https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-----RobinRocque

Ola! - 1 year of language learning and a dramatic story of why I am learning Brazilian Portuguese!

Duo Lingo, The Force is strong with you !

I have spent about 11 months on duo lingo, i was in Brazil last year and had quite a dramatic/ traumatic experience besides the WONDERFUL time I had in Rio De Janeiro. In a way This is a story about How the little Green Owl Saved me!

When I was in Brazil I had an awesome time, real struggle was the language barrier. it was nice as a Kick in the ass towards actually having to use everything you learned. And I didn't know much! "Obrigado, De nada, Prazer and um café por favor" was about the extent of it. I did know there was some similarities to Spanish and I am "OK" at speaking Spanish

But in the end of my Long South American trip my luck ran out. When walking home from a restaurant close to my apartment I was assaulted by a gang. They Kicked and hit me for a long time and while they held me under gunpoint. In a way the last week of being in Brazil was damaged by the robbery. I didn't get any real sting injuries and I didn't get shot. But I was scared and in chock even a long time after getting home to Sweden. But when I got home I Downloaded Duo Lingo. didn't think of it much then but I used it in a way to reclaim Brazil and the trip. I was afraid off the dark, of strangers and had this terror feeling every time someone touched my shoulder.

After about one month of just 30-50p a day I got into looking at youtube videos with "how to learn Brazilian Portuguese" and I started to plan another trip. now I am doing about 5000 exp every month and also doing Portuguese lessons. I am NO LONGER AFRAID. I attribute a lot of this change. I now know a large group of Brasileiros here in Sweden and actually speak Brazilian Portuguese daily. I do speak it fluently and now the goal is to get to that illusive native level! ( After I get all the classes and stories to gold )

Thank you Duo You Little Green Cute Owl ! You are my Yoda / Robin Rocque - Padawan

June 1, 2019

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adauto.bue

If you need help, I may his help with learning Portuguese. I am also need help for improve my English conversation, listening, and writing.

June 1, 2019

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

I have been studying Portuguese for almost 5 years and I have been to Brasil 15 times but I can’t understand much or converse yet. It’s frustrating. I translate almost everything

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-----RobinRocque

you should really do a lot more listening and speaking exercises. I can talk fluently but only to a certain level. and I 100% give this two my friends who I forced to only speak in Portuguese with me on messenger and in real life. I've spent at least 9 months with 2+ h a day speaking and trying to make my own sentences.

its 100% all about getting out of your comfort zone and trying and failing. It was not pretty but its the only way to do it. remember that most of us have learned a language already, and when we did we were a kid and it was "OK" to not be able to say more than " I have want apple mommy". now we might look stupid. but it is that way and no other way we can go. excuse yourself as someone "new to the language" and just dig in the few words you know. <3

June 2, 2019

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

I have been practicing with my Brasilian girlfriend every day for 1-2 hours a day for the last 22 months and I’ve visited her twice now but I can’t understand what people say. I have to translate everything. It sounds like noise with an occasional word I understand. It’s frustrating. I watch movies and videos and read books and have classes. I need to quit translating and learn Portuguese but I don’t understand without translating.

June 2, 2019

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

It might be because you are used to learning from a neutral accent. Brazil has tons of different accents and even for Brazilians sometimes it's hard to understand everything a person from a different region is saying. I'd recommend you to try watching the news (Globo, at 7pm or 8pm SP Time). You will probably understand most things and gain confidence.

June 2, 2019

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

I tried Globo yesterday! Amazing. I’ve never been able to understand what people say. All of my classes have been in English because I can’t understand the teachers yet. It’s very frustrating. I translate everything into English which isn’t good so I’ve been trying to listen without translating to see if I can understand more. When I translate I’m translating the first word and the other 11 words of the phrase are gone before I finish with the first word. That’s normally what Thanks a lot!

June 2, 2019

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

português é mais complicado que inglês, há muitas regras!

June 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-----RobinRocque

Você e do brasil? Por que não, eu estou sempre procurando por mais pessoas que falo com. Eu entende mais do que eu posso usava quando eu falo eu entendo mais ou menos todo mas eu sempre faz todos os erros... você me adicionar no Facebook? meu nome naquele e "Robin Tribal"

June 2, 2019

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

Conjugação em idiomas latinos é complicada!

