My younger son has sent a Brazilian charmer to work for my older son and learn about NZ dairying. Leonardo didn't know that part of the job would be teaching me a few words of Portguese so that I know how to ask for a cup of coffee when I visit Brazil in January. Have I mentioned that I'm visiting Brazil in January? I'm sure I've told half the English speaking world, I am so excited about it.
I now know how to ask for coffee, black, no sugar. And that's pretty high on my survival list.
What I didn't expect was that my first Portguese word would be 'peacock'. I'm not too sure how helpful that will be when I get there.
Over the next few days I will practising 'Please, thank you and cheers'. What else is important?