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Growing up in Brazil | Crescer no Brasil

Hello folks! (tradução embaixo)

As the Czech proverb goes,

“You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once.”

Last week, I did something I could not have imagined myself doing even a year ago. I held a presentation in Portuguese for the first time in my life! It was about my thesis project in general, so sure, a subject I am comfortable with… in English. It made me realise something I kind of had forgotten about.

And yes, the picture should say “you live a new life”.

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A month of 2015 studies, really becoming Brazilian, and Easter

Hello folks! (tradução abaixo)

Happy Easter! It’s holiday now, but since I don’t have classes on Thursdays and Fridays anyway, it’s not all that different from usual. But, less homework because a lot of people go home to their families, which, in Brazil, can take longer than for me to get home to The Netherlands! Continue reading…

A Hong Kong-British Finn & Dutch ex-resident speaking Swedish living in Brazil. Hi. Or terve.

Oioi! A few years ago I remember my Facebook profile containing the line “I’m a Hong Kong-British Swedish speaking Finnish guy in The Netherlands. I didn’t confuse you, did I?”. Well, I have bad news for you if you didn’t follow before. Now it’s even more confusing. Even I’m beginning to find it hard to explain without having to think when “presenting” (more like a speech) myself to others. And I’ve noticed that a lot of people ask more than once about my background, so probably they didn’t get it the first few times. It’s probably for the best; there are plenty other things in the world to concern yourself with than a louco finlandês without a proper identity.

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Preparations and a shipload of bureaucracy

Hi peeps!

So, right now not much interesting is really happening, but don’t let that discourage you from reading all about it. I’m in the middle of acquiring documents and stuff needed for a legal desertation desertion. Meanwhile, I’m selling as much as possible of the things I can’t take with me or never need again. I miss my external screen already.. laptop screen is tiny! Before leaving for Brazil, I’m also going to go to Finland for a few days next week to celebrate my uncle’s even years, and do some other stuff. It’s a tight schedule, considering I don’t yet know when I have all the necessary documents to book a plane from Amsterdam to Rio to Belo Horizonte (+bus to Viçosa), and considering that I’d preferably need as much time as possible in Brazil before start of studies (August 4th).

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Anyway, I’m looking forward to this new chapter, even though I’m sure I’m over-confident and overestimating my superpowers in Portuguese. I’m gradually finding my way through weird things in the language (most languages have weird stuff); rule-less stuff you just “have to know”, idioms, expressions… Speaking of which, you all know Russian roulette, right? There’s kind of a Brazilian equivalent, called “São Paulo roulette” (roleta-paulista), where you run a red light, hopefully without dying. Back when I found it, it was rather hilarious to see nothing changes wherever you go. People in big cities are always made fun of!

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Oh yeah, yesterday I also finished my very last Portuguese class in Amsterdam. I’ve attended classes (at Tupiniquim) every week since end of last year, and also been very busy on http://www.duolingo.com, which is an extremely good site for learning languages on your own. You should try it if you haven’t already! Eventually you may translate articles, which helps with ordinary language use.

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I hope you could follow the fragmented blog post, leading you to this last paragraph. If you couldn’t follow it, then you will never have reached this line and seen my apology. Apologies for that. Tchau!

 

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