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LANGUAGE PILLS

UNIT 1

TO GET BY means to be minimally capable surviving

TRACEUR is a man who does parkour.

TRACEURESE is a woman who practices parkour.

SKILLS are things we learn, while ABILITIES are things we are born with.

If you HAVE A KNACK for something, this means you have a natural talent for a kind of activity.

TO BE UP TO THE CHALLENGE means to be able to do what isrequested.

UNIT 2

An ASSET is a valuable or useful quality.

TO GIVE IT A GO means to make an attempt at something. (..and say whether or not you are convinced to give it a go. Justify your opinion)

TO MAKE UP ONE’S MIND means to reach a decision or conclusion.

In informal conversation a psychologist or a psychiatrist may be referred to as a SHRINK.

TO DRAW THE LINE means to set alimit. (What do you believe makes people want to use body modifiers? Where should the line be draw?)

UNIT 3

Something is BIASED when it is not impartial. (…the news in general frequently serves someone’s interest and is therefore biased.)

TO UNVEIL is the same as to uncover, to make visible (Unveil the hidden interests.)

A CLAUSE is any group of words containing a subject and a verb.A HOAX is a big deception to convince a person of something that is not true. (The real McCartney died in a the summer of 1966)

UNIT 4

If you are SKEPTICAL about something, it means you don’t believe it to be true or possible ( in a travel…Roger is a bit skeptical about the whole thing).

When a person (or a thing) STICKS OUT LIKE A SORE THUMB, he/she (or it) is clearly and obviouslydifferent from everything around it. They are separate from the people and the places thay they visit (…tourists STICKS OUT LIKE A SORE THUMB or a sunburned nose/ turistas se destaca como uma ferida polegar ou um nariz sunburned)

Another less frequent example of paired conjunction is NEITHER….NOR. We use it to indicate that neither of the two existing options is true or possible. Look at thisexample: (This hostel is neither cheap nor comfortable. Let’s look for another place.)

UNIT 5

To MAKE IT also means to be successful.

The word OVERSEAS is normally used to refer to a distant country.

(What does it take to make it overseas?)

TO TALK SOME SENSE INTO SOMEBODY means to make this person think logically by offering him/her a rational point of view. (Your friend is a bigdreamer, and he/she doesn’t really think ahead before making a decision. Listen to his/her latest “great idea” and talk some sense into him/her)

If something GOES DOWN THE DRAIN, it means it’s completely lost.

UNIT 6

A BREAKTHROUGH is an accomplishment, a success after overcoming difficulties.

TO HAVE A CRUSH AN SOMEBODY means to have romantic feelings and/or intentions towards thatperson.

TO FEEL BLUE means to be sad, melancholic.

GRAMMAR TALK

UNIT 1

MODAL VERBS

CAN

CAN’T

MIGHT

MUST

COULD

INTER 1 – UNIT 6 SHOULD – use should + infinitive to ask for and give advice (dar conselhos)

You should know that it’s not going to be easy.

Should you know that it’s not going to be easy?

You shouldn’t know that it’s not going to be easy.

REVIEWBASIC I

START UNIT

INDEFINITIVE ARTICLES

A – before words beginning with a consonant sound

Can you lend me a pencil, please?

PAY ATTENTION

Consonants words beginning with the /j:/ (iáh) sounds before them (antes deles). For example:

A university student

A yo-yo

A yard

A Europan country

AN – before words beginning with a vowel sounds.

Can you lend me an eraser,please?

UNIT 1

DEMONSTRATIVE PRONOUN “THIS”

We can use the demonstrative pronoun THIS to introduce a person.

THIS is my friend Tom

Beth, THIS is my girlfriend Lisa. Nice to meet you, Lisa. Nice to meet you too, Beth.

PAY ATTENTION

THIS is used in the singular.

THIS is Mrs. John

We can use THESE in the plural

THESE are Mr. and Mrs. Sellen. They are good friends for mine....
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