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Lisbon's Earthquake: Description and Reconstruction

Two weeks ago, the 1st of November marked the 260th anniversary of the Lisbon Earthquake. Known as one of the most desastrous of history and the deadliest of Europe, it caught the city by surprise and left it completely destroyed. It also strongly affected the mentality of the time. People became...

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Is Portuguese similar to Spanish?

    Portuguese is similar to Spanish, it is a fact. You don’t even need to be well-versed in any of these languages to realize that they are very close to each other. Just have a look at the Spanish and Portuguese version of a same text and compare. The text of your morning...

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HelloTalk: App review

  Nowadays, we don’t count the number of applications available for tablets and smartphones. There are apps for everything, our smartphones will soon pour us coffee in the morning and cure cancer.    In this huge world of apps, you have the language apps, for instance....

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Business manners in Portugal

Although business manners are becoming more and more international, some countries keep a certain way of doing business that might seem strange if you are not used to it. In this article, we would like to give you an introduction to Portuguese corporate behaviour, which is always useful if you...

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Portuguese Word for Love

What is the real meaning of the word “love”? It is not possible to give it a single meaning because it is an expression of different meanings, moods and actions that range from relational affection (to love a relative, such as your mother) to desire and pleasure (to love doing some sport,...

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Portugal and Football

Football, the sport that Americans call soccer to distinguish it from the American football that we call rugby,is considered to be the “king of sports”. And in Portugal we have a very peculiar way of living football. It is more than a sport for us, it is a way of life! Why? Football...

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Bad words in Portuguese - How to swear in Portuguese

People’s first reaction when learning about swear words in a new language is always caught up in a weird mix of excitement and uneasiness. It is like being offered an insight on the dirty little secrets of a community. Nevertheless, learning the Portuguese slang words (particularly Portuguese bad...

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Is Portuguese a hard language to learn?

If you are asking yourself the question, it means that you already have the hardest part behind you. The key when it comes to learn new languages is not in the language itself but in the learner’s motivation and self-confidence. Indeed, if you start learning Portuguese thinking that you are bad...

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Portugal - The best European Country for the American People

Tourism in Portugal is strongly growing, and we can dare to say that visiting Portugal is becoming fashionable! Portugal is receiving millions of tourists each year and there is a growing trend that we probably don't see in any other country. In 2014, Portugal has received more than 16 million...

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Famous Portuguese songs

Portugal is not known for producing music. Indeed, “Fado”, a Portuguese traditional music style that is mandatory to listen to when you visit the most southwestern country of Europe, has been declared intangible world heritage by Unesco in 2011. Fado is famous and recognized worldwide, although...

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