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LIFT YOUR SPIRIT March 16, 2009

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(by Miriam Magalhães)

The Three Bricklayers

A story that well summarizes the power of Vision, is the story of three bricklayers. The story goes, that three bricklayers were working side by side. 

When asked, “What are you doing?”, the first bricklayer replied:

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The second bricklayer was asked. He answered, 

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The third bricklayer when asked the question, “What are you doing?”, responded, 

I’m building a cathedral.”

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The question is, are you trying to reach your goals in your business with bricklayers or cathedral builders?A vision is really like a magnet. It draws people toward it.
The vision takes them from the past and commits them to the future.

Vision is our internal compass —
working on your business
…not just in your business.

“Vision without action is merely a dream;
Action without vision just passes the time.
Vision with action can change the world.”
~ Joel Barker This story clearly reveals two secrets of success:

1. Attitude
Your attitude towards whatever you are doing determines your ultimate level of success.

2. Ability to See the Bigger Picture
Being able to see the end result, rather than just the task, eliminates obstacles, focuses your energy, and provides motivation to excel.

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WHAT’S ON? March 16, 2009

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(by Leonardo Magalhães)

clip_image002Road to the Oscars

When you turn your TV on to watch live the one and only, the ‘Oscars’, you get involved with the most praised and respected film academy on Earth; the most fantastic, artistic, creative ceremony ever created, shortly after a dinner at the Crystal Ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. A discussion was held during that dinner thinking of ways to reward outstanding performances and motion pictures, as an honour for the Art of Interpretation, as well as the Art of Film and Production. At this moment, the birth of the Academy Awards was revealed to the world.

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Last year saw a glut of highly valued films including ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, where Brad Pitt plays the part of a man who was born old with the mentality of a child, who gets younger, rather than older, over time. This is a story that portrays the beauty of life and shows how love and joy can highlight the power of the soul. Precious as life is, we must treat every second with worthiness and passion. Brad Pitt has done a superb job, undoubtedly a profound research of human experience mixed with elements of imagination together with real life. This was the film to have received the second highest number of Oscar nominations, a total of 13.

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Other films won over the excitement of the audience, by thrill or entertainment, but nothing was more breathtaking than ‘The Dark Knight’, brought back from the comic books with Batman confronting a fearsome joker laughing his head out to chaos. Heath Ledger stunningly shocked millions by his great character development transforming into the Joker.

In 2009, the glory of the 81st Annual Academy Awards begins with a different theatre design, and Hugh Jackman as the master of ceremonies representing all motion pictures singing and dancing. His performance was an extremely well-deserved Oscar as he impressed everyone with his show.

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There were triumphant winners like Penélope Cruz who firmly deserved her Oscar for a fantastic unique original interpretation of Maria Elena in “Vicky Christina Barcelona”; she won the Oscar for best supporting actress. The Best Actress award went to Kate Winslet, won with admiration for her marvellous work in “The Reader”. A posthumous Best Supporting Actor award went to Heath Ledger for his vivid creation of the terrifying joker, while Sean Penn was chosen as Best Actor for his part as Harvey Milk; this was a brilliant interpretation of a remarkable politician who implemented change and brought hope to millions. Last but definitely not least, for Best Picture the winner was ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ which had a strong ensemble work showing heartful values and which was, all in all, a very well produced film.

Furthermore, what was even more fascinating and touching was the way in which five Oscar-winning Actors and Actresses would walk on stage to congratulate all the nominees for every award. This showed dignity and also respect for the work or each and every person there present. Thus, the ceremony became special in its own way.

Inspiring and victorious feelings are evoked by all hard working actors, musicians, script writers, directors, producers, etc. Even being sincerely nominated for an Oscar is a true dream come true, and if this leads to becoming an Oscar winner, then this is sheer glory.

All had an outstanding performance. With confidence and light, the Actresses and Actors stepped into the theatre hall in much the same way that the Pope walks through the balcony of Saint Peter’s Cathedral.

LETTER TO READERS March 9, 2009

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Dear all,

Yes, the year has just begun. At least for us, brazillians, who spend an entire year longing for Carnival. This 4-day holiday in which people forget themselves to go after fun, entertainment and pleasure.

Carnival revellers go out in costumes or not, drink loads or not, dance lots or not, party loads or not.

