Portuguese: Future of the Forgotten Romance Language

July 5, 2019

The Standard Portuguese as we know is derived from the language historically spoken in Lisbon and Coimbra. Its vocabulary originates from Latin and a number of words have been absorbed from Arabic, Italian, and French and also from some of the indigenous African languages and South American. The origination of the language can be learned by taking up the Portuguese language course in Kolkata.

Portuguese is a part of the Italic subfamily which is again a part of the Indo-European family of languages. At present, it is spoken in Portugal, Brasil, Guinea Bissau, Angola, and Mozambique along with Green Cape, Oriental Timor Santo Tomé, Príncipe and in many other places across the world. Apart from Europe, South America and Africa, it is also spoken in some areas of India where there are erstwhile Portuguese colonies such as Goa, Dadra, and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.

A distinctive feature of the Portuguese phonetics is the nasalization of certain vowels and diphthongs, which you can recognize by a tilde placed above the appropriate vowel. The diacritic and acute accents serve to clarify stress and pronunciation as well as in distinguishing homonyms.

By taking up a Portuguese language course in Kolkata you will learn unique pronunciations. You will learn to indicate contractions, as in às, which is basically “to” and as “the” (feminine plural). In Portuguese, a ‘c’ with a cedilla (ç) is pronounced in the same way like a ‘c’ in English place when used before the vowels a, o, and u.

Portuguese, like Spanish, has two forms of verb viz. “to be” which denotes a comparatively permanent state. It also precedes a predicate noun. Like its Spanish counterpart, Portuguese tends to use reflexive verbs instead of the passive voice.

Today the estimations done by UNESCO have shown that Portuguese and Spanish are the two most rapidly growing European languages after English. The research also shows that Portuguese has the most potential for growth as an international language in South America and Southern Africa. It is assumed that African countries that speak Portuguese will have a population of around 80 million by 2050.

Portuguese is one of the easier languages to learn in the world. It is not like French or English, which include irregular verbs. However, in Portuguese, there are only 17 irregular ones. Apart from these verbs, others are quite easy to learn. Though there are a lot of verb tenses to learn, you will face no trouble of learning when you take up the Portuguese language course in Kolkata where the tutors will teach the language step by step. In fact, both Portuguese and English share a significant vocabulary because of their Latin base. The language itself is mostly phonetic and hence spelling or pronouncing words correctly is just a matter of mastering a few simple rules.

Both Italian and Spanish are very close to Portuguese and with careful attention speakers of these three languages will be able to understand each other if they listen carefully. In most of the time, Portuguese speakers have an easier time understanding and communicating with speakers of Spanish and Italian. All of the three languages warrant separate study and knowledge of Portuguese will help in obtaining fluency in Spanish and Italian. It can also help with languages such as French. You will be able to find Brazilian Portuguese as well as European Portuguese courses but in most parts the general Portuguese. The two have some differences in pronunciation differences and also some different idioms, but learning any one of these will make for an easy transition to the other. If you take up the Portuguese language course in Kolkata you will face no more difficulty in communicating with a native speaker.

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