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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Betsy is a wonderful English teacher! Not only is she a native English speaker, but she is also “antenada” in what’s going on around the globe, enabling all kinds of subjects to be brought to light through very engaging and in-depth discussions, and providing a rich vocabulary, with words and expressions you don’t normally find in your usual English textbooks (and that are only ever mentioned on advanced English classes after years and years of going to the same English school). She is very open-minded and has a great sense of humor, making “convos” interesting and funny. And…Betsy loves cats – she is the best! Love, Carla & Amanda.
Meu compromisso semanal com a Betsy não pode ser considerado uma aula, e sim um momento onde dois amigos conversam, em inglês, sobre assuntos variado do dia a dia. Ela é uma pessoa muito atualizada, antenada no que acontece no mundo e em nossa cidade, e sempre traz seu ponto de vista sobre algum tema que debatemos. O que mais me impressiona é que a Betsy nunca vai para uma aula sem prepara-la, sem que tenha pesquisado e buscado textos e informações que muito acrescentam, tanto no idioma quanto no conhecimento geral. É um grande prazer poder usufruir de uma companhia tão agradável, e que não está preocupa somente em ensinar o idioma, mas que procura debater temas e assuntos do nosso cotidiano. Considero um privilégio este momento com ela, e somente tenho a agradecer sua dedicação e seu comprometimento.
A melhor novidade para 2017 será, sem duvida, o BLOG da Betsy. Excelente professora da Língua Inglesa, Betsy tem com seus alunos uma relação de amizade espontânea, acolhendo sugestões de temas atuais, abrindo caminho para que suas aulas sejam proficientemente dinâmicas e divertidas. Para mim, sua aluna e amiga, para todos os seus alunos, tenho certeza, serão de grande valia as consultas que faremos em busca de novos esclarecimentos.
Betsy and I worked together as teachers in an English School many years ago. The need of keeping my English fluent and updated inspired me to have classes with her, so, 3 other teachers and I formed a group for these classes. Betsy’s classes were always fun, full of new, challenging and interesting vocabulary, focusing on what was happening in the world and many times, with suggestions for our own classes. I still keep the material she prepared for us at that time and, surprisingly they are still fitted for my students. The environment where she teaches is so cozy that we believed we were abroad; this also contributed to the charm of the classes. Apart from that, Betsy and I have developed a strong friendship that has been kept alive up to now. I still turn to her whenever I need something and she never lets me down.