Studying Abroad: In search of the full experience, American vs British perspective – Part 2 of 2

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Newspapers & Evening News

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The first time I watched the “World News” programmes on American TV I was dismayed and amazed by the incredibly narrow view of the world and absolute lack of interest in what happens outside a very caricatured perspective of the world. There is a particular lack of interest on world news that don’t affect the USA directly. I found the title “World News Tonight” rather funny as they spend less than 20% (maybe only 10%) of the time talking about world news and the rest about American issues. Furthermore, rarely are news presented from an unbiased standpoint, with few exceptions, of course. This prevailing attitude illustrates and partly explains the inward looking nature that defines American life and attitudes towards the rest of the world.

In contrast news reporting in the UK is truly global, probably the most global perspective anywhere in the world, from political problems in Fiji, to women rights in Mauritania, to child labour in the cocoa plantations in Ghana and Ivory Coast, to indigenous people’s rights in the Amazon, or the effects of deforestation by the palm oil industry on the populations of Orangutans, or the horrible site of child prostitution in Recife in our own country – it is all on the news regularly. The variety of topics in the evening news is amazing and the investigative reporting that supports some of these news is of a quality not matched by any other news organisation in the world. Best of all, the news are presented in an impartial manner (as much as possible) as this is the remit of the BBC. I particularly like newspapers like The Guardian and the BBC TV News and investigative reporting programmes.

Why does it matter and what might it mean to you as a foreign student? We are first and foremost citizens of the world and information and awareness mark our vision of the world and as a consequence defines a society and its people. As a foreign student, the fact that a larger proportion of the population is more aware of global issues means that it is more likely that you will be understood and/or find more things in common with people that you meet.

Music

America is certainly the centre of mass produced music in the world, however, I tend to like the British independent bands. When it comes to variety nothing really beats what you can get on BBC radio as you can hear music from all over the world, from obscure islands in the pacific like Vanuatu to modern music from Mozambique and Gabon or even from different regions of Brazil. Just this afternoon I was listening to some fusion of Mexican and Irish music – very nice, where else but BBC radio could you listen to stuff like this?
If you love live music, the the UK is a great place for this, from large summer festivals to just some music down the local pub – there is something for everyone in a great variety of styles and cultures. And if you love great acoustic rock, modern or classic – what can I say, some of the world’s greats, past and present, have come from Britain.

Some of my favourite recent rock bands in the best of the British acoustic rock tradition:

Plus many others like Arctic Monkeys, Keiser Chiefs, Oasis, Franz Ferdinand, Feeder, The Fratellis, etc, etc – if you don’t know them, look them up, see what you think.

Safety

All things are related and consequence of one another and safety within the country or city are a by-product of the society. American cities are aggressive and can be dangerous, even small towns – you certainly would not find me walking at night in an American city. Of course, nothing like Brazil, but I am talking in relative terms.

In contrast London, with a metropolitan area with a population on of around 11 million is a fairly safe city. As a woman I never felt threatened even when riding the tube at night or walking home late in the evening. Yes, you have to take precautions but in general terms you are far safer than in most American cities. If you are a woman thinking of an exchange, this should be a big consideration in selecting where to go.

This ability to move around at will, specially when you are finding your way about your host city, and to feel safe using public transport, well, I would consider this of great value to your overall experience.

Diversity and Internationalism

There is also a marked difference in how both countries approach their leading role in the world. While the USA society pushes for integration of immigrants into a conformed way of life, the American way; British society practices a policy of multiculturalism. There are, of course, advantages and disadvantages to both of these approaches. However, as a foreigner coming into a new country, I feel in the UK there is much more acceptance of your cultural differences without a pressure to conform to a given way of life. Multiculturalism accepts and thrives on the differences while integrations pushes for immigrants to quickly adapt to their host country. I don’t know which one is best, I just know that I feel far more accepted in Britain that I ever was in the USA.

