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What does ‘saudades’ really mean?

  • 29 Sep, 2016
Very early on in my Portuguese studies I came across the word saudades. From those Brazilians I’ve talked to, there seems to be a real sense of pride when it comes to this word…there was even a performance during the Rio 2016 closing ceremony inspired by it. But what does it even mean? “It’s a word… 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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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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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
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Me vs The Brazilian With Good Education

  • 11 Sep, 2014
About six months ago I was at a party called Green Sunset, a monthly event held on the grounds of the Museum of Image and Sound (Check out my review of it here). I’d been quite a few times already, but this time around I was surprised to see how busy it was. It was… Read More

Getting By In Brazil….Without Much Portuguese.

  • 26 Apr, 2012
Just the other day I was thinking about how slack I’ve been in keeping up this blog…so let me sort that out by writing another one. And let me start by telling you about something that happened to me last week. I got a haircut. And yea, bear with me, because it gets a bit… Read More
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