Tag: Portuguese

Reimaging/Reimagining America’s Oldest Language Association

Last summer’s civil unrest, BLM protests, and the inequities laid bare by the pandemic forced much reevaluation. The teachers of Spanish and Portuguese were no exception. During the quiet periods offered by the pandemic, the 16-member AATSP Board of Directors reflected on the AATSP’s time-honored logo, complete with seal reminiscent of the coat of arms of Castile and León,...

Elite Language Students Focus on Community Service

Even during these challenging times, language students contribute to the greater good. I recently attended (via Zoom, of course) the award ceremony of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispáncia (SHH). The SHH is the nationally recognized honor society for Spanish and Portuguese high school students. It is part of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). The honor...

Call to Protect Portuguese in Macau

Macau was a Portuguese territory until 1999 and is Portugal’s only ex-colony which is not a member of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa or CPLP), although Portuguese is one of its official languages. It is now an autonomous region of China, similar in status to its neighbor across the Pearl River, Hong...

500 Million Portuguese Speakers by 2100

According to José Luís Carneiro, Portugal’s secretary of state for Portuguese communities abroad, “By 2060, the Portuguese language is predicted to be spoken by 380 million people, and by the end of the century that number could increase to 500 million Portuguese speakers worldwide.” Carneiro claimed that “there are very clear indicators related to growth all...

Fire Destroys Museum of the Portuguese Language

A huge blow to the city of São Paulo and Portuguese-language enthusiasts everywhere, the Museu da Língua Portuguesa (Museum of the Portuguese Language) went up in flames on Monday, December 21. The museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to a single language, and a cherished cultural heritage site both for its contents and its location in...

Portuguese Immersion

Talk about tough decisions: Brazil or Portugal? There’s never been a better time to go to Brazil. With the Rio Olympic Games on the horizon in 2016 and the infrastructure already in place from the most recent World Cup, Brazil has never been so equipped to welcome international visitors. Meanwhile, Portugal continues to attract students with its old-world charm, delicious...

Portuguese from Cape to Cape

Brazil may be the Portuguese powerhouse, but the language is still alive and well in Africa With a population of just 10 million people, Portugal has seen its language go global thanks to the dynamism of its ex-colonies. Portuguese’s status as the sixth-most-spoken language in the world is a direct result of Portugal’s empire, which owed its power and riches...

Levi’s Book of Barnyard Animals / Portuguese

Levi's Book of Barnyard Animals Levi's Book of Barnyard Animals presents 21 different animals of the barnyard -- bull, cat, chicken, cow, dog, donkey, duck, fox, goat, goose, horse, mouse, owl, pig, rabbit, rat, rooster, sheep, skunk, squirrel, and turkey. The following list of words are Portuguese (Português), in page order with the book. Pato Frango Galo Peru Ganso Cachorro Gato Cabra Ovelha Touro Boi Cavalo Burro Porco Esquilo Rato Raposa Gambá Coruja Coelho Rato

Portuguese President Promotes Language During China Visit

On his sixth visit to Macau, the Portuguese Republic President Cavaco Silva recently emphasized the continued value of the Portuguese language in scientific, economic, business and cultural sectors worldwide. Following an official visit to Beijing and Shanghai, Cavaco Silva arrived in Macau last Saturday. He continued to defend the status of Portuguese throughout the duration of his stay, particularly while...

Overcoming Portunhol: Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

U.S. universities have been hip to the unique challenges that Spanish speakers face when they learn Portuguese. Many universities that offer Portuguese also offer a separate section of Portuguese for Spanish speakers, including Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, and the University of Chicago. In Brazil, many languages schools are expanding their Portuguese as a foreign language course offerings...
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