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Brazil Elections 2010 Posted by on Sep 29, 2010

The Brazilian elections are coming up in October, and along with senators, congressmen, and governors, this election will also decide the nation’s new president, ending Lula’s eight year term in office. Today we’re going to take a look at the presidential candidates. Keep your eyes on the news this weekend, since the first round of…

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Tropa de Elite 2 Posted by on Sep 28, 2010

Next week, one of Brazil’s most highly anticipated films is coming out, Tropa de Elite 2, or Elite Squad 2. The first film, Tropa de Elite, was one of Brazil’s biggest cinematic successes, despite the fact that a pirated DVD was released before its premiere and thousands of people saw the movie before it came…

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Brazilian Presidential Elections – Plínio de Arruda Posted by on Sep 27, 2010

With just a couple of weeks until elections, I still don’t know who I’m going to vote for as president, but one of the candidates I hadn’t even considered who continues to impress me in the presidential debates, is Plínio de Arruda Sampaio, who is the candidade for PSOL (Partido Socialismo e Liberdade), who is…

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Brazilian Volleyball Posted by on Sep 27, 2010

While soccer dominates the sports scene in Brazil, there are actually several other sports that are popular, including Formula 1 and volleyball. Several types of Brazilian volleyball are popular, including men’s and women’s teams, as well as indoor and beach volleyball. Brazilian volleyball players are among the best in the world. The Volleyball World Championship…

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Better Know Santa Catarina Posted by on Sep 24, 2010

In a segment akin to Jon Stewart’s Better Know a District, except a bit more serious, Brazil’s big nighttime news show is featuring different states and cities leading up to the elections. Here’s one of the recent episodes, where they discuss the state of Santa Catarina and one of its cities, Joinville. Watch the video…

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Portuguese Idioms… Translated? Posted by on Sep 21, 2010

Have you ever wondered how some expressions or idioms sound so silly if you were to translate them literally?  Imagine explaining “get off your high horse,” or “blow a lid off” to someone who doesn’t speak English… Well, if you think idioms in English are bizarre, imagine those in Portuguese!!  There’s a great “dictionary” that’s…

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New Music: Luisa Maita Posted by on Sep 20, 2010

Luisa Maita is one of Brazil’s up and coming singers who was recently featured on NPR, the Huffington Post, and Estadão, amongst others. Her song was also featured in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics promotional video created before Brazil won the games. Luisa’s father emigrated to Brazil from Syria, and fell in love with…

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