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False Anglicisms in Portuguese – Pt. 2

False Anglicisms in Portuguese – Pt. 2

By on September 17, 2014 in Language Learning with 0 Comments

False Anglicisms are English words that are used with other meanings in other languages. If you’d like to know what the main false Anglicisms in Portuguese are, read the first part of this post: False Anglicisms in Portuguese – Pt. 1. Here are other very common false Anglicisms in Portuguese: Top Brazilians have been using […]

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10 awesome Brazilian versions of songs in English

10 awesome Brazilian versions of songs in English

By on September 14, 2014 in Brazil, Cultural Curiosities with 0 Comments

  I lost count of how many times I’ve heard a song that sounded too familiar (and Brazilian) while listening to the radio in the United States. It turns out that many “Brazilian” songs are actually versions of foreign songs. Here is the list of 10 great Brazilian versions of songs in English: 1. Iggy […]

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Why is the Northern hemisphere at the top of maps?

Why is the Northern hemisphere at the top of maps?

By on September 7, 2014 in Thoughts with 0 Comments

The answer is simple: pure convention. There’s no scientific reason for the Northern hemisphere to be at the top and the Southern hemisphere to be at the bottom. Some of the first Egyptian, Arab and Chinese maps had the Southern hemisphere on top. For a long period during the middle ages, many European maps had […]

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10 useful acronyms and abbreviations in English – Pt.1

10 useful acronyms and abbreviations in English – Pt.1

By on September 3, 2014 in Language Learning with 0 Comments

1. a.m./p.m. AM (a.m. or am) stands for the Latin ante meridiem (before noon), while PM (p.m. or pm) stands for the Latin post meridiem (after noon). The United States and a few other countries use the 12-hour clock. If you say that you have an appointment at 15, many americans won’t understand the time […]

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A roller coaster called World Cup

A roller coaster called World Cup

By on July 16, 2014 in Brazil, Thoughts with 0 Comments

One week before the start of the soccer tournament, my friends and I landed in Rio de Janeiro coming from the U.S. I have to say that, to our surprise, we didn’t find the World Cup atmosphere we were expecting to see in Brazil. On the streets, there was little to no signs that one […]

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10 things you didn’t know about Los Angeles

10 things you didn’t know about Los Angeles

Los Angeles is one of my absolute favorite cities in America and the place I currently call home. In addition to being one of the world’s most popular destinations for tourists (and artists), the city is also one of the most instagrammed places on the planet! Even if you feel like you know everything about […]

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The most visited countries in the world

The most visited countries in the world

By on May 24, 2014 in Travel Culture with 0 Comments

Do you know where people around the world go on vacation? This map from Movehub shows the number of visitors each country receives every year. France is the most popular destination on the planet, receiving more than 81.4 million tourists annually. The United States, which occupies the second position, receives 20 million less tourists than […]

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Ice cream, gelato and sorbet: do you know the difference?

Ice cream, gelato and sorbet: do you know the difference?

By on May 10, 2014 in Cultural Curiosities with 0 Comments

The time I spent in Europe not only taught me a lot about sparkling wines, but also about ice creams. As it turns out, not all ice creams are created equal! Here are the main differences among these delicious frozen desserts: Ice Cream Ice creams have a custard base of water, milk, cream, sugar, egg […]

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False Anglicisms in Portuguese – Pt. 1

False Anglicisms in Portuguese – Pt. 1

By on May 1, 2014 in Language Learning with 2 Comments

Everybody knows that people around the world borrow words and phrases from the English language and incorporate them into their own languages. These borrowed words and phrases are called Anglicisms. In some cases, the spelling and meaning of the words borrowed are maintained. In the Portuguese language, for instance, words such as marketing, laser, slogan, […]

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Are Brazilians Latinos?

Are Brazilians Latinos?

By on April 18, 2014 in Brazil, Thoughts with 1 Comment

This question may not make a whole lot of sense to Brazilians living in Brazil or in other parts of the world, but Brazilians who live in the United States (like myself) will surely recognize its importance. In America, we need to fill out a form almost everywhere we go and one of the questions […]

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