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How to learn English in your sleep?

“Learn English in your sleep?” you must be asking yourself that now. But is it true? SEDA College Online investigated this idea that seems so attractive and confusing.

Nowadays we know that this type of learning is almost impossible. Some studies show that even though some people are capable of keeping facts during their sleep, scientists say they could have woken up while hearing the recording.

Besides being impossible to teach things from scratch during one’s sleep, there are many ways, basic and sofisticated, of helping you to consolidate the knowledge acquired while you rest.

‘Manipulating’ dreams

Among many existing experiments to reach this goal, the French noble Marquis d’Hervey of Saint Denys found out better ways to manipulate their dreams through smells.

He showed the same sequence of objects to a group of volunteers while they inhaled an artifical fragance whilhe the other group was not introduced to any smell.

On the following day, 84% of the volunteers that inhaled the fragrance remembered exactly the sequence of objects.

The same approach can make the brain reproduce skills acquired during sleep, reinforcing the English learning.

Scientists opinion

According to the scientist Reiner, we still need to ask ourselves if it would be correct to manipulate people’s memories, even if it is with good intentions.

But the scientist also states that questions like this must not include the interest in learning during one’s sleep.

Reiner says that the ideal in just focusing in relaxing during sleep.

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Brazil gets worse in the English proficiency ranking: Change this!

Brazil went down from the 41st to the 53rd place in the international ranking regarding the English language. The research was done in 88 countries and evaluated 1.3 million people. And with that said, the country goes further down in the language proficiency.

The low level is a bigger problem, for it is an obstacle for development and innovation.

In Latin America the situation is not different, being the only region to show a general decline in the proficiency level.

English and equality are co-related

The research also shows that societies that speak English are more equalitarian and open. Of the top ten, only two (Singapore and South Africa) are not in Europe.

Among other metrics, these countries enroll more girls in pre-school and show a bigger proportion of women with bank accounts.

English and Work

English is also an important factor to improve the professional competitivity. In countries where people start investing in learning English leverage their carrers faster, being that those who are fluent in the language are always one step ahead in relation to those who don’t speak it.

The statistics show that in the professional field, women are in front: they study more than men in the whole world.

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Learn English with Harry Potter

Alohomora!  The muggles of the world all know that Netflix has released every Harry Potter movie! You know what this mean? Bing watching! And why not take this opportunity to learn English with the wizard?

A research done in 2018 showed that muggles all around the world have shown improvement in their language skills watching the 8 films from the Harry Potter saga. The study showed that 79% of the people said that the movies helped them understand English better and the adventures of the wizard were the movies that best estimulated their learning.

Keith Hawk, sênior member of the Mugglenet team said: “Certainly it is not surprising for millions of Harry Potter fans that the movies of the franchise we chosen as the number one path to learn English through cinema.” He adds: “The movies will help any child or adult who is up for some learning through media, being that movies or books.”

The study also shows that the students who watched the movies are more interested in traveling to do an exchange program.

Since you don’t have a flying car and you Hogwarts letter hasn’t arrived yet, study with us at SEDA College Online. An online platform for you to learn fast, whenever you want. Become a member and give a expectro patronum in the fear of speaking English.

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English at the airport, airplane and immigration

Almost the end of the year, Christmas lights all around, and it is time to decide where to spend the holidays! If you want to travel to enjoy some cold, snow even, you may have to speak English at the airport, on the airplane and immigration

SEDA College Online have prepared the vocabulary with the most common words and expressions in English for you to travel easily and enjoy every minute.

At the airport

We are already used to seeing many words in English there. On international lands you will have to know every single word. Check our vocab and it may help you!

Aiport

Arrivals

Departures

Flight number

Delayed On time

Check- in open

Canceled

Boarding  / now boarding

 

At the check-in

There you might be asked about your boarding pass, passport, seats and baggage. Learn some questions and answers to rock in English!

Ticket

Passport

Can I see your ticket and passport, please?

Window

Aisle

Can I get a sit near the aisle?

Baggage/ Luggage

I need to check-in my luggage

Carry-on

Bag/ Suitcase

Are you checking in luggage or carrying on?

