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Archive for February, 2013

Collocations with verb “perder” Posted by on Feb 28, 2013

Olá, tudo bem? Collocations are basically word combinations. For example, in English we say “to make a decision”, but in Portuguese people “take a decision”. Today let’s look at some very common collocations with verb “perder”! 1. Perder algo = to lose something, to misplace something Perdi minhas chaves. Não sei onde estão. [I’ve lost…

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How to use the hyphen in Portuguese Posted by on Feb 26, 2013

Olá! After the 2009 spelling reform, Portuguese has other (and easier) ways to use the hyphen. Let’s see how it is done now. 1. Different vowels – Don’t use the hyphen infraestrutura extraoficial autoestrada semiárido ultraelevado 2. Same vowels – Use the hyphen anti-inflamatório auto-observação micro-ondas contra-argumento 3. Same consonants – Use the hyphen sub-base…

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Vídeo: Household chores in Portuguese Posted by on Feb 25, 2013

Hey, there! How’ve you all been? I made a little video with household chores in Portuguese; after all, we all do them, right? Here are some tips to get the most out of your video: – watch and listen the video many times without repeating the words and expressions – watch the video and repeat…

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Irregular verbs in the Past Posted by on Feb 21, 2013

Hello, there! Last month we had the first post of the irregular verbs series and today I will be covering the simple past tense (I had, I did, I worked etc) of the main irregular verbs in Portuguese. Make sure you know these conjugations inside and out because they are very important for your fluency…

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Oscar movies titles in Portuguese Posted by on Feb 19, 2013

Olá, pessoal! On the 24th we are going to have the Oscars, so I thought, “Why not share this year’s movie titles in Portuguese?”. As you may imagine, oftentimes the literal translation doesn’t apply and many adaptations are made. So check out this year’s nominees and practice your pronunciation too! Download audio Indomável sonhadora –…

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Tongue Twisters in Portuguese Posted by on Feb 14, 2013

Hey, there! Today let’s have some fun with tongue twisters, trava-línguas, in Portuguese. I recorded nine of them – short, medium-length and long ones. Wanna try saying them? Download audio Short Sabia que o sabiá sabia assobiar? Lara amarra a arara rara – a rara arara da Lara de Araraquara. O rato roeu a…

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5 idioms with verb “ir” Posted by on Feb 12, 2013

Hi, there! Sometimes learning idiomatic expressions in a foreign language isn’t so easy, but I have to tell you that it is necessary and will make you sound more fluent and your Portuguese will be more “colorful”! So I chose 5 cool and useful idioms with verb ir (to go) so can improve your Portuguese…

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