How’s it going? No episódio desta semana do podcast, eu comento as últimas da família real britânica. Se você é uma pessoa que não tem muito interesse nesse assunto, não se preocupe: eu também não. Mas o bafafá foi tanto por aqui no último mês que eu tinha que falar alguma coisa!
Ouça o meu resumo, pois ele tem tudo que você precisa saber. Enjoy, e passe pelo iTunes (ou a plataforma que você usa) e deixe uma review para o podcast - muita gente entra em contado comigo para dizer obrigado/a pelo pod, e essa é uma das melhores maneiras de agradecer :-) Adorei ler as mais recentes.
Nota: a imagem deste post é uma foto tirada por mim da capa da revista satírica Private Eye deste mês.
Hi! This is the new episode of the Inglês Online podcast. How are you doing? How have you been?
Today I thought I would talk about something that is kind of old news by now, and that is -- everything that's been going on with the royal family here in the UK. And let me tell you, I was never someone who was interested in royal news. I knew the very basic... You have the queen, Queen Elizabeth and then you have Charles and Andrew. Prince Andrew was involved in a scandal recently -- he was friends with a pedophile and he gave this car crash of an interview that turned out to be worse than if he hadn't done the interview.
I don't know if you guys heard about it in Brazil, but then, more recently... Prince Harry and his wife Meghan decided to distance themselves from the royal family. And I mean... I've been living in the UK for six years now and I have the habit of... having a look at the newspapers -- at least at the headlines sometimes -- usually once a week. It was impossible to avoid. I ended up reading several articles about what was going on. I don't know exactly what the Brazilian newspapers told you guys but here's a summary of what I read.
Prince Harry is the son of the late Princess Diana, and Prince Charles. He's the younger brother of William, who's married to Kate. And Prince Harry, a couple years ago, I think... Got married to an American actress, Meghan Markle. She used to have a role in Suits, but she doesn't anymore... She started dating Prince Harry and I think in less than a year they decided to get married. And they got married and it was a huge royal wedding... And then after a few months she got pregnant, she had a baby, and finally, a few weeks ago... They decided to tell the press that they were stepping back from the royal family and from the royal duties.
Being a royal in the UK is like having a full-time job. You represent the country in all kinds of official and governmental situations and events... And obviously you receive funding to do that, which comes from taxpayer money. But the thing that sparked a lot of controversy here in the UK is that... Number one: they released their announcement to the press before they had ironed out all the details with the queen, and... Most British people were not happy about that because actually they care a lot about respecting the queen, and people get really angry here if they think that their queen has been disrespected. That was the first thing.
And then the second thing that people didn't seem to like very much was that their announcement to the press was kind of unclear. They said that they were stepping back from royal duties, but they kind of implied that they were going to keep some benefits like the really expensive mansion where they used to live -- which obviously is also funded by taxpayer money...
That was a bit strange, and apparently the queen was very upset that their announcement went to the press first, before she and Harry, or she and Harry and Meghan had enough time to talk through all the details and agree on what kind of arrangement they were going to have.
Anyway, those were the two major points of discontent, I would say, for the British public... But now, apparently, they're already in Canada... They're living a new life.
Podcast: Grab the bull by the horns
Hello!! How’s it going? Hoje eu falo sobre uma Uber ride que fiz recentemente no podcast, e aproveito essa historinha para ilustrar o idiom grab the bull by the horns... Uma expressão bem bacana e comum.
Obrigada a quem deixou as novas reviews no iTunes - é sempre muito gratificante saber que o podcast ajuda no aprendizado de novas expressões em particular, e do inglês no geral. :-)
Hello, how are you doing? This is Ana and I'm back with another episode of the Inglês Online podcast - our second episode of 2020!
Have you listened to the first one? If you haven't, go back and listen. Better yet, go back and look at our archive of episodes and download them all... I mean, these are five-minute long English bites that you can have throughout the day... A little bit every day. Why not? By now, we have a huge archive with hundreds and hundreds of episodes and the great thing is... I try not to repeat any idioms - I always try to center the episode around an idiom, or a couple of idioms, that I haven't really examined before... or I haven't really explained before to you guys. It's always a different theme.
