Listening to Music

October 9, 2015

Há muita discussão sobre como os hábitos de se ouvir música mudaram nos últimos anos. Poucos ainda escutam discos, cassetes ou CDs hoje em dia. Mesmo rádios estão ultrapassados com os novos serviços de Streaming. As palavras agora são Streaming, Spotify, Internet Radio, Playlists. Do you agree? Why or why not?

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What is Streaming Music?

Streaming Music, or more accurately known as streaming audio, is a way of delivering sound without the need to download files of different audio formats. Music services such as Spotify use this method to provide songs that can be enjoyed on all types of different devices.

Streaming Audio Delivery

Typically, if you want to listen to music, or any other type of audio, you need to download an audio file.
However, when a streaming delivery method is used then there isn’t the need to download a complete file first. The basic way that this process works is that the audio file is delivered in small ‘packets’ in order for the data to be buffered on your computer and played virtually straight away. As long as there is a steady stream of these packets delivered to your computer, you’ll hear the sound without any interruptions.

This method of listening to music is particularly useful for situations that need instantaneous delivery, such as live broadcasts or music services that typically provide 30-second music clips before you buy.

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Is this she? Is it her on the phone?

September 30, 2015


Com tantos de nossos alunos trabalhando em grandes empresas, é comum a pergunta:
– quando atendo o telefone, devo responder “this is he/she” ou “this is him/her”?

A seguir, uma pergunta que ilustra e explica sobre esta questão:

Q. I answer our company’s main phone line, and frequently get calls for myself. Today when someone asked for me saying, “Is Charlotte available?” I responded, “This is she.” The caller promptly corrected me, informing me that I should have said, “This is her.” Which is correct?

A. Your response was the correct one. “This is she” is grammatically correct. The verb “to be” acts as a linking verb, equating subject and object. So “this is she” and “she is this”; “she” and “this” are one and the same, interchangeable, and to be truly interchangeable they must both play the same grammatical role—that of the subject.

However, this rule gets broken all the time. I suspect that people expect an object (as is correct for constructions such as “you say me” or “what’s wrong with me?” or “go talk to her”) so they choose an object, unaware of the nature of a linking verb.
Now both forms have come to be accepted – it’s a matter of how formal you want to be. If you’re a 1950s-style Hollywood garage mechanic who grudgingly picks up the phone, with greasy hands, when nobody’s “manning” it, the conversation might go like this:

– Hullo?
– Hey, Charlie?
– That’s me, Mac. Whaddya want?

You can try to avoid the issue by using your own name, rather than a pronoun: “this is Charlotte” is never wrong! :)

English as a Universal Language

September 21, 2015

Slide1Leia este artigo sobre o Inglês como Língua Universal. Deixe seus comentários para interagirmos – em Português ou English!

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English as a Universal Language

by Carlos Carrion Torres – Vitoria ES – Brazil

English is without a doubt the actual universal language. It is the world’s second largest native language, the official language in 70 countries, and English-speaking countries are responsible for about 40% of world’s total GNP.

English can be at least understood almost everywhere among scholars and educated people, as it is the world media language, and the language of cinema, TV, pop music and the computer world. All over the planet people know many English words, their pronunciation and meaning.

The causes for this universality are very well known and understandable. English first began to spread during the 16th century with British Empire and was strongly reinforced in 20th by USA world domination in economic, political and military aspects and by the huge influence of American movies.

The concept of a Universal Language is more significant only now, in the era of world mass communication. Before this era Greek, Latin, French were to some extent universal languages, though mainly in Europe.

By a lucky coincidence due to factors above, English, the Universal language, is one of the simplest and easiest natural languages in the world. The only other simple and easy languages are constructed ones.

Of course the concept of easiness is relative, and it depends on which language you know already. However the concept of simplicity is undeniable: English in an easy language to learn, understand and speak. A complex language such as Hungarian would be a very unlikely candidate for a universal language.

First of all, English Language uses Latin alphabet, the most universal, simple and short one (only the Greek alphabet is shorter and simpler). In addition, in English, the Latin Alphabet presents its most “clean” form as a true alphabet with only 26 basic letters and no diacritics;

Verb conjugation is very simple and easy. Even for irregular verbs, there is almost no variation in person (except 3rd singular in present tense).

Regular verbs have only four forms: Infinitive + Present, Past Tense + Past Participle, 3rd person singular Present Indicative, Present Participle.

There are almost no Inflections. No number or gender inflection for adjectives, articles, adverbs. For adjectives there is only comparative and superlative, almost only number for nouns. In pronouns there are gender and number inflections and only three declension cases (Acc/Dat, Nom, Gen).

English is one of the most analytical languages, with no significant synthetic, fusional or agglutinative characteristics.

Could be there any other alternative for Universal Language, instead of English?
There are other languages that are quite simple and synthetic, with almost no verb conjugation, no declension, such as Asian languages like Thai and Chinese, but they are written with complicated scripts and are tonal languages. However if Chinese were to be written with the Latin alphabet, it could potentially become a univeral language.

There are other strong languages that, due to population and economic power, could be univeral languages, but they have a number of disadvantages when compared with English.

Some examples:

Japanese: has very regular verbs but also a very complicated script.
Chinese: no conjugations or declension, but a very complicated script and tones.
German has many more inflections than English.
The major Romance languages, such as French, Spanish and Portuguese, have fewer inflections than most of languages, but their verb conjugation is very complicated.
Russian has both complex verb conjugations and numerous noun declensions.

In conclusion, it is lucky for us that our universal language is the simplest and easiest, even though that simplicity and easiness weren’t the reasons that lead English to that condition.


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Should immigrants be welcomed?

September 14, 2015

ADDS IDENTIFICATION OF CHILD A paramilitary police officer carries the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi, 3, after a number of migrants died and a smaller number were reported missing after boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized, near the Turkish resort of Bodrum early Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. The family — Abdullah, his wife Rehan and their two boys, 3-year-old Aylan and 5-year-old Galip — embarked on the perilous boat journey only after their bid to move to Canada was rejected. The tides also washed up the bodies of Rehan and Galip on Turkey's Bodrum peninsula Wednesday, Abdullah survived the tragedy. (AP Photo/DHA) TURKEY OUT

With the current imigrant crisis in Europe, there are many views on  the issue. Some say it is a humanitarian obligation to welcome imigrants. Others arguee that they can bring dificulties to the country accepting them, both economic and social.

You can find some intersting views and articles here:

What is your take on the matter?

Should iPods and phones be allowed in schools?

September 14, 2015

cellphones in school

Nowadays almost every child and adolecent in big cities owns a cell phone or tablet. There is a lot of discussion if they should be banned from the classroom as they can distract students. However, there are those who arguee that they can help students learn better.

Read this article to help you decide:

What do you think about it?


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