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How often do you exercise your mind?
25-04-2016

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” Joseph Addison There are many ways in which you can keep your brain fit. – challenge yourself. Try out new experiences and provide your brain with new information and stimuli. – switch up the things you normally do – try to use your left […]

How often do you exercise your mind?

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“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” Joseph Addison

There are many ways in which you can keep your brain fit.

– challenge yourself. Try out new experiences and provide your brain with new information and stimuli.

– switch up the things you normally do – try to use your left hand to brush your teeth, if you’re right-handed, for instance.

– take a different route when going to work or school – this is one of the easiest ways to break routines.

Now, if you enjoy action adventure, here is a suggestion you will love:

You will probably have a great time reading the series The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. The story takes place in the future, in a post-apocalyptic world that comprises 12 small cities, all of them controlled by the ruthless Capitol. Since the book has been adapted into a film, you can try listening to its soundtrack while reading the book. Are you ready for a workout?

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Money Idioms
25-02-2016

Idioms are expressions that are natural to a native speaker of a language and they are typically metaphorical. They make our point clear and they are an economical way of getting the point across. Also, idioms are very widely used in spoken English by native speakers and because of that it is very important to […]

Money Idioms

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Idioms are expressions that are natural to a native speaker of a language and they are typically metaphorical. They make our point clear and they are an economical way of getting the point across. Also, idioms are very widely used in spoken English by native speakers and because of that it is very important to be aware of them and know how to use them appropriately.

Take the idiom “foot the bill“, for instance. If you say you will foot the bill, it means you’ll pay for everyone.  Here are some useful money idioms:

 

1. To cost an arm and a leg:  When something is extremely expensive.

“Can you believe John’s paid U$3.000 for his new computer? It definitely cost him an arm and a leg!”

2. To throw money down the drain: To waste money.

“In times of national crisis, we can not throw money down the drain. We have to spend our money wisely.”

3. To make ends meet: To have enough money to pay for your basic expenses.

“Jane works at two jobs to make ends meet.”

4. To save money for a rainy day: To keep an amount of money for a time in the future when it might be needed.

” She has a couple of thousand dollars in the bank which she is saving for a rainy day.”

5. To be loaded: To be rich.

“Rock stars like Madonna, who have been around for many years, must be loaded.”

 

Remember! Time is money! Use the time you have wisely to learn English effectively!

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Confusing words: Assure, Ensure or Insure
30-10-2015

Do you know the difference between the verbs ensure, assure and insure? It’s easy! Study the following definitions and examples: TO ASSURE – To tell someone that everything is or will be ok. The doctor assured me that my health was good and that I had nothing to worry about.  My boss assured me that, even […]

Confusing words: Assure, Ensure or Insure

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Do you know the difference between the verbs ensure, assure and insure? It’s easy! Study the following definitions and examples:

  • TO ASSURE – To tell someone that everything is or will be ok.

The doctor assured me that my health was good and that I had nothing to worry about. 

My boss assured me that, even in times of economic recession, my job  would be preserved.

  • TO ENSURE – To ensure is to guarantee  something, to make sure that something will (or won’t) happen.

The new measures were taken in order to ensure the employees’ safety.

The procedures ensure that women will be given same labor opportunities.

  • TO INSURE – To buy or provide insurance (monetary protection) for property or health.

Jenny paid a lot of money to insure her new car.

Even though we pay a lot of taxes in Brazil, it is highly recommendable that you insure your health with a private insurance company.

 

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Confusing words: in or into, on or onto?
07-10-2015

In/Into and On/Onto can be used as prepositions of place. What’s the difference between them? In and On indicate position. Onto and Into indicate movement and direction. Analyze the following sentences: IN/INTO 1.1. Joe is walking into a Japanese restaurant now (Here into shows movement from the street to the restaurant). 1.2. He’s going to have lunch in […]

Confusing words: in or into, on or onto?

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In/Into and On/Onto can be used as prepositions of place. What’s the difference between them?

In and On indicate position. Onto and Into indicate movement and direction.

Analyze the following sentences:

IN/INTO

1.1. Joe is walking into a Japanese restaurant now (Here into shows movement from the street to the restaurant).

1.2. He’s going to have lunch in the restaurant. (Here in shows Joe’s position – the restaurant)

ON/ONTO

2.1. There is a cat on the roof of my house. (Here on shows the cat’s position – the roof)

2.2. Can you get onto the roof to rescue it? (The rescuer will have to go up to the roof in order to save the cat. There is movement involved)

MORE EXAMPLES

Mary is in the office.

The student is putting the pen into the pencil case.

The cat jumped onto the table.

Rick is in the teachers’ room.

Katy threw her clothes onto the sofa.

