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Eddie Fala

Hello everybody,

The video below is in Brazilian Portuguese.

I made the video because I work a lot with teenagers and young adults teaching them Brazilian Portuguese and a few times I had to stop the lesson to help and give them some advice about love, relationship, and life.

We all struggle sometimes when we fall in love with the wrong person and it is not different for young people. They, more than anyone else, need a helping hand when the topic is love and what to do when things go wrong.

I hope you can understand and enjoy the short video. I will try to add subtitles as soon as I can.

video: Eddie talks about life and love

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Eddie Santos

http://londonlessons.org

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Eu te amo, meu Brasil

Eu TE amo, meu Brasil

Rio de Janeiro 2013- Foto de Edinaldo E. Santo

Eu TE amo, meu Brasil!

Nós, os brasileiros, usamos muito o pronome TE, mas será que o usamos de forma correta?

Na verdade, de acordo com a norma culta da língua portuguesa, só deveriamos usar o TE quando usamos o TU.

É considerado erro muito grave a mistura dos pronomes VOCÊ e TE, mas no português falado no dia a dia esse uso é algo muito comum.

Por exemplo: ‘Mariana, você é uma moça muito legal e eu sempre te falei isso. ‘

Na frase acima, o correto seria: ‘Mariana, tu és uma moça muito legal e eu sempre te falei isso.’ ou ‘Mariana, você é uma moça muito legal e eu sempre lhe falei isso (sempre falei isso para você).’

      Mas será que isso realmente importa?

Se você levar em consideração que existem outros ‘erros’ que empobrecem muito mais a língua e que o importante é entender e ser entendido, então não.

O uso do TE em todos os tipos de frases já se tornou algo muito comum e popular. Faz parte da fala do povo brasileiro e ajuda a tornar a fala mais natural e rápida, por isso o seu uso excessivo.

É óbvio que não deve ser usado em uma linguagem mais formal, pois seria considerado um grande erro, mas frases assim dificilmente serão condenadas, quando usadas de forma informal e entre amigos.

Por isso, fique à vontade para falar para o seu gatinho ou sua gatinha um ‘Eu TE amo.’ bem grande e gostoso, whenever you feel like (quando quer que tenha vontade/ sempre que tiver vontade) e quando chegar ao Brasil, numa visita ou pela primeira vez, sinta-se em casa para dizer: I love you, my Brazil! (Eu TE amo, meu Brasil!)

Depois, aproveitando que você já sabe como errar de forma natural em português, você pode adicionar as frases abaixo:

a) Eu te disse/ falei. ( I told you)

b) Eu te odeio. ( I hate you)

c) Eu te adoro. (I adore you = I like you very much)

d) Eu já te dei o recado. (I have already given you the message)

e)Eu te dei meu coração. (I gave you my heart)

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No tempo da ditadura militar, nos anos 60 – 70, tínhamos várias canções de exaltação ufanista da pátria brasileira, principalmente durante o governo militar do general Médici. Abaixo, está o video e letra de uma das músicas mais famosas da época. Sabe como ela se chama? ‘Eu te amo, meu Brasil.

http://www.vagalume.com.br/os-incriveis/eu-te-amo-meu-brasil.html

Fiquem à vontade para comentar. Se tiverem alguma pergunta, ficarei feliz em respondê-la.

Sintam-se à vontade para adicionar esta página a seus favoritos, pois vou atualizá-la sempre que possível.
(posted on 27/07/2019)

Edinaldo E. Santo
London Lessons
http://london-portugueselessons.co.uk
http://londonlessons.org

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Rio – The Wonderful City

“O Rio de Janeiro continua lindo” – Rio is still beautiful, the song amazingly sang by Gilberto Gil in ‘Aquele Abraço’ – A Big Hug – tells a lot about the amazing city of Rio de Janeiro. If you haven’t been there yet, you should, as Rio is a wonderful place from where you can start your journey exploring this great Country.

