Example with marimba in Portuguese: Ela toca marimba muito bem. She plays the marimba very well.

Hey friends! How are you doing? Our Dica today is about the word marimba in Portuguese. Do you know what it is?

Marimba in Portuguese

In Portuguese marimba has different meanings. Marimba is a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden struck with mallets to produce musical tone. Do you think you can play it?

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As you saw in the video, marimba in Portuguese can also be a game. For you to play marimba you need at least two pieces of kite line, two stones and two kids (or adults, everyone can play, right?). The goal of this game is to cut your opponent line If you can do it, you win!

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Expressions with marimba

The word marimba can also be used as an expression. Let’s see how!

Example with Marimba in Portuguese: Marcia sempre joga marimba na nossa conversa. Marcia always interrupt our conversations.

Jogar marimba on a conversation means to interrupt someone else’s conversation. Very unpolite, hun? Let’s not do that! And if you ever need to complain about this, you already know how. 

We also have another expression with this word in Portuguese consecrated by the iconic Inês Brasil. Segurar a marimba means to put up with a situation, that is, endure it.  For example, you’re having a bad day, but you have to get through it, right? So I’ll say to you: “Segura essa marimba!” 

Now you know the four meanings of the word marimba in Portuguese. What about practicing these new expressions?

Exercise about marimba in Portuguese

To make sure you understood everything, let’s complete this exercise. Here we have some sentences with the four different meanings of the word marimba and you have to tell us, in each case, what is the meaning using the letters a, b, c and d.

  1. Playing the instrument
  2. Playing the game
  3. Interrupting a conversation
  4. To put up with a situation.

Pay attention to the verbs in each sentence, it’ll help you. Let’s go!

  1. Você pode ouvir? Ela está tocando marimba. (  )
  2. Estou entediado. Vamos jogar marimba? (  )
  3. Estávamos conversando, ele chegou e jogou marimba na conversa. (  )
  4. Hoje eu tive um dia difícil, mas preciso segurar essa marimba. (  )
  5. Você tem problemas no trabalho? Respira fundo e segura a marimba. (  )
  6. Eles me ensinaram a tocar a marimba. (  )
  7. Nós vimos crianças jogando marimba na rua. (  )
  8. Eu não sei jogar marimba. (  )
  9. A marimba tem um som lindo. (  )
  10. Eles estão tocando a marimba para segurar a marimba do dia difícil que tiveram. (  )

Bye bye!

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Answers

  1. Você pode ouvir? Ela está tocando marimba. ( a )
  2. Estou entediado. Vamos jogar marimba? ( b )
  3. Estávamos conversando, ele chegou e jogou marimba na conversa. ( c )
  4. Hoje eu tive um dia difícil, mas preciso segurar essa marimba. ( d )
  5. Você tem problemas no trabalho? Respira fundo e segura a marimba. ( d )
  6. Eles me ensinaram a tocar a marimba. ( a )
  7. Nós vimos crianças jogando marimba na rua. ( b )
  8. Desculpe interromper, não queria jogar marimba na sua conversa. ( c )
  9. A marimba tem um som lindo. ( a )
  10. Eles estão tocando a marimba para segurar a marimba do dia difícil que tiveram. ( a,d )

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