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Colloquial Portuguese is a Great Holiday Gift

  What would you answer in the following situation? You are in Brazil and you meet your friend to go out for dinner: YOU: Oi, tudo bem? YOUR FRIEND: Nossa! Tô um bagaço. Bati perna o dia todo resolvendo coisas. YOU: O quê? YOUR FRIEND: Vamos? Estou verde de fome! E hoje vamos colocar o Read More


Brazilian Pop Culture 101 in One Song

Have you heard of Tiago Abravanel? He is a Brazilian singer and actor. His new song named Eclético  is very catchy and its music video is fun and creative.  In the music video, Tiago impersonates several Brazilian celebrities. We recommend this song for your cultural learning.  We have created a Read More


How to Use the Verb Ir in Portuguese Our lesson today is about the Verb Ir which means to go. You will learn: How to conjugate this power verb in the present tense How to correctly use the verb 5 Street smart tips that will make your Portuguese better Read More


Brazilian Portuguese Lesson: Ficar na minha

Vou ficar na minha = I will keep to myself In life, we’ve all had moments when we wanted to keep to ourselves, in the sense of staying away from other people. Of course, the secondary meaning would be to keep something a secret (ex, “keep that to yourself!”), but I’ll focus on the first definition Read More

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Portuguese Lesson: 2 Useful Phrases for Moments of Surprise

  Today I have a short Portuguese lesson for you. I believe it will come in handy when you need these two useful phrases. De onde você tirou isso? It is useful to know this phrase. It means, “Where’d you get/take that from?” It can be used literally: for example, if you all of a sudden Read More


Brazilian Music: Tarde em Itapuã – Translated lyrics

One of my favorite Brazilian music videos to put on and listen to is Tarde em Itapuã sung acoustically by its composer Toquinho and invited guest Gil Gilberto. It’s such a great, soothing song and it has the power to transport me back to any number of Brazilian beaches I’ve sat and pondered life on. Read More

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How to say far away in colloquial Portuguese

Você foi longe, hein! Onde Judas perdeu as botas.  Have you ever heard a Brazilian say this? If yes, it’s likely you just said something unexpected in Brazilian Portuguese, that was far from the thoughts of the person you’re speaking to. It’s also likely the phrase was prefixed with a “Nossa!”, Read More

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17 Links to Brazilian Music, Food, and Places

What is the first image that comes to mind when you think about Brazil? I asked this question on our Facebook page and created this interactive image based on the replies posted by our community members. Click the colorful icons on the picture below; hover your mouse over the picture to see them. Read More

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Picture a Change: Photography in the Brazilian Favelas

I had the pleasure to attend the book release event for Picture a Change: Brazil (yes, that is me in the picture above, with the project team). Picture a Change is more than a photo book. Through art and activism, this group of young artists raise resources that can be used to empower local Read More

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Learn Portuguese Idioms: Perder a hora & Perder tempo

I saw the picture above on Facebook and it inspired me to create this Portuguese lesson. The picture uses two very useful idiomatic expressions in Portuguese: Perder a hora and Perder tempo.  In this lesson I will give you a tip about the conjugation of the verb Perder and will show you how to use Read More