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Te ligo!

While I’m in Salvador, I’d like to do a few posts on the language that I’m hearing and the things that I’m picking up on during my second trip to Brasil. And one thing that I’ve been hearing everywhere is … Continue reading

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A Linguistic Dissection

So, I came across this sentence today in a book on rural development in Brazil: A pesquisa de Willems é fonte importante de referências para que se compreendam as principais características socioeconômicas e culturais da communidade rural de Cunha, na … Continue reading

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Portuguese ProTip: talking about hypothetical situations

->This is an Advanced ProTip In the last ProTip, we looked at how shifting the tense of a verb in certain types of statements can alter the formality of our speech, without changing the meaning. In this tip, we’ll look … Continue reading

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Portuguese Protip: the interchangeable imperfect and conditional

->This is an Advanced ProTip I’ve made a big deal on this site about how Brazilian Portuguese is really two languages: an informal, spoken language, and a formal written language. And of course it’s more complicated than that, because there … Continue reading

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