Como falo em inglês: Atrás das grades

By Ana Luiza | Podcast Inglês Online

May 24
Como falo em inglês Atrás das grades

Hey, what’s up? Nesse episódio do podcast Inglês Online eu vou falar sobre algumas expressões do inglês com a palavra bar, incluindo a expressão que quer dizer “atrás das grades”.

Transcrição

barsHello, everybody. How have you been? Today we have a new episode of the inglesonline podcast. Please subscribe to this podcast using the Podcasts app for iPhone or iPad, or listen to the episodes using the Inglesonline Android app.

So today we’re going to focus on a few expressions with the word BAR. I don’t mean “bar” as in the place you go to get a few drinks. I mean “bar” as that long, rigid piece of solid material that can be used to support something or… it can also be used as a barrier, or as a part to some kind of structure and so on.

So here’s the first one: bar none. Sound familiar? Never heard of it? Either way, please listen to these examples of bar none being used:

  • Ryan Morris has the best music videos, bar none.
  • We have the most lucrative compensation plan in this industry…bar none!
  • This is the best speech on gun control I’ve ever seen, bar none.

So after listening to these examples, what do you think “bar none” means? Well, it means “no exceptions”. And that is why bar none usually follows a statement that something or someone is the best, the most intelligent, the most efficient, and so on. It can be used for the bad stuff as well, like “this is the worst hotel I’ve ever been to, bar none” but it’s just more frequently used to emphasize the best, the strongest, the most talented and so on. I’m trying to remember how I could use “bar none” in my personal opinions – so here are a few: I think Friends is the funniest sitcom ever, bar none. Mango is my favorite fruit, bar none. It is also the most delicious fruit on the planet, bar none. Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments. Let’s wrap up this section with one more example I found on Twitter (all those other examples came from Twitter as well, by the way). Here it goes: Bike riding is, bar none, the best way I have found to clear my head.

Alright, so here’s another expression with bar. Behind bars. I bet many of you have heard this one before, especially if you’re a fan of cop shows on TV. “Behind bars” is an informal way of saying in prison, in jail. So if someone is behind bars, they’re in prison. Yep, that’s it. Listen to this example: Danielle Kellogg is sentenced to 15 years behind bars for the DWI crash that killed a 7-month-old. So this Danielle lady was sentenced to fifteen years in prison – she’ll be behind bars for fifteen years.

Here’s another piece of news I read:  A federal judge sentenced Anthony Johnsson to 6½ years behind bars for insider trading. Six and a half years behind bars – in other words, in prison. By the way – what’s insider trading? That is the sharing of privileged information, information that should not be shared with the public – so some people go ahead and share that information with other people, and those people use that info for personal financial gain… for example, to buy stocks that will make them lots of money. I think that famous American celebrity, Martha Stewart, spent some time behind bars for insider trading.

And, hasn’t that soapopera “Salve Jorge” just come to an end? So who’s behind bars in the final episode? Let us know in the comments and talk to you next time.

 

Key expressions

  • bar none
  • behind bars

 

Glossary

Sound familiar? = Does it sound familiar? (Tá reconhecendo?)

is sentenced to = é condenada a

DWI = driving while intoxicated  (dirigindo “intoxicado”, ou sob efeito de álcool)

DWI crash = acidente de carro em que um ou mais motoristas estavam sob efeito de álcool

 

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Ana Luiza criou um blog de dicas de inglês em 2006, e depois de muito pesquisar o que faz alguém ganhar fluência numa segunda língua, criou seu primeiro curso de inglês em 2009.

  • Andre says:

    Hi, the sound sounds good. The matter is interesting, but could be the mean the same of absolutely? Or of sure ? BAR NONE

  • Edson says:

    Ana, question! qual a diferenca de DUI e DWI ? eu nunca escutei DWI.. sempre DUI. voce poderia explicar?

    muito obrigado!!

  • Marcelo says:

    Ana,
    A qualidade do som está ótima, mas percebi um “grave” leve no fundo quando você fala, nada que atrapalhe.

  • Ana Luiza says:

    Pessoal,

    Quem estiver acostumado a ouvir os podcasts: O que vc achou do som desse aqui, comparado com os anteriores? Mto alto; mto baixo, etc.

    Thanks!

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