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PORTUGUESE: why do more and more people want to learn it!

PORTUGUESE: the language of BIG BRAZIL!   BRAZIL: the land of SOCCER!   SOCCER: love it or hate it, it is a worldwide passion!   Brazilian Portuguese is FUN: and Brazilians are all about fun, soccer, beautiful places to visit, friends to make!   Even if you are all about business, BRAZIL is the land of opportunity! (Check it out, Google it!)   Whatever... read more

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Duolingo - Fun, effective resource for foreign language learners

I recently got a tip about this language-learning app from Duolingo and have been test-driving it on my iPhone for a few days in Spanish, a language I've never formally studied. And I like it, quite a bit in fact. As an ESL and German teacher of many years, and someone who has dabbled in a variety of other languages, I put a lot of thought and study into the process of learning language. Duolingo... read more

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Improving your foreign language skills without purchasing expensive software!

Have you taken a full year or two of a foreign language, and wish to have an enjoyable way to increase, improve, and expand your vocabulary and comprehension of the language in 'real' life? Here is an easy and rewarding way to do so. First, let's figure what you usually 'need' for foreign language study: material in the language you're studying; a way to look up or translate unfamiliar words... read more

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Buying a Dictionary

Some teachers don't like beginning language students to buy Spanish-English/English-Spanish (or whatever) dictionaries, but I think they're very valuable tools. But what they say about books in general holds true for good foreign language dictionaries: you can't tell them by their covers. Some dictionaries are great, while others are terrible. But there are a couple of things to look for to... read more

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New Vocabulary: Tips and Tricks

Whether you're learning Spanish, French, English, or even new science or social studies vocabulary, developing vocabulary is the key to a world of new conversations. When approaching a new set of vocabulary, different techniques work for different kinds of learning. Watching movies, listening to music, and interacting with people in the new language are fun and effective means of immersion... read more

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Brazilian Movies FILMES BRASILEIROS

Uma das maneiras mais divertidas de conhecer e aprender um idioma e assistindo a filmes na lingua que voce quer desvendar! Abaixo segue uma lista com algums filmes brasileiros (audio e legenda, em alguns casos) disponiveis no mercado norte-americano. LISTA DE FILMES NA LINGUA PORTUGUESA (no particular order was used) Rio, 2011 West Land, 2010 The middle of the world, 2004 The... read more

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Key questions in Portuguese

QUAL é o seu nome? Meu nome é _________________________ QUE horas são? São _______________________________ QUE dia da semana é hoje? Hoje é _____________________ QUANTOS anos você tem? Eu tenho ________________ ONDE você mora? Eu moro em/na/próximo _______________________________ QUAL é o seu endereço? Rua _________________ número ________________ Bairro ______________ Cidade... read more

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The Brazilian Time

If you have Brazilian friends you probably realized that we have our own time. What I mean by that!? Nós estamos sempre atrasados! I remember as a kid when my mom sent the birthday invitations with the starting time as 2 hours earlier than the time that she actually planned the festa to be started. So, let’s say if the party started at 7 pm, she wrote in the invitations that the party... read more

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The Importance of Pronunciation in a Foreign Language

One may always be grammatically correct or use a wide variety of vocabulary in a foreign language. However, this means absolutely nothing if one cannot pronounce words and phrases correctly. When I was learning Spanish in school, my teachers rarely corrected my pronunciation. It wasn't until I traveled to Spain that I learned how to pronounce words correctly. Emphasizing pronunciation is something... read more

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Foreign Language Books for the Holidays!

I just finished reading Harry Potter 3 in Spanish, and boy am I glad to be done! It feels really great to have accomplished this goal, and to be 2/7ths of the way done with my goal of reading each of the 7 books in a different language (I read #1 in English, so that's the other 1/7th I've completed). I think I will move on to #2 in Latin or #4 in German next! My motivation for this project... read more

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Creating Confidence When Speaking a Foreign Language

Creating Confidence When Speaking a Foreign Language Studying a foreign language? Feeling tongue-tied, unable to spit out what you're trying to say? You aren't alone. One of the biggest challenges in learning a foreign language is training our tongues (literally) to speak in a way that is rather unnatural. Ever tried to roll an "r" in Spanish? Or (for me) speak a lick of... read more

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Brazilian Poesy - Song of Exile

Song of Exile was written by Antônio Gonçalves Dias in 1843 and was a main part of the nationalist poetry movement taking place in Brazil at the time. It is still seen today as one of if not the national poem of Brazil. It was written by Dias while he was in Portugal and is about how much he misses Brazil.   Song of Exile (Cancao do Exilio) by Antonio Goncalves Dias Minha... read more