Portuguese Language

Portuguese is a western Romance language of the Indo-European language family, originating in the Iberian Peninsula of Europe.

Benefits of learning Portuguese:

  • Portuguese makes sense in the global economy and immigrations career life.
  • Knowledge of Portuguese is a rare and marketable skill in USA market. Students who have majored or minored in Portuguese have reported landing positions in multinational companies, airlines, translation/interpretation, graduate school, international agencies, import-export companies, tourism, research institutes, and teaching, among others.
  • Portuguese opens the door to a rich culture and enhance your job prospects. It is language of rich tourism destinations and musical language.

Where is it spoken: It is the sole official language of Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe, while having co-official language status in East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, and Macau. With approximately 250 million native speakers and 24 million speakers, Portuguese has approximately 274 million total speakers. It is the third-most spoken European language in the world in terms of native speakers and the second most spoken Romance language in the world. Being the most widely spoken language in South America and all of the Southern Hemisphere, it is also spoken in Latin America, some parts of Africa, and an official language of the European Union, Mercosur, the Organization of American States, the Economic Community of West African States, the African Union, and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, an international organization made up of all of the world's officially Lusophone nations.