Foreigners Seek to Learn Portuguese
Brazil, located in South America, has the fifth largest population in the world and the largest economy on the continent. Notwithstanding the worldwide economic crisis, the Brazilian economy has remained strong. Furthermore, due to the economic stability and growing GDP, its consumer market is heating up and attracting new investments. And Brazil’s economy is due to receive an additional injection when it hosts the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016, the biggest sporting events in the world.
The stability of the Brazilian economy has gained the attention of foreign companies that are seeking to develop new business opportunities abroad. This has led to an increase in the number of foreigners moving to Brazil to find work. The majority of foreigners coming to Brazil are professionals that have come to manage and develop new businesses. According to the Brazilian Ministry of Labor, there were over seventeen thousand work visas issued in the first quarter of 2012 alone.
To facilitate the communication between locals and the foreign imports, Portuguese language classes have become a hot commodity. According to a report in the Jornal da Globo, in 2011 there were twenty thousand Portuguese language classes for foreigners conducted in Brazil. The report also brings to light the number of Portuguese language classes taught abroad. In the United State, for example, there were over seventeen thousand Portuguese language classes taught in 2011.
The increase in foreigners desiring to learn Portuguese is a reflection of the international perception that the Brazilian economy is on solid ground and brimming with potential. If the Brazilian economy continues to strengthen and the government is able to complete several of its growth acceleration initiatives, learning the Portuguese language will turn out to be one of the best investments any foreigner can make.