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 :).
congrats :) I already overcame my fear of speaking (a little at least) and that took my quite a while.
In this case it's 'was'.
-was (i, it, he, she) -were (you, we)
But, there are exceptions on conditional sentences. :)
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.
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 :)
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!
Hey, It's just incrível how you can switch entre Portuguese and English ao mesmo tempo!
You Know I've Been learning Portuguese And It's Amazing, Thanks To Duolingo, I'm Hanging In There!!
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!
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.