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[Vocab] “under the…”

Just a few… olheiras bags under the eyes Diante das circunstâncias Under the circumstances. (nestas condições…) Estou adoentado. I’m under the weather (idisposto, na fossa) sob o disfarce de… under the guise of… São águas passadas. That’s Water under the bridge. (problemas passados já esquecidos, é página virada, isso já ficou pra trás) menores de… under … Continue reading

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[Vocab] Expressions involving the word “Cross”

CROSS (CRUZ) keep your fingers crossed!torça para mim!———–Cross my heart! (Eu juro!)Palavra de honra! (Por esta luz que me ilumina)———–Cross my heart and hope to die.Eu juro por Deus.———–Everyone has his own cross to bearCada qual carrega a sua cruz———–We will cross that bridge when we get to itNa hora a gente resolve———–he crossed his … Continue reading

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[Vocab] Lock

The focus today will be on vocabulary associated with the word “lock”.  First let’s look at different types of locks, each of which you should memorize: lock (door) lock (masterlock) lock (for a bike) lock (suitcase, seat buckle, shoe buckle) to lock up the bike to lock up the door In Portuguese: fechadura [pick a … Continue reading

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[Vocab] Trick

When I look at the word “trick” alone, I usually relate it to a magic trick, or in Portuguese: truque de mágica.  So your first impression might be: trick = truque, easy!  “Trick” is used very broadly in English, it can mean “gimmick”, “ruse”, “misleading someone”, and we can’t use “truque” in all of these … Continue reading

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Expressions from ProZ.com

Some new phrases for more advanced students who like practicing with flashcards.  Scrapped these from a site yesterday, the site has over 50,000 of such phrases, but most are technic/engineering phrases. A few proverbs are mixed in, but a much better list can be found here. On a side note, some new sites for phrase … Continue reading

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[Vocab] “Range”

Again, we have a pretty simple English word “range” which we use in all kinds of contexts that I won’t be able to cover completely.  I will give some examples of when range essentially means a variety/array/spectrum or extent of things.  Below is a definition I found on a forum: Source: Michaelis moderno dicionário Português-Inglês … Continue reading