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Old 12-23-2018, 03:19 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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I was surprised to find out that the state of Rio has risen to a homicide rate of over 40 per 100k.
Rio bate recorde de homicídios em oito anos, segundo o ISP - O GLOBO


Even more surprised to find out Porto Alegre in southern Brazil has twice the homicide rate of Rio.
https://veja.abril.com.br/blog/rio-g...io-de-janeiro/

Usually a state registers a lower rate than the main city but in Rio its the inverse that's true.

How did things deteriorate so quickly?
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Old 12-23-2018, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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By every measure, Colombia. Except one: Language. Brazilian Portuguese is the most beautiful language in the world, and Spanish is the ugliest. Otherwise, it's all Colombia.

I'm old enough to appreciate that Colombia is the most genuinely South American traditional culture, while Brazil has been pretty much taken over by noisy kids.
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Old 12-23-2018, 06:19 PM
 
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By every measure, Colombia. Except one: Language. Brazilian Portuguese is the most beautiful language in the world, and Spanish is the ugliest. Otherwise, it's all Colombia.

I'm old enough to appreciate that Colombia is the most genuinely South American traditional culture, while Brazil has been pretty much taken over by noisy kids.

And yet there are 11 Spanish speaking Literature Nobel Prize laureates, but only one Portuguese speaking dude .


And the best book of history is written in Spanish: El Quijote.
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Old 12-24-2018, 01:38 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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And yet there are 11 Spanish speaking Literature Nobel Prize laureates, but only one Portuguese speaking dude .


And the best book of history is written in Spanish: El Quijote.
I don't care, it's still an ugly-sounding language to my ears. Jorge Luis Borges refused to write poetry in Spanish.
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Old 12-24-2018, 03:44 AM
 
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The reason there’s a lot of misconception about the true size of Colombia and many other equatorial countries can be attributed to the Mercator projection. Countries at northern latitudes are distorted. It’s also why Canada appears as large as Africa even though the latter is triple its size.
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Old 12-24-2018, 04:13 AM
 
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Jorge Luis Borges refused to write poetry in Spanish.
No, he didn't.
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Old 12-24-2018, 04:50 AM
 
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I don't care, it's still an ugly-sounding language to my ears.
Lol. As a fluent speaker I can see why some people may find the Spanish language ugly, its very percussive. However, as someone that enjoys rhythm I definitely find it pleasing.
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Old 12-24-2018, 08:15 AM
 
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No, he didn't.

He just felt he was bad at it. Same reason he didn't write novels, but tales, because he thought he wasn't good enough to write a novel. And yes, he didn't excel at poetry.
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Old 12-24-2018, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I don't care, it's still an ugly-sounding language to my ears. Jorge Luis Borges refused to write poetry in Spanish.
LOL Have you ever heard Tagalog? Jose Rizals writings were in Spanish.

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Old 12-24-2018, 03:19 PM
 
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Lol. As a fluent speaker I can see why some people may find the Spanish language ugly, its very percussive. However, as someone that enjoys rhythm I definitely find it pleasing.
I absolutely adore Spanish. I think it’s one of the most beautiful languages.
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