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What are some basic Portuguese words and phrases?

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Some basic Portuguese words and phrases include "sim," which means "yes" in English, "não," which means "no" and "obrigado," which means "thank you." Other useful Portuguese words are "adeus," which is "goodbye," while "excuse me" is "com licença" and "I'm sorry" is "desculpe."

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Portuguese is the sixth most-spoken language in the world and the third most-spoken European language, behind Spanish and English. It is spoken by more than 200 million people and is the official language of nine countries, including Portugal, Brazil, East Timor, Guinea Bisseau and Angola. The other four countries with Portuguese as their official language are Macau, São Tomé and Principe, Mozambique and Cape Verde.

With more than 180 million people, Brazil is the country with the most Portuguese speakers, followed by Portugal. Despite it not being the official language of any of them, the next four countries with the largest Portuguese-speaking population are France, Paraguay, South Africa and the United States.

Portuguese is in the Romance family of languages, along with Spanish, Italian, French and Romanian. All five of these languages originated from Latin, which was originally brought to the Iberian Peninsula by Roman conquerors. By the 11th century, Portuguese could be distinguished from Latin as an independent language.

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