Brazilian Language and Culture

Brazilian Portuguese is the main, official language of the Federative Republic of Brazil. It is both similar to and distinct from its mother tongue, the Portuguese language of Portugal. Typical questions relate to the language's interactions with South America's immigrant and native languages; and to its impact on regional and world business, environmentalism, literature, music, scientific research, sports, and technology.

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What languages are spoken in Brazil?

Portuguese is both the main spoken and the official language of the South American country of Brazil. But it isn't the only official language on a countrywide basis. For that status is shared with Nheengatu, in the country's far northwest, where Brazil borders Colombia and Venezuela. Nheengatu belongs to the Tupi-Guarani family of indigenous languages of South America.

In fact, in the 18th century, it was more widely known, spoken and understood in the colony than Portuguese. And nowadays it's one of 180 known Amerindian languages in Brazil. But not one of the other Amerindian languages has anywhere near the historical or current numbers of speakers of Nheengatu.

Additionally, Brazil is a country of immigrants from the rest of the Americas; and from Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Some of the original languages are lost with the youngest descendants of such immigrants. In other cases, the descendants are bilingual in Portuguese and in the original languages of their ancestors.

For example, there are families where Portuguese is spoken outside the home; and French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Russian or Spanish is spoken inside. In fact, just about any language - be it one of the many African or Asian languages - finds a speaker who is a native, or the descendant of a native, in Brazil.
They speak in Portuguese.
We Brazilians speak Brazilian Portuguese.
For the most part, yes. It is the country's official language.
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People in Brazil mostly speak French but also speak English sometimes aswell.
The official language of Brazil is Portuguese. Native languages still existing include Guarani Mbyá, Wajãpi, Tapirapé, Tuyuka, and Parintintin (among others).
Brazilian Portuguese is the official language.
Mostly Portuguese, though, they do have their own 'version' (like the Spanish in Mexico or Argentina).

Brazil speaks one official language, Portuguese. If they don't speak Portuguese, they either speak Spanish, English or French.

People in Brazil Speak Portuguese
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The dominant language in Brazil is Brazilian Portuguese. While both French and German are far less useful than B. Portuguese, a larger minority of Brazilians speak German than French.
Portugese. Brazil was a colony of Portugal.
1. Portugese (offcial language) 99%

2. English 0.5%

3. Spanish 0.5%
The vast majority of Brazilians speak in Portuguese, which is the country's official language. Portuguese is categorized as a Romance type of language. For it traces its origins back to the long-ago interactions between the Latin language of the ancient Roman conquerors and the ancient languages of Iberia. From its location on the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal spread its language throughout the world, through colonization of countries in Africa, the Americas, and Asia. In the course of its successful transplant and naturalization outside of Portugal, the language underwent changes in each country that it became the means of communication. And one such place where these changes took place was in Brazil, as a former colony of Portugal. For example, Brazilian Portuguese shows the influence of its interaction with indigenouslanguages, such as Tupi; with other imported languages, such as those of Africa; and with the countries of South America, in which the official language is Spanish. And so Brazilian Portuguese may be typed as a Romance language. But it's a Romance language that reflects the new influences of African and American languages, and the continued influence of other languages of its native Iberia, such as Spanish.
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no. the official language of Brazil is Portuguese because the country was first conquered by the country of Portugal in 1654.
No, Spanish isn't the official language in Brazil. The official language is Portuguese. Brazil was colonized by speakers of the Portuguese language of Portugal. Most of the rest of Latin America was colonized by speakers of the Spanish language of Spain.
No, the official language of Brazil is Portuguese
No, the official language of Brazil is Portuguese.
No, it is Portuguese - speaking.
No Portuguese
No, Spanish isn't the language of Brazil. It's spoken or understood by people in Brazil. But the main, most widely spoken and understood language in Brazil is Brazilian Portuguese.
No. Spanish is spoken by many Brazilians, but not by a majority. The primary language of Brazil is the Brazilian form of the Portuguese language.
Brazilian Portuguese. No spanish, no french
Portuguese is the prevailing language in Brazil. English and Spanish are also spoken there by many people, but most Brazilians primarily speak Portuguese. Brazil was formerly a colony of Portugal.
Portuguese. Brazil speaks what's known as the Brazilian Portuguese dialect, and Portugal speaks the European Portuguese dialect. They're understandable if you speak the language, but sound completely different.
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Portuguese. Brazilian Portuguese, if you want to get specific.
Portuguese with Brazilian Accent
Brazilians speak Portuguese
Portuguese is still the Brazilian official Language.
The official language is Portuguese.
in brasil they speak porteguese
No, Portuguese is the official language in Brazil; but French is the official of French Guiana, just north of Brazil.
Portuguese is Brazils native language.
Portuguese is the official language of Brazil
Brazilian people speak Brazilian Portuguese
The language of Brazil is Brazilian Portuguese.
Brazil is the only country in South America that speaks Portuguese as the national language. This goes back to the 1500s, when all of South America was being colonized by Spain, France, Holland, England, and Portugal. The Spanish and Portuguese repelled and routed the other colonizing nations from almost every corner of the continent.. To this day, Spanish and Portuguese are the dominant languages of South America.

