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Knock, knock. Who’s there?

You may have heard one of these jokes in movies or series, they are a “call and response” type of joke. It starts when one person pretends to knock on a door and the other person (supposedly inside the fictional place) has to ask “who is there?” and the fun of it consists in having […]

Tongue twisters

Tongue twisters are challenging phrases that contain many hard to pronounce syllables or alternation of similar but distinct phonemes. They can be a used as a kind of word game because the speakers usually cannot articulate properly the words in a fast and clear manner, causing confusion and good laughs. They are also a good […]

April is poetry month

This year, Americans and Canadians are celebrating their 20th and 18th anniversary of National Poetry Month, respectively. It is a initiative from the Academy of American Poets and the League of Canadian poets to increase awareness and nurture appreciation of poetry in their countries, but everyone is invited. It involves poets, publishers, booksellers, libraries and […]

Carnival & Stereotypes

February! Time for Brazilian people put on their shiniest carnival costumes and dance samba all week long, right? Right. For some of us. Stereotype is the result of believing that everybody in a particular group share the same characteristic/habit. This is such common practice that we do it without even noticing. Stereotypes have become a […]

Discovering new accents

When I ask students why they have decided to learn English, many say that it’s important for their careers, for their future job prospects, so on and so forth. It upsets me a little bit, because for me, the incentive to learn English is because it’s a beautiful language. It takes something from practically every culture […]

Children’s Games – From the Past?

With the weekend approaching, it seemed a good idea to write about some games or activities children like to play or do (when they’re not hooked to their iPads or iPhones!) Maybe some of these activities were more common when you were younger, so here’s a chance to go back in time for a while. […]

Eat Your Way to Learning English: Pesto

Learning a language can be a daunting task, but it can also be a lot of fun! On this post, I invite you to learn English and learn how to make two delicious recipes to wow your family and friends.

The Oscar: How do You Say It?

The Oscar nominations have always generated quite a buzz in the media; however, the 2014 list of nominees has caught my attention for something other than the great performances given by the actors. The name of one of the nominees is so different that frankly I didn’t even know how to try to pronounce it! I am talking about British actor, […]

What is ‘flat lined’?

If you watch the American TV series ‘Beauty and the Beast‘, you’ve probably heard the expression ‘to flat line’. If you don’t, this is your chance to know what the expression means. Well, ‘to flat line’ simply means ‘to die’. When a person is in hospital and is monitored by equipment, there is a monitor […]

Are you a curious person?

Are you a curious person? For example, would you like to learn more about the history of beer? Or maybe you are into science and want to know about the Big Bang? Or maybe you like design and architecture and would be interested in knowing more about the history of Bauhaus? As a language teacher […]

Polish Film Festival

In a partnership with the Polish embassy, Istituto Cervantes will be hosting the 5º Festival de Cinema Polonês. The festival, which has taken place since 2009, aims at showcasing Poland’s cinematography in Brazil. This year’s festival includes six feature films as well as a selection of animated short movies. 5º Festival de Cinema Polonês When: […]

Quiz: American Presidents

How many of these American presidents can you name? 1.    2.  3.   4.  . 5.    6.  After you´ve written down their names, click on the photos to check if you were right.

Free Conversation Club at Café do Chef

Every Friday a group of language learners meets at Café do Chef in Asa Norte to sharpen their language skills. This is a nice opportunity if you are looking to put your language skills to the test. This informal encounter has been aptly named “Torre de Babel” as English is just one of the languages […]

Music – Electric Guitars

Do you know when the electric guitar was invented? Can you identify the different types of electric guitars? If you are a rock´n´roll aficionado or simply an appreciator of curiousities in the music world, access right now and delve into the world of guitars!  

Do you speak English or Engrish?

It’s no news that English has become a necessity, making communication across geographic borders much easier. However, embarrassing mistakes often arise when people with a poor proficiency in English attempt to translate local vernacular into English. To give you one example, I once saw “fried chicken cookie” (ugh!) on a menu in a posh bakery […]

Renaissance Art Exhibit at CCBB

  The Renaissance started in Florence, in Italy, in the 14th century and lasted until the 17th century. This was an important period in history, with many historians arguing that this period served as a bridge between the Middle Ages and the Modern Era. Italian artists were especially important in disseminating new ideas within the […]

Music apps 2

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 […]

When X Factor Meets Learning

Part of studying a foreign language is devoting some of our time to having fun with the language. As a teacher, I usually try to find materials that are motivating and fun, and learning through media (movies, music, etc.) is one of the best ways to motivate practicing a new language. The clips below will […]

What does “breaking bad” mean?

Missing Breaking Bad, the TV series about a high school chemistry teacher who turns to producing and selling illegal drugs in order to secure his family’s financial future because of his inoperable lung cancer?  The series won the top Primetime Emmy award for the first time, which is a big achievement. Sadly, however, I have been […]

Animated Idioms Challenge – Part 2

This is a follow-up to an earlier post about idioms. If you haven’t read the original post yet, you can read it here. So, how many idioms were you able to identify in the following video?   The Idioms Challenge from Flavor on Vimeo. The idioms are listed in bold below in the order in […]

Animated Idioms Challenge – Part 1

An “idiom,” also known as an “idiomatic expression,” is defined by the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary as “a group of words whose meaning is different from the meanings of the individual words.” To give you one example, just think of the Portuguese expression “lavar roupa suja,” which has nothing to do with either washing or […]

Ender’s game

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 […]

Lost Interviews

Here’s a tip to help you practice your English while watching interviews with world-renowned celebrities. Now, these aren’t your typical interviews. Blank on Blank is actually an archive of lost interviews, which are then rediscovered, remixed, and reanimated. There you will find interviews with the likes of Jim Morrison, Ellen Degeneres, Bono Vox, Thom Yorke, […]

Brazilian Cinema Exhibit

From September 17th to September 24th, Brasília will be hosting the 46th edition of Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro. This year’s event will take place at various venues around town, showcasing 30 different productions, which encompass varied genres such as short movies, documentaries, animations, and, naturally, feature films. The exhibit aims to display works […]

Practicing Listening with Podcasts

Most students learning English say that one of their biggest problems is listening. There are many reasons they give: English speakers speak too fast, or they use too much slang, or they don’t pronounce words clearly enough, or… The list of reasons is endless, but the truth is that most people have a lot of […]

Music apps

  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 […]

Celebrar Brasília 2013

We have an excitingly busy weekend ahead! Brazil is celebrating its independence on September 7, which means the city is hosting a myriad of events to commemorate this important date. What’s more, next week we are also celebrating Dia Nacional do Cerrado and, as has been the case since 2009, IPAM (Instituto de Pesquisa, Ação […]

Brasília International Drama Festival

From August 20  to September 1, Brasilia is hosting the 14th edition of Cena Contemporânea, an international festival that brings together different types of performing arts. Presentations include theatrical and musical performances as well as a number of other events, such as masterclasses and workshops, which are bound to leave you spoiled for choice! The […]