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All Tied Up? – Brazilian Elections 2010 Posted by on May 31, 2010

This will be my first time voting in a presidential election in Brazil, and I must say, I’m not as excited as I wish I’d be.  Personally, I’m not crazy about any of the likely candidates…  But political opinion aside, it’s still pretty fun to keep track of and read up on what candidates have…

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Circuito Inffinito Posted by on May 28, 2010

Great news, Brazilian Portuguese fans! The Inffinito Brazilian Film Festival may be coming to your city this summer. The festival will be in New York from June 5 – 12, in Vancouver from July 15 – 18, in Miami from August 13 – 21, and in London from September 1 – 5. This is not…

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Side by Side Lyrics Translation: Jorge Ben Jor Posted by on May 26, 2010

One of my favorite songs about Brazil is Jorge Ben Jor’s “País Tropical,” an ode to Brazil and in particular, to Rio de Janeiro. The lyrics are very simple and quite easy to understand, so it’s a good song for beginners. Just a note: he refers to two very specific things: Flamengo, a popular Rio…

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Tocar vs. Brincar vs. Jogar Posted by on May 25, 2010

Sometimes, there’s more than one word for a single word in English. The three words tocar, brincar, and jogar are a perfect example, since they all translate as “to play” in English. tocar = to play (instrument) or to ring brincar = to play (children) jogar = to play (game/sport) Let’s take a look at…

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Watch Your Favorite TV Shows in Portuguese Posted by on May 24, 2010

Since being in Brazil, I’ve been getting my American TV shows fix online.  Since I have the privilege of speaking English and having a great internet connection, I don’t have to wait until the episodes get to cable tv in Brazil in order to keep up with my American friends’ Facebook comments on different shows…

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Samba da Vela Documentary Posted by on May 21, 2010

Though many foreigners assume Rio de Janeiro is where samba thrives, São Paulo is also a great place to hear one of Brazil’s most beloved musical forms. I found a neat little documentary about samba da vela, or candle samba, and the community that has grown around it in the Santo Amaro neighborhood of São…

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Basic soccer/football vocabulary Posted by on May 20, 2010

As the World Cup is about to kick off it’s time to learn or look over some basic soccer vocabulary. I hope the list below can get you warmed up and ready to play the game. Vocabulary: Futebol – Soccer/football Time – Team Seleção (brasileira) – (Brazil’s) National team   Jogador – Player Juiz/árbitro –…

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