How to Learn English by Using Google?

Is Google taking over the world? I can’t confirm this, but it is without a doubt the predominating force on the internet. Its ads are everywhere and everybody wants to earn money with “Google AdSense”.The company founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brim, has become a major player in the online search market in the few years that it has been in existence. The brand name has become so famous that it has become a verb; the term has been included in the Oxford English dictionary, one of the major references for the English language. Take a look at this:

Mary Googled for Wikipedia references.
Mary procurou no Google por referências da Wikipedia.

It’s important to remember that the verb has to be capitalized. Now we will move on to the subject matter of how to learn English using Google search as a tool.

Descubra seu nível de inglês em 15 minutos! - Converse grátis por 15 minutos com um professor e verifique como está o seu inglês.
Começar agora!

Tip 1

If you are in doubt regarding the correct usage of a particular expression, all you have to do is test the two possibilities in Google, always putting the expression in “quotation” marks. Example:

“The Brazil is a big country” – (1 occurrences)
“Brazil is a big country” – (336

The second search string has a great deal more chances of being correct, therefore, use it. In the worst case scenario, you will be committing the same error as the more than 336 sites on the internet. If your search comes up empty, you can be sure that you have made a mistake.

Tip 2

If you are in doubt about the about how a particular word should be used in a sentence, you can use the wildcard character “*” placed between quotation marks. See:

“He * there for seven years”

Há quanto tempo você estuda inglês? Já passou por sua cabeça que você pode estar estudando de uma forma que dá pouco ou quase nenhum resultado? Que tal fazer um intensivo de inglês de 180 dias e recuperar o tempo perdido?Clique aqui e saiba como.

Applying the results, I found out that some words can be used in the sentence, they are: stayed, lived, worked e remained. Therefore, choose the one that makes sense to you.

Tip 3

We saved the best for last. Googlefight is a web site that compares two expressions and informs us which of them is more often cited on the web.

Did you enjoy these tips? Tell me in the comments how it helped you.

I hope that helps.

See ya!

Collaborator: Mary Ziller

Hora de Praticar

O nosso parceiro está oferecendo 15 minutos de Aula Grátis para você colocar em prática o que acabou de aprender. Não perca essa oportunidade.

Acessar Código Promocional


Alessandro Brandão

Alessandro Brandão é coordenador do English Experts e do Fórum de idiomas. Trabalha também em projetos na área de Ensino a Distância (EaD).

Mostrar 2 comentários