16 Nov Next Stop: Mozambique!
A trip aroud the Portuguese-speaking countries
Over a series of articles, L10N Making Translation Invisible will transport you to the Portuguese-speaking world. Find out about the customs and unique characteristics of these countries and (re)discover a universe of diversity and multiculturalism, united by one of the most powerful links imaginable – the Portuguese language!
Guess where we are going!
That’s right… Mozambique.
Mozambique is a former Portuguese colony. National independence was won in 1975, and shortly thereafter the civil war began which was responsible for the deaths of more than one million people.
- Mozambique is located on the southeast coast of Africa;
- It borders Swaziland, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Tanzania;
- Its 11 provinces are home to approximately 25 million inhabitants.
“All Mozambican writers write in Portuguese.
They do this because they feel in Portuguese, they live in Portuguese. However, it is already another Portuguese. A language that has adapted to the colour and texture of the Mozambican nation”
– Mia Couto
If you have read any of our other articles on Portuguese-speaking countries, you will have already realised that no language is static or stagnant. Mozambican Portuguese has been brilliantly adapted to Mozambican culture and, as such, it has unique characteristics that set it apart.
- It is very similar to European Portuguese as a result of the colonialist policies to defend the Portuguese Language;
- It is home to around 6 different language groups divided into 3 national languages.
In order that you can find out more about this variant of Portuguese, here are some illustrative examples:
L10N respects every culture and every tradition, and is trying to build a world without language barriers. This means we are specalists in localisation which is why we have a team of native Mozambican linguists.
Happy chatting (in Portuguese)!