Hymns will be sung in Portuguese at Stadium Singing due to the efforts of the BYU-Idaho Brazilian Association.
“We added Portuguese because it gives people the opportunity to learn a new language,” said Mary Felber, the president of the Association and a senior studying recreation management.
Felber said those who already know Portuguese can continue to practice.
“I like singing hymns in Portuguese,” said Daniel Brewer, a freshman studying business management. “It helps me keep the language.”
According to www.fluentin3months.com, music connects across cultures and can break down barriers.
“I want to get to know the Portuguese crowd and create a spirit of unity,” said Doug Knuth, a freshman studying communication.
He said that stadium singing can expand the Portuguese gro to more than just returned missionaries who learned the language.
According to www.fluentin3months.com, getting to know the music is getting to know the culture and language, and sometimes learning languages is like learning a musical instrument.
“Americans are in their own cultural bubble,” said Evely Pereira, a sophomore majoring in international studies.
She said that singing in Portuguese will provide an opportunity for people to learn more of the world other than America.
According to www.fluentin3months.com, singing can actually help reduce a foreign-sounding accent.
“Adding Portuguese as another language in stadium singing will give the people an understanding of the influence language has on them,” Felber said.
She said it will help people appreciate different cultures, and it will give the people who know Portuguese an opportunity to express their love of the language.
According to the Telegraph, it is a mistake to rely on only one method for learning a language.
“Portuguese stadium singing will help future missionaries who have to learn the language,” Brewer said.
According to a study by the University of Edinburgh, adults who sang words in a foreign language were twice as good at speaking the language later.
“You can feel the Spirit no matter what language you’re singing in, even if you are not fluent in the language,” said Kyla Miller, a senior studying elementary education.
Knuth said adding Portuguese to stadium singing will help people to see more culture around campus.
Portuguese singing is available under the stadium from 8 to 8:30 p.m. every Sunday night, according to The Brazilian Association.
The Association said people can come to the Portuguese stadium singing.
“All who are interested in coming to Portuguese stadium singing are welcome even if you don’t know the language,” Felber said.