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Brazilian New Year’s Traditions and superstitions

Brazilian New Year’s Traditions and superstitions

[This post has been written in both Portuguese and English in the same page to help you who are learning Portuguese. If you prefer to read it in English or in Portuguese, just keep scrolling and you will find each version]. In Portuguese: Tradições e superstições do Ano Novo brasileiro O Brasil é um país cheio de tradições e superstições. Nossas comemorações de Ano Novo são enormes. Organizamos essa grande festa que dura a noite toda em festas de rua, na piscina ou na praia, em qualquer lugar. Nós nos divertimos vibrando todas as boas vibrações e desejando sorte, paz, abundância, amor e muito mais para o ano novo. Afinal, acreditamos que um novo ano pode vir com uma nova vida.  "Ano novo, vida nova!" Lembre-se de que o Brasil é um país vasto e, seja no Norte, Nordeste, Centro-Oeste, Sul ou Sudeste, pode haver costumes locais novos e diferentes. Embora eu tenha nascido e crescido em São Paulo, com família de Pernambuco (Nordeste) e Minas Gerais (Sudeste), talvez eu não conheça todas as tradições de cada região. Vamos nos aprofundar em algumas tradições e superstições do Ano Novo brasileiro. As cores têm significados É tradicional usar cores diferentes na véspera de Ano Novo, sendo que cada cor representa um desejo diferente para o próximo ano. A maioria das pessoas tende a escolher o branco, que é uma herança de nossos ancestrais africanos e afro-brasileiros e representa purificação espiritual e paz. Outras opções de cores populares incluem vermelho, rosa e dourado. Algumas pessoas optam por usar tudo nas cores que representam seus desejos, enquanto outras escolhem apenas a roupa íntima nessa cor especial, com todo o resto em branco.  O que cada cor representa: Branco: desejo de paz e harmonia Azul: tranquilidade e amizade Rosa: amor e romance Preto: poder e elegância Verde: esperança e saúde Laranja: entusiasmo e criatividade Roxo: transformação e conexão espiritual Vermelho: paixão e romance Prata: inovação Amarelo ou dourado: prosperidade financeira e espiritual  Que cor você usaria no próximo Réveillon? Comida tradicional A escolha da comida pode variar de família para família. A maioria das famílias escolhe um pedaço substancial de carne, como peru, bacalhau, frango, carne assada, porco, entre outras, salada, farofa (tipo de refeição feita de mandioca torrada), rabanada e salpicão (salada de frango com maionese, batatas e vegetais).  Minha família costuma arrumar a mesa antes da meia-noite do dia 31 de dezembro como uma representação do nosso desejo de abundância para o próximo ano. Alguns desses alimentos também são significativos para nós. As lentilhas (lentilhas) supostamente nos proporcionam abundância e prosperidade. Disseram-nos que essa tradição é italiana, que foi trazida ao Brasil pelos imigrantes e algumas pessoas acreditam que é assim devido ao seu formato de moeda. A maioria das pessoas vai além e acredita que devemos ficar em um lugar alto, como uma cadeira, mesa ou escada, e comer sete porções. O bacalhau pode ser bastante caro no Brasil. Ele foi trazido para o nosso país pelos portugueses e é uma alternativa ao peru ou ao frango.  Frangos ou Chesters (um frango de tamanho grande, supostamente trazido da Escócia para o Brasil e batizado com esse nome como estratégia de marketing por uma empresa chamada Perdigão) são mais populares nas ceias de Natal. 

