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Archive for March, 2013

Easter Vocabulary in Portuguese Posted by on Mar 28, 2013

Olá, pessoal! On the 31st we celebrate Easter all over the world and today’s post will cover some Easter specific vocabulary. Estão prontos? Terça-feira de Carnaval = Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday Quarta-feira de Cinzas = Ash Wednesday Quaresma = Lent Domingo de Ramos = Palm Sunday Quinta-feira Santa = Maundy Thursday, Sheer Thursday, Holy Thursday…

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At the hotel, em português Posted by on Mar 22, 2013

Olá, tudo bem com vocês? Brazil is going to host the World Cup next year and I’m pretty sure that some of you are planning to come down here to enjoy the feast, right? Well, oftentimes hotel employees speak some English, but I think you’d be better off knowing some basic survival Portuguese to use…

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Adeus, Emilio Santiago… Posted by on Mar 20, 2013

Brazilian singer Emilio Santiago, 66, died this morning in Rio de Janeiro. He had a stroke on March 7 and had been struggling with it since. Emilio graduated in Law, but the passion for music and singers like Nelson Gonçalves, Anísio Silva and Cauby Peixoto led him to participate in music festivals in the seventies…

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Are you fluent in Portuguese? Posted by on Mar 14, 2013

I have been a teacher for over twenty years and I always get the question: how long till I become fluent in a foreign language? Since there is no definite answer to the fluency question, I hope the following descriptions will give you a better understanding of what’s expected when learning a language, and the different…

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Learn Portuguese with Gangnam Style Posted by on Mar 12, 2013

The Internet is a many splendored thing, right? I friended these guys on Facebook, who live in Belo Horizonte (state of Minas Gerais) and have a group called Real Life English. Their group helps people from all over the world to learn English and one of them, Josh Plotkin, made a very cool video using…

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Feeling sick, em português Posted by on Mar 7, 2013

You finally made it to Brazil, having a grea time at the beach when suddenly you start coming down with something. In this post let’s learn very useful expressions to use when this happens. Não estou me sentindo muito bem. I’m not feeling very well. Estou me sentindo um pouco indisposto. I’m feeling a little…

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Talking about work in Portuguese Posted by on Mar 6, 2013

Salve! Tudo bem por aí? Today we are going to talk about work, in Portuguese! Check out this dialogue between two friends, Leandro and Renato: Leandro: O que foi? Você parece chateado. Renato: Na verdade estou mesmo. Estou cansado de fazer as mesmas coisas chatas entra dia sai dia no meu trabalho. Sabe, preencher fichas…

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