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  • Is Brazil more than Football and Samba?

    Often times when I’m traveling, people are surprised that I’m from the United States. They have an idea, based on what they’ve seen in movies and on television of what people from our country are supposed look like, act like, what we eat, and what we do. I always tell people that the United States is more like a collection of countries that speak the same language, with many different cultures.

    I’ve been told that Brazil is similar in this respect – it’s much more complicated than football, samba and Copa Cabana. The video we used for this listening exercise is about the diversity and complexity of Brazil. We hope you’ll learn something about both Brazil and English with it.

    This video has a rich academic language and even included a word I wasn’t familiar with, “putsch,” another word for a coup. Enjoy!

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    1. I think creating _______ and ______ is part of the human condition.

    2. How many slaves were brought to the United States? How many more slaves were taken to Brazil?

    3. Why was Brazil united when the Spanish empire was breaking up?

    4. How does language unite Brazil?

    5. You can’t have a dictatorship in Brazil based on _____.

    6. Why did people need cheering up?

    7. Summarize his meaning of jeijoada.

    8. Brazilians will ______ for their democracy.

    Tell me a few things about your country that you feel the rest of the world misconceive or have prejudices about.

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