Brazilian Portuguese at 60; my video in Portuguese
Hi everyone, I'm a Canadian writer who learned Brazilian Portuguese at age 60 and lived in Brazil for 5 months last year (2018). Here's my second YouTube video in Portuguese, about "why my husband 'let' me live alone in Brazil." Enjoy! Comments (in YouTube) always welcome and much appreciated. https://youtu.be/bEaFQm5pswk
Gostei muito o seu video. O seu marido é um homem muito seguro de sim mesmo e tambem muito seguro da sua relação ou seu relacionamento com voce. Ele sabia que um relacionamento não quer dizer que a esposa dele é o seu escravo. Parabens com um marido educado, compassivo e compreensivo e tambem com sua fluencia em portugues.
How long did it take you to understand Portuguese? Can you converse? I’ve been studying for 4.5 years and been to Brasil 14 times but can’t understand enough of what people say to be able to converse. I study every day and try to speak and write with a Brasilian that doesn’t speak English for 1-3 hours every day and have for 16 months. I visited her for 32 days last month but had to use a translator. It’s like Portuguese is a secret code. Translating everything to English and back is terrible but I haven’t learned another way that works yet. Word order seems random, verbs have been extremely difficult to understand. I’ve never had problems learning before. The more I try the more things I discover that don’t make sense to me. I know a lot of words but can’t put them together yet very well and can’t understand spoken Portuguese yet. It sounds like “blah blahblah” all one long word. Maybe it’s because I try to translate one word at a time and its too slow to follow a conversation. Thanks
Hi Pat, Sounds like it's been a slog for you. I'm not sure what to suggest. Yes, I can converse and understand no problem. It only took a few months, but (without meaning to boast) I do have a facility for languages. Watching YouTube videos (vlogs) helped a lot. You get a straight dose of casual conversation. I recommend it highly. Good luck and don't give up!
Thanks! I’ve watched those videos but can’t understand what they are saying. I must be doing something wrong because I’ve spent a lot of time studying without results. Maybe it’s because I translate everything into English and then back to Portuguese so I’m not learning, just translating. I’m trying to understand how to quit doing that and learn without directly translating. Verbs are a mystery also, remembering the different meanings hasn’t happened especially with words that look nothing like each other. The books use a lot of grammar terms we never learned in school for some reason. I’ll keep trying, thanks!
Congratulations!! We made big discovers when, departure in a long trip like this. I think you are very thankfull for your nice husband, he is a great man! Are you a great writer, like are a nice speaker? Have a good night.
Thanks for the feedback. Yes, I'm very grateful for my husband. I'm a professional writer, so hopefully I know how to write!
O teu português é muito bom, quase não notei o sotaque e percebi que pegou até mesmo nossos vícios de linguagem, como "sair pra fora"... very nice! Eu amo o Canadá e tenho intenção de morar aí em alguns anos! O que me atrapalha é justamente a dificuldade com o inglês. :D