Podcast: Tudo que estiver ao seu alcance

By Ana | Podcast Inglês Online

Jun 04

Hi. What’s up? No episódio de hoje eu falo sobre doing everything in your power, se você quiser dizer doing everything I can com um pouco mais de vigor.


Hello, everyone. How’s it going? We’re starting now a new episode of the Inglês online podcast. That’s right. We’re back!

Let’s get right into it, because on this podcast… We do not waste time. We go right into the expressions and here’s our idiom for today: everything in my power, everything in his power.

It’s quite a simple one to understand, but in Portuguese – or in Brazil, anyway – we say it… We don’t really say it this way. We wouldn’t translated (it) literally to Brazilian Portuguese this way, and I believe even European Portuguese. Everything in my power: that means “everything I can”. I will do everything in my power to make this or that happen. That means simply “I will do everything I can” – but if you use everything in my power, that shows you have a bit more vocabulary, a bit more English vocabulary than just “I will do everything I can”.

Let me give you an example. Let’s say Jane has seen a doctor… and the doctor had a serious heart-to-heart with Jane, and said: Jane, you need to lose some weight… because your excess weight is creating this and that health risk. You’re in a worse shape now than you were, let’s say, three years ago. You have to take care of yourself and get yourself back into shape.

What does Jane do for the next two months? She does everything in her power to lose a bit of weight. She starts exercising regularly… Ok, she starts walking, all right? That’s exercise too! She starts walking around the neighborhood before she goes to work, she learns how to cook better recipes… More nutritious recipes that are still delicious – she enjoys what she’s eating but now she’s eating more nutritious food, which means she is satisfied with less, I guess.

She cuts excess bread from her diet, she starts eating less pasta and more, let’s say, tuna. She looks up healthy recipes online, she starts watching TV shows, she learns a little bit about nutrition – the basics of nutrition. In other words, she’s doing everything in her power, everything she can, everything she has the ability to do. She’s doing everything in her power to go back to a healthy diet.

Another example would be if… Let’s say, you’re a guy and your sister is having a birthday party in three months and she really wants to waltz. You know, waltz? It’s a musical style. She wants to learn how to waltz. And your sister… She doesn’t have a husband or a boyfriend. She asks you – you’re her brother – she asks you Can you dance with me at my birthday party? I really want to dance to waltz. That’s my wish. You don’t even have to give me a birthday gift, seriously! Your gift to me will be: you dance with me.

You and your sister do everything in your power to become better dancers: you watch videos online, you practice every day, you even consider hiring an instructor… But then you find online classes that are pretty good and you don’t hire the instructor. But you are really doing everything in your power to become a better dancer. You’re doing everything you can.

Tell me: everyone can tell a story about this. Years and years ago I did everything in my power to improve Inglês Online when we were just… when I was just starting the website and people started asking me for help to learn English. I did everything in my power: I did research, I talked to other people, I wrote tips, I did videos.

What is it in your life that you did everything in your power to accomplish? Let me know and talk to you soon. Bye.

Key expressions

  • Everything in my/your/his/etc power


have a heart-to-heart with someone = ter uma conversa franca com alguém

lose some weight = perder peso, emagrecer

get yourself back into shape = voltar a ficar em forma

waltz = valsa

Juliana Matos 15/08/2022

Ana, it is great hearing your voice again. So many years ago, I used to listen to your podcast daily. I’m glad being able to remind myself the way back.

Murilo 26/07/2022

Heey Ana, how are you?
Eu gostaria tirar uma dúvida particular com você se possível, sobre o seu site para eu utilizar em minhas aulas de inglês. Se puder entrar em contato comigo por email ficaria muito agradecido!

Ethel 23/02/2022

Thanks Ana, for bringging To us this rich work… believe You or not, but in a fews hours, I could “bring my reading Back”…
That’s the reason why I appreciated your effort and also, I’ll keepreading and exercising.
Thank You Dear!

Ricardo 03/02/2022

Congrats Ana…and thank you for your good job and empathy with others that searching english improvement.

Ricardo – SP – Brazil.

