Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Explaining everyday language

This is a text I created after teaching a pair of private English students:

  1. A DVD player, a microwave oven, a washing machine - all of these are examples of electronic devices.
  2. For people who are partially deaf, there is a device to help them hear. It’s called a hearing aid.
  3. 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”.   
  4. 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.
  5. Last Sunday, Brazilians went to the polls to do their civic duty of voting for president, governor, senator, federal congressperson and state representative.
  6. We have duties as parents, as employees, as members of an organization. When we do our duty, things usually work and everybody benefits.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?