- If you can dream it, you can do it. Walt Disney
Learning a new language is never easy but it's so satisfying when you are able to converse with someone in a foreign language!
The Portuguese language is one of the of Romance languages (languages which came from the Latin language). It was originally a dialect of Spanish in the Kingdom of Galicia.
It is the third most spoken western language after English and Spanish. There are about 240 million native speakers, including the people of Portugal, Brazil, and Cape Verde. It is also the official language of Guinea-Bissau, Angola, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe.
The African countries were Portuguese colonies with many different native languages. They have kept Portuguese as a lingua franca.
If you know Spanish, Italian or French, you’ll notice some similarities with Portuguese. For example, each tense has six different endings.
As Portuguese and Spanish are both Romance languages, they have a lot of things in common, but they are not the same. Usually a Portuguese speaker can understand a Spanish speaker; on the other hand, it is rarer that a Spanish speaker understands a Portuguese speaker.
Although the Portuguese written language seems similar to Spanish, most spoken Portuguese does not. At times, it may even sound more like French, due to both languages using vowels where air passes through the nose. Some sounds can be harder to pronounce, but generally, pronunciation mistakes won’t change what you actually meant!
Here are some tips that will help you in mastering any language
- first of all you must know why you are doing it, you have to be motivated,
- finding a partner will increase your motivation as together it will be much faster and easier to master new language.
- talk to yourself a lot,
- don't dive too much in textbooks and talk to people a lot as it will keep the learning process relevant to you.