Portuguese is a Romance language spoken by about 250 million people, mainly in Portugal and Brazil, and also in Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, East Timor and Macau. In 2015, there were also about 1.4 million Portuguese speakers in the United States, mainly in Massachusetts and California.
Portuguese is a Romance language that descended from Latin. It is the sixth most spoken language in the world and the third most spoken European language, after English and Spanish. Portuguese is also the official language of the nine countries of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), which includes Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe, East Timor and Equatorial Guinea.
Portuguese is thought to have originated in what is now Galicia, in northwestern Spain. It spread to the west and south with the expansion of the Roman Empire, and by the 5th century, it was the main language spoken in the Iberian Peninsula. With the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the Moorish invasions in the 8th century, the language was forced underground, and it wasn't until the 12th century that Portuguese emerged as a literary language.
Portuguese has been influenced by a number of other languages over the centuries, including Arabic, French, Italian and Spanish. As a result, there are a number of words in Portuguese that have different meanings than their counterparts in other Romance languages.
Portuguese is a relatively easy language to learn, especially for speakers of other Romance languages. Portuguese grammar is similar to that of other Romance languages, and the majority of Portuguese vocabulary is derived from Latin.
If you're interested in learning Portuguese, there are a number of resources available, including online courses, apps and podcasts. With a little effort, you'll be speaking Portuguese like a native in no time!