One of the most spoken languages in the world
Portuguese is spoken in 11 countries on 4 continents. Approximately 215 to 220 million are native speakers and 260 million total speakers, making Portuguese the sixth most natively spoken language in the world, the third-most spoken European language in the world in terms of native speakers, and a major language of the Southern Hemisphere. It is also the most spoken language in South America and the second-most spoken in Latin America after Spanish, and is an official language of the European Union, Mercosur, OAS, ECOWAS and the African Union.
The language is beautiful
Brazilian Portuguese is melodic, smooth, expressive and its rich vocabulary contains some beautiful words and expressions with no direct equivalent in English, such as “saudade”, “cafuné”, “malemolência” among others.
Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes once called Portuguese “the sweet and gracious language”.
Portuguese is easy to learn!
PT is considered a very easy language to learn for English speakers. The Foreign Service Institute placed Portuguese into the top 9 easiest languages for English speakers to learn. Grammatically speaking Portuguese and Spanish are very close, and there are many words in English and Portuguese that share common roots in Latin and Greek, which makes the learning process much easier and faster!
Another aspect of the language is that the interrogatives are super easy. Questions are asked by just changing the intonation: “You like chocolate?” (“Você gosta de chocolate?”)
Brazilians are very friendly
Brazilians are helpful, friendly, hospitable and very talkative. They will appreciate a lot you are trying to speak their language, and will try to help you. So even if you only know few words don’t be shy! Try to interact with locals. It won’t make your trip an unforgettable experience!
Set yourself apart
Learning Portuguese will set you apart from the pack, boost your resume and make your more employable.
If that is not a good enough reason, learning a second language improves cross-cultural skills, and will help you to develop a positive attitude towards cultural differences. Being able to successfully communicate and connect with people from different cultures allows you to develop a global mindset, and cultural competence.
There are many great reasons to visit the country, and if you speak some Portuguese you will be able to really experience the Brazilian spirit, its contagious energy and happiness.
Here are some unquestionable reasons to go to Brazil:
- Brazil throws every year the biggest and most amazing party in the world: Carnaval!
Carnaval Rio by (Gabriel Santos/Agência Brasil) CC 3.0 br
- Brazil’s postcard, Rio de Janeiro, is called “The wonderful City” by no mistake. The city is stunning and the sight of its iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain will mesmerize you.
- The Iguazu Falls, in Portuguese Cataratas do Iguaçu, considered the largest waterfall in the world.
- The Amazon Rainforest, known in Brazil as Amazônia, or Floresta Amazônica, is the largest rainforest in the world and it comprises the biggest biodiversity in the planet. Its vegetation continuously recycles carbon dioxide into oxygen, which helps to stabilize local and global climate.
- Fernando de Noronha, the world’s best beach voted by Trip Advisor and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must visit volcanic archipelago located about 172 miles off Brazil’s north-eastern coast.
If you got excited to visit Brazil, explore its wonders, meet wonderful people and learn the language BRIC can help you! Our online, face-to-face, modern Brazilian Portuguese language courses will connect you with experienced native teachers, and (the best part) you can take classes from anywhere in the world!
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