Portuguese is spoken by over 240 million people globally. It is the official language of Portugal and Brazil, and one of the official languages of several African countries, namely Angola. It is a romance language derived from Latin, and is closely-related to Spanish.
What is Brazilian Portuguese
Brazilian Portuguese, also known as Brasilês, is the variety of Portuguese spoken in Brazil. This dialect of the language has approximately 200 million speakers worldwide, making it one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.
Brazilian Portuguese has a number of other influences which make the language unique; these include African languages brought over with the enslaved peoples of the Atlantic slave trade, and native Brazilian languages like Tupi-Guarani.
What benefits are there to learning Brazilian Portuguese?
There are many benefits to learning Brazilian Portuguese. One advantage is that this is the native language of most citizens of Brazil, meaning that if you learn it, you will have the potential to connect with over 200 million people!
As the language is mutually intelligible with regular Portuguese, you’ll also be able to communicate with people from all Portuguese-speaking nations, of which there are 10 (Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Macau, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tomé and Príncipe).
Portuguese also gives you an awesome language discount on Spanish, with something like 70% mutual intelligibility between the 2 languages, opening you up to all of Latin America.
Brazil has a rich culture of literature, music, movies and TV that you’ll be able to enjoy once you’ve learned some of the language.