sexta-feira, 30 de março de 2007

butter II

So she bought a bit of butter,
better than her bitter butter,
and she baked it in her batter,
and the batter was not bitter.
So 'twas better Betty Botter
bought a bit of better butter.

bought = compra
butter = manteiga
baked = cozido

Butter I

Este é de New York

Betty Botter had some butter,
"But," she said, "this butter's bitter.
If I bake this bitter butter,
it would make my batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter,
that would make my batter better."

butter = manteiga
bitter = Amargo
bake = Assar
make = Fazer
bit = um pouco


Red lorry, yellow lorry, red lorry, yellow lorry.

lorry = caminhão

A skunk

A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk,
but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.

skunk = jaritataca
sat = sentou
stump = toco
stunk = fedor

A box of biscuits

A box of biscuits, a batch of mixed biscuits.

Box = Caixa
batch = fornada
mixed = misturado

Tongue Twister

Além de muito engraçado, são ótimos para aprendermos e treinarmos. Vou postar vários deles aqui!
Tentem ler em voz alta esse ai!

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

picked = Escolheu
peck = Pedaço, Bicada
pickled = Conservado, em conserva
peppers = Pimenta

quinta-feira, 29 de março de 2007

The Carnival of Craziness

Aaaaaaaaaand...The Carnival of Craziness BEGINS!

Ooops, that sounded horrible!

OK - here's another try!

Folks! People! Aliens! The Carnival of Craziness is up and running!

Oh No! This is worse!

Well, Maybe I'd better put in a nice old-fashioned, warm, and traditional introductory line...


(Now don't you dare tell me that sounds bad!!)

And so this carnival has started off with a Big Bang (yeah, I know it sounds familiar, but so what?), and the First Category, which the horribly biased King of Clowns has put first as he likes it the most (hee hee hee, do I love feeding my ego!) is:

Simply Crazy

Friday's Child, the world-famous and incredibly popular bloger(ess) has provided us with a view of something astounding in the form of her 19th Wordless Wednesday- I'm NOT going to tell you - go check it out yourself :-D Something Creepy!!!! (WW#19) posted at Friday's Child

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Wine Tasting Robots, Oh My! posted at Mad Kane's Humor Blog

Note to Madeline: I know you submitted two articles, but they were both from, so I couldn't put both of them as it would have been terribly unfair to the other participants. But you can submit the left-out article for the next Carnival!

Al Nye has given a marvellous submission - Oh!! Its great!! Gotta Go Briefcase posted at Al Nye The

Lawyer Guy

Andrew Ho gives an informative-yet-funny post on his face getting 'Celebritized' - Your Face Celbritized posted at The Daily Blog with Andrew Ho

And Now comes the Second Category for crazy bloggers to shine in -

Crazily Personal

aarish has narrated a pesonal experience, which I personally found rather funny - Wanna have a fag??!!! posted at KiNDa WEIrd!!

Bill Oates presents a funny set of personal experiences - A Few Quick Things posted at The West Virginia Surf Report!

Stephanie has also narrated a very interesting personal experience, and very well written it is too! CRASH! from Adventures in the 100 Acre Wood

Toby Boyce has given a passionate, emotional post on What is Wrong With People? through Sadie's Take

And as for the Third Category, which His Craziness has decided to refer to as


CrimsonFlaw contributes three posts to The Carnival of Craziness, and here they are:

A lovely poem by him: Two of Me

Another poem by him: Weatherman

And yet another poem by him - Vulture

Sarakastic has submitted a fantastically funny letter to spammers from Fibromyalgia Experiment

Michelle uses this Carnival for presenting a full-blown chance for all bloggers to win a few prizes by writing poetry! - Aridni’s Poetry Contest: Mixing Business with poetry posted at Aridni

The fourth, and another category greatly loved by His Craziness (see, I told you I'm not biased, I've put this 4th!!) is

Crazy Hilarity

- where the posts are so good that a number of them have got the badge of honour.

msquared from Wasting Time provides us with this crazy video of two people in giant dog costumes making out in a park - Time Wasting Video of Week Dogs Day Out

bobbarama has given this absolutely delightful interview with a pelican with the heading of Soaring into uncharted waters posted at

Robinson Go has submitted a must-read for EVERYBODY. The World's Funniest Joke from Robinson-GoEnjoy! HA HA HA!

