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Sport Metaphors III
31-03-2014

How are you guys doing? Great I hope. So, going back to our topic of sports metaphors, I’m going to talk about some that are connect to another of American’s greatest passion: Baseball.

Sport Metaphors III

by Léo Sampaio

How are you guys doing? Great I hope. So, going back to our topic of sports metaphors, I’m going to talk about some that are connect to another of American’s greatest passion: Baseball.

I’d like to star with the famous home run, which happens when the batter hits the ball over the fence allowing him to run all bases and score a point. However when you put it out of game, you’re talking about achieving a great goal or doing something really well. However, to do that you need to have all of your bases covered or cover all of your bases, meaning that you need to be prepared.

Let’s also remember that in baseball you might drop the ball, make a mistake, but you will only fail if you strike out. To avoid that outcome you should keep your eye on the ball even if they throw you a curve ball, which is tricky and difficult to hit. In other words, the person who threw you one of those did something unexpected.

Now, to wrap up this post I have got to remind you that in this game the pitcher (player who throws the ball to the batter) pitches the ball. And on a daily basis you can pitch an idea instead of a ball.

Bye for now and till my next post.

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Tags: efl / esl / expressions / expressions with sports / metaphor / tefl /


About Léo Sampaio

Somebody who is in love with learning and studying about different cultures and languages; enjoys spending time with family and friends; and has a passion for books, movies and music... moreover, he's got a nerdier side that is interested in video games, mangas and animes.


Sport Metaphors II
05-03-2014

Hello everybody.On my last post I talked to you about a few sport metaphors that are commonly used. Also they were quite general, referring to more than one sport activity. This time I want to address those that are related to American football. So, let’s start with my favorite one which is Monday morning quarterbacking. […]

Sport Metaphors II

by Léo Sampaio

Hello everybody.On my last post I talked to you about a few sport metaphors that are commonly used. Also they were quite general, referring to more than one sport activity. This time I want to address those that are related to American football.

So, let’s start with my favorite one which is Monday morning quarterbacking. Big one isn’t it?! But it is quite simple. You use this expression when somebody comes up with all the correct answers when they are no longer needed. Let me make it clearer.

Imagine you had a huge argument with somebody and at time you could only come up with lame answers or terrible excuses. However, later on when you’re going over what happened you think of all the things you should have said or done instead of the ones you said or did. I have to admit that it happens to me more often than I’d like.

Anyhow, another very interesting one is when you have a huge project or plan to follow and you manage to finish the first step in achieving your goal. In that case you can use the expression first down.

There is one that is similar to dropping the ball, which was explained on my previous post, but not really the same. Confused?! Let me explain. When a person is given a certain responsibility and screws it up, he or she fumbles. However if the person manages to do a good job you can say that he carried the ball.

Bye for now

And till the next post

 

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Tags: efl / esl / expressions / expressions with sports / metaphor / tefl /


About Léo Sampaio

Somebody who is in love with learning and studying about different cultures and languages; enjoys spending time with family and friends; and has a passion for books, movies and music... moreover, he's got a nerdier side that is interested in video games, mangas and animes.


Sport Metaphors I
02-03-2014

Just the other day I was talking to a couple of friends when I realized how many sport metaphors we use during conversation. Actually, to be more accurate we use a lot of soccer analogies. And then it dawned on me to talk about that. You see, contrary to Brazil where the world of sports […]

Sport Metaphors I

by Léo Sampaio

Just the other day I was talking to a couple of friends when I realized how many sport metaphors we use during conversation. Actually, to be more accurate we use a lot of soccer analogies. And then it dawned on me to talk about that.

You see, contrary to Brazil where the world of sports seems to revolve uniquely around soccer, in the US there is a bigger variety of them and a great number of expressions involving sports. So why don’t we go over some of the most general ones first?!

You guys probably have already heard the term time out, which is used to interrupt a conversation or an argument that is either getting out of control or becoming quite overwhelming. And it is very common to see people following this expression with the hand gesture used in sport events.

Another one that you might’ve heard of is drop the ball. As in most games in which you use your hands to play with the ball dropping the ball is a problem; the same goes to real life situations. If you drop the ball it means you failed to do or in doing something.

