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Autor:  Fran
E-mail:  não-disponível
Data:  17/MAI/2014 6:08 PM
Assunto:  Family
Mensagem:  I have an American cousin. Her mom, my aunt, is Brazilian. My cousin's father is American, but I've never met him because my aunt got a divorce 20 years ago. I've asked my cousin questions about my ESL books, and she tells me that the dialogues in the books I have don't sound natural to her. It's frustrating to me because these are very good and modern books written by native speakers, but I understand that textbooks have vocabulary and language structure goals to achieve. I showed my cousin an accompanying video for one of my textbooks, and on that video people are walking down Central Park in NY and a lady comes with a mic and asks people their name and if they can spell it. Maria, my cousin, gets very annoyed at these kinds of videos. She's a NYC native and maybe that's why she's a bit impatient, I don't know for sure. But I understand that ESL books are for learners.

Most likely no one would come out of the blue and look at me and say "My cousin is a doctor." 

However if a translation is required, it is easy just to write "Meu primo ou Minha prima é médico(a)."

As learners we shouldn't get so caught up in minor details. We need to make room to learn the culture as Dale and Ricardo have mentioned.

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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Family  –  Luciane  15/MAI/2014, 3:10 PM
Family  –  Dale Thomas / USA  15/MAI/2014, 7:31 PM
Family  –  Luciane  16/MAI/2014, 9:52 AM
Family  –  Dale Thomas / USA  16/MAI/2014, 7:17 PM
Family  –  Ricardo - EMB  16/MAI/2014, 8:12 PM
Family  –  Dale Thomas / USA  16/MAI/2014, 10:35 PM
 Family  –  Fran  17/MAI/2014, 6:08 PM
Family  –  Dale Thomas / USA  18/MAI/2014, 4:14 PM
Family  –  Fran  29/MAI/2014, 1:39 PM

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