If you are thinking about learning a new language, Portuguese might be a great option. Speaking Brazilian Portuguese not only help you with your trips to Brazil, but it could be a great door opener for future opportunities. Here are a few reasons why you should learn Brazilian Portuguese.
Sixth most spoken language
Portuguese is the sixth most spoken language in the world. It is the official language of 10 countries, besides being significantly present in other territories. It is estimated that over 270 million people speak Portuguese worldwide. 80% of them are in Brazil.
Although Portuguese is originally from Portugal, Brazilian Portuguese is the most studied variant of the language in the world today. Throughout the history of Brazil, the Brazilian Portuguese gathered indigenous terms and grew stronger with its own features.
The Brazilian economy is among the most important in the world
According to NASDAQ, Brazil is the 9th largest economy in the world. Because of this economic importance, especially in MERCOSUL (South America’s sub-regional bloc), many countries are now teaching Portuguese at schools and educational centers.
You already have enough motivation to learn Portuguese. But how about a few more? How about music, friends, dance, trips?
First of all, this must be said: the 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.” The Portuguese language is a delight to listen to, and it is even better when you understand what is being said.
Brazilians 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.
You might want to learn Brazilian Portuguese before traveling to Brazil. Or at least have a basic knowledge of the language. Learning Brazil’s mother tongue could come in handy. Brazil has numerous sights, attractions, wonderful natural beauty, and many different cultures within just one country — it is a real delight to explore a little bit of everything. Better yet if you are able to communicate with people around you.
Brazilian music is also very important and culturally rich. It is recognized by many countries as one of the greatest art forms in the world.
It would be awesome if you could appreciate good Brazilian music beyond the world-famous «The Girl from Ipanema». You will find different and exciting rhythms, cheerful and noisy songs in every corner of the country. There is always something great to listen to. From fun dance music to calmer songs to listen to while witnessing a beautiful sunset on the beach.
Having Brazilian friends also gives you the gift of immersing yourself in the fun world of slang!
Other interesting facts about the Portuguese language:
- The third most spoken European language.
- 1.3 million native Portuguese speakers live in the US.
- Only 35 million people in the world choose Portuguese as their second language. If you speak Portuguese, you may 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.