Elementary 36: Online Shopping

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Shopping online can be extremely convenient, but is it secure? Some love to buy everything online and others would rather go to the store. In this lesson we learn to talk about online shopping.

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 A: Ô Daniela, você quase só compra online, não é?
Hey Daniela, you almost just buy things online, right?
  B: Quase 100%. É muito mais conveniente, e mais barato também.
Almost 100%. It’s much more convenient, and it’s cheaper too.
  A: Mas você não tem medo que alguém vai roubar sua identidade?
But aren’t you afraid that someone will steal your identity.
  B: Não, aliás, acho que é mais seguro do que comprar nas lojas.
No, in fact, I think it is more secure than buying at the stores.
  A: Por quê? Nas lojas a gente nem precisa pensar nessas coisas.
Why? At the stores you don’t even need to think about such things.
  B: Exato, online já tem mais controle e é mais seguro.
Exactly, online you have more control and it is more secure.


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  1. Joe wants to learn P

    “Nas lojas a gente nem precisa pensar nessas coisas
    At the stores you don’t even need to think about such things.”

    When I heard “a gente” I immediately heard we. But in the translation I think you said people & then you. But I thought when “a” is before “gente” it always means we.

    1. Orlando Kelm

      Hey Joe, you are correct, “a gente” usually refers to “we” and “gente” usually refers to “people.” However, think of how in English we sometimes say, “you know, they know, we know, one knows” and they are all technically different, but in actual usage interchangeable. In other words, think of this as a general tendency and rule of thumb, and not a hard and fast rule.
      It reminds me of the line from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. When referring to the Pirate code, Captain Barbosa said that the code was really more like “guidelines”!!!

  2. Bret

    Hey Guys –

    Just a quick note though on the cultural aspect of this one.

    Not sure I agree with your comments about how much Brazilians shop online. It may have increased in the last 10 years but in terms of comparing to how much Americans do it doesn’t compare. I’ve been living here in SP for about 6 months now and so far I’ve bought one thing online here and have yet to see an Amazon (or something like it) package being delivered.

    Anyway, great episode as usual! These help immensely with my Portuguese learning
    .And I’ve signed up to the OpenLanguage which is really good with all the extras.

    One suggestion: it’s hard to find lessons about finance and investments. It would be great to get a couple dealing with financial markets and/or other types of real world business negotiations.

    Thanks as always!

    1. Orlando Kelm

      Hi Bret, you know, sometimes I wish I could retract things, because I agree with you about the online shopping. What I was thinking of when I made that statement was how I have seen Brazilians do their shopping for food, and have the food delivered to their home, something I haven’t seen in the USA as much. But in terms of volume of online shopping, I agree with you that Americans are into it more than Brazilians.

      As to Finance and investments, by now the materials are really old, and need updating, but I once created a site for Business Portuguese called “Falando de Negócios”. Here’s the URL: http://www.laits.utexas.edu/orkelm/falando/busport.htm

      About the same time, I also created a site with exercises using the excel functions, here’s that URL: http://www.laits.utexas.edu/orkelm/excelpor/contentspor.htm

      I should warn you, I made these sites over 10 years ago. Some day I need to update things, but the concepts are still there. BTW, if you have a Portuguese version of excel, all of the functions have a “help” feature, and I found them to be a fantastic resource for vocabulary related to business topics, including finance and investments.