What does Lusophone world mean? If you do not know, you need to learn Portuguese.
Você sabia? (Did you know?)
Portuguese is the sixth most widely spoken language in the world. It is spoken by approximately 250 million people worldwide. It is the third most widely spoken European language in the world (after English and Spanish). It is the official language of ten countries ( The Lusophone World - Brazil, Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea‐Bissau, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Cape Verde, and São Tomé and Príncipe), and the lingua franca of the Macau region in China, which makes it an official language in every continent except North America.
It is the language with the largest number of speakers in South America, spoken by nearly all of Brazil's approximately 190 million people, which amounts to over 51% of the continent's population even though Brazil is the only Portuguese‐speaking nation in the Americas. The country covers one half of the area of South America. It is the second largest industrial power of the Americas and has the sixth largest economy in the world. Its economic prospects are bright. São Paulo is Latin America’s business capital.
Brazil is the United States’ second largest trading partner in Latin America. It is the number one producer of raw sugar, oranges, and coffee in the world, and the second largest producer of soy, beef, poultry, and corn. It is also a major producer of steel, aircraft, automobile and auto parts and the world’s single largest producer of ethanol.
Come learn Portuguese at UC!If you speak Spanish, French or Italian, you’ll find half of the work is already done – and if not, why not try? You won’t need a background in foreign language, a new alphabet or much new grammar to learn Portuguese. You’ll learn hundreds of words without effort. With Portuguese under your belt, you’ll fly along.
Port1001 (undergraduate students)Port7001 (graduate students)