If you are coming to Portugal, then it makes sense to learn some Portuguese, and if you intend living here, then, it’s an imperative. An interesting fact than not many people are aware of, is that Portuguese is the fifth most spoken language in the world. Portuguese is spoken by more than 200 million people worldwide.
Besides, learning Portuguese as a second language is a good investment, especially if you enjoy traveling, and visiting places like Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau as well as many other places where you are sure to find Portuguese-speaking people.
Learning Portuguese, will also greatly assist you in mastering other Latin based languages such as Spanish or Italian, because they have much in common.But it is also a fairly difficult language to learn, if your home language is not Latin based.
So, if you would like to learn it, what do you need to do?
What would be the best way to go about it?
Portuguese is a language, which needs more practicing than you may require with some other languages. And training your ear to its sound is the first thing that you need to do if you are serious about learning it. Once your hearing has adapted itself to its gentle sounds, the next step, is to start speaking the most commonly used words.
Keep in mind, that you will need to "feel" the language, "experience" the language, "live" the language ... and you can only do that by practicing your listening and speaking.
I'm serious! You do need to practice speaking, but you also need to understand others before you learn to speak properly.
So try to listen to others.
On the Internet, you can find some on-line Portuguese lessons. It is an option, or you can use it to supplement other methods used by you. You can also get yourself a Portuguese speaking "better-half" ... it is an effective way to learn the language! But, if you can't take such drastic steps, then joining an online Portuguese community is one solution.
The original language, spoken in Portugal and the type of Portuguese spoken in Brazil, which is more guttural. There are also some grammatical variations as well as in the meaning of some words between the two styles of Portuguese. Before you attempt to learn this exotic language, define, which type of Portuguese you want to learn.
Once you join one of the Portuguese online communities - you have to learn the written knowledge as well as gathering some basic speaking skills.
You will find vast assortments of magazines, and newspapers are a good tool, to keep abreast of local culture and happenings. But the best way to learn any language, it is still to live where it is spoken. So, plan your visit, go on holiday, learn the language and thought it, master and learn their customs. Even though you may have learned the basics, and you may think that you have learned a lot, you should integrate yourself into local communities and experience it.
And you will find that the more you speak listen and understand, the more confidence you will gain. And, unlike many other cultures, you will find the locals, and the Portuguese-speaking nationals willing to assist you and guide you, as you progress in learning their language.
So good luck! ... "Boa sorte"