Do You Enjoy Watching The World Cup Soccer Tournaments?

Do you realize that the World Cup will be happening in a year? Yea, 2014 ! It’s coming up soon. Are you looking forward to it? I am. It’s going to take place in Brazil, my home country. It’s an exciting time for us, Brazilians. The whole country is excited about it.

Have you ever been to a soccer tournament of this magnitude? Not only the World Cup is a great event in the sports’ arena, but in 2014, it’s going to be in Brazil. Get it? Brazil – the land of soccer, where the population breathes soccer – where many famous soccer players were born. It’s rare opportunity. Brazil only hosted this tournament one other time, in 1950. And, Brasil is the only country that has played in all 19 tournaments of the FIFA World Cup and has been the champion five times. That’s an impressive record, isn’t it?

Brazil’s Preparation

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Brazilian authorities have made the necessary efforts to improve safety and get the venues ready for World Cup 2014. There will 12 host cities across the five regions of Brazil, featuring modern stadiums which have been either built or remodeled for the occasion: Belo Horizonte (Estadio Mineirao), Brasilia (Estadio Nacional), Cuiaba (Arena Pantanal), Curitiba (Arena da Baixada), Fortaleza (Estadio Castelao), Manaus (Arena Amazonia), Natal (Estadio das Dunas), Porto Alegre (Estadio Beira-Rio), Recife (Arena Pernambuco), Rio de Janeiro (Estadio do Maracanã), Salvador (Arena Fonte Nova) and São Paulo (Arena de São Paulo).

Traveler’s Preparation

How can you get the most out of your trip? There are two essentials ingredients that make a great recipe: First, be sure you love soccer. Second, learn the language of the country you’re going to be visiting. So, what’s the language spoken in Brazil? No, no, no! It’s not Spanish! Nope, there’s no such a thing as Brazilian. It’s Portuguese as in Portugal. But, there are some differences between European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese just as there are between European English and American English. So, the accent is different, and certain words may have the same spelling, but the meaning is totally adverse.

How about a little taste of the beautiful Brazilian Portuguese language?

Here we go: Please click on audio player to listen to the pronunciation of the words in green below:

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Greetings and Expressions:

Saying “hi”:                                                    Olá! Oi!

Morning greeting:                                        Bom dia!

Afternoon greeting:                                     Boa tarde!

Evening and going to sleep greeting:       Boa noite!

Asking how someone is:  Informal  

Como vai?  Como vai você?    


Como vai, o senhor?                       When speaking to a male.

Como vai, a senhora?                     When speaking to a female.

Answering the above question:           Vou bem

Wishing someone a nice day:             Tenha um bom dia!                 

Wishing the same back: Informal      Você também!   


O senhor também!                          When speaking to a male.

A senhora também!                        When speaking to a female.      

Saying Thanks to someone:                                

Obrigado!                                              If speaker is a male.     

Obrigada!                                              If speaker is a female.

Answering back:                         De nada!

Saying good-bye:                                   Three different ways of saying it.

Tchau! Até logo! Adeus!              


According to Brazil legend, Romario, “you have not really experienced a World Cup atmosphere unless you have been in Brazil during the World Cup.” So, plan to go to Brazil next year and attend the most important World cup tournament in history.  Don’t hesitate to contact a savvy tutor, who’s a Brazilian Portuguese native speaker and who will be able to help you get ready to express yourself properly in this beautiful language. Learning Portuguese will allow you to connect with the most hospitable people in the world throughout the 5 regions of Brazil while enjoying a spectacular tournament.

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Thank you for visiting my blog. Well, believe it or nor I’m originally from Brazil, but I married to an American and have lived in California for the past 14 years. When I first came to America, I was able to work at some regular jobs as a secretary, a teacher’s aide, and an interpreter. However, at the end of 2009, I found myself without a job and competing with a younger generation. Get the picture? Today, I’m very thankful I found Better Women Network, a concerned group of women supporting and mentoring other women, regardless of their age, to help them learn how to make money online using an online platform called Global NPN. Please, read my Earnings Disclaimer.
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  • Pam Mckeen

    You make it sound so easy Ligia. Your lesson will be very helpful for all those planning to attend the World Cup Soccer in Brazil.Obrigada!

    • De nada, Pam! Thanks for commenting!

  • Abdullah Al-Maawali

    Hi Ligia,thank you for the tips. I’m a soccer fanatic,and following WC is a must for me,normally I arrange my leave during WC. This time though it could be different,my country (Oman) could taking part,depending on todays results, should we qualify I’ll be contacting you for those lessons. Wish us luck.

    • Hi Abdullah,
      Thanks for stopping by. I hope the results today were favorable to your country. All the best!

  • Luba Kanch

    Thanks for the tips Ligia! Great tips/great lesson 🙂

    • Hi Luba, thanks for stopping by!

  • Corinne Floyd

    Obrigada – Ligia!! Great way to use the audio in Global NPN – you could have students all over the world – all kinds of possibilities! A lesson a day, group lessons, one on one lessons and audio for practice lessons. Corinne

    • De nada, Corinne! It took me a little while to figure the audio, but I was happy with the results too. Thanks for your encouragement!

  • Débora Fontenelle

    Dear Lígia,

    Congratulations for your post! I hope that it may be useful for soccer fans around the world that would like to come to Brazil. And it is also good to know there is such an interesting group as Better Women Network. Go ahead with the project!

    • Hey Debbie,
      Thank you so much for commenting on my blog. You are such an encourager my friend. I really appreciate you!