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Co-founder Rui Coimbra is from Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal. He studied biotechnology and spent many years traveling the world as a flight steward for TAP airlines. Given his creative spirit and research talent, he is always finding entertaining and illuminating ways to share Portugal’s language and culture with the rest of the world.
00:14:39

Passo a Passo – Parte 1/9

Step by Step - Part 1/9

November 13, 2018

The Caminho de Santiago adventure begins! Rui and Joel start off their journey in beautiful Porto, Portugal, and immediately experience the warmth, simplicity and uncensored honesty of the Northern Portuguese people, and embrace their new role as ‘peregrinos’ (…or is it ‘pelegrinos’?).

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00:13:34

Passo a Passo – Parte 6/9

Step by Step - Part 6/9

November 13, 2018

Approaching the border into Spain, Joel and Rui try to figure out at which point Portuguese will start transitioning to Spanish, as well as the curious Galego (Galician), a curious hybrid between the two. As they delve deeper into the local habits of Northern Portugal, Rui’s injury starts to catch up with him…

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00:15:23

Passo a Passo – Parte 9/9

Step by Step - Part 9/9

November 13, 2018

The journey comes to an end as the group arrives to Santiago de Compostela. They reunite with their fellow pilgrims they met along the way, and start making their way back home. It may take weeks for the blisters on their feet to heal, but their memories of O Caminho de Santiago will last forever.

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00:10:56

Passo a Passo – Parte 4/9

Step by Step - Part 4/9

November 13, 2018

Fully immersed in the spirit of the Caminho, the pilgrims spread out and begin traveling a bit more independently, rather than sticking together as a group. But the isolation gets to them, prompting Rui to give the performance of a lifetime to nobody except for perhaps a few farmers (and lucky for us, the camera!). Meanwhile, Joel gets so isolated that he starts wondering if he’s actually even on the right Caminho at all…

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00:11:22

Passo a Passo – Parte 8/9

Step by Step - Part 8/9

November 13, 2018

As the group inches closer to Santiago de Compostela, Rui and Joel attempt their best Portunhol (Portuguese + Spanish) to talk with a lovely, patient Galician farmer. As they feel the end of the Caminho approach, they start reflecting on their journey and on what they’ve learned so far.

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10:23

Cabelos, Tesouras e Desilusões

Hair, Scissors, and Disappointments

October 22, 2018

Salvador and Mariana (– no, Adriana! –) visit a hair salon to freshen up their looks, but quickly find themselves in a hairy situation! In this episode, you’ll learn lots of new vocabulary and expressions that should come in handy the next time you find yourself going under the scissors…

11:10

À Caça de Casa

House Hunting

August 24, 2018

In this episode, we explore the Portuguese apartment rental market with James, a young adult of Portuguese descent looking for a new place. To find some leads, he recruits the help of his friend, Luís. However, Luís happens to be going through a bit of drama with his ex-girlfriend, so let’s see if he’s able to be of any help…

00:18:36

Episódio 1 (2018, ANIMATED) – Fotografar Comida em Restaurantes / O Sono e o Álcool

Episode 1 (2018, ANIMATED) - Photographing food in restaurants / Sleep and Alcohol

August 3, 2018

Talk about a callback… This video is a brand new animated version of our very first podcast episode, from way back in 2013!

By comparing the audio of this episode to our newer ones, you’ll hopefully notice not only a massive evolution in not only our production quality and comfort on the mic, but also in Joel’s Portuguese. He had been learning Portuguese for about a year when this was recorded.

It’s very humbling (especially for Joel) to go this far back into the archives, but Wayne’s fantastic animating talent has made it a lot of fun. Enjoy!

00:02:32

How to Pronounce the Letter X in Portuguese

July 10, 2018

Compared to some other languages, Portuguese pronunciation is relatively consistent, once you learn and follow the basic rules. A huge exception to this idea lies the letter X, which is one of the most challenging sounds – even for more intermediate learners.

That’s because this letter makes a several different sounds, and it varies unpredictably… for the most part. To get started, let’s see what Sherlock has to say on the topic:

(A special thanks to our friend Wayne Wilson for not only writing and animating this video, but for also providing the voice of Sherlock! Please help us thank him below or in the YouTube comments!)

As you saw in the video, there are 5 different ways to pronounce X in European Portuguese. But when you see a new word that contains this letter, how will you know which of the 5 pronunciations to use?

The only way to be fully sure is to memorize the individual words. But to hopefully give you a head start, let’s explore some of X’s common pronunciation patterns: