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What made you want to learn Portuguese?

I know that there's already posts on here in relating to this but I'm just curious. ENG: What made you want to learn Portuguese and why? PT-BR: O que fez você querer aprender português e por quê?

For me I wanted to learn it because and ex friend (who is from Portugal) told me that it's one of the hardest languages in the world and I wanted to see for myself (I know that Portuguese may not be easy for everyone). I also want to continue learning it because of the memes.

Tell me your reasons down below edit: Forgot to mention this but thanks to those who corrected me on a certain word

August 21, 2019

31 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BartekBomDia

I went to Brazil two years ago and it was sort of life-changing experience. I met wonderful people, saw an amazing and unique architecture and heard a lot of music I wasn't aware of. I realized how narrow-minded I've been in my European-centered way of life. The Portuguese language will always remind me of this experience, so after one year of missing Brazil, I decided to learn it. Now every time something bad happens, I picture myself of the shore, drinking caipirinha and listening to bossa nova. Every time I hear or speak Portuguese I feel more relaxed.

August 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NeridaPeters

I am an English teacher. Some of my students are from Brazil. I am learning Portuguese so I can understand why they make mistakes in English.

August 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NiltonIsrael

As a matter of fact, Portuguese is one of the easiest languages to learn for a native speaker of English, according to the American Foreign Service Institute. So keep it up, dude!

Here you can see more of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaEZ5_hfEc4

E sim, em produção de memes somos potências mundiais hahaha

August 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amani490782

a língua é muito bonita e eu amo os memes do Brasil kkkk

August 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xsereno

As a native portuguese speaker from Brazil, I admit it is not an easy language, especially in regard of the verbs and pronunciation. However you can overcome those barriers if you're willing to take it seriously. Moreover it's a beautiful language and connect you with a completely new wonderful culture/people, as Barketbomdia mentioned.

August 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PeterBaptist

Very interesting question, I always wonder it myself so thank you!

Also: "O que fez você querER aprender português e porquê?", "querer" stays in the infinitive because of the verb "fazer" that is linked to it and already conjugated ("você fez").

August 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amani490782

Thank you for the correction!

August 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aaron369680

Also, "porquê" isn't correct either. In Portuguese, we have the four "porquês": "porque", "por que", "porquê" and "por quê"

"Porque" would translate to "because"

Ele fez porque quis - He did it because he wanted to

"Por que" is "why"

Por que voce fez isso? - Why did you do that?

Os motivos por que ele fez isso - Os motivos pelos quais ele fez isso - The reasons why he did it - The reasons for which he did it

Porquê means "the reason", also is the one you use to write "the four 'porquês', since it's a noun"

O porquê de ele tê-lo matado é desconhecido - O motivo de ele tê-lo matado é desconhecido - The reason why he killed him is unknown

Por quê is an interrogative "why" and always occurs directly before punctuation

Você comeu todo o bolo, por quê? - Por que você comeu todo o bolo? You ate all the cake, why? - Why did you eat all the cake?

The correct one to use in that case is "por quê"

There are lots of rules that would explain why that is, but simply knowing when to use what "porquê" is more than fine. Many native speakers don't even know how to use them properly, and even the ones who know most certainly wouldn't know the rules and reasons why it's the way it is

I'm Brazilian, but I think all those rules apply to European Portuguese as well

https://duvidas.dicio.com.br/por-que-por-que-porque-porque/ (in Portuguese)

http://braziliangringo.com/porque-portuguese/

August 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amani490782

Obrigada!

August 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/acenderasvelas

I wanted to learn both Portuguese and Spanish. About five years ago I was getting into Brazilian and other Portuguese language music and also wanted to have a better understanding of BR politics, plus I wanted to start with the more difficult language -- so I went with Portuguese. Haven't been learning full-time so I still have a long way to go, especially with speaking and listening, but my reading isn't bad. And I can read a lot of Spanish by association. These days I really prefer Portuguese. I have eclectic tastes and it feels like there's more variety and color there. Still plan to be more intentional with Spanish learning at some point but Portuguese is my true love.

August 21, 2019

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Good luck!

August 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dosrenz

Aspirations to be a multi polyglot. And lots of Brazilian jiu jitsu

August 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidSinghiser

I live in Paraguay and there are a lot of Brazilian visitors. I also want to visit Brazil someday. I don't think it's that hard, except for maybe pronunciation.

August 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PeterBaptist

Speaking Spanish is definitely an advantage when it comes to learning Portuguese, in my opinion! :)

August 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xsereno

the famous PORTUNHOL is a first start (search for it)!

August 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/matiaslovesGod08

my mother is european portuguse

August 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amani490782

Awww

August 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RomainRoberts

I'm learning Spanish and I decided to learn Portuguese because the languages are very similar and it was a good choice for me since they are many Brazilians in my country and my plan is to travel there next year.

August 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VictorTheLead

:)

August 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GenaroOrte4

I didn't want to learn Portuguese, my main purpose for duo was to learn German, but then I needed a German break and since i already spoke Spanish I decided to learn Portuguese to break up the constant German. I only listen to the Portuguese stories, over and over and over again, I have not completed a single Portuguese lesson. To my surprise, I have greatly enjoyed BP and has open up an entire portion of the world that would have been ignored otherwise. I still plan to learn German and will continue to listen to the Portuguese stories many many many times.

August 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/emilyrcorn

I used to live on the border between Spain and Portugal, about 15 minutes from a small Portuguese village. There were quite a few Portuguese people who came to Spain to shop so I would hear a lot of Portuguese spoken. I already spoke Spanish and found I could more or less guess what people were saying in Portuguese if I knew the context. But I realized there were a lot of "false friends" between Spanish and Portuguese. I thought it would be fun to actually learn Portuguese since I was lucky enough to have regular interactions with native speakers.

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/roeltje01

Brazilian girlfriend

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BaishaBear

I talked briefly to a Brazilian footballer (the original type of football that's called soccer in the USA... we prefer to call it football, though) who came to our country to play for one of our clubs. I wanted to cheer him up, to tell him that our local team always starts its seasons slowly but becomes unstoppable later. Usually foreign players understand basic English, but this one clearly didn't understand me at all :) So I decided to learn at least some basics of his own language... even through the team is already doing better and he probably doesn't need cheering up!

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amani490782

Aww that's kind of you :)

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jjijikjikk

vc tem um bom motivo pra aprender esta lingua redicula mas nao venha pro brasil vc vai ser assaltado ja tou avisando

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amani490782

ñ acho que é ridicula em minha opinião. Explica como esta língua é ridicula por favor

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jjijikjikk

portugues e uma linguá totalmente inútil vc vai viajar pro japao, la eles falam portugues? tu iras comparar com o ingles. uma lingua muito dificil pois temos: acentos, conjugações, verbos irregulares e por ai vai eu como nativo posso falar pra vc q e uma lingua inutil e dificil vc pode ter futuro em portugal com o portugues mas o duo n ensina pt d portugal ja q e 1000 vezes diferentes

September 7, 2019

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Ehhh, em sua opinião, é inútil. Mas, vou continuar aprender esta língua :)

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amani490782

E ñ quero viajar ao Japão. É um país bonito mas ñ obrigada. Sei sobre os acentos, conjunções, verbos irregulares mas ñ ligo.

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jjijikjikk

im not bossing u to go to japan....

September 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amani490782

I never said that. I'm only saying that I don't want to go to Japan. And what does going to Japan have to do with learning/speaking Portuguese?

September 8, 2019
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