A few reasons why Portuguese is a gateway language
Usually native Portuguese speakers can use several other idioms. Why does it happen? Check this 4 facts you might know about why we speak so many languages.
Reason number 1: Universal Grammar
This is a linguistic concept, used to describe the way in which speakers are innately born with the ability to understand diferent idioms. The Portuguese language has loads of different sounds.
Portuguese sounds include the majority of sounds in other languages. Consequently, we find it easier to learn other languages.
Check the following examples:
nh’ in‘ Junho’;
‘lh’ in ‘Julho’;
‘õe’ in ‘põe’, which are rarer to find in other languages/idioms.
Portuguese is Similar to Latin languages
Portuguese is a Latin language. Many of the root words and vocabulary are very similar to other European languages such as Italian and spanish.
This fact gives us a great advantage in reading, writing and also comprehension.
Portuguese is spoken in a closed way (we are sure that you already noticed that… 🙂 which means speakers tend to develop a knack for listening to other languages which are spoken more clearly than Portuguese.
Native Portuguese speakers grow up with TV shows and films mostly subtitled in portuguese.
Portuguese people are used to hear original voices, especially with English-speaking movies.
With the high number of tourists that visit Portugal every year, locals have plenty of oportunities to practice their linguistic skills. From taxi drivers to receptionists, almost every single Portuguese can speak at least a bit of english.
For those that want to practice Portuguese, the capital of Lisbon can be a hard place to practice your portuguese with locals as almost everyone can understand and say a few words in english.