Cearensês – Speaking Like Ceará Natives Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Music, Vocabulary

This past week, my mother and I travelled to Jericoacoara, a small beach town, about 400 km west of Fortaleza, in the northeastern state of Ceará. While there, I realized I hadn’t written a post on “Cearensês,” as I have done with many Brazilian accents and sayings from different states, in the past, on this blog.

The uniqueness of the Cearense, accent, is that it is more “sung,” than most accents, but not as slow and paused as the accent from Pernambuco or Bahia. Probably some of the most laid back and sincere people I’ve met, I had a great time in Jericoacoara and recommend anyone who is planning on visiting Brazil to visit (fun fact – they REALLY need English teachers there ;-))

So let’s move onto our lesson, shall we? We’ll do as we always have:

cearensês – português – English

achar graça – sorrir, rir – to laugh or smile

afanar – roubar, furtar – to steal

amunhecar – desanimar, perder a coragem to tire of something, lose faith

a perigo – sem dinheiro, liso, duro – broke, without money

bater-fofofaltar a um encontro, furar – to flake, not show up

boródinheiro, salário – money, salary

cabrahomem, pessoa do sexo masculino – man, male

de caldotriste com algum acontecimento recente – upset about a recent happening

em ribaem cima, no alto – above, high up

mocóesconderijo, lugar para esconder alguma coisa – safe place to hide things

nadicasnada – nothing

nem mel, nem cabeçanenhuma nem outra, perda total – complete loss of something, neither nor


Now, you ready to go to Ceará?

Here’s a song about the beaches of Ceará to finish off my persuasion to visit 🙂



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  1. wenceslao:

    what is the name of the song

  2. wenceslao:

    how can get the words to this song

  3. polyana:

    The song is called “Praias do Meu Ceará,” by Lopes Filho