West Bromwich Albion summer signing Matheus Pereira is beginning to ‘learn the lingo’ as he settles into the life at the Hawthorns as reported in an interview with the Express & Star.
Pereira has enjoyed a scintillating start to life at West Brom bagging two goals and four assists in recent games and is enjoying his time at the club.
He moved to the UK with his wife who can also speak a little English due to studying here but whilst he is in and around the club Grady Diangana and Filip Krovinovic have been happy to translate for him. However, the forward has revealed he is currently in the process of hiring an English teacher.
“My English, maybe in two months I will do my first video interview in English,” Pereira said. “I’m watching a lot of films and I’m in the process of getting an English teacher to help me with two lessons a week so that my communication with my team-mates is better.”
“In the dressing room, the fact that football is universal helps, but Grady and Filip have really helped me. Filip speaks Spanish and Grady has a little Spanish too. Sometimes we communicate in that form, but I can speak a little English now too.”
“I can get by. When I was playing in Germany, all the players spoke to me in English. I’m all right, it’s only when people talk very quickly that I lose the meaning.”
Pereira is originally from Brazil but moved to Portugal when he was 15-years-old and admitted he would wish to represent Portugal at international level.
“I feel my essence is Brazilian but my heart is in Portugal. That’s where all the best memories come from. To play for them? That would be a dream. Portugal is in my heart now.”