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Archive for January, 2009

Podcast: Shopping for Clothes Posted by on Jan 30, 2009

This week, we’re going to look at language to use when shopping for clothing, specifically men’s clothing. After you listen to the podcast, make sure you check out the BYKI list. Click the link below to hear the podcast. Clothing Podcast Estou procurando uma camisa polo e calças cáqui. A marca não importa, mas quero…

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World Social Forum Kicks Off in Belém Posted by on Jan 29, 2009

This week, the northern Brazilian city of Belém is hosting the World Social Forum, a meeting of leftist groups meant to counter the Davos World Economic Forum currently taking place in Switzerland. 100,000 people from environmental groups, feminist organizations, non-profits, religious organizations, and other groups have flocked to Brazil to discuss global issues, the most…

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Economic Crisis Hits Rio Carnival Posted by on Jan 28, 2009

The global economic crisis has begun to affect Brazil, with mass lay-offs and budget cuts. The latest victim of the crisis is Rio de Janeiro’s world famous Carnival celebration. First, price increases are hitting the samba schools hard. Materials used to create costumes and floats have are now much more expensive after a 7% increase…

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NGO Focus: Projeto Beija-Flor Posted by on Jan 27, 2009

Today, we’re starting a new series where we look at grassroots NGOs operating in Brazil. The Projeto Beija-Flor, or the Hummingbird Project, is a part of the Children at Risk Foundation, created by Gregory Smith in 1993 in São Paulo. The purpose of the organization is to defend street children’s rights, to give street children…

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Brazilian Profile: Guilherme Marche Posted by on Jan 26, 2009

Born in 1982, he’s become a millionaire at the age of 26 as a professional rodeo bullrider. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and two children, where he runs a ranch and a steakhouse, as well as competing in rodeos. But surprisingly, this cowboy is Brazilian. Marche, dubbed Sabonete (Soap) as a child…

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Beach Food in Rio de Janeiro Posted by on Jan 23, 2009

On the beach and boardwalk in Rio, you can get lots of different food from mobile vendors, including boiled corn, popcorn, ice cream, churros, sandwiches, Middle Eastern food, soda, and plenty of snacks. Now, several companies are introducing special carts to the boardwalk in Rio so you can buy a variety of food and beverages…

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HIV Test Could Help Thousands of Brazilians Posted by on Jan 21, 2009

In a recent report, the Brazilian Ministry of Health revealed that an estimated 250,000 Brazilians are infected with HIV–and have no idea. However, since Brazil is on the forefront of HIV prevention and treatment, all of those infected could easily find out and begin to receive free treatment. The Brazilian public health system uses a…

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