Monday, December 18, 2006

American dream

Who coined the phrase "the American dream"?
December 17th, 2006

American Dream is over

Do you know what the American Dream is all about? Check the following text from Ask Yahoo. If you want further information, you might want to check American Dream at Wikipedia. Here it goes!

Politicians love to talk about "the American dream." However, the phrase wasn't coined by an elected official. That distinction belongs to writer and historian James Truslow Adams.

Adams penned it in his 1931 book "The Epic of America." Of course, he couldn't have known it would go on to define the type of life most Americans aspire to. In fact, in his book, the phrase seems to have an entirely different meaning.

This page from the Library of Congress contains the original quote:

It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.

So, apparently Adams intended "the American dream" to be one of equality across class barriers. Over the years, the definition became more modest — a white picket fence, 2.5 kids, and a manageable amount of credit card debt. Even so, the dream is just a dream to many.

Source: Ask Yahoo!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Listening exercise to train your ears

Hi everybody,
Listen to this little story. There are many more on the same site if you can listen.
Have fun.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Check these 7 great tips from English Experts:
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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Site for kids

Word Play

Hi all,
This is a "cute" site for kids but you can learn some words there. Just click and see them in movement.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Hi everyone,

I have new games for you to practice your vocabulary.

Look at the "Games" section on this blog and click on some selected games.

There are more games on the link below:

Wordsearch (caça-palavras):

Hangman (a forca):

Memory games:

Have fun.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Music on the web.

These sites have some songs that you can hear online while you read or complete the lyrics:

1 - - a radio station's site from Minas Gerais.

Try this song to start with. I like it very much.

For more songs, see the list on:

2 -

Here you will have to complete the boxes with the words of the song.

Try this song. It is not so complicated:

See you soon.
Online English