Learn Portuguese

Portuguese ranks sixth among the world's languages in terms of the number of native speakers. More than 200 million people speak Portuguese today. So there is a market for Portuguese and opportunities related to its learning.

Today, like English, Portuguese has spread far beyond Europe, and in addition to being the official language of Portugal, it is also the official language in Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and Sao Tome and Principe, and is spoken in many other countries. For example there is a Portuguese-speaking community in South Africa!

Now, if you are planning on going to a Portuguese-speaking country for whatever reason; on business, missionary work, or for fun…let me give you some help with its practice. There are many places where you can read, listen and watch Portuguese in real time.

Practicing is the most important part of the process of acquiring a language, any language. Now when you are in Canada, US, China or Korea it probably isn't that easy to find a native speaker to talk to, right?

The following Web sites can help you out:

Globo.com, TV, news, radio.
Terra.com.br, TV, news, radio.
Veja.com.br, a famous magazine.
Radiobras.gov.br, Brazil's government radio.
Portuguese in the Church, a survival guide.

Music

Brazilian Portuguese music can also be a great help if you learn how to use the following Web site. Use the search facility and look for examples by Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Kid Abelha… Get the lyrics then click on the little icon of a head with headphones on the page and listen to it.

Comparative Reading

Reading is a great way to acquire vocabulary and internalize grammar, the best kind of grammar actually is the empirical one — you know it is that way, but not necessarily why it is so. This grammar knowledge can be acquired by reading and listening to good material.

Comparative reading is a great tool. Get yourself a world classic, let's say Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, you may have one in Taiwanese/Chinese/English and another in Portuguese, done! You can go turning the pages together and enjoying your practice without the need for tedious work with the dictionary.

You could use the Bible or any other religious book of your liking. With the good book you may go to a section and read it; like Philemon or better Paul's Letter to Philemon, a one page book. You may read it in your own language two or three times, then go to the Portuguese version and study it knowing all its meaning verse by verse.

This last idea is even easyer to practice if  get youself a Bilingual Bible – one that has Portuguese and English side by side.

There you are! Dear reader, should you want some help just drop me a line and I will see what I can do, ok? 

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Learn Portuguese

Portuguese ranks sixth among the world’s languages in terms of the number of native speakers. More than 200 million people speak Portuguese today. So there is a market for Portuguese and opportunities related to its learning.

Today, like English, Portuguese has spread far beyond Europe, and in addition to being the official language of Portugal, it is also the official language in Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and Sao Tome and Principe, and is spoken in many other countries. For example there is a Portuguese-speaking community in South Africa!

Now, if you are planning on going to a Portuguese-speaking country for whatever reason; on business, missionary work, or for fun…let me give you some help with its practice. There are many places where you can read, listen and watch Portuguese in real time.

Practicing is the most important part of the process of acquiring a language, any language. Now when you are in Canada, US, China or Korea it probably isn’t that easy to find a native speaker to talk to, right?

The following Web sites can help you out:

Globo.com, TV, news, radio.
Terra.com.br, TV, news, radio.
Veja.com.br, a famous magazine.
Radiobras.gov.br, Brazil’s government radio.
Portuguese in the Church,a survival guide.

Music

Brazilian Portuguese music can also be a great help if you learn how to use the following Web site. Use the search facility and look for examples by Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Kid Abelha… Get the lyrics then click on the little icon of a head with headphones on the page and listen to it.

Comparative Reading

Reading is a great way to acquire vocabulary and internalize grammar, the best kind of grammar actually is the empirical one — you know it is that way, but not necessarily why it is so. This grammar knowledge can be acquired by reading and listening to good material.

Comparative reading is a great tool. Get yourself a world classic, let’s say Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, you may have one in Taiwanese/Chinese/English and another in Portuguese, done! You can go turning the pages together and enjoying your practice without the need for tedious work with the dictionary.

