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Monday at 10:55 pm
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Bom dia, Joรฃo Baleeiro!

Thanks for your comment and what a great question! "Fechar" is the term used to describe what "lulas" and "polvos" do to move around. They fill themselves with water and then close, fecham, to push the water around as a form of propulsion. It's a pretty advanced usage of the word "fechar," which means to close.

Faz quanto tempo que aprendeu portuguรชs?

Joรฃo Baleeiro
Saturday at 10:38 pm
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Acho que a liรงรฃo tem um erro na parte que fala "fechar para cima/ para baixo (...)". Nรฃo dรก para entender o querem dizer com isso.

Friday at 10:41 pm
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Hey Peyton!

Portuguese went through a deliberate shift in perspective around 1500. This shift had the effect of refocusing Portuguese on the original Latin and Greek and removing external influences (e.g. the Moors).

Brazilian Portuguese though, is again allowing many non-Latin terms into the language, particularly for the Amazonian flora and fauna, pulling words from the native tribes.

Is there a Latin word that is the root for both dolphin and golfinho or is it Greek?

Friday at 6:30 pm
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When I saw this video I remembered Paul, The Psychic Octopus. Have you ever heard of him?

Friday at 5:55 pm
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I wasn't aware that Portuguese was so faithful to Latin. Why do you think that is?

Friday at 12:13 pm
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Hey Peyton!

Thanks for that info! I didn't know all that etymology! Just goes to show how different and how similar Portuguese and English are.:smile:

Your Latin studies will help you a ton with cognates and grammar, although there aren't any cases in Portuguese anymore, but that should just make it easier.

Did you know Portuguese is more faithful to Latin than Spanish or French?

Friday at 10:46 am
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Actually, I studied Latin in school. But the word octopus, which is used in English, comes from the Ancient Greek words for "8" and "feet." I tried to find a reference to "octopus" in classical Latin, but couldn't (they preferred the term polypus, 'many feet' also derived from Greek), so it seems like the pseudo-Latinized-Greek word we use in English (the plural sometimes given as "octopi" and not "octopodes") is a modern invention, perhaps based on the scientific classification of the animal genus.

I suppose "polvo" comes from the original Latin term "polypus," though.

Thursday at 8:46 pm
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Hello Peyton, thanks for your comment.

I also can see a lot of similarity between Portuguese and English, especially now that I am studying Japanese.

Do you know any other Latin language?

Thursday at 10:26 am
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Thanks for the comment, Peyton!

I've always found it interesting that Portuguese grammar is so similar to English while the words themselves so different. For example, "O polvo estรก nadando" means "The octopus is swimming." Same number of words, same word order, and the same grammatical relationships among the words.

But "octopus" is quite different from "polvo." They have no connection at all!

I think it's amazing! "lula" and "squid" is another one.

Who else likes seafood? :grin:

Wednesday at 5:51 pm
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Hi everyone, I think some of these expressions for marine animals are similar to those in English and in other romance languages. Does anyone have any thoughts on how they are related?