Muitas pessoas acreditam em uma superstição que diz que não se deve comer aves no Ano Novo. Elas podem lhe trazer má sorte e regressão, pois são animais que podem ciscar para trás.  O churrasco é uma escolha popular. Se você ainda não comeu churrasco brasileiro, com certeza deveria experimentar. Definitivamente não envolve hambúrgueres; trata-se de comer os melhores cortes de carne, bife e linguiça. 
É uma tradição comer a polpa das romãs e guardar suas sementes, colocando sete delas embrulhadas em papel até o Dia de Reis (6 de janeiro). Depois disso, você pode colocá-las em suas carteiras para atrair riqueza e sorte durante todo o ano.
Algumas pessoas comem uvas no dia de Ano Novo para dar sorte. Essa não é uma tradição em todas as famílias. Minha família, por exemplo, não é uma delas. No entanto, brindamos com espumante.   Tenho certeza de que esqueci alguma coisa. Especialmente porque, mesmo quando não é uma data especial, um simples almoço de domingo com a família terá uma enorme variedade de opções para os mais exigentes. Fogos de artifício A exibição de fogos de artifício é o destaque de nossa noite. Você os verá em todos os lugares, desde pequenos bairros até grandes reuniões na praia.  Se estiver procurando o melhor lugar para assistir aos fogos de artifício e possivelmente a um show ao vivo, sugiro que vá para as principais capitais. A maioria delas oferecerá entrada gratuita com música ao vivo e multidões. As capitais São Paulo e Rio Janeiro, juntamente com Salvador, Bahia, provavelmente terão as maiores multidões, mas os melhores shows. Pessoalmente, não gosto muito de multidões. Portanto, a família e os amigos se reunirem com muita comida e ir para a rua assistir ao festival de luzes no céu é mais do que suficiente para mim.  É importante ter alguém especial ao seu lado para beijar quando os relógios finalmente mudarem e a queima de fogos começar, exatamente como vemos nos filmes. Estou brincando! Não é uma regra, mas quando os casais vão juntos às festas, com certeza comemoram com um beijo, mas depois é provável que se "soltem" e saiam por aí compartilhando abraços com as pessoas ao redor, de preferência familiares e amigos. Mas cuidado com sua carteira. Praia, ondas e ofertas Nunca passei o Réveillon na praia. Provavelmente porque não gosto muito de multidões, e as praias podem ficar bem cheias nessa época. A maioria das pessoas vai à praia, assiste a shows, dança, vê os fogos de artifício, faz suas oferendas e pula sete ondas.  Todos nós acreditamos no poder que o mar tem de renovar nossas energias. No entanto, nem todo mundo sabe que essa tradição é mais uma herança de um ritual da religião afro-brasileira, Candomblé e Umbanda, para celebrar Iemanjá, sua divindade do Oceano.  Para cada onda que você pular, você deve fazer um pedido ou agradecer a Iemanjá por tudo de bom que aconteceu com você ou sua família no ano corrente. Você não deve dar as costas para o mar ou isso lhe trará má sorte. Quando seus pés não estiverem mais tocando a água, então você pode dar as costas e sair. O ato de pular ondas deve purificar espiritualmente e lhe dar resiliência para superar obstáculos futuros. Responda às perguntas abaixo para compartilhar suas experiências e praticar o português: Quais são as principais tradições e superstições de Ano Novo de seu paíse? Que outras tradições e superstições brasileiras você conhece? Como você gosta de começar um novo ano? Você costuma fazer resoluções de ano novo? Deixe sua resposta nos comentários e eu o ajudarei a revisar e/ou responder suas dúvidas e ideias. Você gostou da leitura? Por favor, ajude-me compartilhando e deixando seus comentários. In English: Brazilian New Year’s Traditions and superstitions Brazil is a country full of traditions and superstitions. Our New Year’s  celebrations are massive. We organise this huge festivity that goes all through the night at street parties, by the pool or at the beach, anywhere really. We have fun vibing all good vibes and wishing luck, peace, abundance, love and much more for the new year. After all, we believe a new year can come with a new life.  “Ano novo, vida nova!” (New year, new life!) Keep in mind that Brazil is a vast country, and whether in the North, Northeast, Central, South, or Southeast, there may be new and different local customs. Although I was born and raised in São Paulo with family from Pernambuco (Northeast) and Minas Gerais (Southeast), I may not know all the traditions from every region. Let’s dive into some Brazilian New Year’s Traditions and superstitions.  Colours have meanings
It is traditional to wear different colours on New Year’s Eve with each colour representing a different wish for the upcoming year. Most people tend to choose white, which is an inheritance from our African and Afro-Brazilian ancestors and represents spiritual purification and peace. Other popular colour choices include red, pink and gold. Some opt to wear everything in the colours representing their wishes, while others choose only their underwear in that special colour, with everything else in white.  What which colour represents: Branco > White: wish for peace and harmony Azul > Blue: tranquillity and friendship Rosa > Pink: love and romance Preto > Black: power and elegance Verde > Green: hope and health Laranja > Orange: enthusiasm and creativity Roxo > Purple: transformation and spiritual connection Vermelho > Red: passion and romance Prata > Silver: innovation Amarelo ou dourado > Yellow or gold: financial and spiritual prosperity  What colour would you wear next New Year’s Eve? Traditional food The food choice may vary  from family to family. Most families will choose a substancial piece of meat such as peru, bacalhau, frango, carne assada, porco, entre outras  (turkey, cod, chicken, roast beef, pork, among others), salad, farofa (type of meal made of toasted cassava), rabanada (French toast) and salpicāo (chicken salad with mayonnaise, potatoes and veggies).  My family tends to set the table before midnight on December 31st as a representation of our wish for abundance for the next year. Some of this food  is meaningful for us as well. Lentilhas (lentils) are supposed to provide us with abundance and prosperity. We have been told that this tradition is Italian, it was brought to Brazil by the immigrants, and some people believe it is so due to its coin shape. Most people go beyond and believe we should stand on a high place, such as a chair, table or stairs and eat seven bites of them. Bacalhau (cod) can be quite expensive in Brazil. It was brought to our country by the Portuguese and is an alternative to turkey or to chicken.
Frangos (chicken) or Chesters (a large size chicken, supposedly brought to Brazil from Scotland, and named as such as a marketing strategy by a company called Perdigão) are more popular for Christmas dinners. A lot of people believe in a superstition which says that we should not eat poultry at the New Year’s. They can bring you bad luck and regression because they are animals that can scratch backward.
Barbecue is a popular choice. If you have not eaten Brazilian barbecue yet, you should definitely give it a try. It definitely does not involve burgers; it is about having the best cuts of the meat, beef and sausages.  It is a tradition to eat the pulp of romãs (pomegranates) and keep their seeds, placing seven of them wrapped in paper until O Dia de Reis (Day of Kings, January 6th). After that, you can put them in your wallets to attract wealth and luck all through the year. Some people would eat uvas (grapes) on New Year’s day to bring them luck. That is not a tradition in all families. My family, for instance, is not one of them. We do toast with Espumante  (Sparkling wine) though.   I am sure I have forgotten something. Especially because even when it is not a special date, a simple Sunday lunch with the family will have a huge variety of options for the fussiest eaters.  Fireworks The fireworks display is the highlight of our night. You are going to see them everywhere, from small neighbourhoods to huge gatherings at the beach.  If you are looking for the best place to watch the fireworks and possibly a live concert, I suggest you head towards the main capital cities. Most of them will provide free entrance with live music and massive crowds. São Paulo and Rio Janeiro capital cities, along with Salvador, Bahia, are likely to have the biggest crowds but the best shows. Personally, I am not much into crowds. So, the family and friends get together with lots of food and go out to the street to watch the festival of lights in the sky is more than enough for me.  It is important to have someone special by your side to kiss when the clocks finally change and the fireworks display starts, just like we see in the films. I’m joking! It is not a rule, but when couples go together to the parties they will definitely celebrate with a kiss, but then, it is likely that they are going to “let go” and go around sharing hugs with people around, preferably family and friends. Mind your wallet though. Beach, waves and offerings I have never spent Réveillon at the beach. Probably because I am not keen on crowds, and the beaches can get pretty busy then. Most people go to the beach, watch concerts, dance, watch the fireworks displays, make their offerings and jump seven waves.  We all believe in the power the sea has to renew our energies. However, not everyone knows that this tradition is another inheritance from a ritual in the Afro-Brazilian religion, Candomblé and Umbanda, to celebrate Iemanjá, their Ocean deity.  For each wave you jump, you must make a wish or thank Iemanjá for everything good that happened to you or your family in the current year. You must not turn your back to the sea or it will turn into bad luck to you. When your feet are not touching the water anymore, than you can turn your back and leave. The act of jumping waves is supposed to spiritually purify and give you resilience to overcome future obstacles.  Answer the questions below to share your experiences and practise Portuguese:
What are your country's main New Year's Traditions and Superstitions? Which other Brazilian traditions and superstitions do you know? How do you like to start a new year? Do you usually make new years' resolutions? Leave your answer on the comments and I will help you review and/or answer your questions and ideas. Did you enjoy the reading? Please help me by sharing and leaving your comments

