O que fazer para PENSAR EM INGLÊS? Confira!


Mesmo vivendo em um país de língua portuguesa, é possível aprender a pensar em inglês? A resposta é “sim”, mas não existe fórmula milagrosa. Leva tempo e, consequentemente, paciência e dedicação.

Primeiramente, temos de entender um pouco o funcionamento do cérebro. Ao nascer, ele passa a agir como uma esponja e tudo o que acontece ao nosso redor é percebido pelos sentidos básicos.
Conforme vamos crescendo, o cérebro aprende a raciocinar, pensar, calcular, processar, analisar, decodificar informações e expressar-se, na língua em que foi moldado —  ou seja, o português.

Passamos a criar parâmetros de comunicação em nossa língua, que nos permitem automatizar e acelerar o processo de transformação de pensamento em fala. Especialistas dizem que o mecanismo de verbalizar o pensamento acontece em apenas 600 milissegundos.
Quando queremos dizer algo em inglês e não pensamos diretamente no idioma, acontece o seguinte:


Giving advice - Frases para dar conselhos em inglês


Elementary
(I think/I really think) you need to/must/should ...
How about ...?
It is usually a good idea to ...
My suggestion/advice is (to) ...
Why don't you ...?
You could (try) ...
You probably/definitely/really should ...


Pre-intermediate
Have you tried ...?
I (would) (strongly) suggest/advise that ...
If I was/were you, I'd ...
In my experience, ... works really well.
It's generally best/a good idea to...
One idea is to ...
One thing you could/should/have to do is ...
The best/most important thing (to do) is to ...

LISTENING and READING practice - SMALLFOOT


(CNN) Animated movies regularly deal with significant real-world issues, but "Smallfoot" carries a big message that feels particularly timely: the question of being afraid of and hostile toward those who are different from us. That theme, and a pleasingly broad visual style, power past some sizable shortcomings in this Warner Bros. release, including mostly forgettable songs and a somewhat sluggish start.

The title is certainly clever, focusing on a Yeti community living high in the mountains. These big-footed creatures have been raised with an elaborate belief system teaching them, among other things, that there's nothing beneath the clouds but a gaping abyss, despite a small band of heretics who suspect they're not receiving the entire picture.


Migo (voiced by Channing Tatum) isn't a member of that group, so he's shocked when a plane crashes in the mountains, providing a glimpse of a person (the "smallfoot" of their legends) for the first time. His insistence that he saw what he saw gets him banished from the village, putting Migo in contact with the skeptics (voiced by, among others, Zendaya and basketball star LeBron James).

READING activity - Intermediate students - A School Day in China


A School Day in China

It’s noon and the bell is ringing at your school. By now, you’ve probably spent around seven hours there. Maybe you’ve had five or six lessons, a few short breaks and a longer break of up to an hour for lunch. If you think that’s a tough timetable, you might have to think again! A school day in China can be almost eleven hours long – that is three hours longer than the average working day there!
Let’s take a look at a typical school day in China. School begins at 7:30 with a flag-raising ceremony and a speech from the head teacher. The first three lessons last from 7:45 to 10:20 with three ten-minute breaks in between.
At 10:30, pupils gather at the sports ground to do half an hour of morning exercises. Chinese people believe that keeping fit is important and people of all ages often make time to exercise during the day. Before the fourth lesson begins at 11:25, it’s time to do some eye exercises. These exercises usually take five minutes and are for strengthening pupils’ eyesight.
Lunch is at 12:20 but it’s a short break: only twenty minutes. After lunch, there’s a study period of one hour, followed by a fifteen-minute break.
Then it’s back to the classroom for the fifth lesson and some more eye exercises. By then it’s 3:40 but the bell hasn’t rung yet! There are three more lessons before school finishes at ten past six. What’s more, when the school day has ended, pupils can’t always go home and relax. Weekday evenings and most of the weekend are often packed with extra lessons and activities such as doing sports, playing a musical instrument or learning another language.
As you can see, Chinese pupils work hard and their free time is very limited. All Chinese children learn, from a young age, to be good pupils, get good grades and help other pupils do the same. Behind this tough timetable is the belief that a good education is the key to a bright future.

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Leitura de tirinha para treinar inglês (vocabulário)


breast cancer awareness: conscientização do câncer de mama
remind: lembrar alguém de fazer algo
be supposed to do sth: dever/fazer alguma coisa
make an appointment: marcar uma consulta
drop everything: deixar tudo (largar tudo/parar tudo o que está fazendo)
scheduling: agendamento
to be such a nag: ser tão chata (o)

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