If you definitely belong to the “or not” group, I feel your pain. It is a 4-day eternity that may be spent before a wonderful blue sea, feeling the breeze blowing and thinking of “the unknown” that is to come.

This is vital to humans who strive to have a better life, a healthier routine and more sensible thoughts. Recycling is necessary.

Even because after it is all gone, there is the Ash Wednesday to prove that things remain the same and everything that will come soon will depend on how well you planned your life and managed your will.

Self-control is what it takes to longevity.

                                           Happy (New) Year!

                                                                                                        Priscila Raposo

MEANINGFUL WORDS March 9, 2009

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“The things you own end up owning you.”

Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996
US writer (1962 – )

DATES IN JANUARY / FEBRUARY March 9, 2009

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April Fool’s Day

April 1st

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April Fools’ Day or All Fools’ Day, although not a holiday in its own right, is a notable day celebrated in many countries on April 1. The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, enemies, and neighbors, or sending them on fool’s errand, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible. Traditionally, in some countries, the jokes only last until noon: someone who plays a trick after noon is called an “April Fool”. Elsewhere, such as in Ireland or France, the jokes last all day.

Easter

April 10th

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Here in the US it is popular for the family to dress up in their best clothes on Easter and go to church. After church children decorate and color eggs. There are special dyes sold for coloring the Easter eggs. Each child receives an Easter basket and is told that the Easter Bunny brought the basket as a gift. The Easter basket is filled with chocolate eggs and Bunnies and small toys. The family has a big meal, like at a family reunion. All the grandparents, aunts and uncles and sometimes out of town relatives travel to go to the Easter celebration. After the meal, the children have an Easter Egg Hunt. The eggs that they had colored are hidden in the garden, and they search for them. The one who finds the most, is the winner.

                      How do you celebrate in your country?

HAvE YOU HEARD OF THE NEWS? March 9, 2009

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Barbie’s turning 50

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Barbie, the classic Mattel doll, turns 50 on March 9. Generations of girls have cherished the beloved doll, who has modeled countless looks and had more than 100 careers.
If you’re a Barbie fan, we want to hear from you. Do you have a favorite doll or have you amassed a large collection? Do your children play with Barbie dolls?

 

 

 

Clean living way to beat cancer

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Over 40% of breast and bowel cancer cases in rich countries are preventable through diet, physical activity and weight control alone, experts say.

Simple measures like cycling to work and swapping fatty foods for fruit can make all the difference for these and many other cancers, they say.

Globally, each year there are millions of these preventable cancer cases, the World Cancer Research Fund estimates.

Its report makes recommendations for “clean living” policies.

According to the report, about a third of the 12 most common cancers in high-income countries and about a quarter in lower income countries could be prevented through diet, exercise and weight control.

This includes cancers of the throat, lung and bowel.

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Professor Mike Richards
National Clinical Director for Cancer

CULTURE CORNER March 9, 2009

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(by Priscila Raposo)

Saint Patrick’s Day

March 17th

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The History of the Holiday

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years.

On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink, and feast—on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

 

Wearing of the Green Goes Global

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Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by people of all backgrounds in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Although North America is home to the largest productions, St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in other locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore, and Russia.

In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has traditionally been a religious occasion. In fact, up until the 1970s, Irish laws mandated that pubs be closed on March 17. Beginning in 1995, however, the Irish government began a national campaign to use St. Patrick’s Day as an opportunity to drive tourism and showcase Ireland to the rest of the world. Last year, close to one million people took part in Ireland ‘s St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions, and fireworks shows.

Who Was St. Patrick?

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St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. But for all his celebrity, his life remains somewhat of a mystery. Many of the stories traditionally associated with St. Patrick, including the famous account of his banishing all the snakes from Ireland, are false, the products of hundreds of years of exaggerated storytelling.

