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Going to the médico (doctor) in Brazil Posted by on Oct 5, 2015

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Oi de novo pessoal! Going to the doctor is never pleasant, having to do so in a different culture and language could be quite estressante (stressful). So here are some tips and vocabulary to help you out. In some cultures it is quite common for people to go first to the General Practitioner, who will…

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Historical Cities in Brazil Posted by on Oct 2, 2015


If compared to European countries, Brazil is relatively jovem (young), being only a little over 500 years old. No entanto, (nevertheless), there are a great deal of cidades históricas (historical cities) like Ouro Preto, Tiradentes, Paraty, Olinda, Porto Seguro, Salvador among others that are part of our cultural heritage and stand as tributes to nosso…

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Letters L, NH, LH and QU in Português Brasileiro Posted by on Sep 28, 2015

Olá mais uma vez, gente! (Hello again, guys)   For the past two weeks, we have been busy getting to know some letters and their sounds in Portuguese. We have covered the letters S and R, and X and CH. This week we will finish up with some relatively easier ones: the letters L, NH,…

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The Media in Brazil Posted by on Sep 25, 2015


Reading local newspapers provide a lot of useful information and great insight into the political landscape and the  dynamics of a given society. To read media in another language is a great opportunity to keep yourself up-to-date with the últimos acontecimentos (latest developments) while also improving your reading and comprehension skills. For this post I have…

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Sounds X and CH in Português Brasileiro Posted by on Sep 21, 2015

Tudo joia, gente? (How are things, everyone?)   Last Monday we focused on the sounds S e R em Português, there are two other sounds which are also very important in Português: X e CH.   The sound X could be a difficult one for a non-native since there are four different ways of pronouncing…

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