How much Portuguese do expats really need to know?
Great article and understanding that not everyone learns the same way. Language has always been hard for me. I think my scientific side doesn't always make language easy.
I applauded your thinking if you are going to live there knowing the language should be a goal.
Wow, Carol your every article is so much fun to read - engaging, informative and insightful. You nicely weaved the interview with Jessica Sintra, which provides great tips. We share the same sentiment that in our new "home country", every expat has to make efforts to speak at least basic Portuguese. It will help us integrate into the society.
Hi Carol. Thanks for your article. My wife and I moved to Porto from Kuala Lumpur 2 weeks ago. We learnt Portuguese first on Duolingo for 7 months in 2020 not knowing that it was Brazilian Portuguese. Then we switch to Memrise. It teaches us the basic vocab and pronounciation. They really help us during our first 2 weeks here as we don't feel totally alien to the new language shown in all the supermarket items. Mind you, we spent 2-3 times longer in a supermarket or pharmacy compare to home not wanting to buy the wrong items. I agree with you that we both want to learn the new language because we want to build meaningful and authentic relationship with the locals here. We want to belong in our new home. Thanks for writing.
Another great article, Carol! I especially like -- and commend you for -- your all-inclusive attitude (rather than all or nothing). We've published a number of learning-the-language related stories in Portugal Living Magazine ... but nothing from this perspective. Would you like us to publish it in an upcoming issue? Your "Experiences with UPakWeShip" story will be in our next (Autumn) issue, available next month! /bruce
I enjoyed your reflections on learning Portuguese ! My husband and I have played around with several methods — duolingo (the free version — I like it, my husband not so much. We’ve bought several phrase books with phrases also spelled out phonetically. I liked the Lonely Planet one the best, but the Dorling Kindersley one came with a CD we listen to in the car (sometimes!)
We’re coming for 3 weeks in October — our first visit, although my husband’s grandfather was born in Melo, Portugal, in the Guarda district. We’re spending 3 hours a day for the first week in a beginner’s Portuguese language class. We’re excited about this! I hope it will be a great introduction to Portuguese culture as well as language. Class size is no more than 6, and it’s through Lisbon Language Cafe.
I agree with you that you should speak (or be learning!) the language of the country where you live.
Thanks again for another thought-provoking post!