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Portuguese and Spanish

Azulejo is a form of Portuguese and Spanish painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework. It is found on the interior and exterior of architectures such as churches, ordinary houses and even subway stations especially in Portugal and Spain. Why not learn some Portuguese and Spanish to understand more about their cultures through their languages and arts.

Portuguese and Spanish are western Romance language of the Indo-European Language family. They are closely related, as both are Latin-based languages and share many grammatical structures and patterns. However, they differ greatly in pronunciation. Apart from their own countries, Spanish and Portuguese are the first and second most spoken languages in Latin America. Portuguese also has a co-official language status in Macau, China.

Interested users could go to the Language Learning Centre of the Hong Kong Central Library to find out more about these languages.

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