Brazilian New Year’s Traditions and superstitions

Brazilian New Year’s Traditions and superstitions

[This post has been written in both Portuguese and English in the same page to help you who are learning Portuguese. If you prefer to read it in English or in Portuguese, just keep scrolling and you will find each version]. In Portuguese: Tradições e superstições do Ano Novo brasileiro O Brasil é um país cheio de tradições e superstições. Nossas comemorações de Ano Novo são enormes. Organizamos essa grande festa que dura a noite toda em festas de rua, na piscina ou na praia, em qualquer lugar. Nós nos divertimos vibrando todas as boas vibrações e desejando sorte, paz, abundância, amor e muito mais para o ano novo. Afinal, acreditamos que um novo ano pode vir com uma nova vida.  "Ano novo, vida nova!" Lembre-se de que o Brasil é um país vasto e, seja no Norte, Nordeste, Centro-Oeste, Sul ou Sudeste, pode haver costumes locais novos e diferentes. Embora eu tenha nascido e crescido em São Paulo, com família de Pernambuco (Nordeste) e Minas Gerais (Sudeste), talvez eu não conheça todas as tradições de cada região. Vamos nos aprofundar em algumas tradições e superstições do Ano Novo brasileiro. As cores têm significados É tradicional usar cores diferentes na véspera de Ano Novo, sendo que cada cor representa um desejo diferente para o próximo ano. A maioria das pessoas tende a escolher o branco, que é uma herança de nossos ancestrais africanos e afro-brasileiros e representa purificação espiritual e paz. Outras opções de cores populares incluem vermelho, rosa e dourado. Algumas pessoas optam por usar tudo nas cores que representam seus desejos, enquanto outras escolhem apenas a roupa íntima nessa cor especial, com todo o resto em branco.  O que cada cor representa: Branco: desejo de paz e harmonia Azul: tranquilidade e amizade Rosa: amor e romance Preto: poder e elegância Verde: esperança e saúde Laranja: entusiasmo e criatividade Roxo: transformação e conexão espiritual Vermelho: paixão e romance Prata: inovação Amarelo ou dourado: prosperidade financeira e espiritual  Que cor você usaria no próximo Réveillon? Comida tradicional A escolha da comida pode variar de família para família. A maioria das famílias escolhe um pedaço substancial de carne, como peru, bacalhau, frango, carne assada, porco, entre outras, salada, farofa (tipo de refeição feita de mandioca torrada), rabanada e salpicão (salada de frango com maionese, batatas e vegetais).  Minha família costuma arrumar a mesa antes da meia-noite do dia 31 de dezembro como uma representação do nosso desejo de abundância para o próximo ano. Alguns desses alimentos também são significativos para nós. As lentilhas (lentilhas) supostamente nos proporcionam abundância e prosperidade. Disseram-nos que essa tradição é italiana, que foi trazida ao Brasil pelos imigrantes e algumas pessoas acreditam que é assim devido ao seu formato de moeda. A maioria das pessoas vai além e acredita que devemos ficar em um lugar alto, como uma cadeira, mesa ou escada, e comer sete porções. O bacalhau pode ser bastante caro no Brasil. Ele foi trazido para o nosso país pelos portugueses e é uma alternativa ao peru ou ao frango.  Frangos ou Chesters (um frango de tamanho grande, supostamente trazido da Escócia para o Brasil e batizado com esse nome como estratégia de marketing por uma empresa chamada Perdigão) são mais populares nas ceias de Natal. 

