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Archive for January, 2016

Brazilian Drinks – Part II Posted by on Jan 30, 2016

While northern countries may be currently experiencing the chilly winter weather, Brazilian summer is in full steam. As we all know, it’s important to keep cool and hydrated when it’s hot, and there is a great variety of typical Brazilian beverages to help you with that. Last month I wrote about our most famous alcoholic…

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Socially acceptable adjectives Posted by on Jan 26, 2016

Last week we learned how to describe people em Português. Have you ever had to stop and think how to describe someone in a way that is not rude or offensive? Here is some vocabulary to help you with that.   Since there are some terms in Portuguese which are considered the right ones when…

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Describing people em Português Posted by on Jan 19, 2016

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Ei pessoal! Today we are going to learn how to describe people. A) Aparência física – physical appearance 1. Alto – tal 2. Baixo – short 3. Estatura mediana – average height 4. Gordo – fat 5. Cheinho / gordinho – chubby 6. Acima do peso – overweight 7. Magro – skinny 8. Magrinho –…

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Masculine nouns ending with the letter “a” Posted by on Jan 14, 2016

Hello, everybody! (Olá a todos!) Let’s see some grammar? Portuguese, like many other languages, assigns gender – either masculine or feminine – to substantivos (nouns). Masculine nouns are preceded by the definite article “o” – as in o carro (the car), o cachorro (the dog), o prédio (the building) – whereas feminine nouns take the…

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Expressions with the word água Posted by on Jan 11, 2016

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Oi gente! Let’s say someone asks you if you have been drinking “water that birds don’t drink”. Or if someone says they are going to your party “even if it is under the water”. Would you know how to respond to it? How about taking a look at some expressions and sayings which have the…

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Tudo e todo Posted by on Jan 7, 2016

Olá a todos! Tudo bem com vocês? (Hey all!! Everything alright with you?) The words tudo e todo in Portuguese are very similar, not only in spelling, but also in meaning. To avoid confusion, today’s post will make a distinction between the two pronouns and provide some examples: Tudo (everything) means the totality of things, the…

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Onomatopeia – sounds “Translated” into words Posted by on Jan 5, 2016

Oi pessoal! Espero que vocês tenham tido um ano novo maravilhoso. (I hope you had an amazing New Year’s) Getting used to sounds in other languages can be challenging since the letters as well as the combination of letter to make a sound can vary from language to language. For this reason, Onomatopeia (onomatopoeia) will…

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