Arun presents a simply hilarious post, it had me roling around holding my sides - The "Do Not Touch" List posted at Arun is bringing you...Your Daily Remedy

MerapuMan, an absolute gentleman, invited me to choose any one of his posts as most were crazy, and I couldn't agree more with him - so here is my personal favourite - The Best
Ways to Stay Unemployed
from Lawak-Jokes-Weirdstuff(Thanks for the choice, MerapuMan)

Mister Juggles gives a short little post -
Crazy Person or Bluetooth Headset? The Home Game from his blog - Long or Short Capital

Michelle Mitchell has submitted a marvellous post on Green Beany Goodness from scribbit

Mr Daniel Thomson, an incredibly popular blogger (and an extremely intelligent one too), owns his own blogging empire and has a large number of blogs, which I hope you're now going to find out about. He has submitted a number of posts for this carnival, and here's one of them!

A Funny-Yet-Educational post on hilarious Musical Instrument Names

The Fifth Category is of


Avant News has enlightened us with this interesting report of
Californian Scientists Mapping God Genome from the famous blog - Avant News

Aspeth gives some interesting information on
What is the Most Attended Event in the World? posted at

Michael Fowke makes us aware of an important even that took place regarding Scarecrow World through

Scarecrow World posted at Money is the way

Anja Merret presents Britney Spears famous locks posted at

anja merret

The Sixth Category is of the

Incredibly Intelligent

Some more by Daniel Thomson...

The famous question of Infinity Plus Infinity

In his famous video blog, he has given a documentary of Fermat's Last Theorm, an intriquing problem that has been plaguing mathematicians since DAY 1.

Kid Various gives a short but to-the-point post with the attention-catching title - That's It. Society Has Officially Collapsed posted at The Idiom

Mr. Besilly has opined on Bumper Stickers, and I couldn't agree more with him, as this is something I hate with a passion, so read on - Bumper Stickers: Creating Eye Pollution posted at Mr. Besilly - One Man's highway

And the last (but not the least)category is -

Generally Interesting!

And yet a few more by Daniel Thomson...

A detailed study in Fifteen Tone Equal Temperament for Bells All Bell-Lovers, you're invited!!

And he has given a video of
Two Gamalan Transcriptions for Piano

Kilroy_60 (the first name I've come across with a number in it) (sorry, couldn't resist :-D) has submitted a true story with a "GONZO" enhancement (figure out what that means yourself!!) What Happens When Warning Sirens Sound At the Nuclear Plant Nearest To You? posted at Fear And Loathing - The Gonzo Papers

Praveen has given an informative post - Video Game Sweat Shops from his blog My Simple Trading System

Shamelle presents a sweet post on the Top 5 Reasons Why The Voices Inside Your Head Talk Only To You at Enhance Life

Rajesh.P.I submitted a dialogue between a newspaper reportes and a citizen of India (who is also the author of this blog) - The Whines of India posted at Living Out of a Suitcase

LolaLondon presents a true story - a tale of high-weirdness, big love, cyber-crime and the mutual insane obsession of two people that never even met.
1. Tell me a story, Jackanory... posted at L'undone

And that's the end of this carnival! I don't wan't to give a grand long speech like a grand old Senator, but all I'll

say is that this Carnival was theexperience of a lifetime, and I thank everybody who participated for giving me

so much happiness.

Now, back to work - the NEXT Carnival shall be hosted on this very blog, and I've named it - The Carnival of Craziness 2nd edition. It's just the same as this Carnival, please submit any weird...amazing...CRAZY(of course!!)..or just anything you liked for this Carnival! Use the Carnival Form on Blog Carnival!

Thanks a lot, people!

I've had a simply great time!! I hope you have it too!

