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Another of the Romance languages, Portuguese is the official language of Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique and Angola amongst others.

The Portuguese language is estimated to have around 220m native and 270 million fluent speakers (called Lusophones) around the world and is the most widely spoken language in South America. Amazingly only 5% of Portuguese speakers actually live in the country itself.

As one of the top ten languages in Africa and an official language of the European Union, Mercosur and the OAS, Portuguese is an important player on the world stage and UNESCO has stated that it has the potential to become one of the world’s ‘international communication’ languages.

Due to the seafaring nature of Portugal in the 16th and 17th century, Portuguese was widely dispersed and led to the formation of a large number of pidgin versions, some of which are still spoken today by around 3m people.

Portuguese was, in turn, influenced heavily by languages that traders encountered on their travels, most notably by Arabic, traces of which can still be found in the modern language with words such as almofada (cushion) and azeitona (olive).

Despite having common Latin roots with other languages, Portuguese does not have letters W, K or Y and these are only ever used in imported words like ‘whisky’.

We have a large number of translators and interpreters who can help you with any aspect of Portuguese translation.

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