REMEMBER:

IN/ON – No movement, indicates position

INTO/ONTO – Indicate movement, direction, destination

Cheers,

Rick

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Confusing Verbs: Lie or Lay?
28-09-2015

There are some verbs in English that can easily confuse students. LIE and LAY are examples of that. Do you know the difference between them? First of all, let’s analyze the verb LIE, which has two different meanings. The first one means “not to tell the truth” and it’s a regular verb (lie-lied-lied). Check the example: […]

Confusing Verbs: Lie or Lay?

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There are some verbs in English that can easily confuse students. LIE and LAY are examples of that. Do you know the difference between them?

First of all, let’s analyze the verb LIE, which has two different meanings. The first one means “not to tell the truth” and it’s a regular verb (lie-lied-lied). Check the example:

      Peter lied  to his dad about his grade on the test. He said he had gotten a 90, but, in reality, it was 55. His father was very upset and grounded him for a week!

Now, let’s compare the second meaning of LIE (which has nothing to do with the first one) and the verb LAY.

Let’s check the verb forms and the meanings of the verbs, according to the Cambridge Online Dictionary.

LIE – LAY – LAIN

Lie is a verb which means ‘to be in or put yourself into a flat position’. It is an irregular verb and it doesn’t take an object.

I love to lie on the sandy beach of Copacabana.

Missy had a very tiring day yesterday. When she got home, she lay in bed and fell asleep immediately.

LAY – LAID – LAID

The verb lay means ‘to put something down carefully in a flat position’. It must have an object. It is a regular verb, but note the spelling of the past simple and  past particple forms: laid not layed.

Chickens lay eggs. (What do chickens do? They lay eggs. Eggs is the object.)

 We had a dinner party last night and my mother laid the table beautifully. (What did my mom do? She laid the table. Table is the object.)

REMEMBER!

LIE – NO OBJECT

LAY – REQUIRES AN OBJECT

Stay Tuned!

Cheers,

Rick

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Delicious pork chops for 2
25-09-2015

You can’t go wrong with this tasty recipe. Apart from being very easy to prepare, it’s incredibly flavorful! INGREDIENTS 2 pork chops; 1 clove of garlic, minced; 2 tablespoons of soy sauce; 100 ml of orange juice; a pinch of ground pepper; a pinch of salt; careful, because the soy sauce already contains salt! 1 […]

Delicious pork chops for 2

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You can’t go wrong with this tasty recipe. Apart from being very easy to prepare, it’s incredibly flavorful!

INGREDIENTS

2 pork chops;

1 clove of garlic, minced;

2 tablespoons of soy sauce;

100 ml of orange juice;

a pinch of ground pepper;

a pinch of salt; careful, because the soy sauce already contains salt!

1 tablespoon of brown sugar.

DIRECTIONS

Prepare a marinade with all the ingredients. Mix everything really well. Put the marinade, together with the pork chops, in a plastic bag and let it rest in the fridge for around 60 minutes. If you can’t wait that long, 30 minutes will do!

Lay the chops, with the marinade on top, in a rectangular baking tin. Put it in a pre-heated oven (200 degrees) for around 20 minutes or until the chops are golden brown. Remove from oven, eat and have a blast! It’s really delicious!

P.S. If you want to ease your conscience, serve the chops with a healthy green salad! LOL!

Cheers,

Rick

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Google cardboard As Learning Experiences
29-07-2015

Google Cardboard and its apps offer the easiest way to experience virtual reality today.

Google cardboard As Learning Experiences

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Google Cardboard and its apps offer the easiest way to experience virtual reality today. It’s a useful tool for English language learners and teachers, for they can take advantage of this technology to boost learning experiences. Whether you want to immerse yourself in an animation, go back in time, or stand on stage with a legend, Cardboard has hundreds of options to choose from.

GOOGLE PLAY STORE

Cardboard consists of a low-cost, DIY virtual reality headset that everyone can make, and a software platform that makes it easy for app developers to add VR support to their creations.

Once you’ve got your cardboard, you’ll want some experiences to try out. Here’s our pick of the ten best VR-enabled apps you can find in Google Play right now to learn English.

YOUTUBE

Experience your favorite artist’s new music video as if you’re right there on set, base jump off a cliff from the comfort of your armchair, and so much more, with 360 video content and your Cardboard viewer.

WATCH 360 VIDEOS

EXPEDITIONS

Expeditions lets teachers take students on field trips to anywhere.  If you’re an educator, learn more about bringing Expeditions to your school.

LEARN MORE

TILT BRUSH GALLERY

View creations made with Tilt Brush, a painting application made for virtual reality. Load pre-made sketches and watch them draw in as they were originally created.

