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Archive for July, 2012

De Confiança Posted by on Jul 29, 2012

In Brazil, social connections are incredibly important to every facet of life, and recommendations for businesses and workers are key. When you believe someone or something is trustworthy, dependable, and worth recommending, this person or thing is classified as “de confiança.” Let’s see how it’s used. Estou procurando uma empregada. Pode indicar alguém? I’m looking…

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The Uses of Vontade Posted by on Jul 27, 2012

In Portuguese, you can use the word vontade (wish, or desire) in a number of different ways. Let’s take a look. 1. Ficar à vontade – This means make yourself at home. You’ll hear this if you’re in someone’s home or office. Bem-vindo! Fique à vontade. Quer um cafezinho? Welcome. Make yourself at home. Do you…

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Brazil Olympics Focus: Maurren Maggi Posted by on Jul 26, 2012

To continue with our series on Brazilian Olympians competing in London this summer, we turn to Maurren Maggi, an athlete who competes in long jump, hurdles, and triple jump. She won gold for long jump at the 2008 Olympics, as well as winning gold three times at the Pan American Games. Here’s Maurren discussing her…

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Traveling tip in Rio: a Lapa! Posted by on Jul 24, 2012

Hello, everybody! I was in Rio last week for a teachers convention and I stayed at a hotel downtown near Lapa! Lapa used to be a part of the downtown area but this year it was established as a district in Rio. Lapa is knows for its beautiful architecture and nightlife. The famous Arcos da…

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Piauí Magazine Posted by on Jul 19, 2012

Brazil has a huge publishing industry, even in this day and age when more and more publications are going out of business or going digital. Revista Piauí is one of Brazil’s finest publications with first-class journalism; some compare it to the New Yorker. That said, it’s difficult reading. If you can get through a Piauí…

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Perdi meu Amor na Balada Posted by on Jul 19, 2012

Nokia recently came up with a very creative ad campaign in Brazil. First, they released this video, as if it had come from an actual guy in São Paulo. They even set up a Facebook page. People thought it was real! Until they released the final video: Here’s some key vocabulary words/phrases from the videos…

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Colloquial Portuguese – Part 03 Posted by on Jul 18, 2012

Olá! Hoje temos a terceira parte da série Colloquial Portuguese. São expressões muito usadas no dia-a-dia e que você provavelmente não vai encontrar nos dicionários tradicionais. Está pronto? Vamos lá! Download audio Grande coisa! – Big deal! Há quanto tempo a gente não se vê! – Long time no see! Isso dá! / Isso serve!…

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