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  1. I don't use to dream often but I've only had dreams in Portuguese (my language) and English... and I can speak other languages too, not fluently but I can. Although there was one Anime-dream I had and it was in Japanese and I don't know a word of it.
  2. Well I'm Portuguese and the Portuguese language developed in the Western Iberian Peninsula from Latin brought there by Roman soldiers and colonists starting in the 3rd century BC. Old Portuguese, also known as Galician-Portuguese, began to diverge from other Romance languages after the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the barbarian invasions in the 5th century and started appearing in written documents around the 9th century. By the 13th century, Galician-Portuguese had become a mature language with its own literature and began to split into two languages. In all aspects—phonology, morphology, lexicon and syntax—Portuguese is essentially the result of an organic evolution of Vulgar Latin with some influences from other languages that I mentioned above. Portuguese was brought to Brazil when Pedro Álvares Cabral was intended to go to India but deviated from the route and ended up in South America.
  3. I started learning German really because it was the only subject I was allowed to choose in my school and my "degree" so I decided to go with it, and I actually liked it. It seems like a complex language but it is not as hard as one would think. German is actually leading right now among all other countries in Europe and is one important world potency so I think it is always a plus.
  4. Since I've started studying German I've noticed the language can sound quite rough and aggressive, it is true. Just as Italian sounds melodic and cheerful. I've watched German movies while learning the beginnings and there were parts of normal dialogue where it really seem they were fighting. Just like Chinese, I also find it aggressive.
  5. This happens a lot in Spain. Spanish people are extremely proud of their country and their own language. When I was in a Spanish restaurant in Madrid once (I'm Portuguese) and I started talking Portuguese and, although I knew they had understood, they would always answer back in Spanish... always. Even if you don't understand it. They are that proud of their culture.
  6. I agree with this too and have actually put it to the test - I've offered myself to teach her at least with the basics like "how are you" and stuff and she insists she doesn't want my help and she's fine on her own. Yes, she doesn't even know how to start a conversation like "Hello, how are you, what are you up to?". It's frightening.
  7. Learning a new language can't be comparative to learning our native language... one takes effort and the other, well, doesn't, really. Our native language is embedded in our daily life, we don't learn it, it eventually comes to us like breathing since it's everywhere and in everyone in our surroundings. Learning a new language isn't. Or it might be, but if we're older, it's harder.
  8. Cristo Rei in Portugal, Almada. I actually love this so much. Not a building but...
  9. She suddenly woke up - that creature's laugh was her mother laughing at her stupid faces she was doing while sleeping.
  10. É muito bom haver uma secção para que as pessoas possam aprender/desenvolver e aliviar alguma curiosidade sobre a língua portuguesa
  11. Welcome to the forum, Mizali! Hope you have a good time around here and can enjoy/start learning some other languages. Spanish is a fundamental language too!
  12. I've actually never felt that way because if you're learning a language that's not your own, people can't expect you to be at the highest level of knowledge and verbalization of that language... it's ignorant and childish. I know and I've encountered people that speak some languages better than me and of course they have been studying them longer than I have.
  13. Learning new languages feels great... I've never really studied Spanish since it is a lot like Portuguese, so when I went to Spain for the first time a few years back and I had a really solid conversation with the coffee man... I felt so happy. I used expressions I didn't even know I knew! Feels so great, because when you learn a new language, you become a part of that country's culture and that gives you a head start to knowing more about the country.
  14. I'm not really used to multiple choice tests, only one of my teachers uses multiple choices in her tests and I actually prefer it. But it depends on the subject; there are subjects where it's not that practical to use multiple choice questions, like History. I'm currently studying Advanced History and never have I had a multiple choice question, although I'd prefer it because History has a lot to study and sometimes I can't remember everything - but I have to to get a good grade. So I'm kind of in a mixed spot right now.
  15. I really liked "Os Maias" from Eça de Queirós, starting from the 2nd chapter because the first one is very boring, being the description. But the story is actually pretty interesting!
  16. Gostei muito de "Os Maias" de Eça de Queirós, a partir do 2º capítulo porque o primeiro é muito aborrecido, sendo a descrição. Mas a história é bastante interessante por si só!
  17. British English is really not for me, I hate their accent! I just feel more comfortable talking with an American pronunciation, and that's really how I was taught. Some British words are actually the same as in my main language (Portuguese) like "sofa" but overall I prefer the American English.
  18. I was 13 years old when I couldn't read fast enough as I wanted to, so that's where I focused myself on. I started reading all these books I've read before, not to "read" them again but to speed up my reading. And eventually it worked - it's all about practice, just like with everything else.
  19. I don't feel nervous at all, well, sometimes I feel a little bit nervous when I've studied a lot and am afraid of not getting a good grade anyway, but it's in rare cases. Usually I'm very chill about it, as long as I know what I've studied, I'll be fine. And usually I don't remember anything before the exam and when I start writing everything pops out of my head all of a sudden :grin:
  20. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” One of the most meaningful quotes to me.
  21. Yeah... I use "lol" a lot... but it's an addiction, sometimes I don't even notice it. Sometimes I find myself saying "lol" like 50 times in a 2 hour conversation, it's crazy!!!!
  22. My first word was something like "wood" pointing to the refrigerator so my mom guessed I was trying to say "food"?
  23. Spanish is much easier, well it is for me because I'm Portuguese so it's basically identical but French's grammar is a lot more complicated than in Spanish.
  24. Speaking and listening. Writing and reading are easy but speaking sometimes I mix words up or spend too much time wondering what's the word I intend to use next. Listening can be a nightmare sometimes... when I did my listening test in my German class I thought I was really ready but it is super hard to understand two Germans talking normally.
  25. For me, the funniest English word is "fornicating". I just start laughing instantly.... I immediately picture some dog having crazy wild sex to a bitch, it's just an hilarious word to me!
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