domingo, 13 de maio de 2012

What's up with y'all Flabbergasting English people,

How are y'all doing today? I hope you've been good. Even though it is Sunday, Mother's Day, here in Brazil, I have to work...Gotta bring home the bacon, right? Well, I have had a lot of fun with English throughout my life and this really caught my eye. I played this song in class and asked what my students feel about it. 98% of them said "Teacher, it sounds really cool, who sings it?"... I played it for the second time and they were like "Hold on! It's kind of weird!"... But they still liked it! 

Try it without reading the lyrics and let me know what you think. By clicking HERE you will be directed to  YOUTUBE. Listen to the song and tell me whether or not you like it. Then, read the lyrics below.


This song sounds dramatic
but I'm bad at writing words.
If you don't speak English,
this probably sounds pretty good.

You'd probably think I'm singing
bout some pretty serious stuff.
But in reality, I'm singing 'bout 
the lack of stuff i'm singing 'bout.

This part's intense. 
And emotional.
As long as you don't understand it.

Your foreign grandma 
would love this song.

Please send it to her, 
and she'll probably tell her
foreign friends about the song her 
grandson or daughter sent her today.

This song might hit the charts in her country
if parts sounded like Coldplay.

If the chorus sounds like Coldplay.

Then I put some 'La-La-La's in there.
La la la la la, 
la la la la la la la (Coldplay)

Hopefully your foreign grandma
listens to this song everyday.
And if she asks you to 
translate the lyrics, here's what you say:

"A perfect translation does not exist.
Well, at least, not in your language.
But if you must know, well, picture this:
Fifty billion rainbows,
and the sun is setting,
and the moon is setting, also,
and you're there in a gazebo.
And then God descends from heaven
and He gives you a million dollars.
Take that feeling,
and put it into a song.
I could translate word by word,
but that'd take too long.
And I've got stuff to do grandma.
I don't have time for this.
You've gotta trust me grandma,
this freakin' song is brilliant."

Rodrigo P. Honorato 

quarta-feira, 9 de maio de 2012

Why is comedy funny? How to make comedy?

I would very much like to invite y'all to come over to attend this lecture on Comedy, Culture and Language. I bet we'll have a good time and learn some things about "what makes comedy funny or unfunny"

Rodrigo P. Honorato

terça-feira, 8 de maio de 2012

That's what's up!

Flabbergasting People,

What's up with y'all? Is everything good with y'all? Hope you're great! Well, I came up with this video about the expression "What's up". You can watch it by clicking HERE and let me know what you think...Oh, by the way, tell me what Bugs Bunny means when he utters his famous quotation "What's up, doc?"

Rodrigo P. Honorato

sexta-feira, 4 de maio de 2012


Hey Flabbergasting English people,

As you might have seen before, the word "ain't" is used by native speakers, but we sometimes don't understand how they use it. It is really simple, check this video out and learn how to use this beautiful word. 

Rodrigo P. Honorato