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Archive for November, 2009

Podcast Requests Posted by on Nov 26, 2009

Podcast time is coming up soon, and for today’s interactive feature, the question is: what topic would you like to hear on the next podcast? Check out the podcast archives to see what’s been done already, in case you haven’t yet. Then let me know what you’d like to learn! To all the U.S.-based readers,…

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Caminho das Indias Wins International Emmy Posted by on Nov 25, 2009

On Monday, Globo Brazil’s Caminho das Indias novela won the Best Soap Opera award at the International Emmy Awards in New York. The show, which was one of the most popular TV programs in Brazil during its run, beat out its competition from France and the Philippines. The show’s creator, Maria Perez, says the show…

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Lyrics Practice: Maria Rita Posted by on Nov 24, 2009

Today, we’re going to do a listening practice with Maria Rita‘s song “Estrela, estrela.” This particular video has (imperfect) subtitles in English, but I’m going to include the original Portuguese lyrics so you can practice twice: one, matching the English translations to the song, and the second, following along with the Portuguese words. Though the…

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Sting Meets With Brazilian Indigenous Leaders Posted by on Nov 23, 2009

Yesterday, British pop star Sting met with several indigenous leaders Caiapó tribe to discuss the Brazilian government’s plans to construct a massive hydroelectric plant in the state of Pará, which would affect the Caiapó’s lands. Sting met the leaders twenty years ago on the Xingu reservation, which inspired him to create a non-profit, the Rainforest…

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Thanksgiving Vocabulary Posted by on Nov 20, 2009

In Brazil, there’s no such thing as Thanksgiving, but it’s useful to know vocabulary about your own culture so that you can share it with your friends in Portuguese. It’s much easier to explain something foreign when you know the right words. Let’s take a look: holiday = feriado Thanksgiving Day = Dia de Ação…

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