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

Finished Portuguese tree

So, I finished the tree after a 293 day streak... xD (with a bit of streak freeze cheating). I've dedicated an average of ten minutes a day.

I spent a couple of months in Portugal while learning, and a friend of mine found really funny things like "Estou comendo" (Estou a comer for them) and others I don't remember now.

I must say that I did not find this course extremely challenging (the test put me "close" to the end and I "tested out" many lessons), as I am from Galicia, where we speak a language that used to be the same as Portuguese :) Pronunciation is not my best asset, as well as spelling, but I can definitely understand many things, spoken or written, and I was able to defend myself in Portugal (I could work with my colleagues speaking in Portuguese). I should try films, apart from the Fast and Furious taking place in Brazil :)

It is interesting to see how some things that are radically different from Spanish in Portuguese are similar to Spanish in Galician, and vice-versa. For example, I was surprised to see that "cousin" is "primo", like in Spanish, when in Galicia we say "curmán" (so I was expecting "curmão" :) ) [You may be asking yourselves why did I not do Portuguese from Spanish... well, I didn't notice or it was not available when I started, I don't know xD]

I'll hopefully keep strengthening the bars, but I'll probably learn another language now. Waiting for Russian, I might continue with German or I might start Irish or Danish or Dutch or... well, there are too many I want xD

See you around!

August 26, 2014

42 Comments


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

Parabéns!

August 26, 2014

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

Well done for doing the entire tree of portuguese language! I am eleven and I want to learn portuguese too!

August 26, 2014

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

It will not be easy if you are starting from zero, but if you do a bit every day (for example, one lesson when you are in the bus) you'll learn many things!

August 26, 2014

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

So your first language is what? ( I just mean because you have good English)

August 27, 2014

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

I grew up in Galicia, so I speak Spanish and Galician as first languages.

August 27, 2014

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

Wow so you can speak fluently in five different languages! That's pretty impressive.

August 27, 2014

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

Only four :) and bits of others

August 27, 2014

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

I'm doing the spanish tree now, yet not really done learning Portuguese (if I ever will be) and decided to do Portuguese to Spanish too. As a person who spoke neither from the beginning (well, maybe a little Portuguese, but mainly pronounciation and no vocabulary), it was not that easy for me except the first few (i did from beginning to end as well as the reverse tree) and the vocabulary still throws me off. I watch a lot of Portuguese shows and movies, but it's not clicking very fast. That might be due to lack of people to converse with, but that's my own fault as I drop offline from time to time and lose contacts. I think conversing probably helps more than anything, since you get immediate feedback and it's way more dynamic than a course could ever be (well, tech is getting better, but still a ways off) as well as helping associate to real events... not sure where I was going with this. Congrats!

August 26, 2014

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

Duolingo helped me learn vocabulary and mainly adapt my Galician to Portuguese (and sometimes now I am about to say Portuguese things when I shouldn't xD), but what really helped was working in Portugal. It would have been impossible to learn what I learnt without that. Tu tas a perceber? :)

When learning English, something similar happened. I played games and watched shows, but the first week in London was crucial. My brain had to work very hard to remember the vocabulary and to use it in the right moment. After that, I started feeling confident.

I am not sure where did I want to go with this either, but well :)

August 27, 2014

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

My ex knows a few languages such as her native Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, German and probably more now, and she slips in and out of some by accident too without even realizing it. I found what she's looking at can trigger a differnt language. If she's speaking Portuguese (or some other language) with someone and looks at me, she automatically switches to English. Unless I or someone else tells her, she doesn't even realize she did it. It's funny how the brain works sometimes.

My only real problem with Portuguese is that I have a really hard time thinking in English and pronouncing it that way when I see a Portuguese word. An example is my father (who only knows English) was trying to find where I was in Brazil on Google maps, he couldn't find the street because I kept saying "rua" as a Brazilian would. He kept asking where is "hua" on the map, and I just said it was the street and couldn't understand why he couldnt see it.. oh, it messes up my Spanish too. I keep pronouncing everything like Portuguese which sounds correct to me because I have heard it so often that it's hard to say "de" or words that start with "r" or have "rr" correctly in Spanish I also keep spelling things with a "v" or closer to a Portuguese spelling which I somehow thought would be closer to Spanish than it actually is. I'm working out those kinks though. Oh, and I keep saying "u" for an 'l' at the end of a word which is a Portuguese thing that has bled over into my Spanish learning. Fun, fun!

August 27, 2014

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

Well, one year later... here I am!

The brain... well, what you say about suddenly changing languages happened to me in a different way when I first went to the UK and started speaking English: I would see someone I knew and suddenly say something (something irrelevant, just to say something...)... but in Spanish!. That is when I realised that my "personality" involved saying things without thinking much sometimes... :-) So, thanks to learning languages I think more.

Now I am learning German (not on Duolingo, classroom-based) and I don't have problems mixing it with, for example, Russian or French pronunciation (how abandoned are my Russian and French...), but Portuguese vs Galician was troublesome for me. I suppose it is because Galician is so hardwired in my brain, and I was learning Portuguese "modifying" my Galician...