All right. Now back to today's episode: today I'm going to tell you about a recent Uber trip that I had - because the Uber driver told me... He talked about something that's really interesting to me, which is, how he learned English. And that story is going to be a good illustration of this idiom, grab the bull by the horns or take the bull by the horns.
Picture a bull. Now picture its horns. Now imagine yourself grabbing that bull by the horns. I think you can get an idea of what the idiom means. You have a challenging situation in front of you, or a difficult situation, and you face it head-on... And you solve a problem, or you go through that difficult situation and come out (on) the other side, but... In any case, whatever the challenging situation is, you are facing it, you're not running away. You're grabbing the bull by the horns.
This Uber driver... He was very chatty so I started asking him How long have you been working with Uber? Do you always work in this area? What's the traffic like today? You know. And I noticed that he spoke really good English but he had a slight accent. I could tell that he had learned British English, but he had a slight accent and then I asked him Where are you from? And how did you learn English? And he said: Well, I'm from Iran and I've been here in the UK for 10 years, and... When I moved to the UK I spoke exactly zero English.
And this is a guy - he's probably close to 40 years old - it's not like he moved here when he was a child. When he said to me I learned it on my own. And I could hear his English - very good English... Obviously I was curious, as I always am, so I asked him What did you do to learn English? And he said Well, I spent some time studying grammar, studying vocabulary... but most of all, I used to just watch TV and pay attention to what people were saying and just try to repeat it. And, you guys, you probably know that his native language... I think it's called farsi. It's one of those languages that has nothing to do with English. This guy was really learning a completely different thing, a completely different language from scratch. It was, for him... It was a language that didn't make any sense - he couldn't make any connections with his native language.
He said he just persisted by watching TV and just listening to the sounds that people were saying and he was probably, as he watched... I imagine that he was making that connection: these are the sounds these people are saying, and this is what they're doing. That sound must have something to do with what they just did right now... Let's say they're at a restaurant and this woman is talking to the waitress. OK, so that means she's ordering something... something like that.
But I just found it amazing and I'm not telling this story because I'm going to advise you to do the same, necessarily.
Como falo em inglês: Justo você dizendo isso!
Hi, there! How have you been?
Veja/ouça no episódio de hoje um idiom super especial: of all people! No Brasil, expressamos essa ideia dizendo Justo você vem me dizer que não posso fazer tal coisa - e também pode valer para Olha quem fala! Ouça o episódio para entender o que eu quero dizer - se é que você já não conhece essa expressãozinha....
Quem é que não tem um exemplo de situação onde poderia ter dito algo assim? Pois é, é comum em qualquer língua. Enjoy.
Hello, how are you? Did you have a good end of 2019? How's it going so far? Have you rested? Did you go traveling? Anyway, the Inglês Online podcast is back and this is our first episode of 2020.
I'm very happy to be back and for our first episode this year, I have chosen a really great expression. Really nice idiom, and if you read the title of this episode you know which idiom I'm talking about - and you know that in Portuguese that expression will change, depending on who we're talking about. I know that some people don't like it when I speak Portuguese in these episodes, but sometimes I just think that it's helpful and this is one of those times.
For example, in Portuguese we say: justo você or justo ela, justo a Maria. In English, the corresponding expression is always the same - it doesn't change. In English we can say: of all people, of all people. Let me give you an example: let's say you go shopping with a friend... Let's say your friend's name is Tom. You and Tom go shopping and... Let's say you're a girl. You're shopping for clothes. Let's say you have to buy a dress and you go to the shopping mall... and Tom is really patient. You go to shop after shop after shop and you try on a load of dresses.
Every single time, you go into a shop and you have a look at their selection of dresses, and you pick out the ones that you like and then, obviously, you talk to the shop clerk, or the shop attendant, and you ask that person Can I have these dresses in my size?
