Arriving in Rio de Janeiro, Journalist Paul Franklin is on assignment from his publisher to write about Ilha Grande (the big island). He gets a taxi and heads off to a meeting with his new assistant.
The journey begins. Paul meets associate Raquel for the first time at a restaurant in Santa Tereza.
> Verbs introduced: ser
Paul and Raquel get to know one another over a cup of coffee. Small-talk is on the menu, and Raquel discovers a who she is dealing with. Tudo bem!
> Verbs introduced: falar, aprender
Raquel discovers that Paul’s Portuguese is decent, but basic. His homework paid off. Raquel realizes she is going to have her hands full keeping him out of serious trouble.
> Verbs introduced: querer
Every language has a few difficult but essential verbs. Today it’s ‘ficar’. Raquel explains all. Watch Paul learn. Learn Paul, learn!
> Verbs introduced: entender, ficar
Brazilians love meeting foreigners. They want to know why you’re here, and where you’re from. In this lesson you will learn how to handle this small-talk with style.
> Verbs introduced: ir
Introducing Silvia! Rio is really is small town inside a sprawling metropolis. Bumping into friends happens all the time. Que ótimo!
> Verbs introduced: trabalhar
A decent taxista (taxi driver) will quickly become your best friend. One thing you’ll notice right away: they don’t speak much English.
Paul almost blows his whole trip by losing his luggage. Rule number 1: Keep track of your bags!
> Verbs introduced: estar
Checking-in to a hotel is always a hassle, in any language. In this lesson you’ll learn how to make it into your room easily.
> Verbs introduced: ter
Room with a view. Complete with air-conditioning, cable TV and a minibar…but what about a wireless connection for the laptop?
> Verbs introduced: funcionar, ligar
Crossing time zones means more than just adjusting your watch. There are holidays, and then there are Brazilian holidays. Be sure you know the schedule before landing.
Paul wakes up in Brazil a little too early, but most redeeming part about being in Rio is that no matter where you are, there’s usually a beach nearby. Hangovers are soon forgotten.
In a hurry, Paul catches a bus headed to Copacabana… or is it? And what about the subway?
> Verbs introduced: passar
A subway system – in Rio de Janeiro? Word on the street is: it’s one of the best ways to explore the urban sprawl. Just don’t hop on the wrong train like our superstar journalist does.
LOST, Brazilian-style. Our hero out-does them all in this episode taking not only the wrong bus, but the subway too. In this lesson we show you how to change directions, FAST.
> Verbs introduced: esperar, saber
Call a cab, your quickest ticket out of trouble or…?
Como está a sua viajem? Bem melhor with a cell phone and a táxi rescue.
Don’t let a little rain spoil your trip. In this lesson Raquel teaches us how to find and buy an umbrella.
> Verbs introduced: comprar
How much does it cost? Is it a good price? How do you know the good from the bad. In this lesson we show how a proper purchase is made.
> Verbs introduced: custar
Hungry, thirsty and lost: being a tourist can be tough. But there is a cure — ‘Chopp’, Brazilian draft beer that goes down perfectly, and solves most all traveling ills.
> Verbs introduced: beber, comer, fazer
A sandwich with cheese and pineapple? Served with cold beer and a salad you will love it. Paga com cartão!
> Verbs introduced: Pagar
The day is still early and Raquel has much more to show Paul than a good sandwich and umbrella. Never turn down an offer from a Carioca!
> Verbs introduced: Mostrar, Pegar
Street vendors ride the buses of Rio, “de graça” (free). Learn how to make a purchase without leaving your seat and still get off at the correct stop.
> Verbs introduced: vender
Our site-seeing couple discovers a special stairway in Lapa. Raquel bumps into Isabela, things will never be the same.
Isabela gives Raquel more than the customary 2 kisses and wants to know everything about her new friend, Paul. Is she just nervous… or, overly curious? One thing is sure, they are going to meet again soon.
> Verbs introduced: gostar, morar, subir
Wandering deep into the neighborhood of Santa Teresa, Paul and Raquel kill some time before a night of dancing and drinking is and: trouble.
> Verbs introduced: descer, entrar
A night out. Caipirinhas are on the menu as well as Brazilian pop (MPB) and of course, jealousy! Está com ciúmes?
> Verbs introduced: adorar, dançar, experimentar
Back at the office, Paul arrives to meet with the or of the magazine. His special assignment is about to begin.
Before starting his assignment, Paul meets for the first time with the magazine’s or, Andrea. Business Portuguese is no big deal!
> Verbs introduced: chegar, conhecer, escrever, levar
Paul learns how to pack for a trip, Brazilian-style. Lucky for him, he knows how to call for telephone-support.
> Verbs introduced: precisar
Bags packed, tickets paid-for. They just need to pick-up the photographer and get out of town!
On the “high-seas” for about an hour, our group arrives on the island where they discover that – there are no cars. Plenty of horses and dogs, though.
> Verbs introduced: ajudar
Breakfast on the island, café da manhã. Paul gets a full briefing from Raquel before setting out for the day.
> Verbs introduced: começar, encontrar, tomar
It’s getting late and Paul has again, disappeared. Raquel gets creative with her telephone and the mystery is solved.
Finally, our trio is reunited and debriefed over a round of caipirinhas. Valeu a pena!
Time to leave… or, is it? Paul pulls a surprise stop on the way to the airport. Te amo Brasil.
> Verbs introduced: partir, perder, ver, voltar