Top 5 Reasons to Learn the Portuguese Language
It’s probably the most underrated language in the Mediterranean, if not the world.
The Western Romance language which originated in the Iberian Peninsula but the dialect isn’t just confined to its native Portugal. There are six reasons why Portuguese is the language to learn, whether you’re a beginner or a regular visitor to Portugal, Brazil or western Africa.
It’s not just spoken in Portugal, after all, plus it opens the door to new career opportunities and to learning other Romantic languages including Spanish and Italian.
1. Not just spoken in Portugal
The sixth most spoken language globally with 221 million native speakers (ahead of Russian and Japanese), Portuguese is spoken in a plethora of countries including Brazil as well African nations Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe.
It is the native tongue in Brazil - the sixth most populous country by population - which has helped export the language to other countries where Brazilians and Portuguese have migrated including the United States, Canada, Germany and Luxembourg.
2. Talk like a local: Olá como vai você!
If you are a regular traveller to Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro or luscious Cape Verde if you have a decent grasp of the language, it means you can mingle with locals and get more out of your experience than stumbling through in English or your native tongue and hoping locals will comprehend.
You will also have a good grasp of Spanish by default, due to the similarity of the two languages. Portuguese is also a beautiful, mellifluous, roll off the tongue dialect (no awkward German vocab or pronunciation here) and one that is a pleasure to learn and recite. It is also easier to learn than other mainstream European languages. Our LingoRx teachers offer a free, complimentary lesson before you sign up to a course, to let you get a glimpse of the basics of the language.
3. Opens the door to other Romance languages
If you have a good grasp of Portuguese it makes it far easier to learn other Romance languages such as Spanish, French or Italian due to the similar dialects and syntax. All of these European tongues originate from Latin. Portuguese and Spanish speakers can understand each other without learning the language due to the similarity of the two neighbouring dialects.
4. Brazil’s growing popularity
With Brazil’s one of the world’s rising economic stars and a soaring population - now at 210 million - the world’s sixth most populous nation. It is also a great place to live and work and having a good grasp of Portuguese would give you a cutting edge in the jobs market.
Cities including Sao Paulo and capital Rio and Brasilia are now rising in global significance and centres of commerce. The largest economy in Latin America, Brazil has the world’s ninth-largest (nominal) GDP - rising to USD 1.86 trillion in 2018. The country is also a mecca for tourists with its glamorous, glistening beaches, delicious restaurants offering local Brazilian fare and friendly locals. The favelas in Rio and other cities plus the jungle delights of the Amazon are also a sight to be had.
5. But let’s not forget Portugal either….
There is no denying Portugal is a superb place to visit and live - fine weather all year round, fine food, luscious beaches in the Algarve, Madeira and relatively modest living expenses, compared to elsewhere in the EU. The Portuguese economy was enjoying a rebound pre-COVID with GDP rising to USD 240bn, recording a rise in investment - especially from China, rising exports and technology sector.
Doing business in a native tongue can be hugely beneficial considering Portuguese is the fifth most popular language on the internet. With a population of just 10 million, the influence of Portugal worldwide is stunning. Creating the world’s first shipping and commercial empire, the ambitious nation pioneered sea routes to India, Asia andSouth America including of course Brazil. Its influence on architecture, trading and maritime and commercial trading cannot be understated.
Get a linguistic edge
Learning Portuguese is fairly uncommon compared to Spanish, Italian or French, However, this could give you an edge on your CV if you are a Portuguese speaker as it is still a rare tongue for a foreigner to learn. It would also help if you wanted to move to Portugal, Brazil or another native Portuguese speaking country as being bilingual is always an advantage whether working in an English speaking country that does business in Portuguese or in a native Portuguese speaking country.
How to learn?
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