Here are two time expressions which are similar but not the same: We’re having a break AT PRESENT They should be arriving PRESENTLY In sentence (1), we are on break at the moment while in sentence (2), they should soon be here. Therefore, AT PRESENT means now / at the moment but PRESENTLY means soon / in a […]

“Oval” was the word she needed but instead she charmingly described it as “a straight circle”, which of course brought a smile to my face. In such a situation, she could have said that …

A number with no value and yet the word ZERO is not enough. Let’s take a look at some of the situations where this number takes a different name.

NOISY (coming from noise) reminds me of the day when I was stretched out on a sunbed at Ponta Negra beach, book in one hand and a cool coconut drink in the other. Then, a beach vendor came along, pushing a cart with CDs and two massive speakers playing music at full volume. …

(Thanks to the students of my morning class 215A for the drawings!) Can you guess what idioms these 4 pictures show? Do you know what they mean? Now show me that you can use them by writing in a few sentences.

That’s the Brazilian sports minister speaking. Elephants in Brazil, and white ones? Maybe the minister drank too many caipirinhas the night before or he spent too much time under the hot samba sun. Not in this case though. Here he was referring to …