They also speak Portuguese, Spanish, and some English.

The particular variation is called Brasilero by some linguists.
Portuguese is the native language of Brazil.
Brazil was colognized by Portugal, that's why.
The language spoken in Brazil is Portuguese.
The offical language of Brazil is Portuguese.
Yes, Brazil's main language is Portuguese but it is possible to find people speaking other languages in Brazil such as English, Spanish, and French.
talk Spanish or Engels but in a different accent
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Portugues is the official language
Brazil only speaks Portuguese
Portuguese is the European language that's the official language of Brazil. It's the most widely spoken, and understood, language throughout the country. It's the language of the country's first European explorers and settlers.
Its Portugese
The primary language in Brazil is the Brazilian form of Portuguese. Many of the native peoples still speak their own languages. In major cities you may find a small percentage of English speakers and immigrant descendants from recent immigration that speak their ancestors´ languages (Arabic, Chinese, Korean etc.). In some regions you may find immigrant descendants from old immigration concentration that still speak their ancestors´ languages, like Armenian, German, Japanese, Italian, Spanish etc..

Spanish is spoken by many as a second language.
The official language of Brazil is Portuguese. Therefore in São Paulo its residents (Paulistas) speak Portuguese (the Brazilian Portuguese dialect, not the European Portuguese dialect). Well, they may speak other languages as well, but that is the language in daily use.
Brazil's national language is Portuguese
1o. Portuguese

2o. English
Brazilian Portuguese.
Contrary to popular belief, we speak (Brazilian) Portuguese.
There´s only one language in Brazil:Portuguese.


There is only one OFFICIAL language in Brazil: Portuguese; however there still exist several native Indians' tribes (in fact, they do not make up a large percentual of the population and some/many prefer to keep living in their forest areas) who use their own languages and/or dialects, besides other groups of foreign origin, that keep speaking theirs too, although Portuguese is compulsory anyway.
The official language of Brazil is Portuguese.

Portuguese. Most other South American countries speak Spanish, except for Guyana (English) and Suriname (Dutch).

The official language of Brazil is Portuguese. Brazilian Portuguese which is slightly different from European (Portugal) Portuguese.
the official language is Portuguese but they speak many other languages

Portuguese is the official language. Brazilian Portuguese is considered to be a separate from European Portuguese (the dialect spoken in Portugal).
(Brazilian) Portuguese.
The official language in Brazil is Portuguese (usually called Brazilian Portuguese, as it is substantially different from the Portuguese language spoken in Portugal). It is the only language used in schools, newspapers, radio and TV.

A small percentage of the population (definitely not more than 10%, more like 5% or so) can speak English, and a bit less can speak Spanish.
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Brazilian Portuguese :D
The national language is Portuguese, and everyone speaks it. But there's also a lot of obscure Indian languages from the Indian tribes who lived in Brazil before the Portuguese arrived. I think there's over a hundred still being used today.

The best known and most widespread of the native languages belong to the Tupi-Guarani language family. In fact, the language family's speakers particularly are found on both sides of the Brazilian-Paraguayan border. In the way of another fact, the language group claimed more speakers than Portuguese did, in early 19th century Brazil.
The official language is Portugese... However, there are a multitude of tribal languages spoken by the indigenous peoples - and there may still be others untouched by modern contact.
Officially only one (Brazilian Portuguese) but actually the language spoken daily differs substantially from the standard Brazilian Portuguese and from region to region of Brazil to the point that some consider then as almost distinct dialects altough for the most part still intelegible between thenselfs.

