Portuguese is the sixth most spoken language worldwide, with 215 million native speakers - mostly in Portugal and Brazil, but also in several African countries. There are also almost a million native-Portuguese speakers in the USA.
There are furthermore over 40 million people in the world who speak Portuguese as a foreign language.
Learning a popular language does have some benefits: while you are learning it, it is much easier to find resources and opportunities for practice; after you have mastered the language to a certain degree, you will easily find a use for it in your career or leisure.
Or vice versa: if you already speak a Romance language, Portuguese will be easier to start learning.
Other Romance languages, like Spanish, French and Italian, have a lot in common with Portuguese. Since these languages have similar origins, you will notice some overlap in vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation.
Portuguese is spoken in some very popular tourist destinations. Learning Portuguese will help you on your next trip to Brazil to enjoy beautiful beaches or enchanting rainforests. Portugal is popular amongst tourists for its beauty and affordability.
Knowledge of the language makes getting around easier and you will also be able to get off the beaten path and visit less touristy spots. You can also have a much more authentic experience enjoying the culture and making friends with the locals.
Although it is a matter of taste, many people agree that Portuguese is one of the most beautiful and musically sounding languages in the world. It has a unique pronunciation which may be a little tricky to master but brings learners a lot of joy.
Even if this reason on its own is not enough for you to take up a language, it can be a great added benefit.
Although the economy of Brazil has had its ups and downs, it is still one of the biggest economies in the world. Because of this, Brazil is a big player in the international business arena and learning Portuguese could be a great thing to have on your resume and open up some new career opportunities for you.
Both Portugal and Brazil have rich diverse cultures that have experienced many influences over the centuries, adapted them and made them their own. There is great literature, beautiful music, delicious food and many more. Knowledge of Portuguese will allow you to really immerse yourself in these cultures and have deep authentic experiences.
And Brazil and Portugal are just the tip of the iceberg! Each Portuguese-speaking region has its own history and culture, so you will never be at a loss for new cultures to explore by using your Portuguese skills.
Learning any foreign language is good for our brain. It improves memory and helps the mind stay young and alert much longer.
It’s true that any foreign language will work for this, but why not learn a language as beautiful, unique, and useful as Portuguese? This way, you will not only exercise your brain but have a lot of fun doing it and find many practical uses for the language you master.