Portuguese is a Romance Language and is most similar to Spanish. Portuguese speakers can often understand Spanish speakers and vice versa. Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, and Guinea-Bissau. It is also spoken in several smaller countries including Equatorial Guinea, East Timor, and Macau. In South America it is the major language and it is the second most widely spoken language in Latin America after Spanish. There are over 260 million Portuguese speakers worldwide – making it one of the top ten languages in the world. UNESCO estimates that by 2050 there will be over 335 million Portuguese speakers.
So why learn Portuguese? For starters, Portuguese is one of the most beautiful languages in world. In this editor's opinion, Portuguese is much more fun to speak than French, Italian or even Spanish. And it's just as easy to learn – especially if you already speak French, Spanish or Italian. If the only language you speak is English, you'll find that learning Portuguese really isn't that hard either. Although the two languages sound different, they use a similiar alphabet and both organize sentences in the same order. Compared to learning Asian languages, like Chinese or Korean, learning Portuguese is a walk in the park!
Want to visit or live in Brazil? Then learning a little bit of Portuguese is recommended. Want to really get immerse in the Brazilian culture and get to know the people, then learning Portuguese is a must. Knowing how to speak Portuguese can also be useful for a career. Portuguese is a highly desired language by businesses operating inside Brazil and other Portuguese speaking countries. Unfortunately, there are significantly less people who speak Portuguese as a second language than those who speak German, French, Spanish, etc. Learning portuguese fluenty will open up a world of new opportunities.
The study guides, tutorials and language learning resources on this page will help you learn Portuguese. Just spend a few minutes a day studying our guides and you'll be understanding and speaking Portuguese in no time at all.
Portuguese for Travelers