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Old 06-21-2013, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Macao
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This is pure speculation, but might be an interesting one nontheless.

With Macau changing hands to China, do you think that the Portuguese language there might die out?

In the current time, it seems that Macau still has jurisiction over itself, and Portuguese is still an official language. It will be fully 100% China in 2059 though.

Two theories. Without continuing Portuguese Law in Macau, it will become less and less in existance there at all.

On the other hand, it could be in China's best interest to keep Portuguese alive and well, and encourage as much Portuguese-speaking people, and that door open with the Portuguese world.

What's your take or guess on Portuguese and Macau in the present and in the far off future...?
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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Oh it would... They cannot even speak Portuguese
The only thing that will stay are the Portuguese writings, Portugal's national pastry called Pastel de Nata and the Portuguese citizenship that really makes no sense as it is not a colony any more and people cannot even speak the language.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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Portuguese language is just a show in Macau. It is just like for tourism as it looks interesting to be a Chinese place but has Portuguese writings. But people cannot even speak Portuguese. Most of the time, they cannot even read the Portuguese words and addresses.
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:00 AM
 
Location: SGV, CA
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Portugese was never alive in Macau in the first place. Only a small minority of Macanese ever learned it.
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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Portugese was never alive in Macau in the first place. Only a small minority of Macanese ever learned it.
I agree
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:09 AM
 
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Portuguese language is just a show in Macau. It is just like for tourism as it looks interesting to be a Chinese place but has Portuguese writings. But people cannot even speak Portuguese. Most of the time, they cannot even read the Portuguese words and addresses.
like Chavacano is just a show in Zamboanga. Nobody really speaks it, yet you bring it up all the time
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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like Chavacano is just a show in Zamboanga. Nobody really speaks it, yet you bring it up all the time
Chavacano is spoken.
It is their language in Zamboanga. I had a neighbour before who speak Chavacano in their house. They were actually good friends of mine. I also heard their local news on tv before and they were speaking it. It is not the same as Macau. In Macau, the Portuguese addresses and names on the boards of establishments, buildings, airport, boat terminal are still in Portuguese but if you talk to the locals in Portuguese or ask them addresses in Portuguese they are definitely clueless about it. They give you that look like " I don't know what you are talking about ".
When you go to the Portuguese embassy, it's over flooded by Macanese. And then you hear them talk to the workers in Chinese. No one ever talks Portuguese to the Portuguese workers there.

Chavacano is spoken by less than a million population in Zamboanga. Actor John Estrada speaks Chavacano.

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Old 06-21-2013, 11:31 AM
 
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Chavacano is spoken.
It is their language in Zamboanga. I had a neighbour before who speak Chavacano in their house. I also heard their local news on tv before and they were speaking it. It is not the same as Macau. In Macau, the Portuguese addresses and names on the boards of establishments, buildings, airport, boat terminal are still in Portuguese but if you talk to the locals in Portuguese or ask them addresses in Portuguese they are definitely clueless about it.

Chavacano is spoken by less than a million population in Zamboanga. Actor John Estrada speaks Chavacano.
I've seen the news programs too but when they interview people on the street, they never speak Chavacano, or they sound like they're trying to speak it but can't. And the newspeople often sound like they dont speak it natively either
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:42 AM
 
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I've seen the news programs too but when they interview people on the street, they never speak Chavacano, or they sound like they're trying to speak it but can't. And the newspeople often sound like they dont speak it natively either
It is their language. It doesnt make sense that they suddenly stopped speaking their language. It's like people of Manila will just suddenly stop speaking tagalog. Like what I said, I had friends before who speak Chavacano. They moved to Iloilo for awhile, but they are back in Zamboanga now.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Macanese language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Pau...College,_Macao
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