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Colloquial Portuguese – Part 01 Posted by on Apr 13, 2012

Oi! Tudo bem? Today let’s start a series of posts with colloquial Brazilian Portuguese expressions. These expressions are not usually found in dictionaries or textbooks so I’ve decided to share them with you guys. E não pára por aí! I also recorded them with their usual conversational intonation so you can practice at home too!…

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Leaving Voicemail in Brazil Posted by on Apr 12, 2012

What do you do when you get someone’s caixa postal (voicemail) when you call in Brazil? Do you leave a message, or just call back? A Brazilian friend who’d lived abroad for many years and recently moved back to Brazil commented on leaving a recado (message) on voicemail. Here is what her experience has been…

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Science Without Borders Posted by on Apr 11, 2012

President Dilma Rousseff traveled to the United States this week, where one of her top agenda items was the Science Without Borders program, known as Ciência sem fronteiras in Portuguese. It’s one of Brazil’s most ambitious government education programs that aims to send 101,000 Brazilian students abroad to study the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering…

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Feliz Páscoa! Posted by on Apr 6, 2012

Feliz Páscoa, pessoal! Happy Easter, y’all! Here’s a small video I made to wish you a very Happy Easter! Coelhinho da Páscoa Coelhinho da Páscoa, que trazes pra mim? [Easter Bunnsy, what do you bring to me?] Um ovo, dois ovos, três ovos, assim? [One egg, two eggs, three eggs, like this?] 2x Coelhinho da…

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Para Nossa Alegria Posted by on Apr 5, 2012

As we’ve discussed before, internet memes are huge in Brazil, and gain a good deal of traction on and off the interwebs. The latest internet sensation is a funny home music video of a family singing an evangelical song, in which the daughter sings fairly terribly, and then the son (Jefferson) chimes in with a…

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Primeiro de abril Posted by on Apr 2, 2012

Also known as Dia da mentira (Lie Day), o primeiro de abril (April 1) is a day for tricks and jokes, as it is in the United States and Europe. It’s the day for mentiras (lies), trotes (pranks), brincadeiras (jokes), and pegadinhas (practical jokes). When you prank someone on April 1st in Brazil, you then…

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