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domingo, 30 de maio de 2010

English Tips


Um dos aspectos mais complexos da língua inglesa é, sem dúvida alguma, a pronúncia de seus vocábulos. A lógica, se é que ela existe, está muitas vezes acima da nossa capacidade de compreensão. O substantivo acima, cuja tradução é "ilha", é mais um desses casos pois a letra "S" não é pronunciada. Portanto, diga [AI land] sem medo de errar. O mesmo princípio se aplica ao sinônimo "ISLE" [AIL].

Recipe of the Week

Banana Muffins Recipe:

1 cup (115 grams) walnuts or pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped (optional)
1 3/4 cups (230 grams) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3 ripe large bananas (approximately 1 pound or 454 grams), mashed well (about 1-1/2 cups)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Banana Muffins: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place the oven rack in the middle of the oven. Butter or spray with a non stick spray, 12 - 1/2 cup muffin pan.
Place the nuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Let cool and then chop coarsely.  
In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nuts. 
In a medium-sized bowl combine the mashed bananas, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, lightly fold the wet ingredients (banana mixture) into the dry ingredients just until combined and the batter is thick and chunky. (The important thing is not to over mix the batter. You do not want it smooth. Over mixing the batter will yield tough, rubbery bread.) Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tins. Bake about 20 - 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool for five minutes and then remove muffins from pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Makes 12 regular sized muffins.

sábado, 29 de maio de 2010

Jokes - Have a happier day!

  • Girl:   You would be a good dancer except for two things. 
  • Boy:  What are the two things? 
  • Girl:   Your feet.

Book of the Week

Peter Pan - A classic book by J. M. Barrie. Read it at:

To download the Audiobook, visit:

Song of the Week

A great pop song of the 80s by Suzanne Vega: Luka

Video of the Week

Family Album USA

This is the first of a TV series aimed at ESL (English as a Second Language) students.

Teste de Nivelamento

Se você deseja saber o seu nível de conhecimento gramático, faça um teste clicando no seguinte link:

 Na mesma página você pode optar pela prova em Espanhol, Alemão ou Italiano.