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Creative Portuguese: Learn through speaking

My new publication has arrived! After years working on this method and textbook, it’s finally on sale. The idea with this method is to make the student learn through conversation, asking and answering to questions in a set… Read More

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Será que… I wonder if…

In spoken language, not everything can be easily translated from English to Portuguese and vice-versa. There are many words and expressions that complicate the life of translators and interpreters. In English we have the sentence: “I wonder if…”… Read More

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Uma Bruxa

I decided to share for free some of the stories of my last book. If you like it, don’t forget to check it out on Amazon. STORY FROM THE BOOK: QUEM ROUBOU MEU BOLO? Uma Bruxa Uma bruxa!… Read More

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Uma Princesinha

I decided to share for free some of the stories of my last book. If you like it, don’t forget to check it out on Amazon. STORY FROM THE BOOK: QUEM ROUBOU MEU BOLO? Uma Princesinha Era uma… Read More

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Quem Roubou meu Bolo?

My new book has just been released. The title in Portuguese is Quem Roubou meu Bolo? and the English edition is Who Stole my Cake? Here is a short description: Quem Roubou meu Bolo? is a book of… Read More

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Creative Portuguese: Learn through speaking

My new publication has arrived! After years working on this method and textbook, it’s finally on sale. The idea with this method is to make the student learn through conversation, asking and answering to questions in a set… Read More

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Será que… I wonder if…

In spoken language, not everything can be easily translated from English to Portuguese and vice-versa. There are many words and expressions that complicate the life of translators and interpreters. In English we have the sentence: “I wonder if…”… Read More

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Uma Bruxa

I decided to share for free some of the stories of my last book. If you like it, don’t forget to check it out on Amazon. STORY FROM THE BOOK: QUEM ROUBOU MEU BOLO? Uma Bruxa Uma bruxa!… Read More

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Uma Princesinha

I decided to share for free some of the stories of my last book. If you like it, don’t forget to check it out on Amazon. STORY FROM THE BOOK: QUEM ROUBOU MEU BOLO? Uma Princesinha Era uma… Read More

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Quem Roubou meu Bolo?

My new book has just been released. The title in Portuguese is Quem Roubou meu Bolo? and the English edition is Who Stole my Cake? Here is a short description: Quem Roubou meu Bolo? is a book of… Read More

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Advice for Teaching Foreign Languages

I’ve been teaching Portuguese as a foreign language for nearly 10 years now, and I must say that my techniques and lesson plans have changed a lot comparing to the days when I didn’t have much experience. Teaching… Read More

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Para vs Por

When we translate English to Portuguese and vice-versa, sometimes the prepositions “para” and “por” will have distinct translations. Usually it works like this: 1) Basic Use: Para = To Por = For Examples: a) Eu vou para o… Read More

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Animais Perigosos do Brasil: As Cobras

Nível: Intermediário (Intermediate– B1/B2) No Brasil há mais de cem tipos de serpentes, mais popularmente conhecidas como “cobras”. Venenosas, existem cerca de 60 espécies. Normalmente elas não têm interesse em atacar os seres humanos, só atacam quando precisam… Read More

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Wisdom and Knowledge through Saber and Conhecer

Um homem sábio não tem um conhecimento extenso; Aquele quem tem um conhecimento extenso não é um homem sábio.   [Lao-tzu, “Tao te Ching”, c.550 B.C.E.] (A wise man has no extensive knowledge; He who has extensive knowledge… Read More

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Saying “To” in Portuguese (Ao, Para o, Pro, No)?

Languages become complicated when you want to say something, but there are too many options to say it. In Brazilian Portuguese, when you want to say “to”, such as in “I’m going to the bank”, you  basically have… Read More

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Animais Perigosos do Brasil: O Tubarão

Nível: Intermediário (Intermediate – B1/B2)   O tubarão é um dos animais mais temidos do mundo. No Brasil, não é um animal muito comum, pois ele só aparece em regiões específicas, mas muitos ataques já foram registrados no… Read More

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Multilingual Audio Reader

Many polyglots have a system for organizing all the languages they are learning. I personally use digital glossaries in five different languages, which I can access and update on my mobile phone or on my computer through a… Read More

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1st Meeting of Lusophones in Liverpool

On the 6th of September 2015 the “Lusófonos” community of Liverpool (UK) joined together to celebrate their culture and language in a special event called “1o Encontro de Lusófonos em Liverpool” (1st Meeting of Lusophones in Liverpool). This… Read More

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When Google Translate Fails (Portuguese-English)

Google Translate was launched in 2006 and it’s service has improved a lot in the last few years. It has definitely overtaken many other language services and nowadays it is, by far, the most accessed language tool in… Read More

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Animais Perigosos do Brasil: A Água-Viva

Nível: Intermediário (Intermediate – B1/B2) A água-viva, ou medusa, é um animal que se camufla na água e por isso é conhecido como “água-viva”. Águas-vivas vivem em todos os oceanos e podem ser encontradas em diversos países. Em… Read More

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Animais Perigosos do Brasil: A Taturana

Nível: Intermediário (Intermediate – B1/B2) O Brasil é um país selvagem, pois dentro dele há uma selva imensa com todos os tipos de animais, incluindo cobras, aranhas, escorpiões, vespas e formigas. No mar, há lugares onde podemos encontrar… Read More

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Três Histórias Diferentes para Aprender Português

As a Portuguese teacher I have always struggled to find decent resources to use in my lessons, since most Portuguese resources use formal language and don’t assist in essential vocabulary development. Essential vocabulary are those 2000 basic words… Read More

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Deboísmo

Brazilians love creating sensationalism. Although Brazil is a huge country, people are always talking about the same cultural novelties, which are disseminated by the national television and by the Internet. Today, to be “Zen” in Brazil is to be… Read More

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10 Portuguese Colloquial Contractions

Que que cê qué bebe? If you can’t understand this type of language, you must have a look on this article since Google Translate won’t be able to help you. When you finish reading you will be able… Read More

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Exclamatory Phrases

Expressing Wonder, Admiration, Compassion, Surprise with “QUE + WORD + !” Portuguese is a very flexible language. One of the things that make it so flexible and easy to use are exclamatory phrases, since everything (from object’s qualities… Read More

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Portuguese Tenses: Formal VS Informal

Portuguese is a language that has a great difference between its written and spoken form. Here you will find a formality comparison between verb tenses. The following tenses will be analysed: Imperativo Formal e Informal 2. Futuro Simples (Futuro… Read More

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Grammar differences between European and Brazilian Portuguese

There are a lot of vocabulary and pronunciation differences between Brazilian and European Portuguese. But how about grammar? Here are the main differences: 1. Presente Contínuo (Present Continuous): Brazilian: Eu estou falando. = I am speaking with you. European:… Read More

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Mudar X Trocar

Many people have asked me before: “what is the difference between the verb Mudar and the verb Trocar? ” It will depend on the context. Mudar and Trocar, in most cases, are interchangeable, meaning only ‘to change‘ or ‘to… Read More

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The Best Songs for Learning Portuguese

Music is great for learning languages, when you have the right songs. If you have something too poetic, you won’t be learning useful vocabulary, so here I have selected a list of songs that can be accessed by… Read More

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Olá!!

My name is Ian, I was born in Brazil (yes, although not very Brazilian, Ian is my real name!) and I currently live in the UK.  For the last 7 years I have been working with languages, teaching,… Read More

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