“The sweet language” in the words of Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes, and a última flor do Lácio, inculta e bela (the last flower of Latium, wild and beautiful) according to Brazilian writer Olavo Bilac, Portuguese is one of the major world languages. A Romance tongue, descended from the Latin of the Roman Empire, it was exported globally through discoveries and conquests. Portuguese is the official language of Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, and Guiné-Bissau, and has over 250 million speakers worldwide.
Portuguese Fun Facts
The opening of The Tobacco Shop (Tabacaria in Portuguese) by master Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa reads: “I am nothing. I shall always be nothing. I can only want to be nothing. Apart from this, I have in me all the dreams in the world.”
Port wine, also known as Vinho do Porto, Porto, or simply port, is a fortified wine produced exclusively in the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal. Established in 1756, the Douro region is the third oldest protected wine region in the world.
In Roman times Portugal was known as Lusitania, named after the Lusitani or Lusitanian people.
Portuguese and the Livemocha Community
- Over 47% of Portuguese members on Livemocha are learning English. French is second, but with a sizeable gap, as only 13% of Portuguese members are learning French on Livemocha.
- The top 5 countries with members learning Portuguese (Portugal) on Livemocha are: the US, Brazil, Portugal, Venezuela, and Colombia.
- Portuguese (Portugal) is spoken by more Livemocha members from Brazil than from Portugal. The countries with the most Portuguese (Portugal) speakers on Livemocha are: Brazil, Portugal, Angola, Japan, and Mozambique.