Portuguese Vocabulary: Same but Different – Part 2

    In Part 1, I went over the concepts of homonyms, homographs, and homophones in Brazilian Portuguese. In this post, I’m going to cover different Portuguese vocabulary and talk about paronyms, which are basically words that have similar pronunciation and written form but the meanings are different. Notice the use of “similar” here where […]

How to Say Lotion and Leave-In Conditioner in Portuguese

  Brazilian Portuguese is my native language and a central part of my life. I was born and raised in Brazil, lived there almost my entire life, and visit once a year. I work with the Portuguese language every day, teaching, reading, writing, speaking, and learning. Yet, now I am in Brazil on vacation and I […]

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 […]

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 have […]

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. […]

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 the expressions above. I will […]