Category: Learning the language

Butterflies, buds and bellies – Portugal in spring

(Lou) Last week was definitely an interesting one. Both Ben and I have work stacked up in front of us, which is great as we save up for the (ever closer) impending arrival of our little bundle of joy later this year. The alternately cloudy, sunny and blustery weather has suited our indoor lifestyle, which…

New Year, New Horizons – Portugal 2014

(Lou) Having lived in Portugal for over four years now, it’s fair to say that some aspects of daily life in our new country have become routine. Certain interactions that would have invoked serious anxiety (mixed with excitement, of course) when we first arrived are now carried out without a moment’s thought. 2014, though, is…

Portuguese Language Learning – an Update from Lou

It seems hard to believe that we are approaching the four year anniversary of our move to Portugal. I can still clearly remember driving to and from work in the weeks before our move, endlessly repeating phrases from my Portuguese language learning CD as I sat in traffic on the A3. Our language skills have…

Five Things you may not Know About Portugal

Even though we’ve now lived in Portugal for around four years, we still keep discovering new things, especially relating to customs and culture. As our recent blog survey revealed that people like hearing about cultural differences, so in today’s light-hearted (and affectionately intended) post, I’m going to discuss five quite random things that I’ve learned…

How to Speak Portuguese – Lou’s Ten Portuguese Language Cheats

Life in Portugal can be tricky enough when you’re trying to negotiate the endless paperwork or identify strange looking cuts of meat in the butcher’s, let alone when you try and work out how to speak Portuguese. The difficulty with learning Portuguese is that what you say and hear doesn’t seem to correspond much with…

Portugal A to Z Project – M, N and O

M is for Mopeds Anyone who knows me personally will know that these had to get a mention. After all, they are my current favourite toy (move over iPhone, you’re no longer the new kid on the block). A few weeks back we took delivery of the two shiny electric scooters you will see in…