Jul 18

VIDEO: Orlando – Must-See Attractions (video w/ transcript)

Orlando Travel Guide

Orlando is centrally located in the state of Florida with the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west. With over 2 million people, Orlando is the state’s third largest metropolis.

For thrill seekers and parents wanting to spend time with their kids, Orlando means just one thing: Action. It is the place where imaginations run wild. Each year over 50 million tourists escape to the sunny city for a fun-packed holiday in a world of make-believe. Sure there are some beautiful sculpture gardens, botanic gardens, art museums and inner city attractions in Orlando, but most people come here to visit theme parks. They are scream-provoking, laughter-inspiring, and surprisingly educational. They make you want to stay all day and go again tomorrow. They have so much to offer that you wonder how you can fit it all in one visit. The Orlando theme parks are the ride of your life.

orlando 2The most famous local attraction and perhaps the most magical of all is Walt Disney World, a place to see all the cartoon characters of your childhood come to life and introduce them to your children.  Cuddles are also free at the Universal Resort, and so is dancing.

You don’t have to be a kid to love Wet’n Wild, one of the oldest and most popular water parks in the country. Whether you bring your friends, your family or come by yourself, you can splash around all day without getting bored.

Dive into SeaWorld for more thrilling rides. For a break from all the excitement, opt for the calming experience of seeing Manta Rays up close. They live in perfect harmony with other big marine creatures in the enormous aquarium. Don’t miss the dolphin show. It’s really spectacular. Jump in and join these smart marine mammals – an encounter you’ll never forget.

Prepare to get your senses tricked at WonderWorks – the upside-down building is full of daring experiences that you shouldn’t try at home.

Legoland, down south in the Winter Haven area, is a supersized display of what can be achieved if you had thousands of the plastic building blocks we all grew up with. Imagine building a whole city. Zoom around in a tiny car, watch a Lego theater show, and admire miniature replicas of big Florida highlights such as Kennedy Space Center.

The actual Space Center is to the east of the city on Merrit Island. Go and check out giant rockets and meet an astronaut. It’s the only place in the world where you can tour the launch areas of Space Shuttles.

To learn about the local wildlife, step inside Gatorland. It’s your chance to see these large reptiles up close and personal, including these extremely rare white alligators. Watch a nerve-wracking crocodile wrestling show or ‘see you later alligator.’

Check out the less dangerous species in the wildlife reserve. Whizz-kids will be drawn to the science center where they can discover the inner workings of magnetism, electricity, and gravity. There’s a lot to learn here.

Florida is the Sunshine State and Orlando offers you year round outdoor entertainment. The summers are steamy and temperatures hardly ever drop to freezing point in winter, yet there is no cooler place than the Universal Studios where the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and incredible superheroes of your comic books come to life.

At night the Universal Orlando Resort lights up with neon signs that’ll point you to the many restaurants and live shows. Come to Orlando for the family vacation of a lifetime. With all its natural beauty and theme parks, the city has something to offer for everyone.

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Jul 12

GRAMMAR: Capitalization Rules (quando usar a letra maiúscula)

letra-maiusculaA língua inglesa tem algumas regras estranhas sobre quando se usar letra maiúscula. Aqui estão algumas diretrizes importantes:

 

  1. Capitalize the pronoun I.
    Example: Jennifer and I went to the movies yesterday.
  2. Capitalize the first letter of the first word of each sentence.
    Example: Learning to capitalize correctly will improve your writing.
  3. Capitalize the first letter of names of people, organizations, and places.
    Example: Juan went on a trip to Tokyo, Japan for his company, General Motors Corporation.
  4. Capitalize the first letter of adjectives that are made from the names of people and places.
    Example: I like Mexican food.
  5. Capitalize initials
    Example: My brother’s favorite author is H.G. Wells.
  6. Capitalize the first letter of directions only when they are used to designate actual places, not when they point in a direction.
    Example: When we visited the Southwest, we actually had to drive north.
  7. Capitalize the first letter of the names of months and the days of the week.
    Example: My birthday will be on a Friday next June.
  8. Capitalize the official title of a person (including abbreviations), but only when you use it with the person’s name.
    Example: Did Clarissa recommend Dr. Montoya to you?
  9. Capitalize words used as names or parts of names.
    Example: Did Uncle George call my mom to tell her our grandmother is with Dad?
  10. Capitalize the first letter of important words in a title of a book, magazine, story, essay, etc.
    Example: I enjoyed Mark’s essay, “The Truth About Being a Good Student.”
  11. Capitalize historical events and documents.
    Example: The Emancipation Proclamation was issued during the Civil War.
  12. Capitalize the name of languages, races, nationalities, and religions.
    Example: I learned in Spanish class that several Hispanics are Catholic.
  13.  Capitalize acronyms. (An acronym is a word formed by the first, or first few, letters of words in a long name of an organization.)
    Example: CARE is the Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere.
  14. Capitalize initialisms. (An initialism is similar to acronym, but a word is not formed from the letters.)
    Example: The Central Intelligence Agency is simply known as the CIA.

