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A Caravela

The Caravel

Learn more about the history of the caravel! Adapted and translated from an article by Lena Strang in Tomorrow Magazine.

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  • 00:00:03A caravela foi muito importante no desenvolvimento da navegação marítima.
  • 00:00:08Tem as suas origens nos antigos barcos de pesca portugueses,
  • 00:00:11construídos no século XIII, derivados do qārib mouro.
  • 00:00:15Ansioso por iniciar viagens exploratórias em meados do século XV,
  • 00:00:20Henrique o Navegador viu o potencial destes navios ágeis e manobráveis,
  • 00:00:25que utilizavam velas triangulares, capazes de navegar à bolina.
  • 00:00:30Eram uma bênção para os marinheiros que podiam explorar a linha costeira africana,
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As ameaçasthreats ansiosoanxious, eager, excited masc.,sing. o barcoboat a bençãoboon, blessing bolinabowline A caravela portuguesaAn ancient type of sailing ship, developed by the Portuguese during the Discoveries (around the 15th century) . os cargueirosfreighters costeiracoastal fem. o desafiochallenge ExigirTo demand, require manobráveismaneuverable pl. os marinheirosthe sailors o mastromast MouroMoorish a navegaçãonavigation A pescafishery os quartos (náutico) quarters nautical, rotational 4-hour shifts of work and resta quilhakeel rasashallow o receiofear o séculocentury A tripulaçãocrew velasSails ágeisagile, nimble
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  • Interesting story. I enjoyed it. Would have preferred though that it was read a little slower. For me the best way to learn is to read the Portuguese word, hear it and then look at the translation.

    • Olá John!
      There’s actually a way to slow down (or speed up) the audio: keep clicking 1x button until 0.5x, 0.6x, 0.7x or 0.8x! Whatever suits you best. 🙂

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