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Bem-Vindo! Welcome! There are some good reasons for learning the Portuguese language.
Why Learn Portuguese
Portuguese is currently the 6th most spoken language in the world. Speaking the Portuguese language links you to at least 200 million native speakers (approx. 160 million in Brazil). Besides being spoken in Portugal and Brazil, Portuguese is also the official language of several new African republics. Also, the Portuguese language is easy to master for the English and the Spanish speaking.
Which countries speak the Portuguese language?
The Portuguese language has approximately 210 million native speakers and is another important and beautiful Latin American language. Do you know which countries speak this language?
PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE LIBRARY (free resources)
1. Singapore National Library Board (NLB Singapore) to find language resources that you can borrow for free. You can find lots of materials here.
The written language
Similar to the Spanish language, Portuguese utilizes a modified version of the Latin alphabet. Diacritics include the acute accent (á,é,í,ó,ú), grave accent (à), circumflex (â, ê, ô), diaeresis (ü) in Brazil, tilde (ã,õ) and cedilla (ç).
For those who speak Spanish...
For those who SPEAK Spanish as their native language, it is fairly easy to learn Portuguese.
Those who are beginning to study Portuguese should not be deluded by the similarity between the two languages. The differences are often subtle. Spanish speakers indeed have to make a concerted effort when learning Portuguese for there is the danger in their case of the development of a fossilized "intermediary" language called in Brazil "portunhol", a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese.
In 2005, Google launched two different editions of Google News: one for Brazil and one for Portugal. Google News gathers stories from more than 200 news sources in Portuguese worldwide, and automatically arranges them to present the most relevant news first. Google hopes to be able to help Brazilian and Portuguese readers (or those learning the language) stay informed about the issues that matter most to them.
Other interesting Portuguese resources
1. Click on Movies in Portuguese to watch movies in Portuguese now.
2. Click on Portuguese Music to listen to songs and music in Portuguese.
3. Click on Life in Rio to find out how adjusting to life in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is about.
4. Contact us to get your own My First 100 Words to speed up your learning process.
We will be launching a Good Portuguese In 8 Weeks course soon! Of course, we will be teaching Brazilian Portuguese. To not miss it, send us an email and we will keep you updated.
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