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

My experience speaking Portuguese in Brazil during the World Cup after using Duolingo

Hola todo mundo! Hi everyone!

In an earlier post (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3365757$comment_id=3502858) I shared with you how I completed my duolingo tree just in time for the World Cup. Here is my experience in Brazil using Portuguese I learned primarily using duolingo.

Almost universally people there were impressed with my Portuguese. Not only was I able to survive (order food, ask for directions, grab a taxi), I was able to have conversations about the corruption taking place in the country and futebol of course. For my english speaking friends, I was a invaluable asset when they needed to order something at a restaurant or had a special request. Many were asking to find out more about the app.

I think the highlight though was when I was in a club in São Paulo and the girls I approached didn't believe I was Canadian lol. I had to pull out my ID to prove it. They couldn't fathom how a non Brazilian could speak so well.

That's not to say it was perfect. I still had trouble expressing certain things and listening was definitely a challenge at times, but I had a solid foundation that made it easy to learn. I hope in the future Duolingo has some video subtitle exercise that can help with developing listening skills like Yabla (https://www.yabla.com/).

In conclusion, I think you have undeniable proof here of the value that Duolingo provides.

Cheers,

Lee

July 15, 2014

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

Congratulations! Eu sou brasileiro, estou aprendendo Inglês e fico muito feliz em encontrar pessoas interessadas no meu idioma, mas mais feliz ainda em ver seu sucesso! Espero logo, logo ser capaz de me virar bem como você :D

Bye!

July 15, 2014

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

Parabéns! Nós brasileiros ficamos muito felizes quando vemos alguém se esforçar para aprender Português, uma língua que nós mesmos consideramos bastante difícil.

July 16, 2014

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

Cool! Congratulations, Portuguese is not an easy language at all.

July 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mike42night

IS any 2nd language easy? especially to an adult that speaks only 1 language for first 20-30 years of his/her life?

July 19, 2014

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

English as a second language is much easier than Portuguese for sure! I think it depends on your mother tongue, for me French is not so hard, but I see that you are studying German... that looks very difficult!

July 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mike42night

English is easy to learn but difficult to master due to it's vocabulary...

July 29, 2014

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

No language is an easy language (unless it's your mother tongue or you are a polyglot)

July 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eey91

That's the motivation I needed, I just finished my French tree yesterday and I'm starting my Portuguese one. Thanks for sharing!

July 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/klabear10

Thanks for the motivation. Currently working on Spanish and my biggest issue is listening so thanks for sharing Yabla.

July 15, 2014

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

I tried to find Portuguese in Yabla and there just isn't...

July 16, 2014

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

Hey! Just a little question: did you felt that you can communicate reasonably after finish your French tree? I'm curious about Duolingo, I wanna know if all that you learn when you finish a tree can be really useful

September 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eey91

It is definitively useful, I knew nothing about french when I started and I can read a lot of different things now, understanding grammar structures and knowing words functions. Can I communicate in french? well... that's not something that happens in 3 months but I can for example understand spoken french with subtitles.

You can be sure that Duolingo can give you a lot of knowledge "to start" learning a new language, you won't be disappointed.

September 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danilo180

sou brasileiro e estou aprendendo ingles quem quiser me ajudar eu agradeço 'm brazilian and I'm learning English who want to help me I thank.

July 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ayanez0795

I can help you with the English and maybe you can help me in Portuguese. :)

July 20, 2014

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

Hi ayanez0795... look at this: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3402496

July 24, 2014

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

I can help you with Portuguese.

January 11, 2015

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

I can help you with English and you can help me with Portuguese! (:

July 21, 2014

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

Hi ohcrystalll... look at this: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3402496

July 24, 2014

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

Eu posso te ajudar também. Boa sorte.

July 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/G0108

Eu te ajudo em Ingles e voce me ajuda em Portugues. Minha primera idioma era Portugues, mais eu moro no Estados Unidos entao eu falo mais Ingles do que Portugues.

October 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/007woofwoof

Lee….rock on…..Your sincere interest + Duo+goal+hard work+discipline=Big Winner Lee, man of the world.

July 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vesper-tine

Congratulations! As luiz.calheiros said, most foreigners who come to Brazil don't take the time to learn our language and, instead, use Spanish to communicate with those who are not fluent in English (the vast majority of Brazilians speak little to no English). It's always nice to hear about a foreigner who put in the effort to learn Portuguese before coming to our country!

