Let's talk about Carnaval! What is the first place that comes to your mind when you think about Brazil’s Carnival? Rio de Janeiro, right? Sure, Rio does one of the biggest, most glamorous, fun, and colorful parties. But Rio de Janeiro is not the only destination to celebrate carnival in Brazil.
(Source) We've all heard a foreigner asking for directions or mispronouncing common words even though on paper they know exactly what they are saying. I come across this time and time again when I hear people speaking other languages and it has always made me curious as to why they don't give enough
Here is a great podcast in Portuguese: Café Brasil, by Luciano Pires. Café Brasil is not intended to teach Portuguese as a foreign language, but it''''s definitely a great learning tool, especially for intermediate and advanced students. Luciano Pires defines himself as an entrepreneur, multimedia
Last week I flew home (Recife, Brazil) to visit my family. I was pleasantly surprised to find a good selection of songs in Portuguese on the plane entertainment system. Their World Music channel had a total of 21 songs, 10 of which were in Portuguese from different places in the world. Below is a
(Photo by Scott Eggers) Street Smart Brazil has the pleasure to interview Alex Martins, a native Brazilian who has lived in San Francisco since 1993, surfs with a passion, practices yoga daily, and works for himself as the local surfboard ding repair man (www.AlexMartinsSF.com). He’s well known
The World Cup has been a great ride so far. I’ve had lots of fun watching the games with more Brazilians than I knew lived here in the Bay Area, and with live Brazilian music and all. What a joy! What do you think will be the score for Brazil vs. Netherlands? Post your bet on our Facebook community.
Fernando Pessoa was a Portuguese writer and poet, and in my opinion one of the best poets this world has even seen. Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1935, Pessoa left an extensive, complex, and beautiful collection of writings. Fernando Pessoa wrote under several different heteronyms, the most famous
It is Carnival and to celebrate it with our readers I visited Neguinha Sambista, a professional Samba instructor from Aquarela Samba Troup, in Berkely, CA. We interviewed her about the history and styles of the dance, and she told us about her classes. We also filmed parts of the lesson for you!
Today I will answer your questions about the use of the word muito. Students often feel confused with muito. When is it just muito and when does it have a plural and a feminine? I will organize my answer in three parts. 1) When muito means “very” it does not vary. Check out these
Açaí is getting very popular in the US today, as it is hailed for its richness in antioxidants. However, it is usually sold only in the form of a liquid juice, often mixed with blueberry juice. While this is delicious, it is very different from how we enjoy it in Brazil. There, we go to barracas