Languages in Brazil

Languages in Brazil


In Brazil alone, around 150 different languages are spoken. However, the most widely spoken languages are Portuguese and Spanish.


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Brazil accounts for a large portion of both South America's geography and, as it so happens, its language diversity. Do you know the most spoken languages in Brazil?

Though Spanish is the primary language in most South American countries, Portuguese is actually what's spoken most in South America, and that's all thanks to Brazil. In the country of Carnaval, Samba, and Bossa Nova, Portuguese is more or less spoken by everybody, but there's still plenty of room for the coexistence of languages like Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Vlax Romani, to say nothing of the 274 indigenous languages spoken by individuals belonging to 305 different ethnicities, according to 2010 Census estimates.

Brazil is one of the most biodiverse places in the world, and it's also home to a stunning amount of cultural and linguistic diversity. But just as its biological riches are mostly hidden in the deep folds of the Amazonian rainforest, its linguistic variance is similarly concentrated in its most remote reaches.

Even Sao Paulo, the largest Portuguese-speaking city in the world, is home to a sizable Arab, Italian, Chinese and Jewish community.

Keep reading to find out about the most spoken languages in Brazil.


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