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Archive for November, 2011

E-Commerce Vocabulary Posted by on Nov 30, 2011

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are commercial creations from the U.S. centered around an American holiday, some stores in Brazil held special sales with the same names this week. It’s partially because of the growth of the Brazilian market, the number of multinational stores now operating in Brazil, and the increase in e-commerce. Let’s…

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Old school samba: Trio Gato com Fome Posted by on Nov 29, 2011

Olá, tudo bem com você? I was at this bar in my town (Bebedouro, in the state of São Paulo) and a samba trio was playing there. They’re called Trio Gato com Fome (The Hungry Cat Trio) and they play old school samba, with classics and their own songs. The Trio Gato com Fome has…

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Movimento Gota D’Agua Posted by on Nov 28, 2011

With the growth of Brazil’s economy has come the need for more energy. The government proposed a plan for a hydroelectric plant called Belo Monte, which is under construction in the state of Pará. But because of environmental concerns and the displacement of indigenous tribes, the project has come under fire. Earlier this month, Brazilian…

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Movie Title Translations in Portuguese Posted by on Nov 25, 2011

Filmes Clássicos

Since I grew up in the US, I rarely know international movie names here in Brazil. Sometimes even when I go to the movie theater, I’ll even get confused because I won’t know what tickets to ask for because I looked the movie up in English on a movie critic site or something. And the…

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Ways to Say Thank You in Portuguese Posted by on Nov 24, 2011

Continuing with our lessons in how to show gratitude in Portuguese, here are several ways to say thank you in Portuguese. 1. obrigado – thank you This is the most standard way to say thank you in both formal and informal situations. If you’re a man, you use obrigado, and if you’re a woman, you…

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Quick and Easy Recipes – Culinária Rápida Posted by on Nov 22, 2011

A couple of my friends have started a great blog and youtube channel called Culinária Rápida, where they post quick and easy recipes, mostly for Brazilian dishes or just popular dishes in Brazil! Here’s a quick recipe for home made mayonnaise – Video first and recipe below! Receita de Maionese Caseira, Deliciosa! Saiba como fazer…

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Zumbi dos Palmares Posted by on Nov 22, 2011

In Brazil, this past Sunday was Dia Nacional da Consciência Negra, or Black Awareness Day, when the country celebrates its African heritage. The holiday is celebrated on November 20th each year to honor one of Brazil’s heroes, Zumbi dos Palmares, who died on November 20, 1695. He led one of the largest quilombos (fugitive settlements)…

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