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Archive for November, 2012

Vinagrete Recipe Posted by on Nov 28, 2012

An essential part of Brazilian life is the churrasco, or barbecue. Typically at a churrasco, people will grill frango (chicken), linguiça (sausage), and of course, carne (meat). But any good churrasco also has side dishes, such as arroz (rice), salada de batata com maionese (potato salad), and pão (bread). Another popular side dish is vinagrete…

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Portuguese Numbers 1 – 20 Posted by on Nov 27, 2012

Numbers image by Irargerich via Flickr

If you’re new to Portuguese, we’ve created this simple table of Portuguese numbers from 1 to 20 just for you. We’ve also included a video with voice pronunciation. Listen to it a few times, and make sure to practice saying the words out loud too; this will really help you retain the information. When you’re ready…

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How to use “a gente” in Portuguese Posted by on Nov 26, 2012

Olá! How was your long weekend? Did you have fun? Let’s kick our week off with a very interesting feature of spoken Portuguese: using “a gente”. “A gente” means “the people”, but it is widely used in spoken Portuguese to replace the pronoun “nós”. It is not considered substandard or impolite and it is found…

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Song: “Eu Vou Estar”, by Capital Inicial Posted by on Nov 20, 2012

Oi! Tudo bem com você? Brazilian band Capital Inicial has this very cool song, Eu Vou Estar (I’m going to be), which is very easy to understand so I decided to share it with you guys today. Eu Vou Estar also brings the verb ir (to go) used in several ways and it is a great…

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Videos: Brazil’s World Cup 2014 Posted by on Nov 19, 2012

The World Cup in Brazil is getting closer with about a year and a half to go. With the games approaching, what are some of the perspectives on Brazil’s preparations and what the events will be like? Brahma, a Brazilian beer company, imagines what the airports will be like during the World Cup. Construction on…

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Colloquial Portuguese – Part 04 Posted by on Nov 15, 2012

Salve, pessoal! Tudo bem? After some time our colloquial Portuguese series is back and today we are going to learn some more cool and interesting expressions in Portuguese, you know, those expressions you won’t find in a regular dictionary or coursebook. Estão prontos? Vamos lá! Download audio O gato comeu sua língua? – The cat…

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Portuguese Survival Vocabulary: Crime Posted by on Nov 14, 2012

Unfortunately, crime is a part of life anywhere you go, so today we’re going to review some related vocabulary. assalto – mugging assaltante – mugger roubo – robbery ladrão – robber criminoso – criminal bandido – criminal (informal) suspeito – suspect furto – theft denunciar um crime – to report a crime cena do crime…

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