So, when I studied abroad in Argentina (I can’t believe that was 6 years ago now!), I decided to take a Portuguese class. No, I wasn’t thinking clearly. And after one semester of a class that met once a week for three hours at a time, I definitely wouldn’t recommend it. Not that I didn’t like the language, as a matter of fact, I loved it. But taking a third language in your second language isn’t such a bright idea.
I don’t ever remember being so tired. After those classes my brain would be fried. If I didn’t know a word in Spanish, then I couldn’t learn what it was in Portuguese….what I needed was a English/Spanish/Portuguese dictionary. I remember taking the oral exam at the end of the semester. My best friend was my partner and near the end of the exam, we didn’t know if the professor was speaking Portuguese or Spanish….but we made it through and did well.
Now, six years later I’ve decided to give Portuguese another chance. And I’ve learned that I can really understand it pretty well, but the pronunciation is very different from Spanish and has a very nasal sound at times. I’ve really enjoyed it so far and hope to practice it a lot this year!
What new things have you started in 2014?