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Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:48 am
I could see lanuage making brazil a second choice for venezuelans, but portugies is not all that diffrent from spanish. I was there and in three days and was able to read the local news, watch local shows, get cab, order dinner, etc. Never had portugies lesson in my life. It is at least easier than chilean spanish.
Actually, it's much harder for a native Spanish speaker to learn Portuguese than the opposite. Spanish has less vowel sound when compared to Portuguese, so they have a lot of trouble when learning the language. A good way to compare is an English speaker learning Arabic: there are sounds that simply aren't used in the other language. IE. Spanish speakers have a lot of trouble differentiating between the Portuguese words for granpa and grandma, which are avô ("o" as in "ahold") and avó ("o" as in "force"). In fact, the "force o" is entirely absent from Spanish.
Also, it's easy to forget that Brazil is almost the size of the continental USA: it's f***ing huge. There are large cultural differences throughout the country and not everyone is used to dealing with foreigners, specially outside of touristic areas, border towns/states and huge metropolises.
Brazil had multiple finanial crysis in the last century or so, but there simply isn't a culture of moving to other countries among the lower classes. Yes, upper-middle to upper classes have moved out, and will continue to do so, but the financial and cultural barrier is usually too steep. Also, Brazilian culture is heavily influenced by American culture, so the top immigration destinations are the USA, seen as a "get rich fast, American dream all the way" destination, and Portugal, which has a couple of agreements with Brazil.
I'm currently living in Portugal because my wife couldn't get used to living in Chile due to her poor language skills, so the language barrier was a huge factor in our case. The fact that we have access to free-ish healthcare, social security "equivalency" and a reasonable income tax rate were also factors in our decision.