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I lived in Brazil as an exchange student and am fluent in the Brazilian form of the Portuguese language. I can also fluently understand Spanish, so I should be able to help with Spanish questions too.

Experience in the area

I lived in Brazil as an exchange student and continue to practice Portuguese and Spanish with my friends from South America.


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current college student

Awards and Honors

Honors French And Spanish classes, high school high honors graduate, advanced English classes in college, Rotary ROTEX volunteer

What do you like about this subject?

My passion in life is learning lanugages. My goal is to learn as many as possible in my lifetime. Portuguese is a beautiful and difficult language and I'm proud to speak it.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

As I said, I hope to become fluent in as many languages as possible. My dreams are to either work as an ambassador or professional translator.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Portuguese is actually remarkably similar to Spanish and Italian. I can read and understand those two languages fluently. I cannot speak or write Italian, however.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

umm... the word "pinto" which is a car or a bean here in america actually means "penis" in brazilian portuguese!

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2006-11-30 Translation:

I believe you are requesting the Portuguese translation, no? "Always your slave" for a female slave would be "Sempre sua escrava" and for a male, it would be "Sempre seu escravo".  For a male master, it

2005-04-04 language:

Studying a new language expands your horizons.  It opens up the possibility to communicate with thousands more people.  It also facilitates understanding of additional new languages.  (For example, once

2004-09-25 Spanish - Garcia Y Vega:

To be honest, I have never heard anyone pronounce this brand of cigar as "Garsha."  All of my American and Latin American acquaintances say "Garcia" as you would expect.  Ask around though; every Spanish-speaking

2004-08-12 brazilian culture:

Dear Jeff,      Brazilians are quite fond of gestures.  While this is true, I remember no such custom of Brazilians tugging on their ears to say thank you.  It's possible that ear tugging may actually

2004-07-26 whatever:

Well that's a difficult question.  It depends on your native language and abilities.  German is easy for a native English speaker because of similar sounds.  Portuguese is easy for a Spanish speaker because


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