  • Eu entendo

  • Você entende

  • Eu faço

  • Você faz

  • All = Tudo

  • Whole = Todo

O would e o Could aparecem na conjugação da palavra em seguida e raramente tem uma palavra representando-os especificamente na tradução. Não entendi exatamente quem acompanhava aquele 'posso', só notei q ele não era pra estar ali.

'meu nome naquele site' estaria correto ou 'meu nome ' também.

Fora isso seu português está muito bom!

No Facebook/telegram/Twitter/etc Vc me encontra com o user JaneilsonHD

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-----RobinRocque

Na verdade, na realidade eu sei as diferenças entre tudo/todo e faz/faço, entende/entendo. E se eu tivesse mais tempo para escrever, provavelmente não teria feito tão mal, mas nao importa.. Eu sempre cometo erros assim quando falo e não tenho tempo para corrigir minhas palavras, Eu preciso praticar falar mais.

a posso nesse texto deveria se referir a mim. O que tentou dizer foi: eu entendo mais o menos todo mas eu realmente preciso praticar falar mais porque eu é meus amigos só escrevemos no Whatsapp.

Então eu não tenho tempo para praticar com meu boca. Às vezes eu falo mais com meus amigos brasileiros no Suécia mas não e todos os dias.

no entanto, tentar ser gramaticalmente correto todo o tempo virá em algum momento na futura, mas não é meu objetivo, meu objetivo é comunicar livremente(?) com as pessoas usando Português

  • eu tenho dislexia e eu não e "correcto" em nada idioma!

(I understand that alot of What I Just wrote is incorrect)

I dont have time to go back and correct everything I write. I am here to practice. This guy Heron ticked me off:

I not i You not u

"I can't say that you CAN speak"

I can see that you make so many mistakes with the verbs and other words you are using

Or

I can see that you are making so many mistakes with verbs and other words.

Janeilson obrigad pela ajuda

June 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HeronEmanu2

Sorry, but i can't say that u speak portuguese fluently. I can see that you make so many mistakes with the verbs and some words... :/

June 3, 2019

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

Olá, Robin!

Estou há tempos procurando por algum nativo da língua inglesa para conversar, se quiser me chamar no Instagram meu nickname é @renproenca

June 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Robson.Milani

Bom dia, sou Brasileiro Nativo, meu português não é carregado por sotaque ( southern drawl in English) Eu diria que é um português legítimo e claro, passo o dia conversando com duas colegas, uma que é professora no

June 14, 2019

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

This is a very powerful story. I applaud you ability to transform your experience, your bravery, your finding friends and fellow travelers at home, and your ability to move forward. You didn't allow the experience to turn you against a people and a culture. You used learning to open your heart again. This is a gorgeous story, and I am proud to be learning Portuguese (and French) on Duolingo with you! Have some lingots! p.s. I have had a great time watching Brazilian movies and tv series like the series "Coisa Mais Linda" on Netflix, and movies "As Boas Maneiras," "Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho." And documentaries. You can, depending on the platform, watch in Portuguese with subtitles.

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-----RobinRocque

ooh what is coos Mais linda ! I have not seen it ! I watched the entire series "5%" its super nice, on Netflix and had no problem doing it without subtitles. (some rewinding might have occurred) I have to look up the other ones ! thanks so much for the tips !

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rogerio-BHte

Oh man, I'm sorry for your problems in here. I'm Brazilian and know about these problems that you explanined here. Again, sorry for all that you passed.

My English is not very good, then be pacient for me ok...rsrs

Anything you need, I'm here. You earned a friend ok.

hold for you!

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-----RobinRocque

Obrigado Rogerio, não, o seu inglês não é perfeito, mas não é ruim, é muito bom! Eu entendi tudo, eu não consegui encontrar grandes erros além de "hold for you!"

June 6, 2019

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

Oi, Robin! Sinto muito pelo que aconteceu contigo no Brasil. Foi justamente este tipo de situação que me fez imigrar para Israel, onde hoje vivo tranquila, meus filhos andam sozinhos e seguros pela rua e eu posso trabalhar na beira da praia com meu laptop no colo sem me preocupar - coisas que no Brasil tornaram-se impensáveis, infelizmente. Posso ser mais uma a te ajudar a praticar o Português! :)

Um beijo!

June 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/San196926

Wow, I'm so sorry you went through that. Respect for overcoming that awful experience in such a creative, positive way. I hope no scars will remain.

June 3, 2019
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