I’m gonna shoot a video with my boyfriend (not the boyfriend tag), if there’s anything language-related you wanna see, lemme know. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to edit and post, but you will see it if it’s doable and a cool topic. Any ideas?

Anonymous said: How do you feel about your year of learning French ? What do you think of the writing and the sonorities, the culture ?

I wouldn’t say that I’ve always wanted to learn French, but I guess I could say I’ve always thought it would be a cool language to know. But I took the class because I wanted to at least have a foundation in it, and so I could just add another language to my resume, if you will. I didn’t take it because I really really really wanted to learn it. 

I enjoy writing more in any language rather than speaking it. I enjoy writing, but the pronunciation of the words is difficult because there’s so many rules, it’s not as straight forward as the other languages I know. 

I had a hard time in French (i.e. the class was easy but grasping concepts was hard), but I think it was mainly because I learned “easier” languages first like Spanish and Portuguese. I was always comparing French to Spanish and Portuguese which I feel like added to that difficulty to French. 

I can’t say much about the culture because I don’t know much about it, and I don’t want to offend anyone. I have a few friends who live in France as well. But I feel like French is a very “perfect” and “precise” language, which I can compare to the art of ballet, also created in France. 

Anonymous said: Hi! I'm a native portuguese speaker and I hope you don't mind if I ask a few questions? I've been following you for a while and so I know Portuguese is one of your focus. What made you want to learn Portuguese and why did you choose to focus on Brazilian Portuguese? How do you feel about EU Portuguese? EU and BR Portuguese native speakers always seem to have biased opinions when it comes to them, so I'd honestly like to see what a non-native person has to say! Thank you (:

Learning Portuguese was kind of random for me…the summer I improved my Spanish, I met people from all over the world online and I met a couple Brazilians. And I think they talked about the language a little, and I thought it would be pretty simple to learn since I already knew Spanish. I thought, hey why not learn another language, can’t hurt to learn a new one! And that’s how it started. 

And I learned Brazilian Portuguese because I met Brazilians first. That, and in my opinion, Portuguese from Portugal sounds a little bit more like Spanish and I thought I would get mixed up more easily if I learned the one from Portugal. Who knows why I picked Brazilian Portuguese, haha. Even I don’t really know. I think it was mainly because I was exposed to Brazilian Portuguese first. 

I think EU Portuguese is cool, but hard to understand (it’s getting better though). I don’t have a strong opinion on it but I would like to learn more about it because I like language comparison, haha. I don’t really have a biased opinion :) 

Edit: I asked my boyfriend (Brazilian) what he thinks about EU Portuguese and he said “engraçado” :P 

Anonymous said: Hello! What's your native language? Do you study portuguese, right? Do you notice how similar it is to Spanish? How much do you know about the informal language that is spoken in the borders of Brazil with Spanish speakers countries in Latin America, the "Portunhol"? I find it very interesting, but I don't have a lot of information about it, since it's quite informal :P Anyway, your blog rocks!

Thanks ^^

My native language is English and Japanese. 

I do study Portuguese, but before I studied Portuguese I knew Spanish, so I do notice the difference :P haha but I don’t know that much about Portunhol/Portuñol. Many of the Brazilians I interact with live in states along the coast. But I do find it quite interesting. 

petlysander said: Have you ever done some serious translanguaging? I once tried to say "we eat" in Japanese and my Spanish kicked in, so I ended up saying "tabemos"!

I don’t do it on purpose, but I do it with my boyfriend who is learning English and speaks Portuguese :) if it has happened, it happens very rarely. 

Anonymous said: The colleges I've seen have Spanish/Portuguese programs and Italian/French programs. Like CSULB for example. But I don't know what that means in terms of majors?

I don’t think CSULB has 1 major for both Spanish and Portuguese, but sometimes departments are named “Spanish/Portguese” or “French/Italian.” Make sure you’re looking at the majors offered and not the department. 

Anonymous said: i didn't know ppl could major with a language that's really cool!

Haha yeah, it is cool. It’s not just about the language, there’s always other components like literature, history, culture, and then you have your electives, it’s a whole overview of not only the language but the places and people that speak it as well.

Anonymous said: Does Spanish Portuguese count as one major?

For my university it counts as one major. You have to check with the university what majors they offer, it’s different depending on where you go. 

Anonymous said: ur going to college for the first time in the fall? ur really young

I live in the US, so I went to community college for 2 years and now I’m transferring; I’ll be a junior in college. 

Anonymous said: Do you answer all of your questions? I'm just curious because I've sent a couple now and haven't seen a reply

I do answer all my asks, but some get delayed because they require a more detailed response and I want to take the time to answer it adequately. Sorry if it takes a while!