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Help needed for a non-native English speaker... I look for a word for the following sentence:

"Between 1989 and 1995 I lived in Brazil and spoke extensively Portuguese with full professional proficiency, and then I moved back and have been mainly using French until today. But if Portuguese is needed in the new project, I can quickly _____ this language"

What word suits best here? remaster? regain? brush up?...
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Old 21.04.2017, 12:23
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Re: Looking for a word in English...

But if Portuguese is needed in the new project, I can quickly get back up to speed in it.
But if Portuguese is needed in the new project, I can quickly regain fluency in it.
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Re: Looking for a word in English...

Is this for an application?

I would not even include that sentence, and leave it with you gained a professional proficiency during your time in Brazil.


Also should probably be on or for the project not in
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Re: Looking for a word in English...

I recommend something like this:

Between 1989 and 1995 I lived in Brazil and spoke Portuguese extensively with full professional proficiency. I then moved back and have been mainly speaking French until now. However, if Portuguese is needed in the new project, I can quickly regain fluency in this language.
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Is this for an application?

I would not even include that sentence, and leave it with you gained a professional proficiency during your time in Brazil.


Also should probably be on or for the project not in
It is for an application, but this sentence is not to appear in CV. I got contacted by mail asking about the proficiency in Portuguese... and I would write this sentence in reply.
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Old 21.04.2017, 12:39
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It is for an application, but this sentence is not to appear in CV. I got contacted by mail asking about the proficiency in Portuguese... and I would write this sentence in reply.
I think it makes you look bad. Like you are not fluent anymore, even if you say you can quickly get it back. I would just say you are fluent and work on regaing that fluency between now and when they reply to the application
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Re: Looking for a word in English...

Your whole sentence is somewhat poorly worded, so perhaps to re-do the whole thing in better English, and with less unneeded detail:

"Between 1989 and 1995 I lived in Brazil and gained full professional proficiency in Portuguese. Since then I have mainly been using French. It would take me very little effort to bring my Portuguese up the the required level."
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I think it makes you look bad. Like you are not fluent anymore, even if you say you can quickly get it back. I would just say you are fluent and work on regaing that fluency between now and when they reply to the application
Exactly, six yeras of full immersion in Brazil should be enough to prove fluency.
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Re: Looking for a word in English...

Thanks all!
Now I feel that I really need to take a course to improve my English!
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Help needed for a non-native English speaker... I look for a word for the following sentence:

"Between 1989 and 1995 I lived in Brazil and spoke extensively Portuguese with full professional proficiency, and then I moved back and have been mainly using French until today. But if Portuguese is needed in the new project, I can quickly _____ this language"

What word suits best here? remaster? regain? brush up?...
Don't write this, as it will set you back a notch in comparison to a native speaker. Write something along the lines of. "Between 1989 and 1995 I lived in Brazil and acquired full professional proficiency."
It's like riding a bicycle..you may get rusty and require a few turns around the block but generally speaking, you won't "forget" how to ride it. In the meantime, watch a couple of samba videos, the Brazilian news channels etc. in order to freshen up you language skills. Should Portuguese really be that important, they will certainly test you (have a chat) prior to employing you. I wish you all the best.
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I would not even include that sentence, and leave it with you gained a professional proficiency during your time in Brazil.
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It's clear that after 20 years some brush-up is necessary, mentioning that is a waste of space. Plus, if one wanted to, it could be seen as a slight insult on the reader's intelligence.
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Help needed for a non-native English speaker... I look for a word for the following sentence:

"Between 1989 and 1995 I lived in Brazil and spoke extensively Portuguese with full professional proficiency, and then I moved back and have been mainly using French until today. But if Portuguese is needed in the new project, I can quickly _____ this language"

What word suits best here? remaster? regain? brush up?...
I would not even mention that you need to brush up, just say you spoke it to a professional level. Why do you then need to qualify that you need to improve? It should be taken for granted that if you spoke it to a professional level then you can do so again in good time.

EDIT - I started this post over an hour ago so missed all the above replies. What they said.
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