quinta-feira, 21 de dezembro de 2017

#6 - Weekly Songs to Practice: Lou Bega - Mambo No. 5


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#5 - Weekly Songs to Practice: The Cure - Friday I'm In Love


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#4 - Weekly Songs to Practice: Sesame Street - Usher's ABC Song


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#3 - Weekly Songs to Practice: Roxette - How Do You Do!


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#2 - Weekly Songs to Practice: Suzanne Vega - Luka


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#1 - Weekly Songs to Practice: Aqua - Barbie Girl


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Movie: Avatar

Game: Batman - Arkham knight

Cultural Immersion: Moscow (Russia)


 The country (Russia)
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Russia, country that stretches over a vast expanse of eastern Europe and northen Asia is, by far the largest country in the world, it covers nearly twice the territory of Canada ( the second largest). The inhabitants of Russia are quite diverse. Most are ethnic Russians, but there are more then 120 ethnic  groups present. (Read more) 









Moscow

Moscow is the capital of Russia and is located in Russia’s Central Federal District along the Moskva River and covers a big area . Is the largest city in the country and also the top ten “largest cities in the world”.
Because of this size, Moscow is one of the most influential cities in Russia and dominates the country in politics, economics and culture among other things. (Read more)

▪ Tourist spots

▪ Kremilin
The Moscow Kremlin is one of the most ancient parts of the city and symbolises the whole of Russia. It is both a cultural sight, as well as the centre of the Russian state and the residence of the President of Russia. (Read more) 



▪ Metro
The Moscow metro is famous for the beauty architecture stations called “undergound palaces of Moscow”. The old, pre-war stations symbolise the industrialization of Russia and also victory and pride of the nation. Some of them are also protected by the state as valuable cultural objects. ( Read more) 






▪ Historical Museum
 The historical museum of Moscow has a vast collection representing every phase of the Russian history. The museum is situated on Red Square and  it has multiple exhibitions. The museum is one of the most popular  in Moscow. (Read more) 






▪ Cuisine

▪ Borsch/Borscht
This beet and cabbage red soup is a delicious belly warmer on Moscow’s colder days, served with or without meat, potato, herbs (usually dill) and a dollop of smetana, Russian sour cream. (Read more) 



▪ Russian Pancakes
Blini are Russia’s version of the thin French crepe and a staple on most Moscovian menus, Typically made with buckwheat for savoury fillings or white flour for sweet toppings. You’ll see accompainiments  of smoked salmon, creamy mushrooms, sour cream, jams and condensad milk.(Read more)


▪ Shashlik/Shashlyik
If sami-raw marineted fish doesn’t suit your tastes, these roasted meats and fish on skewers are hard not to like. As the name suggests, this dish is a form of shish kebab, although the Russian version is served with chunkier portions of Lamb, beef, chicken or salmon and served with an unleavened Bread. (Read more) 



▪ Habits

Russian has a rich tradition of folk tales thats devire from a number os Slavic myths and traditions.  Russian folk characters are very colorful, and they also betray ancient pagan roots: for example, the Baba Yaga is a witch-like old woman who lives in the Forest in a house that rests on chicken legs and surrounded by skulls and bones. (Read more) 



▪ Extra

terça-feira, 19 de dezembro de 2017

The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas

Author: John Boyne
Genre: Historical fiction, Tragicomedy, Postmodern literature.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a 2006 Holocaust novel by Irish novelist John Boyne. Unlike the months of planning Boyne devoted to his other books, he said that he wrote the entire first draft of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas in two and a half days, barely sleeping until he got to the end. As of March 2010, the novel had sold more than five million copies around the world. In both 2007 and 2008, it was the best selling book of the year in Spain, and it has also reached number one on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as in the UK, Ireland, and Australia. The book was adapted in 2008 as a film of the same name. (Read More)

Don Quixote

Author: Miguel de Cervantes

Genre: Satire, Romance.

Complete and unabridged, Don Quixote is the epic tale of the man from La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza. Their picaresque adventures in the world of seventeenth-century Spain form the basis of one of the great treasures of Western literature.

