Exceptional Portuguese Translation and Interpretation for Businesses
Here at Global Voices, we work with a network of native Portuguese linguists, ensuring the highest standard of service. We don’t just provide word-for-word translations. Instead, our expert translators localise all content—from websites and marketing materials to contracts and financial documents—to ensure it makes complete sense to readers.
Exceptional service is guaranteed, with our mother tongue Portuguese speakers having extensive experience in specific industries. This insight is invaluable, as it avoids mistranslation with content using sector-specific terms. Global Voices know exactly how to communicate with all types of businesses and customers, and will adapt your tone to different audiences where necessary.
Using native speakers and industry experts for each project guarantees an accurate translation every single time, with the relevant dialect for your target audience. By ensuring you can effectively communicate with customers, we will give your business the best possible chance of success.
Why Your Business Needs a Portuguese Translation Service
The Portuguese language is the official language of ten countries, including Portugal and Brazil—where the Brazilian Portuguese variant is spoken. It is in the top 10 most-spoken languages in the world, and is the fastest-growing European language behind English, making it impossible to overlook. Considering the business opportunities available in Portuguese speaking countries, the need for Portuguese translation services is therefore greater than ever.
It is important to note that there are various different dialects of Portuguese, meaning localised translation is essential. As Global Voices uses expert linguists fluent in these distinct dialects and nuances, you can rest assured we will be able to cater to your Portuguese translation needs. We also provide Portuguese interpretation services should you need them.
Portuguese Cultural Considerations
What are other cultural facts about Portugal and other Portuguese-speaking countries? How to interact with a Portuguese person? This is what you should know about Portuguese culture.
Although Portugal has no official religion, Roman Catholicism is the most popular religion in the country, with 81% of Portuguese citizens identifying as Catholics according to a 2011 Census. In Brazil, its 2010 Census revealed 88.77% of Brazilians are Christian, with 64.63% being Catholics. Other religions form a small 3.19%. Other regions where Portuguese is spoken are also overwhelmingly Christian.
Traditions, musts and must nots
Portugal has a rich traditional folklore and is known for its cultural activity, traditional dances and songs, sports, and cuisine. Additionally, Brazil is also very well known for its cuisine, music, dances, sports, arts, and colourful carnivals. Other things to take into consideration are as follows:
- Greetings – Among friends and family, women and men, or two women, kiss each other on each cheek. The kisses involve kissing the air whilst touching cheeks, beginning with the right side. Between two men, it is more common to shake hands or hug, depending on the closeness. However, in a business setting, it is recommended to offer a handshake. This applies to both Portugal and Brazil.
- Rules of etiquette – Greetings should be formal in Portugal, using formal titles such as Senhora (Mrs.) and Senhor (Mr.) unless told otherwise. Portuguese also makes a distinction between the more formal “Senhor/a” and the more informal “tu or você ” (you). In Portugal, hierarchy is also very important.
- Formal vs Informal – Whilst Portuguese citizens can have more traditional values and be more formal, Brazilians can come across as more open, warm and welcoming. To both, family is very important, so do enquire about them.
- Questioning authority – Do not question authority in Portugal, as authority figures are very respected, and expect respect
- Time management – Do not take punctuality too seriously. Portuguese and Brazilians can have a very relaxed sense of time. This slow pace can be seen in daily habits and meetings. We encourage you to arrive on time for a meeting, but do not expect them to be so punctual. Additionally, deals may take longer than usual due to their slow pace.
- Respect the language – Greeting Portuguese and Brazilian citizens in their language will get you in their good books. To be polite, ask if they speak English or any other language you may speak, but do not assume they speak Spanish, as this can be seen as offensive.
- Be polite – Verbal sexual harassment is a crime in Portugal, so avoid calling people ‘sweetie’, for instance, if you don’t know them.
- Avoid certain topics – Do not talk badly about football, as this sport is very respected in Portugal and Brazil. Do, however, feel free to talk good about it. Other topics to avoid are Portugal’s colonial war and dictatorship, politics in both countries, and poverty and religion, specially in Brazil.
- Leave stereotypes aside – Jokes about Portugal being in Spain, their laziness, cuisine and religion will not go down well. Additionally, Rio de Janeiro is not Brazil’s capital, and not every Brazilian is amazing at football or samba.
Will I need a Portuguese translator if I can speak Spanish?
As both Spanish and Portuguese are spoken on the Iberian Peninsula, it is a common misconception that Portuguese is simply a dialect of Spanish. However, whilst both tongues share plenty of similarities, they are very much distinct languages. Therefore, if you are looking to translate written text or speech into Portuguese, a knowledge of Spanish is insufficient. You will need a Portuguese linguist.
Which other countries recognise Portuguese as a first language?
Portuguese is the mother tongue of around 200 million people worldwide. Spoken predominantly in Portugal and Brazil, it is also the official language of Angola, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea Bissau, Macau, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe.
We are committed to providing a consistently high level of quality in all our customer engagements. Our staff members follow well-established business processes so we can communicate clearly, deliver on time and exceed our customers’ expectations.
It’s always an absolute pleasuring working with you guys, and I can’t tell you how grateful I am for the speed that you are able to do this
I have worked with Global Voices on past interpretation projects and I am very happy with the service they have provided. I am especially impressed with the very highly qualified and experienced interpreters that with limited preparation material provided by us, always have managed their task in hand in a very professional manner
Very fast, efficient service. Would recommend.
Please accept my heartful thanks at the speedy expedition of this translation. We are most grateful.
Many thanks once more for your hard work, we will certainly look to work with you in the future.
Global Voices go above and beyond on customer service, and the quality of work is excellent. I trust that they will get it right first time every time. Kirsty was great! Answered all my questions and exceeded my expectations in terms of client contact.
I have always found the staff to be very helpful and friendly and the company has been able to provide all of the services that we have requested.
Pricing packages available
You can use our services on an adhoc basis or take advantage of one of our contracted offers to suit your business requirements. Enter into a bespoke contract with Global Voices and we will tailor a pricing package that best suits your business requirements:
News & Events
Global Voices is partnering with a dog trainer to accommodate our employees’ needs for a betterRead more
International and business travel could soon be back, as government roadmaps become more positive,Read more