Beginning 60: How To Tie A Tie

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Do you know how to tie a tie? Isn’t there something about a rabbit going around the hole and then back in the hole? If that is too complicated, let’s teach you how to tie a tie in Portuguese. Here we go!

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 A: Não sei direito dar nó em gravata, me dá uma ajuda aqui.
I don’t know how to tie a tie, give me a hand here.
  B: Tá, cruze o lado comprido por cima do lado curto.
OK, cross the long end in front of the short end.
  A: Assim?
Like this?
  B: Isso, e passe ele por dentro do buraquinho.
Right, and pull it through the little hole.
  A: Ah, entendi.
OK, got it.
  B: E passe ele outra vez por atrás pro outro lado.
And pass it again behind and go through the other side.
  A: Assim, né?
Like this, right?
  B: Isso, e passa pela frente, e enfia a volta que fez, Isso.
Right, and pass it in front, and thread it through the loop you made, right.
  A: OK, entendi.
OK, I understand.
  B: Isso, e agora puxe a ponta e deslize a parte larga para formar o nó.
Right, and now pull the end down, and slide the large side to make the knot.
  A: OK, entendi.
OK, I understand.


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  1. Naoko

    Hello. Thank you very much for making your program available. It has been a great help for my Portuguese learning.

    “E enfia a volta que fez.” Can passa be used in place of Volta without changing the meaning?

    1. Orlando Kelm

      Hi Naoko, your question is cool because it shows how things change when we talk about nouns vs verbs. When we hear “enfia a volta” notice that “volta” is a noun. However, the word “passa” would be more appropriate as a verb, which means it wouldn’t work in this sentence. Hope that helps, Orlando.

      1. Naoko

        Yes ,it’s very clear now. I should have noticed that “volta” is a noun meaning loop! Thank you, Orlando ! I LOVE your podcast. I’ve been listening hundreds of times, I hope you make more shows….

  2. Lucy Peacock

    Oi! Obrigada pela episodio. 🙂
    Tenho uma pergunta. Por que voce usa ‘e passa ele um outro vez por atras e PRO outro lado.’ Isso é por causa o outro lado é uma destinação, então voce precisa usar ‘para’ não ‘por’?