Now, if you want to avoid dropping the ball you should always have a game plan. And this one is quite self-explanatory. Whatever you do in life, it is good to have a plan and it can be quite useful to let people know what your game plan is; especially when they are part of it. Then you should go over play by play with them.

I’ll leave you guys at this.

Till the next post.

 

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Tags: efl / expressions / expressions with sports / tefl /


About Léo Sampaio

Somebody who is in love with learning and studying about different cultures and languages; enjoys spending time with family and friends; and has a passion for books, movies and music... moreover, he's got a nerdier side that is interested in video games, mangas and animes.


Music apps 2
10-10-2013

Hey. So, today I decided to talk about an app which is quite interesting. In fact, it is not just an app, it is a bunch of apps. However I am only going to focus on one. Discovr is a paid app available on the app store which allows you to create a web of […]

Music apps 2

by Léo Sampaio

Hey. So, today I decided to talk about an app which is quite interesting. In fact, it is not just an app, it is a bunch of apps. However I am only going to focus on one.

Discovr is a paid app available on the app store which allows you to create a web of style related bands and singers. Not very sure of what I’m saying?! Let’s elaborate then.

With this app you can type in the name of your favorite band or singer and it will make a first degree connection of that/those artist(s) with others that are similar to the first one. You can grow the web by touching once the other artists or you can explore the artists that interest you by double touching them.

You are also able to share music and artists that you like, find some new ones and follow your favorite singer/band getting updates about albums, pictures and videos.

Check it out and see if it is with it. I liked it a lot.

And if you try any of their other apps, let us know what you thought of them.

See you guys in my next post.

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About Léo Sampaio

Somebody who is in love with learning and studying about different cultures and languages; enjoys spending time with family and friends; and has a passion for books, movies and music... moreover, he's got a nerdier side that is interested in video games, mangas and animes.


Ender’s game
22-09-2013

Have you ever heard of Orson Scott Card?He is the American author who wrote Ender’s Game. One out of a saga of 16 books. But don’t get scared of reading it yet  because the novel is actually quite complete in this one book. Not quite sure of what I mean?! Well, what I am trying […]

Ender’s game

by Léo Sampaio

Have you ever heard of Orson Scott Card?He is the American author who wrote Ender’s Game. One out of a saga of 16 books. But don’t get scared of reading it yet  because the novel is actually quite complete in this one book. Not quite sure of what I mean?! Well, what I am trying to say is that the story has a beginning, a middle and an end. So, if you don’t want to read all of them you will do fine just reading this one, for this was actually the first one. The others were written later on to add to the story.

Anyway, let’s move on to why I am talking about this book. Basically, I have two reasons to be writing this post: first I have read the book and it is amazing; second it has been adapted to the big screen. And since the movie is scheduled to come out in theaters some time in December in the USA, it gives me plenty of time to instigate you guys to anxiously wait for it and maybe read the book before the film comes out.

Now, to put you guys in the loop. The story is about the future. Earth has been attacked by an alien race that resembles ants and therefore those were called the Formic Wars. Humankind was almost wiped out. As they say “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”,that is what man did. Earth became highly militarized and through a very strict breeding program they managed to produce brilliant kids. Though, one was really special: Andrew Wiggin aka Ender Wiggin.

The six-year-old boy is Earth’s last hope to put a definite end to the ‘bugger’ (the alien race) threat. The story takes us through the military training and extraordinary situations that will mold the young boy and help him achieve the excellency needed in a commander. Not just any commander but the one that will lead the last battle against the ‘buggers’.

Will Ender be able to live up to those gigantic expectations? Or will he crack under the enormous pressure set on his shoulder? And is it really possible to terminate the ‘bugger’ threat?

Though the question I really want to ask is: Can you wait for the movie? Or are you going to run down to the bookstore and get yourself a copy of this amazing novel?

If you do read the book, let us know what you thought of it.

See you guys in my next post.

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About Léo Sampaio

Somebody who is in love with learning and studying about different cultures and languages; enjoys spending time with family and friends; and has a passion for books, movies and music... moreover, he's got a nerdier side that is interested in video games, mangas and animes.


