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Portuguese Language in the World

View of Corcovado with the Statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Between 170 and 210 million people speak Portuguese throughout the world today. Portuguese ranks eighth among the most spoken languages in the world (third among western languages, after Spanish and English) and is the official language of seven countries: Angola (10.3 million inhabitants), Brazil (151 million), Cabo Verde (340,000), Guinea-Bissau (1 million), Mozambique (15.3 million) Portugal (9.9 million), and Tomé and Príncipe Islands (126,000).

The Portuguese Program at The University of Texas at Arlington is dedicated to the study of the language, literature, and culture of Brazil, Portugal, and other countries where the language is spoken. Students have the opportunity to progress toward oral and written linguistic competence in Portuguese and to study Portuguese communication within its cultural context. Courses are designed to increase students' abilities of self-expression, enhance their cross-cultural understanding, help them see their own culture from a fresh perspective, and develop the technical skills necessary to function in an internationalized economic, political, and web-based world.

Course offerings reflect a conscious effort to accommodate the needs of both non-native and heritage speakers, and to provide a comprehensive study of the language within its cultural traditions for greater international understanding.

Students interested in international relations and diplomacy, business, Portuguese culture, language, and literature, and web localization and translation will find relevant courses within the offerings. UT Arlington offers a Minor and a Certificate in Localization and Translation in Portuguese.

Professor Sandra Wise, who was raised in Brazil, teaches our Portuguese courses. Her classes consist not only of language learning but also the study of the culture and history of Brazil and Portugal. Portuguese is a beautiful language, which sounds like a mixture of French, Italian, and Spanish. For Spanish speakers, it's an easy language to acquire, because it is very similar, grammatically, to Spanish. For English speakers, it is no more difficult than Spanish.