Portuguese

Why learn Portuguese?

Only five languages have more native speakers than Portuguese at 223 million. The vast majority of Portuguese speakers live in Brazil – the world’s eighth largest economy. It is an official language in nine countries, including Angola and Mozambique, as well as in the Chinese autonomous territory of Macau.

It’s easy to learn

Portuguese is a relatively easy language to learn for English speakers, although the pronunciation can be challenging. It tends to be studied less frequently in English language countries than Europe’s other major languages, increasing its value to employers.

Fast growing economy

Brazil was the world’s eighth largest economy in 2017 according to the International Monetary Fund. Along with Russia, India and China, Brazil is one of the BRIC economies that most economists agree will drive global economic growth in the coming decades.

 

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Cultural richness

  • Brazil is known for some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, its distinctive Bossa Nova music and a flair for football that has won it five FIFA World Cups.
  • Portugal, with its dramatic coastlines and unique cuisine, is one of the most popular destinations for Irish holidaymakers. Its capital Lisbon has enjoyed a wave of investment in recent years and become one of Europe’s most popular city-break destinations. Portugal is also known for its agriculture, textiles, ceramics and ship-building.

Significant market for Ireland

  • Brazil is a significant market for Irish educational institutions and Ireland has seen significant immigration from Brazil in recent years.
  • Over 20,000 people said they spoke Portuguese at home in Ireland at the time of the last census.

 

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Only 6.5%
of the world’s population are native English speakers