pagar um mico - brazilian Portuguese


In this post, you’ll learn a very popular expression in Brazilian Portuguese that literally translates as ‘to pay a monkey’ – ‘pagar um mico’.

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How to use the word saudade

How to use the word SAUDADE

In this post you will learn what the word ‘saudade’ means, verbs and prepositions to use with it, and lots of examples of sentences using this very important word for Brazilians!

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Understand Brazilian Portuguese - Fernando Nonohay - Fun With Brazilian Portuguese

How to Understand Brazilians

Do you find it hard to understand Brazilians when they speak? In this post, I’ll show you how to improve your listening skills and how to watch Brazilian films to maximise your learning.

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Feature image showing Fernando Nonohay pointing at the verbs ser and estar


Confused about when to use ser and estar? Both mean ‘to be’, but in this post you learn the key differences between them.

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Fernando Nonohay and the title of the post pronouncing ão

How to pronounce ão

One of the hardest things for students of Brazilian Portuguese is learning the right pronunciation of ão. In this post, you will learn some tricks that will make much easier to get the pronunciation of words ending in -ão every time.

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Fernando Nonohay pointing at the letter R sitting on his hand with the title How to pronounce the letter R in Brazilian Portuguese.

How to Pronounce the letter R in Brazilian Portuguese

Learn how to pronounce the letter R in Brazilian Portuguese once and for all! In this post, you will learn the two main different sounds of it and know which one to say according to whether it’s a double R or single R and where the single R is positioned in the word. With a bonus test!

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Oito Anos

Translation and vocabulary analysis of Oito Anos, a song by Paula Toller written about her eight-year-old son.

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Panic Attack

Have you ever had the feeling of panic attack when speaking Brazilian Portuguese? Here are my tips on what you can do to get rid of this feeling!

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Dança da Solidão

Marisa Monte sings the lovely “Dança da Solidão”. The song was composed by Paulinho da Viola who also appears in the video singing and playing the guitar.

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Terça Insana – Irmã Selma

Terça Insana (Insane Tuesday) is a comedy show with several comedians playing different characters. Watch one of the show’s sketches by actorr Octávio Mendes, playing the character of Sister Selma.

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O Bêbado e a Equilibrista

A beautiful and highly political song linked to a movement demanding the amnesty of political prisoners and exiled artists during the military dictatorship. Performed beautifully by Elis Regina.

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