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5 idioms about nationalities

Every language is rich in idioms, Portuguese being not an exception.  There is no shortage of idioms about food, parts of the body or about nature. Today we want to introduce you to portuguese idioms about nationality. Every day we deal with students from all around the world but what do...

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Draw your portuguese sardine!

During the month of June, the city of Lisbon is transformed into a sardine wonderland. Really. An entire month of garlands, manjericos, pimba music (see our post about: Famous portuguese songs)...and sardines everywhere. The smell of roasted sardines invades Lisbon's oldest neighborhoods and...

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How to order a beer in Portugal

    After water and tea, the third most popular drink overall is beer. In Portugal, there are many different ways to order a beer...let's say that for the choice of the most appropriate term, beer size matters. When ordering a beer, you cannot simply ask for a...

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Portuguese basics: a survival kit

It is always very kind to thank someone in his own language and always effective to ask someone to speak slowly in that language you are not fully understanding.  Whether you are on holidays or you just arrived in Lisbon to stay for a longer period, we suggest to keep this "portuguese...

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Origins of the Portuguese Language

Probably you didn’t know about that but once a year, just for a few days and in the heart of Lisbon you can visit underground roman galleries. Roman galleries? Yes, Romans have been there too and they left a very big heritage: part of it is underground and almost secret, as the galleries,...

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Museum of the Portuguese Language

As we learned two days ago the sad news about the fire in the Estação da Luz in São Paulo, we decided to write an article about the Museum of the Portuguese Language, which was hosted inside the station and severely damage by the flames. The museum of the Portuguese Language is the only...

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Languages in Portugal

We wrote many posts about learning Portuguese and teaching Portuguese to foreigners in this blog. But what about the Portuguese themselves? Which languages do they learn? Is it easy to live in Portugal without speaking Portuguese? Are Portuguese open to other cultures? These are some...

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Influence of religion on Portuguese society

Religion has always played a huge role in the definition and evolution of human society and culture. It is one of the interesting ways to look at a country's history and learn about its character. Europe is mostly known to be a Christian continent, especially in the south, in Spain, Portugal...

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Legends of Portugal

Every country has legends. They contribute to the shaping of national identity. Portugal has many, but this article will concentrate on the Legend of the Rooster of Barcelos, one of the symbols of Portugal. Barcelos is a small town in the Braga district in the north of Portugal. The kind of...

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Sintra: a Portuguese fairy tale

When our students ask us what they should visit during their stay in Lisbon, we usually recommend them to go to Sintra if they have time. Sintra is a little town next to the Portuguese capital. Also known as the most western point in Europe, people like to describe it as a place coming out of a...

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