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Português: a língua do Brasil

The title of this post probably makes no sense at all as the only Portuguese speaker I know is Google Translate, who may be always willing to help but is rather unreliable, but despite this minor setback, I have decided that it would be both interesting and possibly even useful to learn a bit of Portuguese as part of the research side of my book. I think today I’ll stick with palavras básicas (basic words) so here are a few:

yes = sim

no = não

thank you (very much) = (muito) obrigado/a

you’re welcome = de nada

please = se faz favor / por favor

excuse me = com licença

hello = olá / oi

Goodbye = adeus, tchau

Here is a video that helps with pronunciation (the Brazilian way of course!). The words I’ve used aren’t quite the same as the ones in the video, just to make things more interesting of course 😀

Enjoy…

Keep it Rio

Zoe

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Resourcefulness

Obviously I am attempting to immerse myself in Rio life in order to make my book work, and this has involved looking out for great resources that are available on the internet. Here the best I have found that really give you a feel for Rio life:

  • The Rio Times
  • Jungle Drums Online
  • Rio Carnival Services

Check them out, they’re all interesting and each show a slightly different side of Rio and Brazil.

Keep it Rio

Zoe

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A Novel Approach

It has taken me three years to work out that something is not right with the novel I am writing. I think the biggest hint was that I kept getting bored with it. Yes, that’s never a good sign. I can hardly expect anyone to enjoy reading it if I find writing it a chore. And so, after a thorough assessment of all I have written so far, I have narrowed it down to three problems: The characters aren’t believable enough, the setting isn’t thoroughly researched enough and the writing style is dull at best. In other words, this book is SHIT.

Aside from giving up and turning my handwritten pages into paper aeroplanes that I can throw at successful authors there is, as far as I can see, only one solution: a TOTAL MAKEOVER. Which is why apart from the plot [a boy from the slums of Rio de Janeiro discovers that he is a stigmatic, uses this to convince people that he has healing powers in order to get rich and becomes less and less morally sound in the process] and the title [The Redeemer] I am pretty much starting from scratch, using this blog to make sure I keep writing and to get comments on what I have written to ensure that my writing does improve…

Keep it Rio

Zoe

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