Date of publication: 2017-10-29 10:54
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I am sure if more tourists learned Portuguese before coming to Brazil, it would help form deeper international connections. Brazilians are generally very friendly and welcoming to tourists, but speaking the language makes it easier to connect with the locals, have a richer experience and exchange ideas.
The main difference is that the Portuguese ‘swallow’ their vowels, while the Brazilians ‘stretch’ them. In Portugal, a phrase as simple as Quer cafe? (meaning ‘Do you want coffee?’) sounded something like ‘kicaf’ to me. This led to a complete breakdown in communication, and a lot of frustration. On many occasions, people preferred to resort to English when talking to me. It was quite depressing, as until then I’d thought I could consider myself fluent in Portuguese. I was only comforted when I realised that the same thing was happening with my kids, whose first language is Portuguese!
There are many phrases that can’t be translated from Portuguese to English. That´s probably why I find myself throwing in the occasional Portuguese word when talking with my children, or with English-speaking friends in Brazil. One word that comes to mind immediately is churrasco, the Brazilian equivalent of ‘barbecue’. However, when in Brazil I would never say Let’s have a barbecue it would have to be Let’s have a churrasco. A barbecue for me is sausages and hamburgers cooked on a grill, often with a vegetarian option. A churrasco is very different: large cuts of meat cooked on the churrasqueira, perhaps accompanied by chicken hearts, rice and farofa (toasted manioc flour with egg and bacon). You’ll be lucky if you find anything for a vegetarian!
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So a conversation with English-speaking friends might go something like this: ‘Let’s enforcar Monday and have a churrasco. Can you make your delicious farofa?’
Portuguese and Spanish are closely related, as they are both Latin-based languages and share many grammatical structures and patterns. When I came to Brazil, I had already studied languages at university and spoke Spanish, and I found my knowledge of Spanish helped enormously. Very quickly, I was able to spot the similarities between the languages and create Portuguese words from my knowledge of Spanish, with, of course, a few embarrassing mistakes along the way.
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