Hello, everyone! Olá a todos!
I hope you’re enjoying these last few days of 2017 and getting ready to start the year with the right foot (entrar com o pé direito, as we say in Portuguese).
Today, as a sort of capper to the year, I bring you a countdown of the top 10 most viewed articles on the blog for the whole year! I hope you enjoy revisiting them and that you keep reading in the new year! Thanks again for your support, and let’s get started!
The year started with the first anniversary of the blog on January 23rd; I took this opportunity to showcase a very specifically Portuguese tradition: our birthday song, “Parabéns a Você”, which anachronistically still uses “você” as an informal (or at least casual) pronoun, something you wouldn’t do in regular EP speech.
It was also one of my first attempts to try different formats in the Words of the Week section, which was later reinvented as a Portuguese-language section and with a stronger focus on idioms in tandem with plain, regular vocabulary.
One of two Ask Luís! articles in this list, this one about the position of clitic pronouns was originally posted in December. After strong interest over the course of that month, it kept being viewed with regularity, eventually landing it on the ninth spot of this year’s list.
Make sure you read it if you still have lingering doubts about clitic placement in Portuguese, especially the differences between European and Brazilian Portuguese!
And here’s the second Ask Luís! article! This one is a bit older (from April 2016), but it still managed to be the most read Ask… article during 2017.
The gerund really is one of the toughest parts of understanding Portuguese, especially if you already have some knowledge of Brazilian Portuguese – we don’t use it quite as much as Brazilians, and sometimes not in the same ways!
Feel free to refresh your knowledge about this part of grammar whenever you want, and make sure you ask me some more questions using the appropriate form!
I’m quite amazed that you found “esófago” to be such an interesting word that you kept coming back to it! The Portuguese word for (o)esophagus, the digestive organ, was the most viewed Word of the week posted in 2017 (and second overall – more on the first in a second)!
I’m not sure what else to say about it: I’m just happy you enjoyed it (or were at least intrigued by it). Feel free to let me know why was that! :)
Yuliya‘s kind contribution to this new project – allowing you to tell your own European Portuguese language learning story on the blog, in your own words and in EP – really set a great precedent for it. It’s a lovely personal story about her journey learning Portuguese even though she’s physically so far away from Portugal, and a great testament to her motivation and resilience!
Yuliya, I’m really happy to count you as a follower and also now as a patron of my efforts to bring European Portuguese to an even wider audience! If you feel like contributing to the blog’s future evolution, please make sure you find us on Patreon!
If you want to write a similar article for the blog, please send me a message over email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/theepexp/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/the_ep_exp).
This is a page separating the four articles I wrote about personal pronouns in European Portuguese from the rest of the Grammar Tips articles I’ve been writing. It was quite helpful in bringing them to a wider group of people by sharing them over social media, and I believe getting this information apart from the other tips will help whoever reads it to fully focus on this topic instead of wandering to other articles!
The first two articles of the series – about subject and direct/indirect object pronouns, respectively – were also two of the most read articles of the year (they would be ranked in this list if the overall page wasn’t considered already). Make sure you don’t forget to read the other 2 articles – reflexive/reciprocal and prepositional pronouns are just as important as the others, and maybe even trickier to learn!
A list of European Portuguese-English false friends; I plan on expanding it over time, and any help you may give is essential to make sure the list keeps growing and it becomes a great study material for everyone!
Also in the cards is the expansion of the segment into other languages, especially the ones I already have some familiarity with/interest in (namely Spanish, French, Catalan, Bulgarian, and Dutch). If you know any words in these languages (or any other language) that sound like something else in Portuguese, please message me and I’ll start adding items to individual false friends lists!
It doesn’t take a long step from favourite local delicacy to favourite Word of the week article, at least not in the case of your relationship with francesinhas, Porto’s famous sandwich topped with all kinds of meaty, cheesy things and a hot, spicy sauce!
It was by far the most read WotW post, with more than double the views of the second best, the already featured esófago. It seems fitting in a year that saw Portugal cement its place as a great touristic destination, with Porto in particular winning the European Best Destinations Prize for 2017!
Just in case you’re wondering, the Words of the Week Top 10 for this year went as follows:
- “Parabéns a você”
- Lembrar-se [de]
- Razia / vândalo
- Carta de condução
- Estou? [and other ways of picking up the phone]
- Conjuntivo [the subjunctive mood]
- Folhado de salsicha
- Pano da loiça
I’m not sure what with the Internet and listicles, but people absolutely loved this article! Just in the space of a few days, it racked over 450 views, becoming the fastest growing post ever in the blog’s history!
I have a slight suspicion that the fact that it’s so seasonally appropriate (and my spreading it a little bit all over the internet, in Portuguese culture and learning groups) was a big catalyst for its success, and I’ll definitely try to replicate it again to make sure the blog gets seen by more and more people.
Get ready for more list-based articles related to Portuguese culture and your language learning to come out in the next few months!
And here we are, with the final article on this list, the most viewed page in the whole blog for 2017 (and unless you add 60 more views to the second placed item, it will stay that way!). I’m really glad I had the idea to add a page with Study Materials for European Portuguese to the blog – that was one of the things I had strived to do while I was moderating at Duolingo, to find good, reliable information about European Portuguese online and share it with EP speakers and learners.
It’s good to know that you value the blog also as a repository of information – not just of the things I personally write, but also as a gateway to other pages devoted to teaching European Portuguese all over the Internet! Make sure you keep using it in the coming year!
And that’s it, everyone! I wish you all some great New Year’s Eve celebrations and a great New Year, filled with loads of happiness, opportunities for adventure, and a steady advancement of your European Portuguese fluency!