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Portuguese


Have you ever seen images of Rio’s colorful Carnaval? Heard the sultry cadences of that most famous of bossa novas, “The Girl from Ipanema?” Moved to the rhythm of samba? Do you remember the voyages of Vasco da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan? How about Brazil’s thrilling World Cup victory? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are already familiar with Luso-Brazilian culture. But there is so much more. By studying Portuguese at PSU, you will learn all about a culture known worldwide for its warmth, music, and poetry. You will find that Portuguese, spoken by more than 200 million people, is a language of both great lyricism and great humor.