43% of Brazilian students taking the national Enem test (Exame Nacional do Ensino Médio) prefer Spanish
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The second interesting thing about the article is that the audio in the embedded video matches the text almost exactly, so that site (Jorna da Globo) looks to be a great place to learn Portuguese. Videos with live interviews do not match up, but all the ones with prepared news reports seem to, such as this one from yesterday on the North Korean attacks on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong-do.
Two other related articles from the past year on Brazil and Spanish are: this one where the number of students learning Spanish in Brazil has increased by 400% over the past 3 years, and this one on the plan to increase the number of those proficient in Spanish in Brazil from 11 million to 50 million by 2015. As today's article shows, Brazilians are already quite familiar with Spanish in a passive manner, and learning Spanish is more a manner of tweaking their native language than learning a new one from scratch.