Fonte :

Weights and measures

É muito comum, principalmente nos Estados Unidos, o uso do sistema imperial de pesos e medidas que difere consideravelmente do sistema métrico decimal. Assim, caso você precise fazer alguma conversão, abaixo seguem as principais medidas:

1 inch (polegada) = 2.54cm

1 yard (jarda) = 0.9144m

1 mile (milha) = 1.609km

1 foot (pé) = ± 30cm

1 ounce (onça) = 28.35g

C° « F° = Tc/5=Tf-32/9

1 pound (libra) = 0.4536kg

1 pint ( - ) = 0.5683 dcm3

1 gallon (galão) = 4.546 (BrE)/ 3.785 (AmE) dcm3


Abaixo está a relação dos números cardinais e ordinais em inglês. Compare:



1 One

1o First

2 Two

2o Second

3 Three

3o Third

4 Four

4o Fourth

5 Five

5o Fifth

6 Six

6o Sixth

7 Seven

7o Seventh

8 Eight

8o Eighth

9 Nine

9o Ninth

10 Tem

10o Tenth

11 Eleven

11o Eleventh

12 Twelve

12o Twelfth

13 Thirteen

13o Thirteenth

14 Fourteen

14o Fourteenth

15 Fifteen

15o Fifteenth

16 Sixteen

16o Sixteenth

17 Seventeen

17o Seventeenth

18 Eighteen

18o Eighteenth

19 Nineteen

19o Nineteenth

20 Twenty

20o Twentieth

21 Twenty-one

21o Twenty-first

22 Twenty-two

22o Twenty-second

30 Thirty

30o Thirtieth

40 Forty

40o Fortieth

50 Fifty

50o Fiftieth

60 Sixty

60o Sixtieth

70 Seventy

70o Seventieth

80 Eighty

80o Eightieth

90 Ninety

90o Ninetieth

100 One (A) Hundred

100o One hundredth

101 One Hundred one

101o One hundred-first

200 Two Hundred

200o Two hundredth

300 Three Hundred

300o Three hundredth

1,000 One (A) Thousand

1,000o One thousandth

1,000,000 One Million

1,000,000 One millionth

1,000,000,000 One Billion

1,000,000,000 One billionth

Percebe-se facilmente que os números ordinais são formados com o acréscimo do sufixo th. No entanto, tome cuidado pois alguns números mudam a grafia: twelfth, ninth.

Word order

O inglês é muito mais rígido que o português quando o assunto é a ordem de colocação das palavras na sentença. Por isso, preste muita atenção às seguintes características:

1. Numa sentença afirmativa, em inglês, a ordem natural é sujeito + verbo + complementos. Nas interrogativas os pronomes interrogativos vêm antes dos verbos auxiliares e estes vêm antes do sujeito; nas negativas os verbos auxiliares vão depois dele:

What do you like?

Do you like pizza?

I like pizza.

I don’t like pizza.

2. As posições para os advérbios são: I. antes do verbo. II. No final da frase. III. No começo da frase. Isso sempre vai depender de suas características:

It often snows at Christmas in Russia.

Authorized personnel only.

Sometimes I think I’m crazy.

3. Os adjetivos, salvo raras exceções, precedem os substantivos a que se referem:

That yellow ball is ours.

Have you seen my lovely cat?

4. No inglês informal e em certas estruturas, as preposições vêm no final da frase:

Who were you talking to?

She’s just been operated on.

5. Quando houver phrasal verbs, os pronomes objetos devem vir entre o verbo e a preposição. Com os substantivos duas posições são possíveis:

Turn down the radio. ou Turn the radio down.

Turn it down.

6. Objetos diretos e indiretos vão após o verbo. Quando o verbo puder ser seguido pelos dois (give, send, por exemplo) duas ordens de colocação são possíveis:

I love my car!

He’ll never approve of our relationship.

Give that book to me! Ou Give me that book.

7. Às vezes colocamos o verbo antes do sujeito em frases que não são interrogativas para dar ênfase, ou em poesia:

Here comes the sun...

Observações (Direct and Indirect Speech)

1. O verbo say é usado tanto no discurso direto quanto no indireto e pede a preposição to quando acompanha o objeto indireto. O verbo tell é usado apenas no discurso indireto, sem preposição.

2. A conjunção that é opcional.

Outras mudanças

Discurso Direto

Discurso Indireto






That day


The next day (the following day)


The day before (the previous day)

Last week

The week before





3. As perguntas indiretas têm estrutura afirmativa aparecendo com verbos como ask, know, wonder, tell, want to know:

The boss wants to know where the files are.

Could you tell me where I can take a taxi?

Mom’s asking if you’ve got a pencil.