July 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E.T.s_Son

That's really superb. I was learning Portuguese but I stopped because I thought the best language for me to learn at the moment would be Spanish due to the convenience of me having local Spanish speakers near me to help me. I still want to learn Portuguese though.

July 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/swappy07

I m gonna learn Portuguese as soon as i become comfortable with Spanish

July 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E.T.s_Son

I think Im going to solidify my Japanese first and french first going back to Portuguese. Im not sure what route Im going to take honestly

July 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/swappy07

Japanese sounds scary

July 17, 2014

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

ET's son is right. Although reading and writing with 2000-4000 kanji characters takes time. That would be my wish - Duolingo would have an English to Japanese course.

July 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/swappy07

thank you guys, now i think i'll give it a try

July 17, 2014

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

To do that you need a few dedicated people (REALLY dedicated) who are fluent in both English and Japanese and a few months' time

July 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E.T.s_Son

its really easier than you think with less complex grammar rules

July 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/luiz.calheiros

And you have my support on learning Portuguese.

July 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E.T.s_Son

Thank you very much. I guess that makes you my first Portuguese friend LoL

July 17, 2014

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

Congratulations! It's not easy neither to know a language nor speak it correctly. I'm from Brazil and I'm trying to improve my English skills. I believe I make a lot of mistakes but: To err is human! :)

July 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas_More77

Well, you did a great job with your English post. I'd only note that "either" and "or" would have been better than "neither" and "nor", but everything else you typed was perfect. Seja Feliz! :-)

July 18, 2014

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

Thanks for sharing this! Awesome to hear your experience speaking Portuguese in Brazil :)

July 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas_More77

Amazing story, Lee! Thanks for sharing! I have yet to have a conversation with another (presumably more advanced) Portuguese speaker, but I do have trouble catching all spoken words, so I use the slow button a ton in the "type what you hear" sections. Is it just me, or do Portuguese speakers tend to speak really quickly and (to my untrained ear) blend the vowels of words together a lot in the process? :-/

July 17, 2014

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

Hahaha, nice story. I hope to experience something like this myself if I go to Spain with family or friends. Nice to know you've learned so much from this site. I've tried out Portuguese myself but I don't think I'll ever be capable of having a solid conversation. But who knows ;-)

July 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/luiz.calheiros

Trust me, whenever a Brazilian still alive that Brazilian will be glad to teach and learn with you. Don't feel compeled, but don't give up, think in me (actually, no, it iwill scare you; joking). But that is it, that is surely going to be fun, yet I can't promise that will be easy.

July 16, 2014

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

I went to Spain last summer and it was great. I only know English and Portuguese from living in Brasil for a few months. In Spain, I just converted the Portuguese into Spanish, which was not perfect, but generally got the job done. With Portugal so close, it was great. Also, Italians seemed to understand me fairly well in Portuguese.

July 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KTKee-EnglishEng

You finished your tree in two months?

July 15, 2014

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

I did some toying around, but it was two months of really focused studying with Duolingo before the World Cup

July 16, 2014

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

Wow that's incredible, Parabéns a voce!

July 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaniR.Cast

Come back to Brazil whenever you want to

July 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VivianaCon3

Thank you for sharing, I think is because is a natural way to learn it! That’s what makes it easier; I am leaning 3 languages at the same time and since there are all romantic languages and my mother language is Spanish all of 3 languages are very similar

July 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/megan1505

Wow! Parabéns! I always like hearing about how Duolingo helps people in real-world situations :)

July 17, 2014

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

Congratulations! I was in Rio last March and while I studied four months in advance via audio podcasts <cough>Pimsleur</cough>, I didn't feel I was adequately prepared as much as I should've been. Even though I already speak Spanish, Duolingo has been helping me to understand and improve grammatic structure. It's my fourth language and am even more motivated to continue developing and improving my Portuguese.

July 18, 2014

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

So cool to hear that! Portuguese is the most beautiful romance language in my humble opinion! So cool to hear you were able to use it well in Brazil! :)

July 18, 2014

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

Now if only they could improve the French course...

People in Quebec City speak way too fast.

August 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/luiz.calheiros

Portuguese is the 5° most spoken language in world, but it is not that frequent we see somebody speaking Portuguese (Even because most people think we speak Spanish or Spanish is enough). We are sooooooooo glad to know someone speaks Port that you could feel how happy we get. Anyway we believe everyone can speak our language, even because if you have some mistakes in your speech we have our mistakes too (many of them). So be welcome to the Brazilian warm way and I hope you got more enjoyed about Port.

July 15, 2014

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

This is it!

Your text is surely a source of motivation to everyone - mainly that part of the girls in the club! ;)

July 15, 2014

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

Muito bom! Good motivation for those here and nice publicity for DL amongst your friends and the Brazilians you met on the way. Are you going to continue studying Portuguese now the World Cup is over?

July 15, 2014

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

I have some Brazilian friends who I plan on chatting with. I'm also reading a book in Portuguese which is helping me to learn new words and expressions. Lingocracy is a good resource too for getting to the next level

July 15, 2014

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

Nice! Can I ask what book?

July 15, 2014

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

Como Conquistar Mulheres Sem Fazer Força por Shepherd Mead

July 15, 2014

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

Hahaha! Nice title!

July 15, 2014

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

Lovely story. Brazilians really are the friendliest people ever, aren't they? Can't wait until I'm able to go there myself.

July 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shelby-gabrielle

Congratulations, Lee!

July 15, 2014

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

Os meus parabéns! I hope you continue to enjoy to speak and learn portuguese. Didn't you have any problems with the verbs? :P

July 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brett.spiel

this is really motivating. i tried doing portuguese on here but the voice was so robotic… i guess i'll give it another go.

July 16, 2014

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

I was having that issue at first, but it seems it's robotic for individual words. When you get to sentences and phrases it sounds more natural.

July 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juxien2011

How great that must have felt ! I wish I had been there for the World Cup, it must have been so exciting! Anyway your story is very inspiring, thanks!

July 16, 2014

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

Duolingo realmente é excelente e bem útil para aprender linguas.

July 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E.T.s_Son

I dont know if that is in spanish or portugues but I can understand. It seems like portuguese with "é, bem, and linguas"

July 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kajo76

This should be Portuguese and the meaning could be: "Duolingo really is excellent and a good utility for learning languages" :-)

It's so interesting to come across sentences like these and being able to translate, without even knowing all the words yet! I've only come across "e, é and bem" up to this moment on Duolingo (Level 7).

October 9, 2016

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

Patabéns Lee, o português com certeza não é fácil não. Seu exemplo é muito importante para todos nós que estudamos aqui no Duolingo, obrigada por compartilhar e espero que tenha gostado do Brasil, apesar de todo caos que estamos passando com nosso atual governo. Até mais!

July 17, 2014

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

Parabéns! Eu estou aprendendo francês e espero ter uma experiência tão positiva quanto a sua quando eu for para a França.

July 17, 2014

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

Well done, impressive! How long did it take you to learn it and how do you know if you speak it fluently? I hope to speak and read Portuguese as easily as you one day. Obrigado!

July 17, 2014

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

It took me about 3 months total with 2 months of serious studying. The best definition of fluently I have heard is that the language just flows out of you without thinking. I'm still not quite there yet, but getting there.

July 17, 2014

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

Thank you for the reply! I shall work hard to speak Portuguese fluently too.

July 19, 2014

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

Muito bom! fico sempre feliz quando vejo uma pessoa com dedicação para aprender uma lingua e depois usala num pais estrangeiro! pricipalmente portugues! como uma pessoa de portugal dou com muito prazer uma lingot!

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Junio.Guedes

I am a recent user in Duolingo and I very excited with his results. It is a good way to learn many languages and your post prove it! I agree with you that Duolingo should has a listening tool, because I also have difficults to listen a foreign language. Be welcome other times in our country!

July 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aj_012

That's so cool,...and it really is a motivation to keep going....may I ask how long have you been using Duolingo before going to Brasil? I'm actually planning to go there next summer and I have a few Brazilian friends that i would like to surprise with some Portuguese. I've been using for a month now, and still have about 10 more months to go. I'm just curios to see if I'm on the right track, or if I started to late/too early.

August 14, 2014

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

Learn as much as you can and practice as much as you can. There is no such thing as too early.

August 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Davu
July 16, 2014

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

Eu visitei Natal e Recife depois acabamentos apenas metade das aulas. Foi dificil, mas gratificante. Eu continua a aprender. Duolingo é bom. Valeu!

July 16, 2014

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

it must have been hard my Portuguese is still bad but I would like to have some videos add to this.

July 16, 2014

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

Thank you for sharing your experience! I just started duolingo two weeks ago and hoping to achieve similar results for my trip to Brazil in August. Obrigada!

March 1, 2016

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

yes my dood

January 18, 2018
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