Confusing words: For and To (for Brazilian speakers)

This is a typical mistake of Brazilian speakers because “for” and “to” translates into: “para”. “The present is for Thomas.” –> O presente é para o Thomas. “Say hello to your wife.” –> “Diga oi para a sua esposa.” This is an explanation designed for Brazilian students. These are NOT rules written in stone, they… Read More

Confusing words: British and American terms

British and American English often spell the same word differently, for example: labour/labor, enthrall/enthral, or centre/center. You can find out more about these differences here. There are also many cases in which the two varieties of English use different terms to describe the same thing. Here’s a list of various British words and expressions together… Read More

Curiosities about the English language / Curiosidades da língua inglesa

I received, today, one more of those uncountable emails that we receive daily from friends, acquaintances, or even strangers. The message was forwarded, thus I don’t know who is the author of the curiosities that we find there, but I’ll post it here, anyway (the part that refers to some curiosities about the English language).… Read More

Se você já fez vários cursos de inglês, tentou aulas particulares e em grupos, adquiriu boa compreensão e gramática, mas sente que estagnou no nível intermediário, este artigo é para você!

A escolha do modelo de curso é bastante particular e está ligada ao seu estilo de aprendizagem: há quem argumente que as aulas em grupo trazem maior interação e dinamismo e que as aulas particulares podem perder o foco se professor e aluno não estiverem muito alinhados quanto aos objetivos e metas. Seja qual for… Read More

Word order or Order of Words?

Word Order in Positive Sentences For the beginning, remember this simple rule:     If you are a more advanced learner, remember the following rule:     Word Order in Negative Sentences The word order in negative sentences is the same as in affirmative sentences. Note, however, that in negative sentences we usually need an auxiliary… Read More

French words and expressions commonly used in English

Over the years, the English language has borrowed a great number of French words and expressions. Some of this vocabulary has been so completely absorbed by English that speakers might not realize its origins. Other words and expressions have retained their “Frenchness” – a certain je ne sais quoi which speakers tend to be much… Read More

Confusing words: Travel, Trip, Voyage and Journey

Travel (v) is used in general terms as a verb – it usually means to change location. The word travel is very rarely used as a noun. For example: I have to travel a lot for work. Trip (n) is often substituted for the word ‘holiday’ when the travelling distance was short. For example: How… Read More

Confusing words: Say and tell

 Word  Explanation  Example  say  to say something (say is followed immediately by a noun clause). If you want to put a personal object after say, use the word to.  Andrew said that he was right.He said to his father that he was right.  tell  to tell someone something (tell is followed by an object noun… Read More

Confusing words: I and Me

Usually we choose the correct form by instinct. For example;- I am a teacher. (not me) Give that to me. (not I) There are other times when people make mistakes with these two pronouns. I/me is difficult when it is coupled with another pronoun or with a noun. This is when you have to think… Read More