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SNEAK PREVIEW: FIVE UNCOMMONLY SERIOUS MISTAKES June 25, 2008

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The following 5 mistakes are not among the 20 most common, but they receive strong negative responses when committed. In other words, we don’t make these mistakes very often, but when we do, we cause strong negative reactions. Once again, use this section as a self-test. If you don’t make these mistakes, forget them. If you do, take steps to get rid of them.




1. Objective Case Pronouns Used as Subjects


Bad Swing: Her guru and her agreed that we are what we think.

Direct Hit: Her guru and she agreed that we are what we think.


2. Double Negatives


Bad Swing: One hard lesson for many to learn is that worry won’t hardly change the future.

Direct Hit: One hard lesson for many to learn is that worry will hardly change the future.


3. Failure to Capitalize Proper Names


Bad Swing: roger von oech, the president of creative think, has conducted workshops on creativity for american express, apple computer, procter and gamble, and the Japanese management association.


Direct Hit: Roger von Oech, the president of Creative Think, has conducted workshops n creativity for American Express, Apple Computer, Procter and Gamble and the Japanese Management Association.


4. Faulty Parallelism


Bad Swing: A good manager requires the ability to lead, the capacity to learn, and delegating.

Direct Hit: A good manager requires the ability to lead, the capacity to learn, and the willingness to delegate.


5. Subjective-Case Pronouns Used as Objects


Bad Swing: The senator’s use of double negatives surprised my students and I.

Direct Hit: The senator’s use of negatives surprised my students and me.

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June 21, 2008

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Welcome to Universal Studies & Planet Holiday

Universal Studies is a Linguistic Consultancy and Language Training Company founded by Miriam Magalhães in Jan 1999 and counting on 28 years of proven experience in this market.
Our company is dedicated to tailor-made language training, with specialized dynamics in several different areas, personalized for business people and children.

Our Mission is to turn the learning experience into something unique, personalized, interesting, fulfilling and fun. We teach, learn and share in a creative, enjoyable and effective environment.
We provide training courses and linguistic consulting services with excellence; always going beyond our clients´ expectations.

We rely on the following items to give us the cutting edge in the learning process:
– Teaching the language – ability to express your ideas
– Teaching about the language – grammar structures
– Teaching something through the language – general knowledge in the language (cultural aspects/interests)

NATURAL LEARNING PROCESS

UNIVERSAL STUDIES has taken on a truly formative task, bringing out the real skills of each and every student, helping everyone to overcome future obstacles, in day-to-day professional and social life.

Through the use of Neurolinguistics and other techniques involving neuroassociations, such as Mind Mapping©, we ensure that our students will learn the new language naturally, not only for understanding but also for conversation, reading and writing.

WHAT KIND OF CLIENT ARE YOU?

To better meet our clients’ needs, we are divided into two parts:

Planet Holiday is fully dedicated to the teaching of languages to children and teenagers.
We believe that our children and teenagers are the professional people of the future.

Universal Studies is the division of the company that works on the implementation of language training programs, together with the HR Departments of companies, for the benefit of their executives and other employees.

We strive to promote the development of untapped skills in the individual, providing our students much more than just a simple learning process.

Pay us a visit and you will certainly become ONE OF US!
Universal Studies & Planet Holiday
www.universalstudies.com.br / www.planetholiday.com.br Av. Cidade Jardim, 427 conjuntos 13 & 14 Fone/Fax:11 3078-5311 planetuniversal@uol.com.br

LIFT YOUR SPIRIT June 21, 2008

Posted by universalstudies in News by Miriam Magalhães.
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LIFT YOUR SPIRIT
(By Miriam Magalhães)

SET A SPECIFIC POWER GOAL

MOST PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT THE REASON THEY’RE NOT GETTING WHAT THEY WANT IN LIFE IS BECAUSE THEIR GOALS ARE TOO SMALL.
AND TOO VAGUE.
AND THEREFOREHAVE NO POWER !
YOUR GOALS WILL NEVER BE REACHED IF THEY FAIL TO EXCITE YOUR IMAGINATION.


WHAT REALLY EXCITES THE IMAGINATION IS THE SETTING OF A LARGE AND SPECIFIC POWER GOAL .
USUALLY, A GOAL IS JUST A GOAL. BUT A POWER GOAL IS A GOAL THAT TAKES ON A HUGE REALITY.
IT LIVES AND BREATHES. IT PROVIDES MOTIVATIONAL ENERGY. IT GETS YOU IN THE MORNING. YOU CAN TASTE IT, SMELL IT, AND FEEL IT.

YOU´VE GOT IT CLEARLY PICTURED IN YOUR MIND.

YOU´VE GOT IT WRITTEN DOWN.

AND YOU LOVE WRITING IT DOWN BECAUSE EVERY TIME
YOU DO IT FILLS YOU WITH CLARITY OF PURPOSE.
WALT DISNEY LEFT US MANY GREAT THINGS:

DISNEYLAND, WALT DISNEY WORLD, GREAT ANIMATED FILMS, ETC…

BUT WHAT I BELIEVE WAS HIS GREATEST GIFT WAS THE SUMMING UP HE DID OF HIS LIFE´S WORK:

IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN DO IT” HE SAID.

A POWER GOAL IS A DREAM WITH DEADLINE.

THE DEADLINE ITSELF MOTIVATES YOU.
PEOPLE WHO HAVE CREATED POWER GOALS START LIVING ON PURPOSE. THEY KNOW WHAT THEY´RE UP TO IN LIFE.

HOW CAN YOU TELL IF YOU´VE GOT A BIG ENOUGH AND REAL ENOUGH POWER GOAL?

SIMPLY OBSERVE THE EFFECT, YOUR GOAL HAS ON YOU.

IT´S NOT WHAT A GOAL IS THAT MATTERS.
IT´S WHAT A GOAL DOES.

WHAT´S ON? June 21, 2008

Posted by universalstudies in News by Leonardo Magalhães.
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WHAT’S ON?
(by Leonardo Magalhães) In the world since film acting began, important festivals were organized to show the true dedication of the actors’ work. The super productions of movies really illustrate the hard team work and the creativity in order to make the audience enjoy and take a journey throughout the story.
The Cannes Festival and the Academy Award are genuinely respected. They view the beauty of acting, directing, producing, writing, etc.

They both do have the red carpet and lights shining at the enormous stage where the nomination occurs. The nominees are all winners and all movies represent a well done job. Delectable people applause whether they are in the ceremony or watching TV. These events are held once a year and establish a powerful sign of artistic passion.

The Oscars are planned in February and the Cannes in May; at the moment, the Brazilian actress, Sandra Corveloni, has just won the prize for best actress in the movie, “Linha de passe” by Walter Salles. Furthermore, the great story of José Saramago comes to the big theater directed by Fernando Meirelles; “Blindness” opens the Cannes Festival. Although Fernando thought it was awkward to open Cannes with such a strong movie, there was enthusiasm and dominated the theme of suspense and thriller. The movie is very polemical and describes human nature revealing that people can see but they are blind by their own flaws.

Overall, artistic events are significant as they congratulate many artists.
It is simply an act of celebration.

Grammar Hints June 20, 2008

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