Let's Role Play!

As we all know, there is no better way to learn to speak a language than to converse in the language. I study Portuguese every day, and have now reached the point where I am having conversations with myself! Not cute. So, why don’t we get together once once every few weeks to practice speaking with given situations?

Below, I have listed 8 of several situations I gathered from the internet, which can be played out as simply or complex as we like. For the first meetup, perhaps we can all agree on 3 situations, study and practice the language required to play each of the roles in each chosen situation, and then meet up for 1.5 hours or so to play out the situations in small groups? Perhaps our native/fluent speakers might join us as oversight to ensure that we’re not teaching each other incorrect language?

From ultra-beginner to super-advanced, this kind of dialoguing can help us learn with each other, as well as from each other!

 

IF YOU'RE INTERESTED, please post your TOP 4 scenarios that you would be willing to prepare, and we will narrow it down to 3 scenarios for our first meetup.


2 – 4 Character Role Plays

1) You are planning a trip to Rio de Janiero (2 characters)
• One Student plays the traveler and one plays the travel agent
• Traveler asks about price, departure, arrival times, general questions about the flight & accommodations, tourist activities

2) At the restaurant: Splitting the bill (2-3 characters)
• Two or more students are at a restaurant trying to split a bill
• Students must decide how much each will pay and what tender, who will leave a tip, etc
• One student can be added to play the waiter

3) You are an American student who has just moved to São Paulo to spend a year studying abroad (2-3 characters)
• One student plays your neighbor in the student dorm/apartment/suite mate while the other is the new arrival
• The American students is a bit lost and asks several questions: where classes are, how to get to the various classes, where to shop for groceries etc
• The Brazilian student gives explanations and advice

4) You are moving and want to sell your furniture (2-3 characters)
• One or more students stop by and want to buy your furniture
• Students practice negotiating prices and furniture vocabulary

5) Students discuss shopping for cars (3-4 characters)
• A small group of students is out shopping for cars
• Students discuss what type of cars and characteristics in a car they are looking for, as well as price range
• One student plays a salesperson who tries to convince students to buy a car

6) Students have just won the lottery (2-4 characters)
• Discuss what they would do with the money
• It can be required that they reach a consensus and must spend the money on something beneficial

7) It is your first day on the job, and you are having lunch with peers on your project team. (2-3 characters)
• Ask your teammate questions about how teammates interact with one another
• Ask about individual attitudes and cultural norms
• Find out if there are any coworkers to beware, or befriend

8) Students act out a scene from a popular fairy tale, or create their own
• Very open-ended role-playing situation where students can be creative

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  • Juliana

    Quem concorda em fazer outro encontro no mesmo lugar na próxima semana?

    July 16, 2013

  • Enrique

    Divertido... Thanks guys

    July 16, 2013

  • Waldo

    Divertido e Educativo!

    2 · July 16, 2013

  • Kim

    The meetup is exactly 1 week from today, and we must decide on 3 situations to prepare. I vote for #1,#3, and #5. Remember, your discourse can be anywhere from simple sentences to complex ones - but if you choose the latter it will be your job to use portuguese to make sure your partners understand you.

    ***You should be able to play all of the roles for each scenario***

    We will probably split up between those with beginner/advanced beginner speaking skills and those at the intermediate level.

    July 9, 2013

    • Nicole F.

      how about #1, 3 & 7?

      July 12, 2013

    • Enrique

      Where in the library??

      July 16, 2013

  • ROSIE

    Sinto muito, mas nao poderei ir porque nao estou me sentindo bem.
    Vejo voces no proximo!

    July 16, 2013

  • Suhail

    Infelizmente, eu nao posso ir. Muito trabalho :-(

    July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sorry but I won't be able to make it! See you guys in another event.

    July 16, 2013

  • John A.

    So sorry. I will not be able to make it

    July 16, 2013

  • jilesarri

    Kim. To avoid having conversations with yourself and as a supplementary learning tool and as a life-time hobby, I do suggest listening a lot of good Brazilian music. It has helped me a lot and if you study grammar I guess it may reinforce your knowledge a lot.

    June 30, 2013

    • jilesarri

      OK, you may be right. I dis misunderstand the message.It was just a suggestion beyond just grammar and studying a new language behind the clock. For me it is a relaxed long term way to get familiar with some new sounds, an amazing music and a lovely popular culture. I am not pursuing any grammar proficiency but enjoining around Brazilian food, music and shows. From someone looking for a short term and more efficient results, I do agree that listening to music may not be the best way to speak advanced thoughts.

      July 1, 2013

    • Juliana

      Listening and learning song lyric is a great way to practice any languange in my opinion

      1 · July 9, 2013

  • Enrique

    I don't speak any Portuguese yet. Is it ok to come?

    July 7, 2013

    • Waldo

      Why not? That way you'll be able to find out what you need to do if you're serious about learning Portuguese!

      July 9, 2013

    • Enrique

      Good point Waldo. I will be there. Thxs

      July 9, 2013

  • Waldo

    John e Juliana!
    Até agora, vocês dois são os participantes com o maior conhecimento da língua. Vocês se importaria de ser os moderadores dos diferentes grupos que podem ser formados durante o próximo meetup?

    July 1, 2013

  • Waldo

    Oi Kim!
    Lembre-se que as salas da biblioteca só tem capacidad para 8 pessoas!
    Até Terça!

    July 1, 2013

    • Kim

      nós podemos ter mais de um grupo. 3-4 pessoas por cenário, então eu acho que vamos precisar de dois quartos.

      July 1, 2013

  • Waldo

    Kim!
    Você já decidiu em uma data para o Meetup que sugeriu?

    June 29, 2013

    • Kim

      Agora, a data esta definida!

      June 30, 2013

  • ROSIE

    Boa iniciativa, Kim! Gostei!
    Pra mim, os melhores dias sao tercas e quartas. Uma ou duas vezes por mes.
    Abracos!

    June 29, 2013

    • Suhail

      Boa ideia! Terca e o melhor dia para mim tambem.

      June 30, 2013

    • Kim

      Muito legal! Terca é!

      June 30, 2013

  • Kim changed the date and time to Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    June 30, 2013

  • Waldo

    Oi Kim,
    Voce vai trazer os diálogos das conversas para os diferentes cenários ou as conversas vão ser espontâneas?
    Eu gosto de sua ideia mais eu só posso assistir nas terças e quintas!

    June 28, 2013

    • Kim

      Eu acho que as conversas devem ser espontâneas e simples. Podemos ajudar uns aos outros quando necessário. Se nos todos preparamos frases várias que são logicas para cada situação, devemos fazer bem.

      June 28, 2013

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