GET IT

PAUL MCCARTNEY

Experience musical legend Sir Paul McCartney performing “Live and Let Die” in 360 degrees, with stereo 3D and immersive audio in Jaunt’s first publicly released VR experience.

GET IT

THE OFFICIAL CARDBOARD APP

The official Cardboard app is your first stop for virtual reality on your Android or iPhone. The Cardboard app lets you use your Google Cardboard viewer with any Cardboard app, and includes a variety of immersive demos like the amazing Windy Day, an interactive animated short from Spotlight Stories.

ANDROID

  IOS

 

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Developing Speed Reading for Exam Success
27-04-2015

Students taking an exam preparation course for an examination such as the TOEFL test often face difficulties when it comes to developing the speed reading skills required to perform successfully. International exams such as TOEFL, IELTS, Michigan ECPE, and others often include long passages that candidates usually have trouble with–not so much because they lack the necessary […]

Developing Speed Reading for Exam Success

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Students taking an exam preparation course for an examination such as the TOEFL test often face difficulties when it comes to developing the speed reading skills required to perform successfully. International exams such as TOEFL, IELTS, Michigan ECPE, and others often include long passages that candidates usually have trouble with–not so much because they lack the necessary reading comprehension skills, but rather because they lack the speed reading skills that such tests require. Some people estimate that educated native speakers read at an average of 300 words per minute (wpm), and if you are looking to do well on any of these tests, you will need to make sure your reading speed is up to par. One free and easy-to-use tool that you can use to help you prepare for the reading sectin of any major proficiency test is Spreeder.

The first thing you need to do is access http://www.spreeder.com/. You can then select any text you want from the Internet, and then cut and paste it into the space provided on Spreeder. Then you need to choose how many words you want to see at a time and the speed at which the words will appear on the screen. Remember you don’t need to start at 300 words per minute, but also make sure you choose a level of difficulty that pushes you out of your comfort zone! :)

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Wish
17-11-2014

When we talk about wishes, it is related to something you´d like to do, have, try out. There´s a sense of regret, a nostalgic feeling. You´d like things to be different in the present. Watch this video with Kate Nash´s song Nicest Thing. What do you notice in relation to the verb tense you use […]

Wish

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When we talk about wishes, it is related to something you´d like to do, have, try out. There´s a sense of regret, a nostalgic feeling. You´d like things to be different in the present.

Watch this video with Kate Nash´s song Nicest Thing.

What do you notice in relation to the verb tense you use after wish?

 

I wish that we could give it a go
I wish I was your favourite girl
I wish you thought I was the reason you are in the world
I wish my smile was your favourite kind of smile
I wish the way that I dress was your favourite kind of style
I wish you couldn’t figure me out
I wish you’d hold my hand when I was upset
I wish you’d never forget the look on my face when we first met
I wish you had a favorite beauty spot that you loved secretly.
Basically, I wish that you loved me
I wish that you needed me
I wish that without me your heart would break
Yeah, I wish that without me you’d be
Spending the rest of your nights awake
I wish that without me you couldn’t eat
Yeah, I wish I was the last thing on your mind before you went to sleep
And I wish we could see if we could be something
Yeah, I wish we could see if we could be something

If you answered that you generally use WISH + Simple Past, you got the idea! Remember you wanted reality to be different, you regret something.

Notice that Kate uses I WISH I WAS. In more formal situations, you´d use I WISH I WERE… (the subjunctive).

What if you wanted to give an idea of a different future? Then, instead of WISH, use HOPE, “I HOPE  you have better luck in your new job” or “I HOPE you get another chance in the final test.”

 

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Learn English Through Food: Sweet Friday Coconut Cake
26-09-2014

Paula Pacheco, our Special Projects Coordinator, loves cooking. Every time she bakes a cake, CTJ teachers ask for the recipe. Here´s one of our favorite not only because it is delicious, but also because it is extremely easy to bake! Coconut Cake 4 eggs 100g of dried shredded coconut 1 can of condensed milk 1 […]

Learn English Through Food: Sweet Friday Coconut Cake

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Paula Pacheco, our Special Projects Coordinator, loves cooking.

Every time she bakes a cake, CTJ teachers ask for the recipe.

Here´s one of our favorite not only because it is delicious, but also because it is extremely easy to bake!

Coconut Cake

4 eggs
100g of dried shredded coconut
1 can of condensed milk
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 pinch of salt

Blend all the ingredients. For a more wet and creamy cake, you can add a little bit of coconut milk or even milk (add 1/5 in the condensed milk can). Bake it in 18O o until it gets golden brown.

Bon Appetit!

If you try out this recipe, send us your photo on our instagram by adding the hashtag #sweetfridayctj or let us know at @ctjonline .

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