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Teaching Portuguese. - it takes a fool to remain sane
gigipointis
gigipointis
Teaching Portuguese.
I got my incense burning and a nice cup of tea waiting for me. I looked forward to that all day. I've been working hard and I confess I want my days off badly. Not to worry, 'cause they're coming soon. 

Let me tell you that teaching Portuguese is no easy task. I've got new students and they freak out whenever I teach them something new. The present and past tenses of verbs in Swedish are very simple to conjugate. All the forms are the same for each personal pronoun, and that's what my Swedish student misses the most, whenever he has to conjugate verbs in Portuguese. It's just too hard for him, since he was introduced to this language not so long ago. As for my Japanese student, her major difficulty is to pronounce the words. It's always fun to work with her, 'cause she laughs everytime she bumps into a long sentence. The Swede, on the other hand, sounds almost like a native even though he doesn't know much. Apparently, that works with every Swedish person. Henrik has almost no accent when he speaks my language, even though his vocabulary and grammar still suck. Hopefully, I'll change that soon.

Working with foreigners made me realize that I'm lucky for having Portuguese as a first language. I don't think I'd be able to study it, not with this pressure that I've voluntarily enrolled in when it comes to studying Swedish. OK! I'm done with the nerd talk. Tchau :D

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babarambob From: babarambob Date: January 24th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
what ages do you teach?
gigipointis From: gigipointis Date: January 27th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Kids, teens and adults.
My youngest student is 9 and the oldest is 68! :)
babarambob From: babarambob Date: January 27th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
that's wonderful!!! ;)
beanboy From: beanboy Date: January 24th, 2007 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey Gigi, It would be nice to speak to you in your native language. To bad you don't teach here. :)
gigipointis From: gigipointis Date: January 27th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Who said I don't?? Skype allows me to teach anywhere in the world :D
Schedule your classes via email haha
beanboy From: beanboy Date: January 27th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well I have Skype and would like to learn. Only problem is getting the teacher to show up. Ha Ha
From: im_a_star_now Date: January 24th, 2007 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)
How much do you charge for the classes?
I wanna learn Portuguese (:
gigipointis From: gigipointis Date: January 27th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't do business here hahaha
E-mail me and I can help you with your Portuguese.
From: irishman75 Date: January 24th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
i´m dating a brazilian woman and i´m going crazy here trying to learn this language.
muito dificil!!!!!!
gigipointis From: gigipointis Date: January 27th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Welcome to the club. My bf wants to murder my language cause it's so hard!
throwingstardna From: throwingstardna Date: January 24th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

I can speak Portuguese

Açaí !
gigipointis From: gigipointis Date: January 27th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I can speak Portuguese

haha You're only good at eating them!! And reading the nutrition facts on the back of packages. No accent at all :D
babarambob From: babarambob Date: January 24th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

BRIGHT IDEA

hey how about you do a video clip & teach us some portuguese??? :)
gigipointis From: gigipointis Date: January 27th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: BRIGHT IDEA

hahaha That would be silly :)
But I might as well do it haha
babarambob From: babarambob Date: January 27th, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: BRIGHT IDEA

oh boy.......
glauko From: glauko Date: January 25th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)

it was not a nerd talk.. =P

Oi Gigi..

Nao achei que se trata de 'nerd talk'... bem bacana a história toda, deve ser mesmo dificil aprender portugues.. bacana tambem saber que tu estas trabalhando com isto.. tu ta morando na Suécia, é isso?! uau... legal!

Beijo*
gigipointis From: gigipointis Date: January 27th, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: it was not a nerd talk.. =P

Oi Glauko!!

Quanto tempo. Eu pensei que você não tivesse mais LJ. Como estão as coisas?
Quase...na Noruega. Um país bem diferente do nosso. Tenho muitos desafios pela frente, mas nada me intimida :D
Ótimo fim de semana. Beijos.
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