We all have our favorite commercial we remember from childhood (“Where’s the beef?”), others that are acclaimed for their innovation and shock value (Apple’s “1984”) and then there are the ones that are, well, just plain odd. But in their oddness, they captivate us and draw us in to the story. We can’t take our eyes away. We’ve got to see it through to the end. The characters are fascinating, intriguing, alluring. They story is compelling and persuasive. With all those adjectives, the ad has most definitely served its purpose. So that brings us to this particular commercial and your task…Read More
As I say in the video, this is a mistake that strikes deep down to my very core as an American! But it's a very understandable mistake that every Brazilian has made at some point in their English language learning career. And most of these types of mistakes are simple translation errors anyway, but this one is a little more insidious. Let me explain...Read More
I've given you a little cheat for this challenge. You can watch the sketch without the subtitles and see if you can identify the mistakes, or you can download the transcript off the YouTube page and see if you can locate the mistakes that way. Either way or both are great exercises to sharpen your listening skills.
There is a British version of this same sketch (this is the American version) that you can watch here The Sketch Show UK. I personally didn't think it was as funny as the US version, despite being a huge fan of British humor. They are so cheeky, aren't they?
Native listeners will hear the mistakes instantly, like fingernails running down a chalkboard. But non-natives might have some difficulty. Give it a shot and let me know if you need any help!
Good luck, aren't they?
So, here's the TIP. You have your iPad or you have your piece of paper, or whatever. If you're sitting side-by-side like this, and you start writing something on a piece of paper, your hand is blocking the paper. And the student, they can't see anything. Sometimes the students may get a little frustrated...And that's not cool. You don't want to frustrate your student, in any situation. So, what can you do? Let's change the placement. First of all you sit across from the student. The student sits on the other side of the table, or kind of kind of catty-corner to right here. And you write upside down.Read More
You can fail a test by getting an “F”, or fail to meet a deadline by handing your report in late. Your brakes can fail and you’re f***ed, or your marriage can fail because you f***ed somebody else. But as you’ll see in this video, the word fail has come to mean something a little different, thanks to a hilariously bad translation from Japanese into English:Read More
In this interview, Michael agreed, grudgingly, to talk about his language prowess. Anyone who works with children will know that holding their attention for any length of time can be difficult. This interview was cut short when one of his friends arrived early for a play date. A subsequent interview was held, but with much less success, and will not be aired any time soon.Read More
Join me on a somewhat irreverent and slightly blasphemous tour of one of the world's modern wonders, Christ the Redeemer. One of the most visited tourist locations on earth, the Christ Statue in Rio de Janeiro is a reminder of the city's heritage and culture, and remains one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Marvelous City. Obá!Read More
It all began five years ago today (well, technically, about five years and nine months ago). He actually didn't want to come out. My wife spent several hours in labor (trabalho de parto ) but he wasn't budging. Finally our doctor gave us a choice: move ahead with a C-Section (cesariana) or continue through the natural labor process which, up to that moment, had not caused any distress to the baby. There are several indicators of fetal distress, the heartbeat being one of them; if it is too accelerated or too slowed down, there could be cause for alarm.Read More
Do you cut your hair, or do you have your hair cut? How about plastic surgery? Você faz uma plástica, ou do you have some plastic surgery done? Good questions. This little short will help explain the difference. Check out the English/Português TRANSCRIPT: Hey! Brazilian Josh! E aí! O Josh brasileiro!Read More
Josh is sick. He's really sick. He's got the classic symptoms of someone who works too hard and cares too much (and who's fighting off viral attacks to his immune system). But, hey, it comes with the territory. Check out some of his symptoms and solutions for his predicament!Read More