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Mexer Posted by on Mar 29, 2016

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Olá pessoal, tudo joia? One of our readers asked us to post about the verb MEXER, so this week we will take a look at some meanings as well as expressions with this verb. Mexer can be a hard verb to understand, since it has many meanings and are used in different ways and contexts…

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Music to listen to (Part III) – Elza Soares Posted by on Mar 25, 2016

Ouvir música (listening to music) can be a relaxing and stimulating activity. When it comes to developing language skills, music is also educational! Today’s pick is Brazilian great diva Elza Soares. Known as the Brazilian Tina Turner, the grammy-nominated samba singer nasceu (was born) in the ‘30s in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. Elza…

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Verbos IR, VIR and VER Posted by on Mar 22, 2016

Irregular verbs can be a real pain for someone learning a new language. There are three verbs in Portuguese which can be quite hard to memorise since they look a lot like each other, but have completely different meanings. These verbs are IR, VIR and VER. Ir – to go Presente Eu vou Você vai…

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Expressions with “dar” – Part II Posted by on Mar 20, 2016

Olá pessoal! (Hey, everyone!) As you know, to use expressions shows that you have a good command of a foreign language. Last week we learned a few idiomatic expressions and collocations with the verb “dar” (to give). Now we’ll move on to the second part of the list. Se dar mal – to fail, to get…

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5 common mistakes em Português Posted by on Mar 15, 2016

Every person learning a new language will commit mistakes no matter what. Some mistakes are more common than others. That happens because humans tend to use what they already know from their native language and apply it to the new language they are learning, even when it is not correct. This is why there are…

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Expressions with “dar” -Part I Posted by on Mar 11, 2016

Olá a todos! Hello, everybody! The verb “dar” (to give) in Portuguese is very versatile. The word can be found in a number of popular expressions and collocations that we Brazilians use everyday, so it’s a good idea to make a list. But don’t worry, that’s what I’m here for, para dar uma mãozinha (to give you…

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Verbs saber, conhecer; poder, conseguir Posted by on Mar 7, 2016

There are two verbs in Portuguese for the verb to know in English: saber and conhecer. And there are also two verbs for can in English: poder and conseguir. Let’s check out the difference between them and how to use each word. Saber – used to talk about knowledge or information that you retain. Eu…

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