Page 1: The Portuguese Language


THE COMMUNITY OF PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE COUNTRIES


ABOUT THE LANGUAGE

Portuguese (português or língua portuguesa) is a Romance language that originated in what is now Galicia (Spain) and northern Portugal from the Latin spoken by romanized Pre-Roman peoples of the Iberian Peninsula (namely the Gallaeci, the Lusitanians, the Celtici and the Conii) about 2000 years ago. It spread worldwide in the 15th and 16th centuries as Portugal established a colonial and commercial empire (1415-1999) which spanned from Brazil in the Americas to Goa in India and Macau in China, in fact it was used exclusively on the island of Sri Lanka(Ceylon) as the lingua franca for almost 350 years. During that time, many creole languages based on Portuguese also appeared around the world, especially in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.

Today it is one of the world's major languages, ranked 6th according to number of native speakers (approximately 250 million). It is the language with the largest number of speakers in South America, spoken by nearly all of Brazil's approximately 186 million population, which amounts to over 51% of the continent's population even though it is the only Portuguese-speaking nation in the Americas. It is also a major lingua franca in Portugal's former colonial possessions in Africa. It is the official language of ten countries, also being co-official with Spanish and French in Equatorial Guinea, with Cantonese Chinese in the Chinese special administrative region of Macau, and with Tetum in East Timor. There exist sizable communities of Portuguese-speakers in various regions of North America, notably in the United States (New Jersey and New England) and in Ontario, Canada.
COUNTRIES WHERE IT IS SPOKEN


Portugal

................................................Brazil

............................................................................................Cabo Verde

Angola

..................................................Moçambique

............................................................................................São Tome & Principe

Guinea-Bissau

.....................................................Equatorial Guinea

.............................................................................................Mauritius

Timor Leste

.....................................................Macau

.............................................................................................Diu and Goa, India


PORTUGUESE AROUND THE WORLD



NEWS ARTICLES ABOUT THE PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE

At Long Last, a Neglected Language Is Put on a Pedestal New York Times

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TABLE OF CONTENTS October 11, 2013 10:58 PM Kim
NEW RSVP RULES October 11, 2013 10:48 PM Kim
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Page 3: About The Countries July 24, 2008 4:26 PM Kim
Page 2: About Our Group June 30, 2008 1:58 PM Kim
Page 1: The Portuguese Language July 15, 2008 12:31 PM Kim
About The Raleigh-Durham Portuguese Language Meetup Group February 9, 2009 2:39 PM Kim

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