I want to go to South America for 6 months but which language should I focus on - Portuguese or Spanish?
Roughly half of the population speak Portuguese, the other half speak Spanish. But ALL of the Portuguese speakers are in one country, Brazil.
here's a map to show you what's spoken where:
Spanish is spoken in the MOST South American countries (it's also a second language in Brazil) . Just remember this Portuguese phrase: Você fala espanhol? over 8 years ago
Spanish for sure, unless you're planning on spending shit loads of time in Brazil. over 8 years agoAnswered by Jarrod via Travellr.com
Hi. If you come to Brazil, the language is Portuguese all over the country. Spanish is the language spoken anywhere else in South America, except for traditional communities speaking indigenous languages (but even these usually also speak Portuguese or Spanish depending the country where they are).
Unless you trip is totally centered on Brazil, I'd recommend you to focus on Spanish, since that, although it is NOT a second language in Brasil, it's really much easier for Brazilians to understand Spanish than the opposite.
Have a nice trip almost 8 years ago