Portuguese Studies

Portuguese Studies

The Value of Knowing Portuguese

Portuguese ranks 5th in languages spoken in the world. There are over 230 million speakers of Portuguese. In the United States, there are vibrant Portuguese speaking populations located especially in Massachusetts, Newark, New Jersey, New York City, Rhode Island and California. In addition to Brazil and Portugal, there are African nations that maintain Portuguese as the official language. Portuguese is also spoken in Macau in Asia. Speaking Portuguese can open doors on four continents and will introduce you to many diverse cultures. Moreover, Portuguese is relatively easy for fluent Spanish speakers to learn and master—knowing both Spanish & Portuguese doubles your marketability where Latin America is concerned!

For careers in government, art, music, dance, engineering, architecture, environmental science, international business and marketing, knowing Portuguese offers you more avenues to explore.

"Portuguese the new language of business majors."

Congratulations to Marcos Aponte! After two years of Portuguese study at Villanova, this VSB (Villanova School of Business) graduating senior will begin a prestigious internship in São Paulo in Summer 2013 for Braskem, a major Brazilian petrochemical company with locations in the United States too. The internship will prepare Mr. Aponte for possible work in either the São Paulo or Philadelphia branch of the company.

Why You Should Learn Portuguese...

Useful Links for Portuguese Studies:

Free Portuguese (and other languages) lessons:
http://www.Duolingo.com                        

http://www.Livemocha.com        

Includes Tá falado, and other podcasts and online resources for Portuguese learning and practice from Univ. of Texas:
http://www.coerll.utexas.edu/brazilpod/index.php

Portuguese for Spanish Speakers website (free activities):
http://portspan.cercll.arizona.edu/

Free MOOCs in Portuguese:
http://www.veduca.com.br/

Instituto Camões: premiere Portuguese organization for teaching of Portuguese language internationally. Includes news as well as activities, courses, etc. :
http://www.instituto-camoes.pt/

Academia Brasileira de Letras – Rio de Janeiro (online site includes an archive):
http://www.academia.org.br/

Fundação Luso-Americana – news, grants, publications: 
http://www.flad.pt/

Sport Club Newark (Portuguese Cultural Organization):
http://www.scpnewark.com/main/

Philadelphia Portuguese Heritage Commission:
http://www.portugalinphilly.com/

http://www.dominiopublico.gov.br/pesquisa/PesquisaObraForm.jsp
Books and other materials in the public domain, archived by the Brazilian government and available online FREE. Includes the complete works of author, Machado de Assis.

http://www.brasilescola.com/
News and educational topics/articles for K-12. (Good practice for Portuguese Language learners)

www.chiquinhagonzaga.com
Site with biographical information about the Brazilian composer, as well as over 300 musical scores available for free download.

http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/language/Portuguese
Free audiobooks in Portuguese

http://tvescola.mec.gov.br/index.php
Educational TV and videos online (free)

http://www.globo.com/
Site for Brazilian TV/news giant, REDE GLOBO. Videos, news, etc.

http://www.terra.com.br/portal/
News site in Portuguese, from Brazil.

http://www.jb.com.br/
Journal do Brasil

http://www.folha.uol.com.br/
Folha de São Paulo

http://www.theportugalnews.com/
English language site with news from Portugal

http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/portugal.htm
List of online newspapers from Portugal

http://www.dicio.com.br/
Free monolingual dictionary

http://www.portoeditora.pt/acordo-ortografico/conversor-texto/
Converts your document into the updated  version according to the “Acordo Ortografico”  between all Lusophone countries.

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