Portuguese is the official language of nine countries spanning five continents. Over 260 million people speak it every day. According to the American institute SIL International, Portuguese is the seventh most spoken language out of the world’s 7,000 recognized dialects.
A romance language, like French, Spanish, and Italian, Portuguese originated from Latin – which spread over Europe as the Roman Empire extended its borders. The Roman language made it to the Iberic Peninsula (where Portugal and Spain are located) around the 3rd and 2nd centuries, BC.