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History of Portugal for Children (English and Portuguese)

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    For Portuguese expats, emigrants or second and third generation Luso descendants around the world, it can be difficult to educate children in their Portuguese history and heritage, especially if you don’t have access to a community, materials and schools in Portuguese. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of resources about the History of Portugal for children. The list …

Brilliant Portuguese Women who made History

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It’s International Women’s Day (Dia International da Mulher). Today Mother Tongue Notes is celebrating Portuguese women who’ve made a difference in various sectors of society from politics to science. Some are well known, others not so much. The aim is to provide a point of reference for parents to discuss with their children of Portuguese heritage, so that boys and …

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Spoken Word YouTube playlists in Portuguese

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        This is a list of Youtube channels in Portuguese (European) that focus on the spoken word. There’s a list of our favourite YouTube shows in Portuguese for under 5 year olds here, which includes song and animation, but sometimes, we just need a good old-fashioned story. If you’re interested in resources about History for children in English or …

Portuguese Women in STEM

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) have always been dominated by men. There have been a few ‘invisible’ STEM women pioneers in the past. Thankfully, there is now a drive to attract, and maintain, women in those subject areas. In this post I want to shed a spotlight on notable Portuguese women across STEM.   Notable Portuguese women in Science …

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Youtube – playlist of Youtube shows in Portuguese

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Below is a playlist of Youtube shows in Portuguese that our girls (2 and 4 years old) watch on Youtube. A word of caution, I advise you not to leave children watch Youtube alone. Read more here. All the channels listed below are in European Portuguese unless otherwise stated   Xana Toc Toc Vibrant original songs sung by a colourful …

Talkin ‘bout a Revolution

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Today we’re talking about revolutions and the importance of knowing our history. At the end of this article, you’ll find ideas for any family, as well as links to resources in Portuguese because 25 April is the anniversary of the Portuguese Carnation Revolution. Having said that, the spirit of this article, of not letting the distance from our home country let …



Here you will find articles on Portuguese history, traditions, art and culture. And yes… on its achievements and contributions to the world, too. Portugal is a small and timid country, barely promotes itself, seldom appears in the news and is highly misunderstood. I hope this section inspires Portuguese expats to reconnect and pass on their heritage to their children elucidates the curious, or downright Lusophile, …

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I’m a British citizen, now what?

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As mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been living in the UK for 20 years and feel British in many ways. This week I acquired British citizenship. So… I’m a British citizen, now what?! How does it feel? Well, it does not feel like one would expect. Not in the current climate anyway. The B word You’re probably tired of …