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In Brazil, the term língua da gente (literally 'language of the people') refers to the way that people actually talk in everyday speech. And that, in essence, is the object behind this series. We hope to provide practical lessons that demonstrate how people really speak, and we do this by presenting brief, slice-of-life dialogs, which focus on some daily situation, scenario, or task that we encounter every day.
 
Mauro Mozart começou a tocar em casas noturnas em 1993. Eterno apaixonado pela house music, iniciou sua carreira com o público gay em 2005 quando teve abertura para eventos da cena eletronica e GLS do país. Tocou em vários clubes e festas, dentre eles: E.njoy (Rio), Maxima Pool Party (Rio), Jukebox (Rio), Festa Fun (Braslia), Festa da Lili (Braslia), Jungle Party (So Paulo), Bubu Lounge (SP), Move (ES), San Sebastian (Salvador), Meet (Fortaleza), The Pub (Goinia), Concorde (Florianpolis), Di ...
 
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There are various art movements, all of which are taught in American schools. Art education is taken seriously in schools, and students become familiar with famous artists from different times and stylistic periods. Students are left to form their own opinion on famous pieces and movements of art. They use these opinions to inspire art of their own…
 
Chances are that if you know any seven or eight-year-olds, they are 100% into Minecraft. In this lesson Adam has just had a birthday and has spent the whole day playing with Minecraft. Find out what happens when hot lava starts to burn down his house. Dialogue A: Bom, quer dizer que com o Minecraft você constrói a casa inteira? O que que você tá fa…
 
There are many different kinds of snacks that can be found in the United States. They range from salty to sweet to fruity. These snacks are enjoyed by everyone (especially kids and teens), and can be found in almost every American home. In today’s episode we have to decide, healthy snack or a snack just for fun? Dialogue A: Oba! Tem Goldfish*! Eu a…
 
I wish we could defend the men, but it seems to be a pretty universal complaint. Men don’t put the toilet seat down. Although we don’t have a solution to the problem, at least we appreciate Sophia’s frustration in today’s dialog. Come on guys, help them out, will you? Dialogue A: Será que existe em algum lugar nesse mundão de Deus homens que abaixa…
 
Doing homework with your siblings around can be difficult. Everyone has different tasks and priorities. Sometimes different assignments coincide, making it difficult to get any work done on both ends! When concentrating becomes impossible, tensions rise, but in the end things work out, as they do in today’s episode. Dialogue A: Ana! Para de tocar e…
 
Don’t ever doubt how many details a four-year-old knows about Frozen. If you want to know the names and background of any of the movie’s characters, aske a four-year old. In this dialog we learn how to pronounce Ana’s name correctly, and we learn where the snowman came from. Dialogue A: Bom, ainda tô um pouco confuso, de quem você gosta mais, da El…
 
Selling Girl Scout cookies are an annual American tradition, so much so that January and February have become known as “cookie season.” Every Girl Scout is expected to sell at least 32 cookie boxes to help fund their troop’s activities, even though the troop only makes 75 cents for every $4 box sold. Cookie sales are a fun way for Girl Scouts to en…
 
What could be better than ice-cold milk on your cereal for breakfast! A breakfast of champions. Your only decision, should you drink skim, 2% or whole milk? Dialogue A: É possível o leite ficar gelado demais? B: Isso é impossível. Pra mim, quanto mais frio, melhor! A: Principalmente com o meu cereal de manhã, sabe? B: Com certeza! Peraí! Isso aí qu…
 
The famous poem by Gonçalves Dias entitled “Canção do exílio” speaks of a longing to hear the song of the sabiá, which is a type of thrush. Most Brazilians know about the poem, but not everyone knows a lot about the national bird, the sabiá. In today’s lesson you can get up to speed on all of it Dialogue A: Sabe, sempre ouvi falar do poema “Canção …
 
YouTube is such a part of our everyday life, no wonder we want to create our own channel. But if you want to talk about YouTube channels in Portuguese, there are some words and phrases that will help you out. And that is the object of today’s lesson. Dialogue A: Ô Jackson, você tem um canal do YouTube, não é? É fácil criar um? B: Olha, não é difíci…
 
