Is Portuguese Easier Than Spanish
The answer to this question really depends on who you ask and what your native language is but we’ll address this question assuming your native language is English.
Many people say that Spanish is actually a bit easier for a native English speaker to learn than Portuguese but it really depends what you find difficult. Some things are easier in Spanish and some easier in Portugal, but it depends on how easily you interact with the language. Some people may find Portuguese easier and some Spanish.
We’ll take a look at some things that make Spanish easier and some things that make Portuguese easier and you can decide which one would be easier for you.
Spanish Vowels Are Easier Than Portuguese Vowels – Spanish Easier
Portuguese has a lot of nasal sounds that make vowels harder for a native English speaker to pronounce. Spanish doesn’t have these same vowels and the vowels in Spanish are much easier to get your head around. Portuguese speakers are also likely to drop some of these vowel sounds that you see written down when it’s time to speak them.
Portuguese Doesn’t Roll The R – Portuguese Easier
One thing that people learning Spanish often struggle with is the Spanish ‘r’ sound. Well if you’re learning Portuguese you’re in luck with the fact that the Portuguese don’t roll the ‘r’ making Portuguese that tiny bit more easy.
Portuguese Uses The Future Subjunctive – Spanish Easier
Although Spanish has the subjunctive that everyone struggles with when they are learning it, Portuguese has the future subjunctive that Spanish doesn’t use anymore. For those of you who have come across the subjunctive already you’ll know what a pain this can be so the fact that Portuguese use the future subjunctive is definitely a point in favour of Spanish.
Portuguese Has A Personal Infinitive – Spanish Easier
The infinitive should be just that, the infinitive but Portuguese has a personal form which gives Spanish a point in favour of being the easier of the two languages. As little conjugation as possible please!
Written Portuguese And Spanish Are Similar
There’s no great difference between written Spanish and written Portuguese. So regardless of which one you choose to learn you shouldn’t have too much trouble here.
Is Portuguese Easier Than Spanish? It Seems Not!
So Spanish may be a tiny bit easier than Spanish but is Portuguese easy to learn? Relatively speaking it is so don’t worry, you’ll still be able to master it with a bit of time and work. Although we’ve chosen Spanish as being the easier of the two languages here, they’re both pretty easy to master for a native English speaker, at least in comparison to a language like Mandarin or Japanese. So even though Spanish is easier, it’s a tiny bit so, don’t let this put you off Portuguese and pick Spanish if you had other reasons for wanting to learn Portuguese.
And if you want to learn Portuguese, make sure you take a look at our Portuguese textbooks and see if you can find one to suit your learning needs. Textbooks can be a great way to go about improving your language skills and the right textbook can complement your learning nicely.