August 7, 2012 | Portuguese
I quit caffeine entirely and my head didn't explode. But it might have shrunk.
I am now a totally uncaffeinated student of Portuguese. Four days ago I quit my morning shot of espresso. Espresso was the only source of caffeine in my life.
Studying at a Cafe Caffeine-Free
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It has not been a trouble-free trip to decaffeination, but it’s not the worst-case scenario one might have expected.
My brain is not fully functional, but evidence remains nonetheless of some function.
Because I remain in a delicate state, today I would like to confine myself to a couple of simple-minded observations.
Such as: this verb must make many Portuguese students snicker in class. Fartar-se de. That means “to get tired of.”
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Also, it is still hard for me to delete sounds from words I already know in Spanish. This issue comes up a lot when I look at Portuguese equivalents.
For example, limpiar in Spanish means “to clean.” In Portuguese it is simply limpar. I sincerely apologize for saying this, but limpar sounds, well, ugly to my ear.
I assume that feeling will diminish with time, but how long?