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.
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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
Parabéns! Nós brasileiros ficamos muito felizes quando vemos alguém se esforçar para aprender Português, uma língua que nós mesmos consideramos bastante difícil.
IS any 2nd language easy? especially to an adult that speaks only 1 language for first 20-30 years of his/her life?
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!
No language is an easy language (unless it's your mother tongue or you are a polyglot)
Thanks for the motivation. Currently working on Spanish and my biggest issue is listening so thanks for sharing Yabla.
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
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.
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.
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.
Lee….rock on…..Your sincere interest + Duo+goal+hard work+discipline=Big Winner Lee, man of the world.
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!
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.
To do that you need a few dedicated people (REALLY dedicated) who are fluent in both English and Japanese and a few months' time
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! :)
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! :-)
Thanks for sharing this! Awesome to hear your experience speaking Portuguese in Brazil :)
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? :-/
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 ;-)
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.
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.
I did some toying around, but it was two months of really focused studying with Duolingo before the World Cup
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
Wow! Parabéns! I always like hearing about how Duolingo helps people in real-world situations :)
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.
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! :)
Now if only they could improve the French course...
People in Quebec City speak way too fast.
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.
This is it!
Your text is surely a source of motivation to everyone - mainly that part of the girls in the club! ;)
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?
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
Lovely story. Brazilians really are the friendliest people ever, aren't they? Can't wait until I'm able to go there myself.
Os meus parabéns! I hope you continue to enjoy to speak and learn portuguese. Didn't you have any problems with the verbs? :P
this is really motivating. i tried doing portuguese on here but the voice was so robotic… i guess i'll give it another go.
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.
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!
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).
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!
Parabéns! Eu estou aprendendo francês e espero ter uma experiência tão positiva quanto a sua quando eu for para a França.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Learn as much as you can and practice as much as you can. There is no such thing as too early.
Eu visitei Natal e Recife depois acabamentos apenas metade das aulas. Foi dificil, mas gratificante. Eu continua a aprender. Duolingo é bom. Valeu!
it must have been hard my Portuguese is still bad but I would like to have some videos add to this.
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!