Portuguese voice-over production made simple
As an established Portuguese International voice-over agency, Matinée Multilingual has been providing a professional Portuguese Voice-Over Service and Portuguese Subtitling Service for over 25 years. We offer a selection of the very best Portuguese voice-over talent, at a price you can afford.
Whether for documentary, advertising, eLearning, or IVR, we’ll help you select the best Portuguese voice-over talent for the job. We can record wild or sync to picture, and deliver the audio back in the file format of your choice, same day, via FTP. We can also lay-back the audio onto your video, and re-work the captions where necessary.
To check the availability of our voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us using the quick Quote form opposite, and we'll respond within one hour. Or you can email email@example.com or call on +44(0)118 958 4934.
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A short history of the Portuguese language
Portuguese belongs to the Ibero-Romance group of languages, which include Spanish, Galician and Catalan. These are all descended from the Vulgar (colloquial) Latin spoken by Roman soldiers when they arrived on the Iberian Peninsular in the 3rd century BCE.
After the collapse of the Roman Empire, the region was conquered by Germanic tribes (between 409 and 711 AD) - but these occupiers also adopted the local Vulgar Latin dialects. In 711 the Moorish invasion of the Iberian Peninsular brought Arabic to the region, which had some impact on the development of the local language.
Vulgar Latin gradually evolved into Galician-Portuguese, which was spoken throughout the medieval Kingdom of Galicia. After Portugal broke off to become a separate kingdom in 1130, Portuguese was established as the official language of that country.
The spread of the Portuguese Empire in the 15th and 16th centuries took the language across the world, to Latin America, Africa and Asia. Read more
Which countries have Portuguese as a national language?
Portuguese is the only official language of Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and São Tomé and Príncipe. It also has co-official status in Macau and East Timor.
How many people speak Portuguese as their first language?
It is estimated that over 200 million people speak Portuguese as their first language worldwide, making it the second most widely spoken Romance language (after Spanish), the third most spoken European language, and the seventh most spoken of all languages in the world.
Did you know…
- There are up to 1,000 words derived from Arabic in Modern Portuguese. These mainly relate to food, agriculture, crafts and place names (the latter especially in the south, eg the Algarve and Fátima).
- Although there are several different Portuguese dialects, the two major classifications are European (or Standard) Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese. These developed along slightly different lines from around the 18th century onwards; in Portugal the language was influenced by French, while in Brazil it was influenced by Italian and other European languages.
- The Portuguese were the first Europeans to reach and establish trade links with Japan (in 1542) and they brought their language with them. There are many Japanese words of Portuguese origin, including: arukooru/alcool/alcohol; botan/botão/button; kirishitan/cristão/christian; pan/pão/bread.
The Portuguese economy
Portugal has a mixed economy, rated (as of 2013) as the 49th largest in the world. It has become increasingly diverse and service-based since joining the European Community (predecessor to the European Union) in 1986.
Portugal’s main import/export partners are other members of the EU.