Language Scientific’s Portuguese Translation Services

Language Scientific provides premium Portuguese translation services, supplying technical, medical and scientific translation, localization and interpreting into and out of Portuguese. We are a US-based language services company serving over 1,500 global corporations. Our specialization, focus, industry-leading quality management standards and customer-centered attitude have earned us the trust of many of the world’s best technology, engineering, biomedical and pharmaceutical companies.

Language Scientific has two divisions—Technical and Engineering Localization and Translation Services Division and Medical and Pharmaceutical Localization and Translation Services Division. Both groups provide a full range of Portuguese language services including:

We offer a unique depth of subject-matter expertise via our Advanced Scientific Knowledge network (ASKnetwork™) and globalization know-how for companies in the Aerospace & Defense, Chemical, Clinical Research, Energy, Healthcare, Industrial Manufacturing, Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Technology and related industries. Our ASKnetwork™ of over 6,000 specialists comprises multilingual engineers, doctors and scientists working in over 75 countries on 5 continents.

Language Scientific’s unique Accreditation Program for Technical and Medical Translators, along with a rigorous Quality Management System, ensures the quality standards that our clients have come to depend on. Language Scientific is an ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 17100:2015 certified company.

At Language Scientific, we are driven by the mission to set the new Standard of Quality for technical translation and localization. It is this mission that drives our success and sets us apart as a company. When you need precise global communication, Language Scientific is the clear choice.

Portuguese Language Statistics/Facts

Portuguese is the official language of nine countries and is the most commonly spoken language in the southern hemisphere. There are approximately 200 million native speakers of Portuguese and another 50 million second language speakers of Portuguese worldwide. A number of Asian and African countries speak Portuguese as a result of missionaries in the 16th century spreading the language and culture. The countries with the highest concentrations of Portuguese speakers are Portugal, Brazil and the United States.

Portuguese is based on the Latin writing script and has experienced influence from Germanic and Arabic languages throughout history. Portuguese is categorized under the Indo-European language family and belongs to the Romance subgroup of languages.

Countries where Portuguese is an official language: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and São Tomé and Príncipe

Dialects of Portuguese

Dialect Region
African Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe
Asian Australia, Goa India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka
Brazilian Brazil, Paraguay and the United States
European (Portugal) Portugal and communities in Europe, excluding Spain
Galician Galicia, Spain and communities in Spain

Countries Where Portuguese Is Spoken

  • Andorra
  • Congo
  • Luxembourg
  • South Africa
  • Angola
  • East Timor
  • Malawi
  • Spain
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • France
  • Mozambique
  • Suriname
  • Belgium
  • Germany
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • Switzerland
  • Bermuda
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Oman
  • United Kingdom
  • Brazil
  • Guyana
  • Paraguay
  • United States
  • Canada
  • India
  • Saint Vincent
  • Uruguay
  • Cape Verde Islands
  • Indonesia
  • São Tomé e Príncipe
  • Venezuela
  • China
  • Jamaica
  • Senegal
  • Zambia

Portuguese Country Data

Country: Portugal

Capital: Lisbon
Population: 10,839,514 
Semi-Presidential Republic: President Marcelo Rebelo de sousa
Currency: Euro
GDP (ppp): $28,900
Unemployment: 10.2%
Government Type: Semi-Presidential Republic
Industries: Injection molding, plastics, textiles, paper, chemicals, auto-parts, manufacturing, metals, food, ceramics, glass, technology, telecommunications, ship construction, tourism

Country: Brazil

Capital: Brasilia
Population: 207,353,391
Federal Presidential Republic: President Dilma Rousseff
Currency: Brazillian Real
GDP (ppp): $15,200
Unemployment: 11.8%
Government Type: Federal Presidential Republic
Industries: Textiles, shoes, chemicals, cement, lumber, iron ore, tin, steel, aircraft, motor vehicles and parts, other machinery and equipment

Portuguese History

During a period of Romanization over Europe during the 3rd Century BC, Roman soldiers introduced Vulgar Latin to the land of modern day Portugal, located in the West Iberian Peninsula. During this period of ancient Roman rule over the Iberian peninsula, soldiers and citizens settled and developed communities centered around the Latin influence. This early spread of Vulgar Latin created the fundamental language base that the Portuguese of today is founded upon. After a series of wars fought in and over the territories of the Iberian Peninsula, primarily with the Carthaginian people, emperor Augustus of Rome officially declared ownership over the Iberian Peninsula. During the early Romanization of this land mass, the Romans named the entire territory Hispania and further broke the land down into different regions. Lusitania was the name given to the land that is known today as Portugal.

The collapse of the Roman Empire starting in the 5th Century led to the a new stage of language development for the Lusitanian people. With the invasion of barbarian tribes of central European descent, the linguistic climate of the Iberian Peninsula began to evolve. The following language development is referred to as Old Portuguese of the Galician-Portuguese language subgroup and lasted in the region until the 16th century. During the 8th century, people of Arabic descent came to Portugal and conquered the territory. This change of authority led to an early Arabic influence upon Old Portuguese. While the Arabic rule did not have an extreme impact on the language structure, there are several vocabulary words in Portuguese that have been linked back to Arabic origins.

In 1143, Portugal was officially declared as a nation-state and Portuguese soon after became the official language. The 12th century in Portugal is marked by the expansion of Old Portuguese as a language which became used by the government and gained popularity throughout Portugal. In the early 16th century, Old Portuguese transitioned into the modern Portuguese that is primarily spoken today. From the 14th to 16th centuries, the Portuguese language spread throughout many countries worldwide as Portugal began to travel and discover new lands on many continents. The Portuguese spoken today in South America, primarily Brazil, was brought there in a conquest of European powers to the Americas during the 16th century. Most Portuguese speaking cultures today are predominantly Catholic due to the missionaries that spread the spread the language along with the culture centuries ago.

During this period the Portuguese and Spanish dialects that developed as a result of the Latin influence while similar, are two completely separate languages. The degree to which they differ today are noticeable and is the reason for the different classification of these languages. The Portuguese spoken in Brazil is marginally different from the Portuguese in Portugal and has a different grammar structure. Today, Portuguese is based upon the Latin writing script and is written in the Portuguese alphabet.

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