November 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Urnus1

Parabens! i'm eleven and trying to learn Portuguese. my friend showed me it during recess six days ago. i'm aiming to complete the tree by September 11, 2015(one year after i started)

September 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Urnus1

New goal! Planning to finish on November 16, 2014(my birthday). I liked this site a lot more than i thought i would. I thought I'd stop doing a lot of lessons after a few days.(I didn't)

November 11, 2014

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

Good luck! :) I am quite busy lately so I only do a bit of Portuguese reviewing every day, but I want to continue learning German...

November 11, 2014

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

It looks like you met your goal!

November 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Urnus1

Just barely! I finished the portuguese tree on November 15th, 2014.

November 17, 2015

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

Obrigado! :) Good luck, do a bit everyday and show us your 365 day streak next year :)

September 18, 2014

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

Really? I think it's really interesting learning new languages, seeing all the different meanings...

November 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hdn2000

Congratulations on your accomplishment, bpopes! I wish you the best of luck on your future studies. As for what language you're going start next...I know the feeling--you just want to learn more and more! ;)

On a side note: If, in the future, you happen to have any doubts about Portuguese, feel free to post on my wall or ask me a question here in the forums. I'm glad to help, and there are other native speakers like me here who can give very helpful tips. :)

Best Regards, ˜Hdn

August 26, 2014

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

Parabéns, espero que continue assim, sempre aprendendo novas línguas e consequentemente novas culturas.

August 26, 2014

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

I have a question. When you have finished learning one of the languages on here, can you actually remember lots of it. Because I keep noticing that when I finish one level I don't really remember the other one. So I just wanted to know if this happens to anyone else when they are learning a language.

August 27, 2014

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

Totally normal, that is why the golden bars decrease over time, so that you remember to practice. I returned to German yesterday and I had forgotten how to say "woman", from the very first lesson!

August 27, 2014

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

Okay. Thanks for the advice, I actually didn't know what those golden bars were for until now.

August 27, 2014

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

This helps with basic understanding and a little recall, but you can blow through lessons and not recall anything. This alone won't help with sticking a language in your brain (or I would know Portuguese) and simply is a stepping stone. The best thing would be to converse with people to help with recall and other areas. Skype helps if you can't find anyone in the area, but you need to be proactive about speaking the language as much as possible to help trigger your brain into thinking it's important to keep that info. I found that I know a lot more words than I did, but there seem to be tons more that are out there so it seems hard to find what to study first. That's why a regular conversation can help so you know what gets repeated over and over in order to make the words stick. Unfortunately, things like cuss words(since they tend to have emphasis and are repeated) can hurt this process as I seem to know more cuss words now in Portuguese than I do of regular words, so try to find someone that doesn't cuss to converse with. Those words can be learned easily later on if you want to know them, but seem to get in the way early on. Also, like in English, there are words that have different meanings in different contexts, so if you are interested in a specific field like a type of science or law, try to find someone that knows that field and can help with those specifics too. I'll go in the corner and cuss to myself in Portuguese for a while for not learning more Portuguese then return to studying.

Oh, my ex wife learned more Spanish by watching soaps, so if you can find some show you're interested in be it a novela or what have you, watch and keep up with that show to learn a few phrases too, since they like to repeat stuff all the time too. The cheesy acting actually helps since they slow down their speech to enunciate and provide emphasis for the story at times. I try to watch and not have my head stuck in the dictionary all the time, but I'm still not yet at that point where I can pick out meaning from other words and context. I feel I'm close though that remains to be seen.

August 27, 2014

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

Wow! Thanks to both of you for the info:) It seems I know all there is to know! I didn't mean to make that rhyme:)

August 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sie00

Congratulations. You're English is great also.

August 26, 2014

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

*your

August 31, 2014

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

Muito bom.

August 26, 2014

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

Parabéns!! Good job! :)

August 26, 2014

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

Thank you all :) Hdn, I think I will try to start helping in the Spanish forum from now on!

August 26, 2014

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

:)

August 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hdn2000

That's great to know! Always nice to see someone helping out. :)

August 28, 2014

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

Parabéns!

August 26, 2014

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

Parabéns!

August 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/socrlax24

Congratulations on the accomplishment!!!!!

August 27, 2014

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

293 dias?! Parabéns!

August 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vida99

Congratulations! I'm on level 15 as well but not quite done with the tree yet... maybe in a couple more weeks. And congratulations on the streak as well! I'm pretty inconsistent as far as that goes... some days I'll do up to an hour, others only 2 minutes, and as you can tell from my pitiful streak, sometimes zero :) Great job!

August 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PedroSoares10

Congratulations!! ;)

August 31, 2014

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

Learning Portuguese with me by the facebook

September 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YinYang123

Congratulations!

September 11, 2014

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

I always wonder how would a galician feel studying´Portuguese on duolingo. I hope it helped you. I am a big fan of Galiza history and culture.

October 12, 2015

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

Mmh Galician... There should be a Galician course on Duolingo too! Maybe you could contribute... https://www.duolingo.com/comment/12155121

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