domingo, 26 de março de 2017

A friend in need is a friend indeed? Qual o significado desta expressão idiomática?

A friend in need is a friend indeed  is an Idiom and it means: 
A friend in need is a friend indeed says that people often act friendly when they want to get something from us. 
Example: "Hey buddy, how's it going? You look good. I love your jacket. Do you think you can give me a ride home?" Reply: "A friend in need is a friend indeed." 

A friend in need is a friend indeed can be said when you notice that someone is being extra friendly to you and acting like your good friend as a way to get you to give them what they need. 

Definitely, in my point view I translate this in Portuguese....os amigos são para as ocasiões. Numa tradução livre...você só conhece os amigos nas horas difíceis. 


10 dicas do que não faze rde jeito nenhum para aprender Inglês!

1)      Focar o tempo todo na gramática! Os maiores especialistas recomendam que não deve focar muito em gramáticas, é como pensar o tempo todo no que falar, a língua é automática!
2)      Estudar exaustivamente palavra por palavra e decorar.
3)      É comum pensarmos em Português ou na língua nativa de seu país para falarmos em Inglês. É preciso focar o tempo todo, pensar automaticamente, isso se dá com o tempo.
4)      Medo e ansiedade, frustação com erros, insegurança também é uma das barreiras que devem ser quebradas. Lembre-se, somente a prática leva a perfeição. Mantenha a motivação e continue praticando.
5)      Não aprenda apenas em sala de aula, dedique-se pelo menos 10 minutos por dia.
6)      Falar antes de desenvolver essas habilidades, praticar o listening e a leitura. Não funciona.
7)      Não use palavras negativas, não crie barreiras, foque no que você quer.
8)      Faça por prazer, não por que seu pai quer, por que o mercado obriga. Tenha o hábito da leitura constante e da imersão natural no idioma.
9)      Esqueça os métodos milagrosos, fluência leva tempo e determinação. Varia de aluno para aluno, do nível intelectual de cada um.
10)   Seja você mesmo, não tente imitar nativos, o tempo, a prática e perfeição trará a fluência natural.

Enfim, há mais de 30 anos que estudo o idioma como autodidata, o aprendizado é continuo, é preciso motivação e força de vontade, estabelecer metas e depois correr para o abraço. Não esqueça de acessar o ENGLISH TIPS-SELF-TAUGHT. Deixe seu comentário e divulgue para amigos. 

Depois de tudo isso se quiser aprender Inglês recomendo aulas com a professora Elen Fernandes (Canal no YouTube). 

Foto: Expert School Online

quarta-feira, 22 de março de 2017


There are lots of useful websites and blogs around the world, you have an excellent tool and informations, most of them are free. One of my favorite is Elen Fernandes developed by Experts School Online Vancouver, Canadá. In addition there are many others on English Tips-Self-Taught, my first blog. As an English Learner, I've been researched those of sites and blogs to provide a self-studying. 

My favorite ones:

Check out this lexicon that offers images demonstrating the true meaning of the word, making it easier for English language learners to understand.
On this website, you’ll find quizzes, word games, puzzles, and a random sentence generator to help students better grasp English as a second language. is a really fun site for ELL learners, with reference tools like a dictionary and vocabulary, supplemented with quizzes, games, and a community forum.
On this site, you’ll find free English videos for both students and teachers.
 Okanagan College’s resource offers 13 different unit lessons for learning and teaching English pronunciation.
In this website from the BBC, students can find help with grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation, with plenty of references to current events. Plus, you’ll find a special section for ELL teachers.
ESL Gold is, no joke, golden, with seemingly endless learning resources for English. Students can practice pronunciation, find a book to study, and even talk to someone in English on this site. Plus, teachers can find a job, search for textbooks, discover games, and so much more.
 Check out this free site for learning English, with loads of videos from real English speakers, plus quizzes and community support.
In this online library, students can get access to a huge collection of English texts and scripted recordings.
An awesome resource to use for simple translations, Google Translate can help your students see how its done and better understand translations between two or more languages.

 Direct your students to this ESL cyber listening lab with study guides, quizzes, and even teacher features.
This online tool is designed to help jumpstart students’ vocabulary skills, with more than 90 vocabulary lessons, and the option to create lessons of your own.

Wordsteps: Wordsteps makes it easy for students to build their own vocabulary collection, and even access their vocabulary through a mobile device for English language learning on the go.

 Check out this list of great resources for ELL, with teaching ideas, forums, and even news and research.
 Specially designed for English language teachers, One Stop English has a monthly topics series, news lessons, and even an app for on the go ELL teaching.
This ingenious tool allows ELL teachers to effectively communicate with non-English speaking parents. You’ll be able to quickly make and customize notes that you can translate and send home to parents, effectively communicating information about field trips, conduct, homework, and more.
 A great site for ELL teachers, ESL Party Land has lesson plans, strategies, worksheets, flashcards, quizzes, games, and even vocabulary resources to help you be a better ELL teacher.
 Check out this collection of royalty-free, language-neutral clip art designed to be used for foreign language instruction.
Thousands of teacher contributions can be found on this site full of quizzes, exercises, and tests for teaching English as a second language.

