Let's meet Jamerson from Brazil
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Could you tell us about yourself, including the languages you know?Hi, my name is Jamerson, 19, from São Paulo, Brazil. I always loved languages but my parents only speak Portuguese so I tried to look for some opportunities to learn more languages. I started with Spanish which is very similar to Portuguese when I was 11 and then I started learning French and English. My goals right now are to learn German and Italian… as everyone says: to learn a language is a key to many more
Why do you think languages are important to you?I think languages are important because it can open many doors along the way in our lives. You can understand people in different languages and when you are studying languages you are not getting only knowledge of grammar and vocabulary but you’re also learning about the culture and another lifestyle as well.
Which language are you learning and how do you learn?I am learning German and Italian. I use Duolingo and some websites to improve my skills. I also look for some people to practice; I listen to songs and watch some videos.
Could you tell us which language is the most challenging for you to learn and why?The hardest one for me is German because Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian have basically the same structure and mother. German has a lot of declinations that make me confused sometimes, but I hope to get there as fast as possible.
Which language is the least challenging for you to learn and why?Spanish is the easiest for me because my native language is Portuguese and both languages are so similar.
What is the next language for you to learn and why?After I learn Italian and German I want to learn Chinese because I think the Chinese language is really important in the world and I like Chinese culture as well.
What is your advice to other language learners?My advice for people who want to learn languages is being motivated and search for ways that make you more excited about learning languages. For example, if you like movies, you must watch them in the language you’re learning. If you like music, you must listen to them in the language you’re learning. If you like running (I love running) you can listen to music, podcast and etc when you’re running. Language is not something that you have to see as a big challenge. It’ll flow in you, as it is flowing on me.
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