In the scant free hours of Chiefs training camp, when he’s not with the special teams trio of Cairo Santos, James Winchester and himself, Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt picks up his phone, and is greeted by an orange screen.
In white text it reads “+Babbel.” This app, a free download to learn languages, is how Colquitt is further forming his bond with Santos, the third-year Chiefs kicker who is originally from Brazil.
The first screen asks which is the correct translation of “Hi!” Colquitt can’t yet correctly say anything — the pronunciation is much different than in English — but it’s a work in progress.
“He’s always like, ‘That’s not right,’” Colquitt said. “(Portuguese) was very tough at first because it’s different from Spanish, which I took in high school. But we’ve bonded.”
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Portuguese is Santos’ first language, and the first language of Brazil. With the Olympics coming up in less than a week, the next month or so will be almost like a Brazilian culture month for Colquitt.
By the end of camp, he should be speaking Portuguese fluently, he said with a laugh.
“Three weeks and I’ll be fluent,” Colquitt said. “That’s what (the app) claims.”
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