Joke: men vs. women / homens vs mulheres

Caros amigos do English Experts, hoje eu gostaria de apresentar uma das piadas do meu novo livro “Sorria, você está aprendendo inglês!”. Espero que o vocabulário apresentado abaixo seja útil.

Communication Problems

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A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment.

Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00am for an early morning business flight.

Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, ‘Please wake me at 5:00am.’ He left it where he knew she would find it.

The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00am and he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn’t wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed.

The paper said, ‘It is 5:00am. Wake up.’

Men are not equipped for these kinds of contests.


Vocabulário (termos em negrito)

  • giving each other the silent treatment: recusando-se a falar um com o outro
  • suddenly: de repente
  • realized: percebeu
  • wake him at 5:00am: acordá-lo às 5 horas da manhã
  • business flight: vôo de negócios
  • break the silence: quebrar o silêncio
  • had missed his flight: havia perdido o vôo
  • he was about to…: ele estava prestes a…
  • men are not equipped for these kinds of contests: os homens não estão preparados para este tipo de competição

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Mark Nash

Mark G. Nash, canadense, reside no Brasil há quatorze anos. Formado em Teoria da Comunicação pela McGill University e Antropologia e Semiótica pela Trent University. Autor de 10 livros na área de linguística aplicada pelas editoras Melhoramentos (Michaelis) e Disal.

31 comentários

  • 01/12/10  
    Saulo Campos diz: 1

    Very good this joke!
    Really, we men aren’t equipped for these kinds of contests!!!

  • 01/12/10  
    Marcelo Henrique diz: 2

    Piada muito boa! E é muito bom ter o vocabulário para as palavras e expressões mais difíceis. Continue postando sempre que puder.

    See you!

  • 01/12/10  
    Flávia Magalhães diz: 3

    The man was “smart” enough to write the note but couldn’t himself set the alarm to wake him up??? MEN, all the same, all around the world!

  • 01/12/10  
    Ricardo Narezi diz: 4

    muito bom…
    e ainda aprendi um monte de palavras…
    Parabéns Mark.

  • 02/12/10  
    BrunoCosta diz: 5

    That was the kind of comunication he chose. This teach us a lesson (an old one) never take anyone for granted.

  • 02/12/10  
    Lila diz: 6

    *laughs* haaoiaiohaaioha

  • 02/12/10  
    Gil diz: 7

    hahaha legal

  • 02/12/10  
    Rafael Cucielo diz: 8

    Pretty good! hahah
    Women always smarter than us!

    • 02/12/10  
      Alessandro diz:

      Rafael,

      I agree with you.

  • 02/12/10  
    João B. L. Ghizoni diz: 9

    Everyone who has ever given his/her spouse the silent treatment should be aware of this story in order not to fall for it! We should take advantage of every opportunity to learn… Thanks, Mark!

  • 02/12/10  
    Walace Esperidiao diz: 10

    Muuuuito bom…
    Alguem sabe me dizer se existe a possibilidade de comprar este livro???

    Aguardo retornoooo1!!!!

    Thanks

  • 02/12/10  
    ana maria diz: 11

    Gostaria de saber porque foi usada a forma continua do verbo “to want”, no parágrafo …
    not wanting to be the first to break …, pois o verbo to want, assim como alguns outros não aceitam a forma contínua …
    Agradeço a resposta.

  • 02/12/10  
    Ricardo diz: 12

    he was about to go and see why his wife hadn’t wakened him

    esta certo? past participle de wake eh woke ou waked

  • 02/12/10  
    Arissa diz: 13

    I like it!

  • 02/12/10  
    Haroldo Maximiano de Andrade diz: 14

    Espetacular a piada. Melhor ainda é a riqueza de vocabulário que nos foi transmitida de forma alegre e descontraída. Parabéns!
    Hugs!!!!

  • 02/12/10  
    Karen diz: 15

    Very funny joke! I enjoyed a lot

    But I did not understand very well the sentence:

    he was about to go and see why his wife hadn’t “wakened” him
    Is it that corret?
    past participle of wake is woke or waked?
    We can use wakened too?
    I think is the same Ricardo’s doubt.

    Thanks

  • 03/12/10  
    CLARINHA A. SANTOS diz: 16

    THAT’S GREAT….WE ARE SMARTER THAN THEM….I LOVE THAT….CONGRATULATIONS…

  • 03/12/10  
    Mark Nash diz: 17

    Waken vem do Old English e está correto, embora não tanto usado quanto ‘wake’.
    Waken – wakening – wakened.

    I’m glad everyone liked the joke. Let’s see if we can post another one in a few days!

    Cheers,

    Mark

  • 03/12/10  
    Aline diz: 18

    Mtooooo boa!!!! Dei mta risada e que vocabulário legal!!!!!

  • 03/12/10  
    Fernanda diz: 19

    VERY GOOD!! NEW VOCABULARY!!

  • 03/12/10  
    Nelise diz: 20

    It’s very good

  • 03/12/10  
    Junior diz: 21

    além de divertido, aprendi palavras e expressões novas. Great!

  • 04/12/10  
    Karen diz: 22

    Mark Nash

    Thanks about your explanation.
    I didn’t know that we can use waken or wakened.
    Thats the reason that I’m studying english here in the english experts site.
    We always learn something new, and we can have this kind of interaction.
    I have been learning many things here that I didn’t learn in class.

    Hugs

    Karen

  • 05/12/10  
    Claudia diz: 23

    Puts, muito legal…. e aprendi novas palavras valeu!!

  • 09/12/10  
    Cíntia Delgado da Silva diz: 24

    Adorei, no entanto existe um erro. o verbo wake no Past Participle é: waken???

  • 09/12/10  
    Mark Nash diz: 25

    Read post #18

  • 12/12/10  
    Eliana diz: 26

    mto boa!! rsrs

  • 13/12/10  
    Mariluci diz: 27

    Nossa!!Estou aprendendo muito com vcs. Thanks!

  • 16/12/10  
    Karina Cruz diz: 28

    Ainda estou em dúvida quanto a esse “wanting”, mas acho que ele não é possível…

  • 17/12/10  
    Mark Nash diz: 29

    Hi Karina,

    Sorry to take so long to respond. I’ve been out of the country for the last days. OK, concerning the use of ‘wanting’ in the joke …

    I know that most grammars will say that some verbs are “never” used in the ‘ing’ form (never say never!!) and the verb ‘want’ is one of them. There are always exceptions to every rule, especially when you start comparing ‘usage’ (the way people really use the language) and ‘grammar’ (an abstraction or idealization of a language). Although we don’t use ‘wanting’ very frequently, there are a number of cases where we use want in the “ing” form. Here are a few examples with the same pattern you find in the joke:

    Not wanting to hurt her feelings, he said he liked her cooking.
    Not wanting to arrive late, we took a cab.

    Or how about this exchange at a bus stop:

    ‘Excuse me, do you know how to get to Sherbrooke street from here?’
    ‘Sure. You’ll be wanting the number 10 bus. It stops there.’

    and some more examples:

    I’ve been wanting to meet her since I read her article in the NY Times.
    The kids have been wanting to go to England ever since they saw Harry Potter.

    You can even use google as a kind of ‘corpus’ to look for more examples of the use of ‘wanting’. Based on the number of hits in google, you can get a pretty good idea of the frequency of use as well.

    abraços,

    Mark

  • 21/12/10  
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