One Year - Two Finished Trees
On the 31st of march 2014 I created my account here on Duolingo to learn a language called "portuguese". Before I really started to use this site I thought that I will last 3 or less days before giving up or forgetting about it but I was quickly hooked when I realized that it works.
Last december I finished the portuguese for english speakers tree and now I finished the english for portuguese speakers tree. My goal for the last year was to have conversations with my brazilian friend without needing english. We both speak english pretty good but for me it is kind of annoying (annoying is already a too strong word for this ...) that we both rely on a non-native language to conversate with each other.
I tried to use Memrise while using Duolingo but I don't use it daily like Duolingo. Maybe I have more time to use it now... and since last week you can find me on HelloTalk. It is fun to chat with portuguese speaking german learners and because you can directly correct the others mistakes it has a better effect on my memory to avoid mistakes.
The most interesting question as always is: How good is my portuguese now? I tried to evaluate myself with this table https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages
- Reading: B2
- Writing: B1
- Listening: A2
- Speaking: A2
I only rate my Writing a bit worse than my reading, because of subjunctive x) That is still a bit confusing.
There are also a couple of Youtube channels I tried to watch but my listening skills are still to weak to understand thisuperfaspoknlanguage.
I still feel very awkward speaking portuguese, because I know that my pronunciation has a german accent and the fact that nasal sounds are "impossible" ... for me. The R also causes trouble, since it does not have one sound for all contexts.
What are my future plans except improving my portuguese?
- My main 3 next languages are Esperanto, Swedish and French and no language has the same reason to learn it.
But if you have any other good ideas to improve portuguese please share them with me. From good youtube channels to interesting sites.
With that being said:
- Have a good day everyone o/
Yes I am german and no, my english has still room for improvement. There is this super awkward feeling when pronouncing the "th" in "the".
I usually just pronounce it with a "d" unless I am saying the word with emphasis in which case I make the "th" sound.
haha I remember my teacher saying that the tip of my tongue should be between my upper and lower teeth while blowing air at the same time, just like the president Lula!
I never thought that Lula's tongue-tied would help me in something ... But your teacher is right, is the same sound !! lol