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What do Brazilians celebrate on September 7th? Posted by on Sep 9, 2019

desfile de sete de setembro

Ei, gente! Hey, guys! This sete de setembro (September 7), Brazil completed 197 anos (years) of our declaration of independence. The date is symbolic for the nation as it concerns the separation from Portugal, for which the best known image is that of Dom Pedro I, heir to the Portuguese empire, on the banks of…

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The Amazon is burning Posted by on Aug 31, 2019

fogo, queimadas

Boa noite, leitores. Good evening, readers. In recent weeks, Brazil has been catching the eyes of the international media, but unfortunately for no praiseworthy reasons this time. Quite the contrary, Brazil made headlines for its neglect of the meio-ambiente (environment) that resulted in the incêndio criminoso (criminal fire) of the Amazon rainforest, the largest of…

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Brazilian states: Acre Posted by on Aug 23, 2019

Map of Brazil

Olá a todos! Hello to all! How well do you think you know Brazil? Well enough to know Acre? Despite its continental dimensions, only a small portion of Brazil is conhecida (known) to those who visit it or even to those who are native. In total, Brazil is divided into 27 estados (states) and each…

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The founder of Bossa Nova is gone Posted by on Aug 9, 2019

João Gilberto

Boa tarde, pessoal! Good afternoon, guys! Estão com vontade de ouvir um pouquinho de música? Are you in the mood for listening to some tunes? When we talk about Brazilian music, then definitely Bossa Nova comes to mind and everyone remembers its soft and harmonic melodies, the iconic songs that speak of the belezas naturais…

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Portuguese reading practice: Eduardo Bolsonaro and the Brazilian Embassy Posted by on Jul 31, 2019

the president's son

Saudações a todos! Greetings to all! In your opinion, what does it take to become an Embaixador (Ambassador)? Long-term experience? An in-depth conhecimento (knowledge) of the language and culture of the country? A solid background in diplomatic relations? Well, according to president Jair Bolsonaro, all it takes is to be related to him. Even better…

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Bora tomar uma? Brazilian bar culture Posted by on Jul 28, 2019

You should know by now that Brazilians love to have uma cerveja (a beer), right? It doesn’t matter if they are called a bar, “boteco”, “botequim”, “birosca” or the beloved “barzinho”, there is a place for you to tomar uma (grab a beer) anytime and anywhere. If you want to know a little more about…

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The Edge of Democracy Posted by on Jul 12, 2019

If you have been acompanhando (keeping up with) the recent political history of Brazil knows that it is quite troubled and hard to entender (understand). Even Brazilians find it difficult to find explanations for how the country has mudou (changed) so much in such a short period of time, polarizing a sociedade (society) between groups…

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