Muitas pessoas acreditam em uma superstição que diz que não se deve comer aves no Ano Novo. Elas podem lhe trazer má sorte e regressão, pois são animais que podem ciscar para trás.  O churrasco é uma escolha popular. Se você ainda não comeu churrasco brasileiro, com certeza deveria experimentar. Definitivamente não envolve hambúrgueres; trata-se de comer os melhores cortes de carne, bife e linguiça. 
É uma tradição comer a polpa das romãs e guardar suas sementes, colocando sete delas embrulhadas em papel até o Dia de Reis (6 de janeiro). Depois disso, você pode colocá-las em suas carteiras para atrair riqueza e sorte durante todo o ano.
Algumas pessoas comem uvas no dia de Ano Novo para dar sorte. Essa não é uma tradição em todas as famílias. Minha família, por exemplo, não é uma delas. No entanto, brindamos com espumante.   Tenho certeza de que esqueci alguma coisa. Especialmente porque, mesmo quando não é uma data especial, um simples almoço de domingo com a família terá uma enorme variedade de opções para os mais exigentes. Fogos de artifício A exibição de fogos de artifício é o destaque de nossa noite. Você os verá em todos os lugares, desde pequenos bairros até grandes reuniões na praia.  Se estiver procurando o melhor lugar para assistir aos fogos de artifício e possivelmente a um show ao vivo, sugiro que vá para as principais capitais. A maioria delas oferecerá entrada gratuita com música ao vivo e multidões. As capitais São Paulo e Rio Janeiro, juntamente com Salvador, Bahia, provavelmente terão as maiores multidões, mas os melhores shows. Pessoalmente, não gosto muito de multidões. Portanto, a família e os amigos se reunirem com muita comida e ir para a rua assistir ao festival de luzes no céu é mais do que suficiente para mim.  É importante ter alguém especial ao seu lado para beijar quando os relógios finalmente mudarem e a queima de fogos começar, exatamente como vemos nos filmes. Estou brincando! Não é uma regra, mas quando os casais vão juntos às festas, com certeza comemoram com um beijo, mas depois é provável que se "soltem" e saiam por aí compartilhando abraços com as pessoas ao redor, de preferência familiares e amigos. Mas cuidado com sua carteira. Praia, ondas e ofertas Nunca passei o Réveillon na praia. Provavelmente porque não gosto muito de multidões, e as praias podem ficar bem cheias nessa época. A maioria das pessoas vai à praia, assiste a shows, dança, vê os fogos de artifício, faz suas oferendas e pula sete ondas.  Todos nós acreditamos no poder que o mar tem de renovar nossas energias. No entanto, nem todo mundo sabe que essa tradição é mais uma herança de um ritual da religião afro-brasileira, Candomblé e Umbanda, para celebrar Iemanjá, sua divindade do Oceano.  Para cada onda que você pular, você deve fazer um pedido ou agradecer a Iemanjá por tudo de bom que aconteceu com você ou sua família no ano corrente. Você não deve dar as costas para o mar ou isso lhe trará má sorte. Quando seus pés não estiverem mais tocando a água, então você pode dar as costas e sair. O ato de pular ondas deve purificar espiritualmente e lhe dar resiliência para superar obstáculos futuros. Responda às perguntas abaixo para compartilhar suas experiências e praticar o português: Quais são as principais tradições e superstições de Ano Novo de seu paíse? Que outras tradições e superstições brasileiras você conhece? Como você gosta de começar um novo ano? Você costuma fazer resoluções de ano novo? Deixe sua resposta nos comentários e eu o ajudarei a revisar e/ou responder suas dúvidas e ideias. Você gostou da leitura? Por favor, ajude-me compartilhando e deixando seus comentários. In English: Brazilian New Year’s Traditions and superstitions Brazil is a country full of traditions and superstitions. Our New Year’s  celebrations are massive. We organise this huge festivity that goes all through the night at street parties, by the pool or at the beach, anywhere really. We have fun vibing all good vibes and wishing luck, peace, abundance, love and much more for the new year. After all, we believe a new year can come with a new life.  “Ano novo, vida nova!” (New year, new life!) Keep in mind that Brazil is a vast country, and whether in the North, Northeast, Central, South, or Southeast, there may be new and different local customs. Although I was born and raised in São Paulo with family from Pernambuco (Northeast) and Minas Gerais (Southeast), I may not know all the traditions from every region. Let’s dive into some Brazilian New Year’s Traditions and superstitions.  Colours have meanings
It is traditional to wear different colours on New Year’s Eve with each colour representing a different wish for the upcoming year. Most people tend to choose white, which is an inheritance from our African and Afro-Brazilian ancestors and represents spiritual purification and peace. Other popular colour choices include red, pink and gold. Some opt to wear everything in the colours representing their wishes, while others choose only their underwear in that special colour, with everything else in white.  What which colour represents: Branco > White: wish for peace and harmony Azul > Blue: tranquillity and friendship Rosa > Pink: love and romance Preto > Black: power and elegance Verde > Green: hope and health Laranja > Orange: enthusiasm and creativity Roxo > Purple: transformation and spiritual connection Vermelho > Red: passion and romance Prata > Silver: innovation Amarelo ou dourado > Yellow or gold: financial and spiritual prosperity  What colour would you wear next New Year’s Eve? Traditional food The food choice may vary  from family to family. Most families will choose a substancial piece of meat such as peru, bacalhau, frango, carne assada, porco, entre outras  (turkey, cod, chicken, roast beef, pork, among others), salad, farofa (type of meal made of toasted cassava), rabanada (French toast) and salpicāo (chicken salad with mayonnaise, potatoes and veggies).  My family tends to set the table before midnight on December 31st as a representation of our wish for abundance for the next year. Some of this food  is meaningful for us as well. Lentilhas (lentils) are supposed to provide us with abundance and prosperity. We have been told that this tradition is Italian, it was brought to Brazil by the immigrants, and some people believe it is so due to its coin shape. Most people go beyond and believe we should stand on a high place, such as a chair, table or stairs and eat seven bites of them. Bacalhau (cod) can be quite expensive in Brazil. It was brought to our country by the Portuguese and is an alternative to turkey or to chicken.
Frangos (chicken) or Chesters (a large size chicken, supposedly brought to Brazil from Scotland, and named as such as a marketing strategy by a company called Perdigão) are more popular for Christmas dinners. A lot of people believe in a superstition which says that we should not eat poultry at the New Year’s. They can bring you bad luck and regression because they are animals that can scratch backward.
Barbecue is a popular choice. If you have not eaten Brazilian barbecue yet, you should definitely give it a try. It definitely does not involve burgers; it is about having the best cuts of the meat, beef and sausages.  It is a tradition to eat the pulp of romãs (pomegranates) and keep their seeds, placing seven of them wrapped in paper until O Dia de Reis (Day of Kings, January 6th). After that, you can put them in your wallets to attract wealth and luck all through the year. Some people would eat uvas (grapes) on New Year’s day to bring them luck. That is not a tradition in all families. My family, for instance, is not one of them. We do toast with Espumante  (Sparkling wine) though.   I am sure I have forgotten something. Especially because even when it is not a special date, a simple Sunday lunch with the family will have a huge variety of options for the fussiest eaters.  Fireworks The fireworks display is the highlight of our night. You are going to see them everywhere, from small neighbourhoods to huge gatherings at the beach.  If you are looking for the best place to watch the fireworks and possibly a live concert, I suggest you head towards the main capital cities. Most of them will provide free entrance with live music and massive crowds. São Paulo and Rio Janeiro capital cities, along with Salvador, Bahia, are likely to have the biggest crowds but the best shows. Personally, I am not much into crowds. So, the family and friends get together with lots of food and go out to the street to watch the festival of lights in the sky is more than enough for me.  It is important to have someone special by your side to kiss when the clocks finally change and the fireworks display starts, just like we see in the films. I’m joking! It is not a rule, but when couples go together to the parties they will definitely celebrate with a kiss, but then, it is likely that they are going to “let go” and go around sharing hugs with people around, preferably family and friends. Mind your wallet though. Beach, waves and offerings I have never spent Réveillon at the beach. Probably because I am not keen on crowds, and the beaches can get pretty busy then. Most people go to the beach, watch concerts, dance, watch the fireworks displays, make their offerings and jump seven waves.  We all believe in the power the sea has to renew our energies. However, not everyone knows that this tradition is another inheritance from a ritual in the Afro-Brazilian religion, Candomblé and Umbanda, to celebrate Iemanjá, their Ocean deity.  For each wave you jump, you must make a wish or thank Iemanjá for everything good that happened to you or your family in the current year. You must not turn your back to the sea or it will turn into bad luck to you. When your feet are not touching the water anymore, than you can turn your back and leave. The act of jumping waves is supposed to spiritually purify and give you resilience to overcome future obstacles.  Answer the questions below to share your experiences and practise Portuguese:
What are your country's main New Year's Traditions and Superstitions? Which other Brazilian traditions and superstitions do you know? How do you like to start a new year? Do you usually make new years' resolutions? Leave your answer on the comments and I will help you review and/or answer your questions and ideas. Did you enjoy the reading? Please help me by sharing and leaving your comments

