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Archive for June, 2015

Making, accepting and refusing invitations in Portuguese Posted by on Jun 29, 2015

Inviting people to places in a polite way can be tricky if you are not sure what the proper approach is, culturally speaking. For the same reason it could be even more difficult to decline or accept invitations. Convites – invites Saying yes is much simpler than saying no to something. Before we check other ways…

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Biodiversidade no Brasil – Wildlife in Brazil Posted by on Jun 29, 2015

Brazil is considered to be the most biodiverse country in the world. It is home to many animals such as the anaconda and jaguar. Some also believe that Brazil has the most insects in the world. Here are some animals you may not know: Preguiça-de-coleira (Maned Sloth) Several species of bicho-preguiça (sloth) are found in…

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8 verbs with preposition in Português (Portuguese) Posted by on Jun 22, 2015

Some verbs in Portuguese require the use of preposition even though most don’t. Let’s take a look at some important ones: Morar em – to live Eu moro em São Paulo. – I live in São Paulo. Combined with the article a, as, o, os: Marcos mora no Rio de Janeiro. (em + o  =…

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Como Fazer Brigadeiro – How to Make Brigadeiro! Posted by on Jun 21, 2015

Brazilian desserts and treats are out of this world. One thing you must try in Brazil is brigadeiro. It comes in different forms (I’ve had brigadeiro coffee at a mall in Manaus and bought tubs of it at Carrefour) and is super sweet. However, I prefer to make it at home! Check out my favorite…

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Asking for directions in Portuguese Posted by on Jun 15, 2015

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You can be a tourist in Brazil or a resident, either way there will come a time when you will have to ask for direction. So here are some tips and useful vocabulary: There is a great way you can practice it: every time you go out by yourself, even if you know where the…

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Dating in Portuguese Posted by on Jun 14, 2015

Olá pessoal! Portuguese has many unique phrases and here are some phrases for dating: Namorar This is “to date.” Namorado/a is boyfriend/girlfriend. This is pretty clear in Portuguese. Noivo/a would be fiancé/fiancée. Marido/esposa is husband/wife. Apaixonar This is the step between gostar (to like) and amar (to love). It basically is the act of falling in love…

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Public transport in Brazil Posted by on Jun 8, 2015

Photo by Milton Jung

Getting the ônibus (bus) or any other transporte público (public transport) in a different country can be quite estressante (stressful). This is why it could be handy knowing the culture as well as vocabulary related to it. Useful information and cultural aspects: There are websites for different cities where it is possible to check the…

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