Tags: learning Portuguese

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…

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…

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 Review of the Year

To conclude my retrospective look at our first exciting year in Portugal, here, as promised in my last posts are our high points and respective low points of our first year in the Algarve. THE HIGHS 1. Sharing our new home with friends and family – some of our happiest times here to date have…

Portugal Red Tape Rant

I had very much hoped to call this next post “Chilling Like a Resident.” Unfortunately, despite a tour of four different government offices yesterday, it was not to be – we still don’t have our residency. The two major problems here, as I see them, are firstly that European law changes all the time and…