Where does the Portuguese language come from?

The roots of the Portuguese language are based in the autonomous community of Galicia, in the north of Portugal and the northwest of Spain. Their language, Galician, was a mix of local dialects and common Latin, and around the 14th century, Portuguese emerged as a descendant language.

Why is Portuguese different from Spanish?

While the majority of lexical differences between Spanish and Portuguese come from the influence of the Arabic language on Spanish vocabulary, most of the similarities and cognate words in the two languages have their origin in Latin, but several of these cognates differ, to a greater or lesser extent, in meaning.

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.

Is Portuguese Hispanic or Latino?

Presently, the US Census Bureau excludes both the Portuguese and Brazilians under its Hispanic ethnic category (Garcia).

Why is Portuguese a weird language?

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.

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Is Spanish older than English?

So we’ve established that English has been written for a long time, and while it gets more and more difficult to understand, the further back we go, as a written language it’s probably older than Spanish. Spanish, on the other hand, hasn’t been written as long as English.

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 influenced by Russian?

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. As we have seen from the history of the Portuguese language, there aren’t any roots – that historians have recorded – linking the two languages.

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