How can I learn Portuguese as fast as I can?
(from “CV7NeverBackDown” on Yahoo Answers)
My question is how long would it take for me to learn Portuguese fluently?
at learning new languages,I lived in the Philippines for 2 years and became
fluent in both the major languages there.
Your French should come in very handy, since Portuguese is also a
Romance language. I don’t speak French, but my high school
Spanish was extremely helpful to my study of Portuguese.
After one and a half years of studying Portuguese in college,
I went to Brazil as an exchange student. I did just fine, and my
Portuguese improved dramatically from the start of the year to
the end. But there as a big difference between studying Portuguese
in the USA and being and exchange student in Brazil. Here,
I was able to get 3 and a half hours of Portuguese in the
classroom per week, plus some office hours and Portuguese
conversation group on campus. And of course I also spent time thinking in Portuguese when I did homework or studied for tests.
Even still, most of my life was spent in English. When I was in Brazil, my entire life was in Portuguese, and I learned extremely
quickly because of necessity. I’m sure you experienced the same in the Philippines learning Tagalog.
So, in 2 years studying Portuguese in the USA (or any other place where Portuguese isn’t the native language) you can
certainly become highly proficient, but if you are able to study in a Portuguese-speaking country, you will become fluent much
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