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Which “face” to save while communicating?
Negative and positive politeness strategies. Do not worry. Positive here does not mean good, and negative does not mean bad. It is about what “face” we want to save when communicating. According to Brown and Levinson politeness theory, positive face is our desires to be liked, admired, ratified, referring to self-esteem, while negative face is […]
Когда рак на горе свистнет/when pigs fly/ Quand les poules auront des dents/ Wenn Fische fliegen lernen/ Quando gli asini voleranno/ Cuando meen las gallinas/ Quando as galinhas tiverem dentés
To express something improbable to happen, many languages use different animals and unlikely actions. In England, pigs might fly. In France and Portugal, hens grow teeth, in Spain and Italy, they pee! ( Latin languages definitely have something important with hens…) In Germany, fish might fly. In Russian they give the full context though: “when […]
How do Brazilians talk about death?
Death is a bit of a taboo topic in most cultures around the world; as a result, many people use alternatives to the ‘d-word’. In Brazil it wouldn’t be different: a quick Google search would provide you with at least 40 to 50 synonyms in Brazilian Portuguese. Let’s see some of the most popular expressions: […]
6 tips to learn a foreign language
Learn a little bit every day. Many studies show that we remember better studying a little bit every day than hours once a week. A Russian proverb says: Повторение- мать учения. ( Repetition is the mother of studying”. It is absolutely right. Repeat, repeat and repeat. Watch films, listen to the radio, read books, even […]