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Tradições de Ano Novo no Brazil – Brazilian New Year’s traditions Posted by on Dec 31, 2015

New Year’s eve is all about celebrating, exchanging greetings, reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future. And, of course, popping champagne para dar boas-vindas (to welcome) the upcoming year with enthusiasm. Even though the general mood is of renewal and positivity, people honor the occasion differently across the globe. In Brazil, the…

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Family tree em Português Posted by on Dec 28, 2015

Oi pessoal! I hope you had a great Natal (Christmas) and had the chance to spend some time with your famíllia (family). Speaking of família, have you ever been in a situation when you are talking about someone and trying to explain what your relationship to that person is? If they are a cousin, or…

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Então é Natal! (And so this is Christmas!) Posted by on Dec 24, 2015

É véspera de Natal! (It’s Christmas Eve!) Since last post was about some Christmas traditions in Brazil, I thought I’d get you in a festive mood by showing you some Christmas songs that typically invade Brazilian homes, shops, restaurants and cafés during the Holidays. As mentioned previously, many Brazilian Christmas customs were largely influenced by…

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6 Tradições de Natal – Christmas traditions in Brazil Posted by on Dec 21, 2015

Árvore de Natal da Lagoa, RJ - Photo by Juliana Fernandes

It is Christmas week, everyone! Since Brasil is predominantly a Catholic country, Christmas is, for most people, connected to religion. However, even for people who are not religious, the families still get together, exchange presents and have a meal. Some Brazilian traditions are the same as other countries and some are different. Let’s check them…

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Brazilian Drinks Posted by on Dec 18, 2015

Eating and drinking habits are intrinsically tied to a country’s identity, culture and tradition. Bebidas (Drinks) that have their origins in Brazil are portanto (therefore) deeply connected to our history. Since the holidays estão chegando (are coming up), what better occasion to introduce you guys to the most typical and widely consumed Brazilian alcoholic beverages?…

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Email – cover letter for jobs em Portugês Posted by on Dec 14, 2015

Photo by Jen Gallardo

Writing any type of text in another language is hard enough, but sometimes you can get away with a few mistakes when it is not a formal situation. However, when it comes to writing a cover letter or an email for a vaga de emprego (job opening), it is essential that you know how and…

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Animals as Adjectives Posted by on Dec 10, 2015

Oi, pessoal! (Hey, people!) Many languages use animals as an adjective to describe humans. Some may refer to the leading characteristic of the animal in question (such as slow, large) as a basis of comparison, whereas other can be more abstract and have nothing to do with the animal itself. Either way, the meaning of…

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