Deck of Cards basic vocabulary

Do you play cards in English? If you don´t know words like ‘baralho’, ‘naipe’, ‘embaralhar’,‘coringa’ in English, let´s learn the basic vocabulary:

  • Ace of spades: Ás de espadas.
  • Jack of clubs: Valete de paus.
  • Six of hearts: 6 de copas.
  • King of diamonds: Rei de ouros.
  • Joker: Curinga
  • Jack: Valete
  • King: Rei
  • Queen: Rainha
  • To Bluff: blefar
  • To Win: bater
  • To Deal the Cards: dar as cartas
  • To Shuffle the Cards: embaralhar as cartas
  • Suit: naipe

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Japan’s cherry blossoms

The elephant in the bloom

Japan’s cherry blossoms are emerging increasingly early Experts think climate change is to blame

Despite the climate change “to blame”, this precious article from The Economist delivers at least two surprises upon the links on the text: a poem and a tale, both delightful !

For a taste, an excerpt from the article:  “we would suggest Motojiro Kajii’s delightful, oft-quoted poem “Under the Cherry Blossoms”, which begins with the less-than-cheery line: “There are bodies buried beneath the cherry trees.”

Follow the links and make your own discoveries! 

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9 English conversation mistakes to avoid (by Pearson)

This important subject was taken from a Pearson tweet today. It´s a good topic that can help Conversation practice for teachers and learners of all kind.


Let´s work on the translation of the expressions to help Brazilian students:

  1. Fingir interesse na pessoa com quem fala
  2. Discutir temas negativos ou “sensíveis” (ex.: política, religião, etc)
  3. Tentar “vencer” a discussão
  4. Desrespeitar as crenças/opiniões dos outros
  5. “Roubar” a cena (chamar a atenção e deixar a outra pessoa em segundo plano)
  6. Temer aprender algo desconhecido
  7. Tentar ser alguém que você não é (fingir ser outra pessoa “melhor”)
  8. Monopolizar a conversa
  9. Focar em assuntos superficiais

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Good talk!



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Verbs in English auxiliary and modal

When learning verbs in English it is common that students have doubts about the auxiliary verb to be used with tenses. Here some useful information:

  1. Auxiliary Verb – a verb that is used with another verb to show its tense, person, mood etc. In English the auxiliary verbs are: BE, DO and HAVE (and the modals). Examples:

I am going to school (Be =>Present Progressive); We don´t work (Do =>Simple Present); She didn´t play (Did =>Past Simple, negative form); They have gone (Have =>Present Perfect)

OBS.: notice that the verbs BE (ser/estar), DO (fazer) and HAVE (ter) are also irregular verbs with a proper meaning in common sentences like:

We are American (somos americanos), I was tired (Eu estava cansado/a);

I do homework (eu faço lição de casa), She did the exercise (Ela fez o exercício)

They have a car (eles tem um carro), You had a problem (Voce teve um problema)

2. Modal Verbs – one of these verb forms: CAN, COULD, MAY, MIGHT,, WILL, WOULD, SHOULD, MUST etc. They are used with other verbs to express ideas of possibility “It might rain”, permission “Can I park here?” or intention “We would go”.

The modal verbs are used in sentences with another verb in the base form “without to” as in the examples above.

Now, put these auxiliary, modal and irregular form verbs from the list in the 3 columns below according to their use: verbs-auxiliary-and-modals-word-cloud-2-06feb2017-imgAuxiliary                                   Modal                                   Irregular verb




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Brasileiro fala mal inglês, revela pesquisa

Veja o vídeo do programa Bom Dia Brasil, da Rede Globo em:


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USA Election Day vocabulary

Learn vocabulary from the news:                                                                         (B1)



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Enem 2016 dicas


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Numbers learn and sing
















Now, let´s sing: Numbers help me count 1-20 mark d pencil (hip hop) The Big Numbers song  (slow rhythm)

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Simple Present – read&write


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