The Brazilian Language
The Brazilian Language
Bom dia is good morning in Brazilian Portuguese. This wonderfully evocative language is the national language of Brazil and full of rich slang from many local and international sources.
Portuguese settlers have been in Brazil since the 16th century. For two centuries, the Portuguese language was used alongside various native dialects that prevailed in the area at that time. By the end of the 18th century, however, it was well established as the prevalent language of the country.
Much of this shift was due to the large influx of immigrants, and their slaves, who used this language. The influence of the Jesuit priests, who taught the local language, also declined and Portuguese became the common tongue of the country.
Portuguese is one of the most common languages spoken around the world. More than 250 million people use this as their primary language and it has many of the same roots as Spanish.
There are eleven countries where Portuguese is the national language and it is being adopted by more people every day. As these countries rise in economic importance, with Brazil being a prime example of this, being able to communicate in this language is becoming more important. Not only for pleasure while visiting these countries, but also for business.
The language spoken in Brazil has many local idioms added to it. Regional slang and dialects have added many words to the ‘official’ language and the spoken language has a true Brazilian flavor. Similar in the way that English spoken in the United States is related to English spoken in Great Britain.
Learning Portuguese can be done by a variety of methods. One of the most important factors to consider, though, is that the pronunciation of words is different in Portugal and Brazil, even though the written language is the same.
Online courses are available at both free and paid sites. With the prevalence of Portuguese speakers and the rising importance of Brazil in international trade and economy, finding a tutor or course to learn this language is relatively easy. However you choose to learn it, understand there will be differences in the spoken language depending on where in Brazil you visit.
Although Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, most residents can communicate in English, although convenient for casual tourists, learning the rich and beautiful Brazilian version of Portuguese is a wonderful opportunity to expand your linguistic skills and absorb even more of this fantastic culture.
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