Maybe you are looking for a second language to enhance your employability, or perhaps you are thinking about which language will help your children out most later on in life.
Either way, carefully choosing which foreign language to learn is an important decision in order to facilitate the immersion process into the world of business. So when it comes to decision making time, what’s better?
What about learning Portuguese?
You probably haven’t considered the last one, but there are many reasons why you should learn Portuguese.
While it is often less popular with national education programs, Portuguese is a Latin language that is estimated to have 335 million speakers by 2050, 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 how to use your Portuguese lessons in the world of work!
You may want to go to the Tourist Office in Lisbon and see what jobs are available for 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.
Not only does it have a warm climate, Portugal also offers a welcoming population, and a quieter way of life than the hustle and bustle of most capital cities. But to live there, it is essential to familiarise yourself with Portuguese conjugation, irregular verbs, and pronunciation, not to mention the fact that you need to memorize Portuguese vocabulary and grammar.
The Portuguese economy is on the up after several years of economic crisis. Investment, consumption, and economic growth have all show improvements since 2014.
Traditionally, in Portugal, you will find your dream job in the service industries. This means:
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, and Braga, writing, understanding and learning to speak Portuguese is a prerequisite for obtaining a job.
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-speaking countries such as Brazil and Angola are attracting more and more foreign investment
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 having 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.
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. Remember to check out the visa requirements for your country, as these differ depending on the passport that you hold.
What’s clear is that apart from international companies, few local companies will look at a foreigner’s CV without seeing that they have some expertise with the Brazilian Portuguese language and culture.
Let me explain a bit further. For a Brazilian recruiter, a foreign candidate does not use Portuguese like a native speaker and does not have any expertise with Brazilian Portuguese personal pronouns and idiomatic expressions.
Also, a foreigner does not have an automatic right to work in Brazil, and they will normally require a period of adaptation in order to acclimatize to Brazilian working 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.
If you have decided to learn how to speak another language in order to enhance your CV, you are probably thinking which one is best. Should you learn Japanese? Should you learn Russian? Should you learn Arabic, Turkish, or Chinese?
When trying to answer this question, you need to figure out what each language will offer you that the rest won’t. For Portuguese, this is simple. At the same time as being the 7th most spoken language in the world by number of native speakers, Portuguese has the advantage of being the official language of one of the members of the European Union (EU).
Portugal therefore obviously has close links with the UK as another member of the EU, but this means that Portugal has economic ties across the world through the trade agreements agreed with the EU. For example, the EU and Canada signed a trade deal in 2016 which in part aims to facilitate trade by removing import tariffs.
Such deals mean that companies around the world need Portuguese speakers to take full advantage of this new market of over 500 million people. The deals struck between the EU and various nations and regions also seek to strengthen relations, which in turn pushes Portugal’s standing on an international stage.
Portugal has always been an important international player, ever since the exploratory role that the Portuguese played in discovering more about the world in the 15th and 16th centuries.
And Portugal maintains this important role today through its membership of the EU. Therefore by learning Portuguese, you could be a part of the important links that Portugal has with many different countries, such as the USA, Canada, and Australia, but not name a few.
Can you do business in Brazil?
Brazil is a powerful country by international standards. It is the 8th biggest economy in the world, and the biggest and most powerful in Latin America. It therefore wields considerable influence over regional and international affairs.
Brazil also shares membership of a number of international organisations, such as the United Nations, World Trade Organsiation, and G20, with western countries, meaning that it has strategically strong ties with other important countries throughout the world.
By learning Brazilian Portuguese, you could find yourself working in one of the five major emerging markets in the world; the BRICS. These 5 countries hold great influence over international goings-on due to their rapidly growing economies in the first decade of the 3rd millennium.
For this reason, companies from around the world are keen to tap into the Brazilian market as quickly as possible, but to do this they need Portuguese speakers!
Here is a great table from Wikipedia which introduces you to Brazil before making the move to South America!
|Coat of Arms|
|Area||8,516,000 km2 (3,288,000 sq mi) (86% the size of the U.S.)|
|Population Density||24.66/km2 (15.32/sq mi)|
|Largest City||São Paulo – 12,040,000 (21,242,939 Metro)|
|Government||Federal presidential constitutional republic|
|First Head of State||Emperor Pedro I|
|Current Head of State||President Michel Temer|
|First Head of Government||Emperor Pedro I|
|Current Head of Government||President Michel Temer|
|GDP (nominal)||US$1.798 trillion ($8,727 per capita)|
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 worringly, the elements of corruption still arising – Brazil is an emerging market comprised of over 200 million people.
The country known for giving birth to Ronhaldino, is a thriving consumer market seeing the emergence of a very consumer-driven middle class.
This has been enough to attract foreign companies who see Brazil as their entry ticket to the rest of the Latin America, such as Argentina, Chile, and Colombia.
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:
In short, a boom that goes on and on and will continue to attract foreigners in their search of budding business market opportunities.