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Archive for April, 2011

Brazil Stand Up Comedy Posted by on Apr 28, 2011

One of the best ways to determine if you’re an advanced speaker of any language is to test to see how much humor you can understand. If you can understand jokes in Portuguese, you’re in good shape, but if you can understand stand up comedy, you’ve come a long way! So today, we’re going to…

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Portuguese Translation Trick Posted by on Apr 27, 2011

Here’s a handy trick for translating words, learning new vocabulary, or visualizing a new concept when learning Portuguese. It works best with certain types of speech, particularly objects, some nouns, and even verbs, and it works best for words that are best understood in a visual format. It’s especially helpful for visual learners! Let’s say…

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Listening Comprehension: Dog Psychology Posted by on Apr 27, 2011

Fántastico is a Sunday news program on TV Globo that includes various lifestyle segments that are really helpful for those learning Portuguese. They have fairly simple language and use some basic vocabulary words. Today, we’ll take a look at a segment on dog psychology. Watch the video and see if you can answer the questions!…

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Tonico e Tinoco – Country Living Posted by on Apr 25, 2011

My friends and I spent Easter weekend at my friend’s farm a ways away outside São Paulo City, and since we were in the countryside, we decided to jam pack our playlists with sertanejo, or Brazilian country music. It’s pretty popular amongst the younger crowd here, like with singers such as Luan Santana, who’s only…

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Reading Comprehension: Royal Wedding Posted by on Apr 24, 2011

The Brazilian media has excellent international coverage, and like in many places around the world, the British royal wedding is in the news in Brazil. Today, we’re going to read a few articles in Portuguese about the wedding to test reading comprehension. It’s not about Brazil, but it’s important to be able to understand international…

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Portuguese Vocabulary: In the Bathroom Posted by on Apr 21, 2011

One of the most essential things you need to know when traveling or living in any country is how to find a bathroom, or about how to work a shower. These may not be very romantic or exciting words, but they’re really handy! So here are some important words you need to know. banheiro –…

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Brazil World Cup Cities Posted by on Apr 19, 2011

Recently, the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism released a bunch of short videos about the World Cup host cities in 2014. They’re available in English, but we’re going to watch them in Portuguese, of course. They’re a short little overview of what each city has to offer visitors, so you can see scenes from around Brazil…

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