About us

We are a small family living in Curitba in the south of Brazil.  We got married in 2005 and, after living in Rio, we decided to have our first son who came along in July 2011.  My wife was originally from Curitiba so we decided to come back here for free babysitting services from her family.

My wife speaks Portuguese as a first language and English fluently.  She has lived in Scotland, England and the USA, as well as spending considerable time in London and travelling around Europe.  She also speaks Spanish fluently, although she claims this is starting to get a bit rusty due to under-use.  She can also just about get by in French, although she was better at this in the past when sha had time to study it.

I am a typical Brit in that I speak English and, until I decided to live in Brazil permanently, nothing else.  I can now hold a decent conversation in Portuguse, understand pretty much everything that is said in standard Brazilian Portuguese and can read Portuguese pretty well.  I have problems with the grammar of the language, but this I just ignore in the hope that people will understand me anyway through my natural charm.

Our son is (hopefully) being brought up to speak both English and Portugese.  We have a basic strategy in place but this has yet to be tested.

11 thoughts on “About us

  1. I like your blog. There is a lot to explore on your blog !!! Thank you for visiting mine.
    Flying long haul with a toddler? a lot of patience, a lot of cuddling affection. ( I did not find the comment spot on yr. post of May 1…)

    • Thanks for the visit and the sound advice, especially about the patience. I have started mentally prepare for the worst, that way things must be a little bit better, right?

      I think maybe the reason you couldn’t find the comments section is that you have to actually click on the post to see it. This is a bit of a design flaw for WordPress blogs.

  2. Fun blog! I definitely would like to contribute one day! I’m American-Malaysian living in the Middle East with my Bengoli husband so I might have a word or to say about multiculturalism.

    • Thanks a lot Kayeves.

      I’m working on a project at the moment with the British Council and over 9000 Malaysian teachers to improve their level of English.

      I would love to hear everything you have to say on the topic of bilingualism.


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