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We are under no illusions as to how difficult leaning Portugese is going to be, but we are working away at it. I was very cheered today by speaking to a business associate who has owned a place in the Algarve for several years yet hasn’t made the effort we have..and I thought WE were being lazy.
Various book/CD combos along with the fantastic “Before You Know It” software – http://www.byki.com/ – has got us off to a reasonable start. Putting it all together is the hard bit – i.e. saying something like “seabass delicious, red wine more please thank you yes,” is about where we are at the moment. I am not sure whether how nice the Portugese are about our attempts is due to their patient nature or them being so surprised that some Brits actually do want to make the effort to learn the language.
I do not, however, seem to have mastered the correct way to pronounce Pastel Da Nata (a delicious Portugese custard tart,) as in a PT cafe here in England last weekend my attempts resulted in considerable giggling. I need to work on that one!