Beginning 01: Where Are You From?

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So where are you from? In this lesson we find out that Paulo is from Rio. And the young lady that he is talking to, she is from Brasilia, what some people call “Brazil’s big sky” country. Learn how to ask where somebody is from.

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 A: Você vem de onde Paulo?
Where do you come from Paulo?
  B: Aqui do Rio, e você?
Here in Rio, and you?
  A: Eu sou de Brasília.
I am from Brasilia.
  B: Dizem que o céu lá é enorme, não é?
They say the sky there is huge, right?


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  1. Elsie Echeverri-Carr

    Great practice!

  2. Anon

    Hi, hopefully this isn’t violating some copyright . I have created Memrise flashcards for the words from this podcast. Still a work in progress as I go through the lessons.

    1. Orlando Kelm

      Super, thanks a million. I’ll post your memrise URL on our Brazilpod Facebook page too, so that others can get to it as well.

  3. H.O.KING

    Hi Guys, love the podcast.

    Could one say “Se fala que o céu lá é enorme, não é?” instead of “Dizem que o céu lá é enorme, não é?” ? Obrigado !

    1. Orlando Kelm

      “se fala” vs. “dizem” Even in English, we hear phrases like, “one says,” “they say,” “you say”. All these have the same basic meaning, but there is a different sense of formality. It’s the same in Portuguese. “se diz” or “dizem” are just a matter of formality. “se diz” sounds more formal than “dizem”
      However, there is a second issue here too. Dizer means to say or to tell, and Falar means to speak. In the sentence you asked about, I think that dizer sounds better than falar. So, I would say “se diz que o céu lá é enorme” or “dizem que o céu lá é enorme”, but I wouldn’t use the verb falar in this instance.

  4. Paul

    I LOVE your lessons!

  5. Paul

    I LOVE your lessons!

  6. Arwa

    Oh I can’t express enough how much I love your lessons and how much I enjoy them! Muito odregada!

    1. Orlando Kelm

      Obrigado você Arwa! É um prazer poder oferecer as lições para todos.

  7. Kwan

    Obrigado! Eu estou aprendendo muito!