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Why Study Portuguese AATSP.ORG
- With its number of speakers reaching 178 million, Portuguese has the seventh largest number of speakers of any world language.
- It serves as the official language of nine countries and is spoken in at least thirty-four countries.
- Portuguese is the fourth most learned language in the world; 28 million people know it or are learning it as a second language.
- It serves as an official language of the European Union.
- There are 687,126 speakers in the United States who can be found in communities across the nation.
- Knowledge of Portuguese is a very marketable skill because of its widespread use around the world.
- Brazil, home to 154 million Portuguese speakers, is said to be the eighth largest economy in the world by nominal GDP and it continues to grow.
Portuguese influence in the United States:
- Portuguese navigators have been traveling the area that is now the United States since 1634.
- Portuguese is spoken in communities in California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
- There are many English words of Portuguese origin, including words for animals like flamingo, mosquito, cobra, and zebra, and other words like bossa nova, embarrass, marmalade, and molasses.
- The Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey is known as "Little Portugal," and they celebrate Portugal Day with a festival every year near June 10.