Portuguese Language Blog

Archive for June, 2011

Call a Plumber! Posted by on Jun 29, 2011

We’ve learned some bathroom vocabulary before, so today we’re going to learn some useful adjectives and verbs to go along with them, inspired by Adir‘s post from Inglês blog. 1. entupido = clogged A pia do banheiro está entupida! Precisamos de um encanador. The bathroom sink is clogged! We need a plumber. 2. consertar =…

Continue Reading

Copa América Posted by on Jun 28, 2011

The Copa América tournament, or America Cup, is a major soccer championship held in South America every two to four years with twelve teams from Latin America and sometimes from North America or Asia (Japan, the US, and Canada have participated). The first edition was held in 1916 in Argentina, with games played between Argentina…

Continue Reading

Orgulho Gay em São Paulo Posted by on Jun 27, 2011

Yesterday was the São Paulo Gay Pride Parade, Parada do Orgulho Gay, the biggest gay pride parade in the world! This past weekend’s event turned 15 (and had a valsa de 15 anos to boot), and hit records with an estimated 4 million in attendance. This year has been a big one for a more…

Continue Reading

Say what you’re doing! In Portuguese! Posted by on Jun 24, 2011

Oi, tudo bem com vocês? Our video today will show you how to say that you are doing something now. In Portuguese we do this by using the verb estar (to be) in the present + the present participle of the main verb. Check out the video below and you can download the audio to…

Continue Reading

Veja Bem Posted by on Jun 23, 2011

Today we’re going to learn a useful expression that you can use in everyday conversation. Veja bem literally means “see here,” and can also translate as “Let me explain” or “Well now” or “Mind you.” It’s an expression you’d use before you’re about to tell someone something they may not like. Here’s an example that…

Continue Reading

Brazilian Recipes – Bolo de Banana Posted by on Jun 22, 2011

My mom, as well as many other Brazilian moms, have a mania (pronounced mah-knee-ah, NOT may-knee-ah), or habit, of seeing fruit that’s going bad and turning it into something it can become while going bad… So as not to waste it. I realized this past weekend that I’m starting to develop the saammee habit. Sunday…

Continue Reading

Collective Nouns in Portuguese: Objects Posted by on Jun 21, 2011

Today is our last installment of the collectives series, where we learn words for groups of objects. acervo – collection (art, collectibles, etc) baixela – tableware bagagem – luggage cartuchame – cartridges (ie for printers, video games, etc) clientela – clientele comboio – fleet of trucks, ships, or trains elenco – cast madeixa – tress/lock…

Continue Reading

Older posts