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Teaching/learning samba in English, Ensinar/aprendendo samba em ingles.

This post was created as a resource for Brazilian teachers teaching here in the US as well as English speaking learners. Words that you won't find on Duolingo.¬†I recorded myself speaking the words in English. To listen, just click on the English word. I hope to eventually get a Carioca to recorde the Portuguese versions for this, stay tuned!Este post foi criado como um recurso para professores brasileiros que ensinam aqui nos EUA, tamb√©m para alunos que falam ingl√™s. Palavras que voc√™ n√£o encontrar√° no Duolingo. Eu me gravei falando as palavras em ingl√™s. Para ouvir, basta clicar na palavra em ingl√™s. Espero eventualmente conseguir um carioca para gravar as vers√Ķes em portugu√™s para isso, fique ligado!Falei a palavra 3...

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Mini desfiles (Parades) at Cidade do Samba

Mini Desfiles at Cidade do Samba Two weekends ago Cidade do Samba had a little preview show of the Grupo Especial parades that will happen in the Sambodromo next February. The different components were there such as bateria, baianas, porta bandeira & mestre sala, passistas, various alas etc. but in smaller numbers than the typical parade.  For example, I heard that the bateria was limited to 50 people. So of course they took their best players and put on a great show!  A few groups even rolled out some mini floats and confetti cannons. Those of you who know me know that I love a disco ball and a confetti cannon. The groups went in order of how they will be presented...

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Visiting Samba school quadras for the Samba Enredo finals.

*The following are my personal observations.    Unidos da Tijuca at their Samba enredo final.  When I arrived in Rio in mid October the samba schools were in the middle of the final composer competition to chose their school's samba enredo (song) for next carnaval. The enredo is the theme for the year and the samba enredo is the song based on the theme for the year. Each year the schools choose a theme for the next carnaval. For example, Viradouro's enredo/theme this year is Rosa Maria Egipcíaca. Who was a slave that was captured in Africa and brought in the slave trade to Brazil as a girl. She eventually earned her freedom with the help of her husband and learned to read...

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The Brazilian election 2022, wow!

*The following¬†post is my observation and personal opinion.¬† I was planning to write a post about all the Samba Enredo finals that I attended but then the election results happened. Brazilians had to decide for themselves what they wanted in their government the choices were stark and they had global implications. √Č Lula! As the results were announced people started screaming from their windows "√Č Lula!, √© Lula!" It's Lula! It's Lula! Fireworks were going off. The owners of my AirBnB were headed out to the street to celebrate and invited me along so¬†of course¬†I'm going to go! ¬† Colors seem to hold more significance here. Much like right wing politics in the US have adopted the American flag as...

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Arrived in Rio! Go Samba on pause until April 2023.

I'm in Brazil for 6 months improving my Portuguese and playing as well as learning about the culture. I'll be¬†sharing¬†experiences, photos and videos here so stay tuned! During this time the retail part of Go Samba will be on pause. Thank you for your patience! This is the view from the first place I'm staying. That's P√£o de A√ß√ļcar there in the background and one of my favorite plants Bougainvillea in the foreground.¬† Living in Brazil for 6 months has been a dream of mine for a while. I've been slowly saving my pennies over the last 5 years to make this happen. Before I left people who don't really know me asked "Oh, you're going to Brazil for 6...

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