Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Very Basic Guide to Portuguese

Portuguese is an important language, there are about 22 Mill. Native spekers! It’s spoken in Portugal, of course, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, and other countries, which were tied to Portugal in colonial times. I won’t come to dialects as we are on the very basic level. You might have problems with the pronunciation as some vowels are omitted, some are nasalized, there are diphthongs, and there are end-S, which are pronounced as a sh. Get a feeling for this by listening to fado, samba, or spoken Portuguese.

Thanks – obrigado (m), obrigada (f) – yes, there are differences, if you’re male you say obrigado
Yes - sim
No - não
Do you speak English? - você fala Inglês?
Please – por favor
Excuse me – desculpe-me
You’re welcome – de nada
Good morning – bom dia
Good afternoon - boa tarde
Good evening/night – boa noite
Hello – olá
Goodbye – adeus or tchau
How are you? - como vai?
I would like to buy ... - eu gostaria de comprar ...
How much is it? – quanto custa isto?
Please write it down - por favor anotá-la
I don’t understand – eu não entendo
Where is – onde é
Where are the toilets? – onde é o banheiro? Or: Onde é o quarto de banho?
I'm lost - estou perdido
What is your name? – como você se chama?
My name is LMK – meu nome é LMK
Left – esquerda
Right – direita
Please call a doctor quickly - por favor, chame um médico rapidamente

Please blame any mistakes on me.

And perhaps you might want to look at this page by the BBC:

The Very Basic Guide to Turkmenian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz


Friday, October 2, 2015

Carpe Diem Haiku Experiment No. 1

Here is the haiku which I love to share here for this first time Carpe Diem Haiku Experiment:

light of the full moon
shines through colored leaves
at last ... autumn
© Chèvrefeuille

Looking through black leaves on to
The moon during the eclipse

Carpe Diem Haiku Special No. 170 Michael Dylan Welch's

The moon’s late today
As the sun seems to tarry
Wild geese flying south

This clear moonlit night
The mountains feel the first frost
Cicada’s big sleep

Shooting star above
And we’re wishing like we’re kids
No one laughs us down

Carpe Diem Haiku No. 831 Ohmato Taikai (Festival of the Great Target)

The tired archer
His quiver is empty
Still shooting

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Carpe Diem Haiku No. 830 New Year

Lonely sparrow’s song
Wind carrying to its flock
Into the New Year

After the fireworks
The night rests serene and dark
Then wake up New Year

Carpe diem haiku kai
Where seasons pass merrily
And masters are met

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Carpe Diem Haiku Tokubetsudesu #63 Troiku (reprise)

butterflies and birds
restlessly they rise up
a cloud of flowers

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

Butterflies and birds
In between shadow and sun
The swaying bamboo

Restlessly they rise up
No scent of flowers
In the bamboo grove

A cloud of flowers
At the field borders
And grandpa waving

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Carpe Diem Haiku Special No. 169 Autumn's colors

Autumn approaching
Lugubrious foliage
The magpie still calls

Near the river bank
The poplars golden leaves
Cricket’s last song

Rain pouring on roof
And then white mists at dawn
Black and white moorhen