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Download your weekly translated lyrics: Todo Mundo Nasce Artista, by Aíla. This song was hand-picked by our talented friends from Caipirinha Appreciation Society. You can listen to it in episode 317 of the podcast: Meeting Season.
Aíla Magalhães is a promising new artist from Belém, in the state of Pará, Brazil. Her music mixes global beats with local rhythms from the Amazon region, such as Carimbó, which Adam Lee told us about a few days ago. Check out the video below to see an amazing performance of the song and have a blast listening to the entire podcast by Caipirinha Appreciation Society. READ MORE>
Greg Starr has been learning Portuguese with Street Smart Brazil for about five months. Greg is in Florida and learns with us via webcam. The picture above was taken during our lesson yesterday.
Greg started with a few scattered words. Now he is conversational and my best source of novela updates. Greg likes to watch Brazilian novela on TV, and I love his emphatic and detailed accounts of all the drama in each episode :) I was curious to ask Greg about his learning strategies – besides his wonderful teacher, of course ;) I feel other learners will benefit from Greg’s experience. Below is our interview. Obrigada, Greguinho :) READ MORE>
Salvador Santo is a singer, composer, musician, and DJ from Recife, Pernambuco. He was one of the members of the popular band Dona Margarida Pereira e os Fulanos that helped shape the modern musical scene in Pernambuco. In Salvador's music you will enjoy a mix of rock, samba, MPB, and electronic beats. Below is a video of the song Ingredientes da Felicidade. Your translated lyrics are available for download at the end of the post. READ MORE>
Here is our new lesson from the series Learn Brazilian Portuguese with Songs. In this lesson we use the song Apesar de Você, by the brilliant Chico Buarque. This is a beautiful and moving samba. It is a heart to heart conversation between the artist and the dictatorial, violent, oppressive Brazilian government of the time. Below is our lesson, and below it a powerful video of the song with pictures of protests during the dictatorship. This video never fails to move me. The lyrics are at the end of post. READ MORE>
I am often asked:
- "What exactly 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 answer the “tudo bem?” question. READ MORE>
Learners of Portuguese quickly learn that Bem is an adverb which means "well". But when we use Bem in front of an adjective or another adverb, it changes its meaning. Depending on the context:
- Bem = very, as in “very close” or “very tall”
- Bem = right, as in “right here” or “right by”.
For example: READ MORE>
The Amazon river dolphin is one of four families of river dolphins around the world, principally occupying rivers throughout Asia and South America. They come in a variety of colors and, in the Amazon, it comes mainly in pink. A few things that differentiate them from other dolphins are their poor vision and their ability to turn their heads 180 degrees, which aids in maneuvering around in the muddied waters. Nonetheless, they’ve been taken by surprise far too many times in recent years. READ MORE>
A new Conversation Group Class is coming up! It's an online Group. Learn from anywhere.
A hands-on Brazilian Portuguese group class with Street Smart Brazil
Starts on Monday October 29. This is a very small group: 3 students. Register now to save your seat
You asked, we listened. Now you can join our conversation class and get your Portuguese afiado from anywhere in the world. Classes will be delivered via webcam, using Skype. It works like a video-conference: Everyone sees and hears everyone else in the group. READ MORE>
It's been a while, and I’m thrilled to publish a new video from the series Learn Brazilian Portuguese with Songs. In this lesson we use the song Toda Sexta-Feira. You will learn the days of the week in Portuguese and how to use Todo/Toda, along with language and pronunciation tips.
And I have a gift for you: You will be able to download a Street Smart Brazil worksheet with the song lyrics and a picture glossary (look at the bottom of this post). Additionally, when you sign up for our Newsletter you get two free Street Smart Brazil learning resources, including a worksheet about TUDO/TODO/TODA. It will be the perfect complement to this song lesson. I hope you enjoy it! READ MORE>