The number of Portuguese speakers in the world is about 220 million people, and the Portuguese language is the sixth most spoken language in the world, and the most spoken Latin language, after Spanish.
Portuguese is the official language in 9 countries among which are Portugal and some of its former colonies, including Brazil, Angola, Mozambique and other countries in South America, Africa and Asia.
Portuguese is one of the official languages of the European Union. In addition to its wide distribution in Brazil, it is also included in the African Union’s official languages. This means that its importance in the world is increasing, as a language that mediates between the inhabitants of the 3 continents.
Portuguese has two different dialects: European Portuguese, spoken also in Angola (and in a number of islands), and Brazilian Portuguese. The Portuguese came to Brazil in the 16th century. Over the years, the vocabulary of the Brazilian dialect was influenced by the language of the Native Americans, and the languages of the African slaves brought to work in the sugar cane plantations. Until recently, the Portuguese language contained only 23 letters, but in 2009, with the joint consent of all Portuguese-speaking countries, the letters K, W, and Y were added to the language.
At Lichi Translations we employ professional translators for each of the Portuguese dialects, translators who live and breathe the language in the various destination countries.
If you wish for a Portuguese translation that is adapted to the different target audiences, you can translate to one of the destinations, and then just adjust the text to the other destination, without having to re-translate everything.