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Como digo em inglês: demorou um tempo (áudio)

Hello, everyone!

O podcast de hoje é sobre uma expressão com TAKE. Ouça como dizer:

  • Eu demorei quatro horas para ler esse livro
  • Quanto tempo demorou para você (fazer alguma coisa)?
  • Demore o quanto quiser, não tenha pressa

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[audio:http://media.blubrry.com/podcast_ingls_online/www.inglesonline.com.br/mp3/take-podcast.mp3]

Transcrição

Hi, this is Ana Luiza of inglesonline.com.br and here’s another episode of the inglesonline podcast. To get a transcript of this episode, go to inglesonline.com.br and look up the post Como digo em inglês: demorou um tempo, published on January 12, 2010. You can use the search box to look up a post. Just type in the title, in the search box, and hit Enviar.

Today I’m going to talk about a couple of ways to use the word TAKE. So there are many many different ways to use take, there are several phrasal verbs, idiomatic expressions, slang expressions that use take, so here I’m going to focus first on this kind of situation… I’m going to give you an example: My sister moved to Italy a few years ago and she didn’t speak Italian when she first got there. She had to study Italian for about one year and a half before she was able to speak fluently.

So here’s how I’m going to say this: it took her 18 months (eighteen, that’s 1, 8) so it took her eighteen months to become fluent in Italian. It took her about one year and a half, right, eighteen months, one year and a half. It took her about one year and a half to really speak Italian fluently.

Here’s another example: some time ago I had a car and I used to drive everywhere. If I needed to go to the pharmacy just around the block, I would drive. If I had to go to the bank which was, like, two blocks away, I would drive. So one day I sold my car, and during the first couple of weeks after I sold my car, I had to get used to being a pedestrian again. You know, look both ways before crossing a street… Making sure I had everything I needed in my pocket before I left the house and so on. So I could say it took me a couple of weeks to get used to being a pedestrian again, or even it took me a while, this is a very common expression, it took me a while, it took me a while to get used to being a pedestrian again. So, whenever someone asks you, How long did it take you to do something? You can answer, Well, it took me a week, it took me three hours, it took me a year to do this. For example it took me four hours to read this book. That means that I read the entire book in four hours.

So what are your examples of how long it took you to do something? There’s no rush here, take your time. Take your time means, you can think about this question and come back tomorrow to post your answer, or you can come back next week, or next month… It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to answer this question. Take your time.

Talk to you soon.

 

Key expressions:

  • It took me (a year to do something), It took her (18 months to speak Italian)
  • It took me a while
  • How long did it take you (to do something)?
  • Take your time

 

Glossary

just around the block = ali na esquina, super perto

I had to get used to being = eu tive que me acostumar a ser

look both ways = olhar para os dois lados

making sure = ter/tendo certeza que

it took me a while = levou um tempo pra eu… Eu demorei um tempo para…

whenever = sempre que

there’s no rush = não tem pressa

 

Estou esperando as respostas de vocês! How long did it take you to do… something?

Como digo em inglês: eu duvido (áudio)

Hello, all!

Aqui vem mais um podcast, dessa vez falando sobre a palavra DOUBT. Ouça e veja como dizer coisas assim:

  • Eu tenho uma dúvida.
  • Quando você não tiver certeza…
  • Sem sombra de dúvida.

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[audio:http://media.blubrry.com/podcast_ingls_online/www.inglesonline.com.br/mp3/doubt-inglesonline.mp3]

Transcrição

Hi, this is Ana Luiza with a new episode of inglesonline podcast. To read the transcription of this podcast, go to inglesonline.com.br and look up the post Como digo em inglês: eu duvido, posted on December 21st 2009.

Today I’m going to talk about the word doubt, d o u b t, and a few common ways to use this word. The inspiration came from… You guessed it, Twitter. What can I say? I love Twitter.

So this word, doubt, came up last week when I gave my twitter followers this tip: when you’re in class, don’t raise your hand and say ‘I have a doubt’. One thing you can say is I have a question. It’s easy to think that ‘I have a doubt’ would be the correct thing to say. Because… after all, in Portuguese we say Eu tenho uma dúvida. But doubt isn’t used that way. If you say that in class, people will probably understand you, but it will sound strange.

And the reason for that is that in English, the word doubt has to do with uncertainty, indecision, or disbelief – disbelief is the state of not believing something. The word doubt does not have to do directly with not understanding something, which is usually the reason why we ask a question.

So you raise your hand, and you say I have a question. Or you could say I would like to ask a question.

So, for example, you can say “I doubt it” when someone tells you that something is going to happen, and you don’t believe it. Someone tells you Brazil is going to win the next World Cup – you could say I doubt it. That means you don’t believe it. You have serious doubts about Brazil’s ability to win the next Cup. So you say I doubt it.

