- qualquer / quaisquer
The plural of the word qualquer is very particular and interesting: quaisquer. Did you know that this is the only word in the Portuguese language that has the plural (“s”) in the middle and not at the end of the word?!
- Maçã e maçaneta
The origin of the word “maçaneta” is maçã. Maçaneta is a handle with a globular shape that is present in doors and drawers. This word is a diminutive of the word maçã., the fruit. If you look closely at the appearance of a doorknob, especially how it was made in the old days, it really is reminiscent of a small apple.
- Is Portuguese language an island?
We can say that Portuguese is the ideal language for people who live on islands. Why is that? Because of all the Portuguese-speaking countries, none of them touches each other. That’s right, none of the countries that have Portuguese as their official language have a border.
Do you happen to know how many countries have Portuguese as their official language? Well, there are 9 of them, and they go by the following names: Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, São Tomé e Príncipe, and Timor Leste.