Tag Archives: Portuguese

How to Lose a Language in 10 Days

Alright, so we’ve all lost things. We sometimes lose our keys. Occasionally we lose our heads. Kate Hudson taught us how to lose a guy (hence the title). Heck, even Elizabeth Bishop wrote a whole poem about it (“One Art”). But what about a language; how can you lose a language? Boy are you in for a treat.(…)


English Alternatives: The Most Common Second Languages to Learn

English might be the most popular second language for people around the world to learn, but it certainly isn’t the only one. Which makes sense, right? We live in a society where people are constantly moving, and that often means relocation for jobs, remote working, communication with overseas clients, etc. There is definitely more than(…)


4 Reasons Why Portuguese Isn’t as Hard as You Think

With over 200 million speakers and growing, Portuguese is one of the top spoken languages in the world, and is used widely in many fields such as business and tourism. For English speakers, however, learning Portuguese grammar can be an intimidating prospect. But don’t let its unfamiliar nasal sounds and numerous verb conjugations intimidate you:(…)


Top Dialects of the Portuguese Language

As its name suggests, Portugal is the birthplace of the Portuguese language. Nowadays, however, the vast majority of Portuguese speakers live outside of Portugal. Brazil alone has about 200 million Portuguese speakers, which is about twenty times the entire population of Portugal! And aside from Brazil, Portuguese is spoken in African countries such as Angola(…)


Grab the Popcorn! 4 of Brazil’s Most Awe-Inspiring Films

A country of contradictions and recently home to the FIFA World Cup, Brazil has had a turbulent past and still struggles with issues of crime and drugs today. You may have heard of the infamous favelas, or slums, that exist in cities like Rio de Janeiro, but do you have any idea what it’s like(…)


The Gringo’s Guide to Brazil’s Carnival

If you’re looking for a party, nothing in the world can compare to Carnival in Brazil. While the rest of Latin America celebrates Carnival, too, no other country takes its duty to party in the days before Lent as seriously as Brazil does. The music, the dancing, the gatherings in the streets, the food, the(…)


Transport and the Tourist: Top Phrases to Get Around in Brazil

In the age of cheap airfares and routes to almost everywhere in the world, getting to a foreign destination is a pretty simple business. But once you’re there, travelling from A to B within a country can be a daunting affair, with phrases to pick up and vocabulary to understand to make sure you don’t accidentally(…)


Bam Bam Brasil! The Top 6 Music Acts in Brazil Today

Brazil is the home of an astounding array of music, as was frequently explored during the World Cup of 2014. Some of the finest Brazilian musicians of all time were collected together on an exceptional album entitled ‘Sonzeira: Brasil Bam Bam Bam’, for which you’re strongly recommended to hunt bargain bins to pick up a(…)


8 Brazilian (Mis)Conceptions About the UK

The first time I travelled outside of Brazil, I was 23 and went to Newcastle, England, to take a course that would last one year. For us Brazilians, very little information about England is available. The difference between the UK, England and Great Britain results in endless confusion and more than a few mistakes. In(…)