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Como falo em inglês: Todo mundo conhece o Faustão

By Ana Luiza | Podcast Inglês Online

May 11
Como falo em inglês Todo mundo conhece o Faustão

Hey, everybody. Hoje eu falo sobre celebridades, os nomes que todos conhecem e os fãs que não conseguem tirar os olhos de seus ídolos, tudo em inglês.


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So how do we say “todo mundo conhece o Faustão” in English? We can say “everybody knows Faustão”… of course. And that structure is not the focus of our podcast. This one is: Faustão is a household name in Brazil. Listen again: Faustão is a household name in Brazil.

First of all, what is a household? A household is a domestic unit where a group of people live – usually a family but sometimes it’s just a group of people who are not even related to each other. A household can be an apartment, it can be a house, a hut, a trailer – whatever serves as a home to a group of people. When you ask that person for their address, they will tell you the address of the household.

So when we say that someone is a household name, that would mean that this person is known in every household – in other words, almost everyone knows who they are. In Brazil we have, like everywhere else, a huge number of people who are household names. Roberto Carlos, Xuxa, Ronaldo, Faustão, just to name a few.

Some people dream of becoming a household name, right? They want to become a celebrity, or a famous scientist maybe, or a politician. And obviously there are people who are household names locally, in their hometown. If you grew up in a town that isn’t the capital of your state, you know what I’m talking about. Some people become local celebrities, widely known to the population, so they’re a household name in that town.

I was reading a blog post the other day about an artist called Marian Hill. The blogger asked the following question in the post: “How is Marian Hill not a household name yet?” She thought this artist, Marian Hill, was so great, so talented, that she could not believe the artist had not yet become really famous and well-known… In other words, a household name.

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If I asked you to name a few household names in Brazil, who would you say? The first name that pops up in my head is Pelé. The second one, I have to say, is Xuxa (although I never watched her show – it’s true.) Let me know in the comments who pops to mind first.

So we’re talking about celebrities and I wonder who’s gonna tell me about their celebrity encounter. Yep, I’d like to hear about it (actually, read – please post a comment). Have you ever had a run-in with a celebrity? Who was it? Are they a household name? Share the deets! Where were you, and when?

Or maybe it was a celebrity sighting and you saw them from afar. Whatever the case, I’m curious: are you a starstruck kind of person? If you are, that means you have sort of an ongoing fascination with celebrities – at the very least you’re interested in them and you would probably be in awe if you spotted a celebrity at the supermarket, for example. You wouldn’t be able to take your eyes off them, your heart rate would go up a bit, and you would probably want to follow that person around for a bit until you worked up the courage to approach them and ask for an autograph.

So.. come on, tell us: when you had that run-in with your celebrity, were you starstruck? What was your reaction? What did you do? Talk to you next time!


Key terms

  • a household
  • household name
  • starstruck



pops to mind = vem à cabeça

a run in = um “encontro” que não estava marcado

deets = gíria para ‘details’

celebrity sighting = quando você avista uma celebridade

from afar = à distância

in awe = maravilhado(a)

  • Mauricio says:

    Hi Ana
    first of all, thanks a lot for your podcasts, they are very very useful to me.
    I am learning a lot with them and I love your perfect American accent and the subjects you choose to publish in your blog inglesonline.
    Once I was wandering in Paris, I lived there at that time, and I saw Gugu Liberato walking down the street, with two big body guards. I just asked them to take a picture with me, and it is hilarious having this picture today. I think if I were in Brazil I would have never done that. Bye!

  • Everton Felipe says:

    Hi Ana,
    I’m just listening your podcast on Radiofobia, and I loved!
    So, the first name that pops up in my mind as a household in Brazil is Silvio Santos.

  • Isabella says:

    Hi Ana, the first name that pops up in my mind as a household in Brazil is Neymar and not…I never met with a celebrity.

    Love your podcast!

  • Valter says:

    Legal, Ana!

  • Val says:

    Ana, to tell the truth, I never had a run-in with a celebrity until now.
    I saw Osmar Prado once into the shoping Iguatemi, and he saw and greeted me, but just it.
    I am not a starstruck person and never had an autograph from the celebrity.I would be ashamed asking for it.

    • Ana Luiza says:

      Hi Val,
      Funny – the only place I remember seeing celebrities is shopping Iguatemi.
      No, wait… I’ve seen a few crossing the street, etc. Like you, I’ve never asked for an autograph.

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