Online Portuguese Course for Beginners

Online Portuguese Course for Beginners

Bom dia, tudo bem? Let me share with you the story behind the creation of the amazing online Portuguese course for beginners I have been designing for you, and the passion that drives it. From individual to group classes As my roster of one-on-one students expands, I've made my course accessible for group sessions in the evenings. To meet this demand and create a space where individuals can delve into the basics of Portuguese, I decided to curate a course that goes beyond the conventional. Course goal My primary goal with this course is to equip learners with fundamental language skills, fostering a solid foundation. Why, you might ask? Well, envision practising capoeira  or engaging in heartfelt conversations with Brazilian friends and family . These experiences become infinitely more enriching when grounded in a comprehensive understanding of the Portuguese language. The easy versus the tricky part Now, designing the course structure, selecting the right language elements, and establishing a coherent curriculum—these aspects, while challenging, are the more straightforward components. The real puzzle I've encountered lies in the realm of marketing—the art of extending a warm invitation to potential learners. I feel like I can never show all my colours when I press the record button in vídeos What students would say If you were to ask my students, they'd likely describe me and my courses as knowledgeable, fun, and entertaining. Yet, despite this positive feedback, I find myself grappling with a particular aspect—the moment I hit the record button. Crafting videos and posts to showcase who I am and what I bring to the table has proven to be a unique challenge. Join the journey This journey is not just about imparting language skills; it's about creating a community of learners eager to explore the richness of Brazilian culture and communication. So, whether you're drawn to the rhythmic beats of Capoeira  or eager to connect more deeply with Brazilian friends and family , this course is designed with you in mind.  Would you like to have a meetup session organised before the official course start? Let me know. And tell us in the comments what you would like to know about the course. Join us on this linguistic adventure clicking here.

