Originally Posted by ViscaB
Spanish and Portuguese vocabulary is for 89% the same. They are the closest romance languages. On top of that Catalan and Portuguese share a 85% vocabulary.
The only difficulty for Spanish speakers is the pronunciation.
Thanks ViscaB. I've heard/read somewhere that most Spanish speaking people can get by in Portuguese so far as understanding enough of it to figure out what someone is saying if they needed directions to the nearest tourist attraction for instance but that speaking it, getting the verbs and tenses and different words right is a fair bit more difficult. Is that correct?