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A Trip to the Animal Shelter

People:Natacha Pedro

Hélder goes to the animal shelter to adopt a pet. Can you guess which one he chose?


  • Hi Team: I think you’ve addressed this before, but I noticed that “gostava” was used @ 00:00:37, opposed to “gostaria”.
    Can you clarify why that is? I remember Joseph providing a masterful answer to something similar not too long ago – but I can’t find it. :-/

    • Olá Tim. Thank you for the “masterful” bit. I don’t remember that answer, so I’ll just take your word for it, lol! But basically, over time, it became common and acceptable to use the imperfect tense (e.g. gostava) as a conditional form (= gostaria) in contexts like this, where you’re asking for something politely. In other contexts, the two tenses are not interchangeable. But here, saying “Gostava” or “Gostaria” makes no difference in terms of meaning – both are fine. “Gostava” also has the added benefit of not sounding so overly polite.

  • In the vocabulary section could you add the gender for nouns that are not obvious? For instance in today’s vocabulary you include the word ‘Gatil’. But without resorting to a dictionary I don’t know what gender this noun takes. ‘Um Gatil’ or ‘o Gatil’ would be useful.

    • Perhaps you may have a look here:

      Funcionária: Isso são ótimas notícias! Já estamos a ficar sem espaço no gatil,
      “no gatil” então: o gatil…

    • You’re right that it would be useful! We’re planning to integrate all relevant information about vocabulary in an easy-to-access way in the future, but it’s still a work in progress. Meanwhile, in each shorty/podcast/video, you can see each word in context, which should usually help clarify its gender right away.

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