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Learn Portuguese with Commercial: ‘Minha Casa Minha Vida’

What about learning some Portuguese with commercials? Here you have one from Caixa Economica Federal (a public bank in  Brasil) that’s got many words inside it. Below you have the transcript.

Transcript: [translation in brackets]

O programa “Minha Casa Minha Vida” [The program “My Home My life”] do Governo Federal já entregou [of Federal Government has issued, has delivered] mais de um milhão de casas [more than a million houses], e até 2014 entregará mais um milhão [and up to 2014 will issue, deliver one more million]. Mas tão importante quanto à entrega das casas [But as important, as great as the house’s delivery], é a melhoria da qualidade de vida [is the improvement of life reality] das pessoas que vão morar nelas [of the people who will live there].

“É muito importante [highlight type=”info” value=”pra”] vida das crianças [It’s very important to the kid’s life]. Com segurança total [With total safety], eu posso [highlight type=”info” value=”dexá”] elas [highlight type=”info” value=”descê”] [I can allow them to go downwards], e sei que elas retornarão [and I know they’ll come back]. A chave dos meus sonhos [The key of my dreams] se tornou realidade [has became true, has turned into reality].”

“[highlight type=”info” value=”O quê que”] me faltava? [What was missing to me?] Um chão firme [A firm ground] pra dizer pra mim mesma [to say to myself]: aqui é o meu lugar [here is my place].Aqui eu [highlight type=”info” value=”vô podê vê”] o meu neto [highlight type=”info” value=”crescê”] [Here I’ll watch my grandson growing up]. É uma realização de qualquer família [It’s an achievement of any family].”

“É só alegria, [highlight type=”warning” value=”né”] [It’s just hapiness, right?]. Pra mim, pra minha família, pra minha filha, [highlight type=”info” value=”pro”] meu marido [To me, to my family, to my daughter, to my husband]. Ela sonhando com o quarto dela [She was dreaming about her bedroom]. Super feliz, né [Really happy, hum?] … Não pode ter outra sensação [You can’t get any other feeling]…”

“Sabe o que é você acordar [You know what’s wake up] e dizer ‘[highlight type=”warning” value=”poxa”], eu [highlight type=”info” value=”tô”] no que é meu’ [and say ‘wow, I’m in what’s mine] , [highlight type=”info” value=”sabê”] que você tem uma segurança [know that you are safe] … É totalmente diferente [It’s totally different.]. É um sonho realizado [It’s a dream that became true] …”

A Caixa se orgulha de fazer parte [Caixa is proud to take part] dessa mudança de vida do povo brasileiro [in this change at the brazilian’s life].


Now, I would like you to go to the video’s page in YouTube and see the comments… Though there are only five, they represent what Brazilians think of that.

One thing I wanted to point out is about the [highlight type=”info” value=”  highlighted”] words. As the people who are speaking on the video (except the presenter), they speak the street way, the informal way. The words highlighted in the text are words that are very useful to you. If you use them, you will seem like a native because we use them all the time. But this is not valid when you’re writing… So to help you, I’ve written the spoken and written forms of them below:

 Spoken | Written

pra | para
dexá | deixar
descê | descer
O quê que | O quê
vô | vou
podê | poder
vê | ver
crescê | crescer
pro | para o
tô | estou
sabê | saber

 

I also wanted to tell you about the words  and poxa. They are exclamation words, and they’re used in a lot of situations. Né means something like isn’t it, it’s the abreviation form of não é. It’s used to make tag questions. And poxa is like the English wow, oh my!, man!. It shows surprise.

You can download the audio here: http://snipmp3.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DZuJxkIvOi_w (I recommend that you choose high quality).

Did you like the text? Do you have any doubts? If so, don’t hesitate to ask them at http://fluentli.com/languages/portuguese.

 

About the author: Hello everybody! I’m Miguel, I speak Portuguese and English, I’m currently learning Dutch, and I’m here to help you learn Portuguese and give some tips to learn a language. Bye!