Saturday, 12 July 2014

¿Por qué español?


Hoy querría decir porque aprendo español y mostrar que ya sé después de estudiarlo hace dos semanas. Primeramente como escribí en el post anterior, hablo portugués. Eso me ayuda mucho. Pero hay algunos falsos amigos también.

En general me gustan mucho los idiomas romances. Es la primera razón para aprender español. Además hay muchos paises donde se habla ese idioma. Entonces uno puede encontrar ilimitadas posibilidades de comunicarse. Es más fácil leer artículos o escuchar la radio en español que en otros idiomas menos populares.

No puedo decir que sé muchas cosas. Mas ya es algo y por eso estoy contento. Lo importante es estudiar todos los días y hacer progresos. Ya aprendí como presentarse y describir un piso. Hay también algunas cosas gramaticales que conozco. Las aprendo más rápido porque la gramática española es muy parecida a la potuguesa. Hasta ahora sé como usar y formar los sustantivos, adjetivos y verbos regulares en presente de indicativo.

Espero que escriba pronto. ¡Hasta luego!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Spanish project

Hi everyone,

I still do not have much time to run this blog, unfortunately. However, it does not mean that I do not have any language plans. I have decided to start my Spanish project, that is to learn as much of Spanish in three months time as possible. Some of you already know that I speak Portuguese. That is why, I believe that learning Spanish won’t be such a challenge. Though, I am aware that both languages are similar (vocabulary and grammar) and may get confused in my brain. The phenomenon called “Portunhol” (or as Spanish speakers call it “Portuñol”). So wish me luck. I will try to post some info about my progress and maybe some comparative notes of two languages.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Is it really that easy to spot a foreigner?

Hmmm.... sorry?? What a heck is this title all about? Could you be more specific, please ??? Just give me a second to explain. Don’t be hot-headed. This post is all about foreigners and their writing abilities in a foreign language. Have you ever been curious whether a foreigner can write as good in a particular language as a native? Or it just doesn’t cross your mind, doestn’t bother you, doesn’t disturb your peace of mind. Just an insignificant fact as many others. Maybe it is only an obsession of someone who loves writing, craves to do it better and better with each sentence that comes to mind, who pays attention to every word.

So how actually natives spot a foreigner as to language?

Sure sentence structure and vocabulary may rat somebody out. But is that all? Is it just that easy? And what about those who over the centuries have been trying to master writing skills? Some definitely were successful. Let’s just name Jospeh Conrad (Józef Conrad Korzeniowski). a writer of the Polish descent, who wrote many books in English. They were indeed good ones (we may even find some on the list of books one must read.... before die). But maybe it is a proof that only the chosen ones have a chance to stand out of the crowd and the others, the men in the street, can’t do this. it is just beyond their skills, capacity. And still a question, like a magnet, arises, more profound with increasingly distinctive sound. Can only native write perfectly in a language? Is he better because he uderstands the soul of a language, its every nerve, every slight change of character. Maybe he is better because of those smooth, well-shaped words and phrases he uses; polished up to perfection.  He is so careful, so focused not to commit any crime on a language, not to butcher the words with his sharp dagger.... With the sole goal to leave paper stainless, spotless, not to disturb its existing harmony. Maybe..... But than, can we call every foreigner a killer openly, Only because we think he is to blame for every false step. We follow him with our accusatory look, because as it seems he destroys this perfect surface of a language sea by a heavy, missed stones-words forming circles that grow bigger and bigger. Finally, is there a way to break the vicious circle? Are there any methods to improve writing skills so they seem more natural or simply hide in the crowd. Escaping the black look of a bloodthirsty native.

What do you think?
Can non-native speaker write really good in a foreign language?

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas!!!

This time in Portuguese....Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Calor no inverno
É Natal
Um momento de sossego
É Natal
Tempo de amor e esperança
É Natal
Quando somos juntos
É Natal
Quando recebemos as prendas de coração
É Natal
Cara brilhando com sorriso
É Natal
Quando somos melhores
É Natal
Um momento mágico....
.....é Natal

Feliz Natal!
Que seja o tempo de amor, esperança e paz.
Que ninguém seja sozinho.
Que o Ano Novo seja melhor do que o anterior e que todos vossos desejos se realizem.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Videos - a new way of speaking about the language issues


I dicided to post some video here. It is my first video, so forgive me if it is not consistent. You see I am not used to the camera. I apologise for the quality. I know it is not very good. I will try to work on it.

I hope you will like the idea. I plan to make more videos in different languages. I will try to deal with many issues that may interest you. 


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Hebrew alphabet - part II

It is time for the next part of the hebrew alphabet. Like it was last time, I prepared for you the following four letters. Before we start, I would like to mention, that I have already learned the whole alphabet and started my journey with the vocabulary....or sort of. Of course, it is always hard at the beginning. You know the alphabet, but you get confused from time to time. 
After this short intro let's start:

Hey is pronounced like h in "home".

Vav pronounced like v in "van".

Zayin is pronounced z like in "zebra".

Chet is pronounced like h. But is glutteral like in German "Bach"