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Interesting Tools for Writing : Hemingway App

22 May

well

by Well

Hi writters! Have you read a big, boring and dull article yet? That kind of article which makes you tired? Normally written by Well (I hope not)? Moreover, looking at the positive side, do you know those articles which are pleasant, that get your attention and make you want to keep reading?

I bet the answer is yes for all the questions, apart from the articles written by Well. I am here to help you to write the latter type of texts. Meet the Hemingway App.

hemingway-logo

In short, let’s use their own words: “Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear.” Their idea is pretty simple but it has a really good feature.

Basically you write (or copy) your text in their editor in the Write tab section:

hemingway-write-edit

and when you want to check your writing, check the Edit tab section. It will colour your text according to its issues. To show you the app working, take a look at their site explanation (pretty cool, isn’t it?).

hemingway-explaination

Having shown their own explanation, I put the first sentence of this post to the test and this is the result:

hemingway-mysentence

hemingway-grade

That is it for today and I hope it helps you. Give it a try! And I am eagerly waiting for new posts…

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It’s just not cricket!

19 Feb

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by Danilo Garcia

 

Hello Folks!

It’s been a while since I posted anything on this blog so here I am with some interesting info that you could use to get you to the top!…nope, not really… but that’s ok. You’ll get there eventually anyway. 🙂

Right, today I’m presenting some phrases and idioms commonly used by our fellow friends from Sheffield.
British people love cricket! No surprise there, they invented the damn sport. Because cricket plays a huge part in their culture, some phrases used on the pitch have become part of their daily spoken language. Let’s get started:

“He’s on the back foot” when someone is put on the defensive or outmaneuvered. In cricket it literally means that the batsman has moved their center of gravity onto their back foot – usually a defensive batting technique.

“She’s playing on a sticky wicket” – someone who is likely to get themselves into trouble for one reason or another. Usually as a result of a difficult or embarrassing situation, to mix my metaphors, it is along the lines of “skating on thin ice”. In cricket this describes a pitch with a difficult playing surface (usually wet) causing the ball to behave unpredictably.

“I was stumped” means to have no idea, facing a problem you didn’t see or don’t have a solution for. The stumps are the three upright sticks at the end of the wicket on which two bails (horizontal) sticks sit. In Brazil we call this the “little house”, the bowler or fielder tries to knock the bails off with the ball, in which case the batsman is stumped and out.

“I was hit for six” means to be shocked or surprised and not in a good way. In cricket a “six” is the highest score a batsman can make off a ball (without physically running). Six runs are awarded when the ball is hit past the boundary without hitting or bouncing in the infield.

“She had a good innings” Often used to describe someone who has lived a long life. In cricket a ‘good innings’ is all about perspective, if you are the bowler then it is getting the opposing players out whilst scoring the least number of runs. If you are the batsman then it means the opposite!

“He was bowled over” to be left speechless (in a good way) or pleasantly surprised. The opposite of “hit for six”. In cricket this is where the bowler hits the stumps without the batsman touching the ball with their bat.

“I was caught out” outwitted or outsmarted by another. In cricket it is what it says, when the batsman hits the ball and it is in turn caught by the opposing team.

“It’s just not cricket” You may hear this cry if someone perceives that the rules have been broken. It describes something that is unacceptable, unsportsmanlike behavior.

Hope you enjoyed that…and now show the world what you just learned because if you keep it to yourself, that’s just not cricket.

See you around.

Japanese does not eat only sushi!

17 Feb

André Sato

by André Sato

When you think about japanese food, what comes to your mind? I bet it is something related with raw fish, right? Nigiri sushi, makisushi (sushi roll), temaki, or any other western invention roll like hot roll are examples of what most non japanese people think about japanese cousine. But how about japanese people? Is that what they eat in their every day life? Sushi 3 times per day? I will try to show what an average person in Japan eats in every meal.