British also tend to be great internationalist, this means that they have a broad outlook of the world. I was amazed how many young people take a gap year and go travel around the world. It is not just for those that are wealthy, but all sorts of people do it, even if it is later in life, even if it is just trips across Europe or to north Africa. They frequently travel to destinations that are off the beaten path and you can find them travelling through the rice fields of Laos or the jungles of Africa. Yes, of course not everyone and not all levels of society could afford to do it but it is very normal to find people that have been to places one has hardly heard off. This is much more difficult to find in America where most people have never left the country or even own a passport.

What does this all mean to you as a foreign student? In my opinion, it is more likely that you will feel more accepted quicker and also there is a good chance that people in the UK will have a better understanding of your culture or, at the very least, an interest about it.

Ok, the wine is almost finished so I shall stop writing, although there is a lot more to discuss. In the end it is a matter of choice as to where you study, but it is a choice that you should make by informing yourself about all aspects that will affect your overall experience of your host county and city. Lots of nice places in America, it is after all an amazing country, but I would say that if you have limited time and funds, you may be better off choosing Britain as your destination. If you are open minded and you seek the experiences and variety that the country has to offer in a relatively small and accessible space, then I can assure you that you will have an amazingly good time.

But before I end, a few words about London:

“Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” – Samuel Johnson

Well, what could I add to the quote above. Simply one of the greatest cities in the world. A great place to visit and and even greater place to live.

In the next articles I will write about some of the things to do and places to visit in London that are out of the beaten path.

And, oh yes, if you get tired of London all things British you can always take the fast speed train (300 km/hr) from St Pancras station in central London and in be in central Paris in a few hours.

However, if you ask me where I would like to live, American or Britain, I would have to say France… ;-) but that is a different article!

Remember, variety is the spice of life!

See you soon !

Mensagem dos editores do EE: O objetivo do EE não é causar nenhum tipo de problema diplomático entre nações. Por isso dei o direito de resposta a uma americana nativa (Mary Ziller). A sua opinião está nos 2 arquivos pdf a seguir: resposta 1 e resposta 2.

Sobre a Autora: Meu nome é Luciana, sou professora de Inglês, leciono em São Paulo e recentemente criei o Inglês Interact. Morei e trabalhei por alguns anos na Inglaterra (Londres e Cambridge).

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48 comentários

  • 19/04/10  
    Mary diz: 1

    Wow, great article! Thanks for your contribution!

  • 19/04/10  
    Flávia Magalhães diz: 2

    Luciana,

    Entendo e respeito seu ponto de vista. Apenas queria compartilhar que, apesar de não ter experiência internacional suficiente para comentar e muito menos comparar América com Europa, já tive contato com americanos bem “mente aberta”, e também com muito europeu bem “limitado” (pra não dizer preconceituoso). Por isso, não gosto de generalizar as coisas dessa forma.

    Americanos (generalizando) passam a impressão de serem egocêntricos, sim. Mas não sei até onde isso é ruim, uma vez que eu gostaria que os brasileiros (generalizando) fizessem o mesmo em vez de menosprezar tanto o país em que vivem.

    Parabéns pelo texto,
    Parabéns pelo gosto musical,
    e… a pergunta que não quer calar: Por que voltastes ao Brasil?

    Flávia

  • 19/04/10  
    Paulo Monteiro diz: 3

    Luciana, acho um tanto injusto você fazer uma “American vs British perspective”, quando você mesmo já define antecipadamente o placar e o vencedor. Ficou claro e evidente que você conhece muito melhor o Reino Unido do que os EUA e mais uma vez foi totalmente parcial. Não estou defendendo nenhum nem outro aqui, porém, acho que o seu papel seria expor os pontos positivos e negativos de ambos. Ok, você tem todo o direito de ter sua preferência, mas me pareceu mais um artigo do seu blog pessoal do que um artigo voltado para estudantes precisando de algumas dicas.

  • 20/04/10  
    Eduardo Silva diz: 4

    Hi Luciana!

    Again I loved your article. I liked your opnion. Although I don’t know any of the two countries, I imagine that you may be right about the “England way of life”. I only have some questions and I’d be happy if you could answer me:
    1 – How about the public transportation in London, for example? Did you see the buses and subways completely filled by people as in Brazil? How confortable is a British life in this aspect? And comparing to New York, for example?

