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Farewell from a Portuguese Blogger Posted by on Dec 31, 2012

As one of Portuguese Blog’s contributors since 2008, I’m sad to say that this will be my last post on the blog! You’ll be in great hands with language whiz Adir, though I will be sad to leave. It’s been a great five years! Here are some of my favorite posts that I’ve written for…

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Documentary: Rio’s Mega-Event Preparations Posted by on Dec 26, 2012

We’ve read and watched quite a bit about Brazil’s World Cup and Olympics, but it’s also important to get another perspective. A group of Rio filmmakers are working on a documentary about the preparations for Rio’s mega-events and the changes taking place in the city, particularly in the favelas. Watch the video below. Key Vocabulary…

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Ten Gifts for Brazilian Portuguese Students Posted by on Dec 18, 2012

Looking for holiday gifts for fellow students of Brazilian Portuguese? Here are a few ideas! 10. A Brazil wall map 9. A Caetano Veloso album 8. A Discovery Atlas: Brazil Revealed DVD 7. A Brazilian cookbook – in English or Portuguese 6. A Brazil-themed canga, or beach wrap/towel 5. A Brazil calendar – in English…

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Brazil’s Time Zones Posted by on Dec 11, 2012

Since Brazil is a continent-sized country, it has three time zones, called fusos horários in Portuguese. – Horário de Brasília (Brasília time, or BRT): Most of the states in the country fall in this time zone featured in yellow in the diagram. During much of the year, this time zone is one hour ahead of…

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Women and Soccer in Brazil Posted by on Dec 6, 2012

If you know anything about Brazil, you know that it’s a soccer-crazy nation. But what you may not know is that even though soccer is the national sport, there are very few opportunities for women and girls–even for kids just wanting to play on a team. There are, of course, outstanding players, like Marta. But…

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Vinagrete Recipe Posted by on Nov 28, 2012

An essential part of Brazilian life is the churrasco, or barbecue. Typically at a churrasco, people will grill frango (chicken), linguiça (sausage), and of course, carne (meat). But any good churrasco also has side dishes, such as arroz (rice), salada de batata com maionese (potato salad), and pão (bread). Another popular side dish is vinagrete…

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Videos: Brazil’s World Cup 2014 Posted by on Nov 19, 2012

The World Cup in Brazil is getting closer with about a year and a half to go. With the games approaching, what are some of the perspectives on Brazil’s preparations and what the events will be like? Brahma, a Brazilian beer company, imagines what the airports will be like during the World Cup. Construction on…

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