Cidade de Deus

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In my quest to learn as much as I can about Brazil and life therein, my Google searches brought me to this film called Cidade de Deus (City of God). I’ve been eager to watch it on Netflix for some time, but because it’s such a long movie (130 minutes) and I have the attention span of my golden retriever in a butcher shop, I kept bookmarking the title for another day.

Yesterday was that day.



12 weeks to Português: Falling in love with my tutor

If you’ve placed bets against me in my 12-week quest to learn Portuguese, the odds are looking in your favor.

I admit, I am well off track in my language learning journey. Between my work schedule, personal life and planning for Brazil — not to mention my bingeing on Gilmore Girls — I’ve let my Portuguese practices fall between the cracks.

So in an effort remedy my laziness and tendencies to get distracted, and to put my knowledge to the test, I enrolled in a live tutoring session with a native speaker earlier this afternoon. I thought about canceling at the last minute (again, blame it on my laziness), but I decided I might as well get the most out of my money and if something were to go terribly wrong, I’m sure you guys would want to hear all about it.

Spoiler alert: nothing bad happened. I didn’t throw up, forget everything I learned, or sound too American (at least, I don’t think I did).

12 weeks to Português: Week Um

In preparation for my Brazilian Spring Break, I’ve decided to make an effort and learn Brazilian Portuguese.

I’ve been told that English isn’t spoken widely throughout the developing country, even in the more populated areas like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Whether or not that’s true, and while I can probably survive a week with English alone, I actually enjoy languages and think understanding Portuguese (even a little bit) would enhance my experience and time there. Besides, why should I travel to another country and expect them to speak my language?

My teacher for the next 12 weeks or so is Ms. Rosetta Stone (I’m assuming the feminine because Rosetta sounds like an old Latin American woman’s name). I don’t plan on documenting every week but I do want to give periodic updates to keep myself accountable and you all entertained.

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Let’s see how well this goes…