Don Quixote, formerly fully titled The history of the valorous and wittie Knight-Errant Don-Quixote of the Mancha, is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Published in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615, Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature and one of the earliest canonical novels, it regularly appears high on lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published, such as the Bokklubben World Library collection that cites Don Quixote as authors' choice for the "best literary work ever written". (Read More)




segunda-feira, 11 de dezembro de 2017

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the king

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre: fantasy, action, adventure, epic.

The Return of the King is the third and final volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, following The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. (Read More)

Concluding the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the final part of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, featuring an exclusive cover image from the film, the definitive text, and a detailed map of Middle-earth. The armies of the Dark Lord Sauron are massing as his evil shadow spreads ever wider. Men, Dwarves, Elves and Ents unite forces to do battle agains the Dark. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam struggle further into Mordor in their heroic quest to destroy the One Ring.




The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre: fantasy, action, adventure, epic.

The Two Towers is the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's high fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings.  (Read More)

Continuing the story of The Hobbit, this is the second part of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, featuring an exclusive cover image from the film, the definitive text, and a detailed map of Middle-earth. Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in the battle with an evil spirit in the Mines of Moria; and at the Falls of Rauros, Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape the rest of the company were attacked by Orcs. Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin — alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre: fantasy, action, adventure, epic.

The Fellowship of the Ring is the first of three volumes of the epic novel The Lord of the Rings by the English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It is followed by The Two Towers and The Return of the King. It takes place in the fictional universe of Middle-earth. It was originally published on 29 July 1954 in the United Kingdom. The volume consists of a prologue titled "Concerning Hobbits, and other matters" followed by Book I and Book II. (Read More)

Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, featuring an exclusive cover image from the film, the definitive text, and a detailed map of Middle-earth. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring - the ring that rules them all - which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

quinta-feira, 7 de dezembro de 2017

Cartas aos iniciantes: Leonardo Dotta

Queridos alunos,

Há vários motivos que podem ter te trazido aqui - necessidade, vontade própria, trabalho, faculdade - todos nós temos uma ou duas razões para correr atrás desse sonho de entender e dominar este lindo idioma que é o Inglês, mas o fato mais interessante sobre esse curso não são as coisas que te levará a fazê-lo, mas sim as coisas que farão você desejar que ele nunca acabe. Acredite ou não, bem no finzinho você sentirá bastante falta do curso !
No começo não é um mar de rosas para todos, dificuldades surgirão, você se verá empacado mais vezes do que imagina, dúvidas aparecerão, mas independente do bloqueio, nunca pare de tentar ! Seu professor é seu amigo e o ajudará até você entender de verdade ... não hesite em pedir ajuda !
A fluência e o domínio parecerão alvos distantes, quase inalcansáveis, a influência do português o confundirá bastante, mas quando você menos esperar, você estará pensando, lendo e falando em inglês e esta é uma das coisas mais empolgantes que você experimentará durante o curso !
É como estar cego e magicamente poder ver o mundo de uma forma totalmente nova. A sensação de pegar um texto complexo nas mãos e ser capaz de lê-lo como você faria com sua língua materna não tem preço, esse sentimento alimentará sua vontade de aprender mais do que qualquer outra coisa, então você se sentirá invencível.
Tenha em mente que ser um lobo é mais que apenas frequentar as aulas, ser um lobo indica que você está pronto para criar um marco na sua vida e pronto para fazer toda a alcatéia orgulhosa de você, porque agora você está levando consigo um grande legado, então dê o que você tem, dê o seu melhor !


Leonardo Dotta

Carta original em inglês

Cartas aos iniciantes: Cristopher Araujo

Queridos Novatos,

Eu estava pensando sobre toda a minha jornada até o momento em que escrevo esta carta, pela minha mente passam muitos momentos, pelos quais serei sempre grato.
Sou muito agradecido por tudo que aprendi durante esse período e tudo que consegui, pois eu sempre fui um grande sonhador, uma pessoa positiva, e esse curso me ajudou a alcançar um dos meus maiores sonhos: meu estágio.
Olhando para trás, sei que quando decidi fazer um curso de inglês e fazer parte de tudo isso, fiz uma de minhas melhores escolhas.
Eu realmente quero agradecer, sei que isso não é o fim, mas o começo do melhor que ainda está por vir. Todo o conhecimento, os jogos e as conversações me ajudaram muito.
A você que é um novo aluno da Alpha, quero que saiba que você vai aprender e mudar os possibilidades da sua vida, tenho certeza de que as portas se abrirão para você e você caminhará por novos caminhos.
Então, estude bastante e divirta-se !!

