Let’s talk about “tanques” / Vamos falar de “tanques”

(Portuguese version at the end of the page)

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In nearly every Brazilian house there’s a special sink known as “tanque”. It’s usually outdoors or in utility rooms and it’s used for cleaning mops, rags, dirty shoes, delicate pieces of clothing etc.

In the past it used to be just a sink with a separate washboard and according to Wikipedia, in the US, this washboard became a musical instrument (some trivia for you 😉 )

If you have a chance to visit a Brazilian house, you’re bound to see one tanque in the utility room or somewhere near the kitchen.

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Tanque in my mum’s house

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“built-in” washboard

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Tanque at a friend’s house

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Another version with a separate washboard

 

 

For more information, there’s a wiki on Tanques (in Portuguese).

 

 

 

 

I’ve been trying to convince my husband to give me a tanque – we live in the UK – and if you have a “tanque” in your house, please leave a comment below 😉

Versao em Portugues:

Em quase todas as casas brasileiras existe uma pia especial chamada de “tanque”. Geralmente ela eh encontrada do lado de fora da casa ou na parte de lavanderia e eh usada para limpar esfregoes, panos de chao, sapatos sujos, roupas delicadas etc.

No passado o tanque era apenas uma pia com uma tabua separada para lavar roupas e, de acordo com a Wikipedia, nos Estados Unidos, a tabua separada virou um instrumento musical (trivia pra vc 😉 )

Se voce tiver a oportunidade de visitar uma casa brasileira, voce fatalmente achara um tanque na parte de lavanderia ou em algum lugar perto da cozinha.

Estou tentando convencer meu marido a me dar um tanque e, se voce tem um tanque em casa, coloque nos comentarios abaixo – especialmente se voce nao mora no Brasil 🙂

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About claudiarant

Brazilian-born, British citizen and married to a Brit. I moved to the UK in 2011 and I decided to share my experiences, curiosities, challenges here so I hope you enjoy your reading. I'm an Industrial Designer a Language Teacher and a keen cyclist ;) Nascida no Brasil, cidada Britanica e marido britanico. Me mudei para o Reino Unido em 2011 e decidi compartilhar aqui minhas experiencias, curiosidades e desafios entao espero que curtam a leitura. Sou desenhista industrial e professora de idiomas (Ingles e Portugues para estrangeiros) e ciclismo eh minha nova paixao. View all posts by claudiarant

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