May 31st, 2007
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O Evangelho de acordo com Rhys – Pissing off To Portugal #2

 

As mentioned earlier in the week, my major concern (besides the drinking water) of Portugal is the Language. Thanks to Paulo Martins I’ve picked up a few words (namely how to say “I want to rape you”. Of all my kinks however that isn’t one of them). I have therefore rectified it somewhat by purchasing this Pocket Portugal Guide.

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It’s brilliant! It’s like a travel guide and phrase book in a handy pocket sized book (and it is pocket sized, tried it on my jeans, fits as snug as a bug in a rug). Of course, large amounts of it is useless for me (I’m not much of a sailor, and haven’t got time to go fishing nor play golf), but there are a few useful words and phrases. I decided that it was better to get one, rather than do my preferred method of listening to translation podcasts, as I may be able to speak the lingo, but if it comes to reading it off a menu I’d be screwed (I’m like that with Welsh, I can understand it fluently, I can speak enough to get by, but reading or writing it? Terrible).

I feel now I’m half way towards learning enough Portugese to hold a conversation with a 2 year old. Here’s what I’ve learnt so far – in order of importance (a lot of these things have weird things over the letters, I can’t be arsed figuring the keyboard combinations to get them displayed):

Cerveja - Beer
Fala ingles? - Do you Speak English?

So as you see, I’m pretty cunning linguistically, efficient learning rather than learning phrases I will never need (“Can I send a telegram?*” please, do I look like the Queen?). However, as I said, I’m half way there. I’d like to know the following phrases in Portugese. Please.

You are very pretty, can I buy you a drink?
I don’t care if you reached the semi-finals of the World Cup, and the finals of the European Championship, the fact is that your players – whilst skillful – are a cancer on the modern game of football with your constant diving and play acting.

That’d be great, cheers!

Also, any more phrases would be appreciative (especially of the “chat-up” variety). What other phrases do you think I need?

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