04
MAIO
2017

5 de Mayo Celebration

The date “Cinco de Mayo” is a very well-known and often celebrated holiday in the United States, even to have its own parades and “fiestas” in certain cities and regions. It is a celebration of Mexican culture, food, tradition and all other influences of the Me
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03
ABR
2017

BRAZIL VS CANADA

With being in Brazil for almost 8 months now, I have gained perspective on Canada and Brazil. In other words I have developed an insight on what I like and dislike about both countries. Many people ask “why Brazil?”, or say, “Canada can give you a better life than Brazil” and are very
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21
MAR
2016

Illustrated idioms

As well as being an English teacher in Spot On, I also work as an illustrator. When I began teaching English at the school, it made me think more about the English language and things we take for granted. For example, I would often say to a friend ‘hold your horses!’ instead of saying
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05
NOV
2015

Whoops! Awkward!

Having lived, travelled and volunteered in over 30 countries, I have encountered many different cultures and had to adjust to various customs. Along the way I have made a few faux pas! Here, I am going to show you some of the main ones so you don’t go through the same awkward situatio
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02
OUT
2015

The adventures of an Irish gringo in Brazil – 5 cultural shocks

As I am sitting here writing this, it is six months to the day that I arrived here in Joinville. I had been here twice before on two-week holidays, which were great, but that wasn’t enough time to get to know the culture and differences properly.
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25
AGO
2015

Irish slang!

When I sat down to write a blog on Irish slang words and phrases, I realised that the list would be endless, so I’ve picked out a few of the most common ones. Even though Ireland is a very small country, there are many slang words and phrases that are only used in certain places. For
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16
JUN
2015

Eating in Brazil – A Word from the Gringo

Neste post, nosso professor Ronnie vai nos contar um pouco de como tem sido sua experiência com a comida brasileira e qual é a diferença entre a comida daqui e a da Nova Zelândia, sua terra-natal. Pesquise no dicionário as palavras que você não souber e aumente seu vocabulário! Após o
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16
ABR
2015

Carnival – A word from the Gringo

Ok, so we’ve all heard of the Brazilian Carnival and most of us have even seen pictures or footage on tv, but what is this party that is widely recognised as one of the largest and most animated on the planet? Carnival History Carnival, or ‘Carnaval’ as the locals write it, is celebra
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15
ABR
2015

Nossa tradicional festa junina explicada em inglês pelo teacher Mick

June Parties, or Festas Juninas as they are known in Brazil, are parties held throughout the month of June to commemorate the saints John, Peter and/or  Anthony (depending on the region). Brought to Brazil by the Portuguese when they colonized the country in the early 1500´s, the part
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15
ABR
2015

Covent Garden

One of the oldest locations and one of my favourite places in London, Covent Garden is perfect for any mood be it strolling, watching, eating, drinking or shopping. Take a stroll through one of the markets or watch the many street performers; enjoy a meal in one of the plethora of res
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