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The Swimmer Was Disqualified

How sad would it be to train for years and years, and then be disqualified for a false start.  That’s part of the Olympic drama and part of the lesson for today....

Host: Orlando, Sonia
Topic: Olympics

Published: July 19, 2016

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Who Has Won The Most Medals?

Medal count, some say that it takes away from the Olympic games and others think it is the very reason for the Olympics.  How is your country doing in the total medal count?...

Host: Orlando, Sonia
Topic: Olympics

Published: July 12, 2016

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Wow, Those Gymnasts Are Amazing

How can those athletes combine such grace and strength, it’s amazing. After today’s lesson we will be able to use Portuguese to describe such moves in gymnastics....

Host: Orlando, Sonia
Topic: Olympics

Published: July 05, 2016

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I Nearly Froze To Death

Really? I mean seriously! How is it possible for people to live in places where the winter temperatures are below freezing?  We know that many people do, but for people like Marcos in today’s lesson, those cold temperatures are shocking!  And that’s what we learn to talk about in today’s lesson....

Host: Orlando, Sonia
Topic: Weather

Published: April 07, 2015

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Reserving The Conference Room

The company may have a new conference room, but just try to make a reservation to use it.  Others have it reserved for today.  But don’t worry, tomorrow it’s available all day.  And after today’s lesson, you be able to make the same reservations in Portuguese too....

Host: Orlando, Sonia
Topic: Jobs

Published: March 31, 2015

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I Just Love To Travel

In this lesson we not only learn how to talk about traveling, but we also get the added bonus of talking about Florianopolis, truly one of the jewels of the southern part of Brazil. ...

Host: Orlando, Sonia
Topic: Travel

Published: March 24, 2015

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Love That Perfume

Buying perfume seems to be as complicated as choosing a fine wine. There is a combination of personal taste mixed with a knowledge about top notes, middle notes and a whole list of different scents and aromas.  In this lesson we take on the task of buying perfume, and in the end, even the decorative...

Host: Orlando, Sonia
Topic: Shopping

Published: March 10, 2015

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O Novo iPad Saiu

Yeah, the new iPad is out, and Antonio wants to take a peek.  Andreia, however, is skeptical.  Is it a big deal, or just another excuse to spend money on a new toy?  In today’s lesson we’ll see how much Brazilian adopt new foreign words into their everyday speech....

Host: Orlando, Sonia
Topic: Technology

Published: March 03, 2015

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Give Me A Dozen Roses

We all hope that someday, as a foreigner in Brazil, you have the opportunity to buy flowers.  There is a delightful mix of the excitement in seeing the many new flowers, the relatively cheaper prices, and the fun of the exchange with the flower sellers.  In this lesson we should learn some of the Po...

Host: Orlando, Sonia
Topic: Shopping

Published: February 17, 2015

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No Fried Foods

What could it hurt, a little fried food for lunch, no big deal, right?  If it means that you get to eat quibe, esfirra, coxinha and pastelzinhos, perhaps the extra calories are worth it.  But then again, too much of a good thing might add on the extra pounds.  After today’s lesson, you will be able ...

Host: Orlando, Sonia
Topic: Food
Function: Eating_Healthy

Published: February 10, 2015

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Marquinhos Wet The Bed Again

Ah yes, the challenges of potty training our children.  Is my child normal?  When is the right time to start?  Am I doing anything wrong?  This lesson gets us into this topic, and all in Portuguese of course....

Host: Orlando, Sonia
Function: physical_issues
Topic: Home_Life

Published: February 05, 2015

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Dessert Makes Me Happy

Some things are just difficult to translate, and the names of different Brazilian desserts definitely fall in that category.  Truth told, tasting them is the only way to really know what we are talking about. Taste truly trumps translation.  Still, after this lesson you will know a number of Brazili...

Host: Orlando, Sonia
Topic: Food

Published: February 02, 2015

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Soccer Is Violent

Go ahead, make jokes about how soccer players fake injuries.  Now, why don’t you try hitting your head with another guy’s cleats.  We aren’t praising the violence; we’re just saying that it can get rough out there.  After today’s lesson you can talk about soccer in Portuguese too. (And the photo ima...

Host: Orlando, Sonia
Topic: Soccer

Published: December 11, 2014

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Learning Portuguese Is Difficult

Is it so frustrating to learn how to pronounce words in Portuguese.  There are different sounds for all of the vowels and there don’t seem to be any rules.  And those verb endings, it’s crazy! Never fear. In today’s lesson will give you a few hints along the way, and we’ll let you know that it’s rea...

Host: Orlando, Sonia
Topic: Grammar

Published: November 24, 2014

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Is This A Good Color?

Men, we all relate to the pressure of being asked by a women if a certain article of clothing looks good or not.  Ladies, ya’ll are beautiful, you can wear either the blue or the red blouse.  You look great either way.  However, we still need to learn how to handle this situation in Portuguese, and ...

Host: Orlando, Sonia
Function: Buying_Clothing
Topic: Clothing
Grammar: Colors

Published: November 17, 2014

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I Love Teaching Children

After today’s lesson we will all feel like we need to go back to elementary school, unless of course you already know how to calculate the area of a trapezoid.  Just kidding, but after this lesson you will be able to identify some basic shapes in Portuguese....

Host: Orlando, Sonia
Grammar: Shapes, vocabulary

Published: November 14, 2014

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You Are Really Tall

Are you pretty happy with your height and weight?  Remember that when you talk about that in Portuguese, you will have to switch to the metric system.  So, just how tall are you and how much do you weigh?  Learn how to talk about that in today’s lesson....

Host: Orlando, Sonia

Published: November 10, 2014

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Look At Those Muscles!

Going to the gym, working out, exercising, for some these words all carry a positive feeling.  For others, they bring up feelings of dread or guilt.  In today’s lesson Andreia is really into working out, or at least watching others work out. Cassia, not so much.  And even if you are not in perfect s...

Host: Orlando, Sonia
Topic: Exercise

Published: October 20, 2014

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