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Pronunciation Tip #1
25-04-2015

After listening to many of my students mispronounce the “Th” sound in words like “Think,” “Thought,” “Through,” “Thigh,” “Thief,” and “Theft,” as if it were an “S” sound, I kept thinking about a way to improve their pronunciation and reduce the misunderstandings caused by such mispronunciation. Thinking about the “Th” sound goes beyond we, Brazilian Engish […]

Pronunciation Tip #1

by ctjonline

After listening to many of my students mispronounce the “Th” sound in words like “Think,” “Thought,” “Through,” “Thigh,” “Thief,” and “Theft,” as if it were an “S” sound, I kept thinking about a way to improve their pronunciation and reduce the misunderstandings caused by such mispronunciation.

Thinking about the “Th” sound goes beyond we, Brazilian Engish speakers, are able to fathom when learning English. I remember one of my teachers asking me and my classmates to put our tongues between our upper and lower teeth and repeat the following sentence, “Sopinha de maçãzinha amassadinha.” Right after having us say the aforementioned sentence, she would ask us to say “3”. Most of my classmates and I would pronounce an “S” sound, and not the so expected “Th” sound that all singers, actors and news anchors usually pronounce perfectly.

Thus, last semester, I began showing that the “Th” sound, in the aforementioned words, has to resemble our “F” sound, but articulated with our upper and lower teeth, and our tongues, but not with our upper teeth and lower lips.

At first, some of my students laughed at me because I would hold my lower lip and pronounce the sound for them, but I told them that it was just to show that it is possible to make it without any fuss.

After that, I kept thinking about the way they were pronouncing the aforementioned words during our speech classes, and, suddenly, I came up with this idea. I asked them to pronounce the “F” sound by articulating it with their upper and lower teeth, and tongue, saying the following sentence, “Fui à feira com o Freitas e o Farias comer frutas frescas, mas o Freitas preferiu comer fritas.” To my surprise, students did not have much difficulty doing that. Some even held their lower lips down to make sure that the tongue was really the one touching the upper and lower teeth.

What about you? Do you have trouble pronouncing the “Th” sound in the words above? Give this tip a try and let me know if it works for you.

 

by Teacher Wallace Barboza

 

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Getting a Good Free Dictionary App for Learning
30-03-2015

There are many different dictionary apps that you can download and use to become a more independent English learner. With a good app in our hands, you can look for definitions of some words, check pronunciation, and see how the words collocate with others to form sentences. However, there are so many options in the stores that […]

Getting a Good Free Dictionary App for Learning

by ctjonline

There are many different dictionary apps that you can download and use to become a more independent English learner. With a good app in our hands, you can look for definitions of some words, check pronunciation, and see how the words collocate with others to form sentences. However, there are so many options in the stores that you might get a little confused and end up getting a not so useful one. Before you go spending lots of money on apps, let me lead you in the right direction as to what  free English Learning dictionary will serve you the best.

You can find a free version of the paid app for iPad, iPhones, and androids. It works well offline, and it provides you with the definition, pronunciation audio and origin. The downside is that it does not offer you example sentences with the words, but it is really handy, and if you like it , you can buy the amazing paid version later on.

 Merriam-Webster downloads

 

 This app available for iphones, ipads, Android, kindle, Nook, Windows 8, Windows phone 8 app, offers you definition, pronunciation, meaning, word history, synonyms, related words and antonyms. The interface is clear and the frontpage, which can be easily customized,  brings word of the day, article of the day and quote of the day to make your learning experience even richer.

Free Dictionary on Google Play (free)
Free Dictionary on iTunes (paid)

 

Word Web Dictionary is a  universal app for iPhones and iPads. It includes word definitions, usage examples, pronunciation and many other interesting features. It offers for free what other dictionaries charge a lot of money for.

Word Web on iTunes
Word Web on Google Play

 

Dictionary.com holds over a million words. In fact, this app is so rich that it might take several minutes to download over wi-fi. That`s why  developers suggest installing it over a wired connection at first. However, once installed, everything runs well. Some of the interesting features are example sentences, alphabetical indexing, similarly spelled words, phonetic and audio pronunciation.

Dictionary.com on iTunes
Dictionary.com on Google Play

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Expressions with “Finger”
06-02-2015

There are, obviously, many idiomatic expressions that use the word finger, but I’ll show you the ones I think are most commonly used. Here’s my Top 10 list. 01) To have a finger in every pie: this one is used to talk about someone who’s very influential because he’s involved or has influence in many different […]

Expressions with “Finger”

by ctjonline

There are, obviously, many idiomatic expressions that use the word finger, but I’ll show you the ones I think are most commonly used. Here’s my Top 10 list.

01) To have a finger in every pie: this one is used to talk about someone who’s very influential because he’s involved or has influence in many different areas. It’s normally used to show disapproval of a person who has a lot of power.

02) To have a finger in too many pies: to be doing too many things at the same time.

03) To put your finger on something: to know exactly why a situation is the way it is. It is often used negatively. (I can’t quite put my finger on what is wrong with this project, but I know something is not right.)

04) Keep your fingers crossed: to hope for good luck.

05) Can count something on the fingers of one hand: to say that something is rare. (I can count on the fingers of one hand the times I took the subway train to go to work.)

06) To slip through someone’s fingers: to be able to escape from someone. (Susan has always managed to slip through Mr. Edwards’ fingers whenever he needs her to do overtime on the Holidays. She has a great talent to always come up with a perfectly plausible excuse.)

07) To lay a finger on somebody: to touch or harm someone. (You should never a lay a finger on a child, no matter how unruly his behavior is.)

08) Fingers were made before forks: This is a proverb used to justify eating with your fingers rather than using a fork.

09) To have green fingers: to be good with plants.

10) To have sticky fingers: to have a tendency to steal.

There you are. Ten idioms that use the word finger. I’m sure you’ll find many more as you progress in your studies of the English language.

 

Finger

 

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The World Cup in Brazil
11-06-2014

Never has Brazil felt a World Cup so weirdly. In fact, the mix of a presidential election and the World Cup isn’t good. People in the country are in between being apathetic to necessarily happy. For example, putting a Brazilian flag on the car has become a demonstration of vote in the government. In addition, […]

The World Cup in Brazil

by ctjonline

Never has Brazil felt a World Cup so weirdly. In fact, the mix of a presidential election and the World Cup isn’t good. People in the country are in between being apathetic to necessarily happy. For example, putting a Brazilian flag on the car has become a demonstration of vote in the government. In addition,  the streets are very tense with the police and strikes.

From tomorrow on, we’ll know if the country of soccer will enjoy watching games with pleasure or not.

What do you all think?

Student Felipe Varela, Top Flex 4, Main Branch

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