To Mexico with your help

Em Português

Benfeitoria

From the shores of Sao Paulo state four athletes are mobilized to achieve their dream of going to the World Triathlon (ITU) in Mexico next September. Fader Müller, Jefferson Oliveira, Luiz Felipe and Nicholas Cruz are qualified (double qualified) to participate as amateurs and represent Brazil in the event.

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Without resources to do so (this is already the fourth time they qualify) they decided to seek collective financing (crowdfunding) via Benfeitoria. Benfeitoria is an innovative platform that has helped artists, researchers, social activists and now innovates once again supporting a sports initiative.

Well, these athletes are offsprings of Pro-Talentos a NGO.  So it does have a social side to it all as well. After all, this whole experience will be passed on to other athletes of the institution. The four mentioned here are Paulista Triathlon champions, Brazilian and Pan American also. Actually, for this very reason they are qualified for the World Cup.

Now the target is to mobilize as many people as possible to make the project viable. You who read us can support collaborating, disseminating and monitoring the progress of this story. What is undoubtedly very interesting and learning for all.

At Benfeitoria is all or nothing. Five targets have been programmed, the first of which will enable only two athletes to be sent, in the second target three and so on until the final target which is the whole team. But all or nothing means that if, for example, they do not reach the first target, which is 16,000.00 reais, all those who helped will receive their money back.

This entlitles the project with seriousness and great commitment. So, if they get ten thousand, for example, it failed… ten thousand will be back into the hands of Benefactors.

You may know Benfeitoria, the project “Towards the World Cup in Mexico” and also other projects at: https://www.benfeitoria.com/

Prof. Antonio Carlos Rix
Escola Internacional Nova Geração

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The Holy Book and languages

fala idiomaSomething dawned on me and I decided to go for a new linguistic adventure, to try something harder than English. I was 48 then and I thought “it’s time I challenge my brain a bit, put it through some exercise while learning a whole, totally different language from the ones I know already”, namely: English, Spanish and Portuguese.

 

I chose Arabic.

 

With no one to speak to, no material readily available on the radio or the TV — you see, when you are in countries like Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay — you just turn on the radio and eight times out of 10 you will hear English music playing. When it comes to Arabic, it’s a totally different story!

 

It felt like I was going to climb Everest wearing a T-shirt, shorts and sandals. And notice that I avoided Japanese or Mandarin for I knew it would be like going to the moon with the same previously mentioned apparel, so no. (Maybe next time.)

 

Comparative Reading – a powerful tool

 

Reading is a great way to acquire vocabulary and internalize grammar (the best kind of grammar actually. I mean, 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.

 

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, from my own experience I can tell, you may go to a section and read it; like, let’s say, 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 (Spanish, Arabic, you name) version and study it knowing all its meaning verse by verse. Supose your target is Portuguese it may be even easier to practice if you get youself a Bilingual Bible – one that has the target languages side by side.

 

Portuguese – a nice language to learn – ranks sixth among the world’s languages in terms of the number of native speakers. 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!

 

In my life learning English was a very nice experience. Being part of a Christian community really opened doors, especially because of the abundance of free material that I could read, listen and watch on a regular basis. Not only that but I also benefited from the broad world community of Christians worldwide with whom I could relate and grow both spiritually and educationally.

 

As a matter of fact, it took me less then six month to be able to speak and grow to the point where I could work as an interpreter for English speaking brothers and sisters that came to visit my church. I had tapes from the Moody Bible Institute from Chicago Illinois, records and tapes from many different groups (with the internet today you can do much more) and the Bible which I have read in Portuguese, English, Spanish. And now I want to try Arabic.

 

Bibles

There you are! Some ideias…

(To buy a bilingual Portuguese-English bible visit www.vencedores.com.br .)

Leia também: Português e inglês
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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? 

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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