Carapaus de Corrida

Racing Mackerels (i.e. Getting Cocky)

Rodrigo reminisces about his favourite tavern: Tasquinha do Zé Pipo. Notice how the imperfeito do indicativo (past continuous) is used throughout the dialogue.

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  • 00:00:03Rodrigo: Ó Isabel... Estou com algumas saudades da Tasquinha do Zé Pipo.
  • 00:00:08Isabel: Acredito. Tu ias lá muitas vezes, não era?
  • 00:00:12Rodrigo: Sim. Eu passava lá a vida. Eu e os meus amigos íamos lá, frequentemente, petiscar.
  • 00:00:18Éramos cinco. Gastávamos balúrdios! É pena ter fechado.
  • 00:00:24Isabel: Pois é.
  • 00:00:25Rodrigo: Não sei se te lembras, mas o Zé Pipo era viciado em carapaus fritos.
  • 00:00:30Isabel: Que raio de vício.
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acudirto assist agarrarto grip, grab assustadíssimosextremely scared, scared to death balcãocounter o carapaumackerel fish discutirto argue, discuss, quarrel a gargantathroat os inimigosenemies metadehalf morrerto die a penapity, shame, penalty petiscarto snack a tascatraditional Portuguese tavern or restaurant tossirto cough um balúrdiosomething overly expensive ViciadoAddicted o vícioaddiction a zaragatafight, quarrel
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Claro que nãoOf course not pumbaBam referring to a loud noise, sudden event, or outcome os doisboth, the two of them Estou com saudades deI miss, I'm longing for Que raio!What the hell! Armou-se em carapau de corridaHe got cocky He acted like a horse mackerel Lá foraOutside, Out there ter culpato be at fault, to be to blame andar à porradato be fighting slang fugir ao fiscoto evade taxes
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Comments

  • Felizmente, ia um médico a passar lá fora e veio acudir o homem
    This sentence is dificult for me to understand, specially: “ia um médico a passar…”
    Could you give me some examples.

    • Your issue here may be the word order, which is more flexible in Portuguese than it is in English!

      ia um médico a passar lá fora = um médico ia a passar lá fora
      a doctor was passing by outside

      um médico – a doctor
      ia – was (past continuous / pretérito imperfeito)
      a passar – passing by
      lá fora – outside

      Some other examples:
      Ia eu a caminho de Viseu = Eu ia a caminho de Viseu / I was on my way to Viseu
      Estava o Rui a comer a sopa = O Rui estava a comer a sopa = Rui was eating the soup

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