Elementary 71: Going to the Beach

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The age old question about what to do on the weekend. And of course that question is more difficult to answer when the forecast says it’s going to rain. Looks like the beach will have to wait for another day. And while you are making those decisions, we’ll help you to discuss the options in Portuguese.

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Dialogue
Discussion
 A: O que nós vamos fazer no final de semana?
What do you want to do this weekend?
  B: A gente podia pegar uma praia, né?
We could go to the beach, right?
  A: EE, mas será que não vai chover, não?.
EE, but isn’t it going to rain?
  B: Não sei, vamos dar uma olhada na previsão do tempo.
I don’t know, let's take a look at the weather forecast.
  A: É, tô vendo aqui que vai ser nublado com possiblidades de pancadas de chuva.
Yeah, I see here that is it going to be clouding with the possibility of rain showers.
  B: Então, melhor ficar em casa, ver um filme, relaxando, e comendo brigadeiro.
So, it’s better to stay at home, watch a movie, relax, eat some brigadeiros.
  A: Gostei da parte do brigadeiro, que ótima ideia.
I liked the part about brigadeiros, what a good idea.

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  1. Steve

    Why is it “vai ser nublado” instead of estar?

    1. Orlando Kelm

      Hi Steve, pretty interesting question, and truthfully it could to either way “é nublado” or “está nublado.” Typically, we describe ser/estar with adjectives as “the normal and expected condition = ser” and the “not normal or not expected condition = estar.” That description works pretty well here. It’s hard because as non native speakers we want a hard and fast rule, and sometimes the answer is a little more vague.