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How to Mention Portuguese on Your Resume

From Jon, published on 20/02/2018 Blog > Languages > Portuguese > How to Make Portuguese Stand Out on Your CV

Which language should your child learn in school?

Parents have the job of carefully choosing which foreign language their kids are going to learn at an early age in order to facilitate their immersion into the business world later. But that’s when the decision-making needs to happen. What’s better?

    • Learning French?
    • Learning Spanish?
    • Learning German?
    • Learning Italian?
    • Learning Chinese?
  • Learning Portuguese?

You probably haven’t considered ed the last one, but there are many reasons why you should learn Portuguese.

While it is less popular with national education, Portuguese is a Latin language that will prove to be a good idea as it is estimated that by 2050, 335 million people will be speaking the language, according to UNESCO. You should know that Portuguese is an official language in countries on four different continents, and it is one of the official languages of many international organizations such as the European Union.

Not convinced yet? Let’s see what the internet says about this important language so that you know what to do after your Portuguese lessons!

Learn the Portuguese Language to Work in Portugal

job-available You may want to go to the Tourist Office in Lisbon and see what jobs are available to you…

Portuguese is culturally and historically rich. After a trip to any Portuguese speaking country, you will instantly see this. You may even end up itching to live in Portugal where the sun is warm and the weather is sweet.

Indeed, it has a warmer climate than cold New York, a welcoming population, and a quieter way of life. But to live there, it is essential to memorize Portuguese conjugation, irregular verbs, pronunciation, and Portuguese vocabulary and grammar.

Traditionally, in Portugal, you will find your dream job in the service industries. This means:

  • Tourism,
  • The hotel industry
  • And restoration.

Renowned for its landscapes, architecture, and gastronomy (no jokes about cod, please!), Portugal is always in need of tourist staff to keep itself up to par!

Lisbon – which is considered one of the most touristic cities in the country – is the most popular among foreigners and expats. This is because so many of its tourists speak English, and it will be easy for you to find a job even with just your English.

For other regions such as Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, Amadora, or Braga, writing, understanding and learning to speak Portuguese is a prerequisite for obtaining a job.

And don’t forget that taking on a foreign language is a big task – according to TED Translators, these tips should be able to help:

  1. Let technology help you out. Dmitrochenkova has a great idea: “A funny thing like resetting the language on your phone can help you learn new words right away,” she says. Ditto for changing the language on your browser. Or you can seek out more structured learning opportunities online. Dutch translator Els De Keyser recommends Duolinguo for its gamified approach to grammar, and Anki for memorizing vocabulary with its “intelligent” flashcards.
  2. Think about language-learning as a gateway to new experiences. To Spanish translator Sebastián Betti, learning a language has always been about focusing on the experiences that the new language would open up, from “visiting theme parks, attending air shows, enjoying cowboy poetry and folk-rock festivals, to learning about photo-essay techniques.” In other words, he thinks of fun things that he wanted to do anyway, and makes them into a language-learning opportunity. Many of our translators shared this advice. Italian and French translator Anna Minoli learned English by watching undubbed versions of her favorite movies, while Croatian translator Ivan Stamenković suddenly realized he could speak English in fifth grade, after years of watching the Cartoon Network without subtitles. So the next time you need a vegan carrot cake recipe, find one in the language you’re trying to learn.
  3. Make new friends. Interacting in the new language is key — it will teach you to intuitively express your thoughts, instead of mentally translating each sentence before you say it. Find native speakers near you. Or search for foreign penpals or set up a language tandem online, where two volunteers help one another practice their respective languages.
  4. Do not worry about making mistakes. One of the most common barriers to conversing in a new language is the fear of making mistakes. But native speakers are like doting parents: any attempt from you to communicate in their language is objective proof that you are a gifted genius. They’ll appreciate your effort and even help you. Nervous about holding a conversation with a peer? Try testing your language skills with someone a little younger. “I was stoked when I was chatting with an Italian toddler and realized we had the same level of Italian,” recalls German translator Judith Matz. And be patient. The more you speak, the closer you’ll get to the elusive ideal of “native-like fluency.” And to talking to people your own age.

It may be useful therefore, before leaving, to take private lessons with a Portuguese tutor…It will be more effective than taking free Portuguese classes or Portuguese classes online, which will take you more time!

Portuguese Language Classes to Teach in Brazil

american-companies Portuguese-speaking countries such as Brazil and Angola are attracting more and more American companies.

Learning Portuguese to travel is a great idea. Doing so will broaden your horizons by introducing you to new and distinct countries in every corner of the globe. For example, in Brazil, apart from being the land of samba dancing and a pretty decent football team, many important decisions regarding innovative and collaborative projects are taken in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Brasilia which impact on our lives in the western world.

Brazil and America have agreements such as a working tourist visa, which will be a great way to test out being an expat in Brazil. The best way to start envisioning a life in Brazil is to learn Brazilian Portuguese, and, find a local company ready to hire a foreign English-speaking person.

What’s clear is that apart from international or American companies, few local companies will look at an American’s CV without seeing that they have some expertise with the Brazilian language and culture.

Let me explain a bit further. For a Brazilian recruiter, an American candidate does not use Portuguese like a native speaker and does not have any expertise with Brazilian Portuguese personal pronouns and idiomatic expressions.

Also, an American does not have automatic access to a visa and requires a time of adaptation in order to acclimatize Brazilian work culture.

While you wait for that perfect job to come up, you may want to have a look into the more innovative work sectors found in Brazil. 

Want to learn Japanese? Learn Russian? Learn Arabic? Learn Turkish or Chinese? How about Portuguese?

But what are the links between the United States and the EU?

As we all know, the EU and America have been partners for a long time.. Indeed, our motherland has been the privileged business partner – not to mention a VIP business partner – with the EU for decades and decades.

Apart from having gone through World War II together, Portugal and America have been through quite a few things together.

Bilateral ties date from the earliest years of the United States. Following the American Revolutionary War,Portugal was the first neutral country to recognize the United States. On February 21, 1791, President George Washington opened formal diplomatic relations, naming Col. David Humphreys as U.S. minister.

American exports to Portugal comprise of:

  • Chemicals, perfumes and cosmetics
  • Metallurgical products.
  • Metallic products.
  • Textiles (clothing, leather and shoes).

The old economic ties between the two countries are strengthening while new ones are being created between the two countries. This is partly due to the fact that Portugal has always been one of the favorite countries of the EU, and a beautiful place for Americans to visit!

What Are Ties Between the United States and Brazil? Find Out Before You Leave

brazilian-work Can you do business in Brazil?

Relations have a long history: the United States of America were the first country to recognize Brazilian independence; Brazil was the only South American nation to send troops to fight alongside the Allies in World War II.

In addition, the two countries share membership in a variety of international organizations, including the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the Organization of American States, the G8+5, and the Group of 20. Brazil is one of the most pro-American nations in the world. According to a global opinion poll, 65% of Brazilians viewed the U.S.A. favorably in 2014, increasing to 73% in 2015. In 2015, 63% of Brazilians said they were confident President Obama would do the right thing in world affairs. In another poll conducted at the end of 2013, 61% of Americans viewed Brazil favorably, with 15% viewing it unfavorably.

Here is a great table from Wikipedia which compares the two countries in a useful manner for those of you wishing to make the move to Brazil!

Brazil BrazilUnited States United States
Coat of ArmsCoat of arms of Brazil.svgGreat Seal of the United States (obverse).svg
FlagBrazilUnited States
Area8,516,000 km2 (3,288,000 sq mi) (86% the size of the U.S.)9,826,630 km2 (3,794,066 sq mi)
Population Density24.66/km2 (15.32/sq mi)31/km2 (80/sq mi)
CapitalBrasiliaWashington, D.C.
Largest CitySão Paulo – 12,040,000 (21,242,939 Metro)New York City – 8,491,079 (20,092,883 Metro)
GovernmentFederal presidential constitutional republicFederal presidential constitutional republic
First Head of StateEmperor Pedro IPresident George Washington
Current Head of StatePresident Michel TemerPresident Donald Trump
First Head of GovernmentEmperor Pedro IPresident George Washington
Current Head of GovernmentPresident Michel TemerPresident Donald Trump
Official languagesPortugueseNone at federal level (English de facto)
GDP (nominal)US$1.798 trillion ($8,727 per capita)[5]US$18.569 trillion ($57,468 per capita)[5]

Speak Portuguese and Take Advantage of the Brazilian Boom!

setting-up What administrative procedures are necessary before setting up in Brazil?

There are many reasons for learning Portuguese. Particularly for younger generations who are planning to learn Portuguese in the coming years, read on to see exactly how this choice will turn out to be a great one.

Despite its social and political crisis – more concerningly, the elements of corruption still arising – Brazil is an emerging market comprised of 190 million people.

The country known for giving birth to Ronhaldino is a thriving consumer market seeing the emergence of a very consumer-minded middle class.

This has been enough to attract American companies who see Brazil as their entry ticket to the rest of the Latin American countries such as Argentina, Chile, or Colombia.

The world’s 7th largest economy continues on its quest for international investments.

Add to that a leading role in the G20, its great power over Latin America, and its immense potential in sectors in which America has always been a pioneer such as:

  • Urban infrastructure
  • Transportation
  • Energy
  • ICT

In short, a boom that goes on and on and will continue to attract our American compatriots in their search for budding business market opportunities.


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