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If you’ve practiced capoeira, you may have heard of ginga. It’s the base move from which all others are made, you know, that back and forth, side-to-side, swinging motion you see whenever someone starts to do capoeira. READ MORE>
If you’ve ever been in a bind, a jam or a tight spot that has left you embarrassed, in Brazil they’d say you were in a “tight skirt” (embarrassing in itself, if you’re a male). Well, that’s the direct translation of the idiomatic expression “saia justa” in Brazilian Portuguese. READ MORE>
A new study by IBOPE, the national agency for statistics, is out in Brazil and it shows what percentage of poll responders listen to the same types of music. Perhaps more interesting than that, it ties socio-economic classes to certain kinds of music. READ MORE>
There are two common exclamations in Brazilian Portuguese that refer to the Virgin Mary. Both phrases are said in moments of surprise and both can be shortened several times over. Let’s take a look. READ MORE>
We’re all familiar with what a “dor de cabeça” (headache) is, both the phrase and the way it feels to have one, but other unwanted things sometimes occur to us or to people we come across in our day-to-day lives and it’s important to know how to talk about them in Portuguese, too. That being said, no one likes to think about these small "health problems", so the vocab. lesson will be quite short. ; ) READ MORE>
The fact that you are browsing around on Street Smart Brazil indicates that you are interested in learning Brazilian Portuguese, and possibly thinking about moving permanently or temporarily to Brazil.
Moving to another country is a huge step and finding a good source of information about all the practical and administrative aspects of such an endeavour is like finding a gold mine (I know, because I have been there and done that).
You will end up asking yourself questions such as: READ MORE>
Being that we just celebrated Halloween, I thought it’d be a good time to introduce you to the Brazilian tarântula, known in Brazil as the caranguejeira (after caranguejo, or crab, due to its size and similarity). Out of 900 species of tarântulas on the planet, 300 of them are Brazilian. Of those 300 species come 11 families, 10 of which are native to the Amazon jungle. READ MORE>
On October 31 Brazilians celebrate Carlos Drummond de Andrade’s birthday. Drummond was one of the greatest Brazilian poets. Many consider him the most influential Brazilian poet of the 20th century.
His birthday is celebrated in Brazil as Dia D – Dia Drummond. Dia D is a play on a colloquial expression that I will explain below. I will also share with you one of my very favorite Drummond’s poem. You might know the song it was made into. And I will give you a link to find some of Drummond's poems translated from Portuguese into English. READ MORE>