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[Portuguese listening/reading practice] – O primeiro dia Posted by on May 31, 2017

[Atividade de escuta e leitura em Português] Olá, galera! Hey, you guys! Today we are going to practice some listening and reading skills. We are going over the text “O Primeiro Dia” (The First Day) extracted from the short story collection Comédias Brasileiras de Verão (Brazilian Summer Comedies) by beloved Brazilian author and comedian Luís Fernando…

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Some idioms in Portuguese Posted by on Mar 18, 2017

Oi, galera! Hey everybody! How about today we cover some common phrases and expressions in Portuguese that will surely help you on a daily basis? Below you will find many situations that take place regularly. Take a look: Cortesia e apresentações – Politeness and getting acquainted Oi/ Olá – Hi/ Hello Como vai?/ Tudo bem?/…

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The verb “ter” in Portuguese Posted by on Mar 9, 2017

Olá a todos! Hello everyone! Vocês têm muito o que fazer essa semana? Do you have a lot to do this week? The verb ter (to have) is essential and used with high frequency in Portuguese. Anyone who wants to master or become familiarized with the language should learn the basics. So today we are…

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Examples with the verb “to be” in Portuguese Posted by on Feb 18, 2017

Exemplos de situações de uso do verbo “ser” em português Olá, gente. Hey, everyone. “Ser” is one of the main Portuguese verbs, used in many contexts due to its versatility. Its meaning is similar to the verb “to be,” but in general it is used only for permanent conditions and characteristics of people or things…

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Summer vocab Posted by on Jan 22, 2017

Vocabulário de verão Ei, gente! Hey, guys! How is your janeiro (January) going? If you happen to be in Brazil or in any country in the Southern hemisphere, you’re probably dealing with the altas temperaturas (high temperatures) of summer. As you probably imagine, Brazil is a great lugar (place) to spend the verão (summer), with…

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[Brazilian Politics] – The PEC 241 and Occupations Posted by on Nov 6, 2016

[Política Brasileira] – A PEC 241 e as ocupações Olá! Como foi a semana de vocês? Hello! How was your week? You’re probably aware that, a few meses (months) ago, former president Dilma underwent an impeachment process and was replaced by current president Michel Temer. (As we’ve discussed in this post: https://blogs.transparent.com/portuguese/brazilian-politics-the-impeachment/) Brazil’s new president…

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The tilde (~) in Portuguese Posted by on Sep 23, 2016

Olá, pessoal! A semana de vocês começou bem? (Hey guys, did you week get off to a good start?) If you study Portuguese or are just interested in the language, you definitely came upon the character ~ at some point. But what does this squiggly line that appears over vowels mean? The tilde, known in…

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