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M&D provides bespoke Portuguese translations in the UK for various sectors, from medical to legal. We can translate Portuguese to and from any other language; whether you need a legally binding document, a birth certificate or anything in between, our team of native speakers are here to help.

There are approximately 220 million native Portuguese speakers worldwide. Portuguese is the second Romance language (after Spanish) in terms of numbers of speakers, primarily due to its position as the language of Brazil, where in the early 21st century, some 187 million people spoke it.

In Portugal, the language’s country of origin, there are more than 10 million speakers. It is estimated that there are also some 8 million Portuguese speakers in Africa (Angola, Cabo Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and Sao Tome and Principe). Portuguese is also spoken by about 678,000 people in the United States, with large communities of speakers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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Brazilian Portuguese varies from European Portuguese in several respects, and our experienced Portuguese translators can help with both varieties. There are several sound changes and differences in verb conjugation and syntax between the two; for example, object pronouns occur before the verb in Brazilian Portuguese, as in Spanish, but after the verb in standard Portuguese.

Portuguese is often mutually intelligible with Spanish despite differences in phonology, grammar, and vocabulary. There are four main Portuguese dialect groups, all mutually intelligible: (1) Central, or Beira, (2) Southern (Estremenho), including Lisbon, Alentejo, and Algarve, (3) Insular, including the dialects of Madeira and the Azores, and (4) Brazilian.

Standard Portuguese was developed in the 16th century, basically from the dialects spoken from Lisbon to Coimbra. Brazilian (Brasileiro) differs from the Portuguese spoken in Portugal in several respects, in syntax, phonology and vocabulary, but many writers still use an academic metropolitan standard.

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