    2 – About the cost of living, wich one do you consider higher (London x NY)?

    3 – What do you mean when you mention “… I never felt threatened even when riding the tube at night …”? What is tube in this context?

    Thanks in advance, Luciana!

  • 20/04/10  
    Eduardo Silva diz: 5

    Luciana,

    one suggestion: Could you provide the audio based on the article? Or maybe, you could ask for someone (like Alessandro or Adir… rsss) to this task for you. I belive it would be helpful for all the students here…

  • 20/04/10  
    Elias diz: 6

    Just great article! Perfect!

    Thank you Luciana, and congratulations!

  • 20/04/10  
    Denis Albuquerque diz: 7

    Olá Luciana. Achei muito interessante o que você relatou em “Newspapers & Evening News”. Me parece realmente que os norte-americanos não procuram se informar sobre o resto do mundo.

    Entretanto, continuo a concordar com o Paulo Monteiro ao julgar injusta sua comparação “American vs British perspective”. Me parece até uma comparação inapropriada, uma vez que os EUA, assim como o Brasil, formam um país continental com muita diversidade cultural.

  • 20/04/10  
    Franco Luigi Mendes diz: 8

    There is no way to name it as an article.Its only based on her own distorted experiences.

    If you want to write an article to help students to choose a country, you need to point out real facts.Experiences are not the same for everybody.In my own opinion London is alot more dangerous than any other american city and for sure 100 times more dangerous than any american town.

    “This is much more difficult to find in America where most people have never left the country or even own a passport.”

    Of course people travel a lot more in Europe, with an hour’s drive(train,planes,cars) you’ll be in another country, but still in Europe,so you’ll meet the same kind of people.All of them have a good job, a nice house and get paid money from the government.There is almost no poverty there.The only things that change are; the language and the sight seeings.
    Now look how big America is, maybe not even an one hour’s drive will be enough to cross a state border.
    The culture in European Countries are almost the same in all of them, some of them have good wine, some beer and some pizza.
    Of course people in Europe are a lot more cult than american people in general.But I can assure you that american people are alot more fun.

    The point is, you can’t portray a country through a big city.You can’t say that London is England and NYC is USA.Those are two totally different cities almost incomparable to its country lifestyle.Look how many immigrants you have in London and NY.

  • 20/04/10  
    Franco Luigi Mendes diz: 9

    well she still has a good musical taste :)

  • 20/04/10  
    Gabriel diz: 10

    The article is good and well-written, but don’t expose the US way of life. Only say that americans don’t have any value and all in England is perfect.

  • 20/04/10  
    Tiara diz: 11

    Hi Luciana,

    What a wonderful article, girl! Congratulations!!

  • 20/04/10  
    Cristiano diz: 12

    Luciana,

    Gostei do seu artigo, mas concordo com o Paulo Monteiro, ficou bem parcial. Eu não conheço nenhum dos paises, mas pelo pouco que sei, não consigo ver tamanha superioridade do Reino Unido. Tenho amigos que moraram nos EUA e não tiveram nenhum problema em relação a violência ou a convivência (respeito a cultura), etc. Assim como tenho amigos que moraram em Londres e tiveram problemas justamente por causa desse cosmopolitismo da cidade. Acho que esta questão é bem subjetiva, mas de toda forma, valeu por compartilhar conosco suas percepções.

  • 20/04/10  
    gomides diz: 13

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  • 20/04/10  
    Bia diz: 14

    O nome do artigo nao faz absolutamente nenhum sentido com o proprio. Houve um equivoco ai.
    A Luciana descreveu a sua preferencia. Seria mais logico ela escrever sobre o porque gosta tanto da Inglaterra ao inves de tentar fazer uma comparacao, que ao meu ver foi muito infeliz. Concordo com ela em varios pontos, mas se o interesse era fazer uma perspectiva, seria necessario expor os pontos positivos dos 2 paises, nao so de 1.

    Obs: desculpem, meu pc nao tem acento.

