I’m no flag waver but…it’s the World Cup!

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      It’s Football World Cup season and whether you like football or not, it’s a good opportunity to connect with your culture and to get your kids involved. International competitions like this bring national identity and pride out of people. I usually don’t watch football but international competitions bring the aficionada in me. Just yesterday I found myself …

Portuguese and Brazilian events in London this Summer                                                

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    I talk about the allure of the Portuguese Santos Populares and the Brazilian Festa Junina in this post. But what to do if you can’t travel there to experience these fun gatherings? Try the next best thing: organise your own themed party or find one organised by the local immigrant community. If you live in London and you’re …

A flor mais grande do mundo Jose Saramago

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 …

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 …

Science resources in Portuguese

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We always aimed to encourage our girls to be interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. We have therefore aimed to expose them to books and other experiences around these subjects. CBeebies, for example, has great science programmes such as Nina and the Neurons, Do you know and The Lets Go Club. The problem is that, obviously, all of …

Radio stations for bilingual kids

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Listening to radio stations in the target language can provide another opportunity for exposure to the language and culture. Radio stations created for children, especially bilingual kids, are perfect for this, as their content will be specifically created, or curated, for them. It can also be a learning opportunity for adults whose mother tongue is not the target language. Our favourite radio station …

The day I decided to tattoo my hand… to remind me to speak my mother tongue

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I never had a problem with tattoos. Some are truly beautiful and meaningful. It’s just too permanent for me. I feel like I’m in constant evolution and didn’t want to be tied down to one single embellishment on my skin forever. Until one day, frustrated with my ability to remember to speak the target language, and being acutely aware of …

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 …

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 …