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Some Corrected Texts

A few recent texts with corrections below each. These are mostly pretty short since I didn’t want to give the correctors too much work over Christmas

Perder Um Streak.

A minha filha perdeu o seu Streak no Duolingo. Está a aprender francês. Usou o app todos os dias* durante 426 dias, mas esqueceu-se ontem. Eh pá.. Dói-me o coração….

*dammit, another one where I keep mistranslating. For “every day”, I keep writing “cada dia” (each day) when I should write “todos os dias” (all the days)

Feliz Natal.

Votos de um bom Natal** para todos. Espero que o Pai Natal traga tudo que vocês desejam.

**the capital letter is important.

Catolicismo.

Hoje de manhã, abri o Twitter, aquele sítio de opiniões equilibradas e cuidadosamente consideradas e deparei-me num tweet antigo. Uma mulher afirmava “não te podes considerar português não sendo católico”

O tweet é isca, claro, mas fez-me pensar um pouco sobre religião e identidade. O catolicismo constitui uma grande parte da cultura e da história do país (a isca é isca precisamente porque contém um grão de verdade) mas qualquer definição da nacionalidade que não inclua Viriato (de um lado da cronologia) nem Saramago (do outro) é evidentemente limitada de mais.

There was a little discussion in reddit about the influence of Catholicism on Portuguese culture, and how even those who consider themselves anti-catholics are to some extent influenced by it, which is all true, no doubt, but I think the original tweet I’m referring to isn’t saying that: I think she’s specifically trying to assert that any protestants or Muslims or Jews or atheists resident in the country will always be outsiders. In short, I think she was being a bit of an arsehole. To what extent that was pure trollage, or to what extent her tradwife persona is real, I don’t know, but taken on its face, it just seemed obnoxious.

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Fun and Games

My favourite Trivial Pursuit question at today’s family get together was when my brother asked me “What language is spoken by a Lusophone?” Hm, let me think about that one….

I hope yours was as good, that you had a happy Christmas, and that 2022 will be less of a pain in the bum than the last couple of years.