Charlie, who was privileged to be born with the gift to beam himself forward or backward in time, is concerned with the psychological well-being of the good citizens both in the USA and Brazil. People in both countries have been thrown into states of emotional anxiety during the 2018 elections. By going back in time and speaking to patriotic and wise humans from the past, he has brought us some insight and, hopefully, perspective. See if you can guess who said what.
Try to beam yourself back, at least in your imagination. Which quotation do you think was said by:
a. George Orwell, pen name of Eric Blair, British novelist, essayist, social critic & journalist (1903 – 1950)
b. John Adams, 2nd president of the United States (1735 – 1836)
c. John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States (1917 – 1963; death by assassination)
d. Mahatma Gandhi, nonviolent Indian activist for independence against Great Britain (1869 – 1948; death by assassination)
e. Mao Zedong, Communist revolutionary & founder of the People’s Republic of China (1893 – 1976)
f. Martin Luther King, Jr., nonviolent American civil rights movement leader (1929 – 1968; death by assassination)
g. Plato, Greek philosopher & founder of the 1st institution of higher learning in the Western World (428/427 – 348 /347 BCE)
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A Betsy é uma pessoa muito cativante e uma professora genial. Nós nos conhecemos há bastante tempo, quando eu estava começando a aprender inglês. Eu sempre admirei o jeito divertido que ela tem de ensinar. Ela é uma das pessoas mais antenadas que eu conheço e tem uma cultura geral impressionante. Adoro os textos personalizados que ela cria, o que faz com que as aulas sejam sempre surpreendentes. Eu simplesmente adoro as nossas aulas! Me sinto privilegiada.
I have known Betsy for a long time, and in all these years I have learned so much from her… not just English, but from her vast experience as a teacher and as a person. Being an excellent teacher is not just about knowing your subject perfectly (which is of course the case since English is her first language) but also about loving to learn and to relate to people from all kinds of backgrounds and ages. I had as much fun in her classes as a nerdy Star Wars / Elvis teen fan as I do now as busy working grown up!
Betsy is my little sister, and I am very proud of her for her amazing language capabilities. When she was just a small girl, she would sometimes make up new words when she needed to, to avoid being slowed down by not knowing the “mainstream” word. Example: her word, “benext”, a combination of “beside” and “next to”, which simple meant “do lado” (but long before she ever encountered Portuguese, of course).
Betsy was the my English teacher in Uberaba, a long time ago…. An excellent teacher, a wonderful human-being. She gave me the nickname I gladly adopted ever since. We became close friends and we are still close – in our hearts.