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Brazilian Portuguese Vocabulary: Spotlight

There are two words in Portuguese that refer to the spotlight, one mainly being the physical manifestation of the object (though, not always) and the second having more to do with being in the spotlight. The two words are: holofote and destaque. Let’s look at an example of both.

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Gifts Brazilians Love to Receive

Gifts Brazilians Love to Receive

I often hear this question: “I am going to Brazil. What gifts should I bring to family and friends there?”

It is easy to choose gifts that are valuable to Brazilians when you are visiting from abroad. This is because things in Brazil tend to be much more expensive than they are almost anywhere else in the world. Below I share my personal experience in getting gifts that my friends and family in Brazil really appreciate.

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Brazilian Culture: Got Ginga?

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.

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Idiomatic Expression in Portuguese: Saia Justa

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.

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