  • 20/04/10  
    Wisley Vilela diz: 15

    Olá Luciana!
    Li seus dois artigos e os achei muito bem escritos. Alguns colegas postaram comentários que tornam desafiadora a tarefa de contribuir para o EE. Temos de concordar que é impossível agradar a todos.
    Notei no início do primeiro artigo sua declaração de que os artigos seriam sua visão do assunto. Como tal, foi excelente!
    Parece que o que causou certa confusão e “protestos” foi a relação entre o tema escolhido e o objetivo proposto.
    Não se deixe desanimar. Sua contribuição é valiosa!

  • 20/04/10  
    Luciana diz: 16

    Thank you for all the feedback, positive and negative, all comments are welcome.

    One last set of comments from my part:

    With regards to the issues of lack of impartiality. As you read the article, did it:

    * make you question some of the existing conventions that you currently have about both countries?

    * make you revisit, reconsider or maybe even revise some of your views?

    * At the very least did it make you take another look at your own views on the issues discussed?

    * as you read it, did you go analyse your own held believes?

    * did you find it interesting enough to read all the way to the end?

    If the article did any of the above, then it has done its job. The intention is to present an alternative, maybe controversial, point of view that should spark a personal analysis of one’s own views on a given subject and create a desire to learn more by your own research. If it has done this then it is mission accomplished.

    I don’t believe that there are any incorrect statements – you may not agree with how I present the issues but the statements are true – healthcare, safety, news, internationalism, etc (do an internet search).

    Why eat vanilla ice-cream all the time when you can have it with roasted almonds and some chocolate chips as well? In other words, why write a plain article that questions nothing and presents a vanilla view of the world and sparks no debate at all?

    In response to some questions:

    Tube = subway/metro

    Canada = great place, but have only visited.

    Public Transport – ugg…at rush hour, just like Brazilian cities – very crowded.

    Do I know USA? – between my husband and I we have lived there several years and have travelled north to south on both coasts as well as from Texas to Colorado on a motorcycle. USA – amazing natural beauty and truly stunning scenery. . But still think it has mostly ugly towns that all look alike (like the short film) :-) Hey, hey….just my opinion.

    Good and Bad – yes, there is lots of good in both countries as there is lots of bad in both. Good and interesting people and racist and ignorant people in both sides. But that was not what this article was about.

    Flávia M – back in Brazil as I love my country and my family is here. However, we split our time between here and England where we live part of the year.

    England – no, far from perfect. But a great place to live and bring up children. Terrible weather and relatively crowded. There – a few bad things :-)

    Next article, if EE accepts it ;-) will be about life in London.

    Would you prefer a vanilla or a multi-flavoured article?

    • 21/04/10  
      Alessandro diz:

      Luciana,

      Feel free to talk about London. It will be great!

      Best,

  • 20/04/10  
    Tiago Tafari Catelam diz: 17

    @Eduardo Silva

    “Tube” neste caso é o metrô de Londres.

  • 21/04/10  
    Andre A Souza diz: 18

    Good written english,
    and not so good article because of its bias.

    Vox populi…

    (I know it’s a point of view.)

  • 21/04/10  
    Raullah Nobrega diz: 19

    Oiii Bom dia, queria uma dica pra memorizar as dicas e minha maior dificuldade…

  • 21/04/10  
    Maria Cristina diz: 20

    I loved your article so much! I learned a lot about American and British lifestyles.
    Thanks
    Cristina

  • 21/04/10  
    Renam Sávio diz: 21

    Parabens pela matéria, mas acredito que ela vem da perspectiva de alguém que prefere claramente a Inglaterra aos EUA. Por conta disso, não foi nos mostrado uma boa visão deste último. Não tenho sequer alguma experiência de vivência no exterior, mas acredito que como em qualquer país, existam pessoas e culturas que sejam flexíveis a um modelo de vida e costumes diferentes dos delas.

  • 21/04/10  
    Claudio Victor diz: 22

    Com base no comentário de Bruno e adicionando meu ponto de vista eu realmente acho que a autora não foi imparcial neste artigo e deu a impressão de que a Inglaterra é melhor que os EUA.. Fica aí a dica para que em um próximo artigo ela seja mais objetiva e imparcial.

