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Downloadable PDF + MP3 | 89+ Portuguese Conversation Starters


It is very likely that “OI” was one of the first words you learned in Portuguese.

  • After all, greeting and farewell formulas are usually the first thing we learn in a new language, right?

Of course, those formulas are very important for daily communication.

Although you can make yourself understood with a very basic repertoire of expressions (“OI”, “TCHAU”, and “TUDO BEM? “, for example), Portuguese is a language with a vast array of greeting formulas.

  • That is, even if you only use a handful of greeting formulas, when you talk to Brazilians you will notice that they do use many more expressions to greet when they meet an acquaintance.

To speak  Brazilian Portuguese as naturally as a native does, you should get familiar with those expressions that natives use to break the ice.

  • You should also know which of said formulas are standard in the language and which are more informal or slang and, in consequence, use them properly.

In this video you will find the 89+ phrases for greeting, for saying goodbye and alternative ways to ask “how are you? ” in Brazilian Portuguese.

You have the same video explained entirely in Portuguese with subtitles in Portuguese and English. You also have the explanations in Portuguese and the material to download for free, if you want to do language immersion.

Who is this Portuguese greeting guide for?

You will see that those 89+ day-to-day formulas are simple and, above all, frequent. Therefore, the greeting guide is suitable for any student of the Brazilian Portuguese language.
  • You do not need to have previous knowledge of Portuguese to enjoy this very complete guide of typically Brazilian greetings.
If you already speak a little Portuguese, this guide will allow you to brush up on your Portuguese skills and learn new things.

If you do not speak any Portuguese, you can start studying it with this guide.
  • However, I advise you that your first step in Portuguese should be to get familiar with the pronunciation.
  • You have it in this video, which includes free material to download.
  • You have a complete pronunciation guide with many audios and examples.

You also have a FREE online mini-course: Brazilian Portuguese for  English-speaking beginners.

  • The free course starts from scratch.
  • The beginner’s course includes video classes, varied digital materials and a certificate.
  • You sign up with two clicks and you can learn at your own pace, without deadlines.
  • You have a preview of the course that you can access without having to enroll.

Free course preview  (sneak peek), with many free learning tips, available here, no registration needed.

You can also check out this Brazilian Portuguese class available without having to sign up for the course.

At the end of this post you have Portuguese videos for English speakers with PDF and MP3 to download – FOR FREE.

Do I need to know all those formulas to speak Portuguese?

If you do not want to consider these 89+ phrases a priority in your Portuguese learning process now, you do not need to learn them systematically.

I advise you to – at least – watch the video to make these phrases sound familiar. Little by little you can actively incorporate them into your Portuguese vocabulary.

If you consider those 89+ phrases to be too many for you at this point in your learning process, that is okay.
  • You can manage perfectly a more limited repertoire of greetings and farewell formulas in Portuguese.
In fact, in this video (which has explanations and extra material to practice for free) you will learn the 38+ most basic formulas of the Portuguese language.
  • The free guide includes greetings, goodbyes, ways to ask and answer “how are you?” and basic politeness formulas.

The same video is available in Portuguese with subtitles in Portuguese and English. You will also find the content entirely in Portuguese, if you want to do language immersion.

My advice is:

  • If you do not know any greeting phrase, start by learning the 38+ formulas from the most basic guide.
  • If you already know those basic greeting phrases, delve into this topic with the comprehensive guide with 89+ greetings.

And if you want to continue exploring the Portuguese language, there is the first video in this series with short videos with the most relevant Portuguese phrases for English-speaking beginners. The free guide includes further explanation and free material to practice.

What you are going to learn in this Brazilian Portuguese guide for beginners

In the guide with the 89+ phrases to break the ice in Portuguese you will learn:
  • Greeting formulas in Portuguese for English speakers.
  • Goodbye formulas in Portuguese for English speakers.
  • The different ways of asking “how are you?” and answering in Portuguese for English speakers.
  • Informal expressions and slang for these communicative situations.
  • Expressions to address a friend in  colloquial Brazilian Portuguese.
  • Different ways of saying “UM BEIJO”  and “UM ABRAÇO”  in Portuguese.

