Mango Monday: Portuguese

For this edition of Mango Monday, our featured language is Portuguese. The language is spoken in Portugal, Brazil and in parts of Africa and Asia. During the Age of Exploration Portuguese became a world language because of the fantastic sailors, including Ferdinand Magellan, who went far and wide to discover our world. At one point in history, the Portuguese royal court ruled from Brazil instead of Portugal.

There are two distinct varieties of Portuguese. The Brazilian version has the most speakers world wide. In the total list of countries where Portuguese is an official language, there are an estimated 260 million speakers of the language. Over 200 million of those live in Brazil alone. So for educational purposes, most Portuguese lessons will focus on the Brazilian variety. Mango has this kind exclusively, while Pronunciator offers both Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese.

For those tempted by the idea of visiting Brazil, Mango has this comment:

At one point or another, a trip to Brazil has probably crossed your mind: Whether it’s the lure of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, or an eco-tour of the wild Amazon basin, your experience will surely be enhanced by knowing conversational Portuguese.

Brazil is a gigantic country, with more than a little something for everyone. It’s known for great hospitality and amazing beaches, and many tourists return for second and third trips because there is just so much to see and do.

Mango's mini lessons in Portuguese include:

  • Mango Conversations [basic and intermediate phrases]
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Soccer Celebration [FIFA World Cup]
  • Romance

Here are some phrases you can learn in the first Hospitality and Tourism lesson:

  • I would like to take a cruise to Rio de Janeiro next month with my family.
    Eu gostaria de fazer um cruzeiro ao Rio de Janeiro no mês que vem com a minha família.
  • We are thinking of going by ship in order to see the coast of Brazil.
    Estamos pensando em ir de navio para ver a costa brasileira.
  • My wife wants to visit Rio to see the Botanical Garden and Sugarloaf Mountain.
    Minha esposa quer visitar o Rio para ver o Jardim Botânico e o Pão de Açúcar.

Portuguese is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.