Vocabulary for the Olympic Games 2016

This post is dedicated to the foreigners who are coming to Brazil to attend the Olympic Games, but can also serve to Brazilians who want to learn a bit of English vocabulary related to the Olympics.

Today, I will offer vocabulary about sports and its modalities, but first let’s start with the most important word:

Jogos Olímpicos – Olympic Games


Esporte – Sport

Atletismo – Athletics

100 (cem) metros – 100 (one hundred) metres

110 (cento e dez) metros com barreiras – 100 (one hundred and ten) metres hurdles


3000 (três mil) metros com obstáculos – 3000 (three thousand) metres steeplechase

20 (vinte) km (quilômetros) de marcha atlética – 20 (twenty) km (kilometres) race walk

Maratona – Marathon

Salto em distância – Long jump

Salto triplo –  Triple jump

Salto em altura – High jump

Salto com vara – Pole vault

Arremeso de peso – Shot put

Lançamento de disco – Discus throw

Lançamento de martelo – Hammer throw

Lançamento de dardo – Javelin throw

OSAKA, JAPAN - AUGUST 31: Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic competes on her way to winning the gold medal in the Women's Javelin Throw Final on day seven of the 11th IAAF World Athletics Championships on August 31, 2007 at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Heptato – Heptathlon

Decatlo – Decathlon

Badminton – Badminton

Basquetebol (Basquete) – Basketball

Boxe – Boxing

Mosca-ligeiro – Light-Flyweight

Mosca – Flyweight

Galo – Bantamweight

Leve – Lightweight

Meio-médio-ligeiro – Light-Welterweight

Meio-médio – Welterweight

Médio – Middleweight

Meio-pesado – Light-Heavyweight


Pesado – Heavyweight

Super-pesado – Super-Heavyweight

Canoagem – Canoe/kayak

Velocidade – Sprint

Slalom – Slalom

Ciclismo – Cycling

Pista – Track cycling

Estrada – Road cycling

Mountain bike – Mountain biking


Esgrima – Fencing

Futebol – Football (United Kingdom) ou soccer (United States)

Ginástica – Gymnastics

Solo – Floor exercise

Cavalo com alças – Pommel horse

Argolas – Rings

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Salto sobre a mesa – Vault

Barras paralelas – Parallel bars

Barras assimétricas – Uneven bars

Barra fixa – Horizontal bar

Trave – Balance beam

Maça indiana – Indian clubs

Salto lateral sobre o cavalo – Sidehorse vault

Aparelhos portáteis – Portable apparatus

Ginástica acrobática – Acrobatic gymnastics

Ginástica rítmica – Rhythmic gymnastics

Corda – Rope

Arco – Hoop

Bola – Ball

Maças – Clubs

Fita – Ribbon

Ginástica de trampolim – Trampolining

Golfe – Golf

Halterofilismo – Weightlifitng

Handebol – Handball

Hipismo – Equestrian

Concurso Completo de Equitação (CCE) – Eventing

Saltos – Show jumping

Adestramento – Dressage


Volteio – Vaulting

Salto em altura – High jump

Salto em distância – Long jump

Hóquei sobre grama – Field hockey

Judô – Judo

Lutas – Wrestling

Greco-romana – Greco-Roman

Luta-livre – Freestyle

Nado sincronizado – Synchronized swimming

Natação – Swimming

50 (cinquenta) metros livres – 50 (fifty) metres freestyle

100 (cem) metros costas – 100 (one hundred) metres backstroke

200 (duzentos)metros peito – 200 (two hundred) metres breaststroke

100 (cem)metros borboleta – 100 (one hundred) metres butterfly

400 (quatrocentos) metros medley – 400 (four hundred) metres individual medley

Pentatlo modern – Modern pentathlon

Polo aquático – Water polo

Remo – Rowing

Rugby sevens – Rugby sevens

Saltos ornamentais – Diving

Taekwondo – Taekwondo

Tênis – Tennis

Tênis de Mesa – Table tennis

Tiro – Shooting

Tiro com arco – Archery

Triatlo – Triathlon

Vela – Sailing

Voleibol (Vôlei) – Volleyball

Vôlei de praia – Beach volleyball

What is your favorite sport? What kind of vocabulary do you want to learn related to the Olympic Games?

