em 02 de Abril de 2015
Confira alguns textos para interpretar em inglês:
- Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. December 25 – Christmas Day – has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870.
1.1 What is the definition of Christmas according to the text?/ Qual é a definição de Natal de acordo com o texto?
1.2 When did Christmas start?/ Quando o Natal surgiu?
1.3 Who is Jesus of Nazareth?/ Quem é Jesus de Nazaré?
1.4 What do popular customs include?/ Quais são os costumes populares?
1.5 Mark True or False/ Marque verdadeiro ou falso
a) Christmas is a only commercial phenomenon. ( )
b) Waiting for Santa Claus to arrive is a part of Christmas celebrations. ( )
c) Chistmas day is on December 25th. ( )
d) Jesus of Nazareth was a spiritual leader. ( )
1.6 Translate the words below into Portuguese/ Traduza as palavras abaixo para o português:
1.7 How do you say “Feliz Natal” in English?/ Como se diz “feliz natal” em inglês?
- Brazil may not have won the world cup but the Latin American country’s story of success is an “Economic World Cup Winner” according to CNN International.
Looking at the performance of the final 8 countries who made it through the group stages of the South Africa World Cup, CNN’s Quest Means Business primetime programme was keen to find out more about booming Brazil, one of the hot favourites predicted to win the title.
Seeking expert advice, CNN International visited the central London offices of Experience International where resident expert, Dale Anderson, himself an investor in Brazil, talked passionately about why Brazil is such an attractive investment.
Dale explained to viewers why Brazil provides investors a strong opportunity due to its strong economic growth, high volume of foreign direct investment, an abundance of natural resources, no restrictions on foreign ownership, freehold titles available and a clear and simple buying process. In addition the quick increase of the Brazilian middle-class with access to mortgages provides a great exit strategy for the future.
The World Cup Effect
Dale also remarked on how the World Cup, which was watched by millions of people around the world, has enabled South Africa to shine in a very positive light and now everyone will be looking to the next host nation – Brazil. He stated,
“The effect of the 2014 World Cup on Brazil will be significant with over 600,000 visitors expected, boosting GDP by nearly $30 million.”
Around $310 million has already been invested into the host cities which include Fortaleza, Recife and Natal in the up and coming north east according to the Ministry of Tourism for Brazil. The value of Land for sale in Brazil in this region are forecast to increase by up to twenty percent in the run up to the World Cup as demand for quality accommodation rises.
2.1 According to the text, can we say that Brazil is experiencing a period of increased economic growth? Explain./ De acordo com o texto, podemos afirmar que o Brasil está tendo um período de crescimento econômico maior?Justifique.
2.2 What is the best translation for “Talked passionately about why Brazil is such an attractive investment”?/ Qual a melhor tradução para “Talked passionately about why Brazil is such an attractive investment”?
2.3 The best translation for “primetime program” is:
a) Programa de auditório
b) Program de horário nobre
c) Programa semanal
- Add the words that were removed from the text/ Acrescente as palavras que foram retiradas do texto:
English – business – answer – everywhere – speakers – communicate – died – everybody – tongue – misunderstandings – world – common – from – tool – powerful – news – opinion – puzzle – global – roots – son
The English language is (1). The language of most of the Internet sites around the world is (2). We are using this language to write our articles on this site, even though I am positive that English is not the first language of (3) using this website. It is not my first language, I come (4) Finland. I learned English at school. It is the most widely studied language in the (5).
It is the language of media, medicine and (6). Computing uses English as does the international airtraffic control. But is the spread of this language a good thing or a bad one, is the spread of one such a (7) language a disadvantage or an advantage?
This is a difficult question to (8). Academics in the field of linguistics have tried to find the best solution for this (9) for decades now. One disadvantage which is often mentioned in this context is the fact that many languages have (10)because of the spread of English. Many still have lost a large number of (11) and are bound to be doomed in the near future. These are the disadvantages, and while they certainly seem gloomy, there are many advantages of having a(12) language.
Doctors, for instance, from around the world can (13) with each other while using one language. As a consequence of numerous people knowing this language there are less (14) which of course in medicine could be fatal. People from all corners of the world can communicate easier because they share a (15) language. Media can more easily tell us the most recent (16) from all over the world. People can use the Internet as a (17) for research, which means more people are being educated about different issues.
I am happy that my (18) will speak this wonderful language as his first language, I am sure that I will learn a lot from him when he enters school in the UK. However, I wish that my son would also be able to speak Finnish as this is my mother (19). It is important for a person’s identity to remember their (20), and language is a very integral part of one’s identity. Are people whose languages are being lost because of the dominance of the English language losing their identities then? As you can see, the question is a difficult one to answer, and in my (21) there is no right or wrong answer.