You could use the Bible or any other religious book of your liking. With the good book you may go to a section and read it; like Philemon or better Paul’s Letter to Philemon, a one page book. You may read it in your own language two or three times, then go to the Portuguese version and study it knowing all its meaning verse by verse.

This last idea is even easyer to practice if  get youself a Bilingual Bible – one that has Portuguese and English side by side.

There you are! Dear reader, should you want some help just drop me a line and I will see what I can do, ok?

 
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Uma mão lava a outra

 

Indique!
Indique!

Está aí um site que pode servir muito quem presta serviço, quem de uma forma ou de outra vende sua força de trabalho, conhecimento, etc.

 

O Indica Fácil é relativamente novo, mas está bem montando e tem como ideal o sucesso de quem o utiliza e o dele mesmo.

Entre, veja em que categoria você pode se inscrever e siga em frente.

“Carlos, e essa história de uma mão lava a outra?!”  Você deve estar se perguntando.

Bem, a coisa é a seguinte:
1 – monte, bem montado, seu perfil profissional (vai virar um verdadeiro currículo)
2 – divulgue o site e seu perfil para todos os seus amigos, clientes, empresas que você conhece.

Quanto mais gente conhecer o site mais chances você tem de vender seu peixe! Em outras palavras, você ajuda e é ajudado também.

Um dos pontos fortes do site é a estrutura montagem do perfil. Ela faz com que seu perfil profissional fique bem focado.  Ou

 

 

tro ponto interessante do Indica Fácil é o uso dele para o envio de seu currículo profissional – chega de anexos! Envie apenas o link do seu perfil dentro do seu e-mail de apresentação. Você também pode usar o link como complemento de sua assinatura eletrônica.

Eu já estou por lá vendendo meus peixes, venha você também! 

 

 

Cubans in US Are Sceptical About Latest Events

Victoria Medina is a dear friend of mine in Florida. She works and lives in Miami. Victoria is a charming vibrant lady who managed to get way from Cuba and into US where she is a model citizen. She has full filled her American dream without forgetting of her past. She is married and has a son born in US. Like her, 2 million order Cubans live, work and grow in Florida.

I asked her for this interview so we could get a feeling of how the latest news about Fidel Castro’s resignation impact on Cubans in FL.

About three weeks ago Castro’s brother, Raul Castro Ruz, was nominated president buy the Cuba’s general parliament. And many annalists say that if there will be changes they won’t happen that fast. I went on straight forward and ask Victoria how she was perceiving the news on the matter.

Victoria: We are still waiting to see what will really change.

How long is it since you left Cuba?

Victoria: I left Cuba almost 28 years ago in May 7th, 1980

Do you still have relatives in Cuba?

Victoria: I have uncles, aunts, and many cousins.

How do you feel this changes impact on the Cuban community in Miami?

Victoria: I don’t think there has been any change whatsoever that would impact the Miami Cuban community or the Cubans in the island as still the same people are in power.

Do you think about going back to Cuba?

Victoria: I would visit my family and my country only when democracy is reinstated to show to my son where his parents were born and his roots and how beautiful our country is.

What are your hopes?

Victoria: My hopes are that very soon this dictatorship that has last extremely long in our country is over and all Cubans together rescue our roots, our families and our country regardless of where we ended of leaving because of the government that have ruled Cuba for almost five decades.

Associated Content

Hi folks!

I have been having fun writing to AC (associated content) It is a great place, but it is not easy to get published. The comments when not published a not very helpful and it is not nice in terms of putting up pictures.

Now, AC is good to make $ if you are not in a hurry.

Try it out for yourself. I am still a novice so may be in a while I will be back here with more insights on AC and also to change somethings in this post, at least I hope.

Take care!!

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PS.: It did not take too long… 
        Before you go to AC check here at wordpress for Mr. Bob’s thebarefoot blog.
        In it everything you need to know is there. 
        (I am still going through it)