Akane talk about her time in Portugal.
- Audio Notes
Ah, last year, I went to Portugal just after Christmas. And I stayed there until… well, just after new years this year.Ah in Portugal, I met up with one of my friends from Toronto. He had family that lived in Portugal, because his family was originally from Portugal. So, they were kind enough to let me stay with them. I didn’t know any Portuguese, except for some simple words like “hello”, and “thank you”. I learned some simple words through an audio CD, before I went there. And the people that I stayed with didn’t know very much English either. However, we got along surprisingly well. They were surprised that I was able to eat some of their exotic foods. They made some delicious meals every single day, like octopus, tripe and rabbit. It is quite exotic, but I thought it was quite good. They also made some excellent desserts, like crème caramel, and a rich sponge cake that they call Paon d’lo.
My friend had family that lived in Portugal, and they were
kind enough to let me stay with them.
You can say that someone is 'kind enough' to do something when they do a favor or do something nice for you. Notice the following:
- Would you be kind enough to open the door for me?
- He was kind enough to wake me up so I wouldn't be late
I learned some simple words through an audio CD before I
An 'audio CD' is one that contains music or words that you can listen to. Notice the following:
- My car only plays audio CDs.
- Some people listen to books on audio CDs.
The people I stayed with didn't know much English, but we
got along surprisingly well.
Used like this 'got along' having a good relationship and communication. If you get along with someone, you have compatible personalities. Notice the following:
every single day
They made some delicious meals every single day, like
octopus, tripe, and rabbit.
When something happens 'every single day,' it happens consecutively and doesn't miss any days. It is the same as 'every day,' but we add the word 'single for emphasis. Notice the following:
- I think you get taller every single day.
- When I lived near the beach, I went swimming every
The meals were quite exotic, but I thought it was quite
If something is 'exotic,' it is different from what you are used to. Notice the following:
- Everything on the menu looks a little too exotic for me
right now. I need something normal.
- We tried many new exotic fruits when we were on