European Portuguese


European Portuguese

European Portuguese(português europeu in Portuguese) is a group of Portuguese dialects spoken mainly in Portugal but also in places of Africa and Asia with minor and subtle differences.

Standard Portuguese ("português padrão") is traditionally based on the "Estremenho" dialect of Coimbra, where the oldest university of the country existed for centuries, and, currently, also Lisbon, despite the pronunciation of Lisbon is still perceived by many as a dialect. Being the standard form and because most African and some Asian politicians studied in Portugal, it is also the standard form of the spoken and written language in the former Portuguese colonies in Africa and Asia (Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, East Timor, Macau, Daman, Diu and Goa) and also in Venezuela, Namibia, South Africa, France, Germany, Canada, United States and Luxembourg (where Portuguese emigrants are most numerous), although there is a very wide variety of regional dialects.

ee also

* Portuguese language

External links

* [http://www.learningportuguese.co.uk/pronunciation/ Description of the pronunciation rules of European Portuguese]
* [http://www.sonia-portuguese.com/text/pronunciation.htm Description of the pronunciation rules of Brazilian Portuguese]


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