Portuguese trivia

December 13, 2006 at 11:37 pm 4 comments

While we wait for my pictures, here are some trivia on the Portuguese’s contribution to the world:

  • the Louvre pyramide was built by a Portuguese construction company
  • Portuguese is the second language of Johannesburg in South Africa, of Newark, NJ, of Luxembourg, and of Caracas, Venezuela
  • The Portuguese were in Japan trading and discussing theology with Buddhist monks generations before other European countries even knew of its existence. Some words still current in Japanese come from Portuguese, like “orrigato”, from “obrigado”, meaning “thank you”
  • they introduced tempura into Japan
  • they taught the Japanese how to construct buildings that would withstand both artillery attack and earthquake – the Portuguese-built city of Nagasaki withstood the atomic bomb of 1945 a lot better than Hiroshima
  • the Portuguese brought the chili plant to India, allowing for the invention of “curry”
  • Portuguese is by far the most difficult of the Latin languages to master
  • it is also the third most spoken European language after English and Spanish, and before French and German
  • most “Italian” trattorias in London are run by Portuguese, as well as many “French” restaurants in Paris

Entry filed under: Language, Portugal, Portuguese.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alan Bell  |  December 13, 2006 at 11:43 pm

    and Tempura was introduced to the Portugese by the Romans. Also “Soul Food” has it’s origins in Portugal.

  • 2. acomentarista  |  December 15, 2006 at 12:31 am

    Pois é, Portugal, a língua portuguesa, está pelo mundo mais do que se imagina,


  • 3. guerson  |  December 16, 2006 at 2:18 am

    é, de bobo o português não tem nada 😉

  • 4. dude  |  December 23, 2006 at 12:21 am

    “arigatou”, not “orrigato”


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