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Archive for April, 2015

Festival Folclórico de Parintins Posted by on Apr 30, 2015

Olá pessoal! Todo mundo conhece o Carnaval, né? I’m sure you’ve all heard about Carnaval! But have you heard of Festival Folclórico de Parintins, AKA Boi? Boi is the second most popular festival in all of Brazil! Advinhe o que é o primeiro? (Advinhar is “to guess”) Carnaval is the first which puts Boi in second place…

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13 Brazilian Portuguese expressions with the verb “dar” Posted by on Apr 27, 2015

Olá pessoal. Nesta semana (this week) we are going take a look at some idiomatic expressions with the verb dar. This verb means literally to give, but it could also mean something else if applied to the contexts below:   Dar zebra Meaning: zebra means the same in English as it does in Portuguese with…

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Visit Manaus Posted by on Apr 22, 2015

What cities do you think of when you think of when you think of Brazil? Pense bem! Rio de Janeiro? São Paulo? Belo Horizonte? These are all wonderful cidades brasileiras (Brazilian cities), but another city worth mentioning is Manaus in the state of Amazonas. From amazing shoppings (malls) to exotic nature reserves and great nightlife…

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Jogos Olímpicos – Olympic games, Brazil 2016 Posted by on Apr 20, 2015

After successfully hosting the Copa do Mundo de Futebol (Soccer World Cup) last year, Brazil is also hosting the 2016 Jogos Olímpicos which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, the amazing Brazilian city also known as “Cidade Maravilhosa” (marvellous city). Rio was given this nickname due to a song which became some kind of…

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A Crash Course in Brazilian Music Posted by on Apr 15, 2015

Olá galera, tudo bem? Brazil is a very diverse country and also has a very diverse range of musical genres. Listening to Brazilian music can help your Portuguese learning in a number of ways. Classics like Eu Só Quero Um Xodó by Dominguinhos can help you with dialects and slang–Xodó is slang from Pernambuco, meaning…

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Olá gente! – Nicole Posted by on Apr 15, 2015

Olá! I would like to introduce myself to all of you as a new member of Transparent Language! My name is Nicole and I’m an American that has spent years studying Brazilian Portuguese (casei com um brasileiro – I married a Brazilian!). I’m excited to help all of you along with your Portuguese learning journey!…

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Oi pessoal from Ester Posted by on Apr 14, 2015

Photo by Kevin McGarry

As a new member of Transparent Language I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. Meu nome é Ester e eu nasci no Brasil (my name is Ester and I was born in Brazil), where I lived for the first vinte e quarto (twenty four) years of my life. When I finished my…

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