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The Best Reason I’ve EVER Heard For Studying English

  • 20 May, 2016
It’s been a bit quiet on this blog recently, and I’m going to use this post to tell you why. So I leisurely started working on a writing project over nine months ago, but over the last few months it has really dominated all of my free time as I try to get it ready… Read More
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The Time I Used COMPLETELY The Wrong Word in Portuguese!

  • 27 Apr, 2016
My friend and I had just sat down into the all-you-can eat Japanese restaurant when his work-phone started ringing. “I won’t be a second, it’s my boss” he said apologetically. As he began to discuss work related issues, the waiter came over to ask us if we’d like a menu. We didn’t, we had totally… Read More
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The Brazilian House Party Surprise

  • 15 Apr, 2016
On our way to my friend’s place one Friday evening, my housemates and I stopped off at the nearby supermarket to pick up some beers. No sooner had we walked down the beer aisle than a six pack of Coronas caught my eye. “I haven’t seen these for ages!” I told my friend with an… Read More
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Sending Money Into and Out of Brazil

  • 8 Apr, 2016
The following is a sponsored post from International Money Transfers; a site in which you can learn how to dodge big fees, cut delivery times in half and, best of all, how to get access to a better currency exchange rate for your currency. So ladies and gentlemen: Let’s Talk Money As I reflect on the first… Read More
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Waiting for a Beer at a Brazilian House Party

  • 1 Apr, 2016
When my friend turned thirty last year, his parents celebrated by throwing a party at their place in São Paulo. After accepting the invitation, I wanted to double check two things before the big day; the first, what was I was supposed to bring? The second, what did “the party starts at eight” really mean?… Read More
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Trying to Understand Panelaço Protests

  • 23 Mar, 2016
I remember exactly where I was the first time heard a panelaço taking place in São Paulo. I was in my apartment watching TV and eating some spicy Doritos on the evening of International Women’s day, 2015. Then I heard some strange noises coming from outside my window. The neighbourhood I was living in was… Read More
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Concert Review: Liniker at Z Carniceria

  • 3 Mar, 2016
I first heard of the Brazilian singer, Liniker, late last year when my housemate played me his single, Zero. I was instantly struck by how soulful this guys voice was and so I quickly joined Liniker’s Facebook group. Then, before carnival this year, I managed to get my hands on tickets to his show at… Read More
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Embarrassing Myself..One Portuguese Mistake At A Time!

  • 26 Feb, 2016
After getting over the initial disappointment of arriving in Sáo Paulo and realising my Japanese skills couldn’t be transferred to conversations with many of the Japanese people living here, I have been studying Portuguese steadily over the last few years. These days I watch films in Portuguese, I try to understand memes made of Inês… Read More
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A Foreigner Trying To Understand Brazilian Memes

  • 27 Jan, 2016
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about Brazil’s viral celebrity, Inês Brasil, in which I attempted to explain this intriguing sub celebrity to other non-Brazilians. I noted that in the last few years she has become an internet powerhouse in Brazil, yet I wasn’t 100% sure why. So I posted, hoping that someone could help… Read More
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A Foreigner Trying to Understand Brazil’s Viral Celebrity: Inês Brasil

  • 14 Jan, 2016
Walk past the many newsstands on São Paulo’s Avenida Paulista right now and you will see Dilma’s face splashed across the front cover of The Economist. ‘Brazil’s Fall’ is the headline, accompanied by a rather unflattering picture of the defeated-looking president. Within the pages of the most recent publication you will find forecasts of doom… Read More
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