Language and culture
Speaking Portuguese can be an important tool.
More than 240 million people speak Portuguese throughout the world today.
Learning Portuguese can open doors to employment in a variety of areas including in virtually any business related to oil, certain agricultural industries, teaching, translation, and interpreting, and travel.
Learning Portuguese greatly improves your chances of success in job market dealing with Brazil or Portugal, as well as several countries in Africa.
Portuguese is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, shared by the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa - CPLP - Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Principe, Guinea-Bissau and East Timor) the intergovernmental organization for friendship among Portuguese-speaking nations.
They are all speaking in Portuguese.
Portuguese is also co-official with Cantonese in Macau, and with Tetum in East Timor. It is the fourth most learned language in the world; at least 30 million students study this language. The mandatory offering of Portuguese in school curricula is observed in Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, Congo and Argentina.
In 1990, with the intent of creating a single common orthography for Portuguese, a new orthographic agreement was reached between all Portuguese-speaking countries, proposing a compromise between the two main orthographic systems, those of Portugal and of Brazil.
In 2009, the new spelling reform went into effect in Brazil. In Portugal, the reform was signed into law in 2008, allowing for a 6-year adaptation period, during which both orthographies will co-exist. The new orthography is being swiftly adopted.
In January 2010 the Gulbenkian Foundation invited Smt. Tara Gandhi to speak in Lisbon on "Gandhi, India and the World"
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has in India supported the Museum of Rachol, South Goa; in Kochi, Kerala, it has helped preserve the archives of the Diocesis and built the Indo-Portuguese Museum. The Foundation has also toured with musical groups, has given many scholarships to Indians wishing to study in Portugal, has organized many international conferences and seminars on the relations between both countries, as well as publishing dozens of editions on historical relations.
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