I am from Sao Paulo, in the Southeast of Brazil, but I never hid my love for Rio de Janeiro and my dislike for Sao Paulo. Rio is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the World, although I don’t really know what is so special about it.2014-12-11-21-18-06

It might be the uncertainty, the relief, the contrast between the rich and the poor slapping us on our face or the amazing coastal landscape. Whatever it is, you have to be there to find out by yourself. I don’t like everything in or about Rio, but what I love about it is exactly the impossibility to describe what it is to be in Rio.

I know and I agree with anyone that there are many other great and wonderful places to visit in the globe and that most of them might have an incredible and unique beauty,  but there is nothing like Rio. Nothing that you could compare Rio with. Rio grows on you and once it gets into your heart it will be there forever, trust me.

If you are careful and streetwise enough to know how to behave in Brazil, where to go, what to say, ‘in Portuguese preferably’ and don’t take safety for granted, you will be okay in Rio and you will want to visit it many and many times in your life.2014-12-16-21-34-51

There are a few theories for the origin of the name of the city. Some historians say that it was named Rio de Janeiro (River of January), because when the explorers went from Bahia to Rio they arrived on the 1st of January 1502, which is actually in the register, and they thought that Guanabara Bay was a river and not part of the sea. Others don’t believe that, so there are other explanations. I like this theory, so I will stick with it until someone proves something different.

I try to go to Rio once a year and know quite well the do(s) and don’t(s) of this big city, but instead of writing a big list of what you do and don’t do I would like to summary it in two lines:

Do enjoy yourself with all the fun you can have

and

Don’t do anything silly.

(Edinaldo E. Santo)

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Here it is the video from youtube:

“Aquele Abraço” By Gilberto Gil

The lyric:

Aquele Abraço
Gilberto Gil

O Rio de Janeiro continua lindo
O Rio de Janeiro continua sendo
O Rio de Janeiro, fevereiro e março

Alô, alô, Realengo
Aquele abraço!
Alô torcida do Flamengo
Aquele abraço

Chacrinha continua
Balançando a pança
E buzinando a moça
E comandando a massa
E continua dando
As ordens no terreiro

Alô, alô, seu Chacrinha
Velho guerreiro
Alô, alô, Terezinha
Rio de Janeiro
Alô, alô, seu Chacrinha
Velho palhaço
Alô, alô, Terezinha
Aquele abraço!

Alô, moça da favela
Aquele abraço!
Todo mundo da Portela
Aquele abraço!
Todo mês de fevereiro
Aquele passo!
Alô Banda de Ipanema
Aquele abraço!

Meu caminho pelo mundo
Eu mesmo traço
A Bahia já me deu
Régua e compasso
Quem sabe de mim sou eu
Aquele abraço!
Pra você que me esqueceu
Aquele abraço!
Alô Rio de Janeiro
Aquele abraço!
Todo o povo brasileiro
Aquele abraço! Continue reading “Rio – The Wonderful City”

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Discovering Italy – Friuli Venezia Giulia

Our journey in Italy continues and this week we explore Friuli Venezia Giulia.

With a complicated and rich history, Friuli Venezia Giulia is the gateway to East Europe and for centuries its inhabitants have cultivated traditions from Italy, Austria and East European countries.

Video about Friuli Venezia Giulia

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Il Friuli Venezia Giulia è una regione del Nord Italia, è una regione a “statuto speciale” come il Trentino Alto Adige.

Le province principali sono Udine e Pordenone in Friuli, e Gorizia e Trieste in Venezia Giulia.

Il capoluogo è Trieste. La citta’ di Venezia non è in Friulia Venezia Giulia

Le lingue ufficiali sono italiano, sloveno, tedesco e friuliano.

Questa regione è parte dell’Italia da dopo la Seconda Guerra Mondiale, la sua storia è molto complicata.

La cucina friuliana include piatti tipici slovacchi e dell’Europe dell’Est. Il prosciutto di San Daniele viene da questa regione.

