I’ve got a new exam (or rather the same flippin’ exam I failed last time, dammit!) at the back end of May. I’m making a list of things I want to do between now and then
- Build Confidence: I need to speak clearly and confidently even when I get to a bit I’m not sure about. If I don’t know the word, just guess and keep on going rather than fretting and looking confused.
- Conversely, don’t be cocky: talk at a sensible speed to give myself time to think, and don’t go off at a tangent that seems interesting if I’m not sure where I’m going with it. Obviously this is in conflict with the point above.
- Speak portuguese for at least 5 minutes every day between now and the exam.
- Listen to videos of people speaking in a range of accents from Alentejo, the rural centre of the country. and the islands (hence that Açoriano video I just posted).
- Listen to at least 3 video films with subtitles.
- Get to grips with the Raul Solnado “Guerra de 1908” sketch
- Read at the very least:
- A Língua Portuguesa (Fernando Pessoa)
- Mensagem (Fernando Pessoa)
- Brevíssima História de Portugal (A.H. De Oliveira Marques)
- Maybe even A construção da democracia em Portugal (Kenneth Maxwell) although that seems a bit ambitious.
- Make a timeline of portuguese history to get a sense of how it hangs together
- Write about portuguese landmarks – the Padrão dos Descubrimentos, Torre de Belém, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and so on.
General Language skills
- I need to build my vocabulary – Memrise and Lingq daily goals
- I’m getting better at the ver/vir (which was one of the 4 Evil Exes I identified a year or so back) but need to step up my game on some of the other weirder irregulars like Por and Dar
- Finish the exercise book I’m on now
- Do a couple of mock exams to get a feel for the speed I need to be working at to get in under the time limit
- Practice writing legibly. I type so much these days I need to get my hand used to forming letters or I’ll be penalised for spelling errors.
- Letter format and forms of address
- Learn – actually learn verbatim – one song
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