Imperfect

Imperfect

Yonara Mateus

im·per·fect (ɪmˈpɜːfɪkt)  adjective. 1. not perfect; characterized by defects or weaknesses 2. not complete or finished 3. (Grammar) of a verb form that expresses an uncompleted or ongoing action im·per·fei·to(a) You are. I am too. And as obvious as this may be, we tend to forget that we were all born imperfect. You are imperfect when you conjugate verbs in the present while talking about the past. I […]

Light

Light

Yonara Mateus

light (laɪt) noun.  electromagnetic radiation of any frequency or wavelength, sometimes visible by the normal human eye verb. 1. to set on fire; to ignite or burn 2. to emit light; to become luminous 3. to provide, cover, or fill with light; to illuminate adjective. 1. characterised by or filled with light; bright 2. not dark in colour 3. having a greater degree of lightness; not heavy luz • iluminar • leve I thought of August and wished to talk about lightness. But […]

Invitation to a party

Invitation to a party

learner

by Paula Ramos Celebration of the Rain   Our country is in drought. Water is important for agriculture and for all sectors of the economy. Tomorrow, November 1st, it is going to rain. Although it is the day to pay homage to those who are no longer among us, I propose that we remember them […]

Our feelings

Our feelings

learner

By Paula Ramos They say the Portuguese are a peaceful people and I believe so, because this year we have been put to the test in some situations. At the beginning of the year, we followed on TV a conflicting situation between taxi drivers. We saw nervous and angry men arguing and a very uptight police force. I […]

The Box

The Box

learner

By Paula Ramos Since the box had arrived it remained in the hall for months. I loved my grandmother and didn’t feel prepared to open her mushy box. Yesterday, I decided to open it and what a lovely surprise! Family photos. Wedding and birthday parties, Christmas and Easter parties. Many travel photos and lots of […]

Fate vs Faith

Fate vs Faith

Yonara Mateus

Este par de “falsos amigos” é bastante interessante! São duas palavras muito parecidas (mais na fonética do que na forma) que já protagonizaram profundas discussões filosóficas, na sua maioria associadas à religião. “There’s a huge difference between fate and faith. Faith is the belief in something, without evidence to support it. Fate, as the greeks believed it, is […]

On Americanisms – Part 3

On Americanisms – Part 3

Daniel Schleder

[este texto pode também ser lido em Português, aqui] Welcome back! In previous posts, we learned about two words that are used almost exclusively within the United States, also known as Americanisms. Today, we’ll be looking at something a little bit different. We’ll be looking at the different words Americans use for sweetened carbonated beverages, and […]

Sobre Americanismos – Parte 3

Sobre Americanismos – Parte 3

Daniel Schleder

[este texto pode também ser lido em Inglês, aqui] Bem-vindos de novo! Em artigos anteriores, aprendemos duas palavras quase exclusivas dos Estados Unidos, também conhecidas como Americanismos. Hoje vamos ver algo um pouco diferente. Vamos conhecer as palavras que os Americanos usam para refrigerantes e compará-las entre regiões e com falantes de inglês de outros países. Geralmente, o termo mais aceite para um refrigerante nos […]

The work of others

The work of others

learner

By Paula Ramos I’m a civil servant and I’m on holiday. Yesterday, I had a very busy day. In the morning I got up and opened the bedroom window. It smelled of freshly cut grass. The gardener was tending the garden. I turned on the radio to listen to my favourite singer. After that, I […]

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Yonara Mateus

He was my North, my South, my East and West, my working week and my Sunday rest… As for me, you may ask how I will remember him. What I thought of him. Unfortunately, there I run out of words. Perhaps you will forgive me if I turn from my own feelings to the words […]

A diferença que uma letra faz

A diferença que uma letra faz

Yonara Mateus

A Língua Inglesa adora simplificar, e de tanto simplificar acaba por complicar. Isso já não é novidade, ora pois, e facilmente se percebe ao passar por uma das nossas categorias preferidas, fake friends or lovers? Uma das coisas que mais me fascina nestas confusões do Inglês e que dá imensa piada à Língua (para mim, […]

Heading south

Heading south

Beatriz Braga

Sitting on the dock of the bay, watching the time passing by like a cargo ship heading south, there he was – as always – wishing for something to change. – It’s heading south, he mumbled. – I can only imagine what kind of load it carries. So many different people, so many different stories in the […]

dawn vs down

dawn vs down

Yonara Mateus

Summertime. And the livin’ is easy. Pelo menos é o que disse a Billie e tantas outras divas reforçaram tão bem. Nós concordamos, claro. Nem sei bem porquê, mas uma das palavras em Inglês que mais me lembra o Verão é dawn. Mas não como o início, e sim o final do dia. É como se no Verão […]

Life on a boat

Life on a boat

Beatriz Braga

Someone told me a smooth sea doesn’t make a skillful sailor. Well, I do not like sailing! The mere thought of it just gives me the shivers. I guess my seasickness comes from the difficult struggle of navigating in a life of challenges. We all should learn how to sail, really. To face the waves […]

Jane and Jimmy

Jane and Jimmy

learner

By Shuang Wu Jane was 28 when she met Jimmy. It was {raining cats and dogs}, Jane didn’t have an umbrella and neither did Jimmy. They started chatting about the weather, then the {cheesy} film they both had seen. Jimmy was the first {carrot top} that Jane had gone out with. He didn’t have a handsome face […]

When NOT to Use ‘The’?

When NOT to Use ‘The’?

Isabel Cordeiro

Já noutra conversa falámos sobre a utilização do artigo definido ‘the’. Hoje vamos aprofundar um pouco mais o tema, para ver quando não deve usá-lo. But don´t stress; take a deep breath and think with serenitea. So here are eight “DON’TS” of using the definite article: 1. Before people’s names. [Antes de nomes de pessoas.] Phil is a nice person. […]

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