https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JulesF.

Portuguese idioms! #3

I hope you guys appreciate these series of posts! I hope I can post one of these each week.

"Queimar as pestanas" is not simply reading a lot... it's usually implied when you have to read a lot with a specific goal in mind...
Its most common usage is when applied to University... someone has to "queimar as pestanas" a lot before he can graduate.
So... not only read but also work a lot. (Obrigado Nuno)

Boa sorte!

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September 19, 2018

21 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joao1362

Diria que utilizamos ainda mais esta expressão para quando temos de estudar noite dentro! (I'd say we use this expression more often (as college students) when we have to study through the night to catch up! :D Keep it up!

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JulesF.

estou familiar com essa situação!

September 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/birgit72635

Hi Jules, since I am an avid reader myself i must say this phrase hits the nail on its head. ;-))

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BiologicalLang

Be careful. If that fire reaches your eyes you can get blind and never be able to read again XD

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JulesF.

Yes, It's one of my favorite idioms too!

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lola_uno01

i love the pic

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmmaH883755

I haven't checked your previous portuguese idioms posts- is it common to say in both Brazil and Portugal? I really like the phrase!

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JulesF.

The idioms in this series are Portuguese. Not Brazilian. I am glad you like it!

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JaderSOl

Esta também era bem utilizada no Brasil. Mais uma que herdamos de nossos ancestrais. ☺

September 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BiologicalLang

No, only in Portugal. In Brazil, we don't use the word "pestanas", (which is closer to Spanish (pestañas)) we use the word "cílios", that comes from the word "cilium', which are organelles found in Eukaryotic cells which look like eyelashes :)

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ronan348350

The word predates organelles! It's from the latin 'cilium', meaning eyelash. 'Supercilium' was the eyebrow, from which we get the word supercilious, originally meaning to raise your eyebrows at something. For some reason, I still remember the description of Jove in some latin poem I had to study: cuncta supercilio moventis. I suppose you might translate it as 'who governs everything that happens with the inflection of an eyebrow'

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rhoda500761

Wow that's so interesting and helps lodge the words in my brain, thanks!

September 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/blurflux

Pestanas is more rare in Brazil but many people use them as well. My mother tends to use them more often.

September 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maiconandsilva

We can find pestanas in many books too. But in a daily basis I have never used it

September 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BiologicalLang

It's an older word. From the times of the Portuguese​ colony...

September 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmmaH883755

Obrigada para a explicação!

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maiconandsilva

In this case, we use pela instead of para.

Obrigada pela explicação.

September 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vascotuga251

Nunca ouvi falar de tal frase mas é bom saber :)

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuidaPalma

The expression is more or less similar to "marrar nos livros" (butt in the books).

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mndesouza12

Bacana! Toma aí um lingot!

September 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JulesF.

obrigado!

September 20, 2018
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