SEASON 1 | EPISODE 1
Hello and welcome to Brazilian English Podcast, I’m your host and teacher Derek Noble and in this podcast we talk about Brazilian culture and entertainment to help Brazilian students of English reach1 fluency in English and to spread2 our values and beliefs worldwide. Every episode is full of rich vocabulary for all levels of English also full of content related to a universe that, as we know, is enormous and interesting: I’m talking about Brazilian culture.
Hello there! How are you doing today? I hope you are feeling great and awesome! How do you like podcasts? Is it nice to hear someone speaking to you? I guess it is, right? Well, in this episode, I’m gonna talk about the city where I live: Porto Alegre. Porto Alegre is the capital of Rio Grande do Sul. Its population is around 1.4 million people, it’s the tenth largest city in Brazil. Porto Alegre was officially founded in 1772 by immigrants from the Portuguese island of Azores.
The people who live in Porto Alegre and in Rio Grande do Sul are called “gaúchos” and they are very proud of their origins and traditions. One of the most common traditions here in Rio Grande do Sul is to drink chimarrão, a hot drink that is made with a herb3 called yerba mate, or Ilex paraguariensis. Drinking chimarrão brings people together because it is normally shared with others and it serves as a substitute for coffee.
In Porto Alegre this custom4 is a favourite of those who sit by the Guaiba River at Usina do Gasômetro. People watch the beautiful sunset while drinking their hot chimarrão, no matter how hot the weather is. On Sundays, the walks at the waterfront5 of Guaiba, which have just been renovated, attract more than 100.000 people. If you intend to visit Porto Alegre, make sure to check this part of the city.
Another passion of Portoalegrenses is football. The main football teams here are Internacional and Grêmio and the derby6 is certainly a great event to attend. The rivalry makes everything more colourful and people get together in bars to watch the match. Once you come to Porto Alegre, pick one and stick with its supporters. You will hear lots of jokes about both teams, but it is definitely a lot of fun.
To commute7 in Porto Alegre could be hard sometimes seeing that the public system of transportation is not good. The buses take long to arrive and are usually crowded during rush hours. The use of bikes is growing among citizens and bike lanes have been built in a vain attempt to make the city more sustainable. The metro project was abandoned in 2017 for lack8 of investment and burocracy, which is a pity. A good alternative seems to be ride apps such as Uber and Cabify. Fortunately, Porto Alegre has a policy of preserving its trees and the green area of the city is vast. There are also many parks where you can sit, drink your chimarrão, do some exercise or just shoot the breeze9 with your friends. The most famous ones are Parque da Redenção and Parcão, make sure to visit them; it is worth your while.
Well, this is a bit of my city, Porto Alegre, how about yours? Can you talk about it? What are the hot spots10? What is the people like? That is it for today’s podcast, I hope you have enjoyed and learned a lot. Don’t forget to repeat the listening, as many times as necessary, and also to read the transcription, ok? Talk to you later, bye bye!
1 – reach – alcançar
2 – spread – espalhar
3 – herb – erva
4 – custom – costume
5 – waterfront – orla
6 – derby – competição
7 – commute – ir e voltar do trabalho
8 – lack – falta
9 – shoot the breeze – bater papo
10 – hot spots – locais de atividades