Video: Overview of the Portuguese Language (Português)

Portuguese language overview video

The lowdown on Portuguese

In this video, Paul gives a great overview of Portuguese including:

  • its history
  • where it is spoken (global distribution)
  • background on the writing system
  • what other languages have influenced it
  • what regional Portuguese varieties exist
  • very much more

Paul includes example samples of the Portuguese language to illustrate the main points of how the language works - super helpful for folks just getting started and interesting in general for language geeks like me.

Words from the videographer

This is a documentary style language profile about the Portuguese language which is spoken in Portugal, Brazil, and beyond.

Portuguese speakers

Portuguese is spoken by around 225 million people.

10 million speakers live in Portugal and 205 million in Brazil. There are 5 million native speakers in Angola and another 15 million that use it as a second language.

Portuguese is also spoken as a second language in Cape Verde by 500,000 people whose first language is a Portuguese creole. In Guinea-Bissau there are 200,000 native speakers and another 750,000 who also speak a variety of Portuguese-based creole.

Mozambique has 1.9 million native speakers and a whopping 10+ million creole speakers who also speak the language as their second.

São Tomé and Príncipe has a population of 120,000 native speakers.

About LangFocus

I've been a big fan of the LangFocus YouTube channel for quite some time now.

I visit it regularly to deepen my knowledge about languages in general - the videos are both academic and entertaining, a great combo.

The LangFocus creator, Paul, hails from Canada and is a language lover and polyglot who creates a wide variety of videos about languages and language learning. His work is supported by his listeners via Patreon.

Paul @langfocus you rock

Keep up the goods :) I want to interview you for an upcoming podcast.