Aprenda lendo - Inglês - 02/09/2011

April Fool

A young blind boy is being tucked into bed by his mother.
The mom says "Now Billy, pray really hard tonight and tomorrow, your wish will come true!".
Billy says, "Ok mommy." and goes to sleep.
The next morning, Billy wakes up and screams "MOMMY! I'm still blind, my wish didn't come true!".
The mom answered, "I know - April Fools!"

Vocabulary Help

  • April Fools - 1º de Abril
  • being tucked into bed - sendo posto na cama
  • blind - cego
  • come true - realizar-se
  • mother - mãe
  • pray - orar
  • say - dizer
  • scream - gritar
  • sleep - dormir
  • still - ainda
  • tonight - hoje a noite
  • wake up - acordar
  • wish - desejo
  • young - jovem

Radicals and breakers-down

F. Scott Fitzgerald
My generation of radicals and breakers-down never found anything to take the place of the old virtues of work and courage and the old graces of courtesy and politeness. ~

Vocabulary Help

  • breakers-down - destruidores
  • find (find, found, found) - encontrar
  • never - nunca
  • politeness - polidez, educação
  • take the place - tomar o lugar, substituir
  • work - trabalho


John Steinbeck
This I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about. I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for it is the one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system. Surely I can understand this, and I hate it and I will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts. If the glory can be killed, we are lost.

Vocabulary Help

  • fight against - lutar contra
  • fight for - lutar a favor
  • freedom - liberdade
  • free - livre
  • hate - odiar
  • kill - matar
  • mind - mente
  • patter - padrão
  • thing - coisa
  • try - tentar
  • understand (understand, understood, understood) - entender, compreender
  • valuable - vlioso
  • wish - desejo
  • world - mundo

Some self-evident truths about pets

Dogs and cats instinctively know the exact moment their owners will wake up. Then they wake them 10 minutes sooner.
Dog's have owners. Cat's have staff.
No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.
I hope to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.
Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
Women and cats will do as they please... men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.

Vocabulary Help

  • do as they please - fazer o que quiserem
  • get used - acostumar-se
  • hope - esperar, ter esperança
  • kind of person - tipo de pessoa
  • owner - dono
  • pet - animal de estimação
  • sooner - mais cedo
  • staff - equipe
  • truth - verdade
  • wake up - acordar
  • wonderful - maravilhoso
  • worship - admirar, idolatrar


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