Interesting About The Portugese Language
Portuguese is spoken by nearly 200 million people in the world and ranks eighth among the most spoken languages in the world (third among the western languages, after English and Castilian).
It is the official language of seven countries: Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde ,Guinea-Bissau ,Mozambique ,Portugal ,and São Tomé and Príncipe islands and is also spoken in Indonesia, India, Angola, the United States, the UK, Canada, France and Germany.
Portuguese is one of the Romance languages, evolved from Latin and developed on the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula (now Portugal and the Spanish province of Galicia).
It is very similar to Spanish, and also related to Italian, French, Catalan, and Romanian.
There are two genders: masculine and feminine, but no neutral.
Although Portuguese grammar is much more complex than English, it is similar to the other romance languages, such as Spanish, Italian and French.
There are two main types of Portuguese spoken: European and Brazilian Portuguese.
Also called Continental Portuguese, European Portuguese is spoken in Portugal ,Macau, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé & Príncipe, Cape Verde and East Timor.
Brazilian Portuguese is spoken in Brazil, developed from the influence of African and indigenous languages in South America.
Although basically the same language, both of these Portuguese languages differ in varying degrees from pronunciation and intonation, to grammar and vocabulary.
Whether going on a holiday or for a more permanent stay to any of these Portuguese-speaking countries, learning the language will always prove to be an asset rather than a hindrance. You’ll also find the Portuguese influence in practically all four corners of the globe, from Africa to Europe to Asia, not to mention their contributions to popular world culture like the Bossa Nova!
Learning Portuguese can be marginally easier and quicker for those who speak or have some knowledge of one of the other Latin languages such as Spanish, French or Italian. However, for the complete novice, it is not an insurmountable task and can be learned with not too much difficulty as long as one has the interest and commitment.
There are a variety of ways to learn Portuguese, and each individual should find the suitable method that works for him or her. Some people find that a classroom setting is more effective than perhaps a taped course, and some would say the opposite. Either way, practice and exposure to the language is a vital aspect, so once you’ve found the method that works for you, don’t forget to try and do the following:
Speak to Portuguese / Brazilian / other Portuguese-speakers.
Get to know the culture – European or Brazilian, whatever interests you more.
Listen to Brazilian and other Portuguese-worded music.
Watch Portuguese / Brazilian films with English subtitles.
Watch English Films with Portuguese subtitles (easy with a DVD subtitle menu).
Travel to a Portuguese –speaking holiday or consider learning the language there.