Comunidade de apoio a professores de português

Comunidade de apoio a professores de português

Quero convidar meus colegas para criar uma comunidade de apoio a professores de português como língua estrangeira PLE. A ideia é ter um espaço onde os professores possam usar para tirar dúvidas, pedir ou dar sugestões, indicar ou pedir dicas de recursos com outros colegas mais experientes. Se percebemos que a comunicade criada está ativa, podemos organizar reuniões e workshops virtuais via Zoom. Tenho uma boa experiência criando apresentações em PowerPoint dinâmicas e responsivas (botões, animações, entre outros). Se os colegas estiverem interessados, posso organizar um workshop que aprensente como criar e usar algumas destas funções do PowerPoint. Outros participantes do grupo podem também se oferecer para organizar workshops e reuniões e, quando disponível, posso seder o espaço no Zoom como co-host. O que você acha? Quer participar desta comunidade? Deixe sua resposta nos comentários e junte-se ao nosso grupo clicando aqui . Você vai precisar criar uma conta e responder a algumas perguntas, mas a participação é totalmente gratuita. Se tiver qualquer dúvida, deixe nos comentários que eu responderei. Desta forma, outros que possam ter a mesma dúvida também ficarão sabendo. Até mais Edna Allen

Comunidade de apoio a professores de português

Comunidade de apoio a professores de português

Quero convidar meus colegas para criar uma comunidade de apoio a professores de português como língua estrangeira PLE. A ideia é ter um espaço onde os professores possam usar para tirar dúvidas, pedir ou dar sugestões, indicar ou pedir dicas de recursos com outros colegas mais experientes. Se percebemos que a comunicade criada está ativa, podemos organizar reuniões e workshops virtuais via Zoom. Tenho uma boa experiência criando apresentações em PowerPoint dinâmicas e responsivas (botões, animações, entre outros). Se os colegas estiverem interessados, posso organizar um workshop que aprensente como criar e usar algumas destas funções do PowerPoint. Outros participantes do grupo podem também se oferecer para organizar workshops e reuniões e, quando disponível, posso seder o espaço no Zoom como co-host. O que você acha? Quer participar desta comunidade? Deixe sua resposta nos comentários e junte-se ao nosso grupo clicando aqui . Você vai precisar criar uma conta e responder a algumas perguntas, mas a participação é totalmente gratuita. Se tiver qualquer dúvida, deixe nos comentários que eu responderei. Desta forma, outros que possam ter a mesma dúvida também ficarão sabendo. Até mais Edna Allen

