Portuguese Language Courses and Career Options
Portuguese Language is spoken by around 350 million speakers including native and
non-native speakers over the world. Being one of the Romance Languages, the language
is spoken in Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde and Mozambique. It is the only
official language of these countries. The language is given co-official language
status in East Timor and in Macau of China. The speakers of the language are even
in Goa and Diu and Daman of India, and in Sri Lanka and Malaysia.
Portuguese is found as the fifth most spoken languages of the world and the third
most spoken language in Europe. The language influenced few of the Indian languages
namely Malayalam, Hindi and Marathi. These languages have borrowed many words from
Portuguese. The trading relation between Portugal and India are very prospective
that several items like heavy machinery equipment is exported to India and gems,
tobacco, tea and coffee, spices footwear, leather etc. are imported. This increased
the rapport with Portuguese among the Indians that many pay interest to learn the
Courses offered and their academic eligibility:
Many universities and institutes are offering the courses in the language. The nomenclature
of the programs may differ but remain common in their nature. Few of the general
- Certificate of Proficiency in Portuguese I(A1): passing in 10 + 2
- Certificate of Proficiency in Portuguese II (A2): Passing in 10+2 and passing the
A1 certificate course
- Diploma of Proficiency in Portuguese(B1): Passing in 10+2 and passing the A2 certificate
course or equivalent
- Advanced Diploma of Proficiency in Portuguese (B2): Passing in 10+2 and passing
the B1 Diploma course or equivalent
- M.A. in Portuguese: passing in the graduation as Portuguese as a subject
- M.Phil. in Portuguese: passing in post graduation in Portuguese
- Ph.D. in Portuguese: passing in post graduation in Portuguese
Teaching, translation and customer servicing are the few of the fields that offer
opportunities in the language.
Teaching: For being instructor or teacher of the language, one need to have at least
Advanced Diploma in the language and Post Graduation is preferable. As only few
institutions or organizations are offering the course, teaching the language is
least preferred by many. Few online websites are also offering the language courses
and recruit the experts as instructors or content developers of the language.
Translation: This is one of the most chosen areas by the aspirants as career option.
There are several opportunities for Portuguese to English or Hindi translations
and vice-versa. Diploma or Advanced Diploma is the required qualification. Many
servicing companies recruit the language experts for translating books, magazines
or newspapers. Apart from them visa, recommendation letters, passports, medical
records, financial records, academic transcripts etc are also get translated. Several
opportunities are also found in online servicing companies. These jobs can also
be chosen as part time.
Customer Services: Few BPO companies are offering opportunities for thelanguage
experts. These servicing companies offer voice based or non voice based job roles
to these experts.
The pay range starts from Rs. 5000/- per month. The higher qualification, experience
and expertise bring better opportunities and higher pay.
The language offer handsome opportunities to the enthusiasts and is getting more
popular day by day.