Category Archives: Translation

What is ‘feijoada’?

 Last week one of my groups was working on the topic “Ordering food at a pub or restaurant” and as a warm-up for the subsequent lesson we did a role play in which one of them would be a gringo … Continue reading

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The lost art of defining a concept

During the last weeks I’ve come across two texts in English which were dealing with concepts that are intrinsically Brazilian: first, the setting up of university quotas to state school students (published by the BBC World News) and, second, the introduction … Continue reading

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On phrase books, body language and foreign speakers

Have you ever had to make use of gestures when trying to communicate with foreign people? Have you ever made use of phrase books when you are completely clueless about the language spoken in the place you were visiting? Well, … Continue reading

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