Aprenda Inglês Gratis

Dicas para conversação – “Em Inglês” (Conversation Skills)

Small Talk & Conversation Skills   Conversation tips for speaking: • Face your listener(s) and look at them. • Make eye contact often. • Watch your listeners’ responses. Do they look confused? Do they look disinterested? Ask questions. Encourage them to respond, and wait for them to finish speaking before you start again. • Don’t speak too loudly. • Avoid direct criticism — unless you are asked to comment.   Conversation tips for listening: • Watch the speaker. • Make eye contact often. (If this is uncomfortable for you, try looking at the speaker’s eyebrows.) Americans may feel that if a listener is not watching he is not listening. Do not turn away while the person is talking. • When the speaker pauses, give feedback — interject small responses to what he has been saying. (Examples: Really? Is that so? Is that right? I didn’t know that. That’s interesting. I see. Oh my?) • Be an active listener. • Do not interrupt (unless the person is speaking too fast or you don’t understand.) If you do not understant, simply tell your friend: I did not understand that. Could you please say it again more slowly?"   Topics to avoid in casual conversation: Religion, politics, sex, money, age, weight. (Anything that might be too personal. Americans do not like to share personal information in casual conversation.)   Appropriate Topics for small talk: Weather, sports, families, television programs, movies, music, books, leisure activities and hobbies, plans for the weekend, work. Are these topics also appropriate in your culture? Are any of them considered to be inappropriate? What other topics are appropriate in your culture? Compare your answers with your group.   Discussion Questions:  (about your home country)   How close do people stand when they are talking? How does a listener show respect? How does a listener show that he or she is listening? Do people regularly engage in small talk with strangers? Are there topics you do not discuss? What do people enjoy talking about? Are there any conversation tips you could give to someone who is visiting your home country? How can you start a conversation in English? In your country? What is the...

Exercícios com frases de negócios

Exercícios com frases de negócios Este tópico abrange conversação, gramática e vocabulário. Muitos brasileiros que aprendem Inglês precisam usá-lo no trabalho. Normalmente através de e-mails mas algumas vezes em conversas com chefes ou colegas de filiais das empresas em que trabalham no exterior. Em qualquer língua a conversa precisa ter muitos sinônimos. O uso repetitivo das mesmas palavras torna a conversa chata, enfadonha, e faz a pessoa parecer alguém com pouco vocabulário, poucas idéias. Nas frases do exercício abaixo o objetivo é sempre dizê-las duas vezes de forma parecida, justamente para mostrar a quem lê ou a quem ouve o seu bom conhecimento da língua. Exemplo: How much is this book ? (cost) A palavra em parênteses deve ser usada na segunda frase para formarmos uma semelhante. Para isso, obviamente, teremos que mudar a primeira e não vamos só acrescentar a outra palavra, devemos encaixá-la com o auxílio de outras, para tornar a frase gramaticalmente correta. Então How much is this book? – How much does this book cost? Vamos fazer o mesmo com: How much money do you have? (dollars) – How many dollars do you have? Do you have many friends ? (got) – A policeman´s job is very difficult. (has) – São Paulo was the champion of 2008. (last year) – Geography is easier than Chemestry. (less) That man is sweeping the floor. (by) – Fabio: "I don´t like liver." – Vitor: "I don´t like liver either." (neither) – She is not old enough to behave like this. (too) – She´s been living here for 3 years. (2006) – Would you like some coffee? (do) – I don´t have any friends. (no) – This cell phone stopped working an hour ago. (for an hour) – She is so beautiful…(such) – Maria is my best friend´s girlfriend and she lives in Copacabana. (who) – I need some information. (two) – Fonte: ingles na ponta da...