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Portuguese vs Spanish

I'm finding more difficulty with learning Portuguese such as the spelling and being able to properly hear/understand what is being spoken. Reading Portuguese is easier for me. I find that I am much stronger in Spanish - I find it more clear. What are other peoples thoughts on Portuguese and Spanish languages?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/bittybank
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I think Portuguese is easier all the way. My mom is Brazilian and she found that Brazilians can understand most Spanish speakers, but Spanish people don't make the effort visa versa. Also Portuguese is more phonetic than Spanish, which makes it easier to read (especially reading new words). A difference I also found is with speaking; here is an example: Spanish~ "Ella bebe leche" Portuguese~ "Ela bebe leite" I find Portuguese more smooth and again, phonetic. Hope this is helpful! :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andro0
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Spanish is very phonetic though. I cant say its more than portugese.. But i can tell you if u learn spanish alphabet you should have no problems what so ever reading new words.. But no language is 100% phonetic.. Turkish is close :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/horvathdavid

Yes I do agree with you. I have noticed that Portuguese speakers can understand Spanish speakers but its harder the other way around. When I speak Spanish, I've been told that it sounds very good and that I have a good Spanish accent. Once I went to Mexico for vacation and people did not believe me when I told them I wasn't Mexican! They told me that they though I was lying about visiting from Canada because I was translating and speaking well in Spanish for my English speaking friend. My Portuguese pronunciation is not up to par with where I am with Spanish. Thanks for your comments.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kplilly
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I have been studying Spanish since high school, majored it in in undergrad and use it every day at my job. I also studied Italian in high school and undergrad but don't have many opportunities to practice. Just recently I started studying Portuguese. It can be confusing and I do find myself mixing stuff up at times but just focusing on Portuguese (and not working on my Italian right now) has helped. One of my friends has sent me this and I thought it was very helpful (especially the pronunciation part- that is the hardest for me)!

Learning Portuguese if you already speak Spanish: http://www.fluentin3months.com/portuguese-after-spanish

Are you using any other sites to practice Portuguese?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bittybank
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Well, I basically use my mom and my uncles, aunts and cousins on my mom's side. XD :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/horvathdavid

Wow thank you for that link its very informative. I actually started learning Spanish from my Portuguese sister! Kinda odd eh? She speaks Spanish and Portuguese fluently; then I took Spanish all through high school and have books on Spanish review. I have picked up Portuguese because of the possibility of moving to Brazil. I don't know of any other sites where I can learn Portuguese or Spanish, do you? Thanks for your replies.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jkl
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Google fsi language courses and u should find a lot of resources for spanish and portugues on hat website

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/horvathdavid

Cool thank you!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kplilly
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I like LIvemocha.com because there is a social networking aspect. You do lessons and native speakers correct you. Also if you go to your local library's website and search for Mango Languages, you can access those lessons for free. I just joined Lang8 but not sure how I feel about it yet. BBC Languages has free lessons which will be helpful for Spanish but I think the Portuguese lessons are European- not Brazilian. I don't know if that matters for you. I finished the Portuguese tree and am looking to practice more so let me know if you ever want to practice with me!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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I think that Spanish is easier, though Portuguese is easy if you know Spanish (probably also vice versa)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kplilly
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I agree. Spanish is easier to me but maybe it's because I studied Spanish first.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/horvathdavid

I also agree. I started learning Spanish first for a few years and have recently come to study Portuguese. Certainly it would have been more challenging if I had no background in Spanish. Thanks for the reply.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jkl
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I like portugues more than spanish. It sounds better and seems more sophisticated. The voice used on this website for portugues is hard to understand cuz its not smooth and over-emphasizes some words when played on the slower setting, but the voice seems to be better today, so they probably upgraded it. I also find spanish to sound like a duck when people speak it really fast whereas portugues is more clear and can distinguish the words. I also find portugues grammar to be easier. Where i live, it is difficult to find any portugues speakers so spanish is the only viable language to learn and the language that will increase job opportunities. This might chsnge in the future due to brasil becoming more powerful and can be the 2nd most important language in the west, where some consider it the united states of south america.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/horvathdavid

Yes and because Brazil is becoming more powerful and a bigger leader in the international community; I have contemplated moving to Brazil. For that reason I started to study Portuguese but I have a longer background in studying Spanish. Thanks for the comment.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/glenn432891
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Studying spanish first will make studying portuguese much easier. They have plenty of cognates, I just have find it hard to enunciate and listen to the words. I find it crazy to spell out portuguese. Spanish is very much straightforward but helps a lot in learning portuguese!

8 months ago