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Who will sign Chico Buarque’s literary prize? Posted by on Oct 31, 2019

Brazil is just one of many countries that has Portuguese as its lingua materna (native language). In addition to Portugal, several other African and even Asian countries speak variations of the language, which, due to its regional and continental diversity, comprises a wide range of sotaques (accents), palavras (words) and expressões (idioms). To unite these…

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The metaphors of our Minister Posted by on Jun 11, 2019

Bom dia, queridos leitores! Como têm passado? Good morning, dear readers! How have you been lately?  Metaphors are a figure of speech that create new significados (meanings) through comparisons and analogies. They funcionam (work) very well in the literature, in poetry and in the arts when you want to express something. But do they work…

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Let’s improve your Portuguese skills in 2019! Posted by on Jan 22, 2019

Olá, pessoal! Hello, everyone! Como está o janeiro de vocês? How is your January going? Last post we took a look back at the year 2018 with a retrospective. But how about we focus on the future now and discuss your Portuguese learning aims for 2019? Today I thought it could be a good idea…

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Portuguese listening/reading practice – Receita de ano novo Posted by on Dec 31, 2017

[Prática de escuta e leitura em Português] Feliz ano novo a todos! Happy New Year’s, everyone! Since it is our last post of the year, our listening and reading practice of the mês (month) is going to be a special one: a New Year’s poema (poem) by the celebrated modernist poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade (1902-1987)…

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[Brazilian literature] – Paulo Coelho Posted by on Dec 15, 2017

E aí, gente? What’s up, guys? Leram muitos livros esse ano? Have you read many books this year? As we have previously mentioned on this series, reading texts in another language is a fundamental tool for improving our vocabulary and comprehension skills. Novels can be a fun and engaging way to do so. Today’s post…

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[Brazilian literature] – Brasil: Uma biografia Posted by on Oct 7, 2017

Biographies are, by definition, a literary genre that aims to provide a person’s life history, describing their experience, main events and relationships in detail. In Brasil: Uma biografia (Brazil: a biography) by scholars Lilian Schwarcz and Heloisa Starling, though the approach is the same, there is a little twist to it: the protagonist is our…

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[Portuguese listening/reading practice] – Ruídos Posted by on Jun 26, 2017

[Atividade de escuta e leitura em Português] Ei, galera! Hey guys! Today is another installment of our series Portuguese listening and reading practice, with the text “Ruídos” (Noises), again by the notorious Brazilian author Luís Fernando Veríssimo, taken from his book O mundo é bárbaro (The World is Barbaric). It is a short story about the…

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