Roberto Carlos: Learn Brazilian Portuguese with Songs – Video 6

Susanna and I are very happy with the feedback that our series Learn Brazilian Portuguese with Songs has been getting from learners of Portuguese all over the world. Muito obrigada!

This lesson uses the song Amigo by Brazilian super star Roberto Carlos. Roberto Carlos became popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s when he was one of the main figures of the Jovem Guarda (Young Guard) music movement in Brazil. Yes, he has been performing for over 50 years and his concerts continue to attract huge crowds in Brazil and in the world. His end-of-the-year concert produced with TV channel Rede Globo has become a Brazilian tradition.

Useful Business Vocabulary

 

I confess: I recently fell in love with very short and (hopefully) useful blog posts. I thought I’d share this comic strip with you. I feel that sooner or later you will be happy to have this vocabulary in your repertoire :)

Let's have "um drinque"

You might have noticed that some English words are “aportuguesadas“, that is, we create the Portuguese version of the English word. A good example is:

  • a drink (noun) = um drinque

Pronunciation tip: Place the emphasis on the 1st syllable and pronounce the final “e”. We don’t have stop consonants in Brazilian Portuguese.

Learn Brazilian Portuguese with Songs – Video 4

In this lesson we use the song Eu Vou Estar, by Brazilian band Capital Inicial, to teach you Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation, give you a couple of important grammar tips, and help your Portuguese become even more Street Smart.

Portuguese Lesson: Eu gosto or Eu gostei? Express Your Opinions (with Video)

Portuguese Lesson: Eu gosto or Eu gostei? Express Your Opinions correctly in Portuguese

I notice an interesting difference between the way we express opinions using the verb gostar in Portuguese and to like in English. Let’s see an example: When I watch a cool video posted by a friend on Facebook, I might write this comment:

  • “Gostei”

or

  • “Adorei”

Notice that I say this in the past tense. In English, I’d use the present tense: