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quinta-feira, 22 de julho de 2010

Jokes - 7

Little Johnny:    Teacher, can I go to the bathroom?
Teacher:           Little Johnny, MAY I go to the bathroom?
Little Johnny:    But I asked first! 

Chicken Schnitzel

Recipe of the Week


First let me explain what a Schnitzel is, it is purely a cut of meat,without a bone, invariable crumbed, by tradition, it is either pork or chicken. If you feel the desire to do this with beef, ostrich, fish, or even venison, just go right ahead, after all it is your kitchen and you know what the family like and will eat.
So now we have explained the term, by the way, it is German in origin.



Between sheets of waxed paper and using mallet, pound chicken to 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness.
In shallow dish, whisk together flour, salt, pepper and thyme. In separate shallow dish, whisk egg with 2 tbsp (25 mL) water. In third shallow dish, combine bread crumbs with half of the parsley.
Dip chicken into flour mixture to coat both sides. Dip into egg mixture, letting excess drip off. Dip into bread crumb mixture, patting to coat evenly. (Make-ahead: Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheet; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.)
In large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the oil over medium heat; fry chicken, in batches and using remaining oil as necessary, until no longer pink inside, about 4 minutes. Remove to platter and keep warm.
Add garlic, and anchovy paste (if using) to pan; cook over medium heat just until garlic turns golden, about 20 seconds. Add stock and lemon juice; bring to boil, scraping up brown bits from bottom of pan.
In small bowl, combine cornstarch with 2 tsp (10 mL) cold water; stir into sauce and cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Pour over chicken; sprinkle with remaining parsley.

Alice in Wonderland - Movie

Movie of the Week

Alice in Wonderland

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Alice in Wonderland - Book


Alice in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll

Download the book for free on the following link:

Check some reviews, analysis, and comments made based on this book:

Avril Lavigne


Avril Lavigne

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Pronunciation Tips

Pronunciation in English

Congratulations to all who voted for the right pronunciation of the word QUAY /ki/, which, by the way, means CAIS in Portuguese.

As my phonology mentor used to say "the problem of English is that we say LONDON, but we write CONSTANTINOPLA," meaning phonology and morphology in English don't walk together as they do in Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and German, for instance.

For difficult sounds, as the TH, for us, Brazilians, I suggest this video:

And for further practice, thy this one:

When in doubt,try this online Talking Dictionary of English Pronunciation

sábado, 10 de julho de 2010

Jokes - 6

A man goes to the doctor and says, "Doctor, wherever I touch, it hurts."
The doctor asks, "What do you mean?"
The man says, "When I touch my shoulder, it really hurts. If I touch my knee - OUCH! When I touch my forehead, it really, really hurts."
The doctor says, "I know what's wrong with you - you've broken your finger!"

Cheese Bread

Recipe of the Week

Cheese Bread

  • This recipe makes about 70 small cheese rolls.
  • Brazilians usually knead the dough by hand. It’s really hard work. I prefer to use a mixer to knead the dough.
  • “Pão de queijo” can be served as an appetizer or snack.
  • “Pão de queijo” can be frozen and baked directly from the freezer. Tip: Place the cheese rolls on a tray lined with baking paper. Put the tray in the freezer. When the cheese rolls are frozen, put them in a plastic bag and put them back in the freezer.  
  • "Pão de queijo" is gluten-free.

Click on the following link for recipe and directions:

Immigration and Customs

Are you going to travel abroad?
If so, your first contact with English might be at the airport.
Check on the following links some typical questions that may be asked on your arrival:

1984 - Geoge Orwell

Book of the Week

by George Orwell

Nineteen Eighty-Four (sometimes written 1984) is a 1949 dystopian novel by George Orwell about the totalitarian regime of the Party. The novel depicts an oligarchical collectivist society where life in the Oceanian province of Airstrip One is a world of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance, and incessant public mind control. The individual is always subordinated to the masses, and it is in part this philosophy which allows the Party to manipulate and control humanity. In the Ministry of Truth (Minitrue), protagonist Winston Smith is a civil servant responsible for perpetuating the Party's propaganda by revising historical records to render the Party omniscient and always correct, yet his meagre existence disillusions him to the point of seeking rebellion against Big Brother, eventually leading to his arrest, torture, and conversion.
As literary political fiction, 1984 is a classic novel of the social science fiction sub-genre, thus, since its publication in 1949, the terms and concepts of Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, Memory hole, et cetera, became contemporary vernacular, including the adjective Orwellian, denoting George Orwell's writings and totalitarianism as exposited in Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm (1945).[1] Other classifications for the novel may include science fiction and satire.

Click on the following link for a PDF version of the book:

Click on the following link for this book review:

Click on the following link for the audio book:

Click on the following links to watch movies based on the book:

segunda-feira, 5 de julho de 2010

U2 - Where the Streets Have no Name

Song of the Week

U2 - Where the Streets Have no Name

Beauty x Intelligence

Video of the Week

Job Interview Questions

English Tips

Job Interview Questions About You