in Spanish "el director" is principal...we don't say headmaster in the US (at least where I live) but it could mean principal too right?
Yes in portuguese it means also principal. I used the later but I lost a live :(
Well, this dictionary suggests "diretor" as a possible translation of "manager": http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-portuguese/manager
In my dictionary (published in 1964), the Portuguese word is spelled DIRECTOR. When did the spelling change? It seems like some words keep the "c" in translation and others do not, kind of randomly.
I think most people from Brasil whrite whitout the c, but people from other countries like Portugal, Angola and Mozambique use direCtor.
Looking up the word "director" in a Portuguese dictionary:
Gives the warning: a nova grafia é diretor.
My understanding is that if the "c" is still pronounced then it stayed in which led to the "c" still being in some words in Portugal but not in Brazil. Diretor however is not one of them.
The recent spelling reform has eliminated differences that were not essential. In Portugal people used to spell acto and in Brazil ato for ‘act’, but in neither variety the c was actually pronounced, so it was determined that the new spelling would be ato on both sides of the Atlantic. In Brazil people still used an accent in words like idéia (idea), but not in Portugal. As the two are pronounced the same way, the accent was removed and the new spelling admits only ideia. For words which are pronounced differently, however, the spelling differences remain. Thus ‘fact’ is spelled facto in Portugal where the c is pronounced and fato in Brazil, where it isn’t.
By director, can it be a Financial Director or HR Director? Or is it exclusively limited to education?
Yes, it can. It is not limited to education. http://dictionary.reverso.net/portuguese-english/diretor
I apologize if this question has been asked, but it just occurred to me. Can I say 'a direta' when referring to a female headmaster? And could I do the same to other types of occupations? Thanks!