You might be wondering about what is the language in Brazil
Many people have misconceptions about the language spoken there because they think it’s Spanish but they cannot be further from the truth. People might be thinking that because in Latin America the most common language is Spanish, but that’s not the case in Brazil.
The language in Brazil is Portuguese
It’s one of the world’s major languages with around 215-220 native speakers and it’s the second most widely spoken Romance language after Spanish. Portuguese is an official language in Brazil, Portugal, Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome, and Principe. And it’s co-official in East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, and Macau.
Like all Romance languages, Portuguese developed from Vulgar Latin which was the spoken Latin used during the Roman Empire. It diverged into different dialects over time and by the 10th century, those dialects had divorced enough to be considered as separate languages. At this point, the Portuguese didn’t exactly exist yet but at the time there was Galician-Portuguese also known as Old Portuguese.
Portuguese has round 10 million native speakers in Portugal and around 205 million people speak this language in Brazil. We can say that there are around 220 million native speakers but if we include the people who speak it as a second language, the number can go up to 260 million. Portuguese is most widely spoken in South America, even though it’s the only spoken language in Brazil.
There are different accents and dialects of Portuguese but the main ones are European Portuguese which is spoken in Portugal and Brazilian Portuguese which is spoken in Brazil. Now you might be asking yourself about what is the difference between the European and the Brazilian Portuguese?
The main difference is like the difference between US English and British
Did you know that The Iberian Peninsula was under Islamic rule for several hundred years and during that time Portuguese was influenced by Arabic and today there are around 800 words in Portuguese from Arabic origin? Something similar happened to Spanish too but also some Portuguese words made their way into the English vocabulary. Some examples are words like: mosquito, cashew, embarrass…etc.
You can probably understand some things when reading a sentence in Portuguese due to the shared vocabulary with English or any other Romance language. But if you are wondering whether to study the Portuguese language in Brazil or the European Portuguese, the better option might be to study the
Brazilian dialect because there are way more speakers of Brazilian Portuguese
Portuguese is one of the world’s most important global languages and it shouldn’t be labeled as “The little strange brother of Spanish„. It has an incredible history and culture. Also visiting Portugal or Brazil can be an unbelievable experience to tell your kids and grandkids or simply to practice what you’ve learned It truly is one of the most beautiful languages and if you can learn it, you are not gonna regret it.
Now that we’ve covered everything it’s time to remember that the language in Brazil is Portuguese, not Spanish!