Brazilian Portuguese Vocabulary: Dengue and Dengoso

What does a pest, a feeling, a dwarf, and bossa nova have in common? I know you were wondering the same thing, so I'll go ahead and tell you. ; ) Late in September, news came out about how Brazil had released so-called good mosquitos to fight dengue fever. Researchers let thousands of the Read More

What does Tudo Bem mean? How to Greet Your Friends in Portuguese

What does Tudo Bem mean? How to Greet Your Friends in Portuguese   I am often asked: "What does tudo bem”mean?" It is no surprise that this is a popular question. Your Brazilian friends likely greet you with "tudo bem?” on a daily basis. Let’s see what exactly tudo bem means and how you can Read More


Double-scoop of Brazilian Portuguese

Having adjusted once more to a culture that is not Brazilian, I find myself gifted again with hearing small groups of others speak Brazilian Portuguese from time to time. I use the verb “to gift” because when I unexpectedly come across someone from my second home (Brazil), it´s a special occurrence. Read More


Brazilian Portuguese & The Universal Translator

At the end of July last year, a short article reprint came out on the tech site Cnet called, “Google has a ‘near perfect’ universal translator” (the type of Star Trek fame). Part of the content from the article is based on a conversation with Brazilian Hugo Barra, Android’s former product guru, who Read More

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Street Smart Brazil’s Social Media Gets Even Better

I have great news: Adam Lee will be helping me with Street Smart Brazil's social media. Adam is extremely knowledgeable about Brazil, Portugal, and the Portuguese language.  He has lived in Brazil for several years in different cities and regions, and now lives in Lisbon, Portugal. Adam is very Read More


Portuguese Vocabulary: Same but Different – Part 1

Back in May, I wrote a two-part series called Simple Words, Double Meanings. Along the same lines, there are similar words with (sometimes) different meanings and that’s what I’d like to go over in this two-part series now. In Brazilian Portuguese, there are words that may seem similar but exist Read More


Learn by Breaking down Brazilian Portuguese

In my Street Smart Brazil blog posts over the years, I’ve mentioned several times the personal importance of having translated word for word from newspaper articles when I was in the midst of learning Brazilian Portuguese. One thing I’ve never done here is to show what that actually means, and Read More

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Thoughts on the Language Learning Process

  Every so often I read up on some translation studies out of a desire to take up the profession at some point. In the past, I translated many, many Brazilian newspaper articles for my Brazil-focused blogs, but being that I'm not a professional (translator), surely those translations were Read More

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My Early Days of Learning Portuguese

  Sometimes when you reach a certain level of understanding in a language, you stop being able to remember just how hard it all was in the beginning. A few years ago, I went back to a forum I frequented during the early 2000s. It was where I went to talk about Brazil and, occasionally, to Read More


Portuguese as an Official Language

In late-July, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) admitted Spanish-speaking Equatorial Guinea, its ninth member, despite the fact that the country is not a Portuguese-speaking one. The African country, in order to improve economic relations with the CPLP’s eight long-time official Read More