Spanish and Portuguese are the most widely spoken language in South America.
Nearly half the people in South America speak Portuguese, most of them in Brazil, although Spanish isn’t far behind.
Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, which was founded as a Portuguese territory in 1494.
Three other languages are widely spoken in South America.
In Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Ecuador, 8 million people speak Quechua.
In Paraguay, 4 million people speak Tup, also called Guarani.
In Bolivia and Peru, 2 million people speak Aymara.
In most of South America, people who live in the bigger cities regularly study English, French, German, or Italian, and are typically well-traveled.
In tourist areas, English and some other European languages are often spoken.