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Porta dos Fundos Posted by on Oct 30, 2012

A group of bloggers and comedians got together to start a new online comedy series called Porta dos Fundos (The Back Door). The episodes are very funny, though some have mature content. Two of the recent episodes are more PG-13 (though irreverent), so let’s have a look: In this episode, one character pitches the Bible…

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Natural Disasters in Portuguese Posted by on Oct 29, 2012

With Frankenstorm barreling toward the East Coast of the United States, it’s useful to know words related to natural disasters in Portuguese. While Brazil has very few natural disasters compared to other regions–heavy rain, mudslides, and not much else–it’s good to know these words so you can chat with your Brazilian friends about what’s happening…

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How to shop in Portuguese Posted by on Oct 26, 2012

Hey, everybody! There are some great places to shop in Brazil so here are some very useful and interesting sentences and expressions for you to use. Pois não? – How can I help you? Quanto custa? – How are does it/do they cost? Quanto custa isso? – How much does that cost? Quanto vale? –…

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Xaxado Posted by on Oct 26, 2012

Xaxado is a fascinating genre of dance that comes from the Northeast of Brazil, specifically from the sertão, or dry region, of Pernambuco state. Its origins date back to the early 1900s and the legendary outlaw Lampião. Dancers wear leather hats and rifles, and dress up in traditional costumes. Learn more from Info Escola: É…

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Salve Jorge Posted by on Oct 25, 2012

Now that the novela Avenida Brasil has come to an end, a new one has begun called Salve Jorge. This time, the novela takes on different themes: international human trafficking and the pacification of Rio’s favelas. As TV Press explains: Na trama, o mito de São Jorge funciona como ponto de encontro entre a Turquia…

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Idiom: cair a ficha Posted by on Oct 22, 2012

E aí, pessoal? Tudo bem? Let’s learn a very cool idiom in Portuguese today: cair a ficha. Cair a ficha is used when you finally understand something that you hadn’t been aware of, it finally hits you. It can also be used when someone takes a hit. This expression in Portuguese from the time when…

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Hair Care in Portuguese Posted by on Oct 18, 2012

In Brazil, women’s hair care is a huge market, and women of all social classes invest in hair products and treatments. Today we’re going to learn vocabulary associated with hair care using some videos. cabelo – hair cachos – curls enrolar – to curl, roll chapinha – hair straightener fazer escova – straighten hair óleo…

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