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Iguaçu Falls Posted by on May 31, 2015

Most everyone knows Niagara Falls at the border of the United States and Canada, but have you heard of Iguaçu Falls at the border of Brazil and Argentina? These cachoeiras (waterfalls) are massive with a width of almost two miles and tons of little ilhas (islands) splitting the falls up into different parts. While most…

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Pronomes reflexivos em Português Brasileiro (Portuguese) Posted by on May 25, 2015

Oi gente, tudo bom? Using the pronomes reflexivos reflexive pronouns in Portuguese is easier than you think. They are used when the subject and the object are the same. Sujeito (subject) + me/se/nos/te + verbo Eu me Você se / Tu te Ele se Nós nos Vocês se Eles se Como usá-los (how to use…

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Street Foods – Involve Your Taste Buds! Posted by on May 21, 2015

Olá pessoal! Brazilian cuisine is incredible. And while you’re traveling in Brazil, you’ll encounter many different styles of Brazilian cooking. Today I’m going to give you a glimpse of food you’ll find while you’re walking on the street or going through a Brazilian airport. These foods are easy to buy and usually easy on your…

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Regiões (regions) do Brasil Posted by on May 18, 2015

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In order to understand Brasil, the language and the culture it is important to know more about each one of the 5 regiões (regions). Brasil has 27 unidades federativas (federative units): * 26 estados (states) * 1 Distrito Federal (Federal District) The country is divided in 5 regiões: Norte (North), Nordeste (Northeast), Centro-oeste (West-Central), Sudeste (Southeast) and…

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Common Expressions Posted by on May 13, 2015

Brazilian Portuguese has a lot of unique expressions and quirks. That is why Portuguese is overall a wonderful language and fun to learn as a second language! Here, I’ve made a short list of the most useful expressions that helped me when I was first learning Portuguese. Tranquilo This word can be used in a few…

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Catching some Z’s in Portuguese Posted by on May 11, 2015

Some people need more sleep than others, but who doesn’t enjoy a good night sleep or even taking a nap during the day? Talking about how you slept and sleeping habits in general are topics which are highly likely to come up in everyday conversation. For you to be able to properly engage it is…

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Transition Words (Palavras Conectivas) – Improve Your Writing! Posted by on May 6, 2015

In any language, it’s important to make your writing flow for your reader. This helps you get your point across and allows your reader to leave with an understanding of what you’re trying to say. While you’re improving your writing in Portuguese, it’s important to use phrases and words that introduce your next point or…

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