Informative articles for anyone learning Portuguese or interested in the Portuguese culture and visiting Portuguese-speaking countries.

Pasteis de nata

portuguese-egg-tart-scaledOne of the best things about learning a new language is discovering a whole new culture and a country´s food is one of the most important aspects and luckily normally one of the most enjoyable to explore.
Portugal is famous for its custard tarts or Pastéis de Nata; they are just out of this world and one of the best delicacies to try when visiting the country or to rustle up to get you in the mood to learn to speak Portuguese!
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Fado music – the soul of Portugal

Fado music scaledOne thing you are bound to hear when visiting Portugal, particularly Lisbon, is Fado. This is the traditional music of Portugal that dates back to the 1800s and Portugal´s glory on the high seas. It is still sung spontaneously in many bars in the capital city so don´t be surprised if you are enjoying a nice glass of vinho verde and someone suddenly stands up to sing. Just watch, listen and enjoy. Continue reading

Valentine’s day in Brazil or Portugal?

Valentines heartFebruary in Brazil is all about Carnival! Huge parades, parties and general indulgences are the norm for this month in South America´s largest country. So it´s no surprise that Valentine´s Day isn´t really a big thing over there. Actually in Brazil they celebrate their ‘Dia dos Namorados’ (Lovers´s Day) on the 12th June. Celebrations are similar to those in the UK and the US: exchanging chocolates, flowers and having a lovely romantic dinner.

In Portugal however, they do celebrate the 14th February as Saint Valentine´s day. They also celebrate in similar style to those of us in the UK or US by sending chocolates, cards and flowers. Some lucky lovers however take it one step further. It is traditional in Portugal to send women gift baskets full of gourmet goodies and for women to send men similar baskets filled with delightful liqueurs!

So if you have the chance to spend Valentine´s day abroad this year, I know which of the two I would go to!
Just remember that in Brazil you tell your loved one ‘Te Amo’ and in Portugal you tell them ‘Amo-te’!! Just one of the other slight differences between these two historically, linguistically and culturally linked countries!

Learn Portuguese by Skype!

Portuguese LogoWhether you’re getting ready for a new life in Portugal, already there and needing to improve or learn Portuguese or simply studying the language for yourself, taking lessons over Skype is a great way to learn. From the comfort of your home, enjoy lessons without needing to spend time and money travelling.

We can start right from the beginning or build on your existing knowledge of the language, and will go at a pace you are comfortable with. The lessons will keep you motivated by being interesting, well organised and tailored to you and your needs.

In addition to the audio and screen sharing over an ordinary skype call, we go to the virtual classroom, complete with a virtual whiteboard and the best of the technological teaching tools available today. Continue reading

Why study Portuguese?

flag• Portuguese is spoken by over 230 million people.
• It is the sixth most widely spoken language in the world.
• Portuguese is spoken in four continents: Europe, South America, Africa and Asia.
• It is the official language of eight countries: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timos, Guine-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tome and Principe.
• It is the third most spoken European language after English and Spanish.
• Brazil has a Portuguese speaking population of 190 million.
• Brazil is a 21st century economic powerhouse. The 5th largest economy in the world.
• Portuguese speaking countries have an incredibly interesting history, culture and gastronomy.
• Portuguese speaking destinations make for great holiday choices.

Portuguese Pronunciation of “-ção”

1st blog imageMany words are identical or almost identical in English and Portuguese: editoreditor, university = universidade, profession/job = profissão.

Let’s look at one big group:

Words ending in –tion in English usually become words ending in –ção in Portuguese:

• informationinformação
• competition = competição
• administration = administração
• celebration = celebração

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O Copo Mundial no Brasil 2014!

The World Cup is about to start in a just a couple of weeks in Brazil. All eyes are on this colourful and vivacious country. Most Brazilians are extremely passionate about football and so this World Cup is going to be something special: a season of football, caipirinhas, yellow and green painted faces and exciting emotions!

Here is some key vocabulary to help with this football season.

I would point out the most important expressions to remember are: “vai, vai vaiiiiiiiii” and “goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool!!”




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Prepositions “Por” and “Para” in Portuguese

Both of the words “Por” and “Para” in Portuguese can mean “FOR” or “TO” in English, however the distinction between the two is a little more complicated than that. So let´s take a closer look …

PARA can mean “TO”, “FOR”, “TOWARDS” and “IN ORDER TO”, whereas
POR can mean “BY”, “FOR”, “THROUGH”, “VIA”.

Here are a few hints to help make it a bit easier when deciding on which preposition to use: Continue reading

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