Some people just seem to see the good in everyone, and others seem to point out the flaws. In today’s lesson Mara has written another blog, and does she ever bring up some emotions and opinions. Whether positive of negative, this lesson helps us to express ourselves in Portuguese. Dialogue A: Gente! Você viu o blog da Mara? B: Ai não, que foi que e…
 
Have you ever been to one of those restaurants where you pay by weight. They are extremely popular in Brazil. However, the question in today’s lesson is whether or not is makes sense to pay for food by weight. Some think it’s convenient and logical, others find it inconvenient and illogical. Either way, we learn some great Portuguese verbs to talk …
 
It’s so easy to ignore the warning lights that go off, but in this case the tire looks a little low too. It’s a good thing that friends can help out, check the tires and even take things in to a mechanic if needed. And if you ever need to make that request in Portuguese, today’s lesson’s got you covered. Dialogue A: O Carlos, você pode dar uma olha…
 
Do you love or hate shopping? People seem to fall into one of those camps. And how does your love/hate of shopping change when you get to do it online? Or does it change when you are shopping for cloths or for tools? All of this goes into our shopping patterns, and in this lesson we do it in Portuguese. Dialogue A: Ô Sueli, você aceita esse estereó…
 
Sometimes we just want to go back to our comfort food. And in today’s lesson, that means going back to a traditional Brazilian breakfast, complete with papaya, bread, butter, and coffee with milk. It’s a pretty great way to start a day, and even more so when you can talk about it in Portuguese. Dialogue A: Nossa, esse café da manhã está muito parec…
 
It’s one thing to think of salad as a fresh, healthy food. But we’ve all had the experience of opening the fridge, only to find that the lettuce is brown, the tomatoes are old, and the cucumbers are mushy. It’s enough to take away your appetite. It doesn’t matter what language you are using, that kind of food is gross. Dialogue A: Eu vou preparar u…
 
How in the world does a person figure out what makes a good cachaça? Color, smell, taste, and what brands are recommended? This lesson is our chance to get you started in knowing how to talk about cachaça and caipirinha.Drinking it, well, we’ll leave that up to you. Dialogue A: Oi Carla, você sabe tudo de cachaça, não é? B: Mais ou menos, por quê? …
 
The age old question about what to do on the weekend. And of course that question is more difficult to answer when the forecast says it’s going to rain. Looks like the beach will have to wait for another day. And while you are making those decisions, we’ll help you to discuss the options in Portuguese. Dialogue A: O que nós vamos fazer no final de …
 
Since someone is stopping by the supermarket anyway, it’s only polite to ask if there is anything you need. It’s always nice to be nice! And today we learn how to be nice in Portuguese too. Dialogue A: Ô bem, eu vou passar lá no Pão de Açúcar. Você precisa de alguma coisa? B: Pega mais algumas azeitonas, tá bom? A: Da verde ou da preta? B: Olha, co…
 
We sometimes think that it would be nice to join a gym, but it gets rather intimidating when we see all of the sign up procedures, there’s a lot of pressure. Still, we know it’s a good thing to work out, so maybe it’s time to buckle down and do it. In today’s lesson the process is at least made a little easier when a friend can give some advice abo…
 
What kind of present do you get when you know that your friend is a little particular about things? Go ahead and bat around a few ideas, but it may be easier just to get a gift coupon and let him get what he wants later. And to help the discussion move along, in today’s lesson we do it all in Portuguese. Dialogue A: Eu estava aqui pensando, alguma …
 
What’s more entertaining, watching the little kids play ball or watch the parents as the reaction to their children who are playing ball. In today’s lesson some parents are in the bleachers chatting as their kids are playing. Both seem to be fairly chill, which is good because sometimes the parents can go a little crazy. Nothing crazy about learnin…
 
How big of a statement are you making when you wear clothing with your teams name and logo? For some it’s a bold declaration of passion, for others it was merely a clean shirt in the closet. Either way, it’s bound to call attention, which as learners of Portuguese is a perfect excuse to strike up a conversation. Dialogue A: Hein, camisa do Vitória.…
 
