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Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 02:51

Lasting legacy of Brazil's Japanese

Hi English speakers. I hope you can help me with my English.
Then, follow the text below:

One hundred years after the first Japanese immigrants arrived in Brazil, the country as a whole has been reflecting on an anniversary that has left a significant legacy.

Numbering an estimated 1.5 million, there are more people of Japanese descent in Brazil than anywhere in the world outside of Japan itself.
The celebrations are a chance to pay tribute to the pioneering immigrants that first arrived at the port of Santos near to Sao Paulo - and, the organisers say, to thank Brazilian society for making them welcome.
The 165 families who arrived here on 18 June 1908 came to escape poverty and lack of job opportunities in Japan, and to meet the demand for workers in Brazil's coffee plantations.
But there is plenty of evidence at the Museum of Japanese Immigration in Sao Paulo that this was not always a comfortable story.
Visible impact
Few places better illustrate the impact of Brazilians of Japanese descent than in the Liberdade district of Sao Paulo. After years working in the countryside many Japanese immigrants moved to the city to seek a better future.
The shops, restaurants, markets and street festivals make Liberdade appear more like part of Tokyo than a Latin American city - and it is now one of Sao Paulo's main attractions.

At the weekend this area is packed with people enjoying a wide range of foods, and it is in the eating habits of Brazilians that you can find the most visible evidence of the impact of Japanese immigrants and their descendants.
As well as helping to change what had been a very basic diet, they introduced new farming techniques that have helped to make Brazil the agricultural superpower that it is today.

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Hi Gab, that was another great reading with very few mistakes. Great work as usual ;-)

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"anniversary" you got the word stress slightly wrong: [an-uh-vur-suh-ree] - listen to me say it a few times and I am sure you will get what I mean!

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"immigrants" - I noticed whenever you said this word you said "immigration" [im-i-gruh ntz]

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"18 June 1908 " - dates are tough in English! The format is like this "18th of June, Nineteen-o-eight"

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[KUHMF-tuh-buh] - "comfortable" is a typically tough word for non-native English speakers to pronounce so spend extra time on this one ;-)

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"packed" - I heard "baked"

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Hello Gab.  Well done.  Your pronunciation is generally very very good!  Ed has mentioned nearly everything.  I heard you pronounce "Japan" perfectly and then change it!  I've added an audio.  Dates are very hard!  When we are speaking we say "the 18th of June" or "the 6th of February".  The only other thing I could find was the word "descent".  It's pronounced well - just put more stress on the last syllable.  I look forward to hearing more from you!  Warm regards  Ros

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