Ida (theosakansun) wrote in little_details,

Some questions about Uruguay.

Setting: Montevideo, Uruguay in modern day, and I was wondering if someone could help me answer some questions. I've got questions concerning the Spanish and Portuguese language, the culture or Uruguay and homosexuality in Uruguay.

I've tried to google all of these questions, but I haven't found what I was looking for. I don't remember everything I've googled because it's a lot of different things, but some of the terms I've googled include: accents in Uruguay, poverty in Uruguay, poverty in Montevideo, unemployment youth montevideo, uruguay english, homosexuality in Uruguay, homosexuality in Montevideo, do people who speak Spanish and people who speak Portuguese understand each other.

1. My character has recently moved from Salto to Montevideo. Does his accent differ from the one in Montevideo? And if so, would the difference be very noticeable?

2. I know poverty is quite a big problem in Uruguay, but exactly how big? Is it a widespread problem? If you live in Montevideo, would it be realistic to be poor? Are people generally poorer in rural areas and/or Salto than in Montevideo? What would your life be like if you're poor? Would you finish high school? Would you have to start working when you're still in school etc.?

3. I've read that unemployment is a big problem in Uruguay, so I guess it would be even more difficult getting a job if you're young, am I right? If you're young and fairly uneducated, what would you do for a living?

5. What do young people in Montevideo do for fun? Anything special I should know about? I should probably tell you that my character is somewhere between 14 and 17 (I haven't decided yet), plays football (soccer) and aspires to become a professional footballer in Europe in the future.

6. I've also read that Uruguay as a country is fairly accepting when it comes to homosexuality, that it's legal and that homosexuals may adopt children. But what is the general opinion on homosexuality? Is it frowned upon, or is it quite accepted? Would it differ, depending on whether you live in a rural area, or in Montevideo?

7. If you're from Uruguay, would you know how to speak English? Is it compulsory to learn English in school?

8. And here's a general question: (I don't speak any Spanish or Portuguese at all so please forgive my lack of knowledge), but would a person from Uruguay understand someone from Brazil? Or in general, would a Spanish speaking person understand someone who speaks Portuguese? Would a person from Uruguay have any difficulties understanding a Spanish speaking person from Spain?

Thanks in advance!
Tags: uruguay (misc), ~homosexuality (misc), ~languages: portuguese, ~languages: spanish

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