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We are a small family living in Curitba in the south of Brazil.  We got married in 2005 and, after living in Rio, we decided to have our first son who came along in July 2011.  My wife was originally from Curitiba so we decided to come back here for free babysitting services from her family.

My wife speaks Portuguese as a first language and English fluently.  She has lived in Scotland, England and the USA, as well as spending considerable time in London and travelling around Europe.  She also speaks Spanish fluently, although she claims this is starting to get a bit rusty due to under-use.  She can also just about get by in French, although she was better at this in the past when sha had time to study it.

I am a typical Brit in that I speak English and, until I decided to live in Brazil permanently, nothing else.  I can now hold a decent conversation in Portuguse, understand pretty much everything that is said in standard Brazilian Portuguese and can read Portuguese pretty well.  I have problems with the grammar of the language, but this I just ignore in the hope that people will understand me anyway through my natural charm.

Our son is (hopefully) being brought up to speak both English and Portugese.  We have a basic strategy in place but this has yet to be tested.

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