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Dependency on books and grammar / Dependência de gramática e livros

Even in this age of growing Internet popularity the average student in Brazil is still dependent on books to learn English; the famous verbs “to be” and “to have” along with other parts of the speech are still being hammered on prior to any natural contact with the language.  This is understandable given the fact […]

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What kind of English?

Historically it has been a mixture of American and British English with the obvious influence of the Brazilian-Portuguese accent.  For obvious reasons American English influence continues to grow, although as far as  everyday spoken English Brazil remains isolated with most of the students who have some fluency in English living in big cities like Rio […]

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English words, signs and schools are everywhere

Any English speaker will be amazed to see English words written on sings, advertisement, billboards or names of businesses everywhere.  Quite often they are misspelled, improperly translated or just don’t fit the message they’re trying to convey.  For example, a school might have a banner that says “Free Conversation“, but the real message is “Open […]

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Mastery of English is communication skills for the world

In the early 70’s Brazil developed the ethanol engine — this came about during extreme financial difficulty and the horrible oil crisis.  After years of hyperinflation Brazil was able to become completely self-sufficient in oil and to top it all off they found a huge oil field.  The country has become the energy powerhouse of […]

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Everything to gain by boosting the ESL industry.

Brazil is a country that has everything to gain from promoting English as a second language.  You might read that  English is “everywhere in Brazil”.  This is not the case when you compare to the developed nations — look at Germany, for example, where most people are fluent in English as a second language — […]

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How Popular is English in ""Brazil?

In the old days Latin was the “other” language taught in middle school and college.  Later, and up until the 70’s French was the favored foreign language  taught in middle school and high school.  As Brazil progressed into industrialization and modernization, French was replaced by English to fulfill the curricula requirement for “Modern Foreign Language”. […]

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English in Brazil/ Ingles no Brasil: Brazil is behind as far English as a Second Langua…

English in Brazil/ Ingles no Brasil: Brazil is behind as far English as a Second Langua…: Brazil is a huge country that has experienced unprecedented growth in many areas, especially its economy. However, it is way behind when it…

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English Education Lacks Promotion in Brazil

No country can escape the fact that English is the “Lingua Franca” of the world.  There are many reasons why English is the leading language of the world — too many to mention here, but I can mention a few.  For example, English is the business/trade language of the world.  By and large most countries […]

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Brazil is behind as far English as a Second Language / O Brasil esta atrasado quando se fala de aprender ingles como segunda lingua

Brazil is a huge country that has experienced unprecedented growth in many areas, especially its economy.  However, it is way behind when it comes to English as a second language.  Please note that this article is not about politics.Obviously Brazil has functioned and is functioning well linguistically — as a matter of fact, I always […]

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