Having an eventful time in Portugal
Today is my third (and final) day in Portugal before I get to Spain and breathe a sigh of relief, and it has been quite the unexpected trial by fire this time around! I've been to Lisbon, Coimbra, Sintra on a whim, and Aveiro quite by accident.
I've been having a great time using Portuguese on the street and in restaurants - particularly in Coimbra where people don't hear my terrible accent and accidental Spanish and immediately switch to English, but I'd always thought of Portugal as a place where you could get by just speaking English.
Apparently not so much when you show up at a secondary train station at 8:30 at night asking questions, or when you miss your train stop and have 10 minutes to get a conductor and figure out what to do. (I am sure that under those circumstances, the conductor would have switched to English on me if he had been able to. It's pretty obvious I don't speak well at all.)
So thank you for the Portuguese course, Duolingo. Otherwise I might be stranded somewhere in Porto right now!
Happy to know that the Brazilian Portuguese taught on DL is being useful for you in Portugal! =)
Heh, yes, I was one of the people trying to learn European Portuguese with the Brazilian course, and it's really pretty doable. I'm somewhere between the two, but I'm also tossing in Spanish once a sentence, so Brazilian tendencies are the least of my problems!
Nah, my Spanish is pretty Castilian. (Didn't learn it here.)
It's Mexican Spanish I know nothing about!
Stacie, I'm so glad that you're enjoying your time! These are memories that you will never forget! :)
Thank you! Just got to Spain an hour ago - almost missed my stop again because I forgot about the time difference!
Glad to know Duo was helpful!
Espero que tenhas gostado de aqui estar :)
(I hope you enjoyed being here)
Conhecer novos idiomas é sempre bom, também agradeço ao Duolingo por me proporcionar isso!!!
Argh, the brain just shuts down in situations like this, doesn't it? In a calm situation, you'd probably have managed to resolve this in 30 seconds flat ;-)
I'll be in Lisbon (and Sintra) next month. Can't wait...
Haha, I wish I'd be able to handle situations quickly under normal circumstances, but I really do not have the conversational experience for that!
I'm in San Sebastián now, intentando acostumbrarme de nuevo al ritmo español, sin haber dormido nada y malita de estómago. España, cómo te he echado de menos, jaja.
Disfruta de Lisboa! Estarás allí en octubre?
Sip, en octubre :) Pero vendré con una amiga inglesa, y así no voy a poder usar mi portugués tanto como quisiera. Solo para cosas "turísticas", me lo imagino.
Pobrecita... que te recuperes prontito.