Portuguese-Speaking Countries

Festival to show another side of Macau

Literature and music might not be on the minds of most visitors to Macau.

Sunday, 22 January, 2012, 12:00am

China's investment makes big imprint on Portuguese world

China is stepping up its trade and investment with Portuguese-speaking (Lusophone) countries, but the growing ties with some of the former Portuguese colonies have come at a price.

'Chinese investment projects are having a major impact on Africa,' said Hugo Williamson, the managing director of the Risk Resolution Group, an international risk consultancy.

31 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Building on the Portugal link

Macau is better known as a tourist destination than a magnet for postgraduates, but one of its universities is carving out a niche as a centre for advanced study of the Portuguese-speaking world.

20 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Boost to trade with Portuguese-speaking countries unveiled

China yesterday unveiled a plan to inject cash to finance development in resource-rich Portuguese-speaking countries, in a package of measures announced in Macau yesterday.

The move aims to expand Beijing's presence in the markets, which have a total population of 220 million.

14 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Portuguese makes comeback in Macau

The Portuguese language, whose use in Macau appeared to be on the decline immediately following the handover, seems to be undergoing a renaissance.

10 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Language barrier

Yang Jing-yi, 21, says: 'My name is Contanca Rosa.' She apologises as she stumbles over the English words, and says her Portuguese is much better.

17 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Portugal Quiz

Test your general knowledge. The answers are below.

10 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Nature's Course

Nature lovers who want to take to the seas should look no further than the National Geographic Endeavour, an expedition ship specially designed for exploration. Equipped with a library, spa, swimming pool, salon, fitness centre and lounge with a full-service bar, the Endeavour promises to keep your creature comforts close by on its 19-day ocean voyage.

2 May 2008 - 12:00am

Taipa treat

Brazilian poet Olavo Bilac described Portuguese as ultima flor do Lacio, inculta e bela, or 'the last flower of Latin, wild and beautiful'. Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish author of Don Quixote, regarded it as 'the sweet language'. More than 200million people across the globe speak Portuguese.

28 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

English is key to employment

Macau locals have some catching up to do if they want top jobs

Macau's booming economy has far outstripped the region's ability to prepare its workforce, with many employees struggling to keep pace with the ever-changing demands of their jobs.

21 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

New Caroliners coach reserves judgment on team prospects

South China's new coach Jose Luis Lopes da Costa has arrived in Hong Kong and was quick to point out that he needs more time to study his new squad before making predictions for the new season.

10 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Portuguese toast success by the barrel load

Despite predictions to the contrary, the expatriate Portuguese community is thriving in boom town Macau and as you might expect, a drop of Mediterranean wine is helping oil the wheels.

7 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Private sector hits the jackpot

Business boom brings growing demand for quality education

Business is booming o the mainland and Macau, and where there are young professionals, there are children in need of a quality education.

16 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Trade winds carry ties forward

Portugal and China re-established diplomatic relations 25 years ago and ties between the two countries have never been as close as they are today.

As a clear indication of the importance that Portugal is placing on developing its relationship with the world's fastest-growing economy, the country opened its first consulate in the mainland last year.

10 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

No place for Portuguese?

One of the least-spoken official languages in the world is no doubt Macau's Portuguese, with less than 0.7 per cent of residents using it in daily conversation. Only one Portuguese language school has survived Macau's handover to China, and now the former enclave is having difficulty keeping that alive.

5 Jul 2006 - 12:00am