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My Trip To A Brazilian Dentist

  • 9 Oct, 2015
I kept telling myself it wouldn’t be a problem, that my tooth was just being a bit sensitive and it would eventually sort itself out. Despite the fact I was now wincing in pain every time I ate a KitKat chunky, I tried to convince myself that this would pass. Looking back now, I guess… Read More

Brazilians: On British Teeth – Part Two

  • 25 Sep, 2015
When I told my friends I was writing a post on what Brazilians thought of British teeth, I asked a few of them for their opinions. Whilst some were pretty non-plus about the state of our (not so) pearly whites (you can read those comments here), others were absolute bastards and delighted in telling me… Read More
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Brazilians: On British Teeth – Part One

  • 18 Sep, 2015
Back in the day when I was an obnoxious teenager with a face full of spots and a pretty big collection of Euro-dance CDs  (“What is Love? Baby don’t hurt me!”), I remember watching an episode of the Simpsons. In this particular episode Ralph had gone to the dentist, but because he hadn’t been brushing his… Read More

Trying To Understand Brazilian Timing – Part 2

  • 28 Aug, 2015
A couple of months ago, myself and forty friends went to the countryside of São Paulo to a place called Igarata. We’d hired out an incredibly beautiful mansion for the weekend (I know, right? Beijo no ombro!), were we spent two days drinking, eating and doing plenty of catching up. Because there was a DJ… Read More

Brazilians- Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies!

  • 13 Aug, 2015
A couple of weeks ago I went to the cafe at Casa Das Rosas to swat up on some long overdue Portuguese study. I hoped that the place would be quiet enough for me to study without too many distractions. However, I clearly hadn’t bargained on an incredibly loud Brazilian woman being on the next… Read More

Trying To Understand Brazilian Timing- Part One

  • 8 Jul, 2015
This week I wrote a guest post, focusing on some of the things I’ve learnt about teaching ESL in the five years I’ve been living in São Paulo (I’ll add this to the blog’s Facebook page when it’s published). Not long after hitting that send button I began to reflect on other aspects of life in… Read More

Awkward Lift Moment

  • 25 Jun, 2015
“The room we usually have class in is booked today” began the whatsapp message my student sent me a few hours before our class was due to start. “So I’ve reserved us a room on the 10th floor. See you soon!” “No problem!” I responded, “See you there!” I didn’t give this room change too… Read More

English Speaking Songs vs Their Brazilian Versions

  • 9 Jun, 2015
Last weekend I invited some friends over for an impromptu dinner party at my place. Before eating, I hit shuffle on my media player so that as we drank wine and caught up over a lot of pasta, it would randomly pick songs from my music library. This seemed like a such good idea at the… Read More

Eight Common Mistakes Brazilians Make In English.

  • 27 May, 2015
A few weeks ago I launched my second ebook, The Top 85 Mistakes Brazilians Make In English. Today I’m going to give you eight examples of the mistakes included in this book. If you’re studying English in Brazil and ANY of these are new to you, I’d advise you to go to the Amazon store… Read More
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