03/09 2018 Why learn Portuguese?
What better way to mark the International Day of Portuguese Language than with some insight as to why you should learn Portuguese.
So, why learn Portuguese, indeed?
- For us, Romanian natives, this is rather at hand. Why? Because, judging by the similarities between the two languages, it’s easier for us to master the pronunciation. We share sounds which correspond to the letters “ă”, “â”/”î” and “ș”. As a result, with the exception of the first few classes when you will be struggling (just a tad) with the pronunciation of basic vocabulary – which is perfectly normal for any language – afterwards you will gradually start to win the battle against pronunciation;
- Portuguese grammar is logical and if you master the basics (Present Tense and Past Tense Indicative) you will be able to build up complex structures afterwards. This is not to say that Portuguese is a simple language, far from it. What we mean by this is that it is very well structured and apart from occasional exceptions, there are very few reasons why you should quit studying it;
- For the most part, the vocabulary is of Latin origin – which is extremely convenient for us. However, words of Arabic origin spice things up and turn the learning process into a very interesting process;
- According to statistics*, the Portuguese language is the fifth most used language on the Internet and it is the third most used language on social media platforms. This should come as no surprise since it is the mother tongue for more than 200 million speakers from all over the world and among the first options of all those who choose to learn a foreign language. Moreover, it is the most spoken language in the Southern Hemisphere and it was considered by Power Language Index, a top put together by the World Economic Forum as the ninth strongest language in the world. UNESCO catalogued the Portuguese language as one of the European languages with the highest growth rate, next to Spanish and English;
- It is the official language of nine countries, namely: Portugal, Brazil, PALOP (meaning African Countries where Portuguese is Spoken) that is Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, Equatorial Guinea, East Timor, as well as the special administrative region Macao, which means that you can access just as many worlds, with such a great diversity in terms of culture, history, tradition and the list can go on and on.
We hope these pieces of information will help you get a better perspective on Portuguese and you will consider giving it a shot next time you’re thinking about enrolling in a foreign language course!
* Observatório da Língua Portuguesa, Potencial Económico da Língua Portuguesa