Music apps
10-09-2013

  If you are a fan of music and dicovering new bands, you’re going to love this app. Band of the day is an app available on the App store for iPhone. Everyday you open the app it will show you a brand new band and its hits, videos and bio. You’ll be surprised with […]

Music apps

by Léo Sampaio

 

If you are a fan of music and dicovering new bands, you’re going to love this app. Band of the day is an app available on the App store for iPhone. Everyday you open the app it will show you a brand new band and its hits, videos and bio.

You’ll be surprised with how many cool bands are out there and we have no idea they exist. Until now.

Tags: app / app store / band / bandoftheday / iphnoe / music /


About Léo Sampaio

Somebody who is in love with learning and studying about different cultures and languages; enjoys spending time with family and friends; and has a passion for books, movies and music... moreover, he's got a nerdier side that is interested in video games, mangas and animes.


Traveling around the USA – Illinois
27-08-2013

I can safely bet that most people who follow this blog has heard of the windy city Chicago. Though I wonder how many can tell me what state it is located. And an even harder question: if you know the state, can you tell me the capital? I’ll give you a tip: The Simpsons. Did […]

Traveling around the USA – Illinois

by Léo Sampaio
Photo credit: Leonardo Sampaio

Photo credit: Leonardo Sampaio

I can safely bet that most people who follow this blog has heard of the windy city Chicago. Though I wonder how many can tell me what state it is located. And an even harder question: if you know the state, can you tell me the capital?

I’ll give you a tip: The Simpsons.

Did it get you to guess Springfield? Hope it did. Anyway, I’m talking about this for I have recently been there and visited an amazing place: The Abraham Lincoln presidential library and museum (http://www.illinois.gov/alplm/Pages/default.aspx). Sounds boring doesn’t it?! It isn’t, but you can kind of make up your mind after this post.

So let’s get going. After passing by the admission stand to the museum, you will be in an atrium, in which there are a replica of the front of the White House, a wooden cabin, theaters and statues of the Lincoln family and other prominent people of that time.

First thing would be to take a picture with the Lincolns: Abraham, first lady Mary, Robert (only son to survive to adulthood), Willie and Tad. After that we move to the wooden cabin where a young Lincoln sits by the fireplace trying to read at the late hours of the night. This scene starts a journey through the life of Abraham Lincoln who taught himself to read, walked miles to borrow books and became a remarkable self-taught man. After his election and a very moving farewell speech to the people of Springfield, we go back to the atrium.

We enter now the White House in which we will see the first Lady Mary being helped into a dress by her chamber maid, who also became her confidante. Around them are displayed dresses that belonged to ladies from Washington’s society and were rivals to the first Lady. From that room on we walk through the turmoils of Lincoln’s presidential terms, his and Mary’s personal tragedies and the Lincoln assassination and funeral. In this area there is also a lot about the American Civil War which survived Lincoln. One room in particular really caught my attention. There you will find a map of the USA being projected and showing the advances and setbacks of the Civil War in 4 minutes. It is quite a ride into the past.

Once out of the last steps of Lincoln’s life you can explore the Treasure gallery where some of the family’s personal artifacts and letters are displayed; or you can move on to the theaters.

The Union theater hosts a multi-screen, multi-stage special effect movie called Lincoln’s Eyes. It is a 17-minute documentary about Lincoln’s life in which the special effects are not limited to the screens. The seatings tremble and shake; the theater gets foggy and some other stuff happens that makes you feel like a part of the production. It is really neat, but I’m saving the best for last: the Holavision® Theater.

In the aforementioned theater there is a 15-minute presentation called ‘Ghosts of the Library’. In this particular piece you will learn what a Presidential library is, the importance of history, the reasons to save and guard so many artifacts and documents, among other things. You’re probably wondering why  this is so special. And I’ll tell you that this is very special because despite informing us of some frequently asked questions, it is all done in a holographic display. It is a mesmerizing experience.

Bottom line is: if you’re ever in Illinois, consider dropping by Springfield for a day or two. You won’t be disappointed.

One last piece of information before I bid you guys farewell. There is no public figure in human history with more published material about one’s life than Abraham Lincoln.

See you in my next post.