Cristopher H. Araujo

27/10/2017

Carta original em inglês

segunda-feira, 4 de dezembro de 2017

Madame Bovary

Author: Gustave Flubert
Genre: Literary realism, erotic literture
Flaubert, Gustave

Both embodiment and victim of the self-satisfied nineteenth-century French bourgeoisie, Emma Bovary lives in pursuit of something more, like the world depicted in the romance novels that have come to define her. Emma is oblivious to the realities of life, and her romantic delusions and search for transcendence through sex, money, and social position serve only to drive the increasingly troubled woman into an irreversible moral, emotional, and spiritual decline.
Madame Bovary (1856) is the French writer Gustave Flaubert's debut novel. The story focuses on a doctor's wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life.
When the novel was first serialized in La Revue de Paris between 1 October 1856 and 15 December 1856, public prosecutors attacked the novel for obscenity. The resulting trial in January 1857 made the story notorious. After Flaubert's acquittal on 7 February 1857, Madame Bovary became a bestseller in April 1857 when it was published as a single volume. The novel is now considered Flaubert's masterpiece, as well as a seminal work of literary realism and one of the most influential novels. The British critic James Wood writes: "Flaubert established, for good or ill, what most readers think of as modern realist narration, and his influence is almost too familiar to be visible."
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Alice's Adventures In Wonderland And Through The Looking Glass

Author: Lewis Carroll
Genre: Children's fiction, fantasy

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. Its narrative course and structure, characters and imagery have been enormously influential in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre. (Read More)


sexta-feira, 15 de setembro de 2017

2nd Semester: Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

 The country (Brazil)


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Brasil is the largest country in South America and fifth largest in the world. Famous for its football (soccer) tradition and its annual Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife and Olinda. It is a country of great diversity, from the bustling urban mosaic of São Paulo to the infinite cultural energy of Pernambuco and Bahia, the wilderness of the Amazon rainforest and world-class landmarks such as the Iguaçu Falls, there is plenty to see and to do in Brazil. (Read More)





Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil, on the South Atlantic coast. Rio is famous for its breathtaking landscape, its laid back beach culture and its annual carnival.
The harbour of Rio de Janeiro is comprised of a unique entry from the ocean that makes it appear to be the mouth of a river. Additionally, the harbor is surrounded by spectacular geographic features including Sugar Loaf mountain, Corcovado Peak and the hills of Tijuca. These features work together to collectively make the harbor one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. (Read More)


▪ Tourist spots



▪ Cristo Redentor
Is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ, created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by the Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, in collaboration with the French engineer Albert Caquot. Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida fashioned the face. A symbol of Christianity across the world, the statue has also become a cultural icon of both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, and is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. (Read More)


▪ Pão de açúcar
Seen from the peak of Pão De Açúcar, Rio de Janeiro is undoubtedly a marvelous citty. There are many good times  to make the ascent, but sunset  on a clear day is the most rewarding. At the top, the city unfolds beneath you, with Corcovado mountain and Cristo Redentor of the West , and Copacabana Beach to the south. (Read more)

▪ Copacabana Beach

Copacabana Beach is one of the most famous and most beautiful beaches in the world. The atmosphere is very vibrant and the people are colorful and fun loving. 

