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Exclamations – Part II

 27 de May, 2024 |    |  No comments

Exclamations – Part II
Experiencing some emotion, the first thing we do is express it with some special word, and sometimes even with a set of sounds that have no explanation other than the feeling embedded in them. Sometimes such exclamations replace a thousand words and help in difficult situations when we want to express understanding and solidarity, but we have absolutely no idea what to say. Especially in a foreign language to us! Let's fix this! Desire To express desire, we are helped…

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Exclamations, part I

 30 de April, 2024 |    |  No comments

Exclamations, part I
We are used to thinking that exclamations are an unimportant part of speech because they do not convey meaning. However, while studying a foreign language and communicating with native speakers, we suddenly feel a shortage of exclamations in this language in our vocabulary. Then we understand that exclamations are often more informative than a full-fledged phrase, and sometimes more appropriate. This is what we dedicate today's article to. Surprise, admiration We are familiar with the unique word Uau! (Wow!), but…

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Tão & Tanto, necessity and obligation

 27 de February, 2024 |    |  No comments

Tão & Tanto, necessity and obligation
Today the subject of our article will be two words that often causes some confusion on students: “tão” and “tanto”. But don’t worry, as you will see it’s much easier than it looks. Also, we will talk about verbs we use when we want to express necessity and obligation. The differences between “tão” and “tanto” The words tão and tanto are invariable adverbs of intensity and they modify the word that follows them. Tão (so) can be used with adjectives…

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Unusual Dishes

 27 de December, 2023 |    |  No comments

Unusual Dishes
Portugal is a country with rich cuisine. But not all dishes seem tasty according to the description. Moreover, some of them seem strange or even disgusting. The Portuguese have strange taste, and in this article we will prove it. Mão de Vaca Mão de Vaca is a traditional Portuguese dish that is made with cow's feet or cow's tripe. To prepare this dish the cow's feet or tripe are first cleaned thoroughly and cooked until tender. The meat is then typically…

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The Weather

 25 de September, 2023 |    |  No comments

The Weather
A topic that can be discussed with any even a stranger is the weather. What's more, discussing the weather is very important when traveling, when you need to plan various activities for a short stay. At a minimum, you need to know what things to take with you on a trip, focusing on the weather. Weather conditions First, let's mention that the word "tempo" is translated as "time" or "weather". Some weather phenomena are described by their own verb: chover…

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My City

 28 de July, 2023 |    |  No comments

My City
Travel is one of the most pleasant topics for conversation. Sometimes we want to tell not only about the places we visited, but also invite someone to our city, attract guests and tourists. So in today's article we have collected the basic vocabulary and grammar rules on this topic. Objects Mostly tourists come to see architectural monuments, which include numerous objects. Let's look at the most popular: o castelo (castle), o palácio (palace), o museu (museum), o parque (park), o…

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Semantics of Portuguese

 31 de May, 2023 |    |  No comments

Semantics of Portuguese
In absolutely every language there are words that are repeated, similar, differ only in spelling, but have different meanings. Why it happened, why a separate word was not invented for each individual meaning - there is no answer. The language was not invented by one person, it was formed by entire nations and it was impossible to avoid repetition or very similar words. If you are still not very clear about what we are talking about, then now we will…

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Compound Words

 5 de May, 2023 |    |  No comments

Compound Words
Sometimes in Portuguese we come across such a phenomenon as compound nouns. This means that the noun consists of several words. There can be different parts of speech in a pair - even verbs. The question arises of how to decline such nouns by numbers, is it possible to safely invent your own compound noun and how. Today's article will answer these questions. Most compound words contain all the necessary information about the object. This is probably why they did…

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Obvious, But Invisible

 31 de March, 2023 |    |  No comments

Obvious, But Invisible
Native speakers of Portuguese, like any other, speak and do not think about many rules and interesting details. In fact, there are many rules, but not everyone pays attention to it. And we, by virtue of our profession as teachers, see them all, know them and are ready to share them with you. Stressed syllable A very convenient rule, which is only mentioned in passing, governs the rules for placing stress in words. If in other languages ​​the stress can…

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Idiomatic Expressions

 27 de February, 2023 |    |  No comments

Idiomatic Expressions
Many idiomatic expressions were formed not only from the mocking mind and sharp humor of mankind. Most of them were born in mistakes and difficult situations, and now they sound like advice and recommendations to better understand this life. Sometimes you can easily understand what the Portuguese are talking about when they say idiomatic expressions, because the situations they describe appear so vividly in our imagination that nothing needs to be explained. And other expressions are so confusing and complex…

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