5 Bilinguals Songs in French

I was listening to the song Inséparables from Zaz with the Spanish singer Pablo Alborán and I thought, how genius is to be able to listen to a song in two different languages. I love bilingual songs , they’re perfect to study and to be in touch with several languages at the same time.

Zaz & Pablo Alboran – Inséparables

Languages: French and Spanish

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Bestsellers in Brazil – January 2016

For the curious, I will show today, the best-selling books in Brazil from earlier this year, excluding books from foreigners. Interestedly, most books are religious/self-help.

  1. Bela Cozinha 2 – Bela Gil

bela cozinha bela gilThis is a book with recipes from Bela Gil program – dishes from the special summer season and from the second and third seasons. Tasty and healthy recipes are created according to Bela Gil view of how our choices about what we eat affects our health, the society and the environment.


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Grammar books

Grammar: some people love it, most run away from it. I am part of the majority, I do not like to study grammar, but unfortunately, it is impossible to escape from it if you want to speak a language well. So now and then I dedicate myself to it. Today, I will give tips on some books I like.

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Grammar in Use

I believe that these are the most famous grammar books in the world. The series has become a reference for English learners, mainly for its simple approach. In one page, simple explanations and in the other, exercises. I really like this kind of book, because of its simplicity.

Essential Grammar in Use with Answers: A Self-Study Reference and Practice Book for Elementary Students of English

English Grammar in Use with Answers and CD-ROM: A Self-Study Reference and Practice Book for Intermediate Learners of English

Advanced Grammar in Use with Answers: A Self-Study Reference and Practice Book for Advanced Learners of English

Cassell’s Students’ Grammar English by Jake Allsop

For those who like to dig a little deeper; a good option is the book: Students’ Grammar English. The book has a simple approach, but it has very good explanations and illustrations.

Students’ English Grammar

Students’ English Grammar Exercises with Answers


Planet@ ELE. Libro de referencia gramatical: fichas y ejercicios

For beginners I recommend the Planet@ ELE. Libro de referencia gramatical: fichas y ejercicios, which is divided into four levels. As the collection Grammar in Use, the book has the explanation in one side and in the other exercises. The difference is that it is more simple and short.

Planet@ 1. Libro de referencia gramatical, fichas y ejercicios (Spanish Edition)

Planet@ 2. Libro de referencia gramatical, fichas y ejercicios (Spanish Edition)

Planet@ 3. Libro de referencia gramatical, fichas y ejercicios (Spanish Edition)

Planet@ 4. Libro de referencia gramatical, fichas y ejercicios (Spanish Edition)

Another book that I also recommend is the Diccionario Práctico de Gramática which is a work of grammar reference. The explanations are simple with lots examples. Besides the grammatical structures, they explain also words and their typical uses.

Diccionario practico de gramatica (Spanish Edition)

Diccionario practico de gramatica: libro de ejercicios: 800 fichas de uso correcto del espanol (Spanish Edition)

Diccionario practico de gramatica. Claves del Libro de ejercicios (Spanish Edition)


Grammaire Progressive

Again, a course that puts the grammatical explanation in one page and in the other exercises. It is also a simple, progressive and well-illustrated book. . The course has four levels. In my experience, it is the most recommended by French teachers.

Grammaire Progressive Du Francais: Niveau Debutant (French Edition)

Grammaire Progressive Du Francais – Nouvelle Edition: Livre Intermediaire 3e Edition + Cd-audio (French Edition)

Grammaire Progressive du Français: Niveau Avancé (French Edition)

Grammaire Progressive du Francais: Livre Perfectionnement (French Edition)


Klipp und Klar – Ubungsgrammatik

This is the book that I am currently using to learn German. And it has the same style of the previous books. At the end of the book, it has great reference lists. There are two books, one that is destined to the B1 level, and another to the most advanced level (B2/C1).

Klipp Und Klar: Klipp Und Klar – Ubungsgrammatik Grundstufe Deutsch – MIT Losungen (German Edition)

Klipp Und Klar: Klipp Und Klar – Ubungsgrammatik Mittelstufe Deutsch B2/C1 (German Edition)

Collection Practice Makes Perfect – McGraw Hill

For other languages, there is also the Practice Makes Perfect series. There are available in several different grammatical topics and by level. There are, for example, books just about verbs or just about pronouns and prepositions. As they are full of exercises, they are great for testing your grammar skills intensively and to devote yourself to subjects in which you have more difficulty. Here is a list of the books I found.


