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Archive for June, 2009

Podcast: Air Travel Posted by on Jun 30, 2009

Today, we’re going to discuss air travel on the podcast. Click here for the podcast. Fui ao aeroporto às 16:00 horas. Fiz o check-in, passei pela imigração e pela segurança. Depois, esperei no portão. Embarquei no avião e achei o meu assento. A aeromoça trouxe o jantar e depois fiquei dormindo. Quando cheguei ao aeroporto…

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Favorite Brazilian Soccer Team Posted by on Jun 26, 2009

In Brazil, soccer is life, and your favorite local team can define who you are. While everyone roots for the national team, rivalries run deep amongst city teams, where the heart of Brazilian soccer really lies. So for today’s interactive feature, the question is: what’s your favorite Brazilian soccer team? In Rio de Janeiro, there…

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Estar vs. Ser Posted by on Jun 25, 2009

One of the difficult things for English speakers to learn in Portuguese is to distinguish between estar and ser, which both mean to be. Let’s review this very important concept. First, let’s take a look at how we conjugate both in the present simple tense, since they have similar conjugations. ser eu sou tu és…

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São Paulo Fashion Week 2009 Posted by on Jun 24, 2009

São Paulo hosted another successful Fashion Week last week, attracting Brazil’s top designers and some of its most famous runway models, including Gisele and model of the moment Jesus Luiz. Check out the coverage below. Links Official Site UOL Monsters and Critics Hint Fashion Magazine Cool Hunting

Brazil to Bail Out Citibank Posted by on Jun 23, 2009

At a press conference in Sao Paulo this week, Citibank CEO Vikram Pandit announced that the bank is putting its hopes on developing economies like Brazil to boost the company after billion dollar losses. After the credit crisis in the United States, Citibank hopes economies like Brazil’s will provide much needed growth. Brazil has the…

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Brazilian Dance: Chula Posted by on Jun 22, 2009

Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil’s southernmost state and one of the states most heavily populated by European descendants, has a number of traditional dances that come from several European traditions. One of these dances is called chula. Of Portuguese origin, this dance is done in male pairs by stomping and tapping in a sort of…

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Favorite Brazilian TV Show Posted by on Jun 19, 2009

For today’s interactive feature, the question is: what is your favorite Brazilian TV show? Though Brazil is best known for its novelas, it also has produced some interesting reality shows, often local adaptations of foreign reality shows. I happen to be a big fan of “Troca de Familia,” a Brazilian adaptation of the American show…

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