Portuguese - At least I know one word. Pelo menos conheço uma palavra em Português.


Portuguese - At least I know one word. Pelo menos conheço uma palavra em Português.

Portuguese is the 5th most spoken language in the world, the 3rd most spoken in the western hemisphere and the most spoken in the southern hemisphere of the planet.
In Portuguese, we embrace the world. We have words from ancient languages, such as Aramaic. Akkadian, spoken in Assyria and Babylon. We say words like Semites, Syrians and Palestinians, Greeks and Romans. We say words as Africans from so many nations say. As the Arabs say. As they say in Southern America Tupi and Guarani. As they say in India and China, Malaysia and Japan... and in so many other places.

The International Day of the Portuguese Language is celebrated on May 5th.

O Português é a 5ª língua mais falada no Mundo, a 3ª mais falada no hemisfério ocidental e a mais falada no hemisfério sul do planeta.

Em Português, abraçamos o Mundo. Temos palavras de línguas antigas, como o Aramaico, o Acadiano, falado na Assíria e na Babilônia. Dizemos palavras como as disseram Semitas, Sírios e Palestinos, Gregos e Romanos. Dizemos palavras como as dizem Africanos de tantas nações. Como as dizem Árabes. Como as dizem no Hemisfério Sul Tupis e Guaranis. Como as dizem na Índia e na China, na Malásia e no Japão... e em tantos outros lugares.

O Dia Internacional da Língua Portuguesa é comemorado no dia 5 de Maio.

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Comment by Luís Filipe Gomes on June 22, 2022 at 19:52

Medusa / Alforreca


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Comment by Luís Filipe Gomes on June 10, 2022 at 12:44

Today is Portugal Day


-Stone piles like milestones

When stones pile up, they always signal something. They may be property boundary landmarks, they may be directions on the right path, they may be ex-vows of gratitude for grace received by a believer.
In the mountains where the soil is rocky and even the continued passage of people leaves no trace of a trodden path to follow, it is customary to pile up stones to indicate the direction of the trail.
These piles of stones are intended as the direction signs of modern roads. They are directional signs and are intended to save lives.
They are built around some higher and visible point from a distance. They can only have 3 or 4 stones, or they can rise a few meters like a tower.
In the mariolas or malhões, there are sight points that indicate the direction to either side of the path to follow. They serve to direct the gaze to another mariola that can be seen from there, or in the case of zero visibility, if there is fog, rain, or lack of daylight, they can still guide the walk.
These points of sight can be "petadas", grooves or crosses that are brightened by scraping mosses and lichens when passing by and can be uncovered or covered by another stone that stands out from the place where the mark is.
In some malhões there are marks that indicate how far the snow reaches and reaching one level or another, indicate if it is possible to continue the journey or if it is better to go back. In others there is an indication for water from springs that never dry up even in the driest years.
The ex-voto marks are notable for interspersed stones that are not part of the local orography, a granite stone in a schist land, a polished stone from the river of a different color from the place where it is deposited. They indicate that someone carried these stones as a sacrificial effort offering.
For all these reasons, stones should not be piled up without knowing what they are doing, nor should piles that have been made be altered or destroyed.

Comment by Luís Filipe Gomes on May 8, 2022 at 19:18



Comment by Mim Golub Scalin on May 5, 2022 at 20:03

Love learning that the aceituna/azetones Spanish and Portugués words derive from arabe. And I do love olives. 
one of my favorite painters from the1960s is Nathan Olivera. Perhaps of Portuguese ancestry. 

Comment by Luís Filipe Gomes on May 5, 2022 at 18:40



Hoje é dia da

Língua Portuguesa

400 000 vocábulos na fala de Santo António

Comment by Luís Filipe Gomes on May 5, 2022 at 18:28

Hoje é dia da Língua Portuguesa.

Comment by Luís Filipe Gomes on April 4, 2022 at 23:46

Yes Bradford we eat olives of different kinds and with differently seasoning.also here. Sometimes we eat them with bread and drink beer or wine. It's a snack or even a lunch.

Comment by Luís Filipe Gomes on April 4, 2022 at 23:40

.Yes Martha the owners of the olive trees call them "oliveiras", the land where the olive trees grow is called "Olival" but the people that pick the olives call them "azeitonas" and the precious olive oil is called "azeite" it's something similar to the English expression of the words "pig" and"pork".

Comment by Bradford on April 4, 2022 at 2:05

I wouldn't want to get stuffed on olives although they are often stuffed.  Jalapeño-stuffed olives in beer are popular among my friends here in Deadwood.

Comment by Mail Art Martha on April 4, 2022 at 1:53

Interesting! Olives are azeitonas in Portuguese ( my new word) and aceitunas in Spanish. In Arabic they are zaytun, so I infer the Spanish and Portuguese names come from Arabic, from when Spain was a Caliphate, because in Latin they are olivae and in Italian olive. Also in French and very similar in Germany, oliven, and northern European countries.

In Basque and in Catalan, two cultures that sit astride the frontier between France and Spain they are olibak and olive.

I could play with Google Translate all day! I only knew olives in Spanish, French and Arabic a few minutes ago. Now I could travel around Europe and would not starve, but my diet would be a little limited.


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