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Mousse de Limão Recipe Posted by on May 31, 2012

Photo: Mayra Nagata

Two of the foods that it’s very hard to go wrong with in Brazil are desserts and fruits, where the delicious possibilities are endless. A great dessert for summer is mousse de limão, or lime mousse. Learn how to make it! Mousse de Limão – Cozinha Brasileira Ingredientes: 1 lata de leite condensado; 1 lata…

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Smelling Good in Portuguese Posted by on May 30, 2012

As we’ve written about before, hygiene is very important in Brazil, and Brazil is one of Latin America’s biggest markets for hygiene products. Today we’re going to review some vocabulary related to smelling good in Portuguese. perfume = perfume/cologne desodorante = deodorant desodorante colônia = body spray sabonete = soap sabonete líquido = liquid soap…

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Entrepreneurship in Brazil Posted by on May 29, 2012

In Brazil, web startups are growing faster than ever as Brazilian and foreign investors alike are banking on the success of new online ventures. But Brazil’s startups aren’t just websites; they are also small businesses that grow into much bigger ones. Empreendedorismo, or entrepreneurship, is a hot topic in Brazil now given the growth of…

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Expressions with the verb “estar” Posted by on May 28, 2012

Olá! Tudo bem com você? There are several (and very useful) expressions with the verb estar (to be) in Portuguese. Let’s learn some of them, shall we? Estar a fim de fazer alguma coisa – to feel like doing something Estou afim de fazer uma caminhada hoje. Topa? [I feel like taking a walk today…

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Facial Hair in Portuguese Posted by on May 25, 2012

Brazilians are very strict about hygiene, and for men, facial hair care is important. Let’s look at some vocabulary: pelos faciais – facial hair bigode – mustache barba – beard costeleta – sideburns cavanhaque – goatee barbear – to shave barbeador – razor aparador de pelos – hair clipper loção pós-barba – aftershave creme de…

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Copa Libertadores Posted by on May 24, 2012

There are seemingly countless football tournaments in Brazil, but one of the biggest and most important ones is the Libertadores Cup, known as Copa Santander Libertadores da América, or Copa Libertadores for short. Named after the South American liberators who fought for independence, the tournament is made up of 38 city teams in Latin America that…

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You already know Portuguese! Posted by on May 23, 2012

Oftentimes my English-speaking students tell me, “Adir, Portuguese and English are so different. How can I learn more easily?”. Well, first of all, you need to pay attention. Around 30% of words in Portuguese are cognates (cog = with, nate = born), they look like words in Portuguese and some of them are even written…

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