▪ Ipanema Beach
The beach at Ipanema is known for its elegant development and its social life. There are always circles of people playing football, volleyball, and footvolley, a locally invented sport that is a combination of volleyball and football.
In the winter the surf can reach nine feet. The water quality varies from clear light-blue water to a more murky green after heavy rains. 
The Travel Channel listed Ipanema Beach as the sexiest beach in the world. (Read more)  

▪ Sambadrome
The Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí is a purpose-built parade area built for the Rio Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is the place where samba schools parade competitively each year during the Rio Carnival. The parades attract many thousands of Brazilians and foreign tourists each year, and the structure is also used as a multi-purpose performance venue. The structures of the Sambadrome were designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer (1907–2012), and represent his first major work after the end of the Brazilian dictatorship of 1964–1985. (Read more)

▪ Cuisine

▪ Feijoada
Feijoada, a flavorful stew of beans and pork, is called the national dish of Brazil.Typically served at noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays, this hearly meal is a thick mixture of beans, fresh and smoked meats plus seasonings. (Read more)



▪ Canjica /Mugunzá
Canjica is a Brazilian sweet dish, a porridge or corn mush made with whole maize kernels (canjica), cooked with milk, sugar and cinnamon until tender.coconut and  coconut milk are common ingredients and part of the original recipe. (Read more)


▪ Açaí
Of all the thousands of fruits from the Amazon, açaí is the best known, thanks to its super-food status. Traditionally eaten by indigenous tribes for energy, the hard purple berry is also used in Amazonian cooking, as a sauce with fish. A clever marketing campaign in the 80's thrust it into the spotlight as the energy snack of choice for surfers in glamorous Rio de Janeiro. Served as a sweet, gloopy, frozen sorbet, sometimes topped with granola and slices of banana, or whizzed up in juices, it can found in every café, bakery, juice bar and supermarket across the country. (Read more)

▪ Caipirinha
Caipirinha is Brazil's national cocktail, made with cachaça (sugarcane hard liquor), sugar and lime. Cachaça, also known as caninha, or any one of a multitude of traditional names, is Brazil's most common distilled alcoholic beverage. Although both rum and cachaça are made from sugarcane-derived products, in cachaça the alcohol results from the fermentation of fresh sugarcane juice that is then distilled, while rum is usually made from refinery by-products such as molasses. (Read more)


▪ Habits

Sun-drenched beaches, tropical palm trees,and exotic samba music set the perfect scene for Holiday.If you’re traveling in Brazil, it’s hard not to fall in love with the country, culture and people. (Read more)
Local residents are very smiling, cheerful and friendly people. They are very responsive and are always ready to help, so foreigners will literally feel in Rio like at home. The city is home to immigrants from different countries and this is the reason why visitors here are very friendly to newcomers. However, this is also the reason for a taboo for the local people – all talks about race are banned. Any manifestation of neglect concerning this topic can be viewed as racist behavior. (Read more)

 





terça-feira, 22 de agosto de 2017

Useful tools

These are some great tools you can use during your studies to assist you, install them into your smartphone, study and have fun!

Dictionaries

Download - Playstore

Dictionary - Merriam-Webster

• America’s most useful and respected dictionary.
• Integrated Thesaurus: synonyms & antonyms are included with the dictionary.
• Example Sentences: understand how a word is used in context.
• Audio Pronunciations: voiced by real English speakers, not text-to-speech robots.




Download - Playstore

WordReference.com dictionaries

100% free application.

The app of the world's most popular and powerful dictionary translation website. It grants you quick access to our extensive dictionaries and forum discussions.




Download - Playstore

All English Idioms & Phrases

This is a helpful app to you can learn Idioms , Phrases and Proverbs in English very easily and effectively. It has more than 10000 idioms and phrases, it will help you search easily and effectively !






Download - Playstore

LearnEnglish Sounds Right

This app is really useful for students that are learning the phonetic symbols and also for teachers that use them at classes. You need only to tap the down arrow in the symbol box, then it's shown three examples of words you can listen to. LearnEnglish Sounds Right helps you to sharpen you Listening Skills.



Utilities
Download - Playstore

YouTube

Get the official YouTube app for Android phones and tablets. See what the world is watching -- from the hottest music videos to what’s trending in gaming, entertainment, news, and more. Subscribe to channels you love, share with friends, and watch on any device.





Download - Playstore

QR Code Reader "Q" -FREE-

"Q" enables you to read small or sophisticated codes very quickly.
Other than reading QR Code®, the app supports reading Barcodes and the FrameQR® which is newly developed by DENSO WAVE INC. The app is the newest official QR Code® reader which also includes functions such as, creating QR Code®, posting on SNS, and playing AR contents.




