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The Schizophrenia of Brazilian Portuguese

September 20, 2011


I remember a teacher correcting me at school: It’s not “none of us were”, it’s “none of us was”. The same went for “less people”, “the amount of times”, “me and my friends”… Wrong, wrong, wrong. Black and white. And for a lot of my formative years I believed this. Following the “rules” religiously, blindly, with my […]

Leaving the BBC and the UK

July 3, 2011


After five months of anticipation, the time has come. Last week I left the BBC – and today I’m waving goodbye to the UK.  Heathrow Terminal One looms large on the horizon. It’s a weird feeling as, deep down, it feels like I’m not leaving either of them, the BBC or the UK, completely safe and […]

No Anglo-Saxon friends without a few Latin enemies

February 27, 2011


I was speaking to my Lusophone lover the other day as part of an ongoing campaign to improve my pidgin Portuguese. The topic of conversation turned to films, and I wanted to find out what The Social Network was called in Brazil (as often there are differences in branding between English films – not straight translations, and […]

So, I’m going to be a ‘gringo’? All Greek to me…

February 24, 2011


So, despite recent news about a Brazilian woman finding an alligator behind her sofa, it’s looking like I will be moving to South America this summer. Before me stands the slightly daunting prospect of having to decipher the language and overcome some of the more challenging cultural differences – but I’ve done it before, and […]