And when you get the dresses, you go into the fitting room and you try them on. You have your shoulder bag with you, you have your wallet in your shoulder bag... obviously! Because when you finally settle on a dress you will have to pay for it - when you buy it.
You and Tom have been looking at dresses for a couple of hours now and you finally find a dress that you love. You have just tried it on... It looks great on you... You asked Tom's opinion and he complimented you - he said: Oh, you look great. Good! You're happy.
When you go pay for the dress, however, you look in your bag and you can't find the wallet. You realize that you must have left your wallet in one of the fitting rooms. Now you have to go back. You and Tom go back to all the shops to look for your wallet and Tom... is kind of giving you an earful. He's saying How can you let this happen? You have to be mindful of your wallet. Your wallet has all your documents - it has all your credit cards! You always have to know where your wallet is, you have to keep checking your bag for your wallet. You have to make sure that your wallet is always in your bag!!
And you look at Tom and you say, Tom... Really? Of all people, you're giving me a hard time, because I lost my wallet, really? I mean, you've been friends with Tom for a while, you know that he keeps misplacing his keys - and sometimes he loses his keys! In the past year alone you've heard Tom say he misplaced his keys at least five times. He eventually found the keys but before he found them, he would always give you a call and say: Oh... you don't know what happened, I misplaced my keys - I can't find them! I hope I haven't lost them.
I mean, of all people... Of all people Tom is now giving you a hard time because you can't find your wallet and you probably left it at one of the shops. You cannot believe it. You look at him and... Tom, seriously, of all people - of all people you are giving me a hard time.
Basically, that's it! I mean,
2019: A year in review!
Hi. What's up? No episódio de hoje, falo um pouco sobre como foi o ano de 2019 aqui no Inglês Online, assim como o que vem por aí. Enjoy!
Hello, listener. How are you? This is the new episode of our podcast. Thank you to everyone who has left a review! If you're a listener - if you are especially a regular listener of the Inglês Online podcast and if you can spare a minute or two, please head over to the Podcasts app on your iPhone or Android phone and leave a review. I really appreciate it. Thank you!
So this is the last episode for 2019. The podcast is coming back in January - the plan is first week of January but before we wrap 2019, I just wanted to say that this has been a special year. First of all, because I relaunched our Curso Básico, and you guys... It's better than ever. I've had a great group -people are making a lot of progress in their English and we will have the pre-intermediate coming up... And obviously new groups for the Curso Básico, which is the first module, right? It's really the elementary level.
And before I launched the course earlier this year, I made a series of three video classes teaching you a bit of English. Do you remember the classes? Did you watch them? I talked a lot about the 'possessive pronouns' hers, theirs and mine. And anyone who watched those classes got a lot of exposure to those.
These little words are some of my absolute favourite things to teach because I know that people go through years and years of English so-called 'learning', and they come out of it not knowing these words, let alone speaking them naturally.
I love teaching all those little words that sort of appear here and there in English lessons when you are going to English school and doing a course. But they're never... you never hear them enough if you're doing only the English classes. If all your exposure to English comes from going to English classes twice a week, you never get enough exposure to really absorb these little words. That's why I really enjoy focusing on them, because I know that people listening to these classes and watching these classes are going to get a lot out of it.
Anyway, I hope you had the chance to catch those video classes while they were still up on the website and I hope you've continued to listen to English. I guess you have - if you're listening to this podcast right now. And by the way, our podcast has come back full force this year, after a break. I'm doing it in a different way now: before, I used to write the podcast and prepare, and revise before I recorded it...
Whereas now, I'm doing it in much more of a... impromptu way, that is - just sort of winging it. It's not true that I wing it a hundred percent of the time. Sometimes I scribble down some thoughts before I record the episode but overall it's a lot more spontaneous than it used to be. As a result, I think the speed has been going up and down. Sometimes I talk a bit more slowly but there have been times where I talked a lot faster. You let me know what you think - you let me know if you think I'm talking too fast or if the speed is okay for you.
