Learn more about the city of Viseu and its fascinating history.
In the final chapter of this series, a woman finds strength in the “new normal” and looks forward to new beginnings.
A woman in quarantine continues to stay positive by focusing on her mind and body.
Olive oil is produced extensively in Portugal and has been an integral part of the history and culture. You’ll be surprised by the number of diverse uses for this precious oil. Here’s a longer Shorty for you (a Longy?) at about 8 minutes!
“Calçada portuguesa”, also known as Portuguese mosaic, refers to the decorative cobblestone patterns you see lining the sidewalks throughout the country. Learn more about this impressive pavement art that has become a trademark of Portuguese cities.
Learn more about Portugal’s response to the outbreak of Covid-19 and how communities are adapting to protect and support each other.
Marie Antoinette was an important historical figure and has become a popular culture icon, being the subject of several books, films, and other media. Learn more about the life of this iconic woman!
The brain is a fascinating organ responsible for the decisions we make and the memories we keep. Have you ever wondered why some people can remember things better than others?
Hear the story of Maria de Bragança, the first woman to occupy the throne of Portugal. Find out what happened during her reign and why she was known as “The Mad Queen”.
Maria do Maria is the most important work of the filmmaker Leitão de Barros and a fundamental point in the history of Portuguese cinema. Learn more about this classic silent film from the 1930s.
For a small country, Portugal has a huge variety of wildlife. Discover some of the common, and not so common, animals found throughout Portugal’s islands, natural parks, and other areas.
Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for health and longevity. Check out these tips to help you improve your sleeping habits!
The Knights Templar has fought for the propagation of the Christian faith throughout history. Learn more about the knights of the order and their importance in the Iberian Peninsula, especially in Portugal.
Portuguese forests have been plagued by wildfires due to climate change and irresponsible behavior. Learn some essential tips for preventing these disasters in order to protect our people, our animals, and our natural environment.
Have you ever wondered about the origins of the Portuguese language? Throughout history, the Iberian Peninsula was populated and governed by several different nations. This rich and fascinating blend of influences is reflected in both our language and our culture. (Note: This episode is a rare exception to our “Shorty” format, as it is about 5 minutes in duration)
The Portuguese language has completely changed over time as a result of the historical influences of many different languages and dialects. Learn more about its Celtic roots!
Today we revisit Diálogo 29 to discuss some of the vocabulary and expressions surrounding the Portuguese housing market. There’s also an extra listening challenge waiting for you in the second half, so stick around!
Today we learn about one of the most important symbols of Portuguese culture, found all over the walls and buildings throughout the country – azulejos (tiles). As always, we explore new vocabulary and grammar, and correct more of Joel’s “pronúncia de estrangeiro!”
Discover the beautiful ballad that unexpectedly swept Europe off its feet in the Eurovision 2017 song contest: “Amar Pelos Dois”, by Salvador Sobral. After 53 years of competing, this marks Portugal’s first victory ever! With the help of a special guest, Rui and Joel explore the meaning behind these Portuguese lyrics as well as what set this performance apart from all the rest.
Note: We only used a short clip of the song to avoid waking up the copyright police, so make sure to check out Salvador’s full performance with his sister, (and composer, Luísa Sobral): https://youtu.be/z5VUti3kVIo?t=4m13s
A few days ago, Joel overheard some enthusiastic Portuguese natives talking about how António Guterres had been chosen as the new secretary-general of the United Nations. So in this episode, we take the opportunity to explore António’s life and the experiences that led up to this proud moment in Portugal’s history!
At our house, there’s plenty of excitement! In this video, Avó Odete creates chaos by trying to explain Christmas and the end of the year. Can you guess her resolutions for 2016?
(Attention: Level of difficulty = MAXIMUM)
• Because of the difficulty level and the nature of the episode, this will NOT appear in the Podcast feed or in iTunes as an audio-only episode.
How the cradle of Western civilization became one of the greatest concerns of the world at the moment.
An episode that tells us the love story of Pedro and Inês, as tragic as it is true. A story of kings, princesses, and castles where the whole family gathered to give voice to the characters!
Sintra is known for its palaces, legends, and winding paths. If you need a reason to visit Lisbon, then Sintra is the only reason you need.