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Alvinho
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 Message 9 of 44
07 August 2008 at 4:27pm | IP Logged 
Good deal, Olympia, to want to study Portuguese for some time before you come to Brazil.....
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Aritaurus
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 Message 10 of 44
08 August 2008 at 12:34pm | IP Logged 
JW wrote:
Here is something I think you will find interesting. It is for English speakers who also speak Spanish. The goal is to give you a little background in listening to spoken Portuguese by comparing it to it Spanish. It also has transcripts so you can compare the written languages. For me it is perfect as, while I definitely plan to learn Portuguese, I have several other language-related goals that I need to address first. It is hard to hold myself back from jumping into learning Portuguese full-bore, as I find it incredibly beautiful, so this at least gives me a little exposure. It is also a nice exercise in comparative linguistics which I love:

http://tltc.la.utexas.edu/brazilpod/tafalado/


Hey , this looks pretty useful. Thanks! I'll definitely keep this in mind when my Spanish gets good enough.
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Aritaurus
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 Message 11 of 44
08 August 2008 at 12:42pm | IP Logged 
Alvinho wrote:
Good deal, Olympia, to want to study Portuguese for some time before you come to Brazil.....


That's my goal also. It may take a few years but travelling is sure something that motivates me to learn a new language. By the way, is it possible to get by in English at all in Brazil ? I want to go to Rio de Janeiro in a year or two.

Edited by Aritaurus on 08 August 2008 at 12:46pm

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Alvinho
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 Message 12 of 44
08 August 2008 at 1:03pm | IP Logged 
Aritaurus wrote:
Alvinho wrote:
Good deal, Olympia, to want to study Portuguese for some time before you come to Brazil.....


That's my goal also. It may take a few years but travelling is sure something that motivates me to learn a new language. By the way, is it possible to get by in English at all in Brazil ? I want to go to Rio de Janeiro in a year or two.


Only Rio???.....bear it in your mind Brazil is not only Rio.....there are more interesting places to visit....of course, I don't know about your demands, the kind of places you'd like to be enjoying.....beaches, hills, colonial towns, waterfalls, rivers, places for hiking.....obviously there aren't any big Brazilian cities which could be hailed as haven....violence has widespread everywhere....I don't mean to be downer....despite I hate Rio and most locals, I wouldn't tell you not to go there some day while you're travelling within my country, thus you yourself gotta draw your conclusions about it.....if you have spare time to stay in my country, don't limit your visit only to Rio even though I admit it would be required from you more days to stay here to visit the main tourist spots.

As for getting by only with English here....huuummmm....you'd better study Portuguese a lot before your trip because it's not that easy to come across people who handle English properly here......also a bunch of crafty guys like fooling tourists who have problems with language communication, especially in Rio and along the northeastern coast.

Edited by Alvinho on 08 August 2008 at 1:34pm

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Felipe
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 Message 13 of 44
08 August 2008 at 1:29pm | IP Logged 
Alvinho wrote:
Only Rio???.....bear it in your mind Brazil is not only Rio.....there are more interesting places to visit....

As for getting by only with English here....huuummmm....you'd better study Portuguese a lot before your trip because it's not that easy to come across people who handle English properly here......


I agree, there are tons of places to visit in Brazil. I have been to Rio and it is a beautiful city, but dangerous nonetheless, even within the touristic areas. I really enjoyed visiting small towns away from the big cities. You definitely should not miss Foz do Iguaçu (Iguassu Falls). You should learn a good amount of Portuguese before going to Brazil as well. The people there are much more receptive if you can speak their language, because the vast majority of them do not speak much English.
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Alvinho
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 Message 14 of 44
08 August 2008 at 1:42pm | IP Logged 
Felipe wrote:
[QUOTE=Alvinho]Only Rio???.....bear it in your mind Brazil is not The people there are much more receptive if you can speak their language, because the vast majority of them do not speak much English.


Huummm, dear Felipe, I bet lots of them who have studied English will do everything to chat with him in order to sharpen their conversation skills......I mean, good intended people who like hanging out with foreigners...
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Felipe
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 Message 15 of 44
08 August 2008 at 2:37pm | IP Logged 
Alvinho wrote:
I bet lots of them who have studied English will do everything to chat with him in order to sharpen their conversation skills......I mean, good intended people who like hanging out with foreigners...


True, but sometimes it's hard to tell who has good intentions, especially if you cannot understand what they are saying while talking among themselves.
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Alvinho
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 Message 16 of 44
08 August 2008 at 2:45pm | IP Logged 
Felipe wrote:
Alvinho wrote:
I bet lots of them who have studied English will do everything to chat with him in order to sharpen their conversation skills......I mean, good intended people who like hanging out with foreigners...


True, but sometimes it's hard to tell who has good intentions, especially if you cannot understand what they are saying while talking among themselves.


I agree, but sometimes anyone's eyes can say everything more than words....hehehe


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