One thing that is really helping my Portuguese is playing lots of games in this language. So far I have played Monopoly, Rummy 500, Bingo, Dominos, and a game called Party & Co which is like Trivial Pursuit and Pictionary kind of wrapped together.
First, has anyone played the new version of Monopoly yet? It’s been quite awhile….actually so long that I think the last time I played a certain friend of mine flipped over the board and stomped out of my apartment…LOL Well now there is no paper money. It’s all done with credits cards and a little battery operated calculator! So anytime you gain or lose money you give your credit card to the banker and they put it into this little machine and it adds or subtracts money off your card. Excuse me! Now I have to admit this was tough so I needed a partner. J was on my team and after 4 long hours of our lives that we can never get back, we cleaned fucking house! That’s right, we beat everyone’s asses! Nice. Now, if we can only figure out how to make that much cash in real life and buy a castle!
As far as Rummy 500 goes there’s not too much you need to say. You just have to read the cards and occasionally get pissed when losing and call people a cheater! Batoteiro! I learned that one quickly. Also if someone is taking too long you say, Jogo Jen…Play Jen. And of course Merde! which is Shit!
Bingo…hahahah I am thinking of starting a Bingo night here and getting some money involved. Hey, I can now count from 1 to 100…well I can understand the numbers. Speaking 1 to 100 hasn’t happened yet but I can make it to 20! LOL But it does great things for my ego when someone calls out 5, 72,63, 88, 15 and I can find all of the numbers without help! Whew hew!
And of course it’s not a proper Portuguese house if someone isn’t playing Dominoes. Which up until this past Friday I have gotten my ass kicked royally everytime I played. But something changed for me Friday night. I beat and I mean BEAT the hell out of J and his brother. You should have seen their faces. Beat by the American! Wait no, Beat by the American GIRL! That’s right bitches…. It didn’t last though because they cleaned the floor with me the next game. Oh well…..
Party & Co is fun but I need a partner and people like being on my team because there is actually a lot of American trivia regarding music, movies, etc on it and so I have a bit of an advantage. But when you have to draw I need them because my vocabulary isn’t that wide yet! LOL
All in all the games really help. Next time I think I will be teaching everyone crazy 8’s and 31. New card games are in order!