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Portuguese vs Spanish

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Countries

Countries
Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Macau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe
Andora, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, France, Gibraltar, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, Western Sahara

Total No. Of Countries
10
6
46
1

National Language
Portugal
Spain

Second Language
United States of America
Andora, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, US Virgin Islands

Speaking Continents
Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America
Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America

Minority Language
Australia, Daman and Diu, France, Germany, Goa, Italy, Japan, United States of America
Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco, United Kingdom

Regulated By
Academia Brasileira de Letras (Brazilian Literary Academy), Academia das Ciências de Lisboa, Classe de Letras
Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española

Interesting Facts
  • Portuguese language has absorbed many words from French, Italian, Arabic and also from indigenous South American and African languages.
  • The first written document in Portuguese language was found in the 12th century.
  • One of the world's most phonetic language is Spanish.
  • Up to the 18th century, Spanish was diplomatic language.

Similar To
Spanish and Galician Languages
French Language

Derived From
Latin
Latin

Alphabets

Alphabets in
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Alphabets
23
5
27
9
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Phonology

How Many Vowels
9
7
5
3

How Many Consonants
19
9
22
12

Scripts
Latin
Latin

Writing Direction
Left-To-Right, Horizontal
Left-To-Right, Horizontal

Hard to Learn

Language Levels
6
5
6
5
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Time Taken to Learn
24 weeks
6
24 weeks
6
📊

Greetings

Hello
Olá
hola

Thank You
obrigado
Gracias

How Are You?
Como você está?
Cómo estás?

Good Night
boa noite
Buenas Noches

Good Evening
boa Noite
Bonne soirée

Good Afternoon
boa Tarde
Buenas Tardes

Good Morning
bom Dia
Buenos Días

Please
Por Favor
Por Favor

Sorry
pesaroso
triste

Bye
tchau
adiós

I Love You
Eu te amo
Te Quiero

Excuse Me
desculpe me
Discúlpeme

Dialects

Dialect 1
Brazilian Portuguese
Mexican Spanish

Where They Speak
Brazil
Mexico

How Many People Speak
204,000,000.00
4
105,000,000.00
5

Dialect 2
European Portuguese
Cuban Spanish

Where They Speak
Portugal
Cuba

How Many People Speak
10,000,000.00
9
11,000,000.00
8

Dialect 3
Daman and Diu Portuguese creole
Puerto Rican Spanish

Where They Speak
Daman and Diu
Puerto Rico

How Many People Speak
4,000.00
35
3,900,000.00
9

Total No. Of Dialects
26
23
21
20
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How Many People Speak

How Many People Speak?
231.00 million
7
489.00 million
3

Speaking Population
3.27 %
7
6.15 %
3
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Native Speakers
216.00 million
5
410.00 million
2
📊

Second Language Speakers
15.00 million
17
89.50 million
9

Native Name
Português
Español

Alternative Names
Português
Castellano, Castilian, Español

French Name
portugais
espagnol; castillan

German Name
Portugiesisch
Spanisch

Pronunciation
[puɾtuˈɣeʃ], [poʁtuˈɡes]
[espaˈɲol], [kasteˈʎano]

Ethnicity
Portuguese people or portugueses
Not Available

History

Origin
3rd Century
210 BC

Language Family
Indo-European Family
Indo-European Family

Subgroup
Romance
Romance

Branch
Not Available
Not Available

Language Forms

Early Forms
Medieval Galician
Old Spanish and Spanish

Standard Forms
Portuguese
Pluricentric Standard Spanish

Language Position
6
6
2
2

Signed Forms
Signed Portuguese
Signed Spanish

Scope
Individual
Individual

Code

ISO 639 1
pt
es

ISO 639 2

ISO 639 2/T
por
spa

ISO 639 2/B
por
spa

ISO 639 3
por
spa

ISO 639 6
Not Available
Not Available

Glottocode
port1283
stan1288

Linguasphere
51-AAA-a
51-AAA-b

Types of Language

Language Type
Living
Living

Language Linguistic Typology
Subject-Verb-Object
Subject-Object-Verb

Language Morphological Typology
Not Available
Fusional, Synthetic

Portuguese vs Spanish Speaking Countries

There are plenty of languages spoken around the world. Every country has its own official language. Compare Portuguese vs Spanish speaking countries, so that you will have total count of countries that speak Portuguese or Spanish language.

  • Portuguese is spoken as a national language in: Portugal.
  • Spanish is spoken as a national language in: Spain.

You will also get to know the continents where Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries lie. Based on the number of people that speak these languages, the position of Portuguese language is 6 and position of Spanish language is 2. Find all the information about these languages on Portuguese and Spanish.

Portuguese vs Spanish Language History

Comparison of Portuguese vs Spanish language history gives us differences between origin of Portuguese and Spanish language. History of Portuguese language states that this language originated in 3rd Century whereas history of Spanish language states that this language originated in 210 BC. Family of the language also forms a part of history of that language. More on language families of these languages can be found out on Portuguese and Spanish Language History.

Portuguese and Spanish Greetings

People around the world use different languages to interact with each other. Even if we cannot communicate fluently in any language, it will always be beneficial to know about some of the common greetings or phrases from that language. This is where Portuguese and Spanish greetings helps you to understand basic phrases in Portuguese and Spanish language. Portuguese word for "Hello" is Olá or Spanish word for "Thank You" is Gracias. Find more of such common Portuguese Greetings and Spanish Greetings. These greetings will help you to be more confident when conversing with natives that speak these languages.

Portuguese vs Spanish Difficulty

The Portuguese vs Spanish difficulty level basically depends on the number of Portuguese Alphabets and Spanish Alphabets. Also the number of vowels and consonants in the language plays an important role in deciding the difficulty level of that language. The important points to be considered when we compare Portuguese and Spanish are the origin, speaking countries, language family, different greetings, speaking population of these languages. Want to know in Portuguese and Spanish, which language is harder to learn? Time required to learn Portuguese is 24 weeks while to learn Spanish time required is 24 weeks.