I first encountered Portuguese while working in a hotel on Jersey in the Channel Islands where most of my colleagues were from Portugal. Working in the hotel bar I picked up some useful drink-related vocabulary and also learnt words for fruit, numbers and a few other phrases. Unfortunately I didn't make an effort to learn any more than that, something I regret now.
In 2002, in preparation for holidays in Portugal, I started learning Portuguese using the book Colloquial Portuguese, which I highly recommend. As the title suggests this book teaches you the language which people actually speak. On the holidays my knowledge of Portuguese came in very handy, especially when deciphering menus.
I now know enough of the language to be able to read it quite well and to speak and understand it to some extent. Though I learnt the Portuguese of Portugual, I find Brazilian Portuguese easier to understand.
Information about Portuguese | European Portuguese phrases | Brazilian Portuguese phrases | Family words | Numbers | Time | Tongue twisters | Tower of Babel | Articles | Links | Learning materials
Welsh, French, German, Italian, Icelandic, Japanese, Portuguese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Korean, Scottish Gaelic, Spanish, Esperanto, Hungarian, Turkish, Arabic, Czech, Irish (Gaelic), Latin, Manx (Gaelic), Russian, Urdu, British Sign Language (BSL), Hindi, Breton
About this site | Omniglot - a potted history | About me | My language learning adventures | My musical adventures | My singing adventures | Song writing | Tunesmithing | My juggling adventures
Why not share this page:
Learn languages for free on Duolingo
If you like this site and find it useful, you can support it by making a donation via PayPal or Patreon, or by contributing in other ways. Omniglot is how I make my living.
Note: all links on this site to Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.fr are affiliate links. This means I earn a commission if you click on any of them and buy something. So by clicking on these links you can help to support this site.