Archive for 'Biology & Animals'

Zika vírus no Brasil Posted by on Feb 16, 2016

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How much do you know about the Zika virus? News about the virus is everywhere and knowing more about it can help preventing getting infectado (infected). What is the Zika virus? It is an infecção (infection) caused by the virus ZIKV, transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti. The mosquito also transmits dengue fever as well…

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Three Beaches worth visiting in the Brazilian Northeast Posted by on Feb 12, 2016

You don’t precisa saber (need to know) much about Brazil to recognize that its beaches are among the most distinguished in the mundo inteiro (whole world). Well, obviously there is a reason for that. With its huge continental proportions, a litoral (coastline) of 7,491 km and more than 2000 beaches across the country, passar o…

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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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Collective Nouns in Portuguese: Animals Posted by on May 24, 2011

While these nouns aren’t as vital to daily conversation as some other nouns you’ll learn here, they’ll help you sound like a much more experienced speaker. Today, we’re going to learn about animal collectives, or coletivos. alcateia = pack (of wolves, hyenas, wild dogs) cáfila = caravan of camels cardume = school of fish enxame…

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Listening Comprehension: Dog Psychology Posted by on Apr 27, 2011

Fántastico is a Sunday news program on TV Globo that includes various lifestyle segments that are really helpful for those learning Portuguese. They have fairly simple language and use some basic vocabulary words. Today, we’ll take a look at a segment on dog psychology. Watch the video and see if you can answer the questions!…

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Sloth in Portuguese Posted by on Nov 16, 2010

While you may remember that preguiça means laziness, it can also be used to describe a famous Brazilian animal: the bicho-preguiça, or the sloth. This animal, which in Portuguese is pronounced bee-shoo preh-gee-sah, not only lives in the Amazon, but also throughout Brazil, particularly in the Mata Atlântica. This sweet, slow-moving creature prefers to hang…

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TED Talks Posted by on Aug 18, 2010

Great news for all language students! The TED website allows you to watch videos (all in English) with subtitles in dozens of languages! This means you can practice your Portuguese skills by adding subtitles to English videos where they are available. When you click the links, just look for the text below the video that…

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