Heading south

Heading south

Beatriz Braga

Sitting on the dock of the bay, watching the time passing by like a cargo ship heading south, there he was – as always – wishing for something to change. – It’s heading south, he mumbled. – I can only imagine what kind of load it carries. So many different people, so many different stories in the […]

dawn vs down

dawn vs down

Yonara Mateus

Summertime. And the livin’ is easy. Pelo menos é o que disse a Billie e tantas outras divas reforçaram tão bem. Nós concordamos, claro. Nem sei bem porquê, mas uma das palavras em Inglês que mais me lembra o Verão é dawn. Mas não como o início, e sim o final do dia. É como se no Verão […]

What we’ve got

What we’ve got

Beatriz Braga

If we’ve got a home, if we’ve got shoes. If we’ve got love, if we’ve got schooling. If we’ve got souls, if we’ve got friendship – we’ve got it all! What we have is life. Nina Simone’s anthem to happiness is a beautiful lesson on how to appreciate our true blessings. When we pick ourselves […]

Life on a boat

Life on a boat

Beatriz Braga

Someone told me a smooth sea doesn’t make a skillful sailor. Well, I do not like sailing! The mere thought of it just gives me the shivers. I guess my seasickness comes from the difficult struggle of navigating in a life of challenges. We all should learn how to sail, really. To face the waves […]

Catch the scene | American Beauty

Catch the scene | American Beauty

Yonara Mateus

Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can’t take it, and my heart is just going to cave in. Ricky Fitts: It was one of those days when it’s a minute away from snowing and there’s this electricity in the air. You can almost hear it, right? And this bag was […]

Brutally honest

Brutally honest

Beatriz Braga

Where do we set the boundaries between honesty and politeness? How far can we go when speaking the truth? There should be no need to state the obvious. Honesty is the best path to find ourselves, even if our wish is to get lost. “No, I won’t go out with you. I don’t feel like […]

Wildflower fields

Wildflower fields

Beatriz Braga

There is a holy place where you can be who you are, go where you will and share the path of freedom. It is the land of dreams, where nature lives in peace and helps you fly over wildflower fields. This is where magic hides: so close and yet so far away. “Oh, Florence! What a […]

Catch the scene | Star Wars

Catch the scene | Star Wars

Yonara Mateus

If you only knew the power of the dark side. [The Empire Strikes Back] Vader: Luke, you’ve not yet realized your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join me and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy. Vader: Luke, […]

Like a tattoo

Like a tattoo

Beatriz Braga

I had a wise black cat. He was black like the darkest of the nights, wise like the brightest of the days. I had a wise black cat who smiled when I cried and healed my falling tears and broken dreams. He was gentle like a flower, sweet like a Sunday morning, warm like a […]

Law vs Low

Law vs Low

Yonara Mateus

This pair of false friends is absolutely charming! They could be lovers, in fact. But they are not. E nós adoramos este “casal” não só porque as duas palavras são… “fofinhas” (parecem fazer parte de uma brincadeira de crianças), mas principalmente porque, sendo tão parecidas, não têm nada a ver uma com a outra. Law […]

Language of Love

Language of Love

Beatriz Braga

“What language do words speak? What if words spoke a language?” Wondered Alice as she put her son to bed. “Carry on, mummy. I like this topic.” Sam, her brilliant and sensitive little boy, encouraged her to continue her wandering thoughts. “We are all united by the meaning of words even if we speak different languages.” “But […]

Catch the scene | Notting Hill

Catch the scene | Notting Hill

Yonara Mateus

I’m also just a girl… standing in front of a boy… asking him to love her. William: Anna, look… I’m a fairly levelheaded bloke, not often in and out of love. But, can I just say no to your kind request and… leave it at that? William: Anna, olha… eu até sou um tipo ponderado, moderado no amor. […]

The Lesson

The Lesson

Beatriz Braga

As he parked his car close to Joe’s coffee shop, Phil realized he was running late for his first English class. It was the first after school learning experience and he was a nervous wreck! – Oh boy, what did I get myself into…  He could not help but wonder if his teacher would be […]

O nosso maior pecado

O nosso maior pecado

Yonara Mateus

[Clap your hands if that happens to you as well] Aqui no TEA sentimos por vezes uma profunda preguiça de sermos sociais… nos social media. Gostamos imenso de pessoas, principalmente das nossas (os nossos affairs, os nossos teachers e todos os TEA friends). E, talvez por isso, mergulhamos de cabeça e coração no meio de tea packs, tea sessions, personal plans, personal summaries, info sheets, work sheets, e tantas outras […]

beer vs bear

beer vs bear

Yonara Mateus

Qual é a diferença entre estas duas palavras? Toda. Na verdade, a única coisa que as aproxima é o grafismo parecido: ambas são monossilábicas, têm igual número de consoantes e vogais, e começam e terminam com as mesmas letras (b-r). E só. They have nothing else in common, nor the sound (they are not homophones), nor the spelling (they are not […]

Jane and Jimmy

Jane and Jimmy

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By Shuang Wu Jane was 28 when she met Jimmy. It was {raining cats and dogs}, Jane didn’t have an umbrella and neither did Jimmy. They started chatting about the weather, then the {cheesy} film they both had seen. Jimmy was the first {carrot top} that Jane had gone out with. He didn’t have a handsome face […]