Direct and Indirect Speech

No discurso direto, nós temos as palavras exatamente como são ditas pela pessoa que fala e geralmente indicadas entre aspas ou travessão. No discurso indireto, quando relatamos as palavras ditas por alguém, mantemos o mesmo significado, mas com uma forma diferente. Say e tell são os verbos usados nesse tipo de estrutura. Veja nas tabelas a seguir as principais mudanças a serem feitas para converter o discurso direto em indireto:

Mudança nos tempos verbais

Discurso direto

Discurso Indireto

Simple Present

Simple Past

Present Continuous

Past Continuous

Simple Past

Past Perfect

Present Perfect

Past Perfect

Simple Future

Simple Conditional

Simple Conditional

Conditional Perfect





Past Continuous

Past Continuous

Past Perfect

Past Perfect










Ringo said, “I study hard to pass my exams”.

Ringo said he studied hard to pass his exams.

Anthony said “I am going downtown now”.

Anthony said he was going downtown then.

Emilia said “I didn’t buy that dog!”

Emilia said she hadn’t bought that dog.

I said “I have lived here for ages”.

I said I had lived there for ages.

The boys said to his friends “we’ll win the match!”

The boys told his friends that they would win the match.

I said to my girlfriend “love can tear us apart”.

I told my girlfriend that love could tear us apart.

Observações (Passive Voice)

1. Verbos com dois objetos podem ter duas construções na passiva:

They asked me many questions.

A) I was asked many questions.
B) Many questions were asked to me.

2. Em português não se faz voz passiva com verbos transitivos indiretos. Em inglês, porém, isso é bastante comum:

Someone is shooting at him.  He’s been shot at.
The manager called off the meeting.  The meeting was called off.

3. Muitas frases em inglês começam com sujeito indeterminado (Dizem que...; espera-se que...; acredita-se que...) especialmente com verbos como say, think, know, expect, believe, report, hope, presume, prove, understand, consider, etc. Quando isso acontecer, teremos duas formas na passiva:

(Voz ativa) They believe that the old castle is haunted.
(Voz passiva) 1. It is believed that the old castle is haunted.
2. The old castle is believed to be haunted.

No primeiro caso o pronome It será o sujeito da passiva.
No segundo caso o sujeito da oração subordinada será o sujeito da voz passiva. O verbo da oração subordinada passa para o infinitivo com “to” ou para o infinitivo perfeito (to have + past. part.). O infinitivo perfeito é usado quando o tempo do verbo da oração subordinada for anterior ao tempo do verbo da oração principal:

People say that he had too many enemies.
He is said to have had too many enemies.

Passive Voice

Usamos a voz passiva em inglês quando destacamos a ação do verbo em si, o objeto que recebe a ação. A pessoa que praticou a ação – o agente – fica em segundo plano e freqüentemente não é mencionado. Prefere-se a voz passiva, por exemplo, na linguagem impessoal, quando não interessa o agente ou ele é indefinido, ou desconhecido, ou óbvio. A voz passiva é formada em inglês com o auxiliar to be + past. participle do verbo principal. Veja a tabela abaixo:

Tempo verbal

Voz ativa

Voz passiva

Simple present


Is/are taken

Simple past


Was/were taken

Present Continuous

Am/is/are taking

Am/is/are being taken

Past continuous

Was/were taking

Was/were being taken

Simple Future

Will take

Will be taken

Simple conditional

Would take

Would be taken

Present perfect

Have/has taken

Have/has been taken

Past perfect

Had taken

Had been taken

Modal auxiliary




Voz ativa

Voz passiva

My father is a builder. He builds the house.

The house is built (by my father).

My father built the house.

The house was built.

My father is building the house.

The house is being built.

My father was building the house.

The house was being built.

My father will build the house.

The house will be built.

My father would build the house.

The house would be built.

My father has built the house.

The house has been built.

My father had built the house.

The house had been built.

My father could build the house.

The house could be built.

Compare estes outros exemplos:

Somebody cleans this room everyday.
This room is cleaned everyday.

Martin washed his car yesterday.
His car was washed yesterday.

The maid will do the dishes later.
The dishes will be done later.

The room looks nice. Somebody has put it away.
It has been put away.

The room looked nice. Somebody had put it away.
It had been put away.

She is making a cornmeal cake now.
The cornmeal cake is being made now.

She was making the cornmeal cake when I arrived.
The cornmeal cake was being made when I arrived.