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Archive for October, 2015

Folk Tales Posted by on Oct 30, 2015

Olá a todos! (Hello, all!) Since Halloween está chegando (is coming), this week’s posts have been all about showing you the scary side of our culture. Last post was about some sinister children’s songs and lullabies. Hoje (Today) we will delve even deeper into the macabre and aprender sobre (learn about) some traditional folk tales…

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Scary children’s songs em Português Posted by on Oct 26, 2015

Feliz Halloween, gente! Yay, it is Halloween again! With the amazing colours in nature that you can only get this time of the year, in outono (Autumn), when we celebrate the end of harvest. However, in this time of the year it is primavera (Spring) in Brazil. This is probably one of the reasons why…

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Music to listen to (Part II) Posted by on Oct 22, 2015

Olá, amigos! (Hey, buddies!) Music tem um papel relevant (plays a relevant role) in the learning process of a foreign language. It can improve listening skills and help build up vocabulary, especially if you acompanhar a letra (follow the lyrics) to the song. Eu escrevi (I wrote) a post mês passado (last month) suggesting two major Brazilian…

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The word “feira” in Português Posted by on Oct 19, 2015

In most línguas (languages) the days of the week refer to either astrological bodies or pagan gods. Portuguese, however, seems to be the only Latin language which uses a different name for the dias da semana (days of the week): they all end in “feira”. The explanation dates back to the year 563 when Portuguese…

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Preposition of place em Português Posted by on Oct 12, 2015

Como vão vocês, amigos? Where is there a pen I can use? There are better ways of answering that question than pointing and saying “there”. Knowing the following prepositions of place will be of great help: Em cima de – on Em baixo de – under Acima de/sobre – over Entre – between Do lado…

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Brazilian Cinema Part II Posted by on Oct 9, 2015

Olá a todos! (Hey, everybody!) Mês passado (Last month) we discussed how important movies can be in shaping your understanding of a certain culture and aperfeiçoar (perfecting) your language skills. As a part of this ongoing series on Brazilian cinematic achievements, today’s selection foi baseada (was based) on the Academy Awards. Embora (Though) several Brazilian…

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Going to the médico (doctor) in Brazil Posted by on Oct 5, 2015

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Oi de novo pessoal! Going to the doctor is never pleasant, having to do so in a different culture and language could be quite estressante (stressful). So here are some tips and vocabulary to help you out. In some cultures it is quite common for people to go first to the General Practitioner, who will…

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