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Making a Phone Call: 12 Words And Expressions Posted by on Mar 13, 2015

E aí, tudo bem com vocês? Hoje vamos aprender doze palavras e expressões que usamos para falar sobre ligações telefônicas. Estão prontos? Vamos lá! 1. discar – to dial. Em caso de emergência, disque 190 para pedir ajuda. [In case of emergency, dial 190 for help.] 2. atender o telefone – to answer the…

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15 Connecting Expressions You Need to Know Posted by on Mar 6, 2015

Connecting (or transitional) phrases connect ideas within a sentence. They specially useful in spoken Portuguese to fill the gaps between uttered ideas. Here are some very common ones. 1. Acho – I think, I guess. Acho que deixei as chaves do escritório em casa. – I think I left the office keys at home. 2…

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Want To Find Out What A “Disque/Disk” Is? Posted by on Mar 3, 2015

Olá! Tudo bem? The most found word on Brazilians fridges is “disque” (also spelled “disk”). Whether you’re single, married, families end up collecting – throughout the years – a multicolor array of fridge magnets, freebies offered by companies with their address and phone number. Most of these magnets come with “disque” or “disque” plus the…

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Telling Stories in Portuguese Posted by on Feb 28, 2015

Olá, pessoal! Let’s say goodbye to February with a conversational post. Oftentimes we study a foreign language, but when it comes to actually speaking it, we get stuck and don’t know what to say. So now when you want to tell a story in Portuguese, you can use the following sentences: Contando Histórias em Português…

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[Answers] Grammar Review: Imperfect Subjunctive Posted by on Feb 25, 2015

Olá, pessoal! Here are the answers to last post’s exercises! I hope you did well!   1. EXERCISE 01. Follow the example. Tive medo de que … (perder) a hora. –> Tive medo de que você perdesse a hora. 1. Ele nos pediu que não … (fumar). – fumássemos 2. Ele não deixou que eles…

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Grammar Review: Imperfect Subjunctive Posted by on Feb 20, 2015

Olá, pessoal! Let’s do a little grammar review here. We have some structural exercises in intermediate/upper-intermediate Portuguese. Don’t worry if you can’t get all the verbs right the first time. If you don’t, redo the exercise until you master them!   1. EXERCISE 01. Follow the example. Tive medo de que … (perder) a hora…

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Washing Your Dirty Laundry in Portuguese Posted by on Feb 11, 2015

Well, this post is not about actually washing your dirty laundry in publish. This is part of a book that a dear friend of mine wrote about similarities between Portuguese and English, and how we can benefit from them. So enjoy! Thanks Ron, for letting me share this chapter! Lavando a roupa suja (e outros…

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