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Katia is from São Paulo, . She has more than 15 years of experience in teaching English as a second language. Her major interests are in languages, arts, culture, travel, gastronomy and cinema. Lately, she has been engaged in writing English course books for a big publishing company in Brazil.


Brazilian Portuguese is a passionate, musical and romantic language, where the focus is on expressing yourself rather than following tons of grammar rules, making it the ideal learner’s language. And people just LOVE when foreigners do everything they can to learn their language, then you have a great recipe for language success.


Brazilian Portuguese (português do Brasil [poʁtuˈɡez du bɾaˈziw]) is a set of dialects of the Portuguese language used mostly in Brazil. It is spoken by virtually all of the 200 million inhabitants of Brazil and by perhaps two million Brazilian emigrants, mainly in the United States, Japan, Paraguay, Portugal, and several other European countries. Brazilian Portuguese has had its own development. As a result, this variant of the Portuguese language is somewhat different, mostly in phonology, from the variant spoken in Portugal and other Portuguese-speaking countries (the dialects of the other countries, partly because of the more recent end of Portuguese colonialism in these regions, have a closer connection to contemporary European Portuguese). The degree of difference between the two variants of the Portuguese language is a controversial topic. In formal writing, the written Brazilian standard differs from the European one to about the same extent that written American English differs from written British English. The differences extend to spelling, lexicon, and grammar. However, Brazilian and European Portuguese differ more from each other in phonology and prosody. In 1990, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), which included representatives from all countries with Portuguese as the official language, reached an agreement on the reform of the Portuguese orthography to unify the two standards then in use by Brazil on one side and the remaining Lusophone countries on the other. This spelling reform went into effect in Brazil on 1 January 2009. In Portugal, the reform was signed into law by the President on 21 July 2008 allowing for a 6-year adaptation period, during which both orthographies will co-exist. The remaining CPLP countries are free to establish their own transition timetables.

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In spite of the use of Brazilian Portuguese by people of various linguistic backgrounds, a number of other factors—especially its comparatively recent development and the cultural prestige and strong government support accorded to the written standard—have helped to maintain the unity of the language over the whole of Brazil and to ensure that all regional varieties remain mutually intelligible. Starting in the 1960s, the nationwide dominance of television networks based in the southeast (Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo) has made the accents of that region into a common spoken standard for the mass media, as well.

Why Learn Brazilian Portuguese?

1. Brazil is now the world’s favorite country! Always called country of the future, Brazil is starting to look a lot more like the country of the present. Everybody wants to come to Brazil, to invest here, to live here, to work here and the next few years will be very busy, specially with some world’s events taking places in Brazil.

2. Sixth most widely spoken! This language is spoken in four continents: Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia. More people speak Portuguese as their native language than speak French, German, Italian or Japanese.

3. Portuguese/Spanish: the perfect pair! No matter what career path you choose, you will multiply your chances for success if you speak these two languages since they cover all of South America plus many other places in Europe, Africa, and Asia. If you already speak Spanish is even easier to learn Portuguese!

4. Brazil’s Economy is Growing fast – Opportunities! It is currently the world’s sixth largest economy and starting to close in on Russia and China. With Brazilian Portuguese you don’t have to worry about job opportunities and with the upcoming World Cup and Olympic Games, there are a LOT of positions to be filled by bilingual foreigners!

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5. You can enjoy your trips much better! Brazil is one of the major tourist destinations in South America. Knowing the language of the country you visit provides the tourist with choices not available to those who don’t.



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