Rodrigo Moreira

Vocabulary

  • 2016
  • video
  • 4'52", color, sound

Use of English is growing country-by-country internally and for international communication. Modern English, sometimes described as the first global lingua franca, is also regarded as the first world language. Taking a step back, this video is an attempt to teach a different language to English native speakers.

Vocabulary / Intensive Portuguese – English / Speaking / Module I / Illustrated Version simulates a video lesson with pronunciation exercises for basic expressions in Brazilian Portuguese.

Taken from a tourist guide published in the US, the entries are displayed along images that registered moments when Brazil and English speaking countries’ histories intersected. The photographs, mostly, were taken from digital files made available by American and British institutions, cataloging a visual inventory of Brazil and its peculiarities.

Viewers are invited to repeat the words and expressions out loud and, by the end of class, withdraw their certificate of completion of the course.