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Boas Festas!

How do you say “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” in Portuguese?

You say: “FELIZ NATAL E PRÓSPERO ANO NOVO”. So, we say “merry” Christmas and “prosperous” new year.

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DAR + complement

In INFORMAL Brazilian Portuguese, you can use the verb DAR + a complement–equivalent to a simple verb, in a variety of ways:

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Pimp my … trash cart?

In Brazil, “catadores” collect junk and recyclables. But while they provide a vital service that benefits all, they are nearly invisible as they roam the streets. Enter graffiti artist Mundano, a TED Fellow.

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Brazilians: Vinyl Records Collector

“I don’t know a thing about him — nothing,” Mawhinney told me.
“I just know all the records were shipped to Brazil.”

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Rhymed Tips to Improve your Portuguese

A new contribution by Prof. Francisco Gomes de Matos, Brazilian peace linguist, to learners of Portuguese.
Versions in Portuguese and in English.

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Christ the Redeemer

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Unique view of the Christ the Redeemer.

What do you think the Christ sees when he looks around him?

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Peace Linguistics

“Applying Peace Linguistics to TESOL” by Dr. F. Gomes de Matos refers specifically to English but it can be applied to all languages in the world. It also refers to one of our previous posts.

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Describing People

Learn the vocabulary necessary to describe people.

Includes:

FLASHCARDS of the words and expressions, AUDIOS, interactive EXERCISES, GAMES, TESTS,

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Test your Portuguese

Here is a great test for you to find out how much you know of the Portuguese language and grammar.

In order to make sense, the sentence below needs to include:

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Free Brazilian Literature books

Are you interested in reading online or downloading Brazilian literature books that are currently in the public domain and thus freely available?

If yes, check the Project Gutenberg!

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Brazilian Regional Accents

An informative article about Brazilian regional accents and prejudice published on the Diário de Pernambuco newspaper from Recife, Brazil. The author reminds us that linguistic diversity and different accents show not the poverty but the wealth of a language.

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2014 Elections in Brazil

DID YOU KNOW that VOTING IS MANDATORY IN BRAZIL? Yes, it is mandatory for all citizens between 18 and 70 years old. In addition, voting is optional for Brazilians between 16 and 18 and above 70 years old. Brazilians may choose to vote “null” …

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Great Portuguese Dictionaries

The Internet offers a number of free online dictionaries, some good and others not much so.

This page will include only ONE good dictionary of each type.

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Positive Portuguese Lang. Learning #2

Another resource for teachers and learners of Brazilian Portuguese, by the Brazilian Peace Linguist Prof. F. Gomes de Matos

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Positive Portuguese Lang. Learning #1

A useful resource for both teachers and learners of Brazilian Portuguese by Prof. F. Gomes de Matos, a Brazilian Peace Linguist, who gives us rimed suggestions on how to use his técnica 3V. He says

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Great Portuguese Translators

We tested several free online translators and here is a short list of the best translators of Brazilian Portuguese currently available:

1. LINGUATEC

2. FREEtranslations

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Learn with CDs: Portuguese

BEGINNING BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE includes two CD-ROMs with 20 lessons covering the equivalent to two semesters of Portuguese Language instruction at American Universities. The course can be used in Critical Languages Programs, in University Blended courses, in Online Face-to-Face courses and as a Self-Instructional tool.

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Brazil – The Drought in the NE of Brazil

For centuries, the northeast of Brazil has been dealing with periodic droughts, which affect the NE states of Ceará, …. Due to corruption and ‘related’ reasons, the Brazilian governments just work on temporary solutions

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Greetings #1

HOW TO GREET SOMEONE YOU DO NOT KNOW in an informal setting
Instructions:
1. Listen to Rosa several times and try to understand all she says.
2. See the text below Rosa’s window and answer the two questions that Rosa asks.

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