Well, this is embarrassing

After studying Greek for a week, I realized I just wasn’t enjoying myself. The writing was tripping me up because of all the letters that look like English letters but sound different, and the memorization that lay ahead (three genders, assorted declensions, and other such niceties) seemed endless.

I was crawl-in-hole embarrassed, but couldn’t ignore the feeling: Greek just wasn’t working for me. So I shifted to plan B, Portuguese and Brazil. Seems kinda random, I know, but I swear it isn’t.

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I’ve now been studying Brazilian Portuguese for about six weeks and loving every minute of it. I’ve also been researching Brazilian destinations where I can spend some time without risking life and limb.

I’ll house my new blog, That’s So Brazil, within my soon-to-be-launched website. I’ll let everyone know when it’s up and running. Tchau for now.

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8 thoughts on “Well, this is embarrassing

  1. Nothing to be embarrassed about. I am impressed by the fact that you were able to change course without much hesitation. I would probably have spent a month trying to tough it out before coming to the inevitable conclusion. You wasted no time and I understand that you are picking up Portuguese very quickly. Kudos to you!

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    • Thanks, Danica. For better or worse, I tend to make decisions quickly. And thanks for connecting me with Cleiton, who seems eager to start working with me! In the meantime, I’ve been really impressed with Duolingo. If you ever decide to learn a new language, I recommend it highly.

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  2. Gone Greeking is Gone and now it’s Beleza Brazil 🙂 I wish you an enlightening and enjoyable journey. We like Duolingo in our household too.

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  3. I’m afraid I missed Gone Greeking, unless this was the one and only entry!
    Good luck with Portuguese, and I’m glad Duolingo is working for you.
    And I too commend you on recognizing what didn’t work and switching gears. Who knows? I may come visit you in Brazil. I’ve never been there.

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  4. Hi Gaby,

    Good idea!! I think you don’t need to be emabarrassed, rather glad that you have the freedom to do what you want and proud that you are doing just that!

    I started learning Brazilian Portuguese as well. Don’t know if I told you about it….when Kevin had a Brazilian girlfriend. Very nice language. I stopped when they broke up but am thinking I should take it up again. Maybe we could take a trip to Brazil together when we are 70!?

    Turning 60 wasn’t as painful as I thoughtit would be. I got a nice little 3D painting for my bday which I saw at a gallery exhibit in our town a couple of weeks ago. 10 friends came by for a tea party with canapes and bubbly and on Saturday the whole family will be goingto a special dinner and show called Tiger Palace. Theyused to have a white tiger in the show but now no animals, just acrobats, magicians and dancers. It will be fun.

    Do you have plans to come to Europe soon? I will be going to visit my Mom March 6 to 10. We have semester break till mid April so maybe I will go away to a kind of yoga retreat for a few days or be adventurous and fly to the canary islands by myself to get some sun and beach time during this gray and rainy season… probably will stay at home and enjoy time to read and paint;)

    Hope you are enjoying portuguese. I used the Live moccha online program. How are you doing it??

    Lots of love from Bad Soden.

    Hugs, Anita

    Sent from my iPad

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