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Spanish and Portuguese

Can Spanish speakers understand Portuguese speakers and vice versa?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Macjory
Macjory
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I'm not a native Spanish speaker. But based on what I've learned, the pronunciation is different, and the stress is different. I suspect that a Spanish speaker would be able to understand some of what was said in Portuguese, but they are different languages. Analogy: a person might understand some Spanish as an English speaker (because of the shared words), but only if the person spoke very slowly! ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor
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You can sortof get the gist, but it's not something you can depend on to understand. I took a Portuguese for Spanish speakers class in college, and she only spoke Portuguese the whole time, but we kindof got the point and learned pretty quickly.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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To answer your question: I think it depends on who your talking to.

I had a recent experience chatting online with a Brazilian that speaks Portuguese but also knows some Spanish. He's was able to reply to all my questions. I'm still learning Spanish but was surprised at how much Portuguese I was able to decipher intuitively.

After I learn Spanish, all subsequent languages that I plan on learning will be from a Spanish base.

Extra Credit: There's a MMA fighter, Fabricio Werdum who can flow between Spanish, Portuguese and English easily. There should be a number of interviews on YouTube doing separate interviews in all three languages.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G0108

I can understand Spanish pretty well (I speak Portuguese)

3 years ago