For those who are learning brazilian portuguese as a foreign language.
This article shows a very interesting point of view and explains why learning brazilian portuguese is a smart choice as well as fun and usefull. http://moreintelligentlife.com/content/ideas/helen-joyce/brazilian-portuguese-best-language
My Portuguese is really pretty bad, but as the article predicts I was told my Portuguese was wonderful at least a couple of times while I was in Brazil. I was reminded of this quote from an article that pokes gentle fun at the Brazilian mindset:
What Brazilians say: You speak Portuguese really, really well! (Você fala português super-bem!)
What foreigners hear: How great! My grammar and accent must be coming on a lot better than I thought
What Brazilians mean: How great! A foreigner is trying to learn Portuguese! Admittedly, the grammar and accent are so awful I can barely understand a word... but anyway! A foreigner is trying to learn Portuguese!
> "Some lunatics learn languages for fun"
I am proud to be one of those lunatics! I started here on Duolingo learning Spanish, then when my attention span snapped I switched to Italian, and now I'm starting Portuguese. And I've actually taken that lunacy even further by inventing my own language. Mua-ha-ha-ha-ha!
No, actually. :) I started working on it years ago, long before Luis ever thought of Duolingo. (So I kind of phrased my first comment badly.) I think Portuguese is already 89% Spanish, with a bit of Italian and French thrown in. (That's not actually how it works, but it's a decent way to imagine it.)
The language I'm inventing is a priori (which means it's entirely original, not based on any existing language). Which means I'm super-luny. :-P
I loved that article, thank you. Because of my job, I know quite a few Brazilians & as the article said: "The people are friendly, and shameless white liars." From what I know, that's true. They're great fun to be around. Brazilian people are the best kind of people to know! :)
A white lie = a small lie to be nice/polite. For example, someone asks you if their guitar playing was bad, and you say "No, no, it was very creative, I liked it." when really you didn't like it :P Edit: Or as the article says, people telling you your Portuguese is wonderful when you're still a beginner.
It's actually quite true. I've heard it countless times in Brazil while I was still a very beginner. It really does make you feel better and keeps you motivated. Brazilian people are very patient and encouraging when it comes to foreigners speaking their language. But when the first Portuguese person told me my Portuguese is very good, that was the moment to celebrate :)
Haha shameless liars indeed! I was told by my Portuguese buddies that my accent was ok after just the first 3 months of learning. That was fine by me even though I knew it couldn't be true but it was a great motivator. I still appreciate their kind white lies because it's what has kept me from giving up.
it depends what profession one wants to get into. in terms of national security/counter-terrorism, arabic is most likely the most useful language to know. if one goes into border security, then spanish is obviously the recommended language. in cybersecurity, any language that operates the internet is useful. one shouldnt read these types of articles for guidance, but more of a new point of view.