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5 Important Tips for Effective Studying

Corbis-42-33913983Here are some essential tips and important habits for more productive and effective studying. Make the most of your time with the guidelines below.

1. Be comfortable - To make studying as enjoyable as possible equip yourself with plenty of study snacks and a cold drink. Don’t use hunger or thirst as a way to procrastinate. Make sure you pick a well-lit area with few distractions. Remember that a hard or uncomfortable chair might distract you from studying so limit these potential issues before they hinder productive time.

2. Don’t cram - Studying is most effective when you give yourself short breaks and can study at your own pace – not in a race against the clock.

3. Test yourself – Frequently quiz yourself to measure your studying efficiency. For instance, at the end of a chapter, take the chapter quiz or test yourself on your notes before moving on. If you’re not happy with your recollection, go back and review the material. Don’t move on until you’re a satisfied with the results of your studying. This is why it is very important to give yourself plenty of time. 

4. Take notes – It is more than okay to take notes while studying; it is recommended. Underline and review key words and vocabulary. Rewrite troublesome concepts in your own words to test your comprehension. It’s okay to ask for help too and, oftentimes, hearing someone else discuss certain concepts may offer new insights and help clarify confusing material.

5. Stay organized – Organize your material and organize your time. A little proactive effort up front to plan study time and to keep organized notebooks will help. You don’t want to end up rushing or wasting time looking for that handout.

 

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Let´s do some exercises!

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A - Slang: it is the informal words and expressions that are not considered standard language but are acceptable when used socially.

(1) Airhead
(2) Booboo
(3) Chicken
(4) Jack around
(5) Stunner

( ) Coward
( ) Waste time
( ) A very good looking woman
( ) Stupid person
( ) A mistake

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Let's practice some prepositions

Fill in the blanks with the right preposition:

among / of / into / off / like / after / under / against / toward

 

1. The delicate vase fell __________ the windowsill __________ the wastebasket.

2. Due to the terrible drought, 500 gallons __________ water were distributed __________ the inhabitants of that village.

3. __________ having left the restaurant without paying, the man leaned __________ the old wall.

4. When he saw his mother walking __________ him, he put his pack of cigarettes __________his books.

5. I saw a dog __________ ours on the beach.

 

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ANSWER KEY:

1. off / into

2. of / among

3. After / against

4. toward / under

5. like

Aprenda a usar o superlativo em inglês

positive comparitive superlative tshirt-p235005712274152019enwjd 400Em geral, acrescenta-se a terminação “est” ao adjetivo. Exemplo: fast (rápido) – the fastest (o mais rápido).                                                      

Quando a palavra termina em “e”, acrescenta-se somente “st”. Para as palavras mais curtinhas, acrescentam-se a terminação “est” ao adjetivo. Exemplos: nice (legal) – the nicest (o mais legal). Old (velho) – the oldest (o mais velho).         

Nas palavras terminadas em y, precedidas de consoante, substituímos o y por i e acrescentamos “est”. Exemplo: easy (fácil) – the easiest (o mais fácil). Quando o y vem precedido por uma vogal adicionamos apenas a terminação “est”. Exemplo: grey (cinza) – the greyest (o mais cinza).                                                                                                          

Se o adjetivo for longo, o formato deve ser THE + MOST + ADJETIVO. Exemplo: careful (cuidadoso) – the most careful (o mais cuidadoso).                                                                                   

Ainda vale lembrar das exceções "good", "bad" e "far", cujos superlativos são "the best", "the worst" e "the furthest", respectivamente.

 

Curiosidades do Inglês - Get/Got/Gotten

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O verbo GET é realmente um dos mais versáteis da Língua Inglesa, usado de diversas formas e combinações e expressando significados dos mais diferentes. Basicamente, GET em versão solo possui 10 significados ou contextos.

1) Conseguir / Arranjar – He got a job. / I’ll get the tickets for the show.
2) Comprar – She got him a present.
3) Ganhar – What did you get for Christmas?
4) Receber – I didn’t get the message.
5) Chegar - They will get here at 3pm.
6) Pegar- I’ll get a chair for you./We will get the last train./He got the flu.
7) Ficar (feliz, cansado, etc) – She got very happy with the gift.
8) Buscar – We can get you at the airport.
9) Entender – I didn’t get the joke.
10) Atender – Get the phone. I’ll get the customers.

Há também GET combinado com Preposições. Veja o quadro e estude os exemplos.

E não para por aí. As possibilidades de uso e significado do GET são fantásticas e é isso que faz do Inglês uma Língua dinâmica. Usem o GET com confiança. And stay tuned! :)

 

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Everything you need to know about Fast Food

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LEARNING AND UNDERSTANDING IDIOMATIC SPEECH

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When I first began to work with the international students in college, I asked someone “What brings you here today?” Looking at me like I was a bit crazy, he answered, “The bus.” That was my first realization that no matter how good an speaker is, there are phrases that will always tend to cause confusion to non-native speakers. These idiomatic phrases add color and interest to any language and are worth learning if you want to talk fluently with native speakers.

The following are a few phrases that, when taken literally, would seem confusing. But with a simple explanation, they can be easily understood and ultimately used by someone who has studied English as a second language.

“By no stretch” – The speaker is referring to something that’s very hard to achieve or realize, even with great effort, as in, “It was not a good meal, by any stretch of the imagination,” which  means that even being generous, the meal could not be described as good.

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Expressões para pedir informações

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Para não se perder quando for viajar para os Estados Unidos, aprenda algumas expressões para pedir informações:

1 - Excuse me, could you tell me how to get to…? 
Com licença, você poderia me dizer como faço para chegar ao…?


2 - Can you tell me the way to….?
Você pode me dizer o caminho até…?


3 - Do you know where the…is?
Você sabe onde fica o/a…?

 

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