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About the Portuguese language
Portuguese language is one of the Romance languages. Like all other languages of this group, Portuguese is a direct modern descendant of Latin, the vernacular Latin of the Roman soldiers and settlers rather than the classical Latin of the cultured Roman citizens. It developed in ancient Gallaeci (modern Galicia, in northwestern Spain) and in northern Portugal, and then spread throughout present-day Portugal.Portuguese owes its importance (as the second Romance language, after Spanish, in terms of numbers of speakers) largely to its position as the language of Brazil.Approximately 200 million people speak Portuguese as their native tongue worldwide making it the third most spoken European language. Apart from the Portuguese themselves, the language is also spoken in parts of Africa including Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau as well as in East Timor in Asia. It is also the language of the island-nation of São Tomé and Príncipe, in the Gulf of Guinea.There are five main Portuguese dialect groups: (1) Northern, or Galician, (2) Central, or Beira, (3) Southern (including Lisbon, Alentejo and Algarve), (4) Insular (including the dialects of Madeira and the Azores and (5) Brazilian.Typical of the Portuguese sound system is the use of nasal vowels, indicated in the orthography by ‘m’ or ‘n’ following the vowel (e.g., sim "yes", bem "well") or by the use of a tilde (~) over the vowel (mão "hand", nação "nation").
Portuguese is a beautiful language often being described as ‘the sweet language’ by European literary figures. Why not give it a try while you enjoy your holiday? If you would like to learn a few words and phrases to help you on your travels, check out our brief guide to Speaking Portuguese.
Why learn Portuguese on Skype
Learning Portuguese by Skype with our teachers is a modern, comfortable way to study Portuguese. Indeed, you can learn Portuguese at your convenience because you have the opportunity to set your own schedule for lessons. And, you will receive individual attention from our professional Portuguese teachers because your lessons with them are one-on-one. Better yet, learning Portuguese via Skype from the comfort of your own home is cheaper than studying with a tutor in your home!
How to learn Portuguese on Skype
Learning Portuguese by Skype is just like learning with a teacher in a classroom or in your home except for that communication takes place with the help of the Internet. You will hear and see your teacher just like you would in a classroom or in your home, but communication will be via Skype. Your Internet does need to be reliable, and it needs to be relatively fast. A headset is always a good idea, but one will be especially important for good sound quality if you will use a laptop for your lessons.
Because you work one-on-one with our Portuguese teachers, the focus of your lessons can be adjusted to suit your learning objectives. Whether you want to focus on speaking Portuguese or on preparing for an exam, lessons can be adjusted according to what you think is important. You will be sent all the necessary learning materials, including any readings or exercises and any audio or video files. You can even purchase a paper copy of a book or manual if you prefer or if you think that it will make learning the material and doing homework easier for you.
So, how do you get started? The first step to learning Portuguese on Skype is to register. After you are registered, a consultant will contact you to arrange for a free trial lesson with one of our Portuguese teachers. The trial lesson is a chance for the teacher to find out what your learning objectives are, to assess your level of Portuguese, and to discuss with you a plan for achieving your objectives. A trial lesson is also a chance for you to establish the good, personal contact with a teacher that you will need to be a successful student and to enjoy learning Portuguese. After your trial lesson, you will need to pay for classes before you start your regular lessons.