As one of the so-called BRIC countries, Brazil has figured more prominently in the news over the last few years. With Brazil hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2014 (in 12 different cities), and then Rio de Janeiro hosting the Olympics in 2016, i’m sure that we’ll all know quite a bit more about the country by the time these events are over in a few years.
Closer to my day-to-day life working on a university campus, it’s also worth noting that the Brazilian government is currently in the middle of an ambitious program called “Science without Borders”; by 2015, the scheme will see 100,000 Brazilian university students (undergraduate through post-doctoral) head overseas–the Canadian government estimates that as many as 12,000 of those students will come to Canada.
I could come up with a few more ‘reasons’ to learn Brazilian Portuguese, but the truth is that it simply sounds cool to my ears. If I can learn enough to have a decent conversation then I’ll be happy. I don’t have a particular timeline in mind— just hobby/fun.
I’ve been checking out Brazilian movies and music through my local library, and I’ve enjoyed getting started with Duolingo‘s Brazilian Portuguese beta-offering. We’ll see how it goes!
I’ve been beta-testing the new Duolingo crowd-source platform for translation-based language-learning for a couple of months— are you interested in giving it a try?
As far as I’m aware, I don’t stand to gain anything from the exchange, but they just announced that current users could give away 3 (three) invites.
Want one? (update: all gone! ) Please leave a comment or send me an e-mail (raymond /at/wordsummit/dot/com).
From the TED video description: “Duolingo will be a revolutionary product in which millions of internet users from around the world will work together to translate the internet and learn a new language at the same time. All for free.”