 

PS.: Sneak preview – http://www.illinois.gov/alplm/MultiMedia/SneekPeek.swf?width=480&geight=360

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About Léo Sampaio

Somebody who is in love with learning and studying about different cultures and languages; enjoys spending time with family and friends; and has a passion for books, movies and music... moreover, he's got a nerdier side that is interested in video games, mangas and animes.


English Practice – Idioms with Body Parts II
27-08-2013

I know this was supposed to be an idiom post with a topic other than body parts, but I kind of left some pretty common ones out from the last post. Therefore I am adding them here if you guys don’t mind.So, let’s start with hand full. It seems quite self-explanatory, doesn’t it?! And it […]

English Practice – Idioms with Body Parts II

by Léo Sampaio

I know this was supposed to be an idiom post with a topic other than body parts, but I kind of left some pretty common ones out from the last post. Therefore I am adding them here if you guys don’t mind.So, let’s start with hand full. It seems quite self-explanatory, doesn’t it?! And it sort of is. You can have your hands literally full which will prevent you from doing something; or maybe you’re very busy and it is improbable that you’ll be able to help on something else.  Also, and this is the meaning I use the most, you can use it as an adjective like: those kids are a hand full. Which means that those kids are a lot of work, probably because they are very energetic.

Furthermore, give those hyper kids a ball and you will hear another common expression: heads up. I guess you’re kind of wondering what the latter has to do with the first. Well, heads up isn’t used to tell you to stand proud (that would be chin up) or to keep your head held high, it is used to warn people that something might hit you, like the ball those kids threw in some random direction.

Anyway, maybe you haven’t read one of my earlier posts about movies where I talk about a horror movie called The Conjuring. The movie was released in the US on July 19 and it will be in theaters here in Brazil on September 13 (BTW it is a Friday). Why am I mentioning that? Well, it is because this movie promises to give you goosebumps. You know when you’re scared and the hair on your body stands? Those are goosebumps or gooseflesh. Clearly that also happens when you’re cold but people only use that expression when it is a result of an intense feeling. Now, depending on how fearful you are it is possible that this movie will make your blood run cold. In other words it will terrify you.

Guess I’ll leave you at this.

See you in my next post.

Cheers.

 

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Tags: body / body parts / efl / english / englishtip / idiomatic expressions / idioms / tefl / vocabulary /


About Léo Sampaio

Somebody who is in love with learning and studying about different cultures and languages; enjoys spending time with family and friends; and has a passion for books, movies and music... moreover, he's got a nerdier side that is interested in video games, mangas and animes.


English Practice – Idioms with Body Parts
26-08-2013

As you guys can see this is a follow up post to the ‘color idioms’ one. And this time I thought it would be interesting to talk about body idioms. Specially because some of them can be quite common. For instance, you can be talking about some polemic topic with a friend and the both […]

English Practice – Idioms with Body Parts

by Léo Sampaio

As you guys can see this is a follow up post to the ‘color idioms’ one. And this time I thought it would be interesting to talk about body idioms. Specially because some of them can be quite common. For instance, you can be talking about some polemic topic with a friend and the both of you see eye to eye on the matter at hand. However, while your friend agrees with you, there might be another friend on the table that doesn’t and that can lead to a very heated argument; in which you’ll be at each other’s throat. Not to mention that one might start yelling at the other very loudly, or better yet from the top of one’s lungs.

Now, the situation above might happen between friends and things will be ok after a while. Or, sometimes it can result in some bad blood between the two of you, that being that you’ll have problems in your friendship due to that disagreement. In that case, maybe, sitting down and picking the bone clean will help solve the matter. I mean talking the problem over and, perhaps, agreeing to disagree on that topic and put it aside.

Question: Do you have a friend or relative who is annoying and gets on your nerves? Because I do. I have an acquaintance of mine that every now and then manages to get under my skin. It is really irritating and I get really close to losing my head and doing something stupid. My solution to this little problem of mine, though I am not proud to admit it, was giving him the cold shoulder. In other words, I completely ignore him.

