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6 Tradições de Natal – Christmas tradition Posted by on Dec 21, 2015

Árvore de Natal da Lagoa, RJ - Photo by Juliana Fernandes

It is Christmas week, everyone! Since Brasil is predominantly a Catholic country, Christmas is, for most people, connected to religion. However, even for people who are not religious, the families still get together, exchange presents and have a meal. Some Brazilian traditions are the same as other countries and some are different. Let’s check them…

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Brazilian Drinks Posted by on Dec 18, 2015

Eating and drinking habits are intrinsically tied to a country’s identity, culture and tradition. Bebidas (Drinks) that have their origins in Brazil are portanto (therefore) deeply connected to our history. Since the holidays estão chegando (are coming up), what better occasion to introduce you guys to the most typical and widely consumed Brazilian alcoholic beverages?…

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Email – cover letter for jobs em Portugês Posted by on Dec 14, 2015

Photo by Jen Gallardo

Writing any type of text in another language is hard enough, but sometimes you can get away with a few mistakes when it is not a formal situation. However, when it comes to writing a cover letter or an email for a vaga de emprego (job opening), it is essential that you know how and…

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Animals as Adjectives Posted by on Dec 10, 2015

Oi, pessoal! (Hey, people!) Many languages use animals as an adjective to describe humans. Some may refer to the leading characteristic of the animal in question (such as slow, large) as a basis of comparison, whereas other can be more abstract and have nothing to do with the animal itself. Either way, the meaning of…

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No aeroporto – at the airport in Brasil Posted by on Dec 7, 2015

Photo by Infraero Aeroportos

Being in an aeroporto (airport) is never the best experience in the world. The long hours waiting around, the getting in filas (lines), the security check, the gate changes, the delays, and not to mention, the incredibly overpriced comida (food) and produtos (goods). There are ways to making the experience slightly more bearable: try to…

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