 

Did you enjoy this? If you want to join us and learn about Italy and its culture email us at courses@london-portugueselessons.co.uk.

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Discovering Italy – Trentino Alto Adige

During our Italian classes for Beginners in Shepherd’s Bush we are discovering week by week Italy’s regions to learn more about their cultures, traditions, cities and delicious dishes.

Let’s start with Trentino Alto Adige! Watch this video to discover the beautiful landscapes of Italy’s northernmost region and practice your Italian learning about it.

Video about Trentino

 

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Il Trentino Alto Adige è la regione più a Nord in Italia, è una regione a “statuto speciale”.

Le province principali sono Trento e Bolzano, il capoluogo è Trento.

Le lingue ufficiali del Trentino Alto Adige sono italiano, tedesco e ladino.

La regione è famosa per la natura e i paesaggi belli, le montagne Dolomiti, i fiumi, i laghi e le foreste.

I piatti tipici sono speck, canederli e strudel.

I prodotti tipici sono mele, frutti di bosco e legna

A dicembre ci sono molti mercati di Natale famosi.

 

Did you enjoy this? If you want to join us and learn about Italy and its culture email us at courses@london-portugueselessons.co.uk.

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Brazilian Portuguese lessons deal on WOWCHER – tell your friends

Brazilian Portuguese lessons via Skype on WOWCHER!!!!

This month we have two great deals for new students coming from Wowcher.

The first deal is for a 1h Brazilian Portuguese lesson via Skype and the second deal is for a 5h Brazilian Portuguese lesson via Skype.

They are great deals for those who would like to taste our lessons before any longer term commitment.

These deals on Wowcher are advertised as Skype lessons, but students wishing to use them to take a face to face lesson will be more than welcome, if you can have your lessons at our classroom in  Shepherds Bush – W12 8QQ.

Please, let us know if you will take them as Skype lesson or if you would like to haver your lessons at our classroom.

Students won’t have to commit to any other lessons after they finished the package they purchase from Wowcher.

Handouts will be provided for lessons, so there won’t be any other expenses, making these

two deals the best ever.

Give us a try or buy as gifts for your friends. They will love us.

Here are the two links on Wowcher. Check us there.

Brazilian Portuguese lessons on Wowcher – Deal One

Brazilian Portuguese lessons on Wowcher – Deal Two

I will see you on Skype.

Edinaldo E. Santo

Managing-Director

London Lessons

 

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Brazilian author to read this month.

A Brazilian Author you should read regardless if you are learning Portuguese or not is Paulo Coelho (Paul Rabbit). He is one of my favourite authors despite the Brazilian critics being regularly condemning his work. He has been translated into so many languages that probably even he doesn’t know how many anymore.

A book I would recommend you to start with either in Portuguese (Brazilian or European) or any other language you speak is the novel ‘The alchemist‘ (O Alquimista). To read it in Portuguese you should have a level of at least higher Intermediate, otherwise you won’t understand the most important parts of the book. alchemist

Paulo Coelho has a popular approach in his writings, therefore it is easy to understand and digest what he writes, making him a popular choice in Brazil, but not so popular with the critics, who generally don’t consider his novels good literature.

He generally writes one book per year and you can find e-books online to download for free, including from his personal website: PauloCoelhoWebsite . I didn’t find the Alchemist for download for free, but I found 5 other books on his site.

He is also very open minded about people copying and distributing his work for free, as long as people read what ho-alquimistae writes and are sharing because they like it and not for profit.

So, if you are looking for a good book to read in your language or in Brazilian Portuguese, why not start with ‘The Alchemist’? Anyway, even if you start with any of the free e-books from his site you won’t regret it. If you do, choose ‘Manuscript found in Accra‘ or ‘Brida‘. You can download the full book (livro completo), if you choose Brida.

Edinaldo E. Santo

(professor de língua portuguesa – London Lessons )