Boarding time

Where do I go next

Gate

Boarding Pass

Id (identification)

Seat

Take off

Land

 

On the plane

It’s time to practice the tips with the flight attendatns and even with some passengers. Remember that it is always important to say “please” and “thank you”.

Airplane

Flight attendant

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard

Please stow your carry on luggage underneath the sit in front of you or in an overhead bin

Please take your sit and fasten your seat belt

Headsets

Blanket

Would you like something to drink

 

Arriving

You’ve made it! The trip was wonderful, you are super happy to get to know a new country!

Landed

Thanks for flying with us

Immigration form

Why are you visiting the United States?

What is the  purpose of your visit?

I’m here on vacation

I’m here on business

Where will you be staying?

At this hotel

How long will you be staying?

Welcome To America / Welcome to England

Now you are ready to know every place that you have planned for your trip.

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SEDA College Online offers 50% DISCOUNT on BLACK FRIDAY

After studies that showed less than 3% of the population is fluent in English in Brazil, SEDA College Online offers 50% of discount on the annual plan on Black Friday.

Researches show that the whole world reveal that besides not developing a better dominance over the English language, Brazil also went from the 41st place to the 53rd in English proficiency around the world.

The country, which is the biggest in Latin America and counts with the 4th biggest city in the world, kept the low level in knowledge of the language, being that an obstacle for the country’s development.

BLACK FRIDAY

The online English platform SEDA College Online wishes to contribute massively to the change of the Brazilian statistics regarding the English language.

With the goal of delivering quality content, and making English learning possible to all, in the Black Friday week we are going to offer 50% discount on the annual plan!

HOW TO BUY?

SEDA College Online is a platform which works with English teaching through more than 30 online courses, from basic to advanced, with themes like “English for business”, “phrasal verbs”, “Linkedin”, among others.

The offer will be available from Wednesday (21/11) and will be limited, that is why you should ensure your ticket soon!

Get to know more about SEDA College Online by following us on the social medias and on our site.

Don’t waste time! Buy now your annual plan with more than 50% of discount clicking here.

 

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What are homographs?

Words that have the same spelling and different pronunciation in English are called homographs. These words also have different meanings.

Just like in Portuguese, English has many words that fit this group.

SEDA College Online has prepared 10 examples to make clear what homographs are.

  • Bear (animal)

I love brown bear

Bear (the verb; to stand)

I can’t bear this noise

 

  • Minute (time measure)

I’ll be there in a minute

Minute  (tiny)

Add just a minute amount of salt into the soup.

 

  • Close (not far)

The cafeteria is close

Close (verb)

The cafeteria will close in 5 minutes

 

  • Bar (place)

She was sitting at the bar

Bar (object)

I bought one bar of chocolate

 

  • Left (direction)

Look Left and right before you cross the road

Left (past of to leave)

Tha plane left for Paris last night

 

  • Letter (written document)

There is a letter for you

Letter (of the alphabet)

B is the second letter of the alphabet

 

  • Novel (fiction)

I read a lot of novels

Novel (new)

What a novel idea

 

  • Right (correct)

I’m sure I’m right

Right (direction)

Take a right turn at the intersection

 

  • Ring (jewelry)

What a beatiful ring!

Ring (to call)

I’ll ring you later

 

  • Sign (signal)

Headches may be a sign of stress

Sign (the verb)

You forgot to sign the cheque

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Do you know how important ‘English for Specific Purposes’ courses are? SEDA Online explains!

How about getting better prepared acquiring skills and specific vocabulary in English for your job area? SEDA College Online helps you acquire this knowledge with English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses.

They have as the main goal prepare the students according to the skills and vocabulary required in their own field, being able to communicate effectively when necessary.

The capacitations focus on developing communication skills in English in specific subjects, such as marketing, managing, Human Resources, and strategic thinking, for example. Therefore, these capacitations allow professionals to master relevant skills and be able to deliver the necessities of a global market.

On SEDA College Online it is possible to have access to courses with this objective, that help developing careers and English learning, since they teach specific vocabulary for certain situations. Check below some courses available now and go for them!

English for Business 

Hairdresser and Beauty Salon

Cabin Crew

Job Interview

Improve your Linkedin

Introduction to Digital Marketing

Sales Process

Persuasion

Sales Skills

Time management

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Tips to improve English

If you know the language and would like to improve certain aspects related to vocabulary and pronunciation, we have some tips to share that will help you improve English. Check!

