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Brazil and UK commit to developing enhanced foreign policy relationship

June 8, 2014
Brazil and the UK will continue to promote greater bilateral trade and investment between the UK and Brazil and reaffirmed their commitment to avoid protectionism. They strongly support a balanced and ambitious Association Agreement between Mercosul and the EU. The two Foreign Ministers welcomed the positive contribution made by the Joint Economic and Trade Committee meetings, and looked forward to the first meeting of the bilateral CEOs’ Forum later this year.

Science, Technology, Innovation and Education
Acknowledging the ambition and vision of President Rousseff’s ‘Science Without Borders’ programme, the UK committed itself to welcoming as many as 10,000 Brazilian students and researchers to 77 UK institutions until 2014.

Following the establishment of the Working Group during the Brazil-UK Round Table on Partnerships in Higher Education, in June 2011, the two countries have agreed that up to 2,500 Brazilian students will carry undergraduate and postgraduate studies in British universities in 2012, with scholarships granted by the Brazilian government.

Such partnership will strengthen the academic cooperation between the two countries and provide a valuable input for the Brazilian scientific and economic development. British researchers and scholars are also expected to come to Brazil within the scope of the “Science without Borders” programme.

Brazil welcomed the recent announcement of a substantial research and development (R&D) British private investment in the oil and gas sector, which will allow for the spearheading of innovation in key scientific and research areas. Brazil and the UK also agreed in fostering further innovation and R&D joint activities in key economic, knowledge-intensive sectors, such as biotechnology, life sciences and creative industries.

The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance

June 27, 2013
The many achievements of the British include the treaty with the Portuguese, under which Brazil was formed and has always been kept.

The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance, ratified at the Treaty of Windsor in 1386, between England (succeeded by the United Kingdom) and Portugal is the oldest alliance in the world which is still in force — with the earliest treaty dating back to the Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of 1373.

This alliance, which goes back to the Middle Ages, indirectly made Portugal part of Engl...

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Brazil Facts

March 30, 2013
Federative Republic of Brazil


Dilma Rousseff (elected 2010)
Worker’s Party
Served as Minister of Energy and then Chief of Staff under da Silva who chose her as his successor;
Economist; former city and provincial official; imprisoned in the 70s for leftist activities under Brazil’s military regime.
Brazil’s first female president

200 million

2.4 million (2007)

OTHER MAJOR CITIES (ranked by population)
Sao Paulo
Rio de Jan...

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Confederations Cup Brazil 2013

March 30, 2013
The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup is an international association football tournament that will be held in Brazil in 2013, as a prelude to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The tournament is expected to be held from 15 to 30 June 2013. Brazil are the defending champions.

Uruguay, Italy and Spain will have the opportunity to become the third team (after Argentina and France) to win all three major FIFA tournaments: the World Cup, the Olympic football competition and the Confederations Cup.

Group A

15 June ...

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Useful Common Phrases in Brazilian Portuguese

March 28, 2013
Useful Common Phrases in Portuguese
Phrase in English in alphabetical order
Translation in Brazilian Portuguese
Translation in European Portuguese (pretty much the same with little difference)
Call the police!
Chama a polícia!

Cheers/Good health!

Do you speak Portuguese? Yes, a little.
Você fala português? Sim, um pouco.

Enjoy your meal!
Bom apetite!

Excuse me!
Por favour! (before asking for anything)
Desculpe! (before interruptin...

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Where do they speak Portuguese? or Which countries speak Portuguese? or Which South American countries speak Portuguese?

May 4, 2012
Portuguese is the language of majority of people in Angola (80%), Brazil, Portugal, and São Tomé and Príncipe (95%). Although only 6.5 percent of the population are native speakers of Portuguese in Mozambique, the language is spoken by about 39.6% there according to the 1997 census. It is also spoken by 11.5% of the population in Guinea-Bissau. No data is available for Cape Verde, but almost all the population is bilingual, and the monolingual population speaks Cape Verdean Creole.

There ar...

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What is the difference between Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese?

April 26, 2012
Since the ancient creationist myth 'The Tower of Babel' was first voiced, humanity is set to divide and mankind is determined to make no move towards reconciliation.
Over a million Portuguese citizens live in Brazil. They are very fairly treated. For instance, after just one year legally living in the country and they are entitled to apply for the Brazilian citizenship, a right that no other EU citizens have.
A much smaller number of Brazilians, less than a tenth of a million, live in Portuga...

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Is Portuguese difficult to learn?

April 24, 2012
In its modern form, English has been stripped of some grammatical features still very much in use in romance languages like Portuguese.
In English, only reminiscences of the subjunctive verb mood remain in conditional phrases such as
“I’d be careful if I were you”
“Eu tomava/tomaria cuidado se eu fosse você,”
and in fixed expressions such as
“If he decides to leave me, well so be it”
“Se ele decidir deixar-me, pois bem então que seja assim,”
whereas in Portuguese you do not...

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How similar are Spanish and Portuguese? or How different are Spanish and Portuguese? or How close is Spanish to Portuguese? or Is Portuguese similar to Spanish?

April 22, 2012
Although Portuguese and Spanish are closely related, to the point of having a considerable degree of mutual intelligibility, there are also important differences between them, which can pose difficulties for people acquainted with one of the languages who attempt to learn the other. Both are part of a broader group known as West Iberian Romance, which also contains several minor languages or dialects with fewer speakers, all of which are mutually intelligible among themselves to some degree.


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How long does it take to learn Portuguese?

April 16, 2012
There are many factors involved in learning a foreign language, such as age, aptitude, attitude, and learning and communication strategies.
Age: On the one hand, it’s common sense that the younger the student is, the better, although this can also vary depending on the other factors. On the other hand, it’s also common sense that the day you stop learning is the day you die.
Aptitude: The more gifted you are, the better, but don't forget that it’s the combination of the other factors pl...

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English and Portuguese Tutor, Interpreter, Translator and Tourist Guide in Porto, Portugal.

Claire Leal English and Portuguese bilingual specialist educated at the University of Sao Paulo, Latin America's most reputed university.

Question posted on 07/07/12: Nice blog :) Can your please tell me the difference between relatorio, informe and laudo. I think a the first is just a report as in business or the army. Laudo is a formal written expression of opinion by an expert I am not quite sure about informe. It seems to be a piece of information handed over (verbally or written) Maybe briefing is the best translation.

Answer: Yes, you're mostly right but don't forget that the audience and the context play a role in "tuning up" the right translation. The term "o informe" can be translated as note, communication, message, news, report, word, information, statement, intelligence, announcement, disclosure, dispatch, to list a few. I can't pick one without knowing the text and context. I hope this helps!

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