French and Portuguese

By: Graça Gesteira

If you are a foreigner, speak French, you are hungry in a Brazilian restaurant and you want to eat a typical dish with a very northeasterly dessert, do not be intimidated. Ask the waiter for a “purée de papate douce com filet mignon e um douce de banane ou jaque”.

If you do not eat meat, “lagouste com legumes e vinaigre” can replace the “filet”. The waiters will understand you perfectly. After all, who is the Brazilian who does not understand this French?

Thanks to the similarity between French and Portuguese, it is sometimes very easy to memorize some names of fruits, vegetables, condiments and other foods.

Beware of the genre and with the pronunciation and Bon Appétit!



Les fruits de mer Os frutos do mar Seafood
Farine de manioc Farinha de mandioca Cassava flour
La purée O purê Mashed potato
Le filet mignon Filé mignon Filet
Le miel O mel Honey
Le sel O sal Salt
Le vinaigre O vinagre Vinegar
Le salade A salada Salad
La patate douce A batata doce Sweet potato
La tomate O tomate Tomato
L’espinard O espinafre Spinach
Les fruits As frutas Fruits
La banane A banana Banana
Le cajou O caju Cashew
Le kaki O caqui Khaki
Le coco O côco Coconut
La goyave A goiaba Guava
La jaque A jaca “Jaca”
La mangue A manga Mango
Le melon O melão Melon
Le chocolate O chocolate Chocolate
Le guarana O guaraná Guarana
Le soda O refrigerante Soda
L’aperitif O aperitivo Appetizer
Le pain O pão Bread
La soupe A sopa Soup

Conversation Club

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Conversation Club

By: Cristina Leifer

Our new blog is online! Every week we will post chronicles of our daily experiences as a Portuguese language school for foreigners! We are three members with great experience in the area! Graça Gesteira, Ana Burgos and Cristina Leifer!

Our chronicle today will be about our Conversation Club! A great opportunity to speak Portuguese and live a unique experience! We have already done many events! Caipirinha lesson with music for dancing and tasting, beach volleyball with beer, barbecue with music, caipirinha and beer and many more!

Experiences go beyond borders and allow intercultural energy exchange! In addition to more vocabulary and expressions in Portuguese, we also learned a little bit about other cultures. Japan, England, Switzerland, Germany, Brazil, all together living in a free, harmonious and fun way! A great lesson for today’s world where many people kill because they can not stand the one who is different! But we loved the difference! To learn and grow it is important to be all different!

Volunteer Work

BrazilLink is a Portuguese language school for foreigners that has a volunteer program. You can study Portuguese here at our school and, at the same time, help poor Brazilians and youngsters get into the job market. Young people and children in Brazil need to have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and intellectual development in … Read more