Essential Devices and Tools for Online Teaching

Essential Devices and Tools for Online Teaching

Navigating the Virtual Classroom: Essential Devices and Tools for Online Teaching Excellence {Contain affiliate links] In the ever-evolving landscape of education, online teaching has become an integral part of the learning experience. As an online teacher, having the right devices, gadgets, systems, and applications is crucial for delivering quality tuition. Let's delve into the essential Devices and Tools for Online Teaching that can elevate your online teaching game. 1. Reliable Devices : The Foundation of Virtual Instruction a. Laptop or Desktop Computer: A robust computer is your primary workhorse. Choose a device with sufficient processing power, a clear display, and a reliable webcam for seamless communication. I personally use an HP Spectre x360 , but I was a lot happier when I had my Dell Inspiron 15 . You don't necessarily need a computer with so much space. In my case, I chose a 1TB computer because I have almost 20 years worth class plans and resources. I do need to clean up a little bit and let go of some files tough. Click here to see a laptop similar to the one I use . An extra, external monitor is not essential but I do use one. It make it a lot easier to separate what I want my students to see. They don't really need to keep looking at all the programs and applications I keep on my background or taskbar. I use a HUAWEI AD80HW Display 24 Inch Monitor Full HD and it makes it easier on my eyes as well. Especially considering the long hours I spend looking at it. Click here to see the external monitor I use . b. Tablet or Digital Writing Pad: For subjects that involve visual explanations or drawing, a tablet or digital writing pad can be an invaluable addition, allowing you to illustrate concepts in real-time. I would say that, depending on the focus of your online courses, having a tablet on the side is not essential. For maths, for instance, or if need to use handwriting and drawing having a tablet would be a must. You can simply connect your tablet to your computer and/or communication application and have what you are drawing presented on screen for your audience to see. Whenever needed, I pair my iPad 9th Generation to my laptop and have drawing games or activities done with my students. As you can tell, this tablet is not the newest or latest version, but totally does the job. Click here to see the tablet I use . 2. Cutting-Edge Gadgets: Enhancing Interactivity and Engagement a. Quality Webcam: Invest in a high-definition webcam to ensure clear video quality. A good camera can significantly impact the overall experience for your students. As for a webcam, I use a Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam HD . Although the built-in can that comes with my laptop is not that bad, Logitech C922 Pro  has features and a high quality I cannot get with the buit-in camera. The auto zoom, for instance, is a great feature if you are considering recording your lessons to possibly put it out there, on Youtube or any of the offline programs. Click here to see the webcam I use . b. Noise-Cancelling Headset: Create a focused and distraction-free environment with noise-cancelling headphones. This gadget ensures that your voice comes across crystal clear, enhancing communication. At the moment, I have a MPow PA071A which I have had for at least 2 years, and I am very happy with it. Its cushion is starting to wear off now but, considering how much I have used it for these many years, it is not surprising. Its quality is great, it does the job, and I love it for having this control that allows me to mute it when I have a cold and need to sneeze or cough. Nobody deserves to keep listening to their teacher sneeze or cough. The Jabra Evolve 40 MS Stereo Headset is in my wish list for next. The fact that it is wired does not bother me. I usually go for those headsets with a control. I know we can mute ourselves on most communication applications we use but having the control physically in my hands gives me extra insurance. Perhaps you are the type of teacher who moves around a little bit more in class, who needs to walk to whiteboard. If so, I recommend the Jabra Evolve 65 SE Wireless . Click here to see my next headset and click here for the wireless headset . 3. Robust Systems: Creating a Seamless Teaching Environment a. Stable Internet Connection: A reliable and high-speed internet connection is non-negotiable. It ensures uninterrupted lessons and a smooth virtual classroom experience. I have recently upgraded my internet connection which is at this very moment running WiFi at 308 mbps. You do not need to have such fast connection to have a good enough quality live session with your students. However, if you cannot invest in this sort of high speed service, I would recommend you to connect your computer directly to your modem using one of these ethernet cables , or you can have a WiFi booster , if you are not close to your modem. Click here to see ethernet cables recommended and click here to see a good WiFi booster . b. Backup Power Supply: Power outages can disrupt your lessons. Having a backup power supply, like an uninterruptible power supply (UPS), ensures continuity in case of unexpected disruptions. So far, I have only had a power cut that made me cut my lesson short once. I was able to hotspot my mobile connection to my laptop and my laptop battery charge was enough to keep us working until the end of the session. Having a backup power bank such as this AC Outlet Portable Laptop Power Bank could be the solution. This outlet could also be a good insurance if you are a nomad teacher, traveling around the world and teaching from different spots. Click here to see this outlet power bank . 4. Dynamic Applications: Tools for Interactive and Engaging Classes a. Video Conferencing Platforms: Select a user-friendly video conferencing platform that supports features like screen sharing, breakout rooms, and interactive whiteboards. Popular choices include Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Meet. I personally use Zoom. It is a good investment for a good quality platform with whiteboards, apps and everything I need in one place, sometimes a lot more than I need. If I could, I would ask them the ability to select the features I want on my application because it is so much , and I do not use all of it. If you are on a budget and prefer not to spend with conferencing platforms, Microsoft Teams have been the choice for a lot of educators. b. Interactive Whiteboard Software: Enhance your teaching materials with interactive whiteboard applications like BitPaper or Explain Everything. These tools enable you to draw diagrams, annotate, and engage students visually. With Zoom Meetings I have a great whiteboard and I only use in very few specific cases. As I said earlier, if you use a tablet, you can coonect it to your laptop and transform it in a whiteboard using the share screen feature of your conferencing platform. I have heard that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is a quite popular tablet, but I will stick to my old iPad 9th Generation. Click here to see the Galaxy and Click here to see the tablet I use . c. Learning Management System (LMS): Implementing an LMS like Moodle or Canvas can help you organize course materials, assessments, and track student progress effectively. I have used LMS before and I have access to grogram platform here on my own website. However, if you do not access to one, you can adapt features you have in our own computer with MS Office or the ones in Google [Google Docs, Google Classroom , etc.]. Sharing access to them with your students is really easy. d. Communication Tools: Utilize messaging and collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams or Google Classroom for efficient communication with students outside of class hours. I chose Google Classroom and a simple organization on my Gmail contact list. The best thing is it not costing a thing. 5. Ergonomic Setup: Prioritizing Comfort for Extended Teaching Hours a. Comfortable Chair and Desk: Invest in an ergonomic chair and desk to ensure comfort during long teaching sessions. Maintaining good posture is essential for overall well-being. Let's not forget that even if you do have the most comfortable chair and desk, you should still have breaks, stretch your legs and move a little bit. I have to say that my current chair and desk are not the most comfortable. I have added the following desk and chair to my wish list, so check it out how it would a dream come true. Click here to see my dream chair and click here to see my dream desk . b. Adequate Lighting: Proper lighting is key for a clear video presence. Position yourself with natural or well-distributed artificial light to avoid shadows and enhance visibility. I would choose a good LED desk lamp or white(ish) like to the room where you are teaching. Good lighting makes us look more presentable at times. A bright LED desk lamp would make it easy for you to read any notes you might have on your desk, and it would also make you look better on screen for you audience to see. Click here to see this cool lamp I recommend . Equipped for Educational Excellence In the realm of online teaching, having the right devices, gadgets, systems, and applications is the key to providing a seamless and enriching learning experience. As technology continues to advance, staying updated with the latest tools and platforms will ensure that you remain at the forefront of online education. Invest wisely, prioritize student engagement, and create a virtual classroom that fosters learning and growth. With the right setup, you're not just teaching; you're transforming the digital learning landscape. If you want to know more about my practice, systems and how I work, leave a comment or DM me. Até mais Edna Allen This article has affiliate links

