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The cedilla “ç” in Portuguese Posted by on Jun 20, 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 is just interested in the language, you definitely came upon the character ç at some point. But what does this squiggly line under the letter c mean? The cedilla, known in…

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Interrogative Pronouns/Adverbs Posted by on May 6, 2016

Olá, gente! Hey guys! Tudo bem? Como foi a semana de você? (How are you doing? How was your week?) We ask questions all the time. And, to do that, sometimes we need pronomes e advérbios interrogativos (interrogative pronouns e adverbs). These pronouns are used when we ask more informative questions, that cannot be answered…

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Contractions Posted by on Feb 19, 2016

Olá a todos! Como foi a semana de vocês? (Hello, you guys! How was your week?) Today’s grammar point is about contractions. Contractions are combinations between two words that have been shortened (by omitting letters and sounds) to result in a single word. While some languages, like Spanish, use fewer contractions, they are very present…

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Augmentative e diminutive in Portuguese Posted by on Nov 12, 2015

Olá, galerinha. Tudo certinho? (Hey, you guys, everything all right?) You may have noticed while trying to learn Portuguese or chatting with Brazilians that we really enjoy using the augmentative and the diminutive forms. It’s very common and we use it on a regular basis, so it’s important to learn how it works. The augmentative…

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Por que, por quê, porque, e porquê – What’s the difference? Posted by on Jul 16, 2015

Por que, por quê, porque, and porquê all look pretty much the same, but they all mean something different. Show your Portuguese prowess by mastering each of them. Por que is the basic form. This literally means por qual razão or por qual motivo, or “why.” Por que você não gosta de chocolate? (Why don’t you…

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When and How to Use the Crase Posted by on Jun 6, 2015

The elusive crase! We all see it from time to time…but do we know exactly when and how to use it, or the rules attached to it? It’s an interesting part of Portuguese grammar and here’s the scoop: When you use the feminine article “a” or the pronoun “a” with the preposition “a”, you need…

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[Answers] Grammar Review: Imperfect Subjunctive Posted by on Feb 25, 2015

Olá, pessoal! Here are the answers to last post’s exercises! I hope you did well!   1. EXERCISE 01. Follow the example. Tive medo de que … (perder) a hora. –> Tive medo de que você perdesse a hora. 1. Ele nos pediu que não … (fumar). – fumássemos 2. Ele não deixou que eles…

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