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Music for a Romantic weekend, Part 1

See what’s trending on Bernardo’sMusicMonitor™ at the moment … hot, smooth sounds in Romance languages from all around the world.

In Part 1 we’ll look at up-and-coming talent in Spain, see French favourites Indochine team up with the Hanoi Symphony Orchestra to produce exciting oriental orchestral versions of a couple of classics, and see a ghostly Romanian “Bonnie Tyler soundalike” in a video clip beautifully filmed in what looks like a spooky magnificent but rundown mansion. 459 more words

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Microsoft's Stephen Elop shows off his Portuguese waxed nose

An eagle-eyed fellow journalist pointed this funny language tidbit out to me… earlier this week Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times, panned Microsoft executive vice-president… 442 more words

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The H words can give you hell or the hiccups

Here’s the next instalment in our Quirky Vocabulary series: we’re up to the letter H. In English, the words beginning with H can be heavy going: there’s  432 more words

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A Brazilian/Romanian folk music sampler with a curious language fact thrown in

PREAMBLE: It’s a Sunday evening, and a little chilly; it would be nice to be sitting round a camp fire with friends, getting sentimental and nostalgic with a glass of wine or something similar that warms the insides, like a flaming sambuca or two! 387 more words

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Dreams and nightmares on and off the football field

One Portuguese word that visiting journalists learnt in Brazil was pesadelo, although Brazilians would much rather they hadn’t. When Germany thumped the World Cup hosts 7-1 in the semifinal, it was “ 335 more words

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Who will talk the talk as World Cup enters knockout phase?

Sixteen teams have departed from Brazil, and the World Cup knock-out phase is shortly to begin. Sixteen teams still dream of being the 2014 FIFA World Cup champion (and in a couple of hours they will be down to fourteen).  336 more words

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Sex, cocktails and the World Cup: a uniquely Brazilian way to score

The World Cup is on and everyone has got to cash in on it somehow, particularly businesses in the host country Brazil. Not all the action happens on the field, of course. 369 more words

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