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Superstitions in Brazil Posted by on Mar 30, 2012

Olá, tudo bem? I was thinking one of these days about our superstitions in Brazil. Brazil is known for being a superstitious country, mainly due to our deeply rooted religious history and background. Let me cut to the chase and show you some of our superstitions. Bater na madera. We knock on wood three times…

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Chico Buarque Posted by on Mar 29, 2012

Chico Buarque is one of Brazil’s most famous MPB musicians, and is also an author, poet, and playwright. He’s famous for writing songs considered dangerous by Brazil’s military dictatorship and using word play to express criticism of the regime. He’s written eight books and five plays, as well as writing several screenplays. Read about Buarque’s…

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Acronyms in Portuguese Posted by on Mar 28, 2012

In Portuguese, you’ll sometimes come across siglas or acrônimos (abbreviations or acronyms). Here’s a brief list of some you might encounter when reading or talking about Brazil. ANATEL: Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (Brazil’s Telecommunications Agency) CEP: Código de Endereçamento Postal (Postal Address Code; zip code) DETRAN – Departamento Estadual de Trânsito (State Transit Department; where…

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Parabéns, Twitter! Posted by on Mar 27, 2012

Twitter turned six last week, and to mark the anniversary of its creation, Brazilian website Youpix made a great infographic describing facts about the site as well as a timeline. Twitter, like other social networking sites, is hugely popular in Brazil, and has one of the largest user bases in the world. Twitter has undergone…

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Jogos Vorazes Posted by on Mar 23, 2012

Olá galera! Amanhã será a estreia do filme Jogos Vorazes, nos Estados Unidos e no Brasil também. Leia sobre o filme em português. Sinopse: Jogos Vorazes se passa um futuro distante, depois da extinção da América do Norte, quando sua população é dividida em 12 distritos. Todos os anos nas ruínas de onde outrora fora…

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O Jeitinho Posted by on Mar 22, 2012

If you spend time in Brazil, you’ll learn about the jeitinho brasileiro. It’s hard to translate, but it it’s a cultural phenomenon that allows one to get around a rule or a law, essentially a loophole, to gain a personal advantage. The jeitinho is used in order to maneuver through bureaucracy, to make a time-consuming…

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Brazilian Bar Song Posted by on Mar 21, 2012

Beer drinking is big in Brazil, as is bar culture in big cities. In Rio de Janeiro, for example, botecos are a fun place to have a chopp (beer on tap) and some delicious aperitivos (bar food, or appetizers) with friends. Here’s a fun song, in the forró style, about going drinking with friends in…

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