What was that ?!

Maybe you have heard a local Brazilian phrase, and are not quite sure what it means? Or maybe, you use an English slang term, and your friends look at you funny? This is the place where you can find the answers to those strange looks and raised eyebrows!

Learn about the Brazilian term… Uai!

Learn about the Brazilian term… Uai!

UAI!  ‘u-ai‘ Slang is very difficult to translate, in any language. But here, we do our best to try! By Ricardo Melo (Brazilian) ~ Ever heard in Portuguese words that somehow sound like English? Did you think of ‘uai’? Bingo! ‘Uai’ – pronounced exactly as the question word in English ‘why’ –  is like the […]

Learn about the Brazilian term… Cadê!

Learn about the Brazilian term… Cadê!

CADÊ!  ‘ca-dê‘ Slang is very difficult to translate, in any language. But here, we do our best to try! By Ricardo Melo (Brazilian) ~ Spoken Portuguese will keep surprising you with its endless informal variations. One of them is ‘cadê’ or formally, ‘onde’, which is translated into ‘where’. A curious thing about it is that […]

Learn about the Brazilian term… Negócio / Trem

Learn about the Brazilian term… Negócio / Trem

Negócio / Trem  ‘ne-gó-ci-o’ / ‘trem’ Slang is very difficult to translate, in any language. But here, we do our best to try! By Ricardo Melo (Brazilian) ~ Although ‘negócio’ and ‘trem’ are quite frequent in informal Portuguese, they can be just as vague. ‘Negócio’ literally means ‘business’, whereas ‘trem’ is the Portuguese word for ‘train’, […]

Learn about the Brazilian term… Demais!

Learn about the Brazilian term… Demais!

DEMAIS!  ‘de-mais‘ Slang is very difficult to translate, in any language. But here, we do our best to try! By Ricardo Melo (Brazilian) ~ As an expat living in the state of Minas Gerais, not only will you find yourself struggling with Portuguese, but also with “Mineirês”. That’s right! “Mineirês” is how Minas Gerais’s distintic […]