Boa tarde! Estou de volta! (=I’m back!) Have been in the land of no internet for a couple of weeks… Hope you all had a very feliz Natal and divertiram-se muito (=had lots of fun) Hoje só falta dois dias até o fim de ano (=Today there’s only two days until the end of the year) Time flies when you’re having fun :)
A little quiz to get us all back into Portuguese… Which is the odd word here? gostar, divertir-se, alegria, tristeza, feliz, sorrir
Bom dia! Hoje é feriado aqui em Portugal. Antes da festa temos de convidar os amigos. am I talking about before or after a party?
Tip: Very little time to spend learning? You can always fit it in! Read some Portuguese over breakfast (the leaflets from the supermarket are good… don’t matter if you get jam on them!!) Listen to Portuguese in the car (earworms are great… you don’t need a book at hand) And think about what you’ve learnt and try to put it into practise.
Bom dia! (=Good morning!) Match the actions to the objects: falar, comer, beber – bolo, vinho, com alguém
Tip: Don’t expect to remember words immediately. You need to put the words into use, and make them familiar, or your brain will store them far away! Write them down, make up sentences, try them out when speaking, make up your own memory hooks to help you remember… whatever works for you!
Bom dia! What do you say to someone on their birthday? a) Santinho! b)Desculpe! c) Parabéns!
Tip: There are fewer capitalised words in Portuguese than English. Days of the week, months, nationalities and languages do NOT have capitals. E.g. sábado, agosto, ingles, portugues
Bom dia! No mês de Dezembro, aqui em Portugal temos três feriados. True or False?
Tip: Have you been studying Portuguese for a while? Have you noticed that some words have changed their spelling? One of the differences is the words lêem (they/you guys read) and vêem (they/you guys come) now don’t have ‘hats’ »» leem, veem. NO change to the pronunciation! LEY-eyn, VEY-eyn,
Bom dia! Que lindo dia! (=What a beautiful day!) Vou a uma festa de anos logo a tarde. What am I doing later? a)going to the supermarket b)going to a birthday party c)going to the airport
Boa tarde! Which of these actions wouldn’t you normally do at a good celebration? comer, beber, falar, chegar, rir, dançar, ouvir música, chorar, trabalhar
Tip: When learning something new, keep going over it. At least three times. For example, if doing an exercise/reading a text, look at it first and do it in your head, looking things up when necessary. Go back to it the next day and do the exercise in pencil (no dictionary this time). See what you remember. Correct it, but do not write in the answers for the wrong ones, just study them and understand what you got wrong. Later, go and have another go. Finally, go over it all again, going over difficult points and writing new words/grammar notes down somewhere