SEASON 2 | EPISODE 5
Hello and welcome to Brazilian English Podcast, the first podcast to talk about Brazilian culture, 100% in English. I’m your host and teacher Derek Noble, I’m Brazilian, I’m 33 and I have been learning English by myself since I was 10. Well, I created this podcast to help my brazilian students and followers learn English in an interesting and new way. As you learn English, you’re also learning about Brazilian culture, our beautiful country. This is also recommended to foreigners who really want to know a little bit more about Brazilian culture. Well, without any further ado, let’s jump into this episode, right now!
Brazil is one of the biggest countries in the world. Also, Brazil always ranks high on the list of countries with the highest diversity of animals. Such diversity could be explained by the size of the country and the various types of ecosystems it has, such as the Amazon rainforest, Atlantic forest, and Cerrado. In today’s class, we’re going to talk about three animals that are exquisite1 and hard to spot2. I’m talking about the Jaguar, the Capybara, and the Toucan. All of them are either hunted, or endangered species and therefore3 should be preserved by future generations.
The third place on our list of cuteness is the Toucan. This is a big-beaked bird with a black body plumage with bright patches4 of yellow, white and green. They nest in tree cavities, so they are difficult to spot. In spite of its big beak, Toucans can fly, but not for long distances. Its beak is made of keratin, which makes it light. By the way, keratin is a substance that is also found in human hair and nails. They are usually captured by humans who trade them in the exotic pet market. Also, unfortunately, the image of the Toucan is also the symbol of the Social Democrat Party (PSDB) in Brazil. I really don’t know which of the facts is sadder. I’m sure it is the former5.
The second place on our list of exquisite and stunning6 Brazilian animals is the Capybara. This is a mammal that is the largest rodent7 in the world. The Capybara lives near bodies of water, and it is a highly social animal. Its reddish-brown fur is attractive to hunters and because of its barrel-shaped body, the Capybaras are hunted for its meat. They are closely related to Chinchillas and Guinea-pigs which are among the cutest rodents. Interestingly, the image of the Capybara became an Internet meme for its easy-going and peaceful behavior.
At the top of our list, we have the Jaguar. This is a leopard-like animal with a tawny8 coat spotted9 with black rosettes. It is a mammal that can weigh up to 115 Kg. It is unlikely you will ever locate one in your life, but if you go to Brazilian Pantanal, you may see it. They are excellent swimmers, even when pursuing their prey. Its incredibly beautiful fur10 is the reason why they have been hunted and are now an endangered species. It is estimated that there are around 15000 Jaguars left in the wild.
It is evident that we should preserve these species not only in Brazil but also in other parts of the world. Humans make most of the killing of these animals in the name of something superfluous. Isn’t it time for us to leave them alone?
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1 – exquisite – requintado, primoroso
2 – spot – ver, localizar
3 – therefore – portanto, por essa razão
4 – patches – manchas
5 – former – anterior, primeiro, antigo
6 – stunning – deslumbrante, belíssimo
7 – rodent – roedor
8 – tawny – moreno, amarelo-acastanhado
9 – spotted – malhado, decorado com pontos
10 – fur – pelo