Let’s start with breakfast. In general, there are two types: the traditional one, which is popular among the eldest, and the western type, popular with the younger generations. There are variations, but the main items are: gohan (white rice), misoshiru (miso soup), yakizakana (grilled fish), tsukemono (kind of pickles), nato (fermented soy bean) and sometimes raw or half boiled eggs (nama tamago and onsen tamago). For the western type, usually they have a slice of shokupan (sliced bread) with eggs or jam together with milk or coffee.

Traditional Breakfast

For the next meal: lunch. Again, there are two main options. One is bringing or buying an obento (lunch box) and eat it at the office cafeteria or outside in some nearby square. Newly married men, or married men who the spouse cook for them, usually bring the lunch box filled with white rice with 2 or 3 types of small dishes like fried meat balls, sausage or omeletes, simple and common things most of the time.
Comercial Bento

Comercial Obento

Fancy Bento

Fancy Obento

The other option is eating out in a restaurant or in some fast food chain. A very popular fast food is the gyudon, served in restaurant chains like Matsuya, Sukiya or Yoshinoya. It is very cheap (less than $4) and it consists in just a bow of rice with very thin slices of beef with onions on top.
The plain gyudon

The plain gyudon

There are night bars which serve cheap lunch also, in average the price for a lunch would be around $10.
For dinner, at home, you can have again white rice with miso soup, with more variety of side and main dishes, such as kare (japanese curry), nikujaga (a kind of stew with potatoes), hamburguer patty, nabe (hot pot) in the winter, beef stew, tenpura (deep fried vegetables), shougayaki (chopped pork with onions and ginger), and many others.
Nikujaga, the flavor of homemade dish

Nikujaga, the flavor of homemade dish

After work, people in general go to have drinks in many different types of izakaya (japanese bars). Those izakayas can be specialized in yakitori (grilled chicken in sticks), yakiniku (grilled meat in genghiskan), okonomiyaki, oden, sushi (finally!), gyoza (dumpling), just to list a few of so many options.
Yakitori

Yakitori

They have also a large variety of restaurants, from many countries but this can be a topic for another post!

Useful – sometimes – List of the day

9 Jan

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by Mike

Well, I really didn’t want to ruin the German image with my first blog post, but I also didn’t want to write something technical or heavy but something funny and lightweight. So I came to the list of things you can do to drive others mad.

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Andrew Morris… life as a second language learner (part one)

6 Nov

andrewmorris

by Andrew

Hi I am Andrew and, like many British citizens, my experience of trying to learn a new language has been plagued with failure. At school I remember never enjoying language classes in French and German… it`s just an experience that you try and forget.

You fell into two camps basically. Either you were amazing and became fluent or the education system just didn’t seem to work for you. I was in that second camp, and even though I have learned to program in .net, foreign language success has failed me.

It’s funny the few moments that stick with you though your life. Mine revolve around my family holidays to France. As a young boy we would go to euro camp, and one summer I met a young French girl, and as an 8 year old this was my most amazing life experience, and somehow we started to communicate between languages. I would say `this object in English is a chair` and she would then say `In French this is chaise`

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Interesting Tools/Websites for Learning – Writing Tips

11 Sep

well

by Well

Hello interested people in the evolution of your knowledge. I am pretty sure you couldn’t wait for the time to check your most loved recurrent post in this blog. Thus, it is with great pleasure that I start saying that our post today and the next ones are going to be somewhat different from the older ones. I am going to post a few interesting websites in order to improve your writing. Under these circumstances you will be even more able to talk to people abroad, make new friends, renew old friendships, write for the blog (no pressure).

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Englishnese or Japanenglish

27 Jun
André Sato
by André
Hi everyone. This post is about English use in Japanese daily life. The  Japanese language has fewer sounds than most other languages. That means it is extremely difficult for them to note the different sounds that don’t exist in their own language. Along with the fact that after WWII, the USA started to gain much more influence in Japan, so new words were incorporated into the everyday life of a common Japanese person.

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