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Portuguese Lessons For Seniors

Portuguese for seniors. You’ve worked hard your entire life, and are ready to reap the benefits of retirement abroad. Portugal, to be exact – perhaps sipping wine along the cobbled streets or Porto or among the pastel-colored buildings of Lisbon. Maybe the beach is calling your name. Either way, you need to learn a bit […]

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Posted on June 15, 2018 by

Brazilian Portuguese vs. Portugal Portuguese

Brazilian Portuguese vs. Portugal Portuguese: Pronunciation Pronunciation is the first difference you’re going to notice when looking at Brazilian Portuguese vs. Portugal Portuguese. Both have regional diction that makes it quite simple to tell the two apart. First of all, Portuguese tend to end their words with a bit more force. For example, the number […]

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Posted on May 14, 2018 by

Language Family Tree

One of my previous articles was about Chinese Family Tree, so it gave me the opportunity to think about a wider concept of family tree.   Before speaking of a language family tree, it might be useful to introduce the concepts of familiarity and kinship in languages. There is a genealogical classification for languages used […]

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Posted on December 15, 2017 by


Warning: contains coarse language I knew it! You read “coarse” and you are curious about this article. So, pardon my French and keep reading it. From the back cover: After centuries of war we Europeans are trying to get along together, but we keep treading on each other’s toes. Tread on an English toe and […]

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Posted on October 15, 2017 by

How To Curse In Portuguese

Portugal is increasingly recognized as one of the top destinations for expats, retirees, and digital nomads. The country, and especially its capital of Lisbon, are increasingly popular with tourists. Down in South America, the beaches and parties of Brazil continue to draw nearly two million tourists each year. Are you planning a trip to a […]

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Posted on October 6, 2017 by

Step by step and you will learn it!

    Recently, I was in a conference and some students asked me: Matteo, are there any steps we should follow to learn a foreign language properly?  I think about it. My conclusion is: there are no official steps to reach, for example, an intermediate level in a language. But, surely, there are some steps […]

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Posted on September 15, 2017 by

Spanish Cognates: Learn Spanish Fast With Words You Already Know

Think learning vocab is hard? If you’re learning one of the Romance languages like Spanish or French, lucky you, because odds are you already know hundreds of words in your target language. English words have been adopted into many languages over time, and it’s been happening more and more lately. This is called anglicism, which […]

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Posted on May 15, 2017 by

Italian gestures (?)

When you learn a language, even our body is involved in the learning process. Especially our hands and our heads. Gestures are a fundamental part of the language experience and they  are often difficult to understand and explain. So,  I asked myself: are you sure that gesture is Italian? The majority of people in the […]

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Posted on November 30, 2016 by

Olympics words and sentences for Rio 2016

The 2016 Olympics Games are coming in Rio very soon. To help team supporters get ready for Brazil I have prepared a list of useful and fun Brazilian Portuguese phrases you may hear either in the stadiums, on the TV or walking around the streets! Let’s starts 1. Oi, tudo bem? = It means “how is […]

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Posted on July 15, 2016 by

Portuguese vs. Spanish

Some students, who are learning two languages at the same time, can really struggle. It is even worse when either they are either learning 2 two “similar” languages or their native language is very close to the studied one they are studying. For example, a lot of doubts can rise between Spanish and Portuguese. Here […]

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Posted on May 30, 2016 by