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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.
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!
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)
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