I thought I'd share some facts about the Portuguese language today, our family minority language but a very important one.
Did you know that...
... Portuguese (with Spanish) are the fastest growing European languages in the world after English?
... France is the third country in the world with the most Portuguese speakers (after Brazil and Portugal)?
... Brazilian Portuguese (Brasiliero) and European Portuguese are mutually intelligible, but they are still quite different in many respects (pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar).
... Portuguese is a romance language, just like French, Spanish and Italian.
... Portuguese people can understand Spanish quite easily, but the opposite is not true.
... K, W and Y were not part of the alphabet before 2009 and are only used for foreign words.
Would you like to listen to different Portuguese accents? This video is quite interesting.
Or how about a beautiful (European) Portuguese song, one of my favourite? Here is one of Mariza, a modern Fado singer.
You can compare Mariza's Portuguese to Seu Jorge's, a Brazilian singer/musician.
A maior flor do mundo is a short story for kids written by José Saramago, Portuguese Nobel Price for Literature. Here is a lovely screen adaptation.
Sources: http://blog.ultralingua.com/2012/06/fun-facts-portuguese.html http://www.gekkoportugal.com/interesting%20facts%20about%20portugal.htm http://www.linguaportuguesa.biz/portuguese/facts.asp http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/portuguese/guide/facts.shtml http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portuguese_language