It might surprise you to know that Portuguese is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, boasting a whopping 260 million speakers across Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia. However, the bulk of Portuguese speakers—214 million of them—reside in Brazil, making Brazil by far the world’s largest Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) nation. Brazil is also geographically huge, covering a massive portion of northeastern South America, and in any country this size, dialectical differences in the national language are bound to crop up. That’s certainly the case in Brazil, and that’s what brings us to Carioca.
Carioca is the dialect of Portuguese spoken in Brazil’s beloved Rio de Janeiro, which, as a state, is home to more than 15 million people. Carioca is also spoken in the neighboring states of Espírito Santo and Minas Gerais, giving the dialect an even greater reach. The dialects spoken in a swath of other neighboring cities are also virtually indistinguishable from Carioca, though not technically considered part of the influential dialect. That’s because Carioca is considered a subdialect within the greater Fluminense dialect, spoken broadly in the region. Here at TranslationServices.com, we’re proud to offer professional translation services for both Carioca and Fluminense, as well as any other Portuguese dialect you may be interested in.
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Though the pronunciation of Carioca strongly resembles that of Standard Brazilian Portuguese, its vocabulary, particularly the slang, represents a stark difference. Indeed, it’s Carioca’s slang that primarily differentiates it from other varieties of Brazilian Portuguese. Of course, that’s not to say that there are no pronunciation particularities of the dialect, as there certainly are—they just aren’t that major. Thanks to Rio de Janeiro’s prestige and cultural capital within Brazil, slang terms in Carioca tend to spread widely throughout Brazil, eventually cementing themselves as accepted elements of Standard Brazilian Portuguese.
It's not just in the vocabulary and pronunciation that Carioca differs from Standard Brazilian Portuguese, however. In particular, distinctions emerge in the usage of pronouns, which are already a key difference between Brazilian and European Portuguese. In many Brazilian Portuguese variants, the once formal second-person pronoun você has entirely replaced the traditionally informal tu, but Carioca may use both pronouns, even mixing them in the same sentence. Carioca speakers tend to use tu in informal situations, but with the verbal conjugation for você, meaning they use the same verb forms for both pronouns.
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If you’re looking specifically for a great Carioca translation, don’t just hire any Portuguese translator. For starters, if you hire someone from Portugal, they’ll struggle just with all the intricacies of Brazilian Portuguese, not to mention the additional challenge of Carioca. But even native Brazilian translators can’t properly handle a Carioca-specific translation—the quality is in the small, subtle nuances. That’s why we’ve worked hard to find the best Carioca translators across Rio de Janeiro and bring them to you.
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