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Archive for December, 2007

Réveillon: New Years in Brazil Posted by on Dec 31, 2007

Millions flock to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro on New Year’s Eve to make offerings and watch a spectacular fireworks display. New Year’s Eve in Brazil is called Réveillon, from the French word for the long holiday dinners preceding Christmas and New Year’s Day. Though celebrations abound throughout the country, the most famous, and…

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Arvore de Natal: Christmas Tree in Rio de Janeiro Posted by on Dec 27, 2007

Every year Cariocas (natives of Rio) look forward to lighting the giant Christmas tree that floats on the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas Well, to be fair it’s not technically a tree so much as a huge tree-shaped frame covered in about 3 million electronically-controlled lights. Also there are magnificent colored spotlights at the tree’s base…

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Separated Siamese Twins to Spend First Christmas at Home Posted by on Dec 19, 2007

A heartwarming holiday story from Belo Horizonte, MG Gêmeas siamesas separadas em abril passarão pela primeira vez o Natal em casa – O Globo Online Blogged with Flock

Let’s Discuss: How to Comment on the Blog Posted by on Dec 18, 2007

I hear so many fascinating things from you, the readers of the Portuguese Blog who email me your thoughts. These are often ideas that would benefit the readership as a whole, so I encourage you all to come comment on the Blog posts. Clearly some posts are natural conversation-starters, and others may just be another…

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Waking Up… in Portuguese Posted by on Dec 17, 2007

This Portuguese Blog podcast post teaches you some good phrases for describing your morning ritual. Podcast: Click here for the podcast audio, or subscribe to the podcast in iTunes for free. … Continue Reading

Meu Nome Não É Johnny Posted by on Dec 12, 2007

Upcoming Brazilian movie promises to be exciting and polemic. On the heels of Tropa de Elite comes another movie that deals with the drug trade in Rio’s posh Zona Sul neighborhoods. Meu Nome Não É Johnny tells the true story of João Guilherme Estrella, a well-liked ‘playboy’ (rich kid) whose personal ambition and intensity lead…

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And the Winner Is… Posted by on Dec 10, 2007

Parabéns Leanna for scoring a perfect 20/20!! First of all, I have to say that I was extremely impressed by both the volume and quality of the responses that came in from all of you lovely readers out there. A true testament both to the vigor with which you all pursue knowledge of the Portuguese…

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