  • 21/04/10  
    Otávio diz: 23

    Thank you! great article, though some people didn’t like that I found great.
    Now i’d love reading about life in London:D

  • 21/04/10  
    maryziller diz: 24

    Dear Luciana,

    I would like to ask your permission to use your articles as the basis of a reading comprehension worksheet for eslprintables, a English teacher worksheet exchange site.

    Would you permit that? You essays are very thought provoking, as you commented above, and students would certainly be very interested in reading such an article in the classroom especially as a springboard for authentic research and critical thinking.

    I look forward to your response and your next article!

    • 22/04/10  
      Alessandro diz:

      Dear Mary,

      Posts from EE can’t be published on other websites. But feel free to use the PDF version.

      Best,

  • 21/04/10  
    Leo Gomes diz: 25

    Hi Luciana. Here is a list of some of your writing errors in English:

    1. “There is a particular lack of interest on world news that don’t affect the USA directly.”

    2.”Furthermore, rarely are news presented from an unbiased standpoint,”

    3.“that supports some of these news “

    4. “the news are presented”

    5.“while integrations pushes”

    6.“I just know that I feel far more accepted in Britain that I ever was in the USA.”

    7.“British also tend to be great internationalist”

    8. “are out of the beaten path.”

    9. “However, if you ask me where I would like to live, American or Britain,”

    These were the more obvious ones.

    Leo

  • 22/04/10  
    marizalva diz: 26

    Quero sabaer o meio mais fácil de aprender a gramática e falaar…bjs

  • 22/04/10  
    Guilherme Baisch diz: 27

    Olá Luciana, tudo bem? Respeito sua opinião sobre Eua x London, já fui a Londres, conheço praticamente toda a Europa, e já fui 4 vezes aos Eua, pelo qual sou apaixonado. Tenho um sonho de um dia morar nos Eua. Realmente, os Eua pensam bastante neles, porém, ao você falar que eles só se preocupam com eles e não com o resto do mundo, você está sendo um pouco precipitada. Você fala que as reportagens da TV de London falam muito sobre problemas fora do país. Tudo bem, concordo. Agora, você sabe qual foi o país qua mais ajudou financeiramente (é o que mais interessa) o pobre Haiti, que levará talvez décadas para se reconstruir? Pense nisso, e uma ótima semana a todos! Um grande abraço!

  • 22/04/10  
    Alessandro diz: 28

    Caros leitores,

    Diante da repercussão do artigo eu gostaria de expor a minha opinião a respeito.

    O English Experts não é um site de cunho jornalístico, ou seja, nós não temos obrigação nenhuma de publicar matérias imparciais, vamos deixar essa tarefa para o Jornal Nacional, a Revista Veja, Época e etc. Se bem que eles muitas vezes são falsamente imparciais.

    O nosso objetivo aqui é publicar dicas e a experiência das pessoas no exterior. É muito bom ouvir a opinião de uma pessoa que tem clara preferência pelo Reino Unido. O máximo que nós podemos fazer nos comentários é concordar ou não com a autora e justificar o porquê.

    Achei o artigo brilhante e vou incentivar a Luciana a escrever mais artigos a respeito. Volto a repetir, ela não tem obrigação nenhuma de ser imparcial.

    O EE está de aberto a colaborações, se você quer publicar um artigo em resposta a este, basta enviar para nossa equipe. Acesse o link abaixo e saiba como colaborar.

    http://www.englishexperts.com.br/contribuir/

    Abraços e obrigado pelos comentários de todos.

  • 22/04/10  
  • 22/04/10  
    Luciana diz: 30

    Dear Mary Z:

    You are certainly welcome to use the article elsewhere provided it is referenced correctly to us and within the rules of EE as Alessandro mentions above.

    I know there are a few spelling mistake so you may want to either fix them or get students to search for them :-)

    Next article…umm, need to get a bottle of a good Rioja before I get started…!!! Good for the creativity but not for the spelling ;-)

  • 22/04/10  
    Eduardo Silva diz: 31

    Hi Leo!

