Monday, May 3, 2010

New Ways to Learn Portuguese and Contact Us

Oi! Obrigada for visiting the Street Smart Brazil blog. We have moved! Here is how you can keep in touch and learn Portuguese with us:
  • Join us on Facebook to learn colloquial vocabulary, share your experiences, and keep up with concerts, events, news, and videos about Brazil

Get ready to enjoy the World Cup (2014) and the Olympic Games (2016) in Brazil. Learn smart Portuguese with Street Smart Brazil!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

StreetSmartBrazil.com 2.0 is finally here!

We're pleased to announce that StreetSmartBrazil.com 2.0 is finally here. After many days of intense work, we are ready to launch the new website. It includes an integrated blog, a snazzy look, and most importantly, a forums section where students and non-students alike can meet to discuss anything from language to culture, to their favorite Pagode in the city they like to visit.

A few things to check out while you're here:

  • Blog - Check out our new, integrated blog. We will leave the existing posts up on our old blogspot site, but they have all been migrated to StreetSmartBrazil.com, and all new blog posts will be found there only. We also have expanded the capability of the blog to include posts by our professors, so stay tuned or subscribe to our RSS feed.
  • Meet the Team - Go ahead and read about our experts.
  • Forums - A new online community for discussing Brazil. Got a question? Want to share an amazing experience from your vacation? Need to get a few tips on where you are going or on the language? This is the place to go
  • Store - Here you will find a link to our merchandise, recommended books and materials for students, as well as good movies, music, and picture books

The site is brand new, so please excuse us if you find something does not work right away. Also, many more features are on their way, including a premium "Insider" membership with special benefits. If you have a suggestion on how we can improve StreetSmartBrazil.com, please use the contact form and choose "site feedback".

We hope you enjoy your stay!

The Street Smart Brazil team.

above: our new logo!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Here is a Site That Conjugates All Verbs

Check out this site: AllVerbs.com

Muito legal. You type in the verb that you want and the site offers you all the conjugations for that verb.

I have one observation: AllVerbs.com is not updated to the language changes that happened in January 2009. For example, "eles veem" (they see) and "eles leem" (they read) are now spelled without accent, but AllVerbs.com still has them spelled the old way.

Only a few verbs lost their orthographic accent in some of their conjugations. The old and the new spellings are correct for now; until December 31st, 2012 we are in the transition period. Of course you can rest assured that Street Smart Brazil has been teaching with the new rules from day 1 of the Portuguese Language Orthographic Agreement :)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Congratulations Rio! An Olympic First.

!!!Congratulations Rio!!!
picture by Rodrigo Soldon an Flickr's Creative Commons

Rio has won the bid for the 2016 Olympics! Brazil will now be the first country in Latin America ever to host the games, so today will certainly be a festive day in Brazilian bars and restaurants around the world. For more info, check out these two news articles, in English and in Portuguese. Also, check out the official Rio 2016 Games page here and a slide show with pictures of the various facilities for each event (the first slides are in Portuguese, but keep scrolling and you will get to the pictures).

With the 2016 Olympics and the 2014 World Cup coming up in the next few years, there has never been a better time to become fluent in Portuguese! We are here to help.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Brazilian Magazines You Can Read Online

Here is a great way to practice your Street Smart Portuguese and build your vocabulary: Below is a list of Brazilian magazines on a wide variety of subjects. Some of them make all their content available online; others offer their .com edition on their site. Either way, you will keep informed and enjoy lots of practice.

Here is a tip for you: Read it out loud -- it is great practice.

Boa leitura!

  • Revista Veja - weekly magazine on various topics, including politics, economics, culture, fashion, etc.
  • Você SA - weekly magazine targeting professionals, with articles on work/life balance, career growth, personal development and the like. Every year they publish a research with the best companies to work for in Brazil
  • Vida Simples - Simple Life: the name says it all
  • Men's Health - Brazilian edition of the magazine
  • Revista Saúde - tips for a healthy life
  • Go Outside - outdoor fun
  • Exame - we can say it is the Brazilian Business Week
  • Contigo - gossip, novelas, TV start -- you get the picture
  • Quatro Rodas - for car lovers
  • Caras - the Brazilian People Magazine
  • Elle - Brazilian edition of the magazine
  • Revista Claudia - variety magazine for women
  • Revista Claudia Comida & Bebida - food & drinks edition of the above magazine
  • Bravo - for those who love cinema
  • Info - technology, gadgets, and the like
  • Info Corporate - for business people
  • Revista Escola - about kid's education