Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday is Over!

It's a sad state of affairs when it's just Tuesday and I'm already counting down for the weekend, but this week has already been kicking my tail hard!  I'm ready for it to stop but that's not about to happen just yet.

Sadly, I've been so busy today that it occurred to me over dinner that I hadn't thought about Portuguese all day.  I did my audio lesson in the car this morning, of course.  But after that, I was focused hard on my work and no stray thoughts entered my consciousness.

At least I have a long weekend to look forward to.  Memorial Day is one of my favorite holiday weekends because it is at the very beginning of the summer and I am filled with joy knowing that the entire summer lies ahead of me.  Lazy days with no papers to grade and no lesson plans to write, time to be outside with loved ones, sunshine for 15 hours a day, warmth and happiness!  What's not to love?

Speaking of Memorial Day, my Weight Watchers meeting is on Monday, but the center is closed that day for the holiday.  My leader said that she'd see us in two weeks time as she dismissed us last night.  That left me scratching my head a bit.  Do they think I'm not going to go just because the center is closed on Monday?  I mean, it is open on Sunday and on Tuesday - so why would I skip?  I'm not sure how other folks approach this, but I will be attending a meeting this week and wearing my game face.

And now to remedy the No Portuguese Zone that my brain has been in all day - here are the days of the week in Portuguese:
  • Segunda-feira Monday
  • Terça-feira Tuesday
  • Quarta-feira Wednesday
  • Quinta-feira Thursday
  • Sexta-feira Friday
  • Sábado Saturday
  • Domingo Sunday

I must admit that the linguist in me had a WTF moment when I looked these words up.  Portuguese is a Romance language and, as such, is closely related to Spanish, Italian, French and the other languages in the family.  If you would like to see how closely they are related, take a look at this Wiki page on the names of the days of the week.  You'll notice that the Romance languages are all lined up and behaving properly except Portuguese.  And, if the Wiki is to be believed, there used to be different days of the week in "old Portuguese" - and those are the ones I expected to see when I started this vocabulary journey.  There must be an interesting story here for me to investigate, but I haven't got time for it now.   I will research and follow up on this soon, amigos.

Next time you will see less of me!



  1. This is a bit off topic, but you should visit Sao Paulo while you are there. I have just learned that the city has no outside advertising (billboards etc). As soon as I heard that I thought, "My sister could go there!"

  2. A bit off topic? LOL! I can't even see the topic from out here.

    Seriously though, where did you hear about that? I think it's very interesting but I'm not personally opposed to advertizing - except at the beginning of my DVDs and on YouTube videos.