TALK LIKE A NATIVE

HOW I LEARNED PORTUGUESE — And How YOU Can Too!

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Long ago I took a year of Portuguese in college. After that I had little contact with the language until 2005, when I decided to pick it up again, this time seriously, with the idea of eventually visiting Brazil and getting to know the people that I would meet there.

Since I didn’t have any outside pressure to study, and no time limits or tests, I was free to take my time and do only things that I really enjoyed. It seemed to work. This article describes my method. Give it a try and you may have the same results. Read more

O Português na Rua (Portuguese in the Street)

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Imagine yourself walking down a street in Brazil. What would you expect to see?  Pretty much the same basic things as you would in any city in the world, right? But with a Brazilian touch, and Brazilian names, of course.  Let’s learn some of those names:

To begin with, there are a few things in Brazil that probably won’t be found in your home town.

Street vendors (camelôs, not to be confused with camelos, camels) are common in many cities. They usually spread their wares out on top of a blanket on the sidewalk. Camelôs sell watches (relógios), umbrellas (guarda-chuvas), toys (brinquedos), fresh fruit (fruta fresca), cell phone cases (capas de telefones celulares), and much more.

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