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[Brazilian Literature] – The history of samba Posted by on Apr 21, 2017

“Quem não gosta de Samba, bom sujeito não é” [Those who don’t like samba are not good people] Oi, galera! Hey, everyone! This is a post about Brazilian literature, but it may just as well fall under our [Brazilian Music] heading. Today we’ll talk about Lira Neto’s newest release Uma história do Samba: as origens…

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[Brazilian Literature] – Part II Posted by on May 13, 2016

Olá! Hello! Developing reading skills is an essential part of learning a language. News, articles, comics and literature are a great source for improving your reading habilities. If you want to get to know Brazilian literature better, o trabalho (the work) of Hilda Hilst pode ser uma boa ideia (can be a good idea).  …

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Brazilian Literature Posted by on Nov 5, 2015

Oi, gente! (Hey guys!) Reading texts in a foreign language is a great exercise for achieving fluency. Literature then, has a significant role on that regard, because it helps on the process of enriching vocabulary and developing reading comprehension skills. Today’s post will talk about Brazilian literature or, more specifically, about the prize-winning escritora (writer)…

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Folclore brasileiro – Brazilian Folkore Posted by on Jun 1, 2015

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Folclore brasileiro is part of Brazilian culture and represents popular culture and social identity from different parts of the country. There are various myths, tales and legends which originated from either cultura africana (African culture), tradição indígena (indigenous tradition), a igreja católica (the Catholic Church) or medieval Iberian traditions brought to Brazil by the Portuguese…

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Piauí Magazine Posted by on Jul 19, 2012

Brazil has a huge publishing industry, even in this day and age when more and more publications are going out of business or going digital. Revista Piauí is one of Brazil’s finest publications with first-class journalism; some compare it to the New Yorker. That said, it’s difficult reading. If you can get through a Piauí…

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Cordel Literature Posted by on Jan 25, 2012

Cordels are an important Brazilian cultural form that come from the Northeast. A cordel is a string, and these poems, songs, or novels get their name from the way they are hung on a string at street fairs. They are typically printed in black and white with woodcut-style illustrations. While this folk literature comes from…

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Conto de Fadas Posted by on Aug 4, 2011

In Portuguese, a fairy tale is a called a conto de fadas. Today we’re going to read some short versions of popular fairy tales that you’re probably familiar with – but in Portuguese! A Pequena Sereia Muito longe da terra, onde o mar é muito azul, vivia o povo do mar. O rei desse povo…

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