    Listen, can you post why the statements you mentioned are wrong? I couldn’t realize…
    Thanks a lot!

    Eduardo

  • 22/04/10  
    Lucas Ribeiro diz: 32

    agora só falta a autora falar que o inglês deles também é mais bonito. ela tá sendo muito tendenciosa ¬¬

  • 22/04/10  
    Beatriz Silva diz: 33

    Hi Lucy!

    I also prefer to Europe, particularly France.
    not that the United States is bad, maybe I also do an exchange there.

    I liked the post, very good.

    even more …

    (Google tradutor, uma bela ferramenta de aprendizagem)

  • 22/04/10  
    maryziller diz: 34

    http://www.usa-vs-uk.com/lifestyle.html another comparison of UK and US

  • 22/04/10  
    Mauricio Becker diz: 35

    Great text. I Love this site, and thanks to share this with us!!!

    I’m learning english now, and I love it.

  • 22/04/10  
    mili diz: 36

    No meu proximo dia off (segunda feira) irei reler o artigo anterior, ler este aqui, e depois com certeza farei um outro em resposta, mas infelizmente nao poderei falar muito de UK visto que nao seria justo para eu falar do que nao conheco. Mais com certeza de US eu tenho plena capacidade de falar focando principalmente em New England (Massachussetts, New Hampshire, etc) New York, DC e Florida.

  • 22/04/10  
    Flávia Magalhães diz: 37

    Leo Gomes,

    Não entendi direito ou você quis dizer que tais trechos no texto da Luciana estão incorretos? Poderia corrigir, então?

  • 22/04/10  
    Alessandra diz: 38

    Luciana eu gostaria de ter uma lista para saber quando usar o (make) e quando usar o (do) ja que nao se tem uma regra correta para se usar ambos os verbos, adoro esse site…beijos ate mais…

  • 23/04/10  
    Edson diz: 39

    Acredito que o artigo, além de ser bem informativo, também é muito agradável. Além disso, se faz necessário que algum amante da Inglaterra e seu estilo de vida tenha total liberdade de expor sua visão, uma vez que estamos incentivados quase que totalmente a aprender o inglês americano e parcialmente seu estilo de vida.
    Estou esperando ansiosamente mais informações da Inglaterra na perspectiva de uma brasileira. Fico feliz também que tenha conseguido ler de forma bem agradável, sem precisar ficar consultando o dicionário a todo instante.
    Parabéns ao EE pelo artigo e obrigado a Luciana por enriquecer-nos com sua experiência e sensibilidade em avaliar um cultura .
    Valeu!

  • 23/04/10  
    Itaciara diz: 40

    Boa tarde, gostaria muito de estar escrevendo em inglês, mas, essa é uma das dificuldades, gostaria de como posso formar sentenças no present perfect na voz ativa e passiva. Obrigada.

  • 23/04/10  
    Denis Albuquerque diz: 41

    @leogomes

    amigo, você poderia explicar onde estão os erros das frases citadas?

    com meu parco conhecimento da língua inglesa, não consegui identificá-los. Obg.

  • 25/04/10  
    Luciana diz: 42

    Mili,

    I am sorry you felt upset reading the article, it was certainly not my intention to upset anyone. However, it was my intention to spark debate and for readers to question convention.

    We have lived in the USA and we have family there and have travelled extensively. I don’t dislike the country. However I don’t believe that the statements that I have made are relatively or comparatively incorrect and neither are the statistics with regards to violence.

    I believe you misunderstand the style of writing I used for this article. Statistically speaking the USA is far more dangerous (several times the murder and violent crime rate) than UK and the concept of private ownership is far more entrenched and defended. When I make comments about getting shot if you walk on to private land, it is a way of capturing these two facts on a sentence. Of course the chances of getting shot are very small, just like in Brazil despite us having several times the murder rate of USA.

    Don’t take what you read literally when you read any article.

