quinta-feira, 10 de novembro de 2011

Count to 100 - Special Edition for kids


I have received some e-mails requesting lessons and tips for kids. Here you are! This is a fun video for you to teach your kids how to count to 100 in English. Give it a go!

Hope you like it and your kids learn it!

Rodrigo P. Honorato

quarta-feira, 9 de novembro de 2011

Would x Used to

Hey Flabbergasting people, what's going on?

I have talked to a friend of mine that goes by Leow, but his real name is Leonardo Machado, about the English Language and some of its characteristics and myths. Leow is an English teacher and Summer Camp Counselor both in Brazil and in the US. He has been studying Languages at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil and from what I can see, he is an outstanding professional ESL teacher. Other than that, he is one of my friends who usually come up with really challenging questions, which surely make me learn and reflect on the English Language.

About a month ago he came up to me and asked about the use of WOULD in Simple Past sentences and I couldn't picture the scene. However, it made me sleep on that and I came to a conclusion that might help you use the modal verb WOULD. 

Usually people use WOULD in conditional clauses such as "If I had money, I WOULD go to Paris." or "I WOULD go by plane if I had bought the tickets." 

The expression WOULD LIKE replaces the verb WANT. It sounds more polite as well. See examples:

"What WOULD you LIKE to eat? Well, I WOULD LIKE some waffles with syrup."

But have you ever thought of using WOULD to replace USED TO? Well, I have been using it ever since I learned English, but it was the first time I reflected on it. Here are some examples.

"When I was a toddler, my mother WOULD pick me up at school everyday."
"When my mother moved to London, I WOULD cry every single night before I went to bed."

Remember, WOULD can ONLY replace USED TO when the TIME is specified and when the verbs that come right after it are DYNAMIC VERBS =ACTION VERBS.

Thanks for stopping by,

Rodrigo P. Honorato

terça-feira, 8 de novembro de 2011

Verbs that are followed by -ing verbs

Hey y'all, How have you guys been?

As you may already know, there are many types of verbs in the English Language such as: Phrasal Verbs, Modal Verbs, Auxiliary Verbs. One of these types are the following. When these verbs are immediately followed by another verb, they come up with the gerund form (-ing). Here are some verbs and examples.

  1. To avoid - You should avoid smoking!
  2. To consider - My mother considered going by plane.
  3. To enjoy - Do you enjoy dancing.
  4. To feel like - I don't feel like traveling with my parents.
  5. To finish - Did you finish eating?
  6. To imagine - I imagine myself going to Paris with my girlfriend.
  7. To keep - You should keep studying English!
  8. To mind - Do you mind opening the window? It's really hot in here!
  9. To miss - I really miss chatting with friends.
  10. To regret - I regret having assigned that document.
  11. To quit - Would you quit studying if you won the lottery?
  12. To give up - He gave up studying and I don't support that at all.
  13. To stop - You must stop smoking.
  14. To love - I love helping my friends out with some English Language tips.
  15. To hate - She hates reading books. How come?
Hope it can help you somehow.

Rodrigo P. Honorato

Sociable Teaching - Brand New Blog

Hey Everyone,

I highly recommend this blog. I, together with a group of teachers, have developed this website where you are welcome to leave comments and expose your viewpoints. Click on the link below and give it a go!


Rodrigo P. Honorato

Financial Planning - Men X Women

Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business. When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed a wife with which to share his fortune...
One evening at an investment meeting he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away. "I may look like just an ordinary man," he said to her, “but in just a few years, my father will die, and I'll inherit $200 million." Impressed, the woman obtained his business card and three days later, she became his stepmother.

Women are so much better at financial planning than men…

Rodrigo P. Honorato

sexta-feira, 4 de novembro de 2011

Which English should I speak?

Everybody wants to speak English because it is the Globalization language, or because their careers depend upon it, or maybe it is just for the sake of studying a foreign language, but what does the market really want from English-as-a-second-language (ESL) speakers? Join us in this conversation and let us find out what the Business World expects from us, ESL speakers.

quinta-feira, 3 de novembro de 2011

7 Billion People on Earth - Which language brings them together ?

I have thought a lot about it lately. We’ve been told that the world’s population has reached 7 billion. All these people fit into Los Angeles area which means we have enough space for every single family, but there are still people with no land to crop and live without being a modern-time slave. It is really frustrating to witness it and not being able to do anything to change. Maybe, you can be heard out there if you are versed in English. Have you thought about that?
More than 7,000 languages are spoken on Earth, but one out of them stood out: The English Language. If you are eager to be heard, begin to speak English now. No matter how intelligent and how many great ideas you have if you are not able to communicate with the world. Oh, I wish Portuguese were the Globalization language, but it’s not. That is, I want to share my thoughts and spread the word all over the world. So, I need to speak English.
What about you? Are you ready to communicate with the world?
If you can read this, you should give thanks to a teacher.
Watch this video: 7 Billion People on Earth
Rodrigo P. Honorato