one of the world's most important languages

Portuguese is the language of most of the population in Portugal, Brazil, São Tomé and Príncipe, and of Angola. And is the most widely spoken language in Mozambique though only 6.5% are native speakers. In Cape Verde, almost all the population is bilingual, which means that they speak and understand also Portuguese. One of the Portuguese-speaking former overseas colonies of Portugal is Macau, where 7% of the population still speak Portuguese, and East Timor (13.6%). Uruguay gave Portuguese an equal status to Spanish in its educational system at the north border with Brazil. In the rest of the country, it is taught as an obligatory subject beginning in the 6th grade.

Not so bad, eh? That makes Portuguese one of the seven most important languages in the world with 200+ million native speakers.

There is still much to find out. I am still missing São Tomé and Príncipe, Angola, Cape Verde, and East Timor in my passport.

Aktualisierung: 2010/10/24 - 15:56
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