I would say that any foreign language has a level of difficulty which will be different to each person who’s attempting to learn it. It depends on your own experience, your native language, your reason for leaning that language, and how it’s presented to you.
Portuguese would probably be easier for a person who speaks another Romance language which utilizes the Roman alphabet and has a similar structure. On the other hand, an Asian person whose alphabet seems to be mostly pictorial or a Russian speaker with a Cyrillic alphabet would have to deal with learning a totally new alphabet and a new language structure.
However, there’s a very important point that can make or break the studying of a new language, in this case, Portuguese: the person’s desire and willingness to learn it. In another words, when you really want to learn a new language, you have won half of the battle.
It helps when you already have the knowledge of another language. You are able make comparisons between the target language and your own language as well as the second language. This is a great tool which aids you to better remember structures and vocabulary in the new language.
Nowadays, you have access to tons of material online. So, there’s no excuse to not immersing yourself: listen to dialogs, to music, to podcasts, to the radio and watch videos and films in Portuguese. But stick to one kind of Portuguese – be it Brazilian or European. After you master one, you can tackle the other.
Above all, you definitely have to have a strong reason for wanting to learn Portuguese to be able to stick with it when difficulties come. Do not listen to negative people, but make the commitment to yourself to learn this language no matter what. Plant the seed and keep watering it with care until the plant buds, and I guarantee it will.
Make your learning Portuguese an enjoyable experience. Please, check out our All About Portuguese page for more information about this beautiful Romance language.