Today you will understand verb conjugation in a simple, practical way. You will get familiar with the language around verb conjugation and you will learn exactly how to work with patterns. With this knowledge you can learn the conjugation of any verb tense on your own. You will also learn the
You know I love colloquial expressions ;) They make us sound natural speaking a foreign language. In addition, an idiomatic expression can often get your point across better than any other way of putting things. So here’s another great Brazilian Portuguese colloquial expression: a gota d’água.
Today my client and I were talking about personal growth. The article said that emotionally mature people do not dwell on their mistakes. In a different article about entrepreneurship, the author explained that making mistakes is important because of all the learning that it makes possible.
From the beginning, we should be aware that studying a new language requires periods of lecture and practice. You should be thinking: “Yes, I know about that”. However, what happens when you sit down and open your book? Many people feel a "small physical pain” in their head and it can disappear in
I enjoy watching my husband Carl cooking a new dish. For me, cooking is a major challenge. I never know the right point of anything. Is the dough thick enough? Is it too thick? Should I put more of this or that? It's frustrating. With Carl everything works fine. In the end, it seems like we had
When I was visiting The Hague, in the Netherlands, I tried to learn a few words of Dutch. I found it really hard to pronounce it right. As a shy person, I quickly decided I wasn’t good with Dutch and stopped trying to learn some more. Now as I look back I see what the problem really was: I did not
While looking through Street Smart Brazil’s blog archives, I rediscovered the article on Tips to Overcome Language Learning Frustration. In it, there’s the phrase, "Tell your Brazilian friends that they don’t need to correct every detail of what you say." As it happens, it evoked
Every so often I read up on some translation studies out of a desire to take up the profession at some point. In the past, I translated many, many Brazilian newspaper articles for my Brazil-focused blogs, but being that I'm not a professional (translator), surely those translations were
I read an article about language learning and how long it takes, or should take, to properly learn a language. The main idea was that it takes years of deliberate learning to acquire a language, just as it does with a countless number of other skills. I can attest to the length of time it takes to
Something that comes up a lot in discussions about langauge is the argument between using the language as people actually speak it (with short cuts, slang, the “eating” of letters, etc) or using it more like the way one is taught to write it (properly, following all the rules, no matter if no one