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Archive for March, 2010

Listening Comprehension: Movie Review Posted by on Mar 30, 2010

Today, we’re going to do a listening comprehension exercise with a movie review from VEJA. You can watch more of them here, as well as other interesting online content from the magazine. Questions 1. What is the title of “500 Days of Summer” in Portuguese? 2. What are the reviewers two favorite movies of the…

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Portuguese Numbers 1-100 Posted by on Mar 29, 2010

Today we’re going to learn numbers in Portuguese from 1-100.  I’ve also added the transliteration, or how they’re pronounced, in Brazilian portuguese. 1 um oohm 2 dois doy-z 3 três treh-z 4 quatro kwah-troh 5 cinco seen-coh 6 seis say-z 7 sete seh-chee 8 oito oy-too 9 nove noh-vee 10 dez deh-z 11 onze ohn-zee 12…

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Jokes in Portuguese Posted by on Mar 29, 2010

Jokes in Portuguese, called piadas, tend to poke fun at different groups, like in English: lawyers, doctors, people from specific parts of the country, blondes, and famous people. Brazilian jokes also poke fun at Argentines, Portuguese people, soccer players, and caipiras, or people from rural areas.  Let’s take a look at some jokes, and see…

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Play Games in Portuguese Posted by on Mar 25, 2010

Learning a language doesn’t have to be boring. Check out some of these fun games to help you learn Portuguese! Crossword with pictures Hangman Find the incorrect word Adverbs Word Search Crossword Puzzle Crucigramas Excellent vocabulary games Also, you can check out these games intended for Portuguese-speaking children that can actually be quite useful for…

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Reading Comprehension: Internet Dating Posted by on Mar 24, 2010

For today’s reading comprehension, we’re going to read a BBC Brasil article about an indigenous couple who met on the Internet. Casal indígena se conhece na internet Excerpt: “O casal Gasodá Suruí e Maria Leonice, ou Tori Tupari, seu nome indígena, se conheceu pela Internet e até casou pela rede. Eles são um exemplo de…

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Lyrics Translation: The Girl From Ipanema Posted by on Mar 23, 2010

One of the most internationally famous bossa nova songs of all time, The Girl from Ipanema is a classic with easy to follow lyrics. It’s useful to see a side by side translation, especially since the song is also sung in English (the most famous recording by Frank Sinatra), but with slightly different lyrics. Here…

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Baianês – How to Speak Like You’re From Bahia Posted by on Mar 22, 2010

As you’re reading this, I’ll probably be in Salvador, Bahia!  My friend and I are in Salvador and Morro de São Paulo in Brazil’s northeast state of Bahia this week. I have always wanted to go to Bahia because of the state’s rich culture, music, and food.  Salvador is the state’s capital and it supposedly has…

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