October 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

Here is a language plant in Portuguese. Can you work out the quotation, and a translation?

“Não tenhamos pressa,
mas não percamos tempo.”
José Saramago, 1922 – 2010

“Let us not rush,
but let us not waste time”

José Saramago was a Portuguese poet and Nobel Prize winner.

Suggested activity:

Present the language plant to the class. Can your learners work out its translation? Which words directly translate into English? If you have Portuguese speakers, what do they think is a suitable translation?

What quotations or proverbs exist in your learners’ language(s)? How do they translate?


Thanks to Cecilia Coelho for supplying this quotation.


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