Material of the guide of greetings, farewells, and phrases of type “TUDO BEM?” in Portuguese

Please notice: some phrases vary depending on whether the speaker is a man or a woman. I indicate this variation with the comma (,).
  • For example,  “Estou cansado. , Estou cansada.”  The first sentence is one that a man will say to indicate tiredness and the second, what a woman will say.



Please notice: I will indicate informal expressions with an asterisk (*) and expressions of Brazilian slang with two asterisks (**).

The PDF with theory, exercises, answers and summary to download for free.
The audio with the vocabulary only in Portuguese to download for free.
The audio with the vocabulary in Portuguese and English to download for free.
You have a quiz at the end of this post to practice what you learned.

The main greetings in Portuguese: phrases for English speakers

Video: starting on minute 03:21
*Oi! = Olá!to greet, informally
Bom dia!to greet (morning/during the day)
Boa tarde!to greet (afternoon)
Boa noite!to greet (evening/night)

The main farewells in Portuguese: phrases for English speakers

Video: starting on minute 04:24
*Tchau!to say goodbye, informally
Até já!See you soon!
Até breve!See you soon!
Até logo!See you later!
Até mais ver! = Até mais!See you!
Até outra!See you!
Até a próxima!See you next time!
Até amanhã!See you tomorrow!
Até segunda!See you on Monday!
Até a semana que vem!See you next week!
Até!reaction to any “até…”-expression
*A gente se vê!See you! (informal)
Cuide-se!Take care!
Fique bem!Stay well!
Vá com cuidado! = Vá pela sombra!Take good care!
Vá com Deus!“May God be with you!” (farewell)
Que Deus te acompanhe!“May God be with you!” (farewell)
Tenha um bom dia! = Tenha um lindo dia!Have a nice day!
Tenha uma boa semana!Have a good week!
Boa sexta-feira!Have a good Friday!
Vamos marcar!We should meet!
Adeus!to say goodbye, formally

The main formulas in Portuguese to ask “how are you?” and how to answer: phrases for English speakers

Video: starting on minute 13:49
Quanto tempo!Long time, no see.
Que bom te ver!Good seeing you!
Como estão as coisas?How are things?
Tudo bem? = Tudo bom?Everything OK?
Tudo bem, obrigado/a. , Tudo bom, obrigado/a.Everything Ok, thank you.
Como vai? (a família, o trabalho…)How are things? (family, work…)
Como vai? = Como vai indo?How are you?
Bem, obrigado/a, e você? / Bem, obrigado/a, e o senhor/e a senhora?Good, thank you, what about you?
Tudo ótimo.Everything all right.
Se melhorar, estraga!It doesn’t get any better than this!
Normal. = Indo.I am ok.
*Tocando em frente.I am ok. (informal)
*Indo, né? = Naquelas. = Mais pra lá do que pra cá.So-so. (informal)
Estou muito ocupado. , Estou muito ocupada.I am very busy.
Estou doente.I am ill.
Estou meio adoentado. , Estou meio adoentada.I am under the weather.
Estou cansado. , Estou cansada.I am tired.

Formal formulas and Brazilian slang to greet, to say goodbye and to ask “how are you?” in Portuguese: phrases for English speakers

