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Guyana: Why learn Portuguese?

Guyana: Why learn Portuguese?

The Brazil-Guyana Cultural Centre

Anyone who has some knowledge of the language will recognise that this word means ‘hello’ in Portuguese. Those who are even more familiar with the language will be able to carry on a conversation after hearing this greeting. It is undeniable that mastering a second language is an invaluable asset in a fast-paced world.

Being able to speak Portuguese, or Spanish, or Mardarin, can provide a crucial leg up. But there is more at play than individual gains and the work being done by the Centro Cultural Brasil-Guiana (CCBG) is a prime example. The initiatives being undertaken by CCBG provide opportunities for cultural exchange and economic advancement.     Continue reading

Latest ‘Guyana Where and What’ published in English and Portuguese

Minister of Tourism (ag) Irfaan Ali, publisher and editor of the ‘Guyana where and what’, Gem Madhoo-Nascimento and her husband Kit Nascimento browsing through the book

Minister of Tourism (ag) Irfaan Ali, publisher and editor of the ‘Guyana where and what’, Gem Madhoo-Nascimento and her husband Kit Nascimento browsing through the book at its launching

7th edition of Guyana Where and What launched- now in Portuguese as well

Saturday, 15 February 2014 – CND -The Ministry of Tourism on Thursday launched the seventh edition of Guyana Where and What, a pocket book/ guide that was published and edited by Gem Madhoo-Nascimento, and which contains detailed information about local businesses, tourist attractions, and some bit of the country’s history.

This edition is printed in English and translated into Portuguese, contains photographs showcasing various activities in Guyana. This is to allow the book to serve as a tour guide not only for English speaking tourists, but also Portuguese and to complement the growing number of tourists and immigrants from Brazil.   Continue reading

Which Foreign Language Should I Learn? – Rosaliene Bacchus

Another excellent blog entry by Rosaliene Bacchus.

Three Worlds One Vision

Takutu Bridge linking Guyana and BrazilTakutu Bridge linking Guyana and Brazil
Source: Stabroek News


Before Guyana gained its independence from Great Britain in May 1966, we knew more about Britain than we did about our own country. In high school, we studied British history and literature. Until the publication of Geography of Guyana by Guyanese Professor Leslie P. Cummings in 1965, we had no geography textbook on Guyana. In Form I, our first French and Latin classes began with the conjugation of the verb to love.

Although located on the mainland of South America, Guyana remained an island of English-speaking people on a continent dominated by Spanish and Portuguese. Learning French guaranteed our isolation from our continental neighbors.

After Guyana gained its independence, high school students had the option of choosing between French and Spanish. Latin lost its relevance for our new nation.

While I never had the chance to show off my…

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Traditional Caribbean garlic pork

Traditional Caribbean garlic pork

How to make traditional Caribbean garlic pork as it’s done in Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. This spicy pork recipe is heavily influenced by the Portuguese who settled in the Caribbean and it’s become a very popular dish around the Christmas holidays. A tasty breakfast treat on Christmas morning in Guyana, it’s also accompanied by pepper sauce in Trinidad and Tobago. Here’s the recipe for garlic pork in a video:

How To Make Garlic Pork As Done In Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago

Portuguese emigration from Madeira to British Guiana

 (Editor’s Note: This article was carried in the January 2012 edition of Guyanese Online.  It is being re-published here due to the interest shown by our readers in the story of the Portuguese in Buxton-Friendship)

Portuguese emigration from Madeira to British Guiana

On May 3, 1835, the first Portuguese landed in what was then British Guiana. In commemoration of that event, Sr M. Noel Menezes looks at the early Portuguese, and the skills they brought with them from Madeira.
(All photos published courtesy of M.N. Menezes, RSM) by Sr M. Noel Menezes, R.S.M – Stabroek May 7th. 2000 (Reprinted courtesy of Kyk-Over-Al, December 1984)

Portugal in crisis

In the 1830s and into the 1850s Portugal was undergoing a series of crises – recurring civil wars between the Constitu-tionalists and the Absolutists, the repercussions of which were felt in Madeira. Many young men jumped at the opportunity to get out of Madeira at any cost and thus evade compulsory military service which was necessary, as Madeira was considered part of metropolitan Portugal. Also, more and more, poverty was becoming a harsh reality of life on the thirty-four mile long, fourteen mile wide island of 100,000 inhabitants. During the first decade of the nineteenth century life for the peasant, the colono who worked the land for the lord of the manor, had be-come even harder. ….

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Historic Sacred Heart Church to be rebuilt

Historic Sacred Heart Church to be rebuilt

An artist's impression of the new Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church.

A turning- of- sod ceremony on Friday Feb 18, 2011 marked the beginning of a massive reconstruction of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church to the tune of  G$85M (US$420,000). Parishioners, well- wishers and religious leaders of the Catholic Church in Guyana gathered at the site where the former 143-year-old church once stood.

The Church of the Sacred Heart, popularly once referred to as the ‘Gem of Main Street’, had its origins in 1861 when a chapel designed by Fr Schembri was opened on Christmas Day on the Main Street site. The church originally catered to the Portuguese and Masses were all said in that language.

At the ceremony, Sr. Mary Noel Menezes, one of Guyana’s celebrated historians gave a brief summary of the history of Sacred Heart Church.The design and plans for reconstruction of the church have been agreed by the Sacred Heart Rebuilding Committee, headed by Ramsey Ali and Roman Catholic Bishop of Georgetown, Francis Alleyne, OSB. The committee has already raised G$24M and is optimistic that the project will continue to be funded once it is seen that work has started.

Ali told the gathering that three buildings would be constructed at the site and that the pace of the works would be dependent on how quickly the rest of the money would be raised. There will be the main church building and there will be a facility for priests and a parish hall.

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