[Originally published on 3 September 2013]
There are some differences between languages due to cultural background and its origins.
English language has lots of influences. Due to this evolution words from Latin origin are considered “big words” and those with an Anglo-Saxon origin are ordinary. In Portuguese, a language that evolved directly from Latin, “big words” are usually very complicated to say and hardly anyone understand them.
Other interesting differences:
. English prefer to use the passive whereas the Portuguese prefer the active voice;
. Portuguese has more past tenses than English;
. In English the subject are the senses (example: my eyes are open) whereas in Portuguese the person owns the senses (example, translated: I have the eyes open);
. English have more expressions for “seeing” and Portuguese have more expressions for “feeling”.
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