https://www.duolingo.com/Danielconcasco

First Portuguese conversation. Your thoughts?

I recently found out one of my coworkers is Portuguese, despite her complete lack of an accent. She told me that our next conversation needed to be Lusophonic. This morning when I bumped into her she reminded me of this. I became nervous, but spoke. These are my thoughts:

I was surprised by how easily I understood her. I was afraid the difference in accent would leave me behind. I had warned her that my accent would be Brazilian Portuguese with an American accent, with a slight Duolingo robot accent. After our short exchange she told me I sounded just like a Brazilian (at least to her).

I was not used to all of the verbs in the Tu form. I really like você :). It just sounds nice. I warned her that I will continue to use você a bit more. I'm not comfortable with juggling the two just yet.

I need to practice my basic greetings and small talk. I realized I don't know weather words yet. I only progressed half way through the tree before my break from Portuguese. I'm currently making everything golden again. It will probably take me a few months just to do that.

I think this will help me get over the fear of speaking. This way only one person will see my earliest blunders in Portuguese :).

April 8, 2015

21 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/MikaelMello

"Duolingo robot accent" lmao

April 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/glauciasilva92

kkkk

April 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/BiaGranado

Great! I hope you keep getting better and better!

April 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Kunstkritik

congrats :) I already overcame my fear of speaking (a little at least) and that took my quite a while.

April 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Fuerunando

I really needed that my coworker were (was?) English. :')

April 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RilkerBH

In this case it's 'was'.

-was (i, it, he, she) -were (you, we)

But, there are exceptions on conditional sentences. :)

April 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RafaRiff

Yes, there are exceptions, and I think this sentence is subjunctive, so it should be "were".

April 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RilkerBH

Thanks

April 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Fuerunando

Thank you for your help.

April 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Shaugh

I really wish my coworker were English. when it is a wish something you want to be, the word is usually were. When something is truly in the past you use the word was. ex. I was over there.

August 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JazzBlues

Congrats, have a lingot

April 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RafaRiff

Congratulations! Speaking is the fastest way to learning! And portuguese can be easy, just don't be afraid.

April 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/gakito

Parabéns, Dan. Knowing you want to practice portuguese and I want to practice my english, we could really trade some knowledge, couldn't we?

Greetings from Brazil :)

April 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RilkerBH

Congrats. =D

April 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Kitty_dun

It's amazing how far as rotinas simples will take you in your learning of Portuguese. Starting to talk is the hardest part but its also the most important because it opens up a whole new world of consolidation! I think once you have established a rotina diaria (sorry no accents here), you will notice the difference in your confidence AND a huge jump in your ability to think in Portuguese! WELL DONE!

April 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/.R.B.

Hey, It's just incrível how you can switch entre Portuguese and English ao mesmo tempo!

April 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ArathAlexander

Eu Sei! It's Amazing Isn't It? There you go! A Lingot Para Você!!

April 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/guibotaro

hahaLOL também acho that incredible

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ArathAlexander

You Know I've Been learning Portuguese And It's Amazing, Thanks To Duolingo, I'm Hanging In There!!

April 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tobocrs

I am starting to learn Portuguese so we can visit our Brasileira "daughter" (exchange student from 1999-2000). On Facebook I was bragging to her and typed some sentences. She replied, "I know that sentence! DuoLingo! I'm using it to teach my son English! " We must be doing something right!

April 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Don_Cristian

I remember my first day speaking portuguese ! it was surprisingly easy because I had a lot of experience talking spanish and many many other foreign languages. It feels even easier than german which I have studied somehow since I was 7.

April 12, 2015
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