Using this online annotation tool, ELL teachers can write directly on images to explain their meaning to students.
A service of Oxford University Press, this learning resources bank for English language teaching has courses, titles, and interactive English reading tools.
 Encourage students to self-test with this website, offering free English tests, grammar exercises, and worksheets.
Check out these test and games that offer a great way for students to test and improve their English language skills.


terça-feira, 21 de março de 2017


Today's English tip is the English Exercises Song !'m Yours by Jason Mraz. There you listen to the music and do the interactive self-correcting worksheets. This is a powerful tool for teachers and students, it's really useful. Check out and do the exercises in order to improve your listening! Click HERE  and keep studying! 

11 Free Websites to Practice English at Home

Today's English tip, I'm going to recommend 11 useful free websites to practice English by yourself at home. 

Adult students take notes in class An attractive, user-friendly website including grammar, pronunciation, reading and listening practice and an interactive picture dictionary.

Many Things
This website includes matching quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer-assisted language learning activities. The site also includes a special page on pronunciation, including practice with minimal pairs. Not the fanciest or most beautiful website, but with lots to see and use and no advertising.
Dave's ESL Cafe
A forum for both ESL teachers and students around the world. Includes quizzes, grammar explanations, and discussion forums for students. For teachers, includes classroom ideas on all subjects as well as discussion forums.
The California Distance Learning Project
Read and listen to a news stories on topics including working, housing, money and health, then work on activities based on the stories including matching pairs, vocabulary, and quiz questions. Some stories also include videos.
BBC Learning English
An array of wonderful activities for practice, some relating to current events. Includes videos, quizzes, vocabulary practice, idioms, crosswords, and much more, though all with British accents.
Activities for ESL Students
Grammar and vocabulary practice for all levels, including many bilingual quizzes for beginners. Also includes a link for teachers, with conversation questions, games, and many other ideas to put to use in the classroom.
This is a website for kids, but who says adults can't use it, too? The site includes educational games organized by grade level, from 1st to 5th, and is particularly good for spelling and phonics. There are games to practice vowels, uppercase and lowercase letters, Dolch sight words, synonyms and antonyms and more.
TV 411
This site includes videos with native speakers explaining key reading concepts like critical reading, summarizing and scanning, and key life skills like signing a lease and reading a medicine label. Following each video is a comprehension quiz. Click on the blue tabs across the top lead for lessons on reading, writing, vocabulary and finance.
GCF Learn Free
A well-designed site with interactive tutorials for everything from operating an ATM machine to reading food labels. If you click on the main page icon and then click on reading, the site has resources for English language learners as well, including stories to listen to and read along, and picture dictionaries.
Language Guide
This is an online picture dictionary, with everything from the alphabet to parts of the body to farm animals.
Oxford University Press
This site from Oxford University Press has activities to practice spelling, grammar, pronunciation, and listening. A bit difficult to navigate, so more suitable for advanced learners and savvy internet users.
Also, remember that Mango Languages is available to you through the Library! It features ESL lessons for Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese speakers. (First time users must create a profile in order to access Mango Languages.)
And don't forget YouTube. Whatever you'd like to learn — an explanation of a grammar term, idioms, a set of vocabulary — enter it in the search field and an array of videos are sure to come up. I hope some of these sites prove useful. Enjoy! And please add your own favorite sites in the comments.

segunda-feira, 20 de março de 2017

Canal no YouTube: Learn English or die

One of the most common mistake for English Learners, they want to be fluent, speaking fast without improve their English listening skill! Today English tips I'm going to talk about one of the most favorite YouTube Channel named Learn English or die (YouTube Link). Besides, it's really important dedicate at least 10 minutes a day keep in touch with the real English and interact with the language. 

Again, this is the link

domingo, 19 de março de 2017

o que significa “XOXO” em inglês?

Escrevi há pouco tempo um texto intitulado “Vocabulário: Abraço” e acabei me esquecendo de falar sobre  XOXO, expressão popularizada pela série de TV Gossip Girl e também pela canção XO de Beyoncé. Perguntado por um leitor, resolvi complementar o post original aqui.
Sabemos que XOXO quer dizer “Abraços e beijos” e é a forma usada para encerrarmos informalmente uma carta ou e-mail. Entretanto, não existe consenso quanto à origem da expressão. Há quem afirme que o X representa os lábios de duas pessoas se beijando e a letra O, quatro braços formando um abraço. Outra teoria diz que o X é a representação dos braços e o O significa o formato da boca ao beijar. Não deixe de ler o que o Prof. Michael Jacobs escreveu sobre o tema, em “Abraços: como dizer “abraços” e “beijos” em inglês?“.
Já que estamos falando sobre XOXO, aproveito a oportunidade para agradecer a todos pelo interesse no Tecla SAP e pela ajuda na divulgação do conteúdo do blog durante todos esses anos. A afirmação é até óbvia, mas nunca é demais lembrar que sem a sua participação, o Tecla SAP não existiria. Muito obrigado de coração!
Escrito por Ulisses Wehby de Carvalho
Source: TeclaSap