Or someone may ask you, “Are you going to that birthday party on Saturday?” And you say, “Oh, I doubt it. I have an exam on Monday and I have so much work to do, I have to study, so I doubt that I’ll be able to go to the party”. In this case you really don’t believe that you’ll be able to go to the party, right… You really think that it will not be possible. So you say, I doubt it.

So here’s a very common expression with the word doubt. I’m gonna give you an example with this expression: Let’s say you’re in a museum and you see a wonderful painting and you say, This is, without a doubt, the most wonderful painting I have ever seen. Without a doubt… it’s like, sem sombra de dúvida in Portuguese. So, without a doubt that is the most wonderful painting I have ever seen. People also say without doubt. I, myself, prefer without a doubt.

So here’s another common expression. I’ll give you an example. Let’s say someone is giving you instructions on how to take the subway, and this person tells you: always consult your subway map first before you take the subway to go somewhere. And, when in doubt, ask someone for help.

So, “when in doubt” here means, when you’re still not sure, if you have consulted the subway map but that wasn’t enough, you’re still not confident which train you should take… when in doubt, ask someone to help you. In Portuguese that would be something like, se você ainda não tiver certeza.

So leave a comment and tell us, where could you use the expression Without a doubt in your life? Do people around you believe something while you have serious doubts about it? This is Ana Luiza of Inglesonline.com.br . See you next time.

 

P.S. When in doubt também representa o nosso “Na dúvida…”

 

Key expressions:

  • I have a question
  • I doubt it
  • have serious doubts about
  • without a doubt
  • when in doubt

 

You guessed it = acho que você já sabe, você adivinhou

does not have to do with = não tem a ver com

I have ever seen = que eu já vi na vida

 

Estou esperando as respostas de vocês! What is it that you believe without a doubt?

Como digo em inglês: eu sou a cara do meu pai (áudio)

What’s up, everyone?

Hoje tem mais um post baseado em conversa do Twitter (veja o Inglês Online no Twitter). Umas três semanas atrás eu perguntei lá:

Who do you look like the most: your father or your mother? Com quem você se parece mais: seu pai ou sua mãe?

As respostas foram ótimas porque ilustraram 3 situações diferentes:

  • I look nothing like my family Eu não pareço nada com a minha família
  • I’m a celebrity look-alike Eu sou sósia de uma celebridade
  • I am the spitting image of my father Eu sou a cara do meu pai

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[audio:http://media.blubrry.com/podcast_ingls_online/www.inglesonline.com.br/mp3/look-like.mp3]

Transcrição

Hi everyone, this is Ana Luiza of Inglesonline.com.br and today I am going to talk a little bit about ‘looking like someone else’. This audio is part of a post published on December 1st, 2009 so to see all the contents of this post, including a transcript, please go to inglesonline.com.br .

So I wanted to post about this because about three weeks ago, I think, I asked this question on Twitter: Who do you look like the most: your mother or your father?

And I actually got a few answers to this question and I wanted to share them with you. One person said something like I look nothing like my family. So, it can happen. People look at you and at your biological parents, and no one can tell that you’re all related because you look nothing like them. It happens.

Another person said something like I am the spitting image of my father. This expression, spitting image, or spitting image – there’s a double ‘t’ in there – means that someone looks very much like someone else. So in the case of this person – it was a guy who said that -he looks a lot like his father, he looks very much like his father, or… you could say he and his father look very much alike, they look very much alike. So we can use this expression, he is the spitting image of his father.

And then a third person, and this was a woman… She said People tell me that I look a lot like Ivete Sangalo. So Ivete Sangalo is a celebrity, she’s a Brazilian celebrity and there’s an expression that is very common, especially when you look a lot like a celebrity, and this expression is look-alike. So we can say, this person is an Ivete Sangalo look-alike. In Portuguese we would say ‘sósia’, ‘Ela é sósia da Ivete Sangalo’. So we could say, she’s an Ivete Sangalo look-alike.

In my case I look more like my mother. Yeah, we are, we are both brunettes. So what about you, who do you look like? Are you a celebrity look-alike? Are you the spitting image of your father, are you the spitting image of your mother? Please tell us in the comment section, and talk to you next time.

This is Ana Luiza of inglesonline.com.br .

 

Key expressions

  • look like someone
  • look nothing like someone
  • someone is the spitting image of (someone else)
  • they look alike
  • celebrity look-alike

 

Glossário

to share them with you = compartilhar (as respostas) com você

no one can tell = não dá para dizer (literalmente, ninguém consegue dizer)

you’re all related = vocês todos são parentes ou da mesma família

brunette = morena ou que tem cabelo escuro

 

Estou esperando as respostas de vocês! Who do you look like the most?