Falling in and out of love with Portuguese

I studied linguistics as part of my Modern Languages degree, and I was terrible at it. I really struggled to work out what it was all about. Was linguistics a science or an art? Was linguistics about the heart or the mind? I spent hours ploughing through articles with as much soul as a dead fish. I wrote thousands of …

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How to pass for a native speaker

I was amazed by the response from last week’s post on “looking the language”. If truth be told, I’d had some second thoughts before publishing it. The whole subject of appearance, identity and cultural acceptance as a native speaker is – needless to say – a sensitive one, and one that I have been dealing with my whole life. Yet in the emails, …