Portuguese is the sixth most spoken language in the world, the official language of 10 countries, besides being significantly present in other territories. It is estimated that over 270 million people worldwide speak Portuguese, and 80% of them are in Brazil.
Although Portuguese is originally from Portugal, Brazilian Portuguese is its most studied variant in the world today. Throughout the history of Brazil, the Portuguese language gathered indigenous terms used here before the colonization by Portugal and grew stronger with its own features.
Today, Brazil is the 9th largest economy in the world and because of this economic importance – especially in MERCOSUL (South America’s sub-regional bloc) – many countries in South America and some of Brazil’s economic partners are now teaching Portuguese at schools and educational centers.
Now that you already have a motivation – an economic motivation – to learn Portuguese, let’s talk about the fun part: music, friends, dance, travels…
First of all, this must be said: Portuguese language is beautiful! It is fluid and it is smooth… Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes used to say that Brazilian Portuguese is “sweet and pleasant, the most sonorous language in the world.” Portuguese is a delight to listen to, and it is even better when you understand what is being said.
Brazilians are people who are always willing to help you, it doesn’t matter if you don’t speak the same language as them. Whether through gestures, images or whatever, they are going to try to understand what you are saying at all costs. However, it is important to note that most Brazilians do not speak another language other than Portuguese. Learning Brazil’s mother tongue if you’re planning on travel through Brazil is a great “excuse”. Brazil has numerous sights and attractions, an wonderful natural beauty and many different cultures within just one country, it is really a delight to explore a little bit of everything.
Also, Brazilian music is very rich, recognized by many countries as one of the best artistic forms. There is nothing better than appreciate good Brazilian music beyond the world-famous “The Girl from Ipanema”. In every corner of Brazil, you can find different and exciting rhythms, cheerful and noisy songs, music to dance and songs to use on the background while witnessing a beautiful sunset on the beach watching a little fishing boat slowly cut the waters.
Brazilian people are fun, friendly and kind, they like to party,
meet new people and make friends. How could you not want to learn Portuguese to meet people like that? Besides, while making Brazilian friends you can also immerse yourself in the fun world of slangs! Slangs! Brazil is full of them. Slangs are a big part of the daily vocabulary for all Brazilians and are very fun to learn. We will definitely talk more about that here on our blog. Stay tuned!
Other interesting facts about the Portuguese language:
- Third most spoken European language.
- 1.3 million native Portuguese speakers living in the US.
- Only 35 million people in the world choose Portuguese as their second language. If you speak Portuguese, you can have a card up your sleeve!
- In Uruguay, Portuguese is a compulsory subject in schools.
- If you already speak languages like Spanish, Italian or French, Portuguese becomes very easy to learn.
If you are interested in learning Brazilian Portuguese, contact Caminhos Language Centre and check the courses and activities we provide. Visit caminhoslanguages.com to learn more.