Sometimes we feel pressed and want to get out of the supermarket as quickly as possible. Other days we are OK with slowing down the pace a little bit. In today’s lesson somebody is nice enough to let another go first in the checkout line. No doubt that someday the good deed will be paid back, and somebody will let you in line as well. And at least …
 
We all relate to the pressure of how to react to a hair cut, especially when we go with a new look or a new style. The good news is that in today’s dialog not only does our friend notice, but she lets us know that the new style is working well, está linda! Thank goodness, because we are always taking a chance with a new hair style. Dialogue A: Você…
 
Salgadinhos, those salty snack foods that we all love to eat, even if do so with a little sense of guilt, knowing that they just can’t be all that healthy of an option. Still, in today’s lesson we give you a pretty good list of many of the salgadinhos that you should try. And, as long as you don’t go too crazy, feel free to eat them without feely g…
 
What’s better than finding the perfect shoes online? Having a friend who recognizes how good looking those shoes are, and then asks you about them. Don’t worry, in the dialog we promise to send you the link, in Portuguese of course. Dialogue A: Ô Ana Clara, eu adorei esses sapatos, eles ficam muito bem com esse vestido. B: Obrigada, e são muito con…
 
We spend so much of our life in bed, it really shows that getting the right bed is probably a big deal. But what do you do when the bed is uncomfortable. It may be that buying another one will change things, or maybe not. It’s such a hard decision, but at least we’ll give you the language necessary to make that decision in Portuguese. Dialogue A: A…
 
Some days we work so long and so hard at work that we don’t evn realize how long we’ve been sitting. It’s good to get up, move around, stretch your body, divert your attention to something else, can take a break. Even better, take a load off with a friend or colleague, and sit down for a refreshing coffee break. And even better yet, learn how to do…
 
The age-old question, ‘how do I look?’ In today’s lesson we not only learn how to answer that question in Portuguese, but we answer it with style, with flattering words, and without delay. You learn much more than just language in our Língua da Gente lessons. Dialogue A: Ô João, você acha que eu estou gorda nesse vestido? B: Meu amor, você sabe que…
 
Asking a friend how his or her weekend was is much more than just a question. It’s a way of showing them that you care and that you are interested in them as people, more than just a colleague at work. In today’s lesson we find out that even staying home for the weekend is nice, and it’s nice to know that your friend asks about you too. Dialogue A:…
 
It’s so easy to get off of our routine, especially when traveling a lot. However, for those with diabetes, it’s important to still watch what we eat, keep up on medications, and maintain our exercise programs. Easier said than done, right? And in this lesson we add one more element, talking about all of this in Portuguese. We can do it, and chances…
 
There is nothing more fun that taking on your best friend in a game of one-on-one. The problem is that your friend is pretty bad at keeping the score. In today’s lesson we not only learn how to talk about the score in Portuguese, but we also learn how to help our friend keep score! Dialogue A: Quanto está o placar? B: Oito a seis. A: Como que oito …
 
What’s more frustrating than to have the weather be beautiful all week, and then on the weekend, precisely when you have time to get outside, it decides to rain! Well, at least in the dialog we find out that it isn’t very cold outside. But really, gente, when is this rain going to stop! Dialogue A: Gente, mas quando é que essa chuva vai parar! B: O…
 
So how does a doctor know if we have high blood pressure because of diet, exercise, and health, or high blood pressure because we are nervous about being in a doctor’s office? In the end, we’ve got to take care of the high blood pressure, and in today’s lesson the doctor is taking the steps necessary to do so. Whether you say “hypertension” or “hig…
 
In English we talk about a “proud papa” and in Portuguese with call somebody a “papai coruja”. “Coruja” is the word for “owl” and isn’t that a beautiful way to describe somebody who looks like he is proud. In today’s lesson we learn how to talk about being excited for things. Dialogue A: Sabe o que eu não esperava dessa gravidez? B: Os pés inchados…
 
None of us likes to visit the doctor, delaying things as long as possible. But, sometimes we just know that it really is important to get a professional to look at things. In today’s lesson it’s a good thing that we went to the doctor because he thinks that we might have bronchitis. And it’s a good thing that we learn how to talk about all of this …
 
