Education

So we all know that 12 October is Children’s Day in Brazil, but did you know that it is celebrated on different days in different countries? Historically speaking, 1 June was first established as Children’s Day at the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva in 1925, the same date as the closing of the conference and signing of treaties. Naturally, the same date has been adopted by many countries, such as Portugal and the US. Later, the Universal Declaration of Children’s Rights, in 1959 and the Convention on the Children’s Rights, in 1989, led the UN to…

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One of the most important days in the history of Brazil is 7 September, the day independence was declared. After the Portuguese royal court had returned to Portugal, Dom Pedro I insisted on staying put in Brazil, making life difficult for his relatives over in Europe, who gradually lost their grip on the colony. Letter after letter, the Portuguese implored Pedro to come back, but he stood firm, proclaiming “If it is for the common good and general happiness of the Nation, tell the people that I am staying”. The now famous saying was uttered on 9 January 1822, and…

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Every Brazilian knows that the Portuguese language is full of words inherited from other countries. Many French words are part of our common vocabulary, such as “Buquê”, “Abajur” and “Guichê”. But what about English words borrowed by the Portuguese language? Well, there are plenty! Here’s a list of some words that are used in everyday Portuguese and are, although many people don’t realise, in fact, derived from English. 1 – Bife: derived from the word “Beef” 2 – Blecaute: derived from the word “Blackout” 3 – Boxe: derived from the word “Boxing” 4 – Coquetel: derived from the word “Cocktail”…

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Reach the Brazilian and Portuguese-speaking communities in the UK, Brazil and Europe, as well as Brits and international audiences BBMag is the only London-based bilingual Anglo-Brazilian publication dedicated to lifestyle, travel & tourism, culture with gastronomy, food and drinks, music and business. BBMag is distributed to UK based readers at no cost, ensuring that the reach and impact of our sponsors and advertising partners are maximised amongst this very specific audience. Our readership and distribution are mostly made up of Brazilian governmental entities, industry organisations, bars and restaurants, art centres, schools, cinemas, theatres, shows, festivals, event venues and more. Why…

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We live in a time where children are born breathing technology. Therefore, why not use it in the educational process and help our little Brazilians learn Portuguese? When I thought of having children here (my husband is English) one of the things which I used to ask myself was “how am I going to get them to learn my language?” Yes, they are English, but they are also Brazilian and for us, it was always important that they had contact with the Portuguese language. Well, since they were small, they have always watched cartoons in Portuguese – there was Galinha…

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Lauching the celebrations of the centenary of the birth of Clarice Lispector! CLARICE LISPECTOR| LAÇOS DE FAMÍLIA Clarice Lispector’s superlative capacity to pin psychological minutiae of the mundane by converting them into poetical-philosophical meditations on the innermost nooks of the soul and mind of her characters: riveting and timeless! Bonds of affection and coercion simultaneously flaring up in married life and familial relationships! Expect the unexpected: links between zoos in São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro and human zoos with a Pygmy woman, people watching and ruminations on an elderly gentleman savouring his dinner, animal allegories from the hen to buffalo…

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Want to study abroad, but not sure where? Here we list 10 excellent reasons to consider the UK Home to some of the best universities in the world and a truly multicultural society, this list will show you that there’s more to British life than rainy days and “fish and chips”. The best universities in the world Each year, the UK’s universities rank highly on the list of the world’s best universities. In 2015, three placed in the top seven: Cambridge University, University of Oxford and University College London. Institutions and students that changed history Isaac Newton received…

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Choosing a school for your children is never an easy job, even less so when you live in a foreign country. See some tips from international schools in London With qualified teachers and bilingual education programs there are several options in London that offer comprehensive education in environments that encourage international integration, hence providing the best possible cultural education for students of the future. The specialised English language tuition of these schools is accompanied by a solid curriculum of science, mathematics, social studies, physical education, arts and technology, all which involve students in various competitions and events designed to enhance…

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Believe it or not, there are some very reasonably priced English language courses in London – some don’t charge at all! Learning English in London, most of the time, can leave you out of pocket… However, if you look hard enough you can find some English classes that cost next to nothing and some are even free! No joke – let us explain. The reason there are free English courses out there is simple: teachers in training need to clock class time to obtain their TEFL (English as a Second Language) certificates. And, legally speaking, no course can charge…

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There are lots of options for schools, courses and lessons in London, taught by specialised teachers who are used to dealing with international students. From English courses to bilingual schools for children, and university courses in the most varied of areas, you will have little trouble finding what you need in London. As well as courses in English, which is not always easy for new arrivals to the UK – there are a few basic tips to help you in your quest for knowledge. Here is a list to help you make learning English a habit: Rent out good…

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Short courses for those looking to fast track their careers Those thinking of studying overseas have probably already pictured themselves sitting inside a historical library or modern laboratory and conducting group work with classmates from around the world. This is a pretty accurate depiction. The UK plays host to 500,000 foreign students at any one time and offers some of the highest levels of further education in the world. Short course in the UK: the options and possibilities Summer Courses In general, courses last from 3 – 8 weeks, with dozens of programmes in design, media, English and many other…

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Whether you live in London or you’re just visiting, unleash your creativity. Leave London with new skills and fond memories, as well as a handcrafted memento of your trip, by indulging a passion or exploring a new hobby. The Dalston Print Club is a big draw for arty types across the city. With a gallery and studio showcasing the latest in screen-printing and other print techniques, Dalston Print Club also runs workshops for beginners. Design is taken seriously at the club’s home on a Hackney-based industrial estate, so expect a busy day as you transform your work from a digital…

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England is the third most popular country for Brazilians looking to learn English  According to a study conducted by the Brazilian Association of Cultural and Educational Trip Organizers – BELTA (Associação Brasileira de Organizadores de Viagens Educacionais e Culturais), England is in the top three destinations for Brazilians wishing to learn English, coming in behind the USA and Canada. The survey also found that London is the number one destination in Europe for such purposes. However, there are many Brazilians who have questions about studying in London, which is why we have written this article. – English is a huge…

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An opportunity for journalists and writers to have their work published internationally Bossa Brazil Magazine (BBMAG), London’s only bilingual magazine dedicated to Brazilian culture and lifestyle, has launched an exciting new project designed to discover New Talents in the world of journalism and feature writing. Up-and-coming writers have the opportunity of being published internationally, by submitting articles concerning a diverse range of interests, including fashion, sports, music, arts, cinema, theatre, food and wine, gastronomy, tourism, travel, culture, social media, technology, among others. Submissions should reflect BBMag’s editorial direction, that is, feature and celebrate Brazil and its people, as well British…

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Celpe-Bras is the Certificate of Proficiency in Portuguese for Foreigners, awarded by Brazil’s Ministry of Education. It is the only such certificate officially recognised by the Brazilian government. Please note that online registration is now open for the second Celpe-Bras examination of 2017. This exam is especially interesting for students, researchers and people interested in obtaining an official certification in Brazilian Portuguese language Online registration: until 23 August 2017: http://celpebras.inep.gov.br/inscricao/ Exam dates: a) Written – 17 October 2017 (morning) b) Oral – 17-10 October 2017 (time slot to be confirmed by the test centre) Test centre in the UK: King’s College…

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