Como falo em inglês: Ele é falso

By Ana Luiza | Podcast Inglês Online

Jan 23
Como falo em inglês Ele é falso
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Hey, everybody. Neste episódio eu falo sobre duas expressões muito comuns no inglês – ambas com a palavra two.

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So today I’ve got two terms for you, both of them with the word TWO. Here we go: have you ever heard anyone say that so-and-so is two-faced? Here’s the term again: two-faced. It’s an adjective, right? We say that Josh is two-faced, for instance. So when you say “Josh is two-faced”, what do you mean by that? What you’re saying is that you think Josh is hypocritical, insincere. A flat-out lier, maybe.

If you take this expression literally, it kinda makes sense. If someone is two-faced – that would literally mean that they have two faces. They’re capable of presenting two faces to the world, depending on the situation. Let’s go back to Josh. So let’s say Josh is an acquaintance of yours, and when he’s with you… he’s really nice. He actually goes out of his way to compliment you. Basically, you think Josh is a fan of yours. So it really surprises you when you find out that Josh has been badmouthing you. He’s been doing that behind your back, obviously. So that’s pretty much it: Josh is nice to your face, but once you’ve left the room… There’s Josh badmouthing you like there’s no tomorrow. Josh puts on a nice face when you’re around, and once you’ve left he puts on a different face – the face of someone who really doesn’t like you. Josh is two-faced. He is being two-faced in his treatment of you.

I guess that is something most people will have experienced in their lives. Most of us, at one time or another, have been disappointed to find out that someone we thought of as a friend was talking about us behind our back, or spreading lies even. So let us know about your experience with two-faced people in the comments. Has anyone ever accused YOU of being two-faced? C’mon, tell us everything!

And here’s the other interesting expression of today: two-timing. As in, “I think your boyfriend is two-timing you.” So what does that mean, exactly? That basically means that I think your boyfriend is being unfaithful, he’s cheating on you. “Two-timing” can be used in a more general context, when someone is being deceitful in general, but more often than not you’ll see it applied to relationships. I’ve found an online article titled “11 Signs That He is Two-Timing You.” So, of course, the article tries to tip you off to signs that suggest your boyfriend is two-timing you – in other words, that he is cheating on you.

The article says that one of the signs is a sudden change of behavior… For example, if your boyfriend all of a sudden becomes very sweet and starts buying you presents for no reason, watch out. Here’s another sign that your boyfriend may be two-timing you, according to the article: he suddenly has lots of work. All of a sudden, he’s got this giant workload and you can’t reach him. He calls less often and when you call him, two times out of three, he doesn’t pick up. So, watch out! That may be a sign that he is two-timing you.

So what is your opinion? Do you think those are signs that someone may be two-timing their boyfriend or girlfriend? What are the other signs that someone may be two-timing their partner? Please let me know in the comments – talk to you next time!

 

Key terms

two-faced

two-timing

 

Glossary

so-and-so = fulano de tal

a flat-out… = um ……. total

an acquaintance = um conhecido

goes out of his way to = faz até um esforço extra para

to badmouth someone = falar mal de alguém

someone we thought of as a friend = alguém que a gente considerava um amigo

behind your back = pelas suas costas

watch out = fique alerta

 

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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:

    Obrigado por esse excelente trabalho, sou uma pessoa de inglês intermediario segundo testes e escolas que estudei e com ajuda dos seus podcasts estou percebendo varias diferenças em minha confiaça para falar e ouvir melhor em inglês, obrigado mesmo.

  • neide says:

    E think that a boyfriend has the cel fone full of incriminating messages.

  • jonata fontela says:

    Hi Ana !!! What a controversial episode.. lol
    Well this episode reminded me of something that happened last year, a woman I work with stole a friend of mine’s boyfriend and acted like nothing had happened… when my friend found out about the cheating she slapped the other woman in her face hahaha I thought it was fair….

  • Conchita says:

    Hi Ana Luiza!

    Other sign that someone may be two-timing it would be the boyfriend hide the cel.
    rsrs…

  • Jennifer says:

    Hi Ana!! Great post! In my opinion the main sign that someone is being cheating by a boyfriend is when the boyfriend can’t leave the cell phone anywhere, just by his side, all the time. When that happen, watch out!!!
    I’ve never hearding these terms before.Two-timing someone is a interesting term…
    Thx for sharing so many things with us!

  • Hello Ann, good night!

    “I think that everybody has already found someone with two faced in their lives, unfortunately, it isn’t hard to find nowadays.”
    Thanks Ann, once more!

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