Download - Playstore

Dice 3D

You don't have any dice with you ? Don't panic and download this app.
Contains a full set of realistic 3D dice to play your favourite role-playing games.

Containing a very powerful 3D physics engine, enhanced graphics containing multiple environments and dice textures.




Download - Playstore

Pro Metronome

Improve your speaking speed, by practing with a metronome!

Pro Metronome is a powerful tool that helps you master both daily practice and stage performance. It has redefined how more than 3 million people sync to a beat on iOS, and now, Pro Metronome is coming to Android.





News
Keep tunned with World news.

Download - Playstore


CNN Breaking US & World News

When you want to know what’s happening, tap into the global news gathering power of CNN. With correspondents and bureaus reporting from across the world, no other news source even comes close.





Download - Playstore

BBC News

Top Stories brings you the latest, breaking news from our trusted global network of journalists.
My News is a newly introduced feature allowing you to personalise your news offering.
Add topics wherever you see the + icon for a quick route straight to the stories you care about.



Others
Have a good time at your leisure.

Download - Playstore

9GAG

With millions of visitors everyday, 9GAG is the app for you to LOL, kill time and make new friends all around the world. 




quarta-feira, 26 de julho de 2017

Carta aos iniciantes: Robson Rebelato

Olá amigos estudantes,

Eu gostaria de, através desta carta, agradecer à Alpha Idiomas pela dedicação de todos os envolvidos com o estudos. O Sillas é excelente como professor e sua metodologia é incrível. Todos nós temos objetivos e sonhos e a Alpha Idiomas me ajudou em pouco tempo a realizar o meu sonho de aprender inglês.
A todos que lerem essa carta eu deixo uma importante mensagem; dedicação e paciência são muito importantes para se ter um bom aprendizado. Que você dedique seu tempo aos estudos.
Posso garantir a todos que esse curso é ótimo, com lições dinâmicas, diversão e com músicas e jogos muito legais.
Eu já indiquei e continuarei falando sobre a Alpha com os meus amigos e familiares, porque posso dizer que o curso oferece toda a estrutura para aprender e com alta qualidade, que é o mais importante.
Na minha opinião, o mais importante e o principal durante o curso é seguir o programa de estudos, tudo deve ser feito no dia correto e estudar calmamente para melhor entendimento. Outro ponto importante é fazer atividades extras, como assistir filmes e ouvir músicas em inglês, porque isso certamente ajuda muito a melhorar nosso vocabulário.
Bom, a você que está interessado no curso: não desista, você está na melhor escola de idiomas, tenha foco e determinação e depois de um ano e meio você também estará escrevendo sua carta.

Muito obrigado,

Robson Rebelato


Carta aos iniciantes: Fabio Leandro da Silva

Olá meu querido amigo,

O tempo passa rápido, eu não posso acreditar que um ano e meio se passou. Hoje eu olho para trás e vejo o quanto aprendi e me diverti na Alpha Idiomas.
Se você está lendo essa carta, provavelmente você está procurando por um curso de inglês, talvez por razões pessoais ou profissionais. Bom, eu posso dizer que você encontrou o melhor.
Aprender inglês em 18 meses soa como que um desafio ou algo impossível certo ? Errado! Eu pensava o mesmo, mas a Alpha me mostrou que com dedicação e tempo é possível.
Em um curto período de tempo tive um bom progresso. Hoje sou capaz de ler, falar e escrever em inglês. Na verdade eu entendo minhas músicas favorita e posso cantar junto, graças à família Alpha.
Você disse "família" ? Sim isso mesmo! Você leu corretamente, nós convivemos uns com os outros por muitas semanas e foram mais do que aulas normais, o ambiente oferecia a todos, experiências agradáveis e momentos incríveis.
Não me arrependo de nada, agora eu sinto que dei um tiro certeiro, apostei minhas fichas de poker na Alpha e no final, recebi meu prêmio e fiz novos amigos.
Minha mensagem final a você é que nunca desista de seus sonhos, lute por eles todo o tempo e dê uma chance à Alpha, você agradecerá à Alpha e a mim no futuro.

Tudo de bom

Fábio Leandro da Silva

Carta original em inglês