In a nutshell, here’s a plausible explanation to why Portuguese and Russian sound alike: Portuguese and Russian share common phonological features that make them sound superficially similar from a distance – both are stress-timed languages with a similar rhythm and accentuated vowel reduction.
Is Portuguese a pretty language?
With no intention of bashing any other languages out there (each one beautiful in its own way), Brazilian Portuguese is, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful ones. It’s simply a gorgeous language! It sounds so smooth since speakers use a lot of intonation in their speech, especially in Brazil.
Why does Portuguese sound so weird?
As Portugal is isolated geographically from the Mediterranean it makes sense that linguistic memetic flow continued more readily among the other proto-Romance speaking countries during the Renaissance, leaving Portuguese to evolve more-or-less on its own. Thus, it sounds different from the other Romance languages.
What does Portuguese sound like to non speakers?
Portuguese sounds like Russian!
If so, you are not alone, as this type of confusion is common for many Russians and speakers of other Slavic languages.
Is Russian harder than Portuguese?
For native English speakers, Russian is harder than Portuguese, and Americans who know Spanish find Portuguese quite easy to learn. If you do learn Portuguese, be careful not to mingle Spanish and Portuguese while speaking.
Is Portuguese like German?
Portuguese is in any case a Romance language and thus more closely related to, say, Spanish and French, rather than Germanic languages such as German or Dutch.
What is a Portuguese accent?
Portuguese makes use of five diacritics: the cedilla (ç), acute accent (á, é, í, ó, ú), circumflex accent (â, ê, ô), tilde (ã, õ), and grave accent (à, and rarely è, ì, ò, and ù).
Is Portuguese like Spanish?
Yes, Portuguese and Spanish are the most alike languages.
As you probably know, Spanish and Portuguese are both Ibero-Romance languages that developed on the Iberian Peninsula. Spain and Portugal occupy the unique geographic layout of the Iberian Peninsula.
Is Spanish older than Portuguese?
Clearly, Portuguese existed for a long time before it was given a name (as did Galician). The Portuguese language is older than Portugal itself, just like Spanish is older (much older) than Spain.
Can a Portuguese person understand Spanish?
Originally Answered: Can Portuguese speakers naturally understand Spanish? Yes, they can. The Portuguese understand Spanish quite well, even if they have not studied it. When I had not yet learned Portuguese, when I visited this country I spoke Spanish and I had no problem.
What is the hardest language to learn?
The Hardest Languages To Learn For English Speakers
- Mandarin Chinese. Interestingly, the hardest language to learn is also the most widely spoken native language in the world. …
- Arabic. …
- Polish. …
- Russian. …
- Turkish. …
Does English sound like hissing?
The answer I’ve heard most is that English is very sibilant, with s, x, z and sh sounds. So it’s often characterised as ‘sounding like hissing’. I notice the hiss from time to time, even as a native speaker. Especially when lots of people are saying the same thing.
What does Portuguese sound like to a Spanish speaker?
Portuguese has many nasal sounds that supplant the “n” sounds in Spanish. The languages share roots in Vulgar Latin. European Portuguese is less singsong than Brazilian Portuguese to me but I’ve also been told (in Galicia) that my Mexican Spanish is more pleasant and singsong than Castilian.