World Cup Effect Ensures Increased Demand for Portuguese Lessons at UIC London

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Portuguese is becoming one of the most popular languages to learn. Thanks, at least in part, to the forthcoming FIFA World Cup and Olympic Games in Brazil, it has never been more popular to learn the language.

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Portuguese and Spanish are also the fastest growing after English and Portuguese has the highest potential for growth as an international language in South America and southern Africa

According to Ruth Costas, one on the BBC's Brazil correspondents, until recently Portuguese was a relatively niche language to study.

"The interest of foreigners was rare and generally not much of it escaped," Portuguese teacher Professor Claudia Padoan told BBC Brazil.

Common reasons for learning Portuguese in the past include an interest in the country's music, or dating someone from Brazil or Portugal. Now, however, as well as increased trade with Brazil – which makes learning Portuguese attractive to business people – Brazilian and Portuguese expatriates want to send their children to a Portuguese language school.

The result has been a huge increase in the number of students taking Portuguese lessons in London, at schools such as the award-winning UIC London.

So why study Portuguese? According to a UIC London spokesperson: “Portuguese is the seventh most widely spoken language in the world (following Chinese, Spanish, English, Hindi, Bengali and Arabic).

“Portuguese and Spanish are also the fastest growing after English and Portuguese has the highest potential for growth as an international language in South America and southern Africa. UNESCO estimates Portuguese-speaking countries will have 335 million people by 2050!”

Brazil is fast becoming the place to be for sports fans, with the FIFA World Cup taking place there in 2014 and, two years later, Rio hosting the Olympic Games. The fever inspired by the London Olympics in 2012 looks set to be around for a long time, and if you're a sports fan, you might want to brush up on your Brazilian Portuguese before travelling there to cheer on your team.

The Portuguese courses taught at UIC London specialise in Brazilian Portuguese. This is just one of a wide range of languages the British Council accredited school teaches.

Brazilian Portuguese classes are taught in a maximum group of 14 and, where possible, use practical situations to teach the nuances of grammar. Courses run on a range of levels, from beginner to pre-intermediate, and are usually held over a ten-week period. There are also lunchtime classes available.

For more details of all courses available at UIC London, visit the website, and say “sim, por favor!” to learning Portuguese.

About UIC London

UIC London (http://www.uiclondon.com) is a British Council accredited English school offering modern facilities, experienced staff and a mature, social environment. As well as being a ‘highly trusted sponsor’ of the UK Border Agency, the school has won both the Star Award (voted on by travel agents worldwide) and the British Council Award for Innovation.

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