Como falo em inglês: Via de regra, é assim

By Ana | Podcast Inglês Online

Feb 28
Como falo em inglês Via de regra, é assim

Hey, everyone. No episódio de hoje, falamos sobre expressões em inglês super comuns com a palavra thumb.


Inglês: the thumbHow’s it going, everyone? 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. To download or just listen to other episodes and download transcripts, go to and click Podcast Inglesonline.

So how about we talk about the thumb? Thumb. What is that? The thumb is one of the fingers, or digits of our hands. It’s the shortest, thickest one, next to the index finger. Have you ever heard the expression thumbs up? It’s a very common term and it expresses, you guessed it, approval. Movie critics Roger and Ebert used to give some movies two thumbs up when they really liked them. You can give anything two thumbs up, or simply… thumbs up.

And actually, you can say thumbs down as well. Thumbs up, thumbs down. Think of the latest films you’ve seen at the theater. Would you give them thumbs up, or thumbs down? I’d give the film Gravity two thumbs up, I guess. It was a nice film for the most part. Now, I know I’m the exception, but I’m not THAT into movies, meaning I’m not crazy about movies and I’m not a movie buff by any stretch of the imagination. So, honestly, my opinion about movies is, well, I can’t really give an honest opinion about most movies ’cause I rarely watch a movie through to the end. Seriously! I get bored and I start fastforwarding, or I just give up. So I guess my overall opinion about movies is, boring.

Anyway,  I’m curious what your opinion about the latest blockbusters is. Transformers, The Hangover, Wolverine, Robocop and so on. Let us know in the comments: thumbs up or thumbs down?

And here’s another very common, very popular term with the word thumb: rule of thumb. What kind of rule is that? Well, it is not a rule per se, but more of a general principle that, more often than not, is correct. It’s something that hasn’t been proven by any kind of scientific research or anything like that, but through experience we can tell that if you follow this general principle… you’re good, meaning, you’ll do OK. That’s a rule of thumb

So here’s an example I found on Twitter – someone tweeted out the following: Rule of thumb… if something looks too good to be true, it probably is. So this person believes that when you look at something and you get that feeling, ‘This is just too good to be true!’, that’s because it is too good to be true. Most likely. What do you think? Here’s another rule of thumb for parking lots, and anyone who’s used to going to shopping malls, or movie theathers or any kind of busy areas on weekends where you have to find a parking spot, knows this. Rule of thumb: if you’ve just found a parking spot that is convenient and empty, you are probably not allowed to park there. I totally agree with this one, although sometimes we do get lucky.

So here’s what I want to know from you: what are your latest thumbs-up or thumbs-down in the movie and book departments; and one example of a good rule of thumb for you. Let us know in the comments and talk to you next time!


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I’m not that into movies = eu não curto filme tanto assim

a movie buff = uma cinéfila

by any stretch of the imagination = nem de longe

per se = em si

carlos 03/03/2014


Josué Ribeiro 02/03/2014

Rule of thumb: if you don’t listen to English every single day, you won’t reach fluency. I give every Steven Seagal movie two thumbs down.

Josy 02/03/2014


Yesterday, I watched “Prisoners” and I give it two thumbs up, definetely! Great movie with very suspense!

Jonata fontela 01/03/2014

The last film I thoroughly enjoyed was “Hunger games” I give it two thumbs up,definetely. I don’t know why, but I really liked it,that movie blew me away and I’m looking foward to watching the third part. :D

Fátima Regina 01/03/2014

Hello Ann! Good morning!

Since yesterday I have been trying to put here my example.
This is my example: ” I am not into movies like you, I do not get to watch a movie through to the end, but there are some movies I saw that I give thumbs up! They are: Travel to the Center of the Earth, Titanic, Crossing of the Red Sea and Daniel in the Lions’ den. There are others but I chose these.”

Thanks for more one Podcast!

william 28/02/2014

What does the word fastforwarding ? sorry I don’t understand that..

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