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Autor:  Mauricio
E-mail:  brazirish@ig.com.br
Data:  07/JUN/2003 7:58 PM
Assunto:  Re: The Ricardos of Brazil
 
Mensagem:  hello there lads !!! well, what I have to say about learning a foregneir language is that there are loads of things which might make it harder for the students to understand English when they hear it. Portuguese has a quite complex grammar but when it comes to speaking the language we do not use as many expressions as they do in English. Moreover,we do not have such things like: phrasal verbs and idiomatic expressions which can be a nightmare for the students. Another thing I´d like to point out is the accent, I lived in Ireland and found the Irish accent very hard to understand although I could speak English very well when I got there. There are many expressions used in Irish English and also different accent and if ye are not familiar with them you might find yourself listening to a strange language that could sound like any language in this planet but English. Spoken English is different from written English taught in schools, and when the students listen to a native speakers, sometimes they listen to a different English altogether. For example: In Ireland they would say: How´s she cuttin`? = How are you ? how´s the form ? = How are you howya = how are you what´s the story ? = what´s up ? what´s the craic ? = what´s up ? I'm grand = I´m well I´m spot on = I´m well the craic was night = it was a great fun she´s some craic = she´s cool ("CRAIC" is an Irish word which is used in many ways in speaking Irish English) she´s cat !! = she´s ugly-looking me old fella = my father cob on to yerself = don´t be stupid I´m not coddlin`ya = I´m not joking Now we are hurling = Now We are talking "Hurling is the most famous Irish sport, like soccer in Brazil" give it a lash = have a try locked = drunk Top of the morning to ya = Good morning slapper = hooker me = my AND SO ON....ON....ON... Now, tell me how hard it is for the poor students to undertand English when all they learn at english schools is "how are you ?!?!? and sometimes "how are you" is rarely said depending where you are. You see.....that´s why I personally think that "Spoken English" is really amazing and takes really some doing to get used to it. All the best lads and God bless the whole lot of ye !! Mauricio Ps: www.institutoireland.com.br


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
The Ricardos of Brazil  –  Miguel Vieira  04/JUN/2003, 7:22 PM
Re: The Ricardos of Brazil  –  Ricardo - EMB -  04/JUN/2003, 11:10 PM
Re: The Ricardos of Brazil  –  pat  05/JUN/2003, 8:40 AM
Re: The Ricardos of Brazil  –  José Roberto  05/JUN/2003, 9:53 AM
Re: The Ricardos of Brazil  –  Jonas  05/JUN/2003, 12:35 PM
Re: The Ricardos of Brazil  –  Miguel Vieira  05/JUN/2003, 3:46 PM
Re: The Ricardos of Brazil  –  Jonas  05/JUN/2003, 4:43 PM
Re: The Ricardos of Brazil  –  pat  05/JUN/2003, 6:24 PM
Re: The Ricardos of Brazil  –  Mirna de Campos  06/JUN/2003, 6:01 PM
 Re: The Ricardos of Brazil  –  Mauricio  07/JUN/2003, 7:58 PM
Re: The Ricardos of Brazil  –  Ricardo - EMB -  05/JUN/2003, 6:18 PM
Re: The Ricardos of Brazil  –  José Roberto  05/JUN/2003, 11:43 PM
Re: The Ricardos of Brazil  –  Ricardo - EMB -  06/JUN/2003, 9:28 AM

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