Falas português? 🤔
🇲🇴🇲🇴🇲🇴 Last year, I had the tremendous opportunity to solo travel Macau! For those of you who don't know, Macau is a lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China 🇨🇳 (or in Portuguese, Região Administrativa Especial de Macau). I was stoked to be able to have this opportunity, because I think Macau is so incredibly unique (there's a region of the world that is a blend of Chinese and Portuguese influence that has its own passport, flag, and traditions - what's not to be interested in). 🇵🇹🇨🇳
Naturally, I was attracted to the language aspect of Macau. Unfortunately, I found that although virtually everything was written in Portuguese and Cantonese, the Portuguese language aspect of Macau is basically non-existent. This was confirmed when I made Macanese friends and they told me the same thing. 😅
This leads me to want to explain why I'm going to the Middlebury Language Schools this summer to study Portuguese. Well, as a life goal I want to master the six official languages of the United Nations 🇺🇳 (English 🇺🇸, French 🇫🇷, Mandarin Chinese 🇹🇼, Arabic 🇸🇦, Russian 🇷🇺, and Spanish 🇪🇸) because with those I can speak to a lot of people. Alongside this list, I personally find Portuguese to be an unofficial language of the UN as there are several lusophone nations spread out in Africa, South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. 🇨🇻🇲🇴🇲🇿🇵🇹🇬🇼🇧🇷🇦🇴🇹🇱🇸🇹 Also, since I speak Spanish to a high degree (and French as well), I want to see first hand how similar Portuguese is to Spanish.