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Wednesday, March 11, 2009 (read 895 times)
 

Expolingua Lisboa promotes Spanish and Portuguese languages

by Stacey

The 19th edition of the Expolingua Portugal fair, which was celebrated from March 4-6 of 2009 in the Portuguese capital  of Lisbon, actively promoted the Spanish and the Portuguese languages as international languages among the Portuguese public.

According to Expolingua's president Renato Borges de Sousa, who spoke during the fair's opening, one of the principal targets of this year's edition was "to unite efforts between the eight Portuguese-speaking countries and have the (Portuguese) language gain international statute". However, Spanish-speakers also occupied an outstanding area in the fair: a total of 5 stands promoted Spain as a tourist, cultural and linguistic destination.

Portuguese youngsters between 10 and 16 years of age, mainly confused regarding what languages are spoken in the different Spanish autonomous regions, were those who approached the Spanish stands the most asking for promotional material and to find out how they can study in the Spanish universities.

The fair also included a Cultural Program, where conferences, debates and workshops gathered specialists, teachers of Spanish and students to debate varying themes relating to the world of languages.

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