"I am learning Portuguese little by little."
Translation:J'apprends le portugais petit à petit.
In what cases can the article be omitted? I ask because in an earlier example we were given "Au Bresil on parle portugais". Just want to be sure of what i'm doing
Unlike English, definite articles (le,la,l',les) are used with titles, languages academic subjects.
However, only in the phrase "to speak + language" can you use both forms, with or without le.
Il parle portugais. / Il parle le portugais.
He speaks Portuguese.
Thank you Ripcurlgirl - your second paragraph answered a lot questions for me. Have a lingot.
What part of speech is "petit à petit"? Adverb? (Reverso lists it as an adverb. http://dictionary.reverso.net/french-english/petit%20%C3%A0%20petit)
My reason for asking is I thought that usual placement of French adverbs is right after the verb they are modifying.
Is this a special case?
It is an adverbial expression which may affect its placement. Remember that long adverbs often begin or end a sentence.
Généralement, je me réveille à 7 heures.
Je me promène dans le parc à l'heure du déjeuner quelquefois.