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Why You Should Delve into the Portuguese Language!

From Jon, published on 20/02/2018 Blog > Languages > Portuguese > What’s Interesting About Studying Portuguese?

In the family of Latin languages, Galician-Portuguese may be the mother, as it is part of most of European languages.

To learn Portuguese is to become a part of a community that will be composed of more than 335 million people by 2050,  according to UNESCO.

Portugal has a history dating back thousands of years. If you learn Portuguese, you are giving yourself the opportunity to travel in several countries across the word or even to work in an international company due to your language skills.

Find out why you need to learn Magellan’s language!

Learning Portuguese to Travel All Over the World

Portuguese is a language spoken in Europe, South America, and even Africa. Learning Portuguese to travel is a great reason to study as you will be able to interact with vastly different cultures in very different parts of the world.

five-continents The Portuguese language will mean you can travel across 5 continents.


What could be better than traveling from your Portuguese textbook to the country of Portugal, where you will be immersed in the culture, architecture, and gastronomy of Magellan.

From Lisbon to Porto or from Cascais to Sintra, you will improve your Portuguese language skills by rubbing shoulders with the natives of Portugal. Simply by basking in the southern Sun of Europe, one can quickly improve his or her Portuguese oral comprehension on his or her way to one of the numerous UNESCO sites nearby…


You better bet Brazil is a place to visit if you are learning Portuguese! Don’t believe us?

As the 5th largest country in the world, Brazil has nothing to envy to its Latin American neighbors, and even less Portugal.

There are highly touristy places in Brazil, such as:

  • The spectacular Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Paraguay.
  • The Amazonian forest. Do go see it before it becomes a vestige of our ancient civilization (A little green learning won’t hurt!).
  • The city of Rio de Janeiro, known for its beaches, its Corcovado statue and fun carnival (Samba!).
  • This former now-independent Portuguese colony (since 1822) boasts more than 200 million inhabitants whose Portuguese “lingua” is the country’s native language.

A variant of Portuguese – so much so that it is sometimes called Brazilian-Portuguese – this version of the Latin language is home to the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world, a country that can sometimes leave you speechless. Indeed, it will be necessary to make a linguistic effort to adapt to:

  • The sung accent, softer, and with a more “guttural” pronunciation.
  • The nuances between formal and informal language, which, like Spanish in Latin America, is much less obvious than in Europe. For example, “você” is used without a,
  • The lexicon: especially in the writing of certain words.
  • The conjugation: simplified, this one is much easier to memorize than European Portuguese.


To a lesser extent, other former Portuguese colonies such as Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, or Mozambique – where Portuguese remains the official language or one of the official languages – may offer opportunities, particularly in the humanitarian sector.

Learning Portuguese: Between Language and History

sea-exploration Portugal is a seafaring country, its history is closely linked to maritime exploration.

Whether it’s via evening classes, summer school, or free Portuguese courses online, learning Portuguese is also an opportunity to discover the origin of this Latin language.

The history of the Portuguese language is an interesting one. Formerly influenced by Roman colonists, Portuguese has probably evolved – in phonetic, etymological, and lexical terms – from a more popular Latin.

Mixed with other languages ​​and dialects, Galáco-Portuguese developed after the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century before becoming, in the thirteenth century, the official language of the Kingdom of Portugal ( thanks to King Denis the 1st) and the prestigious language of medieval European lyricism.

Moreover, it was the colonial empire of the most powerful people and to learn Portuguese allows us to discover this often forgotten phase of the history of Portugal:

  • The treaty of Tordesillas in 1494, which consisted in breaking up the “New World” between the Portuguese and Spanish empires,
  • This seafaring people, with their navigators and explorers such as Magellan, Vasco de Gama, etc…
  • The time of great discoveries with the journey of Magellan to the Maluku Islands (Spice Islands) that ended in a world tour which left geographers, explorers, and traders speechless.

Finally, historically, the Portuguese are a migrant people, so it is not surprising to find people of Portuguese origin in all fields and in several countries of the world. Let’s list them:

  • In sports: the famous Antoine Griezmann, part of the Paris Saint Germain.
  • In cinema: the actor Tom Hanks, of Forrest Gump.
  • In music: the Cape Verdian singer Cesaria Evora, or the American Nelly Furtado.
  • In literature: José de Sousa Saramago, the writer and only Portuguese Literary Nobel Prize winner in the history of Portugal.

However, not all are ambassadors of the Portuguese language.

Learn Portuguese: What Career to Pursue Afterwards

learning-portuguese Can you take the Portuguese SAT Subject Test after learning Portuguese?

“What do you want to do when you grow up?
– Speak Portuguese fluently !
– Yes but what work do you want to do?
Let me tell you!”

A language might constrain you to not be able to do the kind of work that you want.

Apart from learning it for its beauty, Portuguese is important professionally, too. There are specific jobs for Portuguese speakers, and learning the language will open up possibilities to live in Portugal or Brazil.