One other really cool thing this year is.. our collection of basic English tips has expanded like crazy . Actually it has been expanding for the past few years thanks to the amazing work of professor Marcelo, who's part of the Inglês Online team. I know this is the podcast, I know that you're probably not a basic English learner anymore, but hey - if you'd like to have a review about basic vocabulary just head over to the Inglês Básico section of the website and you'll see some pretty cool tips. And most of them have audio as well.
This is it you guys. Just wanted to do a little recap and let you guys know that the podcast is coming back early January... And thank you all for listening and for sharing, and for letting me know what you think, and for leaving reviews. (I) Wish you a great end of the year, a very Merry Christmas and see you soon. Bye!
Podcast: Online Delivery Services
How have you been? No podcast Inglês Online de hoje, falo sobre os serviços de entrega online, os chamados delivery services - nome que também usamos no Brasil. Enjoy...
Hello, everyone, what is up? How have you been? I'd like to start by thanking everyone who has left a new review for the podcast in the past couple of weeks. Thank you very much! It's much appreciated. And I'd like to ask you - if you've been a listener for a while and you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review either on Apple Podcasts or iTunes or if you're a Google Podcasts listener, that's great too. Thanks.
Today I was looking at this website that we have here in the UK, called 'Deliveroo', deliveroo.co.uk... because that's how the URLs go here in the UK. In American websites you have .com - and in the UK you have .co.uk. This is the most famous service, I guess, or delivery service aggregator, I would say, in the UK. And this is a website where you register, or you sign up, and depending on where you live you have a choice of lots and lots of different restaurants.
It's very easy, obviously, it makes it very practical, because you look at the list of restaurants and they are categorized by cuisine or type of food. And you can look at their menu and choose whatever you want, and then you pay on the spot using your credit card. And then, because you have already signed up, the website has your address. All you have to do is click 'go' or 'pay' and when you finish your payment, you just wait until the delivery person gets to your place with your order. It's super, super simple and I know that in Brazil there are a few services that do that as well.
But here in the UK... I've been living here for six years and Deliveroo... I think Deliveroo is relatively new because I don't remember seeing this or hearing about it four years ago. Now there's Deliveroo and there's 'Uber eats' as well, which is connected to Uber somehow. I've never used it, I don't think, but Deliveroo... I use it all the time and it's really good.
And the thing that I love about it is that not only you don't have to deal with cash, which is the same as Uber... With Deliveroo you just use your credit card and once you place your order, it's done. And the second thing that I love about it is that they tell you exactly where the restaurant is at, in terms of progress in preparing your order. You can see if the restaurant is still cooking your food or when they're done... And then this little app on the website tells you "Now the delivery person has just picked up your order", "They just left the restaurant, they're heading over to your place"
And then they show you a map. And it's this dynamic map that actually shows the delivery person moving on the streets. It's pretty cool - you know exactly how far or how close they are... it's pretty cool It's very, very convenient and it makes it really easy.
Tell me what it's like in Brazil, because I know that there are similar services in Brazil. I think there's a website called - ifood.com.br - I don't know if that's just for São Paulo or if it's present in other cities as well. I don't know.
I'm looking here at a page from Deliveroo which is for this restaurant called - Gourmet Burger Kitchen - which has pretty nice hamburgers... and I've ordered from them in the past, They always have meal deals - I mean, if you go to McDonald's you know what a meal deal is, probably... It's when you buy three things: you buy a burger, you buy a side order of potato chips - which is what we call them in the UK; in the US you would say french fries - and then you order a beverage and you get a discount. That's a meal deal.
And then they show me my recent orders, they show the specials of the day and then beef, chicken, veggie and vegan... They have a section with veggie and vegan burgers, which is cool, obviously, if you're a vegan person. I mean, good for you! Then they have the kids section with smaller burgers, fries and sides, sauces,