Word for the Travel Wise (06/15/06)

One of the things I’d love to sample more than anything in all of Africa is the local club circuit. Yes, I said the local club circuit in Africa. For most people Africa may generate a slight image of some tribal style dance performed by half-naked, village women and men and probably won’t be a land of throbbing techno dance music, but every place on this planet has a spot where the people can move freely. Even if it is only to the sound of one drum. Anywho, if you’re as interested and enchanted by African dances as me, you’ll want to read this piece on the Kilandukilu Traditional Ballet troupe of Angola found at On the Globe. Chances are you’ll want to dance your way into the country shortly after – promise.

Today’s word is a Portuguese word used in Angola:

esquerda – left

A directional word just seemed so right after reading this story. Not only can it be used in asking for directions, but you may also wish to use it to tell your not so talented dance partner which way they should be moving to the marimba beats.

Easy Portuguese online offers a small dictionary of useful words, useful phrases, and a couple of short lessons to get you started. Most have audio clips including our word for the day found here. Portuguese Language dot net has excellent historical info on the language and numerous tools to help you get motivated and be successful at learning the 6th most spoken language. For Portuguese heard in Portugal you can download mp3 audio from BBC, which I’m sure there are several similarities between the two countries. Those interested in classroom study abroad can click here for more info at Franco Americano.

Past Portuguese words: xixi, bronzeador, lanchonete