As a native English speaker, one of the things I have found hardest about learning a Latin language like Portuguese is remembering which things are masculine and feminine.
My first question is this: why are some things male and some female? Who decided this was necessary, or a good idea, and who decided which things were masculine and which should be feminine?
As a language that evolved from Latin, I’m sure there must be some logical explanation, I just don’t know what it is.
My conversation with my husband went something like this:
Don’t you think it’s a bit sexist (and pointless!) that some things are masculine and some feminine?
I hadn’t really thought about it.
Is chocolate masculine or feminine in Portuguese?
How about sugar?
Ok. What about urine?
Oh, that’s feminine.
….. You can see where I was going with this.
Food for thought isn’t it!