|Est. L1 speakers:||215,000,000|
|Est. L2 speakers:||35,000,000|
|Est. total speakers:||250,000,000|
Well in excess of 200 million people in the world speak Portuguese as a native language and tens of millions more as a second/foreign language, making it one of the top world languages by the number of speakers. With that in mind, it is perhaps a bit perplexing that for a very long time Portuguese was considered almost like Spanish’s little brother and relatively few people in the Anglo-speaking North America were picking it as their first-choice foreign language to study. With the rise of Brazil as a global economic force, this is changing.
20th century: Fernando Pessoa, José Saramago