Not my best moment, I know. But anyway. One idiom that we see a lot in movies, specially in dramas, is get something off one’s chest which means that someone had something really important to say and it was weighing heavy on him or her. And since I am talking about strong feelings, let’s also mention the lump in one’s throat and the butterflies in the stomach. The first means that you are feeling some intense emotion that is causing you to almost cry; while the latter means that you’re feeling quite nervous and or anxious, as in right before giving a public speech.

By the way, when somebody decides to hide behind a wall, waiting for you to come by and then jumps out and scares the living thing out of you; that person made you jump out of your skin. That might make your blood boil, but it is just a laugh after all.

What do you get from pulling your own weight? For example: in a company it is very important that every employee pulls their own weight, in other words if everybody does what they have to do the company will do very well. However, if they don’t, there is a great chance that the company will turn belly up: bankrupt.

Guess I’ll leave you guys at this, though there are plenty more. But don’t sweat (don’t worry), I’ll talk about them further down the line.

Till my next post.

 

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Tags: body / efl / english / englishpractice / englishtip / idiomatic expression / idioms / tefl /


About Léo Sampaio

Somebody who is in love with learning and studying about different cultures and languages; enjoys spending time with family and friends; and has a passion for books, movies and music... moreover, he's got a nerdier side that is interested in video games, mangas and animes.


Idioms – Colors
22-07-2013

When learning a new language, I believe one of the goals is to get as close as one can to a native speaker. Therefore, we try to minimize our accent and practice as much as we can to improve our fluency. However, there is a much bigger challenge: first language interference. I say this because […]

Idioms – Colors

by Léo Sampaio

When learning a new language, I believe one of the goals is to get as close as one can to a native speaker. Therefore, we try to minimize our accent and practice as much as we can to improve our fluency. However, there is a much bigger challenge: first language interference.

I say this because my students frequently use expressions and sayings that do not make any sense to a native English speaker. And, there are times when I use very common English expressions that puzzle them. That’s why I thought about doing a sequence of posts about idioms (figures of speech that can’t be translated literally, for they have figurative meaning).

Idioms about colors.

A first one that is quite common, and most of you probably know, is the black eye, which happens when a person gets punched or hit in the eye and gets that shining purple, blackish ring around it. And since we are talking about injuries, you can also say that someone was all black and blue from an accident, meaning that the person is bruised all over. Also, if you hit your head hard enough you can black out or lose consciousness. Now, let’s keep in mind that black doesn’t revolve only around accidents and fight related idioms.

For instance, you can blackmail someone. You know about someone’s secret, which he/she doesn’t want out in the open, and you ask for something in return in order to keep quiet. Just remember that this will surely put you in that person’s black list.

Switching colors. When a person gets sad or depressed, it is possible that he/she got the blues or is feeling blue. It is also possible to use blue to say that something happened suddenly or without a warning. In that case, you say that it came out of the blue as if it had just dropped out of the sky.

By the way, have you ever heard about the green-eyed monster? It is not a real monster as you might have already assumed, but it is a very powerful feeling: jealousy. And since we are talking about green, there is also the green light, which stands for permission, as in ‘the boss gave us the green light’ or ‘the project was green lighted.’

What would you understand if somebody told you that they caught a red-eye? You are absolutely correct if you thought of a flight that leaves somewhere late at night and arrives at its destination early in the morning. However, if someone is caught red-handed, that is an entirely different matter. It means that they were caught in the middle of doing something wrong, like ‘I caught him red-handed trying to copy the test answers from his classmate.’

A few others that I would like to share with you before I wrap up are:

  • yellow-bellied, which means that the person is a coward (though ‘wimp’ is more commonly used nowadays);
  • gray area, which refers  to a subject or matter that is not very clear nor defined;
  • telling a white lie, which is lying to be polite or to protect someone’s feelings;
  • seeing the world through rose-colored glasses, which means the person is an optimist.

So, I’ll leave you guys at this and hope it was helpful.

See you in my next post.

 

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Tags: accent / Brazilian Speakers of English / english / englishpractice / englishtip / goals / language / learning / tips for Brazilian speakers of English / vocabulary / words /


About Léo Sampaio

Somebody who is in love with learning and studying about different cultures and languages; enjoys spending time with family and friends; and has a passion for books, movies and music... moreover, he's got a nerdier side that is interested in video games, mangas and animes.