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Brazilian Recipe: Escondidinho Posted by on Oct 31, 2011

The escondidinho is one of my favorite Brazilian recipes, not just because it’s delicious but because of the adorable name. Escondido means hidden, and by adding the diminutive, you could translate it as “a little something hidden.” This traditional recipe is made with mandioca (cassava) and a meat of choice, including carne seca (dried meat)…

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Vídeo: Asking personal information in Portuguese Posted by on Oct 28, 2011

Oi, pessoal, tudo bem? We’re back with another series of videos for beginning students of Portuguese. The first one is about asking what someone does, their occupation, and their educational background. You can also download the audio from the video to practice the sentences, tudo bem? Espero que vocês gostem! If you’re reading this post…

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Halloween in Brazil Posted by on Oct 27, 2011

While Halloween is not a Brazilian holiday, it has gained more popularity in Brazil in recent years. Also known as Dia das Bruxas (Day of the Witches), some people hold parties where guests go wearing fantasias (costumes) or máscaras(masks). It’s not a very common holiday to celebrate, but some people dress up or decorate. Here’s…

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I Can’t Take It Posted by on Oct 26, 2011

It’s helpful to be able to express frustration in an understandable way, so today we’re going to learn how to say “I can’t take it anymore” or “I can’t deal.” 1. Não dar mais Não dá mais, cara. Tenho que sair do curso. I can’t take it anymore, dude. I have to quit the course…

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Não Existe Amor em SP – Criolo & Caetano Posted by on Oct 25, 2011

Last week was Brazil’s version of MTV’s Video Music Awards, the VMB, and one of the most awaited moments of the night was a collaboration between Criolo, an up and coming hip hop artist from São Paulo (I’ve actually met him at a bar here in SP! He’s incredibly down to earth), and Caetano Veloso…

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The Brazilian SAT Posted by on Oct 23, 2011

In Brazil, the closest thing to the national U.S. college entrance exam is the ENEM, or the Exame Nacional do Ensino Médio. In order to study at a university, students must take the vestibular, an entrance exam. But the vestibular varies from one university to another, so the Brazilian government implemented a unified exam, the…

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Barriga Cheia Posted by on Oct 20, 2011

As we’ve learned, it’s proper to say “estar satisfeito” rather than “estar cheio” when referring to eating. For example, if someone offers you a second helping but you’re full, you would say, “Não, obrigado. Estou satisfeito.” But there’s a great expression about having a full stomach, among many Brazilian expressions involving food. You can either…

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