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.
Students plan their first Halloween in the U.S. They talk about the costumes they will wear and the activities they will do on the holiday of Halloween.
Peter: Halloween is in just a couple of days. Does anybody have a costume?
Akinyi: You want to dress up and go trick-or-treating? Isn’t that only for kids?
Lucía: Halloween isn’t just for kids. There are a lot of events happening on campus.
Ajay: Like what?
Lee: The environmental club is putting together a haunted house.
Jana: Are you going to be part of it?
Lee: Yeah, but I can’t tell you what I’ll be doing. It has to be a surprise. Otherwise, it won’t be as scary. You should all come to the haunted house on Saturday night.
Peter: Yes, we should all dress up and go to the haunted house.
Lucía: I’m in! Also, there’s going to be food and games, like apple bobbing, in the student center that night, so we could go to that too.
Ajay: Okay, I’ll dress up too. What should I be?
Jana: Well, there are six of us. Should we think of a group of six characters and dress up as those characters?
Akinyi: We could be a group of superheroes.
Ajay: Yes! I’ve always wanted to be a superhero.
Peter: Why does that not surprise me?
Agora vamos rever o vocabulário.
Halloween [Dia das Bruxas] is not a formal holiday, but it is one of the major celebrations in the U.S. It is celebrated on October 31 each year. On Halloween, children dress up in costumes and go trick-or-treating. Adults sometimes dress up as well and attend parties.
A costume [fantasia] is the clothing worn by someone who is trying to look like a different person or thing.
To dress up [fantasiar-se] is a phrasal verb. In this context, it means to put on a costume. It can be followed by the word as to state what the costume is. For example, “I dressed up as Cinderella on Halloween.” “She will dress up as a robot.”
Trick-or-treating [gostosura ou travessura] is a Halloween custom. children knock on people’s doors and say “trick or treat” to ask for candy.
In colleges and universities in the U.S., there are often clubs. A club is a group of people who meet to participate in activities or events, such as a sport, hobby or other shared interest.
A haunted house [casa mal-assombrada] is a Halloween attraction. A building or series of rooms is decorated to frighten people as they walk through the house.
Apple bobbing [pescar maçã com a boca] (also known as bobbing for apples) is a game played, often by children, on Halloween. A large tub is filled with water. Apples are put in the water, and they float to the surface. Players try to pick up apples using only their teeth. They cannot use their arms.
A student center [centro estudantil] (also known as a student union) is a building on a university campus. A student center is a place for students to socialize, etc., and is the community center of the university.
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