Today we had exchange student (Intercambista) orientation at PUC. There are about 85 of us, some who are here for the year so they were already here from last semester, but most are new. There are about 30 Americans, 25 from my program (CIEE) and about 5 from West Point. There are about 10 French kids, and then the rest are from Italy, Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Portugal, Cabo Verde, and I’m sure I’m forgetting some.
After the orientation a group of us went to get some drinks (American, Italian, French) and it was really interesting all conversing in Portuguese since it is none of our first languages. Luckily most of us spoke Portuguese pretty well, but for the few who didn’t it was really a struggle. It was cool to meet people outside our program, even if they aren’t native Brazilians, and it was an interesting way to practice the language. One of the French kids is half catalan, and speaks a little bit of Catalan, but we were both too confused with the language switching to even attempt to say anything in Catalan. Maybe by the end of the semester we’ll get them straight.
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