Speaking the world's 6th most-spoken language
The beautiful Romance language of Portuguese is spoken by some 220 million people worldwide
(the sixth most spoken language) and is the official
language of 8 independent countries on four continents (Portugal, Brazil, Angola and Mozambique have the biggest number of speakers). It belongs to a group of languages called
"Romance" or "Neo-Latin" that evolved from Latin, the language of Latium in Ancient Italy, or more specifically,
the city of Rome.
GoLisbon has put together a number of useful resources below to help you learn Portuguese. We offer both online learning tools and the chance to study Portuguese in Portugal itself, either in the capital Lisbon, or close to the beaches of the Algarve in Portimão and Faro. For those wishing to learn Brazilian Portuguese, we can recommend schools in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador de Bahia or Maceio. Or perhaps our English visitors wish to stay closer to home, in which case they should look no further than the Portuguese language schools in the UK.
"Portuguese is the rising language of trade, diplomacy, sport and culture"
--Monocle Magazine, October 2012 issue
PORTUGALLearn Portuguese in Lisbon - 6 different courses in Portugal's capital
Learn Portuguese in Faro - in the heart of the Algarve capital
Learn Portuguese in Portimão - close to the wonderful beaches of south Portugal
BRAZILTogether with Cactus Languages, it is possible to take Portuguese language courses in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador de Bahia or Maceio
UNITED KINGDOMPlease click here for detailed information about Portuguese language schools in London.
ONLINE RESOURCESBefore you start taking one of the excellent language courses above, you may wish to do a little online learning first, and there is no better place to start than Go Lisbon's introduction to the Portuguese language.
Those of our readers
planning on visiting Lisbon will want to brush up on their
vocabulary, and our
Dictionary is an excellent resource for learning food and menu
terms likely to be seen in local restaurants.
For a general translation resource, there is no better option than our Portuguese-English dictionary which includes a database of more than 20,000 Portuguese words and phrases translated to English.
Finally, see the menu below for multimedia courses for European and Brazilian Portuguese.