Learn Portuguese and discover hidden treasures on four continents. Portuguese is gaining prominence in the world of business, as one of the official languages of the European Union and the language of key sporting events such as the World Cup and Rio2016 Summer Olympics. Be it Portugal’s musical festivals or Brazil’s dance carnivals and passion for football – discover vibrant and popular cultures worldwide.
Reason #1 Ability to talk to over 240 million people
Portuguese is the 6th most widely spoken language in the world and is widespread across parts of Europe, South America, Africa and Asia as well as the official language of eight countries It is the 3rd most spoken European language and the quickest developing language in Europe, with 10 million speakers, and over 200 million speakers in Brazil alone. In addition, over 40 million people speak Portuguese as their second language.
By learning the Portuguese language, you will be able to communicate with more than 240 million people in their own language. How cool is that?
Reason #2 Business is on the up
Brazil has been getting a lot of attention from the international business community. This is no surprise, given the size and continued growth of its economy, the abundant natural resources and thriving tourism. The two major world sports events (the World Cup 2014 and the Summer Olympics 2016) have both helped to significantly improve the infrastructure and opened up new commercial networks.
Knowing Portuguese can help you to connect commercially with this South American powerhouse, where culture and relationship building is key to success in business. Making an effort to speak their language says a lot about your values, strengthens professional ties, and makes it easier to work in any field.
Check out our blog to find out how to brush up on your Brazilian Business Etiquette.
Reason #3 See a different world
Tourism. Tourism. Tourism. If Portuguese is spoken in many top travel destinations, such as Portugal, Madeira, Brazil, and the Cape Verde archipelago, getting around is so much easier and much more fun with a few key phrases.
And back go business, the tourism profession (guides, translators, aviation, resorts hospitality etc.) is booming. Think of Portugal’s beaches and historic cities (and the chance to stay in romantic Pousadas), Mozambique’s stunning coastline or Brazil’s carnivals and its Amazon woods.
Knowing Portuguese can open up new travel opportunities and new career opportunities!
Reason #4 The perfect language for sporty linguists
Brazil had previously hosted the FIFA World Cup (2014) and will be hosting the Summer Olympic Games in August 2016. This has and will continue to draw in fascination of Football fans and sports freaks. Being able to support your team in the local language makes you a winner and a global sports expert overnight.
Our Going for Gold in Portuguese free course will get you started with the phrases you need to wow your sporty friends.
Reason #5 A carnival of culture
Portuguese speaking countries are known for their vibrant cultures – music, parades, carnivals, historical sites, dance, art, etc. Given that energy and passion is one of the key elements needed in getting to know a language, learning Portuguese will open a window to extra verve and va va voom.
Put the punch back into languages with the panache of Portuguese and say Bom dia! to the world.