Symbols and Traditions

The Shamrock

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The shamrock, which was also called the “seamroy” by the Celts, was a sacred plant in ancient Ireland because it symbolized the rebirth of spring. By the seventeenth century, the shamrock had become a symbol of emerging Irish nationalism. As the English began to seize Irish land and make laws against the use of the Irish language and the practice of Catholicism, many Irish began to wear the shamrock as a symbol of their pride in their heritage and their displeasure with English

GRAMMAR LIFTING March 9, 2009

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(by Ecleia Fernandes/ Barbie)

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clip_image008Five Top Tips for Learning English

             as a Foreign or Second Language

 

While there are almost as many combinations of ways to learn English as there are English language learners, one thing is for sure. That is that no single method or combination of techniques or methods is “best” for everybody. With that said, I’d like to offer you these top five tips for learning English as a foreign or second language.

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If you’re trying to learn English while still living in a non-English speaking country or foreign environment, you’re already a bit “handicapped”. You need to try to surround and immerse yourself in English as often and as much as possible through music, TV, radio, videos, friends and whatever else you can.

2. Talk with other English speakers

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Where are the English-speakers where you live? Where might English-speaking ex-pats “hang out”? Where ever and whenever you can seek out English speakers and engage them in conversations. Loin clubs, organizations or attend meeting and social gatherings where English speakers congregate or might be found.

3. Practice in some way each and every day

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However you can manage to do it, you absolutely MUST practice everyday. You can easily use a wide variety of methods to accomplish this. Watch a video or television program in English. Listen to music on the radio, talk shows or news in English too. You can chat with an English speaker, native or not. Read the news, sports results or celebrity gossip online in English. Slide into an English language chat room or forum of interest to you, in English, of course.

4. Develop a Taste for the Culture

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It’s almost impossible to separate language from culture, so use it to deepen your knowledge, skills and understanding of the English language. Do you know how to play baseball? How about hockey or Cricket? Well then, how’s your knowledge of Lacrosse, American football or even basketball for that matter? Are you familiar with regional foods of the USA, Canada, the UK or Australia and New Zealand? Boning up on the culture will invariably get you to learn more English in context using content-based learning.

5. Don’t Emphasize Just One Skill

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Contrary to what some schools, institutes and English language teachers advise, I don’t recommend “focusing on one particular” English language skill. When you practice speaking or reading aloud, your listening comprehension skills improve. If you listen and repeat a spoken discourse selection, your speech in English will also improve – sometimes dramatically in a relatively short time. Reading will improve writing skills and writing practice will aid your reading comprehension abilities.

ENGLISH 4 FUN March 9, 2009

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(by Zeek)

I was really surprised when I walked into a Walmart near my house on a February morning and there they were: thousands of Easter Eggs on the shelves. Therefore, Happy Easter to all of you.

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Q. What do you call a rabbit who tells jokes?

A. A funny bunny

Q. How do you know carrots are good for your eyes?

A. Have you ever seen a rabbit with glasses?

Q. How can you tell which rabbits are the oldest in a group?

A. Just look for the gray hares.

Q. How are rabbits like calculators?

A. They both multiply really fast.

Q. How many hairs in a rabbit’s tail?

A. None, they’re all on the outside.

Q. What does the Easter Rabbit get for making a basket?

A. Two points just like everybody!

Q. What do you call a rabbit with fleas?

A. Bugs Bunny

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LET’S GET FLUENT? March 9, 2009

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(by Amoretinha)

Translating is a very difficult task, not only because sometimes you do not have a word in one language that really defines that specific word from the other language, but also because one word in English, for example, might have several different meanings in Portuguese (and vice versa) depending on the context.

The other day during class a student asked me “Dani, how can I say audiência?”; well dear students, it all depends on what you mean, if you mean the people that are watching a TV show, for example, then you certainly have to say “audience

The audience began clapping and cheering

However, if you mean “sessão de tribunal em que testemunhas são ouvidas”, then you definitely have to say “court hearing” or “court session”.

N.J. man finally gets to see his son in Brazil; the reunion comes ahead of another court hearing in the custody case

IBOPE, on the other hand, is an acronym that stands for “Instituto Brasileiro de Opinião Pública”, and therefore cannot be translated, we may, however, say “audience ratings” or only “ratings”.

Last October, 7.5 million people tuned in to the second-season finale of “Flavor of Love” to give VH1 its biggest audience ever and adding to the channel’s ratings recovery after its overdose of the “Behind the Music” bio series.

Now, if you want to use this word as your personal IBOPE, you can use the words “prestige”, “status”, “high reputation”, “respect” and so on…

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