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'God is Brazilian,' da Silva says「上帝是巴西人!」

Brazilian schoolboys wave flags in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue after Brazil was picked to host the 2014 World Cup, Rio de Janeiro, Oct. 30, 2007. Photo: AFP十一月三十日,巴西獲得二零一四年世界盃足球賽主辦權後,學童們在里約熱內盧的救世基督雕像前揮五旗子。

"God is Brazilian," Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said last week. He made the comment after the announcement earlier this month that new oil reserves have been discovered.

"This discovery ... proves that God is Brazilian," da Silva said during a speech.

His theory is not original. Brazilians have long said that God shares their nationality because the country has so many natural resources.

The British magazine The Economist already referred to that saying. They printed an article about the oil find earlier this month titled: "God may indeed be Brazilian after all."

Brazil's government made the announcement about the new oil reserves three weeks ago. They said they found enough oil to increase national reserves by 50 percent.

More oil was also discovered nearby and is being explored. The government thinks those reserves will make Brazil one of the top 10 oil producers in the world. (STAFF WRITER, WITH AFP)








1. oil reserve n.

石油蘊藏 (shi2 you2 yun4 cang2)

例: There are oil reserves in Alaska.


2. nationality n.

國籍 (guo2 ji2)

例: What is your sister's nationality?


3. natural resource n.

天然資源 (tian1 ran2 zi1 yuan2)

例: Australia has many natural resources.


4. producer n.

製造者 (zhi4 zao4 zhe3)

例: Who is the biggest car producer in the world?


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