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Oh Look, Another Podcast!

I heard about the Portuguese Lab Podcast via a F**ebook group (which I joined grudgingly – I have been studiously avoiding becoming enmeshed in Zuckerberg’s tentacles). It seems like a good addition to my existing stable of audio, maybe taking the place of Say it in Portuguese, which seems to have gone quiet lately.

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The Memory Palace

The Memory Palace has a special episode featuring a (Brazilian) Portuguese translation of one of its episodes and some good stuff about translation. Obviously the accent is a bit cheechy-peechy but it seems to be worth a look.

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Portuguese With Carla #newPodcastKlaxon

I came across a new European Portuguese podcast today. Clipboard01Well, truth be told, it has been around since 2014 but it took a huge break for a couple of years and has just rematerialised on iTunes. It’s called Portuguese With Carla. It seems pretty easy, suitable for beginners, so if you’re at the A1/A2 level you should definitely give it a look. I don’t know that I am going to follow it because I think I’m past the point at which it can help me but I’ll try some of the later episodes first though, to see if it’s a bit more challenging. I could use a new podcast now that Say it in Portuguese has introduced a brazilian co-host (boooo!) and Practise Portuguese has slowed its output while the boys build their infrastructure and their business.

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A Double Century and a New Podcast

Apparently that last post was the 200th on this blog. I can hardly believe it! My other blog only has about 5 posts on it!

sbroing-e-legendaOK, so news: I came across a podcast recently called sbroing which has – among other things – an audio recording of O Principezinho, one of the books I read during last year’s maratona de leitura. When I first found it, I was disappointed to find that the first couple of episodes had expired from iTunes and were no longer available but more recently I have found their website,  where the complete set of chapters is preserved in the archive. Excitement! So I have downloaded the whole thing to listen to later, plus a few of their other episodes. If you like audiobooks too, you should definitely check it out!

I have no idea how “sbroing” is pronounced in portuguese. It’s one of those words – like “wook” that don’t seem like arrangements of letters that would happen in Portuguese but there they are anyway.

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Estou Livre!

One of the odd things about listening to portuguese comedy is not quite being sure what the cultural reference points are. The first time I experienced this was when I was listening to something from Rádio Commercial. Mixórdia de Temáticas? It might have been that. There was a character on it who was talking in a weird high-pitched voice and lisping. My first thought was that he was Spanish because the Spanish lisp their Z and soft C sounds, but that didn’t seem right, and then it hit me he was a comedy gay man. There are… let’s see… *counts on fingers* three types of comedy gay man. The rarest is the scary type – like Uncle Monty from Withnail and I. They’re creeping into your room at night and saying stuff like “I mean to have you even if it must be burglary”, but that wasn’t it.

The second type, and the most common these days, is the sharp-tongued gay man from TV shows who is well-dressed, a great dancer, and with a bottomless well of catty put-downs. He’s usually best friends with the leading woman, maybe sharing her flat, and he is very scornful of her latest boyfriend. Well, needless to say, this type didn’t fit the bill either.

inmanWhat it reminded me of most Mr Humphries from “Are You Being Served”. Do you know this show? It was inexplicably popular when I was growing up in the seventies and eighties. Well, I say inexplicably, but there was very little else on TV so we didn’t have much choice. Anyway, if you’re my age and British you’ll almost certainly know it, but I think it was sold overseas too, so maybe you yanks will have seen it too. At that time, TV was full of them: Larry Grayson’s screen persona, Gunner Beaumont from “It Ain’t Half Hot Mum”, and various bit parts in everything from The Dick Emery Show to Carry On. You don’t see many Mr Humphrieses on UK TV these days, for much the same reason as you wouldn’t see a bloke with boot polish on his face calling himself Rangi Ram and saying “youuu blaaaaaddy fooool”: the world has grown up. So hearing this apparent echo from the past speaking Portuguese on Rádio Comercial threw me off balance a bit. Is Portuguese Radio just a bit behind the times? Is there something more intelligent and interesting going on that I’m just not fluent enough to follow? Or was he Spanish after all? Ach, ask me again next year. I might have sussed it out by then.

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Music and Toilets

Listening today:

Ana Moura, because she’s coming to the Barbican Centre in September and I’m going with Mrs Lusk. I think a Ana’s possibly a bit uncool, like a Portuguese Mariah Carey, but I’m not bothered and I’m calling it homework

Luisa Sobral, because she seems like fun. I think she does songs in English as well as Portuguese, and for children as well as adults. I would dearly love to know what this is about, for example. Is it educational in some way? Just a fun thing to sing? What? I actually have a podcast of her talking about it so I’ll try and decipher that rather than take the coward’s way out and ask Mrs L.

Beatriz Gosta, because I was told it would be good to mix it up a bit with the podcasts. I listen to a lot of news and serious programming from Antena 1, but of course it’s all in one tone of voice and a narrow vocabulary, so I tried Antena 3 which is a hotbed of filth and depravity and shrieking yoof presenters. Well, it’s broadened my vocabulary, even if none of the words are usable in most conversations I’m likely to have in the queue to see Ana Moura.

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Hoje de manhã, ethcutei uma gravathão de “Jothé e Pilar” para praticar Portuguêth. Infelithmente, ethquethi-me que a Pilar del Rio, a ethpotha de Jothé Tharamago era ethpanhol e por itho, agora falo Portuguêth athim.

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Practice Portuguese (Again)

I mentioned a while ago that Rui and Joel’s European Portuguese podcast, Practice Portuguese was still a thing and that I was going to sign up for a paid subscription. Well, I’ve been finding it very helpful. I already had all the podcasts on my ipod, of course, but I find it hard, sometimes, to follow everything that’s being said. Being a pro member gives you access to subtitled video versions, with a complete transcription, key vocabulary, and a quiz at the end. Well, there’s a section on the DEPLE exam that involves listening and answering questions, and I’m nervous about it, so this is enormously helpful for me, and I am working my way through them. Once you’ve looked at the video features for an episode, listening again to the audio is a lot clearer and I find my level of understanding goes up a notch the next time I listen to it on the iPod at the gym or while wrestling a filha’s stick insects.

You can try out the subscription service by going to the subs page on their site and scrolling down. No, further than that.Ignore the video of Rui talking to his Avó. Go about half way down. The video is called Diálogo 10 – Encomendar uma Pizza. That. Try that.