Sunday, June 30th 2013
My Bilingual Summer

Welcome to my Bilingual Summer plan!

As I write ‘Bilingual’ I suddenly get this feeling of regret and guilt. Why? Well as you probably already know, bilingual suggests that you speak 2 languages. After studying french for 4 years and Irish for almost 12 years, I cant help but feel like I should probably be fluent in those languages too… ANYHOOOO lets start fresh shall we? Give it another shot! *3rd language lucky!*

You may be asking yourself why it has taken me so long to really knuckle down and start studying, I mean I have been in Brazil for more than 2 months now. Suuurely it’s been close to impossible to understand what anyone is saying or join in any conversations for that matter? YEP it’s true ok, I admit it! I can also admit to the fact that I am the laziest person in the entire universe! The truth is, for the majority of my time here, I’ve been ‘that weird girl who sits at the dinner table and doesn’t say a word’ (well that’s what I feel like anyway!)

So this is it! Today is the day that I announce it to the online world – I AM GOING TO LEARN PORTUGUESE!  I figured that if I told all of you lovely people know about my plan, I would HAVE to stick with it, to avoid embarrassment if I mayyybe didn’t succeed. 

To make things even more interesting, I have made up a study plan for the next 4 weeks. If you were ever thinking of learning a new language now is your chance! I would love a language learning partner to share this exciting and somewhat scary time with.  Like a motivation partner! :)

Here’s the plan!
Week one: Learn the alphabet, the numbers 1-100 and basic introduction conversation in your chosen language.

Week two:  By the end of the second week you should be able to
Greet people, introduce yourself, tell somebody where you are from and ask them where they are from, talk about your occupation and say goodbye.

Also learn the days of the week and months of the year.

Week three: Learn how to deal with communication problems (I don’t understand, Can you repeat that, Do you speak English?) – Learn the W+H questions in your chosen language (What, When, How etc), and the vocabulary for weather. Practice asking and answering questions such as ‘How was the weather? Was it raining?’

Week four: Study vocabulary for shopping and dining. Practice possible conversations in these situations. (buying a new t-shirt, asking for a refund, booking a table at a restaurant etc)

You might look at that plan and think ‘HA! I can get that done in 2 days!!’ or if you’re anything like me you are probably thinking ‘Oh sweet Jesus, what am I getting myself into??’ – either way, I challenge you to join me! :-)
If you are interested you can comment below or get in touch via email at – Lets help each out here ladies and gents!


  • sarepa

    Ohh good luck!

    • jessicaGlynn

      Thank you so much chick! :D Im goona need luck :P

  • Crystal Turpin (@happytype_)

    You can do this!!! I felt like the quiet girl in Korea forever so I died laughing when I read about you being the “weird girl who sits at the dinner table and doesn’t say a word”. Been there done that! You can do it and this lesson plan for the next 4 weeks looks great AND doable! Have you swung by the library to see what free resources you can use? Also, using could be a great way to get hooked up with a language exchange group. Good luck and keep learning. I know you can do it! :)

  • Mandy de Roo: Traveling, Food, Lifestyle and More

    Nice blog! Did it work? How is your Portugese now ? :D

    • jessicaGlynn

      I would be lying if I said its going very well :P But Im getting there! slowly… but surely :P I´d say I learn 1 new word every day lol – you know its a work in progress :P x

  • Amy R

    I’m learning Brazilian Portuguese too (I work for a Brazilian construction company in Angola) I can completely recommend Duolingo. It’s free, easy and fun, and I’m finding it a great way to build up vocab.

    • jessicaGlynn

      Why am I only seeing this comment now?? If only I Knew abou DuoLingo before! haha Thank you so much Amy :) I hope you are getting on well with the language! If I find any other good sites to help I will let you know ;)

      Best of Luck!