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March 25, 2008: Comma quiz.
1. A comma can be a pause or not. No, wait. No wait (ie. don’t wait).
2. It can disappear with your money!
3. It can be authoratitive. I accept, thanks. I am obliged to accept. (I think?)
4. It can create heroes. Only this, he’ll resolve. This, only he’ll resolve.
5. And villains. This, judge, is corrupt. This judge is corrupt.
6. It can be the solution. We’re going to lose, nothing was resolved. We’re going to lose nothing, it was resolved.
7. A comma changes an opinion. We don’t want to know. No, we want to know.

October 13, 2008: Nobel Peace Prize Winners
1 Gore 2007 Mathai 2004 / 2 Kim Dae Jung 2000 Hume 1998 Trimble 1998 / 3 Yunus 2006 / 4 Ebadi 2003 Carter 2002 / 5 6 / 6 UN & MSF / 7 Acordo da Sexta-feira Santa

September 5, 2008: Quiz: Who are you?
1 Radiohead / 2 Pink Floyd / 3 Rapid Eye Movement (R.E.M.) / 4 Coldplay / 5 The Doors / 6 The Cure / 7 Iron Maiden / 8 The Police / 9 Sting / 10 Dire Straits / 11 Simple Minds / 12 Counting Crows / 13 Barenaked Ladies / 14 Smashing Pumpkins / 15 Rage against the Machine / 16 The Who? / 17 Black Sabbath / 18 Foo Fighters / 19 Red hot chili Peppers / 20 Page and Plant

August 13, 2008: Quando Você Voltar – Legião Urbana
Vai, se você precisa ir (=infinitive)
Não quero mais brigar (=infinitive) esta noite
Nossas acusações infantis
E palavras mordazes que machucam (=agrees with words, they hurt) tanto
Não vão levar (=infinitive) a nada, como sempre
Vai, clareia um pouco a cabeça
Já que você não quer conversar (=infinitive).
Já brigamos (=we fought) tanto
Mas não vale a pena
Vou ficar (=infinitive) aqui, com um bom livro ou com a TV
Sei que existe alguma coisa incomodando (=gerund, troubling) você
Meu amor, cuidado na estrada
E quando você voltar
Tranque (=imperative, Lock!) o portão
Feche (=imperative, Close!) as janelas
Apague (=imperative, Switch off!) a luz
e saiba (=imperative, Know!) que te amo…
nb. be careful of spelling changes when converting verbs to the imperative. Trancar=Tranque NOT Trance. Apagar=Apague NOT Apage. This done in order to preserve the pronunciation of a hard “c” (TranQUE) and a hard “g” (ApaGUE) which would have been lost in the regular spelling.

August 7, 2008: Reading the Olympics
1+2=B, E / 3+4+5=A, C, E / 6A / 7D / 8B / 9C / 10D

July 30, 2008: Gordon Brown
1) arrancou = wrenched, pulled off, ripped off. Past of the verb arrancar / 2) bolso = pocket / 3) doeu bastante = lit. hurt enough. It hurt quite a lot! / 4) deu umas risadinhas = lit. gave small smiles/ 5) fontes = fountains, but in this context = sources – homonym / 6) grades do portão = gate railings / 7) grudar = to stick. NB colar = to glue) / 8 ) manga do terno = lit. sleeve of suit. NB. manga more commonly means mango – homonym / 9) terceira pista = third runway / 10) tubo de cola = tube of glue.

July 11, 2008: Retro Venus Williams
1 A / 2 C (under pressure = sub pressão) / 3 A / 4 A (it was written in June 2008 before she won it for the 5th time) / 5 B (4 anos atrás)

July 11, 2008: Uma chance de viver (Animal Prosthetics)
1 T (it was shot by a bullet) / 2 F (it is only temporary) / 3 T / 4 F (scientists are still developing it) / 5 F (One is CALLED Fiji but is actually from Japan) / 6 F (it was a crab trap) / 7 T (The article says it “Deu certo” lit. gave right) / 8 T

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