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largest number of countries where it is an official language


highest number of native speakers in the world


most widely spoken language in the world

Portuguese Translation and Interpreting

At Translate UK we provide a professional Portuguese translation service, as well as Portuguese interpreters. As one of the most widely spoken languages on the globe Portuguese is vital for communicating with a wide variety of people around the globe.


Million Portuguese Speakers Worldwide

Million Portuguese Native Language Speakers

Portuguese Speaking Countries

Millions Portuguese Speakers in Africa

Portuguese Language History

Portuguese is an Indo-European language and part of the Romance subgroup that descended from the Vulgar Latin spoken during the Roman Empire. The Romans settled near Celtic civilisations that spoke Hispano-Celtic languages, which influenced the languages development. After the Moorish invasion Arabic became the administrative language in the region and heavily influenced the local languages.

Portuguese evolved out of Medieval Galician in the Kingdom of Galicia in North Portugal. This Proto-Portuguese was first recorded in the nineth century and evolved through Old Portuguese into modern Portuguese beginning in the sixteenth century. During this time, it was used as a lingua franca in Asia and Africa, in addition to being spread to the Americas.

Portuguese is a Global Language

Only 5% of Portuguese speakers live in Portugal, with larger numbers living in Brazil, Angola, and Mozambique. Portuguese is the most widely spoken language in the Southern Hemisphere, spoken across South America, Latin America, and Africa. In Latin America it is the second most spoken language, with Spanish being the most common. While in Africa, Portuguese is one of the ten most spoken languages and an official language in six countries. Worldwide, Portuguese is the sixth most common first language and the third most common European first language.

Portuguese used frequently in business, trade, and international diplomacy. As Portuguese is understood by large numbers worldwide, it is an ideal language for reaching new audiences and for any material that needs to be understood by large numbers of people. Portuguese is an ideal language for website translation, marketing materials, technical instructions, medical instructions, and pharmaceutical translations.

Sector Specific Services

At Translate UK we can provide Portuguese translators or interpreters for a range of dialects. We can calso provide additional support for certain sectors by providing them with linguists who have specialised in a specific field. Our linguists are required to keep up to date with specific industry terminology and requirements. This allows us to provide a more customised and supportive service. To learn more about our specialist sectors select one from below.

Portuguese Translation Service

We can provide translations to and from Portuguese for any document, no matter how large or small. We have been providing document translations for fifteen years, from letters and reports to patient records and certificates, there isn’t much our experienced team haven’t seen. All of our translators are qualified and vetted by us, and many are DPSI qualified or registered with the ITI or CIOL.

Portuguese Legal Document Translation

We can provide Portuguese translations for any document which is to be used in a legal setting. We have an in-house legal expert with almost 20 years’ experience as a solicitor and are acutely aware of the importance of accuracy and reliability when it comes to the translation of legal documents.

On top of this, each of our legal translators has a specialist focus in law, having worked in or completed training specific to the legal sector. We ensure that all of our legal translators are up to date with the current terminology both in the UK and in their native language to guarantee a quality translation with no mistakes.

Portuguese Technical Document Translation

We can provide Portuguese translations for technical or scientific documents. This includes journal literature, operation manuals, safety instructions, patents and technical drawings. We know how important it is to have precise, accurate and consistent translations of technical documents, so all our translations are done by experts in the field.

We ensure all of our linguists to stay up to date on the specialised terminology used in their field and for ongoing projects we’ll try to assign the same translator where possible so that they can become familiar with your company terminology and vocabulary.

Secure and Confidential

At Translate UK confidentiality is of the upmost importance to us and we are careful to act in complete compliance with GDPR regulations. Each of our linguists signs a confidentiality agreement before undertaking any work for us and we only ever send documents via secure email.

Portuguese Interpreting Service

In addition to our Portuguese translation service we can also provide Portuguese speaking interpreters. All our interpreters are qualified experienced professionals with relavant post-graduate qualifications and membershiip of professional linguistic associations. We are well equipped to provide interpreters at short notice and we have even provided linguists for the same day.

Face to Face Portuguese Interpreters

Our face to face Portuguese interpreters work to facilitate communication between individuals who speak French and those who speak English, in order to provide them with equal access to all of the services they might need. We recommend face to face interpreting where a conversation is necessary, including complex and sensitive situations where information is best delivered in person.

Remote Portuguese Interpreters

We understand that it is not always possible to use a face to face interpreter, so we also provide a remote interpreting serivce. Our Portuguese speaking remote interpreters can be contacted through a variety of platforms according to your business needs. This includes over-the-phone and a complientary conference call service. They can also be contacted through video call platforms including Zoom and Skype. 

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