Learn what it means when your Brazilian friend says: Não é a minha praia. This is a great Brazilian Portuguese colloquial expression: Não é a minha praia.
Brazilian singer Ed Motta has recently gone viral among Brazilians around the world, but not in the best way. He recently said that he did not want to see any simpleton Brazilian speaking Portuguese during his European tour. He also asked fans to not even try to ask him to speak Portuguese during
Are you planning to drive in Brazil? Many foreigners find it challenging to drive in Brazil. They say traffic is too crazy, cars drive very close to each other, and people drive more aggressively. It is difficult to disagree with these comments. Driving in Brazil feels very different from driving
In English you play the guitar, the kids play outside, and Brazilians like to play soccer. These are three different ideas expressed with the same verb: to play. In Portuguese, we have three different verbs and they are not interchangeable. This is a major source of confusion for learners of
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
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.
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
What does a pest, a feeling, a dwarf, and bossa nova have in common? I know you were wondering the same thing, so I'll go ahead and tell you. ; ) Late in September, news came out about how Brazil had released so-called good mosquitos to fight dengue fever. Researchers let thousands of the
Back in May, I wrote a two-part series called Simple Words, Double Meanings. Along the same lines, there are similar words with (sometimes) different meanings and that’s what I’d like to go over in this two-part series now. In Brazilian Portuguese, there are words that may seem similar but exist
In my Street Smart Brazil blog posts over the years, I’ve mentioned several times the personal importance of having translated word for word from newspaper articles when I was in the midst of learning Brazilian Portuguese. One thing I’ve never done here is to show what that actually means, and