https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angus390025

Duolongo is teaching me how to read Portuguese!

This is my first Attention Whore thread on duolingo, ever, so show a little forbearance just this once.

This morning I read an article from a Brazilian newspaper, Folha de São Paulo. I had to look up a couple of words, but I was really reading it. It's all very exciting.

Here's the article. Yes, it's very short, but that's beside the point :) http://www.agora.uol.com.br/mundo/2018/09/1981818-furacao-florence-causa-quatro-mortes-nos-eua.shtml

I have read French, Spanish, German, and Arabic before, but I had no prior knowledge of Portuguese before I created this duolingo account, so any Portuguese I know is thanks to duolingo. Of course, duolingo advertises "five minutes per day." Let's be honest: I have spent at least an hour a day for several months banging away at Portuguese lessons. Still, although the "we can teach you Portuguese in five minutes per day" is a little misleading, it is true that you can learn to read Portuguese in about six months using only duolingo as a resource, if you work long and hard at it every day.

Am I ready to move to Brazil? Not by a long shot. I'm nowhere near ready to have conversations any longer than brief questions and answers. Speaking and listening on the fly is not something I'll get from duolingo. But I can actually read (at least some) Portuguese now, thanks to duolingo.

September 15, 2018

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

Good luck in my home country! Where will you stay/live? If you haven't decided yet, I recommend going to the south (Paraná / Santa Catarina / Rio Grande do Sul). Life is a little better there. Centre (São Paulo and co.) is also not that bad. Mosquitos are quite a problem there already.

September 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angus390025

I don' t know yet, but thanks for the advice. I need to practice daily for at least six more months before I will be comfortable visiting Brazil. I didn't mean to imply that I was planning on moving to Brazil, just saying that I wouldn't be ready to speak it proficiently today.

We have been talking about spending part of the summer there. We're thinking of flying to São Paulo and spending at least some time diving in the Laje de Santos marine sanctuary, but we generally travel during the northern summer, which is the southern winter so mosquitos may not be so bad that time of year. We are also considering visiting Lagos/Algarve in southern Portugal as part of a trip to Spain.

Either way, I feel like I need much more practice first. :)

September 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndreasHub11

Since you got a basic knowledge, it should be enough for a first application there. Being there you practice as well. There is so much more besides textbooks and podcasts, be glad that you are able to get known with the real life there.

September 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angus390025

There is so much more besides textbooks and podcasts

Verdade.

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pat214197

I’ve been studying Portugues for 4.5 years and been to Brasil 14 times but still can’t converse because I don’t understand people when they speak. My girlfriend of 4 years only spoke English with me because I couldn’t understand her. Now I have a new girlfriend that only speaks Portuguese but I can’t understand her. I visited her for a month recently but had to use my translator. We practice every night for 1-3 hours after I study for a few hours. I translate everything i see or hear which doesn’t help meto learn. I’ve been using different apps and learning systems but it’s like my brain works on English only or is full. Any ideas? Thanks

February 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Douglas1877

Aqui eu deixo umas pequenas palavras em português para a prática de quem segue esta conversa. Pois o Brasil é um lindo território, com uma diversidade muito grande e por isso é difícil conhecer todas as partes do território brasileiro. Mas uma dica que sempre fica é conhecer bem a região para onde se pretende visitar ou morar.

September 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angus390025

Sim, é um país muito grande. Eu aprendi com viagem que é melhor ver um lugar bem do que tentar ver muitos lugares em pouco tempo.

September 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndreasHub11

Você tem razão nisso. Concordo contigo como vale muito a pena conhecer bem os únicos lugares. Cada região, cada estado, seja no campo ou nas cidades, tem próprias peculiaridades, há várias rincões bem gostosos, pessoas amaveis, tradições e iguária típicas. O que você escreveu sobre ler artigos dos journais, isto acho muito bom, e fiz o mesmo. Também te recomendo dar uma olhada nas revistas, como Época, veja, e tal. Pode começar com as manchetes, e depois conquistar os artigos inteiros. Você vai ver como as revistas cobram assuntos interessantes do cotidiano brasileiro, mesmo tem boas recomendações sobre restaurantes, bares, boates, se você estiver em São Paulo ou noutras cidades. Te desejo um bom tempo lá no Brasil, terra adorada. E se você quiser, então nós deixe saber como será. Dependendo onde você ficará, talvez alguem (por exemplo eu mesmo) poderia dar recados relacionadas ao lugar.

September 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angus390025

Obrigado amigo.

Eu continuarei a ler os jornais e, eventualmente, as revistas. Talvez eu busque seu conselho quando chegar a hora da viagem.

Boa sorte com seus estudos de idiomas.

September 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lola_uno01

me too

September 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/coopergirls2

Parabens!

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angus390025

Another article, much longer and more challenging, but very interesting:

https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/esporte/2018/09/acusacoes-de-racismo-prejudicam-candidatura-da-alemanha-a-sede-da-eurocopa.shtml

(I think this might have been published originally in English and translated into Portuguese by a Folha staff writer.)

September 21, 2018
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