As visitors and expats will know, many locals speak very decent English - in the cafes and restaurants anyway.
I can hardly manage more than a couple of words in Portuguese, which is dreadful.
I have come across a wonderful singer who seems to be able to exploit the exotic sounds of the Portuguese language. Simply sensuous, to me, at least. Gisela João.
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We have felt the same about speaking the local language but not made any effort so far as always on short trips and it seems harder than Spanish and French. Maybe a retirement goal but I am sure many have set that goal!
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Keep up with the courses!! Worth it in the end.Raithstar wrote:The wife and I did a 12 week beginners course at St Andrews university late last year as we have ambitions to move some day , I found it pretty difficult to be honest but feel I learned enough to get by albeit maybe not 100% accurate .All the more hard when your in class with intelligent Uni students and your late 40s and never studied anything in years lol. The verbs are hellish to learn , not plucked up the courage to enroll for the intermediate course yet .
And ceh, I find I can make myself understood, (spent time learning basic phrases for food, travel and general greetings etc) but I have real problems understanding what's said back to me!!! Always found locals appreciate my attempts at speaking the language and normally will demonstrate correct way to speak. Used CD's when on long car journeys.
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The outpouring of grief was immense. Television programmes were non-stop, showing scenes from her life and showcasing her music.
Then came her funeral which was attended by thousands. It matched anything you would see when a state leader is buried.
I have to admit, I had never heard of her before that, but I certainly have now. Not my type of music I'm afraid, but I respect those who are her many fans.