Many relate the Portuguese language merely with Portugal and Brazil, but there are nine Portuguese-speaking countries, divided into four continents. There are more than 250 million native speakers of Portuguese around the globe. Studying this beautiful Romance language helps you in your career, as many people speak Spanish, but very few will have Portuguese on their cv.
The importance of Brazilian Portuguese
Like many other languages, there are differences between the version of Portuguese spoken in continental Portugal and that spoken in South American Brazil. Although the Portuguese and Brazilians are able to communicate with each other, there are many differences. Brazil has managed to increase its trade with especially Europe and the United States. Although the country is facing economical and political problems, it is still one of the biggest economic powerhouses of Latin America, with São Paulo as its main headquarter. The city, home to 21 million people, has the biggest number of Portuguese language speakers in the world.
Football, music, beach life
Brazil, the largest country in Latin America, is especially known for its outstanding football team, energetic music and extensive beaches. By studying at one of the language institutions in the country, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in both the language and culture while enjoying natural wonders, such as Iguazu Falls (Cataratas do Iguaçu) – on the border with Argentina – or the world famous Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar) in marvellous Rio de Janeiro. After class you can visit the Christ statue or have a stroll along the beach. Practise your Portuguese language skills while playing ‘futebol’ with the local ‘cariocas’ or attend one of the games at the famous Maracanã Stadium. If you are looking for an unforgettable adventure you can head up north to the Amazon Rainforest or stick around for the annual ‘carnaval’.
‘Português do Brasil’
Learning a new language helps to gain valuable insight into the local culture. Although many firstly consider Spanish when wanting to study a Latin language, Portuguese is becoming nearly just as relevant. Many already speak Spanish as a second language, while mastering Portuguese makes you a lot more desirable for future employees. Obviously, is possible to find a summer immersion program to help you learn the language. Portuguese gives you an edge in your career, while Brazil as your travel destination offers a second home country with many attractions. Want to know more about a Brazilian Portuguese course in Rio? Visit our page and enroll yourself into one of our group or private courses. ‘Até logo’, see you soon!