Practice Makes Perfect Arabic Pronouns and Prepositions (Practice Makes Perfect Series)


Practice Makes Perfect Basic Chinese


Practice Makes Perfect French Verb Tenses (Practice Makes Perfect Series)

Practice Makes Perfect: Complete French All-in-One

Practice Makes Perfect French Problem Solver: With 90 Exercises (Practice Makes Perfect (McGraw-Hill))

Practice Makes Perfect: Intermediate French Grammar: With 145 Exercises (Practice Makes Perfect Series)


Practice Makes Perfect Basic English, Second Edition: (Beginner) 250 Exercises + Flashcard App + 90-minute Audio (Practice Makes Perfect Series)

Practice Makes Perfect Intermediate English Grammar for ESL Learners (Practice Makes Perfect Series)

Practice Makes Perfect English Articles and Determiners Up Close

Practice Makes Perfect English Grammar for ESL Learners, 2nd Edition: With 100 Exercises

Practice Makes Perfect English Problem Solver: With 110 Exercises


Practice Makes Perfect Intermediate German Grammar

Practice Makes Perfect German Verb Tenses, 2nd Edition: With 200 Exercises + Free Flashcard App

Practice Makes Perfect German Problem Solver: With 130 Exercises


Practice Makes Perfect Basic Hindi


Practice Makes Perfect Italian Problem Solver: With 80 Exercises

Practice Makes Perfect Italian Verb Tenses, 2nd Edition: With 300 Exercises + Free Flashcard App


Practice Makes Perfect Basic Japanese

Practice Makes Perfect Complete Japanese Grammar


Practice Makes Perfect Basic Latin


Basic Portuguese


Practice Makes Perfect Complete Spanish Grammar

Practice Makes Perfect Spanish Pronouns and Prepositions, Premium 3rd Edition

Practice Makes Perfect Complete Spanish All-in-One

Practice Makes Perfect: Intermediate Spanish Grammar: With 160 Exercises

Polyglot Nerd first video

I’m back and with some news!!!!!!

I have a new logo, with a clean look and I also changed a bit the website, hope is lighter now.

And I have a new project that I divulge in the video below.

This is my first video, so obviously I was a nervous, but I made it.

The video was no script, I don’t read anything and I didn’t edit, I don’t even know how to do it.

Hope you’ll like, I know the quality is not the best, I still  have a long way to learn how to do very cool videos.


Movies about Brazilian personalities – Part 2

For now, the last post on Brazilian films. This time we will get to know a capoeirista, a soccer player, a child actor, a revolutionary and an artist of the colonial era.

Besouro – The Assailant

In Bahia the black community continues to be treated as slaves and their traditions are not allowed, including the capoeira. The Master Alípio (Macalé) tries to keep the tradition alive and chooses Besouro (Ailton Carmo) as his successor. And Besouro, after the murder of Master Alípio, will follow the instructions of his master defending his people against prejudice.

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Movies about Brazilian personalities

This time the post will be on great Brazilian characters outside of the music world. A president, a princess, a Formula 1 racer, a writer and a medium. Several characters from the same country.

Nao Pare Na Pista: A Melhor Historia de Paulo Coelho – Paulo Coelho’s Best Story

The film about Paulo Coelho shows in a non-linearly way, three different moments of the writer’s life. Paulo Coelho as a teenager (Ravel Andrade), who has a conflicted relationship with his parents. He as an adult (Julio Andrade), in search of himself and collaborating with Raul Seixas and, he already mature, successful, redoing the Camino de Santiago.

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Movies + Music – Brazil – Part 2

After making the first post on biopics of Brazilian musicians, a passion was stimulated, so I decided to do a series of posts about the Brazilian cinema. Today, the second part of Movies + Music – Brazil follows.

Raul – O Início, o Fim e o Meio

In the form of documentary, the film shows the path of Raul Seixas, the controversy “Sociedade Alternativa” and the partnership with Paulo Coelho. The movie features testimonials from colleagues, ex-wives, family members, musicians and critics.

Music genre: Rock, rockabilly, ballad, country rock, folk, MPB

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