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User currently offlineA319114 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 3 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2634 times:

Hello everyone

I'm flying tomorrow to Lisbon for a short holiday and I was wondering whether a lot of Portuguese people speak English. I just bought a language guide Dutch-Portuguese and I must say it's quite a complicated language, especially pronouncuation, so I'm wondering whether I can go around with just English and some basic Portuguese words.

Thanks a lot

A319114

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User currently offlineMyt332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2632 times:

If you say 'Nuno Gomes' and put your thumb up then you'll get preferential treatment. He's like a national hero I've been told.

User currently offlineAlekToronto From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2625 times:

It depends on where you go..more people in Lisbon speak english (esp. the younger generations) than outside the city where you may run into problems..but nothing that a few words in port and hand signals won't solve.

Usually all hotels and most restaurants in Lisbon will have at least 1 person that speaks English.

As always learning a few words in the local language is always a good idea..

have a great trip!
Alek


User currently offlineAzoresLover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2623 times:
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It's been a long time since I was in Lisbon - back in 1977 - but there was no problem finding English-speaking people. They really liked Americans when I was there. A taxi driver who took me around told me that a lot of people speak English, but they won't admit it to foreigners from some countries. But when they find out you were an American, they were eager to talk English with you.

This was 28 years ago, and things change. But I would imagine there are still a lot of English-speaking natives in Lisbon.

Beautiful city, by the way!!


User currently offlineA319114 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2621 times:

Thanks a lot for the quick replies so far! I always like to learn some basis words but it's nice to able to fall back on English. Again, thanks a lot

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