We’ve all been there. You meet somebody, forget their name, and then see them again down the road. You might as well be honest and simply ask them their name. And in today’s lesson we get to live that experience in Portuguese. Dialogue A: Olá Diana, não sei se você lembra de mim. Nos conhecemos na festa de aniversário da Mara. B: Ah é, você é o ami…
 
You gotta love them, but you also gotta get ready for invitations to eat more, and more and more. It’s just their way of saying that they love you. So, take a deep breadth, fill up that plate, and have another helping. Dialogue A: Filho, você não quer mais, não? Por quê? Cê não gostou? B: Gostei Dona Rose, gostei, mas é que eu já comi em casa. A: S…
 
As part of our ‘small talk’ series, here’s an example of how to finally introduce yourself to a person that you have seen for a long time. Finally, it’s good to meet you! Dialogue A: Todo dia a gente se vê nessa ponto de ônibus e nunca nos apresentamos. Bom dia, meu nome é Diana. B: Bom dia Diana, meu nome é Claudio, prazer. A: Muito prazer. Você t…
 
Outside of Brazil, we sometimes hear more about São Paulo and Rio than we do about other regions in Brazil. In today’s lesson we get to focus on one of Brazil’s hidden gems, Santa Catarina. Get ready, because you are about to find out about a ton of great things to see and do in Santa Catarina. *Photo courtesy of Dircinha Welter (all rights reserve…
 
Nestlé, Garoto or Lacta, in Brazil the question is which chocolate brand we like the most. After today’s lesson, even if you can’t decide, you can at least explain the argument to defend one brand over another. Dialogue A: De qual marca de chocolate você mais gosta, lacta, garoto, ou nestlé? B: Sempre gostei do Sonho de Valsa e do Ouro Branco, entã…
 
Without a doubt Florianopolis is one of those fantastic cities that makes Santa Catarina shine Even if you have never been there, this lesson gives you a change to talk about it and ask others about their opinions of this classic city. Dialogue A: Lembra quando o trânsito aqui em Florianópolis era tranquilo? B: Hoje em dia tá pior do que São Paulo.…
 
Sometimes we just hit the end of the day and we run out of gas. If you just aren’t into pushing it another minute, today we learn how to tell people that we just ought to go to bed. Admit it, we all need this lesson! Dialogue A: Eduardo, vamos dormir, tô cansada pra caramba. B: Mas ainda é cedo. A: Eu sei, mas estou com sono. B: Tá bom, já tô indo.…
 
How do couples decide whose turn it is to change a dirty diaper? Is it best to take turns, trade days, alternate between wet and dirty? We’ll let you decide the strategy, but what we can help you with is how to talk about changing diapers in Portuguese. Dialogue A: Ai não, a Mariane sujou a fralda de novo! B: Mas eu acabei de trocar ela, nem faz 5 …
 
Among the Portuguese skills that we all need, ordering a quick snack and a drink rank high on the list. Potentially you will need this skill on a daily basis. We’ve got you covered and in this lesson we make sure you won’t starve to death while in Brazil! Dialogue A: Me dá um pastel de carne e um kibe por favor? B: Pois não, alguma coisa pra beber?…
 
It’s one thing to eat sweets and candies, it’s another to make homemade sweets. For Brazilians, this begins with brigadeiro, which can be simple or elegant. We wish that we could promise that anyone who learns how to speak Portuguese will automatically know how to make brigadeiros. Truth told, however, all we can say is that you’ll know how to orde…
 
Do you know how to tie a tie? Isn’t there something about a rabbit going around the hole and then back in the hole? If that is too complicated, let’s teach you how to tie a tie in Portuguese. Here we go! Dialogue A: Não sei direito dar nó em gravata, me dá uma ajuda aqui. B: Tá, cruze o lado comprido por cima do lado curto. A: Assim? B: Isso, e pas…
 
What a play on words, a restaurant called “São Duíche”! We’ve got São Paulo, São Jorge, São Caetano, we might as well add a São Duíche, the patron saint of those who love “sanduíches” or sandwiches. This is going to be a fun Portuguese language lesson! Dialogue A: Voce viu no Facebook que tem um restaurante que se chama “São Duíche Lanche? B: Sério…
 
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