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Law Enforcement and Crime

Who doesn’t know this opening-theme song?

“Who are you? / Who, who, who, who? / Who are you? / Who, who, who, who? / I really wanna know…… (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) / Oh, come on tell me, who are you, you, you, oh, you?”

How about taking a look at some vocabulary for Law Enforcement and Crime?



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Writing – Using Numbers

In this post from University of Bristol, you’ll find out how to make sure you use numbers in the right way:

Improve your writing – Using numbers


See ya,


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Bonfire Night


Today is holiday!! On 5 November every year, it iscelebrated Bonfire Night (or Guy Fawkes’ Night). 
People all around England lit bonfires    and enjoy fireworks displays.
On top of the fire is a “guy” (like a scarecrow ).

They do these things because they’re remembering when the King of England, James l, and the Houses of Parliament were nearly blown up   with gunpowder .

Let’s learn more about this vocabulary. Lessons on:

Let’s party!!


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Shakespeare’s birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon


Today we’re reporting from Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, a city about 2 hours of bus drive from London:

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Stratford-upon-Avon is a beautiful small city where most of the houses were built during the Tudor Style, which  is the final development of medieval architecture during the Tudor period (1485–1603). It’s lovely, really.

City of William Shakespeare, whose writings greatly influenced the entire English language. Prior to and during Shakespeare’s time, the grammar and rules of English were not fixed. But once Shakespeare’s plays became popular in the late seventeenth and eighteenth century, they helped contribute to the standardization of the English language.

So, let’s take this opportunity to learn a little bit about this poet and dramaturg on this online class I’ve selected just for you on BBC Learning



William Shakespeare

Some of the vocabulary we’ll see in this program are: 

an academic who works with theatre companies as a consultant

an adjective describing a work of art that has an effect on an audience that doesn’t change over time

to stand the test of time
a phrase used to describe a work of art that retains an appeal over time

to last
stories which ‘last’ are timeless stories

I hope you all enjoy.

And, as they say arond here: I see you if I see you!!



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London October 2011

There’s a fairly famous saying in English, for those who want to say that they’re traveling to London, which says “Up to London”. Although there’s a debate about the appropriacy of such an expression, as one living in the North could simply say “Down to London”, for us in Brazil this is really the truth. A twelve-hour, non-stop flight separates us from the capital of England, in the UK, the mythical island where once was the home-land of King Arthur and Jane Austen.

“Up to London”!!

Here we go, Luna and I, to an adventure which might prove to be coming directly from a novel four-handed written by the ghosts of Arthur Conan-Doyle and Jane Austen. ‘Exactly, my dear Jane Watson’ will be our motto from now own, as we’re under control of spiritual forces beyond our control.

You see, we had to assemble the two authors in one as they surely complete each-other. Holmes is the reason behind the man, deduction and science above all, even above the human factor. While Jane Austen’s character Elizabeth Bennet is the intellectuality through the sensibility, where human factor is its core, its main point. “Reason and Sensibility” through the magnifying lens of Holmes.

As I always say my dear students, English is not the end but the means for something else, something higher. And this trip to London might be the proof that sense and sensibility walk not side by side, but completely blended in the eyes of the beholder (or beholders in our case).

“Up to london” – is our invitation to all of you.

Let’s travel together. We invite you all to follow us through this blog and see London and England through our eyes, Luna’s and mine. We sincerely hope you all learn and enjoy our picture of this magnificent culture.

Counting down: 18 days to the trip.


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BBC Learning English – Welcome to London

Hello guys,

As you all know, our trip to London is arriving so Luna and I would like to prepare you guys for the trip, after all you’re all coming with us, aren’t you?

To do that, how about visiting BBC Learning English – Welcome to London and practice a little bit before the trip.

See ya,

Silvia and Luna

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Virtual Meetings

I though I had seen everything that could be done over the internet, but this is so George Orwell!!  Some companies nowadays are adopting and using what they call “virtual meetings“, or “meetings where participants are represented by computer generated characters“. Avatars! Isn’t it amazing? Check it out at this Business English Podcast from Business News 05 – Virtual Meetings

Now we just have to wait for our “surrogate robots” to take over our daily lives, just like in Bruce Willis’s movie “Surrogates”:


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