Most people think they just wouldn’t have the time to put into learning a foreign language. However, the truth is you don’t need to spend endless hours studying to make satisfactory progress. It cannot be denied that to learn a language you do have to put in considerable time and effort as with anything that is worthwhile doing, but this can be easily built in to your daily life. Continue reading
• Portuguese is spoken by over 230 million people.
• It is the sixth most widely spoken language in the world.
• Portuguese is spoken in four continents: Europe, South America, Africa and Asia.
• It is the official language of eight countries: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timos, Guine-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tome and Principe.
• It is the third most spoken European language after English and Spanish.
• Brazil has a Portuguese speaking population of 190 million.
• Brazil is a 21st century economic powerhouse. The 5th largest economy in the world.
• Portuguese speaking countries have an incredibly interesting history, culture and gastronomy.
• Portuguese speaking destinations make for great holiday choices.
September 26th 2014 is the European Day of Languages organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union. It is celebrated to promote language learning throughout the world.
• To raise awareness amongst the general public of the importance of learning languages at any age whether for professional or academic purposes or for leisure.
• To make people aware of the large number of languages there are in Europe and the world and to encourage cultural awareness.
• There are as many as 7000 languages spoken in the world, spoken by 7 billion people.
• There are 225 indigenous languages in Europe – around 3% of the total worldwide.
• People living in Europe are coming across foreign languages more and more in their daily lives, therefore it is essential to promote interest in learning new langauges.
• Although some languages have over 50,000 words, each speaker usually knows only a fraction of that vocabulary!
• If you know one other foreign language, you will find it much easier to learn a third and fourth language and possibly more!
• Knowing other languages brings economic benefits: more jobs will be available to you if you speak other languages. Multilingual companies can compete in foreign markets, increasing their competitive edge.
• Due to immigration, in London 300 different languages are now spoken.
Find out everything you need to know about the European Day of Languages from the Council of Europe.
Find out about events that took place across Europe in previous years here.
According to Andrew Hall, Chief Executive of the AQA exam board, Spanish is set to become the “dominant language” taught in UK schools. He says, “I think more and more people are speaking Spanish. I think students recognize that it is a very important language to have.”
Reports from examiners have shown a rise in the number of students taking GCSE Spanish whereas numbers sitting French and German exams have dropped. According to The Telegraph, the number of pupils who sat GCSE Spanish this year increased by nearly 2,000 to a total of 93,000, a record high. This is a 50% increase over the past ten years and almost three times the number in the 80’s.
If your aim is to learn more than one foreign language, it is best to start with one of the easier foreign languages to learn such as one of the Western European languages. If your learning approach for your first foreign language was efficient then you will find it much easier to master additional languages. The reasons why more languages are easier to learn are as follows: Continue reading