Why learn Portuguese?
Over 200 million people all around the world speak Portuguese.
Students are really fascinated by the charming sound of the Portuguese language.
Portuguese is one of the most spoken languages all over the world, it has a high potential for the future.
Do you want to learn one of the most spoken languages in the world? Learn Portuguese and discover one of the world’s most beautiful languages!
Portuguese is a Romance language that came from what is now present day Galicia in Spain and northern Portugal. It was derived from the Latin spoken by Romanized Celts about two thousand years ago. The Portuguese language was spread worldwide in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries when Portugal set up its colonial and commercial empire which extended from Brazil in South America to Goa in India and Macau in China. During that period, many Creole languages based on the Portuguese language also appeared in other parts of the world including the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. These days, Portuguese is one of the major languages in the world with over two hundred million speakers. It is spoken by more than fifty-one per cent of the South American continent’s population and it is also a major dialect in Africa. It is the official language of nine countries and co-official language in four nations. The Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes once referred to Portuguese as “the sweet language,” while the Brazilian author Olavo Bilac depicted it as “the last flower of Latium, wild and beautiful”. Learn to speak Portuguese and be convinced that it is indeed a beautiful language!
Portugal is a country located in the southwestern part of Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. It is bordered by Spain to the north and east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south. The islands of the Azores and Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean are also part of Portugal’s territory. The land within the margins of modern day Portugal has been always settled into since the prehistoric era. Some of the earliest civilizations have settled in the land and over the years it became a kingdom and eventually a global empire that included wealth in Asia, Africa and South America; and was one of the world’s major cultural, political, and economic powers. Later on potential economic growth and political stability came about in the country during armed conflicts with other nations. Today, Portugal is a developed country with a high Human Development Index rank and it is among the world’s highest rated countries in terms of quality of life. Portugal is a member of the United Nations, the European Union and is a founding member of the EU’s Eurozone, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries.
Portugal has cultivated its culture while being influenced by the many civilizations that crossed its path. Portuguese cuisine is varied and the natives love bacalhau or dry cod and fish recipes like caldeirada and grilled sardines; meat recipes containing lamb, pork, chicken or beef such as cozido à portuguesa, a stew with a variety of meat and vegetables; feijoada, a stew with beans and meat; and frango de churrasco which is grilled. Portuguese literature is one of the earliest Western literatures which have developed through song and text. Portuguese music includes a wide range of genres having a type of melancholy urban music known as fado as the most popular. Portuguese art has a rich history especially in the field of painting and over the years some known painters like Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, have been influenced by Modernism. Portugal is a country with a glorious past and a promising present. Its culture, people and language have endured the tests of time.
Following more than three centuries under Portuguese rule, Brazil peacefully gained its independence in 1822, maintaining a monarchical system of government until the abolition of slavery in 1888 and the subsequent proclamation of a republic by the military in 1889. Brazilian coffee exporters politically dominated the country until populist leader Getulio VARGAS raised to power in 1930. By far the largest and most populous country in South America, Brazil underwent more than half a century of populist and military government until 1985, when the military regime peacefully ceded power to civilian rulers. Brazil continues to pursue industrial and agricultural growth and development of its interior. Exploiting vast natural resources and a large labor pool, it is today South America's leading economic power and a regional leader. Highly unequal income distribution and crime remain pressing problems.
Museum of the Portuguese Language in São Paulo, the first language museum in the world
Portuguese is the official language of Brazil. It is spoken by nearly the entire population and is virtually the only language used in newspapers, radio, television, and for all business and administrative purposes, with the exception of Nheengatu, an indigenous language of South America which has gained the co-official status alongside Portuguese in the municipality of São Gabriel da Cachoeira. Moreover, Brazil is the only Portuguese-speaking nation in the Americas, making the language an important part of Brazilian national identity and giving it a national culture distinct from its Spanish-speaking neighbors.
Itaipu Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric plant by energy generation.
Brazil is the world's tenth largest economy at market exchange rates and the ninth largest in purchasing power. Economic reforms have given the country new international projection. It is a founding member of the United Nations and the Union of South American Nations. Brazil’s population is predominantly Roman Catholic, Portuguese-speaking, and multiethnic society. Brazil is also home to a diversity of wildlife, natural environments, and extensive natural resources in a variety of protected habitats.
Brazil is the largest national economy in Latin America, the world's tenth largest economy at market exchange rates and the ninth largest in purchasing power parity (PPP), according to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank; with large and developed agricultural, mining, manufacturing and service sectors, as well as a large labor pool. Brazilian exports are booming, creating a new generation of tycoons. Major export products include aircraft, coffee, automobiles, soybean, iron ore, orange juice, steel, ethanol, textiles, footwear, corned beef and electrical equipment.
Brazilian Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, considered one of the greatest shows on Earth.
Brazilian culture has historically been influenced by European, African, and Indigenous cultures and traditions. Its major early influence derived from Portuguese culture, because of strong colonial ties with the Portuguese empire. Among other inheritances, the Portuguese introduced the Portuguese language, the Catholic religion and the colonial architectural styles. Other aspects of Brazilian culture are contributions of Italian, German and other European immigrants; came in large numbers and their influences are felt closer to the South and Southeast of Brazil. Amerindian peoples influenced Brazil's language and cuisine; and the Africans, brought to Brazil as slaves, influenced language, cuisine, music, dance and religion.
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