Beginning 23: Meeting Your New Professor

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It’s always nice to meet someone new, and in this lesson we meet our new professor, who is nice enough to invite us in for a chat.

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Dialogue
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 A: Com licença, o Professor João está aqui?
Excuse me, is Professor João here?
  B: Sou eu, em que eu posso ajudar?
That’s me. How can I help you?
  A: Bom dia, meu nome é Daniela, sou nova aluna em sua aula.
Hi, I’m Daniela, a new student in your class.
  B: Ah é, prazer, pode entrar, senta.
Ah yes, good to meet you, come on in and take a seat.
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  1. Rie

    Hi. I just noticed that in the written text it says “sou nova aluna em sua aula” but in the dialog Dainela actually says “sou aluna nova na sua sala.” I find it interesting. So are both acceptable?

    1. Orlando Kelm

      Hi Rie, excellent question. Technically there is a difference. The basic rule is, when the adjective comes after the noun it ‘limits’ the noun. So, for example, montanhas altas (out of all the mountains, we are only referring to the tall ones). When the adjective comes before the noun, it doesn’t limit, but simply added parenthetical or additional information. So, altas montanhas (the mountains, which by the way are also tall). In the case of nova aluna and aluna nova, it is the same issue, but we are kind of being more technical than Daniela was.
      I will say that often when nova comes after the noun it means “young” So a “rapaz novo” could be a young boy. Anyway, that will get us rolling.