Working in Portugal

Despite an economic crisis which hit the country over the last ten years, there are some vacancies in the service sector, including tourism in hotels and catering in Lisbon for example.

To speak Portuguese is an important part of being able to work for these hotels. You can then easily get a VISA if you have a good grasp on the language. English will also be a really important asset if you are looking to work in Portugal.

Going to Work in Brazil

Several choices are available to the Portuguese speakers, such as:

  • The Work Holiday Permit, which allows you to work in Brazil for one year in almost every sector,
  • Entrepreneur, by opening the subsidiary to an Ameircan company, a new company, or by making investments in Sao Paulo or in other cities by means of a Visa,
  • As an expatriate, an employee of an American company based in Brazil, or as part of an international volunteer abroad

You should obviously think about what kind of Visa you will need, as this will need to be taken into account, as will what efforts you will need to engage in when thinking about expatriation. There is always the need to improve one’s language level.

Note that whatever you choose, it will be necessary to speak, write, and understand Portuguese in its Brazilian, Angolan, and Cape Verdean version.

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Learn How to Speak Portuguese

If you still need some great reasons for learning Portuguese, then here are our top 10 reasons why you should learn Portuguese…

1. Portuguese is One of the Most Spoken Languages in the World

Less common than it is usually thought of, the Portuguese language is:

  • The 7th most spoken language at the international level.
  • A language that has a presence on five continents including 9 UN member countries.
  • A language that has 300 million Portuguese speakers using it.
  • One of the official languages of the UN.
  • The fifth most used language on the web.

2. Traveling to Portugal

If you are looking to perfect your language skills, a trip to Portugal is essential.

With a beautiful ocean to look into, 300 days of sunshine a year, and a rich historical, gastronomic, and architectural culture, you may not want to say no to an immersive trip to Portugal.

international-work Learning Portuguese gives you the chance to work internationally.

We know you are dying to pack your bags and get to a country where you can communicate with a people who is already celebrating 8 centuries of existence.

3. Traveling in Africa

The former African Portuguese colonies offer a unique version of Portuguese with their use of a patois in Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Cape Verde, and Sao Tome and Principe.

Traveling there is a way to establish your language skills while traveling.

4. Traveling to Latin America

Latin America, another popular destination for Portuguese-speakers, is home to Brazil, the largest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world – with nearly 200 million speakers – in which one will no doubt reach fluency level in Portuguese.

A former Portuguese colony until 1822, Brazil has since reinvented the language of Vasco da Gama to create its own version.

Brazilian differs from European Portuguese both in the vocabulary and the expressions used, but first and foremost in its pronunciation of the language.

For Americans who have already learned the European version of the language, a time of adaptation will be necessary to acclimatize to the accent of the Cariocas in Rio de Janeiro, as those living in the north in Recife or the south in Porto Alegre.

5. Discovering a Musical Language

The tonic accent, with its syllables and atones, (also specific to Italian) and its nasal pronunciation, and closed vowels suggest that Portuguese is a language that is even more musical in Brazil.

6. Discovering an Incredible Culture

Let’s talk culture for a moment. Here’s what Portugal has to offer:

  • An architectural cultural heritage recognized more than 20 times by the Unesco authorities,
  • Natural landscapes that would make a coal factory “green,”
  • A Portuguese cuisine that gives our taste-buds wings and is classified as a guarantor of the Mediterranean diet by UNESCO,
  • A literature that has left a historical trace including the poetry of the troubador,
  • Amazing music, such as Fado, among others, now listed as intangible cultural heritage of the world since 2011.

7. Learning a Language that Has Interested America for Decades

Home to many Portuguese migrants fleeing various violent regimes like the Portuguese Inquisition in the twentieth century, America, and especially the North East, is filled with Portuguese immigrants.

They now represent nearly 200,000 people, not including the children of former immigrants.

8. Learning Portuguese: To What Professional Ends?

There are many opportunities for a Portuguese speaker. And one should remember that language skills are always likely to enhance a CV – sometimes even more than English and Spanish – when it comes to:

  • National education, which often seeks to recruit native Portuguese teachers, or private language schools, too,
  • Translation-related professions, particularly those in international institutions, of which Portuguese is one of the official languages,
  • The IT and telecommunications sectors in Portugal, which have now resurfaced from the economic crisis,
  • In Brazil, during events like the World Cup or the Olympic Games in Rio recently,
  • The flourishing economy of Angola, the former Portuguese colony.

9. To Sing Cesaria Evora

Nicknamed “The Barefoot Diva,” she is the icon of Cape Verde and one of the ambassadors for the beauty of the Portuguese language worldwide.

Note that Stromae, the author of Papaoutai, paid tribute to her sublime voice through the song “Evora.”

10. To Quickly Learn a Language Close to Spanish

Portuguese comes from Latin, and its conjugation, vocabulary, and a grammar is very similar to that language we all learn in high school: Spanish.

The linguistic proximity is often forgotten given the different accent and pronunciation, which is very specific to where it is spoken – Brazil or Portugal, or even Cape Verde.


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