About the European Portuguese Language

Portuguese is the mother tongue of about 170 million people, mainly in Portugal and the Portuguese islands in the Atlantic (11 million speakers); in Brazil (154 million speakers); and in Portugal's former overseas provinces in Africa and Asia (about 5 million).

The Pimsleur European (or Continental) Portuguese program uses the Lisbon dialect.

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European Portuguese-Speaking Countries

Although the Portuguese spoken in Portugal differs from the Portuguese spoken in Brazil, in vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation, they are mutually intelligible. The differences are equivalent to the differences between English spoken in the USA and in England.