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Portuguese-Spanish Cognates and False Friends

Portuguese-Spanish Cognates and False Friends

Being familiar with Spanish gives those starting to learn Portuguese a huge head start – these languages are closely related and there are thousands of cognates between them. Wondering about what a cognate is?  Cognates are words that share a…

Portuguese Question Words

Portuguese Question Words

So, you are a beginner with a bold attitude and you want to start interacting in Portuguese right off the bat. I like that. One thing you’ll need to keep the conversation going, besides your bravery, is to get comfortable…

Forming the Plural in Portuguese

Forming the Plural in Portuguese

This article teaches you how to form plurals in Portuguese. Learning the main singular-to-plural spelling conversion patterns is very helpful, more than you might think. Here’s why. In Portuguese, words belonging to several word classes are spelled differently depending on…

Gender of Portuguese Words

Gender of Portuguese Words

Like other Romance languages, Portuguese nouns are gender-marked being either masculine or feminine. But the gender dimension in Portuguese extends well beyond nouns. For instance, word classes such as adjectives, pronouns, and articles will inflect to conform to the gender…

Portuguese Grammar for Beginners

Portuguese Grammar for Beginners

Are you at the start of your Portuguese language learning journey? If that’s the case, well, spot on! This article was written for beginners just like you. In what follows, I will give an overview of Portuguese grammar’s basic features…

Portuguese Speaking Countries around the World

Portuguese Speaking Countries around the World

With over 220 million native speakers, Portuguese often ranks as the sixth most spoken language in the world. If we add up those speaking it as a second language (L2), we reach a grand total of roughly 270 million speakers.…