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Greeting from Alaska  


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Ola! I am Martin and I currently live in Alaska. I am going to pursue a D7 Visa. I look forward to talking with others here, and I have much to learn. I have started to study the Portuguese language and it is much trickier than Spanish, which I have also started to study. Please stay safe, my friends.

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Welcome. I think you will find it is a little warmer here!

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@hartmill Indeed. The snow has crept down the mountains that surround Anchorage. I haven't quite put my fishing gear away for the season, but I probably should resign myself to the fact that winter is basically here.

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Welcome Martin, I agree the weather might be more to your liking here. It's a beautiful day in the Algarve, blue skies & sunshine and about 70* here at our house. Be sure you are studying Portugal Portuguese and not Brazillian. They are different. Brave of you to take on two languages at one time. I am struggling to learn Portuguese. 

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@peggyl Thanks for the advice. I was studying Spanish because I had thoughts of moving to either Costa Rica or Ecuador, but I can't seem to shake the idea of living in Portugal. I need to find an application that excels in Portugal Portuguese. If you know of one, please let me know. Enjoy the sun! Sounds beautiful.

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Martin, I have tried several language programs without luck. I finally took a beginner's course in Portuguese at the language school in Portimão. That gave me a good base and also some good practice with proper pronunciation. It was good to have the basics of verb conjugation and the basics of how to form a sentence. Now as I learn new words, it's easier to make the sentence correctly. I was chastised in class because I was using a translation online that defaulted to Brazillian Portuguese after every word so much of my homework was incorrect. Then someone told me about MEMRISE. It's on the web and I gave it a try. It teaches you the words, the spelling, the male/female via various written & listening skills in 5 word or phrase increments. And it uses native Portuguese speakers to voice the words so you know how to really pronounce it and how to recognize a word when you hear it. It's slightly less expensive than some of the others but comparable. You might want to give it a try and see if it suits you. Everyone has different ways of learning so it may or may not be your style. I do recommend that when you get here, you take a basic Portuguese course. It really helped me.

good luck, @peggyL

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@peggyl I started using Memrise. Thanks for the tip.

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