In soutern Brazil (Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul states) its spoken also "creolle" versions of Italian and German (or some of their dialects) but younger generations tend to adopt the local variation o Brazilian portuguese as first language only speaking those "creole" languages as second oens, to keep traditions.
The official and most spoken language is Portuguese. Other languages are mainly spoken in certain areas.

The three most common other languages are:

Japanese - mainly near the coast

German (including the version spoken 200 years ago) - mainly in the south

Italian - mainly in the south

Other less spoken languages are:

Pomeranian - mainly in the south

Hungarian - mainly in the south

Native languages with over 5,000 speakers still spoken in areas of Brazil are:












They speak Portuguese, But some of the population know some English as well.
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Due to a wide range of immigrants from many countries, many languages are spoken in Brazil, but only in selected communities of immigrant people. The official language is the portuguese. Mostly, practically only the portuguese is spoken in Brazil, with regional differences but they are little ones. German, Italian, Japanese, dutch, English and french are some of the main languages spoken by immigrant people and their descendants, and by Brazilian persons who study and learn how to speak those foreign languages.
The official and most spoken language is Portuguese. Other languages are mainly spoken in certain areas.

The three most common other languages are:

Japanese - mainly near the coast

German (including the version spoken 200 years ago) - mainly in the south

Italian - mainly in the south

Other less spoken languages are:

Pomeranian - mainly in the south

Hungarian - mainly in the south

Native languages with over 5,000 speakers still spoken in areas of Brazil are:











The official language of Brazil is Portuguese. Nheengatu is the language spoken by native of Brazil.
Portuguese is spoken by the native citizens, but there are immigrants who speak their native language, mainly Japanese, English, German, dutch, spanish,Italian,french and others. Mostly of the Brazilian people speak only portuguese.
Portuguese with Brazilian Accent
well usually in Brazil most people might speak their Brazilian language most of the time but if they meet other people from other countries then they might speak english to them since the ones from the other countries don't know their Brazilian language.
The majority of the population speaks Portuguese. In certain areas there are pockets of people that speak Japanese, Italian, and German, as well as a few other languages. But the only one you can assume everyone you meet speaks is Portuguese.
they speak potugese and spanish
Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, and is spoken by more than 99% of the population. Minority languages include indigenous languages, and languages of more recent European and Asian immigrants. The population speaks or signs approximately 210 languages, of which 80 are indigenous.
Brazilians speak Brazilian Portuguese which is a little different than European Portuguese. Just as American English is different from England's, or Irelands. They're dialects of each other.

Brazilian Portuguese is also more nasal than European Portuguese, and more clear to the ear.
Portuguese is the national language in Brazil. In 2003 Nheengatu, an indigenous language of South America, was granted co-official status with Portuguese in the municipality of Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira [St. Gabriel of Waterfall]. Sao Gabriel is on the north shores of the Rio Negro [Black River] in the Region of Cabeca do Cachorro [Dog's Head] in the state of Amazonas. Sao Gabriel is the northernmost city of Amazonas.
The Portuguese is the official language of the Federative Republic of Brazil. However, many other languages are spoken due to the extensive number of immigrants that helped to build up the modern Brazil of today.
76% of Brazilians speak Portugese. So, yes the majority do.
Yes, Portuguese is Brazil's national language. It's the official language. It also is the main language that's spoken and understood throughout Brazil.
Brazilians speak Portuguese, which is the official language of Brazil.
They speak a dialect of Portuguese. Brazilian Portuguese.
They speak Portuguese
Brazilian Portuguese
From what I know Brazilians speak Portuguese.
Most Brazilian people speak Portuguese.
Brazilian Portuguese

The Brazilian people speaks portuguese that is the same language spoken in Portugal and some other countries but with differences on a lot of words, but basically Portugal and Brazil speak the same portuguese language.

Portuguese is the official language ofBrazil.
Most Brazilians speak Portuguese. There are differences between the Portuguese of Portugal, and that of Brazil. And so the latter tends to be ka Brazilian Portuguese.
Portuguese is the official language, and the one most widely spoken, in Brazil. The only other official language is Nheengatu, which is a member of the Tupi-Guarani branch of native Amerindian languages. And Nheengatu has that status only in the city of Sao Gabriel de Cachoeira, which is a municipality in Cabeca do Cachorro, in the northwestern Brazilian state of Amazonas. Otherwise, Brazil is a melting pot of the world's cultures, ethicities and languages. So just about any language in the world, from Serbo-Croatian to one of the African languages, may find its representation in South America's largest country. But major immigrant groups include German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.

What are cities in Brazil?

