Confusing words: Thank or Thanks God it’s Friday?

“Thank God” is actually a shortened version of “Thanks be to God” which means that you are telling the others (your friends or whoever) that you are thankful to God. “Thank God” is in the same way as “Praise God”. “Thank God” is also correct because you are using “Thank” as a verb I (we)… Read More

Confusing words: into, in to, onto, on to, unto

          “On to” is similar to “in to”: “on” is an adverb and “to” is a preposition. It often appears in idiomatic and casual expressions:   Lastly, “unto” is an old, now rarely used, preposition that can basically be replaced by “to” or “until.” One of the most famous sentences that uses unto is what is commonly known… Read More

Woof Woof: Dog Barks in Different Languages

Woof is the conventional representation in the English language of the barking of a dog. As with other examples of onomatopoeia or imitative sounds, other cultures “hear” the dog’s barks differently and represent them in their own ways. Some of the equivalents of “woof” in other European and Asian languages are as follows: English –… Read More

Em que idioma faríamos o primeiro contato?

“Tudo o que um homem pode imaginar, outros homens poderão realizar”, Jules Verne. Quem de nós, amantes do seriado Star Trek, diria que um dia a ficção se tornaria realidade? E aí estão as tecnologias que um dia nos encantaram nas mãos dos personagens de Jornada nas Estrelas, mais presentes do que nunca em nossa… Read More

Na hora de aprender um idioma: será que os homens são de Marte e as mulheres de Vênus?

As mulheres aprendem idiomas de forma diferente? Será que elas são melhores do que os homens no aprendizado? É perigoso proclamar qualquer característica como sendo radicalmente masculina ou feminina, mas será que há alguma verdade por trás dessa teoria? Quando se trata de educação, as mulheres certamente têm recuperado terreno perdido: atualmente superam os homens… Read More

Requisito nos processos de seleção, o inglês está dando o que falar

As mídias sociais têm apontado o surgimento de importantes questões relacionadas ao inglês. A primeira coloca na balança a real necessidade do idioma para todas as funções exercidas dentro de uma empresa. A segunda  diz respeito à fluência no idioma exigida nos processos de seleção das empresas. E a terceira aborda o fato do aprendizado… Read More

Leonardo Da Vinci’s wacky piano is heard for the first time after 500 years

A bizarre instrument combining a piano and cello has finally been played to an audience more than 500 years after it was dreamt up Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci, the Italian Renaissance genius who painted the Mona Lisa, invented the ‘‘viola organista’’ – which looks like a baby grand piano – but never built it,… Read More

Confusing words: mugwump

Origin: The Mugwumps were Republican political activists who bolted from the United States Republican Party by supporting Democratic candidate Grover Cleveland in the United States presidential election of 1884. Theyswitched parties because they rejected the financial corruption associated with Republican candidate James G. Blaine. In a close election, the Mugwumps supposedly made the difference in… Read More

The Impact of Leaders’ Language

  A new study by Jonathan R. Clark, assistant professor of management at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), states that the language of leaders has a profound effect on the performance of their employees. Clark’s top-tier research, published in Organizational Dynamics, shows that how a company presents its vision and values is deeply… Read More