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Archive for April, 2012

Dengue Fever in Brazil Posted by on Apr 30, 2012

While there are parts of Brazil where it’s recommended to get certain immunizations or take malaria pills, but there’s a health risk in many of Brazil’s warm coastal areas that has no preventable vaccine or drug. That’s dengue fever, called dengue (dehng-ee), which comes from mosquitoes. Though the most common type causes flu-like symptoms, there…

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Working Out in Portuguese Posted by on Apr 28, 2012

Exercise (exercício) is an important part of life in several of Brazil’s big cities such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Brasília. Today we’re going to review some vocabulary related to exercise and working out. corpo – body malhar – to work out malhação – working out ginástica – work out entrar em forma…

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História vs. Estória Posted by on Apr 27, 2012

In learning Portuguese, you may have come across two words that sound a lot alike, but are different when they’re written. But they also have different meanings. História [eest-OH-ree-ah] is history, as in the history of Brazil, or the history of music. It can also be an occurrence or a biography; in other words, something…

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Song: Humilde Residência (by Michel Teló) Posted by on Apr 27, 2012

Olá! Tudo bem com você? I’m sure you’ve heard of Michel Teló, the Brazilian pop and sertanejo singer who took over the world with his song Ai Se eu Te Pego. He has a new song hitting big on Brazilian radios, Humilde Residência (Humble Abode) and it talks about a guy who’s so darn broke…

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Brazil’s Quilombos Posted by on Apr 25, 2012

One of the lasting remnants of the era of slavery in Brazil are its quilombos, former slave runaway communities in rural areas. One of the most famous of the quilombos was Palmares, home of the national hero Zumbi dos Palmares, but there were quilombos in states throughout the country. Here’s a little background, in Portuguese…

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Recipe: Biscoitos Amanteigados Posted by on Apr 24, 2012

Brazil has great desserts, and there are lots of good recipes for biscoitos, or cookies. One of the simplest cookie recipes is for shortbread cookies, or biscoitos amanteigados. Read the instructions and check out the video tutorial. Biscoitos amanteigados Ingredientes 1 xícara (chá) de farinha de trigo 1/4 xícara (chá) de açúcar 1/2 xícara (chá)…

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Brazilian Freestyle Documentary Posted by on Apr 23, 2012

The other day, I came across an interesting short documentary on freestyle hip hop in Brazil. If you’ve seen the Elite Squad movies, you’ll notice a surprising familiar face! Watch the video, and see if you catch some of the keywords below. Keywords improviso – improvisation público – audience criatividade – creativity sentimento – feeling…

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