Portuguese language presents a broad spectrum of opportunity for explorers
Portuguese: spoken by many people in incredible places
Portuguese is an official language in several countries and on four different continents. Like Spanish, to which it is closely related, it is a world language and is spoken as a native or second language by a total of 270 million people!
Of these, only about 10 million live in Portugal, the home of the Portuguese language. Most Portuguese speakers live in Brazil (about 190 million), but the colonial era has also left its linguistic mark in:
- Angola (approx. 15 million),
- Mozambique (approx. 20 million) or
- Macau in China (approx. 0.7 million), which was a Portuguese colony until 1999, and
- East Timor (about 1.3 million)and the Portuguese archipelagos, Madeira and Azores, and other little paradises on this planet.
Who wouldn't want to learn Portuguese and discover the world?
European and Brazilian Portuguese
Portuguese is spoken a little differently in all of the above-mentioned locations. Nevertheless, the two most important and most commonly-taught language varieties are
- European Portuguese, which tends to be spoken somewhat slurred, and
- Brazilian Portuguese, which sounds clearer - to German ears, at least.
The difference is mainly in the phonetics. It is, therefore, possible to understand and communicate with the European- as well as the Brazilian variant no matter where you are. It just takes a little practice.
An important catchword in Portuguese is saudade, which means ‘longing,’ and the feeling it invokes is expressed in different styles of music:
romantic melancholy as in Fado or
cheerfulness and exhilaration as in bossa nova and samba.
Is Brazilian Portuguese, like Samba, more exhilarating and
the European variant more romantically melancholic?
Enroll in a Portuguese course at Learn and Speak and find out!
At Learn and Speak à sombra da bananeira
The phrase à sombra da bananeira literally means: in the shade of the banana tree. Imagine you are doing the exhausting work of farming in a field under a glaring sun. Then, picture that you get the chance for a break from it. Surely then, you will understand the sense of relief and happy-go-luckiness which would come from spending it under the banana tree.
We invite you: Treat yourself to a Portuguese oasis à sombra da bananeira once a week at Learn and Speak in Leipzig!