?
If you were a student, what would you remember from this text?