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Onomatopeia – sounds “Translated” into words Posted by on Jan 5, 2016

Oi pessoal! Espero que vocês tenham tido um ano novo maravilhoso. (I hope you had an amazing New Year’s) Getting used to sounds in other languages can be challenging since the letters as well as the combination of letter to make a sound can vary from language to language. For this reason, Onomatopeia (onomatopoeia) will…

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Tradições de Ano Novo no Brazil – Brazilian New Year’s traditions Posted by on Dec 31, 2015

New Year’s eve is all about celebrating, exchanging greetings, reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future. And, of course, popping champagne para dar boas-vindas (to welcome) the upcoming year with enthusiasm. Even though the general mood is of renewal and positivity, people honor the occasion differently across the globe. In Brazil, the…

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Family tree em Português Posted by on Dec 28, 2015

Oi pessoal! I hope you had a great Natal (Christmas) and had the chance to spend some time with your famíllia (family). Speaking of família, have you ever been in a situation when you are talking about someone and trying to explain what your relationship to that person is? If they are a cousin, or…

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Então é Natal! (And so this is Christmas!) Posted by on Dec 24, 2015

É véspera de Natal! (It’s Christmas Eve!) Since last post was about some Christmas traditions in Brazil, I thought I’d get you in a festive mood by showing you some Christmas songs that typically invade Brazilian homes, shops, restaurants and cafés during the Holidays. As mentioned previously, many Brazilian Christmas customs were largely influenced by…

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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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