Your question: Why is European Portuguese so different?

European Portuguese has 9 different simple vowels; Brazilian Portuguese has only 5. Besides, in European Portuguese there is usually a shift in the vowel sound whether the syllable on which that vowel falls is stressed or unstressed. That is by far the most different phonological trait between the two norms.

Why does Brazilian Portuguese sound so different?

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.

Which is better Brazilian Portuguese or European Portuguese?

Whatever sparked your interest in the language will have a direct impact on which dialect you choose to learn. If you’ve got a soft spot for classic literature, the European Portuguese variety might be the best option. If you’re in love with samba and carnival, Brazilian Portuguese might just be right up your alley.

What is the best app for learning European Portuguese?

The 5 best apps for learning Portuguese:

  • Duolingo. Duolingo is one of the best apps for learning Portuguese and probably the most popular one. …
  • Babbel. Babbel is free for download but you need to subscribe to a subscription plan to use it. …
  • Busuu. …
  • MindSnacks. …
  • Memrise.
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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.

Why does Portuguese sound bad?

Then Portuguese sounds ugly too because it sounds like the Slavonic 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.

Does Brazilian Portuguese sound different?

Similar to the accent differences between American and British English, Portuguese has also developed differently on each side of the pond. While you may not hear it if your Portuguese isn’t advanced, Brazilian speakers tend to sound a little more “musical” than their European counterparts.

Why do people prefer Brazilian Portuguese?

What? Foreigners usually go for Brazilian Portuguese because is easier to learn and the accent is easier to master, also this version of Portuguese sounds happier and funnier than the European Portuguese, and is spoken by over 200 million people while European variation has 11 million speakers .

Is European Portuguese difficult to learn?

European Portuguese is harder because they swallow the vowels at the ends of words and generally, the spoken language seems less clear than Brazilian pronunciation and often sounds like a slavic language – but again, it’s just a matter of training your ear to it.

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