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Jul 11

GRAMMAR: False Cognitive (Cognitivos Falsos)

False Cognitive (Cognitivos Falsos)

 

English…………………………………… Portuguese

Actually……………………………………………………. Na verdade (não atulamente)

Attend………………………………. Comparecer; tratar; presenciar (não atender)

Brand…………………………………………………………….. Marca, tipo (não brando)

College……………………………………………………………. Faculdade (não colegial)

Comprehensive………………………….. Amplo; abrangente (não compreensivo)

Conceal…………………………………………………………….. Ocultar (não conselho)

Data………………………………………………………………………….. Dados (não data)

Dependable………………………………………………… Confiável (não dependente)

Distinctive………………………………………….. Distinto; diferente (não distintivo)

Exquisite………………………………………… Refinado; requintado (não esquisito)

Extenuating……………………………………………….. Atenuando (não extenuante)

Intend…………………………………. pretender, ter a intenção de (não entender)

Lunch……………………………………………………………………. Almoço (não lanche)

Lecture………………………………………………… Apresentação, aula (não leitura)

Mar…………………………………………………………. Danificar; estragar (não mar)

Mayor…………………………………………………………………… Prefeito (não maior)

Parents…………………………………………………………………… Pais (não parentes)

Precarious………………………………………….. Perigoso, inseguro (não precário)

Pretend………………………………………………………………. Fingir (não pretender)

Procure…………………………………. Obter, Conseguir, Alcançar (não procurar)

Push………………………………………………………………………. Empurre (não puxe)

Realize…………………………… Se dar conto de; fazer acontecer (não realizar)

Relapse……………………………………………………………….. Recaída (não relapso)

Sensible………………………………………………………………. Sensato (não sensível)

 

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Jul 11

CONFUSING WORDS: Speak vs. Talk

SPEAK and TALK are almost synonymous and are generally interchangeable except in fixed expressions.

Remember that the verb speak tends to be used in more formal or one-sided situations. Unfortunately, there is no simple or easy rule to follow. But there are a number of fixed expressions for both verbs.

 

Always use SPEAK in these fixed expressions:

  •     Speak a language—(e.g. French, English, etc.)
  •     Speak for someone—voice what another person thinks
  •     Speak now or forever hold your peace—this is your last chance to say something
  •     Speak your mind—say what you really think
  •     Speak out (about something)—voice your opinion (on a subject)
  •     Speak up—raise your voice
  •     Speak up for someone—voice support for a person
  •     Speak volumes—convey lots of information
  •     Speak well of someone—say only positive things about that person
  •     this Speak for itself—requires no explanation

 

Always use TALK in these fixed expressions:

  •     Money talks—money can get things done
  •     Talk away—talk a great deal
  •     Talk back—answer rudely or disrespectfully
  •     Talk down to someone—be condescending towards a person
  •     Talk shop—talk about your job, using jargon
  •     Talk the talk—say things and make promises to please others
  •     Talk things over—discuss something
  •     Talk tough—speak in a brash or threatening manner
  •     Talk through your hat (or talk nonsense)—say things that make no sense
  •     Talk turkey—speak frankly

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Jul 11

DID YOU KNOW # 322?

English is spoken throughout the world but it’s not always the same. The way English is spoken can change a lot from one country to another, even within regions of the same country.

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