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Archive for March, 2009

Podcast: Getting in Touch Posted by on Mar 31, 2009

Today is Podcast Day! Check out the podcast here: CommunicationsPodcast Also be sure to check out the BYKI list. Today, we’re going to learn about the terms used to discuss communication and getting in touch. Estou tentando entrar em contato com o Marcelo. Já liguei para a casa dele, mas ninguém está atendendo. Ele me…

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A Tale of Survival Posted by on Mar 30, 2009

Emerson de Oliveira Abreu, a Brazilian from Rio de Janeiro, is used to working in dangerous conditions under the water. As a boat maintanence scuba diver, he’s accustomed to working with tools below sea level. In his spare time, he likes to hunt fish near his home in Ilha do Governador. But this past weekend…

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Portuguese Vocabulary: Pets Posted by on Mar 27, 2009

Today we’re going to learn vocabulary about pets. pet = animal / bicho de estimação / mascote dog = cachorro / cão cat = gato bird = pássaro parakeet = periquito parrot = papagaio fish = peixe guinea pig = porquinho da índia pet store = pet shop dog food = ração para cachorro cat…

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Brazil’s Lula Announces Anti-Crisis Plan Posted by on Mar 26, 2009

Brazil’s President Lula announced an ambitious plan this week to stimulate the economy and to ward off the global crisis. The plan is to invest R$34 billion (US$15.1 billion) into constructing homes for working class families. The plan also aims to create 1.5 million jobs and to increase the country’s growth rate. However, 6.5 billion…

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Video Learning Series: Nelson Rodrigues Posted by on Mar 25, 2009

This week, we’re going to practice listening comprehension by watching a three part interview with one of Brazil’s greatest writers and playwrights, Nelson Rodrigues (1912-1980).

Amazon Turtle Rescue Posted by on Mar 24, 2009

A group of volunteers in a remote corner of the Amazon, on the Japurá River near the Colombian border, helped save nearly 8,000 endangered turtles. Run by the Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade, the project required volunteers to carefully watch and monitor nearly 300 turtle egg nests for six months. Later, the eggs…

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Airfare Deals to and around Brazil Posted by on Mar 23, 2009

Though the world economic crisis has wrecked havoc around the world, one of the positive effects has been the sharp decline in airfares to Brazil. In addition, Azul Airlines recently began operating in Brazil and now offers very competitive fares within the country. If you live in the US and want to travel to Brazil…

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