The Portuguese language originated, as its name indicates, in Portugal. However, after several years of colonialism, it spread to almost every corner of the world, from Macau to Brazil. With the passing of time, the language started to develop differently in each place in nearly every aspect, like phonology, spelling, and vocabulary. Although there are(…)
According to the British Council’s Languages for the Future report, Portuguese is considered to be the seventh most spoken language in the world. Brazil, regarded as the Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) epicenter, is famous for its sunny landscapes, vibrant cities, and beautiful oceanside views. But Brazil isn’t just beaches and sunshine: if you want to master the(…)
Brazilian Kids Befriend US Retirees to Improve Their English: Why Conversation is Crucial for Language Learning
Reading and writing are key elements of the language learning process, but speaking is just as if not more important. Learning to speak a new language takes practice, confidence, and — most essentially — two-way interaction. A touching video case-study that pairs Brazilian kids with elderly Americans illustrates how meaningful conversation is the best teaching tool.
Beloved author of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, died 11 years ago, but his legacy lives on. Adams wrote The Meaning of Liff, a dictionary of “things that there should be words for but aren’t”, and his family and friends have now written a new volume called Afterliff. The book will be(…)