When moving to a new country, your thoughts are occupied with finding a home, dealing with the paperwork… considering what you are going to do in this new stage of life… looking for a school for your children and worrying how you will communicate with the locals and understand what is going on around you. Something that is key to fitting into the local society.
Yes, learning Portuguese can be challenging, but if you want to feel at home in Portugal, you really have to learn the language. And once you do, you will be more independent and need less help in lots of areas. Meaning you’ll save money over the medium and long term.
Not to mention that if you can speak the language where you live, you can experience the culture and understand the values, customs, and traditions of the local people, enjoying daily life to the fullest.
The Importance Of The Portuguese Language
Portuguese is one of the world’s most spoken languages (sixth, based on the number of native speakers) and the third most common searched language on the internet.
It is spoken officially in nine countries and 10 territories (Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Portugal, Guinea Bissau, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Macau, Cape Verde, São Tomé, and Príncipe) on four different continents, making it a global language.
One of the great advantages of learning Portuguese is the opportunity it provides to learn other Romance languages like Spanish, French, or Italian more easily. In other words, Portuguese is a “gateway” to learning some of the other most commonly spoken languages in the world (Spanish and French in particular).
But above all, putting the high level of English spoken by the Portuguese aside, if you want to live in a country like Portugal and enjoy all the best things the country has to offer… you have to learn the language so you can communicate with the locals, know about upcoming cultural events, and make friends with the natives of Europe’s oldest country.
How Can I Learn Portuguese?
Don’t worry. Those who say Portuguese is impossible to learn couldn’t be more wrong. Portuguese is hard, but it’s not the hardest. Far from it. Moreover, if you know Spanish, you will learn Portuguese much more quickly and easily, as they are both part of the family of Romance languages. Therefore, they have many similarities.
The answer is easier than it seems. Live and Invest Overseas has a Portuguese partner school for foreigners in Portugal—Portuguese Connection School.
It offers special discounts to our members. Portuguese Connection School is located in Lisbon where you can do an intensive/immersive language course.
The quickest and most interesting way to learn, it includes cultural activities (e.g. wine tastings, painting classes, food workshops, tours, etc.) and accommodation (from five-star hotels to family homes and private apartments). Or you can learn from home or your workplace via Portuguese Connection’s online classes (with a private teacher). Or practice Portuguese on its online platform.
Various members and attendees of the Live and Invest Overseas Conference have learned Portuguese with Portuguese Connection (both online and in person) and are very satisfied. They are now fluent!
So what about you? When are you going to start learning this wonderful language?