A319114 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 541 posts, RR: 3 Posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2823 times:
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
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AlekToronto From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2814 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..
AzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 762 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2812 times:
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!!
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