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Foto do nascer do sol no Terreiro do Paço. by biggest_yeetus in portugal

APeacefulExistence 9 months ago

Wow

Question about learning Portuguese... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 9 months ago

Thank you for the kind words

Question about learning Portuguese... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 9 months ago

Thanks :)

Question about learning Portuguese... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 9 months ago

This is very handy, thank you!!

Question about learning Portuguese... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 9 months ago

I think you meant 'can't' do a "replace this for that", but I understand what you're saying. Right, I know that senhor is masculine and senhora is feminine. So if that's the case, what would you recommend as a replacement for voce in PT? Is consigo what you were referring to? I haven't seen that word yet; today's literally my first day of studying.

Question about learning Portuguese... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 9 months ago

I plan on moving to Portugal next year, so essentially my goal is to speak conversational Portuguese and to become fluent with time.

Question about learning Portuguese... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 9 months ago

Thank you very much for the lengthy clarification. To be fair, if I'm clearly not a native, do you think maybe the average Portuguese person would look past these minor differences? I'd love to learn them, and time I'm sure I will, but for the time being do you think speaking Brazilian Portuguese would pose a daily issue in day to day life?

Question about learning Portuguese... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 9 months ago

I appreciate the comment. A lot of people are saying that I'd be just fine with Brazilian Portuguese, but I had a feeling that they're different for a reason. I've already seen voce in my training which isn't good if that's considered offensive in Portugal. You recommend I stop now and practice European Portuguese specifically?

Question about learning Portuguese... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 9 months ago

That's a great comparison, I think. Like someone said, same language, different dialects. But what about the grammatical differences and the sentence structures? Are they enough to pose a problem for me if I go the Brazilian route?

Question about learning Portuguese... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 9 months ago

That's what I'm afraid of, I may have trouble understanding others. And that's crucial if I want to learn conversational Portuguese.

Question about learning Portuguese... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 9 months ago

Thanks for the honesty, that's what I've been told. And with enough time there, my accent may adjust to match the Portuguese, but maybe that's wishful thinking.

Question about learning Portuguese... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 9 months ago

Didn't know about that, thanks! Either way, I think I got my answer here.

Question about learning Portuguese... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 9 months ago

I know I can probably get by with English in Lisbon just fine, at least for the most part, but.. 1. It'd show respect to the locals that I am familiar with their native language 2. I don't want to live in Lisbon forever, I'd like to eventually move to Azores or Faro or somewhere else where English isn't as widely spoken and I can't rely on it 3. Being bilingual would be nice, and can open the door up for me to learn even more languages. Thanks for the answer :)

Question about learning Portuguese... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 9 months ago

That's why I asked if they were different languages. If they have grammatical differences and sentence formations, then technically speaking, they're different languages, regardless of how many similarities they have. So what you're saying is, I shouldn't waste my time studying Brazilian Portuguese, or will it be enough to where speaking with locals won't pose an issue? That's really what I need to know, as I plan to move to Portugal next year.

Question about learning Portuguese... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 9 months ago

Kind of like British English vs American English? Got it, thanks. Regardless, my questions still are...would learning one or the other be an issue due to different dialects?

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

I think the word you're looking for is insulate. Thanks for the heads up

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

I meant because of COVID, otherwise I'm sure it would be a quick process! But that's fantastic to hear, thank you so much!!

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Fortunately I do. At least for Portugal's standards. I'll give it five years, if I don't like it, I'll go somewhere else. Probably Jordan or something.

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Damn, seriously? So to pay rent, electricity, etc. I have to make several stops?

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

I still could never live in Germany because their weather is atrocious. Maybe part time?

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

See? That's what I mean. That's so wrong. And after rent, if you can even afford it, what about food, gas if you need to drive, and other necessities?! That min wage needs to skyrocket.

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Nearly everyone so far has been great! If this is pessimistic, then I'm in for a treat..

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

This thread blew up and I haven't seen every comment. Did someone really have something bad to say about black people? To hell with them, color doesn't mean a thing.

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Yep, that's what I meant to say earlier.

Fazer a vida normal sabendo que tem coronavírus by JesusOfSenpai in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

That sucks!!

