quinta-feira, 30 de abril de 2009

Hello everybody, I'm writing today some "Proverbs" in Portuguese and their equivalent in English.

Os últimos serão os primeiros.
The last will be the first.

A ocasião faz o ladrão.
Opportunity makes thieves.

Águas paradas são profundas.
Still waters run deep.

Cuida do teu nariz que do meu cuido eu.Não se meta onde não é chamado.
Mind your own business.

Deus ajuda quem cedo madruga.
The early bird catches the worm.

Deus ajuda àqueles que ajudam a si mesmos.
God helps those who help themselves.

A galinha do vizinho sempre é mais gorda.
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

Não julgue pelas aparências.As aparências enganam.
Do not judge by appearances.Looks can be deceiving.

Não se pode julgar um livro pela capa.
You can't tell a book by its cover.You can't judge a book by its cover.

Dize-me com que andas, que dir-te-ei quem és.
A man is known by the company he keeps / Birds of a feather flock together.

De mal a pior.
From worse to worse (or worst). /
Out of the frying pan and into the fire.
Mais vale um passarinho na gaiola do que dois voando.Mais vale um pássaro na mão do que dois voando.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Nem tudo que reluz é ouro.
All that glitters is not gold.

Nem tudo na vida são flores.
Life is not a bed of roses.

É uma faca de dois gumes.
It's a double-edged sword.

O barato sai caro.
You get what you pay for.

Em terra de cego, quem tem um olho é rei.
Among the blind a one-eyed man is king.
A gota que faltava.
The last drop makes the cup run over.The straw that breaks the camel's back.

Matar dois coelhos de uma cajadada só.
Kill two birds with one stone.

Não adianta chorar sobre o leite derramado.
No use crying over spilt milk.

sábado, 18 de abril de 2009

Word List - Conjunctions

If your texts have lots of repetition, try to use some conjuctions on them. Look at the examples and see the diference:

Last night I went to school, I washed my car, I rented a DVD.

Using conjuctions:

Last Night I went to school then I washed my car, after that I rented a DVD.

Here there's a list of very useful ones. I hope you like of this idea.

See you guys!

  • Conjunctions
    but / still / however
    especially / mainly / particularly
    as / because / since
    so that
    then / after that
    that's why / so
    either ... or
    after all
    of course
    though / although / even though
    as soon as
    as long as
    finally / eventually
    in spite of / even so / all the same
    perhaps ...
    above all
    neither ... nor
    first of all
    for example / for instance

quinta-feira, 16 de abril de 2009


Not only foreigners, but also native speakers have their problems with the English language. Quite often, teachers despair when reading their students' texts, or on a chat.
Would you like to send an SMS in English? Here is a list with useful characters and their meanings:

  • & - and
    0 - nothing
    2 - two, to, too
    2DAY - today
    A - a / an
    B - be
    B4 - before
    BC - because
    BF - boyfriend
    BK - back
    BRO - brother
    BT - but
    C - see
    D8 - date
    DNR - dinner
    EZ - easy
    F8 - fate
    GF - girlfriend
    GR8 - great
    HOLS - holidays
    HV - have
    I - I, it
    Its - it is
    KDS - kids
    L8 - late
    L8R - later
    M8 - mate
    NE1 - anyone
    PLS - please
    PS - parents
    QT - cutie
    R - are
    SIS - sister
    SKOOL - school
    SMMR - summer
    U - you
    WR - were
    A3 - anyplace, anytime, anywhere
    ASAP - as soon as possible
    B4N - Bye for now
    BAU - business as usual
    BRB - I'll be right back.
    BTW - by the way
    CUL - see you later
    CWOT - complete waste of time
    FTF - face to face
    FYI - for your information
    GMTA - great minds think alike
    HAND - have a nice day
    HRU - how are you
    ICBW - it could be worse
    IDTS - I don't think so
    IMHO - in my humble opinion
    IYKWIM - if you know what I mean
    JK - just kidding
    KOTC - kiss on the cheek
    LOL - laughing out loud
    LSKOL - long slow kiss on the lips
    LTNS - long time no see
    Luv U - I love you.
    Luv U2 - I love you too.
    MON - the middle of nowhere
    MTE - my thoughts exactly
    MU - I miss you.
    MUSM - I miss you so much.
    NP - no problem
    OIC - oh, I see
    PC&QT - peace and quiet
    PCM - please call me
    ROTFL - rolling on the floor laughing
    RUOK - are you ok?
    THNQ - thank you
    U4E - you forever
    UROK - you are okay
    WUCIWUG - what you see is what you get
    WYSIWYG - what you see is what you get
    XLNT - exellent

  • :-) smiling
    :-* kiss
    :-)) very happy
    :-0 shocked
    :") blushing
    :- :- deja vu
    (_x_) kiss my arse/butt
    <:3 )~ mouse

    :@) pig
    :’-) tears of laughter
    :-P stick tongue out
    :-(*) you make me sick
    x-( you are mad :-" whistling
    ;-) wink
    :-@ screaming
    O:-) saintly