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Time for our Christmas recipe: Tender Posted by on Dec 10, 2019

Saudações a todos os leitores! Greetings to all readers! So it is dezembro (December) already. But before the New Year rolls in, it is time to focus our energies on the main event: A ceia de natal (Christmas dinner). As we have mentioned in other Holidays-related posts, Brazilians are all about véspera de natal (Christmas…

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Body language in Portuguese Posted by on Nov 30, 2019

 E aí, caros leitores? What’s up, dear readers? Time to put a smile on your face because we have a new post today! A linguagem corporal (body language) is something intrinsic to our daily lives even if we don’t realize it. We are constantly communicating through our bodies and transmitting non-verbal information with our movimentos (movements), gestos (gestures) and expressões…

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How to say ‘call’ in Portuguese Posted by on Nov 26, 2019

woman on the phone

You might remember the scene: two men are standing on the sidewalk, one of them asks the other: call me a cab! to which the other replies: you’re a cab! Well, these two are none other than the great Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor in the unforgettable 1952 musical Singing in the Rain. In addition…

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What is ‘cair a ficha’ in Portuguese? Posted by on Nov 16, 2019

Saudações a todos os leitores! Greetings, everyone! The other day I was thinking about interesting topics to cover in our blog and then it hit me: I should write about cair a ficha! Cair a ficha is a popular idiom that we use regularly in Portuguese to express that moment when we realize or notice…

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Who will sign Chico Buarque’s literary prize? Posted by on Oct 31, 2019

Brazil is just one of many countries that has Portuguese as its lingua materna (native language). In addition to Portugal, several other African and even Asian countries speak variations of the language, which, due to its regional and continental diversity, comprises a wide range of sotaques (accents), palavras (words) and expressões (idioms). To unite these…

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A guide to Brazilian street food II Posted by on Oct 21, 2019

Olá famintos leitores de nosso blog, como vocês estão? Hello hungry blog readers, how are you? I hope you have an appetite, since today’s text, as promised, will get on with the second part of the best known comidas de rua (street food) found in Brazil. If you missed the first part, exclusively dedicated to…

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Brazilian states: Bahia Posted by on Oct 13, 2019

“Sorria, você está na Bahia!” (Smile, you are in Bahia!) Our third estado (state) covered in the series of texts that pave the way to each of Brazil’s 27 federative units is history, music, sol (sun), mar (sea), joy and dance. With the design of its fronteiras (borders) that closely resembles Brazil’s own outline, Bahia…

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