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Excited about Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

Hey, guys!

I was browsing the incubator (again) and had a sort of epiphany. You see, I'm learning Spanish and Portuguese; Spanish because I started learning it and would like to get it under my belt, Portuguese because I have friends in Brazil and aspirations to travel to see them (or, at the very least, be able to write to one of them who only speaks Portuguese without using Google Translate).

I realized that this new course might be particularly useful, since this way I can practice both languages without all that crummy English getting in the way. ;)

Anyway, thought it was kind of a neat side-effect, assuming it works the way I think it will.

Keep it up, Duo team and all you cool people who are volunteering to make all these other languages possible!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/treiscuarenta

Learning Portuguese through Spansih for a non-native is technique called triangulation used by linguists and polyglots. It's a great way to maintain your languages while you learn new ones! Best of luck :)

4 years ago

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Cool. I'd never heard of the term "triangulation" in linguistics before. Thanks for the extra vocab and well-wishes! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nerdator
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Yes, this is very exciting. I'm a fluent non-native of Spanish, I am interested in Portuguese, but I'm really discouraged by learning materials that come in Crummy English (or other, not closely related, Crummy languages), because grammar is very close, and it sucks to see them waste time and space explaining stuff that you already know and understand from Spanish. :)

I've found that there are more problems with vocabulary — and this is what Duo is quite good at.

The contributors posted an update recently, saying that they plan to hit beta in January, so it won't be a long wait any more!

(I'm also probably checking out the French for Spanish speakers course, which is coming out even sooner)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/le-lapin-noir
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I'm going to take Portuguese from Spanish to help reinforce the differences between them. I don't think I'll make language mixing errors that way since I'd be seeing the Spanish already and will know it's not the same spelling in Portuguese. You might find this true also.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/treiscuarenta

Muy interesante Nerdator! ¿Qué opinas del árbol española como una persona que habla español con fluidez?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nerdator
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La verdad es que nunca he hecho las lecciones españolas aquí, por lo tanto no tengo opinión cualquiera. Todos los puntos de español que tengo vienen de imersión. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tmarvin
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No puedo esperar para un curso de portugués para hispanohablantes. He completado los árboles español y portugués; quiero uno nuevo.

4 years ago