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BBB 11 Posted by on Jan 6, 2011

Big Brother is by far the most popular reality show in Brazil, when millions of viewers tune in to watch seventeen contestants live together in a house in Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro, and get voted off one by one until there’s one person remaining, who wins R$1.5 million. Cameras watch the contestants’…

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New Brazilian Soap Operas Posted by on Nov 5, 2010

There are two relatively new novelas out on Brazilian TV: Araguaia and Ti-ti-ti, both on the Globo network. Not only are Globo novelas among the most watched television programs in Brazil, but they are also a lucrative export: Globo soaps are translated and shown in countries around the world. So while these two shows are…

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Watch Your Favorite TV Shows in Portuguese Posted by on May 24, 2010

Since being in Brazil, I’ve been getting my American TV shows fix online.  Since I have the privilege of speaking English and having a great internet connection, I don’t have to wait until the episodes get to cable tv in Brazil in order to keep up with my American friends’ Facebook comments on different shows…

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Brazilian Novelas Posted by on Mar 9, 2010

Brazilian novelas, or soap operas, are famous the world over and are broadcast in countries throughout Latin America, Africa, and Europe. Watching novelas is an excellent way to work on your listening comprehension skills, as well as to build your vocabulary. Luckily, many novelas are now available on YouTube, and you can watch entire episodes…

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Listening Practice: Commercials Posted by on Oct 12, 2009

Watching TV is a great way to learn Portuguese, and though they may not seem important, commercials are also helpful ways to learn new vocabulary words. Let’s take a look at a few commercials as an example: Keywords to listen for in Portuguese: menu, dip/sauce, vegetables, ice cream, discount, percent, broadband, calls

Brazil’s New Craze: A Fazenda Posted by on Jul 1, 2009

Rede Record, Globo’s major competitor, has come out with a new reality show to rival Globo’s Big Brother series. The show, called A Fazenda, is like Big Brother, but the participants are famous Brazilian actors and actresses who live together on a farm in rural Sao Paulo, rather than in a house on a set…

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Video Learning Series: Novelas Posted by on May 20, 2009

Today, on the video learning series, we’re going to look at novelas. Though it’s more gratifying to watch them in their entirety, watching novela clips online can be a very useful way to practice listening comprehension, because the language is relatively straightforward. In the clips below, you’ll see scenes from recent novelas, including Caminho das…

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