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Old 10-01-2018, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Macao
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1.If you know both English and Spanish, which is easier to learn?

2.With the growing brazilian economy, is it more beneficial to learn Portuguese than French.

3. Are there good job prospects in the finance industry for, lets say, a CPA in Miami who knows three languages(english,spanish, and either portuguese and french)

4. Last question. Which language do you personally like.
I like Portuguese.

How about this..find a place you LIKE...and focus on that language.

I always feel annoyed when people have ZERO interest in the language, the culture, and the country.....HOW CAN I MAKE MONEY? $$$$ $$$ $$$ $$$ $$$$$$ $$$$$ $$$$. There is more to life...particularly when you are doing with cultures and peoples and countries. Find one you like.
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Old 10-01-2018, 10:01 AM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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Portuguese is closer to Spanish to the point of portuguese speakers being able to understand about 70% of spoken and 90% of the written Spanish without previously studying. But neither Spanish nor Portuguese are mutually intelligible to French. On the other hand, French is much closer to English than Portuguese and Spanish.

For the part of the question, if Portuguese is more useful than French, because of the brazilian growth... well, Brazil suffered a strong recession in the past four years, and still no signs of reversing the trend; next sunday we'll have elections and two authoritarian populist candidates are the forerunners in the polls, denoting that it's very unlikely that Brazil will experience a growth in the economy in the next four years - it's in fact closer to a even worse recession. If in 2022 we brazilians learn with our repeated errors and reject both left-wing and right-wing populism, Brazil will perhaps take the path towards the development. And then, yes, Portuguese will be benefical to learn.

Indeed, if not because of Brazil, learn Portuguese because of Portugal. It's a first-world, stable and pleasant nation in Europe, with a promising future.

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Old 10-03-2018, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
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French is a million times more useful than Portuguese.
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Old 10-03-2018, 02:01 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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Unless you're actually going to be in South America, you will likely use French more. As others have said, for a native English speaker, French is actually not very difficult as 40% of English vocabulary is French in origin with many words having the exact same spelling and meaning. There are a few "false friends" though such as the word "comment" which are pronounced differently and have completely different meanings.

French word order is a bit closer to English as well. The hardest part about French will be pronunciation as there are sounds never made by English speaking mouths.
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Old 10-03-2018, 04:06 PM
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French is a million times more useful than Portuguese.
Not for a CPA in Miami, Florida rich Brazilians have been relocating there for years there aren't many French speakers.
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Old 10-04-2018, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Canada
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For Canadians French is the obvious answer but there is actually a pretty big Portuguese community here in Canada. The Brazilian community is also growing. I am actually working on improving my French. Once I get my French down 100%, I plan on learning Portuguese. They are both beautiful languages.
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Old 10-05-2018, 09:29 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Is this even a question?

French is spoken by dozens of countries in almost all continents and is besides English the official language of the UN.

Portuguese is basically only spoken in Brazil and Portugal.
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Old 10-05-2018, 11:36 PM
 
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....Indeed, if not because of Brazil, learn Portuguese because of Portugal. It's a first-world, stable and pleasant nation in Europe, with a promising future.
Portuguese speaking Angola is no slouch in the African economic scene too.
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Old 10-05-2018, 11:38 PM
 
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Is this even a question?

French is spoken by dozens of countries in almost all continents and is besides English the official language of the UN.

Portuguese is basically only spoken in Brazil and Portugal.
If you ignore Africa, right.
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:47 AM
 
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French (and English) both have highly illogical spellings.
For instance, the vowel sound "AY" can be spelled in French, as e', ee', et, est, ets, ez, ai, ais, ait. In addition, French and English have a great many silent letters.

In Spanish (and Portuguese, I think), each letter represents one and only one sound (except the letter C which in Spanish can have either the S or K sound). There are no such thing as "spelling bee contests" because anyone knowing just the 24 sounds, simply scores 100%. (the W and K in Spanish exist only in foreign loan words).
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