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

Portuguese spoken in Portugal differs from the Portuguese spoken in Brazil, in vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. They are, however, mutually intelligible to native speakers.