This fall Solta a Língua hosted members of the Boston area’s Portuguese-speaking community to discuss their projects with MIT students.

This event was part of the Solta a Língua monthly Portuguese conversation table events held monthly. This series is organized by Nilma Dominique and supported by Global Languages MIT-Brazil, and MIT-Portugal

Nilma Dominique explained that these events are a chance for students to practice their Portuguese language skills in an informal setting. Learning the language while engaging with people and topics of the Lusophone community adds to what we can accomplish in the classroom. “We are also excited for the opportunity to learn more about Boston’s Portuguese-speaking community,” she explained.

Álvaro Lima joined us on November 1. Lima is the Director of Research for the Boston Planning and Development Agency. He told us a little bit about his vast experience working and traveling in different countries.

Heloiza Barbosa joined us on December 6. Barbosa is the chief executive officer of Faxina Media and the creator, producer, and host of Faxina podcast. Faxina podcast describes itself as a podcast of stories of Brazilian immigrants in the US and of emigrants from other parts of the world arriving in Brazil and what they do to live in the present and build their futures. Barbosa described how she developed the podcast.