Why should you study Portuguese?
Portuguese is the fifth most-spoken language in the world and the third most-spoken language in the Western world. There are more than 260 million speakers.
Portuguese is an important language for the African Diaspora. It is spoken in countries such as Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde and Brazil. Learning Portuguese will give you access to a wealth of cultural and academic materials about these countries’ history, literature, religions and society.
There are many Brazilian communities in the United States, including Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Miami, Atlanta and other areas (see the Language Map of the Modern Language Association www.mla.org/map_main). Whether you aspire to become a lawyer, doctor, psychologist, business owner or educator, learning Portuguese allows you an opportunity to serve these communities in your future profession. Some interesting points about Brazil:
- In recent years, Brazil became China's largest trading partner.
- Brazil will be hosting both the World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016.
- Brazil’s economy is the seventh largest in the world, and it encompasses services, manufacturing, mining and agricultural sectors.
- Brazil is the ninth largest producer of oil and a leading producer of ethanol. It is also a leader in agricultural research.
- The U.S. Department of State has declared Portuguese a strategic language
These courses introduce students to the Portuguese language. They encourage meaningful and contextualized use of the language through reading, listening, writing and speaking tasks based on pedagogical and authentic materials. Through a very hands-on approach to language learning, students use the language in simulations of everyday interactions, manipulating grammar and vocabulary in order to communicate. Topics covered in this class include university life, friends and family, leisure activities, clothing, and sports. All topics are connected with the everyday culture of the Portuguese-speaking world.
These courses are designed to develop students’ fundamental linguistic skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing with emphasis on oral proficiency. It reinforces and builds upon skills acquired at the 100 level, introducing students to new grammatical structures and vocabulary related to seasons and celebrations, work, food, health, travelling, the environment, society and technology. These courses also aim to expand students' knowledge of everyday culture, as expressed through language, in Portuguese-speaking countries.
How do you say… in Portuguese?
Hi/Hello = Oi/Olá!
Good morning = Bom dia!
Good afternoon = Boa tarde!
Good evening/night = Boa noite!
How are you? = Tudo bem?
What’s your name? = Como você se chama?/Qual é o seu nome?
My name is… = Eu me chamo…/Meu nome é…
Music in Portuguese
Brazil: Vanessa da Mata, Seu Jorge
Cape Verde: Cesária Évora
Singers from other nationalities who have recorded in or with Portuguese-speaking artists: The Black Eyed Peas, Ben Harper, Frank Sinatra, Nelly Furtado, Laura Pausini, Diana Krall, Diego Torres, Alejandro Sanz, Shakira.
Cinema in Portuguese
“Elite Squad” (2007, 2010)
“Blindness” (in English, based on Portuguese writer José Saramago’s novel Ensaio sobre a cegueira 2008)
For more information, please contact:
Professor Ligia Bezerra
Assistant Professor of Portuguese
Department of World Languages and Literature
Office: Cosby 454
Photo Credit: Ligia Bezerra; Location: Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil