8 words you need to know to get by at Carnival in Brazil

The beginning of the year in some countries can be quiet and bring about those dreaded winter blues. But not in Brazil! February is a time of sun, partying, dancing, colour and celebration… February is Carnival time! Carnival is a major part of Brazilian culture. It’s basically a massive festivity of parades, dance, music and […]

Café, capivaras and chimarrão: A trip around Brazil

Want a reason to learn Portuguese? Well, I can give you one! Many people think of Brazil as a great holiday destination… And they are absolutely right! I’m going to take you on a (virtual) trip around this captivating country. From its tropical beaches and vast rainforests to its heaving cities and colourful colonial towns, […]

The endangered languages you might have thought were safe


There’s evidence to suggest that 1 language dies out every 14 days. As many as half the world’s 7000 languages are expected to be extinct by the end of the century. This happens when native speakers die out, or shift to speaking another language. Although this happens naturally (look at our good friends Latin and […]

5 Tips to Help Tourists Find their Feet in Rio

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Rio de Janeiro was chosen to host the first Olympics in South America. The city sees 1.6 million tourist each year! This puts a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of the local Cariocas. We need to show the world how friendly Brazilians really are; Bem vindo ao melhor país do mundo! English: Welcome to the best country […]

5 ways to Live Local in Rio

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Not from Rio? No worries – you can still be a Carioca! Carioca is the famous nickname for the Rio locals, and we’ve got some insider tips on how to embrace their laid-back lifestyle. Follow these five rules and you’ll be living like a local in no time: No need to check your watch In […]

Five of the most football mad people!

We’ve been through your wigs, your rainbow coloured faces, your headstands and straddle jumps (who would have thought we were talking about football?!), so thank you for all the laughs. You made it very hard for us, but we’ve picked our top five football fans. Drumroll please…. You lucky football photo competition winners: Tarik Elamari, Hajer […]