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Portuguese is the national language of both Portugal and Brazil. In the former it is spoken by the entire population of 10 million people, including those in the Azores and on the island of Madeira. In Brazil it is spoken by virtually everyone save the country’s few hundred thousand Indians. As Brazil’s population continues to soar, so does the number of speakers of Portuguese. The figure for Brazil in the year 2000 was approximately 165 million, up from only 100 million 25 years earlier.

Portuguese is also spoken in countries and territories that were once colonies of Portugal. It is the official language of five countries in Africa: Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, and São Tomé and Príncipe. It is also spoken by small communities in Goa (western India), in East Timor (in Indonesia), and in Macao, which is now part of China.

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Portuguese is one of the extensively used languages in the world, More mellow than Spanish and more elegant than Italian, Portuguese is a language full of lasting appeal and unique charm. To learn Portuguese well, every of your cells need be adapted to the thinking way of Portuguese, so as to look into the wonderful language and its culture. With over a century of experience in language teaching, Berlitz offers you professional, native-speaking Portuguese instructors who have been strictly trained on Berlitz Method®. Instruction is given only in native Portuguese based on original foreign textbooks. The interactive process and scenario-based conversations, coupled by the passionate and open-minded teaching method typical of Portuguese-speaking countries, bring out your interest in learning and your confidence in speaking, making your learning an easy and comfortable journey!

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