Read out loud

It is a recommendation from specialists! Write a text then read it out loud. This will help you recognise proper writing and it will help you be more secure with pronunciation.

Meetups

This website has every person interested in many activities, with interests that go from gastronomy to languages. Be part of groups that will help you practice your English by speaking about nice topics. It’s the perfect opportunity to increase your vocabulary and make new friends.

Get to know more: https://www.meetup.com/pt-BR/

Conversation classes

There is nothing better to improve the language than practicing it! And one option is being part of conversation classes. Seek groups in your city or even a bunch of friends to practice.

SEDA College Online

With more than 30 available courses, SEDA College Online’s platform is a great option to improve your English. There are courses from beginner to advanced, and even specific ones related to jobs and the market, for example. It’s worth a look!

Check here: https://www.sedacollegeonline.com

 

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How to organize your schedule to learn English faster

We know that learning a language depends a lot on the dedication and persistency of the student.

Besides being a personal victory, everybody dreams in finding the formula to learn English faster. If the student knows how to organize their schedule, occupying themselves with diverse activities that will put the language in their routine, the result will be reached faster. Check some tips!

  • When you wake up, go for some radio stations in English. While you make breakfast, take a shower, brush your teeth, get dressed and leave the house, pay attention to the radio host. Nothing better than this to learn the accent, new words, slangs, etc.
  • Whenever you are going to class or work, listen to your favourite songs. Many times we sing without paying attention to the lyrics, intonation, meaning. For this to be useful in learning, it must be studied and understood.
  • After having an English class, check your notes, do the exercises, read out loud to make your pronunciation better.
  • Whenever you pause for a meal, listen to podcasts. You will be acquiring knowledge in different areas and will train your listening and comprehension.
  • While resting after classes and work, watch some movies or favourite series in English. Start paying attention to the dialogues, following the subtitles closely. After that, watch it without subtitles. Slowly your ears will be used to that and you will understand.

By acquiring these habits, organising your schedule and putting English more in your routine, you will be practicing it all day long, making your learning faster.

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The hardest parts about learning English

The fact that many people speak English and it is used all around, from tourism to academic writing, it is common to think it is easy to learn. But don’t be fooled: no language is actually easy to learn, not even English. Actually, every language is equally complex and every single aspect of it is tricky for foreigners.

If you want to speak, write, read and understand in an advanced level, you must conquer harder aspects of the language. These are five of the hardest things to learn about the language, check it out!

  1. Spelling System

One of the most challenging aspects of the language is its spelling system, which is very unpredictable. Instead of having a relation one-to-one between word and sound, any combination of vowels, consonant or vowels and consonants can be pronounced differently than it looks.

  1. Tenses

Trying to understand tenses can be very frustrating. Some of them are challenging because they have too many exceptions and make mastery harder.

Let’s use the present perfect continuous as an example:

“I have been travelling for two months.”

In English, you use the modal verb has + been and the verb with -ing to express the idea that some time has passed since the action started.

Even though that might sound like second nature to a native speaker, this is not so obvious to foreigners, especially to those who speak languages that don’t express this concept like this.
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  1. Polysemy and context

Many times we forget that the words are complex things with many meanings and functions. This is specifically true in English, where words can have the same surprising amount of different meanings and functions depending on where and how they are being used.

  1. Compound verbs (phrasal verbs)

One of the scariest things about learning the language is this section of weird verbs known as phrasal verbs. There are so many confusing ones.

They are, to make it simple, a combination of a noun and an adverb, a verb and a preposition, etc., things that work as one word only.

  1. Extensive Vocabulary

The size of the English vocabulary is huge and constantly growing. And there are many reasons for that.

There is a great variety of borrowed words as well, like many other languages. Most of them come from Latin, Greek and Germanic roots. Besides, English has reached a status of a global language, that is why it is constantly assimilating new words from other languages thanks to the internet.

But don’t be afraid of that, because even when we accept that it is hard, we keep going after more practice and during your exchange programme, you will hear a lot of it and eventually learn how to be fluent.

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