José Carlos 11/07/2021

It’s Everything in my power get a good job, for this I’ve been studying hard every day

Elina 10/05/2021

Olá, Ana! Cadê você, einh? Que falta você tá fazendo… Espero que esteja tudo bem… E volta logo, viu?

    Rodney 10/07/2021

    Tbm espero o mesmo

ERIC 20/04/2021

Hey Ana where are you?

Luciana 15/04/2021

Thank you so much! I found your website and it is helping me a lot to study. Congratulations for your work!

José Dias 12/04/2021

Hello teacher Ana How’s it going? I hope you’re fine

Marcia 10/03/2021


Wecleson Brandão 02/02/2021

Wow, this is my first time here at the Inglês Online Podcast…I listen to this podcast and I was think, wow I realy liked it and I must follow it. This year I wish do everything in my power to get a nice English level.
Thank you teacher Ana Luiza.

Mirelly 07/01/2021

Ana, I’m so thankful to you for recording the Inglês Online Podcast. I listened to all the episodes in the second semester of 2020 and they helped me a lot to improve my English skills. Thanks for sharing your experiences through them as well. I miss the Podcast so much. Hope to listen to new episodes in a near future. See ya!

Nilza Ferrer 03/12/2020


Emerson 23/11/2020

Amazing! That’s a kind of website I was looking for. Thank so much! I’ve already added in my favorites.

Ana Lucia 11/11/2020

Hi Ana
I everything in my power to learne english. I wake up early every morning to study, I have been watching inglesh vídeos and series, I write tips and tricks and now i have been listening your podcast. It’s a huge struggle ‘couse i study on my own

MARCO 06/11/2020

Gosto demais de seu podcast! Estou aprendendo a pronúncia de certas palavras e tem me ajudado muito, além de melhorr meu vocabulário. Obrigado!

Cristiano Rossi 07/10/2020

Fantástico. Estava com saudades de ouvir e praticar por aqui.

MARILMAN 06/10/2020


Francisco SantAnna 04/10/2020

Hi Ana, I’ve been listening to your podcast since 2013. It’s amazing how I could improve my English. Thanks for everything, bear hug!

Weslley 18/09/2020

Thanks a lot for that, you have no idea how much it helped me, i hope you can keep it up.

Rafaela Pelloi 30/07/2020

I’m doing everything in my power to learn English by myself. Thanks for this podcast, I love your voice.

Marcos 19/07/2020

I’m doing everything in my power to stay in home.

    Alice 29/07/2020

    I like your answer. It’s the best at moment.

Paulo Matta 11/07/2020

I’II try to do everything I can do. Saying better, I’II do everything in my power to improve my English!

larissa 06/07/2020

Hi, i loved your podcast and your site.
And I in my life I did everything to pass the public contest;

Remor Abelardo 29/06/2020

melhor site de todos

flavia pinheiro 28/06/2020

It´s Incrible how I understood most of the words you said in this text. 99% your voice it´s passionate. Thank You.

Eduardo 22/06/2020

I’ve been doing everything in my power in order do brushing up on my vocab and other skills… working hard on learning phrasal verbs, watching TV series, reading books… Boy, I’m taking this seriously!

Wandelrey Silva 16/06/2020

A few years ago I started to learn programming and I never thought I could do something like that. I was teaching English to some children and even though I loved English I didn’t find any fulfillment there. So I talked to my boyfriend and my heart was on my sleeve to tell him what I was feeling about that. So I dropped the job and started to study hard and did everything in my power to reach what I wanted to be. And today I am mobile developer and I am so happy for what I am now! I still push hard on my achieves but day by day I am living the life I wished it was.

GILSON 09/06/2020

I’m sixty one year old, I do everything in my power to learn english.

    Paulo Matta 11/07/2020

    Me too… we have the same age and the same challenge. Good luck!

Norberto 06/06/2020

Here we need to do everything on our power to survive our governors and mayors.

    Norberto 06/06/2020

    Ops. In my Power

      Ana 06/06/2020

      I hear you, Norberto, tough times!

Priscila 05/06/2020

In my last job, I did everything in my power to improve the routines and make the customers pleased!

Thanks, Ana! I loved this expression!

    Ana 06/06/2020

    Very nice, Priscila :)

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