Learning Portuguese: Why It Is Important to Speak Idiomatically

Professora Tatiana sent me a job description today: “Google is looking for a professional who can speak and write in English, Portuguese, and Spanish fluently and idiomatically.” The post got Tatiana’s attention because of the explicit mention to “idiomatically.”

I founded Street Smart Brazil in 2008 because I saw a need for a Brazilian Portuguese program that allowed learners to learn the Portuguese that we speak in real life in Brazil. Language is very dynamic. When we are learning a new language, it needs to reflect the real world. I wrote about this before: how simple conversations can be impossible to understand if all you have is good grammar and formal Portuguese.