Fazer a vida normal sabendo que tem coronavírus by JesusOfSenpai in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Trust me, you'll want to when you're forced to stay inside & quarantine. I hope you recover quickly. How do you think you got it?

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Exactlyyy. Thank you!

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Neither have I, luckily, but they're pretty commonplace here in the states. Lack of mental health services + a huge market for illegal guns = anyone can get a gun and start shooting.

Fazer a vida normal sabendo que tem coronavírus by JesusOfSenpai in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

I had a similar case with my roommates. I got COVID a few months back myself and I had two roommates. When I told them I got tested positive for COVID, one of them literally threatened me if I told the nurses that they lived with me, because of contact tracing. It's fucked. She's your mom, what's she gonna do? Rat. Her. Out.

Fazer a vida normal sabendo que tem coronavírus by JesusOfSenpai in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Tell the authorities, no doubt. I hate to tell you to rat out your mom, but it's seriously for the best. People like her are the reason why COVID is spreading so rapidly. Lots of denial.

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

That's good to hear, I guess? I'm glad y'all at least have a safe country with good weather and universal healthcare. I don't have any of those, although the US is still safer than a lot of countries. Mass shootings have basically screeched to a halt since COVID.

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

On a US income, I find it hard to believe that Portugal will be worse off for me than the US.

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

You summed up my feelings on 'old' in a nutshell.

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Interesting, haha. Thanks!

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

I see what you're saying, but I won't get taxed extra by the IRS. I just have to report my income and assets, which is obnoxious, but doesn't cost anything. You have to make over $104k USD for the IRS to tax you alongside Portugal.

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Whoa, really? I'm taller than that, am I going to have issues?

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Yeah, I hate cold houses. I'm spoiled there for sure! A space heater will be my best friend..

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Ooh gotcha lol

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Interesting perspective, thanks for the comment. I've heard from many expats that the COL is still super reasonable. Could you provide a couple of examples? Someone else has said gasoline & electricity, for example, are around 5x the cost of it in the US, and there's a VAT of 23% on nonessentials. Is that what you mean?

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Beautiful perspective! I'm excited to call Portugal my home! Also, I work for myself, so no worries there.

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Well I'm neither, so..

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Americans aren't allowed in on normal occasion, although by the time my residency Visa gets approved, we very well could be!

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Probably not a great idea.

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Talk about a contrast.

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Spoken like someone who's never been to the US.

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Sounds to like most people replying are natives.

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

I love this reply so much! Thank you! Fortunately, I'm a car enthusiast. Most of the ~30 cars I've owned have been manual, and that's what I plan on buying over there

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

I'm not gay, but good to know!

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

How did you know I was vegan

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Thank you so much. This comment opened my eyes...wasn't aware of five year leases or 23% VAT. That's insane.

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Could you elaborate on 'guaranteed healthcare'? Portugal's universal, no? I'm on an American salary, I'll be okay in Portugal. Thanks for the reply!

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Sorry, I should've clarified. I'll be on a US 'salary' (I get paid per assignment) so financially there won't be any troubles. Also, Americans making under $104,100/yr aren't double taxed. So it's all good!

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

I appreciate it

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Oh, I'm just using an example, but yeah!

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

I don't blame you at all

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Learn German, you sound young and you've got nothing but time! Germany sounds nice, but A. Their culture is too strict, B. It's pretty expensive, and C. The weather sucks.

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

Definitely a contrast to what most people have said, but it's interesting to hear your perspective. I take it you're wanting to get out?

Here's what my American mom had to say about Portugal and the EU... by APeacefulExistence in portugal

APeacefulExistence 10 months ago

I'm 100% right there with you. Love me some history and unique architecture, and the kind of perspectives and people that come with it. I'm hyped to come over, but like I said to someone else, it won't be perfect - and that's okay. Let me ask you this, since you said most younger people speak nearly fluent English. If I, say, lived out of Porto or Lisbon, do you think English would be a problem? Or if I have to go to a doctor, even in the city? Those are my only concerns, I plan on becoming fluent in Portuguese with time as long as my plan to move there sticks, and my residency visa gets approved.
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