Seis estudantes de diferentes partes do mundo se encontram. O que eles têm em comum? São todos intercambistas estudando em uma universidade americana durante um semestre. Ao longo do semestre, eles aprendem mais inglês, conhecem sobre a cultura americana e ficam sabendo mais sobre suas áreas de estudo. Esta série Conversações Diárias* é sobre seis estudantes e suas experiências durante um semestre em uma universidade nos EUA. Essas conversas são para alunos de inglês de nível intermediário ou superior.
A série Conversações Diárias é uma ótima maneira de melhorar seu inglês. Os leitores de nível mais avançado podem aprender ainda mais rápido revendo este post original na íntegra em inglês.
One student (Akinyi) asks another (Ajay) about writing a college essay.
Akinyi: Hi, Ajay. Thanks for meeting me to talk about your college essay writing experience. Jana and Lucía told me you wrote a fantastic college essay.
Ajay: Well, it wasn’t that great. Is this for your cousin who’s applying to college in the U.S?
Akinyi: Yes, it is. Is there any advice you can give my cousin about writing her college essay?
Ajay: Sure. The first thing is to start early. She should plan on revising the essay many times. And that takes time. Her essay won’t be a masterpiece the first time. And if she pressures herself to write perfectly the first time, she might end up with bad writer’s block.
Akinyi: I think that may have happened to me when I tried to write my essay.
Ajay: It’s not uncommon, especially if you put pressure on yourself. Another great tip is to be concise. Her essay shouldn’t ramble on. She should avoid purple prose.
Akinyi: Only a writer would use the phrase “purple prose.” I haven’t heard that in a while.
Ajay: Well, journalists like being succinct!
Akinyi: It’s a great skill to have as a writer. We have to write succinct memos in my business classes. It can be really hard. So, any other advice for my cousin?
Ajay: I think it’s really important for her to be genuine and write about herself and show her personality in her essay.
Akinyi: That’s good advice. Thank you! I’m going to call her now and tell her all of your advice.
Agora vamos rever o vocabulário.
To revise [revisar) means to make changes, especially to correct and improve something.
A masterpiece [obra-prima] is something created with great skill and of excellent quality.
To end up with [acabar com] means to get as a result.
Writer’s block [bloqueio criativo; estar sem inspiração para escrever] is the problem of not being able to think of something to write about or not being able to continue writing an essay, story or other document.
When you put pressure on yourself [exigir de si mesmo], you demand excellence from yourself or you expect to be able to do something well or quickly. As a result of the pressure, you can feel stressed and worried.
Concise [sucinto] means to give information but use few words. It means to not include extra or unnecessary information.
To ramble on [tagarelar] means to talk or write for a long time without any clear purpose or direction.
Purple prose [escrita rebuscada]: writing that is elaborate (having much detail) or ornate (using fancy words).
When something is succinct [sucinto], it is briefly and clearly expressed. A person uses few words to express his or her idea.
To be genuine [genuíno] means to be sincere and honest.
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