Portuguese is a Western Romance language originating in the Iberian Peninsula. It is the sole official language of Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe. It also has co-official language status in East Timor, Equatorial Guinea and Chinese Macau. A Portuguese-speaking person or nation is referred to as “Lusophone” (Lusófono). As the result of expansion during colonial times, a cultural presence of Portuguese and Portuguese creole speakers are also found around the world
If you are looking for a sweet sounding beautiful language to learn, why not learn Portuguese? It is a common language that is spoken in over 10 different countries by hundreds of millions of people. Some people make the incorrect assumption that it is just a different dialect of Spanish. However, Portuguese is its own language that is actually quite different from Spanish.
Many people think that everyone in South America speaks Spanish. However, Portugal colonized Brazil, making Portuguese the official language of the country. Brazil is a huge country that makes up about half of the population of South America. That means that half of South America is made up of Portuguese speakers.
Despite the fact that this language was brought to Brazil from Portugal, the two dialects of Portuguese are very different. European version is considered the standard dialect and it has a much more complex grammar structure. The two languages differ in relation to their phonology, syntax and vocabulary.
Brazilian version, although derived from European Portuguese, has been affected by other languages. One of the reasons that Brazilian Portuguese has strayed so far from European Portuguese is because of its contact with indigenous languages. Before the Europeans arrived with all of their African slaves, there were many indigenous tribes in Brazil. In addition, many African languages have had lasting affects on Brazilian Portuguese.
Portuguese is spoken across four different continents: South America, Africa, Europe and Asia. Many people would not expect a Latin American language to be the official language of countries in Africa; certainly not Asia. However, due to Portugal’s vast and widespread colonization, Portuguese is a widely spoken language. In states like California, Florida and New York, there are huge Portuguese speaking immigrant populations.
Learning a language is a great resource because it opens you up to so many traveling opportunities. Decide on the country you want to travel to and start taking some introductory language courses. You do not have to be fluent in a language before traveling. You can learn while you are there.
If you are dead set on traveling to Brazil or Portugal, try finding a beginner’s Portuguese language school in your area. Chances are you will find a language course that focuses on European Portuguese. However, if you have already decided you want to travel to Brazil, it would be in your best interest to find a course that focuses on Brazilian Portuguese.
Learning Portuguese on your own from a book is generally difficult because the language is like nothing you have ever heard before. You will probably have more success heading to youtube video that helps you learn how to speak Portuguese. However, it is not just enough to be able to read or speak Portuguese. You also have to be able to understand others speaking Portuguese. This is where using Youtube will come in handy.