Exploring Brazil: What You Should Know Before You Go

Exploring Brazil: What You Should Know Before You Go

Brazil, the land of samba, soccer, and stunning landscapes, is a country that beckons travelers from all corners of the globe. Before you embark on your Brazilian adventure, there are several aspects to consider – both positive and negative – that will enrich your journey. Let's dive into what you should know before visiting Brazil. Positive Aspects: Diverse Culture:  Brazil's cultural diversity is astounding. As you explore its cities, you'll encounter a rich blend of influences from Africa, Europe, and indigenous communities. The result is a unique and vibrant cultural tapestry. Natural Wonders:  If you're a nature enthusiast, Brazil won't disappoint. The country is home to the awe-inspiring Amazon Rainforest, the majestic Iguazu Falls, and a myriad of other natural wonders. From lush jungles to pristine beaches, Brazil's landscapes are truly breathtaking. Carnival & Festivals:  Carnival in Brazil is world-famous, but the country hosts a plethora of other festivals throughout the year. These events offer a glimpse into Brazil's infectious energy and passion for celebration. Warm Hospitality:  Brazilians are renowned for their warmth and friendliness. You'll feel welcomed and embraced by the locals, creating an inviting and inclusive atmosphere wherever you go. Delicious Cuisine:  Brazilian cuisine is a mouthwatering adventure in itself. Indulge in feijoada, a black bean stew with pork, or try acarajé, deep-fried black-eyed pea dumplings. The flavours are diverse and the food scene is a delightful experience. Negative Aspects: Safety Concerns:  Safety can be a concern in some areas, especially in larger cities. It's crucial to be vigilant, take precautions, and research safe neighborhoods when planning your visit. Language Barrier:  While Portuguese is the official language, English is not widely spoken, particularly outside of tourist areas. Learning some basic Portuguese phrases can be incredibly helpful for communication. Inequality:  Brazil grapples with significant economic disparities. You'll encounter pockets of poverty in some regions, which can be a stark contrast to the beauty and luxury often associated with the country. Bureaucracy:  Dealing with Brazilian bureaucracy, whether for administrative matters or visas, can be frustrating and time-consuming. Patience is a virtue when navigating these processes. Environmental Issues:  Brazil faces environmental challenges, including deforestation and pollution. Being aware of these issues and considering sustainable tourism practices during your visit can make a positive impact. In summary, Brazil is a captivating and diverse country that offers an incredible journey filled with cultural richness, natural beauty, and unforgettable experiences. As a responsible traveler, it's essential to be informed about both the positive and negative aspects of the country, allowing you to make the most of your visit while being aware of the challenges Brazil faces. So, pack your bags, immerse yourself in the culture, and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime in this beautiful and complex nation. We hope we have given your a bit of an idea of what to expect before you arrive in Brazil. If you want to learn more about the country, culture e be able to communicate in Portuguese with us, start your Portuguese lessons with me today! Book a lesson at our Booking page.

Embrace the Power of Small Groups: The Perks of Online Language Lessons

Embrace the Power of Small Groups: The Perks of Online Language Lessons

Embrace the Power of Small Groups: The Perks of Online Language Lessons In our rapidly evolving world, the demand for language learning has skyrocketed, driven by the desire to connect with people from different cultures, access global job opportunities, and broaden one's horizons. Online language lessons have become an invaluable resource for learners worldwide, and when conducted in small groups, they offer a unique and highly effective approach. Here, we explore the many advantages of small-group online language lessons. 1. Personalised Attention: One of the most significant benefits of small-group lessons is the level of personal attention students receive from their teachers. With fewer participants, teachers can tailor their teaching to individual needs, addressing specific questions and providing more in-depth feedback. This results in a faster and more tailored learning experience. 2. Interactive Learning: Small-group settings encourage active participation. Students are more likely to engage in conversations and group activities, creating a dynamic and interactive learning environment. Such exchanges mimic real-world language use and boost fluency and confidence. 3. Camaraderie and Motivation: Learning a language can be challenging, but the presence of peers in a small group can be incredibly motivating. Learners can support and encourage each other, share their experiences, and celebrate successes together. This camaraderie fosters a sense of belonging and accountability. 4. Cost-Effective: Small-group lessons are often more budget-friendly than one-on-one tutoring, making them accessible to a wider audience. It's an excellent choice for individuals looking to receive quality instruction without breaking the bank. 5. Diverse Perspectives: In a small group, you are likely to have classmates from various backgrounds and cultures. This diversity enriches the learning experience by exposing you to different accents, slang, and cultural nuances. It prepares you for real-world interactions with a broader range of people. 6. Flexible Scheduling: Online language lessons in small groups often offer more flexible scheduling options, accommodating students with different time zones and busy lives. This flexibility enables more people to access quality education, removing geographical barriers. 7. Structured Curriculum: Small-group lessons typically follow a structured curriculum, ensuring that all essential language skills, from grammar to conversational fluency, are covered. This comprehensive approach enhances your overall language proficiency. 8. Better Pronunciation Practice: Pronunciation is a vital aspect of language learning, and small-group lessons allow for more focused pronunciation practice. With the teacher's guidance and peer feedback, you can work on your accent and pronunciation effectively. 9. Immediate Feedback: In smaller groups, instructors can provide more immediate feedback, correcting errors and offering guidance during exercises and conversations. This real-time feedback accelerates the learning process. 10. Comfort and Confidence: Smaller groups can feel less intimidating, which helps students build confidence in their language abilities. As confidence grows, learners are more likely to experiment with the language and take risks, ultimately leading to faster progress. In a world where effective communication across borders is paramount, online language lessons in small groups offer an excellent platform to master a new language. The supportive atmosphere, interactive learning, and individualised attention make this approach an appealing choice for language enthusiasts. So, if you're eager to unlock the world of opportunities that language learning brings, consider joining a small-group online language course and embark on a journey of cultural discovery and personal growth. We have the best opportunity for you to join a Brazilian Portuguese group course coming up to you in January . This new course will be limited to 6 students. So if you do not want to be left out. I suggest you keep your eyes peeled, follow us and fill in a form below to register your interest. I will see you soon! > Até breve! Edna Allen

Portuguese Book Club

Portuguese Book Club

Learning Tips: Portuguese Book recommendations Beginners

Learning Tips: Portuguese Book recommendations Beginners

Book Recommendations for Portuguese Learners

Book Recommendations for Portuguese Learners

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