Tag: Portuguese

September 19, 2017 Rita Maia No comments exist

In linguistics, false friends are those words from different languages which look very similar in writing but actually mean different things. For that reason, they can easily lead to error a less careful or knowledgeable speaker in the languages concerned. On this post, I will be displaying a list of 50 false friends between English…

September 12, 2016 Rita Maia No comments exist

  When wondering about the one word that really captures the essence of the Portuguese soul, saudade [saw-da-dɨ] is quite likely the term that immediately comes to mind. But what does it mean? In English there isn’t a direct equivalent, a word that truly translates the meaning of saudade. Let me explain. Saudade is a…

July 20, 2016 Rita Maia No comments exist

Whether you want to learn a foreign language for travel or pleasure or you need it for work and business, you might want to consider taking Portuguese language classes. Why? Well, Portuguese is, as Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes once put it, “the sweet and gracious language”. And who wouldn’t want to speak such a…

April 21, 2016 Rita Maia No comments exist

Among the most spoken languages in the world, Portuguese is the official language in 8 countries: Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Timor-Leste (often spelled East Timor). It is also a co-official language in Macau.   That makes for two legal orthographic norms, two official systems: one in Brazil,…