LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||25/ABR/2006 8:09 AM|
|Assunto:||Pat / Portuguese|
Very well. This year we have a new teacher, she has been in the US for
some years and so speaks reasonably good english, but is good about
refraining from speaking english with us during class. She is
Mineiro, of mostly Italian heritage, and very well-educated although I
think mostly self-educated.
We talk about all sorts of things during class - she talks a great deal, laughs a lot, and I struggle to understand. Every so often she says "compreende?". Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't, but the main thing is to keep listening.
One problem, the only problem really, is that because we are the only "advanced" portuguese class around, we have too much range in the students, and too few of us. For example, the top student is fully fluent, the next one is quite good and has almost a perfect accent (to my ear, at least), then there is another who speaks better than me and comprehends a bit more also, then there is me, and then two less proficient.
So it is impossible for one teacher to effectively improve such a wide range of students in one hour-and-a-half class. Still, just so far this year listening to her has greatly improved my comprehension - I can notice the difference when listening to random brasilians. Our co-operative poetry translation was also a high point.
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