https://www.duolingo.com/um6661138

oi! can a portuguese moderator or native speaker answer some old, unanswered questions, please?

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https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/2736283

especially the top question. it's 4 years old and has no answer.

obrigado!

:D

2 weeks ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lacyowl
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Paulenrique has something to say about the first and second questions in a discussion of a similar sentence:

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/559224/Ela-espera-pela-menina

Yes. "Esperar" is usually used without a preposition. So, "Espere a menina" is much more common.

Some people may say "Esperar por" is the correct way:

  • Esperei pelo cachorro.

This is so to avoid the other meaning of esperar, to hope, which is a direct verb:

  • Espero ter te ajudado = I hope I have helped you
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https://www.duolingo.com/Paulenrique
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Thanks for finding this answer. I have just posted it to that discussion.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lacyowl
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https://www.duolingo.com/Paulenrique
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No, I haven't, and I don't think I will... =/

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obrigado, paulenrique! there are still other unanswered posts on that thread. i hope u get to them. : )

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I have just answered one more question there. Hope it helps.

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obrigado, lacyowl! :D

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pat214197

Interesting, you are also on level 23 but you can understand Portuguese. I’ve been studying for 4.5 years and been to Brasil 14 times but I can’t converse yet because I can’t understand people when they speak. Written Portuguese is like a secret code and verbs are a mystery. Remembering meanings is very difficult for me. I study several hours per day and practice with a native speaker 1-3 hours a day in addition to watching movies and videos but it sounds like one long word to me and I can’t understand. I translate everything which I know isn’t the best but don’t know what else to do. Any ideas? Thanks

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lacyowl
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[Edit: deleted my useless ramblings. :)]

If advice is what you want, perhaps you'll get some inspiration from people who have managed to learn languages efficiently and have written books about the process:

Good luck.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pat214197

Thanks a lot! I think I’m doing something wrong like treating Portuguêse like a code instead of a language that I’m learning, feeling and using. I translate and then read the English phrase and look at it for extra words or other problems which is wrong. I’m getting a lot of good advice from people that have learned Portuguêse. Thanks again!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Pat214197

How is your Portuguese? I’ve been studying for 4.5 years and been to Brasil 14 times but still can’t understand people when they speak and can’t converse yet. I can’t understand much when reading yet either. It’s like a secret code.

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