Brazil has many cities of over a million people.

Does the words home and hermaphrodite means the same?

Home is where the heart is. (:

lol, jk.

Home is a place of residence or the destination or goal (in games).

A hermaphrodite is an organism that have both male and female reproductive organs.

No, I'm sorry, these words do not have the same meaning.

It's not even close. XD

What is the name of Brazil's old capital city?

Brazil has two former capital cities. Rio de Janeiro was the capital from 1793 until 1960. Salvador was the first capital, from 1549 to 1793.

Brasilia is now the capital of Brazil. In 1956, Juscelino Kubitschek de Olveira [September 12, 1902 - August 22, 1976], who was President of Brazil, 1956-1961, ordered the building of Brasilia to fulfill an article in Brazil's constiution. Dating from 1891, the article stated that the capital should be moved from Rio de Janeiro to a more central location within the country. It took 41 months to build Brasilia, from 1956 to 1960. Brasilia officially was inaugurated as the capital on April 21, 1960.

Is 'Bom dia' Italian?

No, Bom dia is not Italian. The masculine singular phrase is the Portuguese equivalent of "Good day!" and the Italian equivalent of Buon giorno! The respective pronunciations will be "bo DJEE-uh" in Portuguese and "bwon DJOR-no" in Italian.

How do you say thank you for listening in Ukrainian?

In Ukrainian you should say "Dyakuyu za uvaghu" (дякую за увагу)

Spaciba za vnimaniye is Russian.

Why is Portuguese spoken in Brazil?

In the Treaty of Tordesillas (between Spain and Portugal), the two countries set out boundaries for where each country could colonize. Spain claimed most of South America, leaving the area that is today Brazil to the Portugese.

The people in the Spanish portion of South America today speak Spanish, while the people in the Portugese portion of South America (Brazil) now speak Portugese.
Portuguese is Brazil's national language because of the country's colonization by speakers of the Portuguese language of Portugal. Much of Latin America was colonized by speakers of the Spanish language of Spain. But Portuguese speakers settled in Brazil. In fact, the country's growth and development was shaped by Portuguese speakers during the critical 300 some years before Brazilian independence.

What is the name of Brazil's money?

The real is the present-day currency of Brazil. Its sign is R$ and its ISO code is BRL. It is subdivided into 100 centavos ("hundredths").

The modern real was introduced in 1994 as part of the Plano Real

What is the Brazilian word for prism?

Rainbow in Portuguese The word for rainbow in Portuguese is 'arco-íris'. Also, "prism," as is meant in English, is translated as "prisma," p.ex. "prisma de cristal."

What is the second most spoken language in brazil?

After living and working for an American multinational company in São Paulo, Brazil for just over 20 years, I can say that nobody and I mean almost nobody speaks Spanish . . . Therefore, after Portuguese, the most spoken language must be English and even then, English is not spoken too widely! David

What are some of Brazil's famous singers?

Two famous Brazilian singers are Chico Buarque de Hollanda [b. June 19, 1944] and

Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim [January 25, 1927 - December 8, 1994]. Both singer-songrwriters popularized 'bossa nova', a distinctive style of Brazilian music.

One of Chico Buarque's most famous songs is 'Cálice' ['Chalice']. It was composed in memory of Stuart Angel Jones [January 11, 1946 - May 14, 1971]. Jones was hideously tortured and killed by officers of the Brazilian military dictatorship.

One of Antônio Jobim's most famous songs is 'Garota de Ipanema' ['Girl from Ipanema'].

What is the meaning of 'Que lugar é esse' in India?

What place is this or What is this place may be English equivalents of 'Que lugar é esse'. The interrogative 'que' means 'what'. The masculine noun 'lugar' means 'place'. The verb 'é' means '[he/she/it] is, [you] are'. The demonstrative 'esse' means 'this, that'. All together, they're pronounced 'kee loo-GAH eh ehs-see'.

English is the national language of India. But residents and visitors find examples of the historic contact between India and Portugal. This question is one such example, in the form of persisting expressions of language.

How difficult is Portuguese?

If you are English speaking it is harder than Spanish but I would argue far richer. It is the language that most closely resembles Latin of any spoken today. The grammar is complex and the vocabulary is large but the language follows strict rules for pronounciation and spelling so once you have mastered these reading aloud is easy. The differences between Portuguese spoken in Porgugal, Brazil and African countries is fascinating. Good luck!

What does tap mean in English?