    I assume that everyone is smart and inquisitive to then research and go further in-depth to understand what a statements means if they feel uncomfortable with it. There is no such thing as unbiased views, all views by definition are biased. It is thus up to the reader to become informed from all angles to then form an opinion. This is why I am glad you have decided to write an article as well.

    When you write, focusing on key subjects that may be controversial is one of the styles that can be used to call attention to a subject matter and force the readers to think/question/analyse the issues. You will find this style of writing on the middle section of newspapers like The NY Times under Commentary or Editorial – this form of writing is very commonly use to spark debate or to make a broader point in one sentence alone, it is not to be taken literally.

    So you see, if my article has sparked debate and you feel compelled to write one yourself, then the article that I wrote has performed its intended job very well.

  • 26/04/10  
    maryziller diz: 43

    Thank you Luciana for granting me permission to turn your article into a worksheet for students! Great idea to have students search for spelling mistakes. Keep up the good work.

    Alessandro, thank you for giving me permission to post the worksheet to eslprintables, a database for teachers to exchange worksheets!

  • 28/04/10  
    dannilo diz: 44

    Hi Luciana

    I liked so much your article, I hope you write more of you experience abroad, very useful for us students.
    Oh, I’m waiting to see the spelling mistakes proofread, I didn’t realize it.

    Alessandro,

    Congratulations for this site,
    I’ve been following the site awhile and this is the first time I register a comment, I still have afraid of mistakes, but i’ll overcome.

    I’d like to thank you and all the contributors for this site that share your knowledge and experience in english language for all of us that seek to integrate in the globalized world.
    Thank you very much!

    Best!

  • 30/04/10  
    Achilles Fróes diz: 45

    Estou gostando muito do post, mas claramente trata-se de uma pessoa apaixonada pela Inglaterra. Por exemplo, normalmente em países muito grandes como: Brasil, USA, Russia, China as pessoas passam toda sua vida no seu país, por conta disso nunca tiraram seus passaportes. A Inglaterra toda cabe facilmente em muitos estados dos países citados, justamente por isso agrupa muito mais opções, cultura, programas e lugares interessantes do que os estados unidos. Em países maiores tudo está mais disperso, mais longe. Por exemplo só tive a oportunidade de viajar para fora do Brasil, inclusive foi para Londres, aos 27 anos, e logicamente nunca precisei de passaporte antes, e se eu tivesse viajado para países do Mercosul nem teria tirado o passaporte, pq é possível viajar só com a Identidade. Sem falar no poder da moeda, é mais tranquilo viajar para outros países quando se vive em um pais onde sua moeda vale 3x mais do a moeda dos outros. Exemplo: Se um brasileiro pretende voar para Londres vai desembolsar R$ 1583,13, se for para Buenos Aires gastará R$ 344,68, 1 Peso vale 60 centavos de Real. Como a Libra é a moeda mais forte do mundo fica fácil perceber o porquê ser mais fácil para o inglês viajar para outros países.
    Adoro Londres, espero poder volta lá mais vezes, tenho planos de estudar inglês embarcado lá.
    Os EUA para mim é basicamente entretenimento como turista, tenho muita vontade de andar nas montanhas russas do parques de lá, fazer compras, visitar os principais pontos turísticos. Não tive vontade de morar lá como tive em Londres e mais ainda em Paris.
    Para mim, optar pela Inglaterra para estudar inglês é a escolha mais natural, mas muita informações no post sofre de miopía!
    Desculpe por não ter escrito meu comentário em inglês, apesar de conseguir me comunicar de forma rasoável, ainda não me sinto a vontade escrevendo. Espero também que a Luciana não leve o que disse como critica a ela, muito pelo contrário gostaria de parabenizá-la pelos posts li ambos e me bateu uma invejinha de não ter tido a opotundiade de viver nos dois ambientes e tambem saudades de Londres! rsrs
    Acredito que o EE é um ambiente que procure jsutamente isso: a discussão. As discussões, quando saudáveis, só enriquessem o conteúdo original.
    Grande abraço!

  • 10/05/10  
    Xrpb diz: 46

    Não entendi muito bem que dica foi que ela passou …