Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

Here are some ways I’ve found convenient and easygoing for learning, or enhancing your understanding of that second or third language you are trying to speak.

I don’t get anything in return for suggesting these sources. I found these sources very good and well organized, and have helped me in learning Portuguese, however, there might be other sources that better fit your specific needs.

The references mentioned in this post are specific to Brazilian Portuguese.

Listening to podcasts that teach the language:

BrazilianPodClass – a free podcast for those who want to learn Brazilian Portuguese.

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/learn-portuguese-brazilianpodclass/id261185732

web: http://www.brazilianpodclass.com/blog/about/

Ta Falado – podcasts designed to help those who are learning Portuguese, especially if you have a previous background in Spanish.

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ta-falado-brazilian-portuguese/id206150220

web: http://coerll.utexas.edu/brazilpod/tafalado/index.php

Listening to music and simultaneously reading the corresponding song lyrics:

Águas de Março

web: http://www.songlyrics.com/regina-elis/guas-de-maro-lyrics/

I’m pointing you to that web page as an example but, your iPod or iPhone are extraordinary media players for this specific way of learning a language; you can load the song and its lyrics into your iPod and display lyrics on screen while listening to the song.

Listening to live Radio broadcasts in that language about a topic you like:

Download the free or paid version of this live world radio app to your iPod or iPhone. After installing the app, run it and browse by country or language to find a station you like, and then tap play to listen to live native speakers.

TuneIn Radio http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tunein-radio/id418987775?mt=8

TuneIn Radio Pro http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tunein-radio-pro/id319295332?mt=8

For example, CBN a radio que toca noticia is a good news radio broadcast in Rio de Janeiro.

Listening to Podcasts in that language about a topic or personality you like:

Cafe Brasil a podcast by Luciano Pires.

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cafe-brasil-podcast/id191182582

web: http://www.lucianopires.com.br/cafebrasil/podcast/

Watching videos in that language about a topic or personality you like:


Roda Viva – Eike Batista


Rádio Xadrez!


There might be better learning methods but I have found these ways of learning easy, convenient and entertaining.


Good luck.


Questo, que lotro, salud!


Read Full Post »

This photo is another one of my master pieces and no, it is not in Rio de Janeiro, it is Fort Lauderdale. We can start training ourselves for the heat though, by visiting Florida before we fly to Rio de Janeiro Brasil in 2016.

Come Back

Come Back - Ft Lauderdale

Rio de Janeiro is the host city for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and it becomes an excellent opportunity to visit and do so many things there. Just taking photos will be a huge delight for any photographer. Of course it would be wise if we tried some learning of the Portuguese language before taking off, so that we can enjoy and meet with no barriers the warm people of Rio.

There are two excellent places for English or Spanish speakers that wish to learn the Portuguese language without paying for the lessons.

The first one is Tá Falado from the University of Texas at Austin. They introduce you to the different topics in a very easy way through short conversations, so that you understand meaning and pronunciation. They also touch on some cultural differences between the U.S. and Brasil so that we know what to do when we are in Rio (basically relax, dance, and party). To subscribe to Tá Falado podcast click here to open it in iTunes.

The second one teaches Portuguese Brasileiro for English speakers, BrazilianPodClass. This one is also clear and easy to follow with short stories, conversations, and vocabulary pronunciation try outs. Open it in iTunes if you want to subscribe to BrazilianPodClass podcast.

Hope you find these podcasts and the learning experience helpful. We have plenty of time to be well prepared for the 2016 Olympic games. See you there.

Questo que lotro…, salud!

Read Full Post »

Change The Font Size in WordPress.com

Add new post and copy/paste line below in the HTML box of the Edit Post page:

<span style=”font-size:large;”>Start typing here

Now switch to the Visual box editor and start writing your blog post. That’s it.

As you add lines of text the editor should keep same font size for you. I created this post doing just that.

For instance, as I write this line, I’m adding it at the end after two carriage returns and it preserved the same font size.

I’m not an HTML expert but instead of large, values for the font-size attribute can be given in pixels (px) or points (pt):

<span style=”font-size:14px;”>Start typing here

<span style=”font-size:14pt;”>Start typing here

Just specify the size of your preference for font size and your off to a good start. Some other values can be font-size:x-large, font-size:small.

This is a simple no hassle way of choosing font size for your entire post.

Questo que lotro…, salud!

Read Full Post »

A Master Piece

This is one of my photography master pieces, created with the Minolta Maxxum 7 film SLR while in my kitchen:

Window Light

Window Light

My intention was to capture the letters’ silhouette. The result turned out to be a little more interesting. Probably we can call that photography by eye.

See other master pieces here at photo.net

Questo que lotro…, salud!

Read Full Post »

No membership, no registration, no sign-up, nor Apple ID, is required to download and/or listen for free, courses from the best universities in the U.S. through iTunesU*.

I had the chance to listen to one of the pioneers of the World Wide Web (www), Tim Berners-Lee, discuss how he went about his invention:


And the following commencement speech is very engaging:


These are only two of the thousands of open courses and educational materials accessible through iTunesU. For those who love education this is a gold mine. It should work quiet well as an eye opener.

You can watch An Introduction to iTunes U visiting this page http://www.apple.com/education/mobile-learning/

Questo que lotro…, salud!

*  Download and install iTunes first http://www.apple.com/itunes/

Read Full Post »

Welcome to Think Board!

I’m starting to blog today about a variety of topics and issues in the areas of information technology, photography, and chess.

Right now I don’t know what exactly I will be posting or the frequency of my posts but, the plan is to discuss very specific and concrete things so that they serve a purpose.

I’d like to thank all at Word Press for such a great service and communication tools.

Please leave your comments and feedback.

Hope you all find the Think Board helpful.

Questo que lotro, salud!

Read Full Post »