From Lists to Listicles: Reading and Revising vocabulary

I have written before about the need to revise basic vocabulary as I advance my language skills. It can be difficult to find opportunities to practice everyday language without getting bored with reviewing lists of words, as my reading standard is pretty high because I already read Spanish fluently. One way I have discovered is the commonly found best of listicles. This recent one on why Portugal is having its moment is good for this purpose and reminded me of their usefulness. Some of the type of jingoism and priorities in the article are of its place and moment. The list includes types of food, which provides insight into region-specific foods and naming the lack of terrorist attacks as an upside to a country says a lot about current world security. Here are another two specifically on Porto and Lisbon that have less text and more local information.

Sticking with the travel theme, I figured that it is probably worthwhile reflecting on responsible travel and presumed that there would be plenty in this vein. Curiously, I found several by Brazilians on travelling in Brazil and elsewhere. Here are three: advice from a newspaper, a blogsite, and another from three world travellers. Curiously, while it is easy to find lots of listicles with advice on “turismo sustentável” (sustainable tourism) by Brazilians, there are very few from Portugal. Those that I found do not fall into the infotainment listicle genre, but could prove good vocabulary builders these are: a report, a dissertation, and a dull site from a tour company.

The nature of listicles are that they are quick and easy insights into a time and place and they reflect much about the author and/or outlet in which they appear. The impression I get from the absence of listicles on responsible travel/eco-tourism is that it is not a fully developed sector in Portugal nor a major concern for Portuguese travellers. That being said, there are plenty of other listicles on travel that can help revision of those everyday words and prove another alternative way of reading about Portugal, Brazil, and Lusophone reflections on travel.

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