Tap can be a verb or a noun. As a verb, "to tap" means to touch lightly. For example you might "tap someone on the back" in order to get their attention. In Portuguese, the closest I can think of is bater de leve. Similarly, as a noun, a "tap" can mean a light touch (uma tapinha, uma palmadinha). However, "tap" can also mean a water faucet (uma torneira). The phrase "on tap" (as in "What kinds of beer do you have on tap?") is used to mean beers that come out of a dispenser rather than a bottle (similar to um chope or uma cerveja de barril).

Did Brasilia become the capital city in 1960?

Yes, Brasilia became the capital city of Brazil on April 21, 1960. In 1956 Juscelino Kubitschek de Olveira [September 12, 1902-August 22, 1976], who was President of Brazil, 1956-1961], ordered the building of Brasilia to fulfill an article in Brazil's constitution. Dating from 1891, the article stated that the capital should be moved from Rio de Janeiro to a more central location within the country. It took 41 months to build Brasilia, from 1956 to 1960

How big is Brazil in square meters?

A total of 8,500,000,000,000 square meters is the size of Brazil in square meters. The country's land area totals over 8.5 million square kilometers [3.3 million square miles]. One square kilometer equals 1,000,000 square meters.

Brazil's area is 8.516 trillion square meters.

What is the movement in Rio de Janeiro Brazil?

Movement takes place at all hours and in all places of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It's both a historic and a modern cultural capital of Brazil and of the world. For example, there's movement between luxurious residences and high powered positions. There's movement between attractive neighborhoods and governmental jobs and small scale, private businesses. There's movement between 'favelas' ['slums'] and day jobs or places in which to beg or to steal.

That's in terms of resting on one's laurels or family background, earning a living, or trying to survive.

There also is movement between mansions and boarding or prep schools abroad. There's movement between comfortable houses or condominiums and private or exclusive public schools. There's movement between disadvantaged neighborhoods and on-your-feet association of written information with cues of color or design.

That's in terms of the best education that money buys, down to the non education that misery allows.

And there's movement between huge living spaces and posh vacation and second [and third...] homes, nationally and internationally. There's movement between comfortable living quarters and local opportunities for entertainment. There's movement from everywhere to the beaches.

And that's in terms of the many cultural and entertainment possibilities that Rio de Janeiro offers to visitors, tourists, residents, and guests.

How many people speak Portuguese in South America?

Portuguese, the official language of Brazil, is spoken by its over 190 million inhabitants, according to 2005 figures. Native speakers of Portuguese in Paraguay number around 444,352 [7 percent of 6,347,884 population]. Native speakers of Portuguese in Uruguay number around 32,410 [1 percent of 3,241,003 population]. Native speakers of Portuguese in Venezuela range from 253,753 to 507,506 [1 to 2 percent of 25,375,281 population].

What is portuguese?

Portuguese is a great language! I have been speaking it since the age of 2! We are very similar to the Italian and the French but personality wise they are closer to the Italian! Like one thing in portuguese would be: Todos devem aprender portugues é a melhor lingua para se aprender! That means: Everyone should learn portuguese it the best language to learn!

The English word 'Portuguese' relates to Portugal. Specifically, the term may refer to the people of Portugal. For example, The Portuguese live in a country that shares borders with just one country: Spain. And the term may refer to the language of Portugal. For example, Almost everyone in Portugal speaks Portuguese.


I'm portuguese and the correct tense is: «Todos devem aprender português pois é a melhor língua para a aprender». Portuguese is closer to the spanish. There is a language in the Northern Spain named galician. That language is very similar to portuguese. Some people say it's the same language. I agree that italian is more closer than french.

Who was José Loureiro da Silva?

José Loureiro da Silva [1902-July 1964] was a Brazilian politician who lived and died in his home town of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, in southern Brazil. He was mayor of Gravataí, 1931-1933; and then twice of Porto Alegre, 1973-1943 and 1960-1964. In all three terms, he was known for his commitment to the installation and use of electric power, the construction and use of paved roads, and the building of a strong urban culture through the development of the downtown. He died of a stroke half a year after completing his last mayoral term.

He was a descendant of Jerônimo Vasconcelos Menezes de Ornellas [1691-September 27, 1771]. Jerônimo de Ornellas was a pioneer landowner of Rio Grande do Sul.

How do you say gold in different languages?

das Gold in German

l'or note in french

oro in Italian

zelts in Latvian

Золота (zolota) in Russian