Portuguese Tip: On God – Expressions with Deus””

Posted on August 17th, 2007 by Prof. Claudia

By Teacher ClaudiaAugust 17, 2007Dear readers, my American student has asked me the meaning of the word Adeus” (goodbye), as there seems to be a “deus” in it. Due to his remark, we had another very fruitful discussion on the many expressions Brazilians use on daily conversations, apparently not aware we are speaking the name […]

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Portuguese Tip: If Clauses Part 2

Posted on August 3rd, 2007 by Prof. Claudia

By Teacher ClaudiaAugust 3, 2007Dear readers, in April last year I began writing on the subjunctive mood, that is, Brazilian Portuguese if clauses. My tip then was the subjunctive future, and now it’s finally time for the subjunctive present. Do pay attention, and should you have any doubt, contact me, as always. By the way, […]

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Portuguese Tip: Sounds Part 2 – De & Di

Posted on June 11th, 2007 by Prof. Claudia

By Teacher ClaudiaJune 11, 2007One of my dear pupils has asked me why we pronounce Denise” differently from “dinheiro”, that is the sounds “de” and “di”. I did my homework, looking for words with the “di” syllable, and not only did I find that his remark is true, but that it also happens with the […]

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Portuguese Tip: Diminutives

Posted on June 1st, 2007 by Prof. Claudia

By Teacher ClaudiaJun 1, 2007Dear readers, I had just explained a topic to my American student when he went, Nossinha!” showing his surprise. I corrected him immediately, because no one can say “Nossinha”, as it refers to “Nossa Senhora”, the mother of Jesus Christ. People may speak “Nossa!”, and not even recall what it originally […]

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Portuguese Tip: Regularity of Verbs in Portuguese – Final Part

Posted on May 25th, 2007 by Prof. Claudia

By Teacher ClaudiaMay 25, 2007Dear readers, today we’ll see the last part of the regularity of verbs in Portuguese, concerning Second and Third Conjugations.Activity 1 – IntroductionRead a piece of the song Cara Valente”, by Maria Rita.Foi escolher o mal-me-querEntre o amor de uma mulherE as certezas do caminhoEle não pde se entregarE agora vai […]

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Portuguese Tip: Regularity of Verbs in Portuguese – Exceptions

Posted on May 22nd, 2007 by Prof. Claudia

By Teacher ClaudiaMay 19, 2007Dear readers, you did surprise me with the final result on my poll, How often would you like to read Portuguese tips on the site?, as 66% of you answered Every week”! I knew, from the emails I get as feedback, that there were people already reading me in several countries, […]

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Portuguese Tip: Regularity of Verbs

Posted on April 6th, 2007 by Prof. Claudia

By Teacher ClaudiaDear readers, today we’ll see a delicate topic, the regularity of verbs in Portuguese. When my first Australian student asked me about that, I wasn’t prepared to answer. He and his question were the first sparks to guide me in a new and challenging journey: the study and comprehension of my mother-tongue, in […]

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Portuguese Tip: Infinitives and Gerunds Part 1

Posted on January 11th, 2007 by Prof. Claudia

By Teacher ClaudiaHappy 2007, dear readers! Thank you for your encouraging emails, interesting suggestions and useful critique on my work.My foreign students sometimes misuse infinitives and gerunds, especially if their mother-tongue is English. As the topic presents several details”, I’m splitting it in two lessons. Let’s study the gerund first, shall we? Activity 1Read the […]

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Portuguese Tip: If Clauses Part 1

Posted on April 20th, 2006 by Prof. Claudia

By Teacher ClaudiaThere&rsquot;s something very interesting going on; while I teach using Brazilian songs and literature, some readers are teaching me about their own culture. That&rsquot;s how I&rsquot;ve learnt of Damien Rice and his stunning songs.My tip for today is an essential element in any language, due to its meaning: hypothesis.Activity 1Introduction.Read the passage:Finalmente – […]

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Portuguese Tip: The X Doubts Part 2

Posted on March 10th, 2006 by Prof. Claudia

By Teacher ClaudiaDear readers, first of all, thanks for your e-mails. It’s rewarding to know someone is reading my tips, and these are of some help.Going back to the X Doubts, we do have some tricky letters in Brazil, mainly x, , s and z. Today we’ll learn more about the letter X in Brazilian […]

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