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Different words – same meaning Posted by on Nov 23, 2015

Photo by Danuta Ferreira Bezerra e Silva

Hi everyone. Did you know that sometimes Brazilians from different parts of the country don’t understand each other even though we speak the same language? That is not only due to the accent, it is also because some of the words people use are regional. We have different names for objects and sometimes even different…

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Comics in Brazil Posted by on Nov 19, 2015

Semana passada (Last week), the 9th (nona) edition of FIQ – Festival International de Quadrinhos (International Comic Festival) was held in the city of Belo Horizonte. The event reúne (gathers) representative names of the graphic arts a cada dois anos (every two years), and it was elected the largest comic convention in Brazil . In…

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The latest tragedy in Brazil Posted by on Nov 17, 2015

On 6th November 2015 11 people lost their lives, 12 are desaparecidos (missing) and another 600 were left sem casa (homeless) after a barragem (dam) holding waste from an iron ore mine rompeu (collapsed) in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. At 60km/h, rivers of thick mud are flowing down valleys, and have already completely…

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Augmentative e diminutive in Portuguese Posted by on Nov 12, 2015

Olá, galerinha. Tudo certinho? (Hey, you guys, everything all right?) You may have noticed while trying to learn Portuguese or chatting with Brazilians that we really enjoy using the augmentative and the diminutive forms. It’s very common and we use it on a regular basis, so it’s important to learn how it works. The augmentative…

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Acentuação gráfica – accents em Português Posted by on Nov 10, 2015

Acento agudo (acute accent): It is always used above any vowel to indicate this vowel is part of the stressed syllable. It also indicates that the vowel sound is an open sound. Exemplos: Ela é uma menina amável. (She is a lovely girl) Esse não é um assunto típico da aula de física. (This…

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