Video: starting on minute 24:14
*Oizinho!Hi! (informal and “cutesy”)
*Adeusinho!Bye! (informal and “cutesy”)
*Salve, salve!Informal greeting
*Vamos que vamos!“We’re going strong.” (informal)
*Bola pra frente!“Moving forward!” (informal)
*Por hoje é só!That’s it for today. (informal)
*Deu minha hora!My time is up! (informal)
**Valeu! = Falou!Bye! (slang)
**Vou vazar! = Vou nessa! = Fui!I’m off (slang)
**Tamo junto! = É nóis! Bye! (slang, normally among young men)
**Bora! = Partiu!Let’s go! (slang)
*Tudo certo? = Tudo certinho?Everything ok? (informal)
*Tudo joia? = Tudo joinha?Everything ok? (informal)
*Tudo em cima?Everything ok? (informal)
 *Tudo nos trinques?Everything ok? (informal)
*Tudo na paz? = Tudo azul?Everything ok? (informal)
**E aí?What’s up? (slang)
**Opa!Hey! (slang)
**Fala aí! = Diz aí! =  Qual é?What’s up? (slang)
**Tudo firmeza?Everything ok? (slang)
**Tô de boa. = Sussa.I am chillin’. (slang)
**Tô de boa na lagoa.I am chillin’. (slang), literal: “I am chillin’ in the lagoon”
**Tô suave na nave.I am chillin’. (slang), literal: “I am smooth in the spaceship”
**Tranquilo feito grilo.I am chillin’. (slang),  literal: “I am relaxed as a cricket”

Colloquial expressions to address a friend in Brazilian Portuguese slang

**caradude, bro (slang)
**meudude, bro (slang)
**manodude, bro (slang)
**bróderdude, bro (slang)
**parceiro, parçadude, bro (slang)
**minagirl (slang, but nof offensive)
**migo , migafriend (slang)
**galeraguys (slang)
*pessoalguys (informal)
*turma = tchurmaguys (informal)
*moçada = rapaziadaguys (informal)
*gente = minha genteguys (informal)
*povo = meu povoguys (informal)
*gente boa = gente finaguys (informal)
**Oi sumido! , Oi sumida!you say that to an ex, when you try to rekindle (slang)

How to say “kiss” and “hug” in Portuguese: vocabulary for English speakers

Video: starting on minute 37:50
um beijoa kiss
um beijinhoa kiss
uma beijocaa kiss
uma bitocaa kiss
um beijãoa big  kiss
um abraçoa hug

A free quiz, so you can put your knowledge to test!

There is always at least one wrong answer to each question.

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If you have little or no prior knowledge of the Portuguese language, you can start learning it with the FREE ONLINE SELF-STUDY MINI-COURSE

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The FREE course for English speakers includes certificate and varied digital materials.

The signup process is fast and intuitive. You can start learning whenever you want. You do not have a deadline to finish the online course.

Here is more information about the free Brazilian Portuguese mini-course.

You have two previews of course content. You can access these free course sneak peeks without having to sign up.

  • The first is a pleasant first contact with the foreign language.
  •  The second includes many free tips to motivate and to inspire your learning.

The mini-course works as an introduction to the Portuguese language and will allow you to continue learning more easily.

When you finish the mini-course you get a discount coupon to take the comprehensive Portuguese course with which you will conclude the A1 level.

But the mini-course is FREE, NO STRINGS ATTACHED. If the mini-course has inspired you to keep on learning, the A1 course is the best way to boost your Portuguese skills comfortably and effectively.

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The A1-Portuguese course includes varied digital materials, a certificate, and webinars where you can ask your questions in real time.

You have a free trial lesson available.

Apart from the information on the course page, you have the FAQ and more information about the self-study system available here. If you have more questions, get in touch.

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You can sign up for the Portuguese newsletter for English-speaking beginners for free, with content and tips to learn the language for free.
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You can learn Portuguese with content for beginners on social media:

You have this list with videos to get familiar with the basics of the Portuguese language in a communicative and enjoyable way (explanations in English).

The same content is available in Portuguese (with Portuguese / English subtitles) so you can do language immersion.

In this list you will find videos to learn the must-know Portuguese vocabulary (explanations in English).

The same content is available in Portuguese (with Portuguese / English subtitles) so you can do language immersion.

You will learn Portuguese in a matter of seconds in this list of short videos to master basic phrases.

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In the Portuguese self-study blog for English speakers, you will find varied resources for beginners (videos, PDF, cheat sheets, audios, interactive flashcards, quiz).

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