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Do you know?
Portuguese is a widely spoken language worldwide. UNESCO believes it has the potential to become an “international communication language.”
It is the sixth most spoken native language in the world.
Globally, around 274 million people speak Portuguese. Only 5% of them live in Portugal.
It is the official language of nine countries.
History of the Portuguese Language
Portuguese is a Romance language that has its root in Vulgar Latin. The language is believed to be originated in Western Iberian Peninsula. Roman colonists invaded the region in the 3rd century BC and brought the language with them. The term Vulgar Latin is used to describe the Latin spoken by general people. The Roman legionaries and merchants spread the language to the local populations. Eventually, all the local languages were replaced by Vulgar Latin. After the Roman Empire collapsed in Western Europe (5th to 8th century AD), the region was conquered by Germanic groups. This was when different Romance languages started to take their unique shape. Along the Atlantic coast, a specific language was evolved out of the old Vulgar Latin. Because the language was closely linked with the dialect of Gallego, it is known as the Galician-Portuguese.
The first documental records of the Portuguese language date to the 9th century. The document was written in Galician Portuguese along with many Latin phrases. The Arabic conquest of Iberia also influenced the evolution of this language. In 1290, King Diniz, a ruler of an independent Portugal Kingdom, established the first Portuguese university in Lisbon and ordered that the Vulgar Lain would be preferred for all official communications. The was language was named Portuguese.
In the 15th and 16th centuries, the explorers from Portugal traveled across the world. They spread trade and built colonies. During this time, the Portuguese language became influential in various parts of the world, including Latin America, Asia, and Africa. The language interacted with local languages and took different shapes in terms of its sound and structure. Now, the largest group of native Portuguese speakers live in Brazil. The language interacted with local languages and took different shapes in terms of its sound and structure. Now, the largest group of native Portuguese speakers live in Brazil. The language interacted with local languages and took different shapes in terms of its sound and structure. Now, the largest group of native Portuguese speakers live in Brazil. Besides Brazil and Portugal, it is now recognized as an official language in Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, the Cape Verde Islands, Sao Tome, Macao, and the Principe Islands.
Why learn Portuguese?
How to Learn Portuguese?
Is it hard to learn Portuguese?
Portuguese is one of the easiest languages to learn if you already know English or any Romance language. Both English and Portuguese belong to the Indo-European language family and share many similarities. It’s even easier if you know Spanish, French, or Italian.
What makes it challenging to learn Portuguese?
In Portuguese, the verb conjugation is fairly complex. The verb is inflected by tense, mood, person, number, and aspects. Moreover, learning the rules for regular verbs is not enough. There are around 1000 irregular verbs in Portuguese where the standard doesn’t apply.
Besides, like Spanish and French, Portuguese is also a gendered language. That means every noun has a grammatical gender assigned to it. The gender of the noun impacts other words around it, including the prepositions, adjectives, and pronouns. However, it is not very difficult to understand the gender of a noun, as in most cases, it follows fixed rules.
The Portuguese pronunciation can be another tricky part, even for the speakers of other Romance languages. It has some distinct sounds, including nasal pronunciations. English and Romance language speakers are unfamiliar with this kind of sound and may need time to master it.