Portuguese, more than just one language
Originating from Latin in a sliver of Western Europe, Portuguese is spoken by 260-million people and is the world’s sixth most common language. Early merchants and explorers began the widespread use of the language far from home. The Romantic language serves as the official tongue for communities in South America, Africa, and Asia.
Portuguese is a Latin-based language stemming from the Romans marching into the Iberian Peninsula. Today, over 200-million Brazilians located across the Atlantic are native speakers.
Variations in the language and a number of Portuguese-based languages makes it difficult for native speakers to converse fluently. Finding a native translator is essential to gaining the complete essence of any English to Portuguese translation.
Interesting facts about the Portuguese language
Pronunciation Phonetically spelled, Portuguese pronunciations vary substantially between Portugal and Brazil.
Accents Marks "ç; á, é, í, ó, ú; â, ê, ô; ã, õ; and à" are used throughout Portuguese.
Punctuation Portuguese punctuation follows rules common to English and other Romantic languages.
Gender Portuguese nouns fall under the masculine or feminine category. Generally, words ending in an "o" designates masculine while "a" feminine.
Plural Portuguese plurality is dependent upon what the word ends with. For example, a "z" "s" or "r" at the end of a noun is replaced by an "es".