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X salada, por favor

Hi all, Often I’ll meet a Brazilian who claims to know not a word of English. I always challenge him. English is so prevalent (one could say intrusive) around the world that it’s virtually impossible not to pick up a few words. But sometimes English has a way of slipping in disguised and unnoticed. For […]

Brazil needs English – and foreign teachers

Hi all, Last week one of my students (I’m an English teacher here) commented that he’d seen an article quoting a government official who stated that Brazil needs more English teachers. I can’t cite this particular article as I didn’t read it myself, but not a week passes here without a similar article or interview […]


Hi everyone, Wow, that’s a big word for so early in the day. But it’s been on my mind this last week and a half since I arrived in Paraty. Paraty is, to use an overworked term, quaint. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In earlier days, Paraty was the terminus of the Gold Road, […]

English invades Brazil

Hi all, Hope that you had a good weekend. We are gearing up for Carnaval here in Rio, so expect some posts about that in the next few days. Today, however, I wanted to write about a topic I’ve been meaning to address for some time: The English Invasion. Unlike the British Invasion of the […]