World famous Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes once called the Portuguese language ‘the sweet and gracious language’ and Spanish play-writer Lope de Vega named it ‘sweet’ as well, while the Brazilian poet Olavo Bilac poetically described Portuguese as ‘a última flor do Lácio, inculta e bela” (the last flower of Latium, rustic and beautiful). Portuguese is also considered the ‘language of Camões’, referring to one of the most appreciated literary names in Portuguese, Luís Vaz de Camões.
Spoken by more than 250 million native speakers
The Portuguese language is a Romance idiom related to and derived from Spanish, and even more linked to Galician, spoken in the northwest of Spain — sharing a border with Portugal . It is the official language of both Portugal and Brazil, considered as the biggest contributors to the language, spoken in Africa and Asia as well. In Africa it is the official language of five countries: Cape Verde, São Tomé e Príncipe, Guinea-Bissau, Angola, and Mozambique. In Asia Portuguese is the co-official language of both East Timor and Macau. Furthermore, the Portuguese language is spoken particularly by the older generation in Goa, Daman and Diu — all on coastal India. Throughout four continents there are more than 250 million native speakers of the language, with over 200 million living in Brazil.
Diverse and Enormous
Amongst others because of its wide extent, Portuguese is considered one as the most valuable languages to learn. For those interested in studying the language, Brazil is an obvious choice. The happiness of its people, its diverse and rich culture, enormous size and undeniable beauty, make the South American country one of the most interesting language travel destinations in the world. Rio de Janeiro, has a warm climate and kilometers of amazing beaches and peaceful lagoons, spoiled by the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Brazil is definitely the most diverse country of Latin America. Moreover, it is the largest country of South America, home to nearly half of the continents population. Brazil is known for its happy people, extensive beaches, colourful fruits, the immense rainforest and the yearly ‘carnaval’ starting forty days before Easter. Do we need to mention more reasons to enjoy both Brazil and the Portuguese language. Therefore, learn Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro — the world’s most fascinating language travel destination.