Elementary 75: Onde canta o sabiá

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The famous poem by Gonçalves Dias entitled “Canção do exílio” speaks of a longing to hear the song of the sabiá, which is a type of thrush. Most Brazilians know about the poem, but not everyone knows a lot about the national bird, the sabiá. In today’s lesson you can get up to speed on all of it

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 A: Sabe, sempre ouvi falar do poema “Canção do exílio” do Gonçalves Dias, mas confesso que não sei quase nada sobre o sabiá.
You know, I always heard about the poem “Canção do exílio” by Gonçalves Dias, but I confess that I don’t know anything about the bird.
  B: “Minha terra tem palmeiras onde canta o sabiá. As aves que aqui gorjeiam, não gorjeiam como lá.”
“My country has palm trees where the thrushes sing. The birds that sing here don’t sing like those back there.”
  A: Exato, você sabe alguma coisa desse passarinho?
That’s it, do you know anything about the bird?
  B: Bom, sei que o nome mesmo é o sabiá-laranjeira, por causa da cor que tem na barriga, não é?
Well, I know that their name is really sabiá-laranjeira, because of the color of their stomachs, right?
  A: E tem gente que diz que é a ave nacional do Brasil, mas nem sei se isso é verdade oficial ou não.
And some people say that it is the national bird of Brazil, but I don’t know if that’s official or not.
  B: Olha, até onde que eu sei é oficial sim, mas é uma coisa recente, isso é do ano 2000 pra cá.
As far as I know it is official, but it’s a recent development, after the year 2000.
  A: Dizem que o canto dele é lindo, não é?
They say its song is beautiful, right?
  B: É verdade, lá no sítio do meu pai tem muitos e já ouvi o canto deles, sim.
That’s true, back at my father’s farmhouse there are a bunch of them and I have heard their song.


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