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How to Speak Portuguese: Guide for English-Speaking Beginners

Study Portuguese for free with mini-course for English-speaking beginners

Introduction

🇧🇷 Portuguese is a language spoken by almost 260 million natives.  It is the only official language in Brazil, where 214 million people live. By the end of the century, there will be 500 million Portuguese speakers!

🇵🇹 Portuguese spoken in Brazil is a little different from the European Portuguese, which is spoken in Portugal, where only 10 million people live.  Only in the brazilian city of São Paulo live more than 24 million people!

But the Portuguese of Brazil and the European Portuguese are not two different languages, not at all!

Brazilian Portuguese is considered easier to be learned by foreigners because it has a grammar a little simpler than that of its European counterpart, and pronunciation is also considered easier.

But these differences are not objective, and the difficulty of a foreign language varies for each student. No one can give you a definitive answer, but I invite you to find out for yourself in practice.

It is likely that you have already decided to learn Brazilian Portuguese. And you can be sure that you have come to the right place to have your first contact with Brazilian Portuguese.

If   you do not speak any Portuguese at all (except maybe “caipirinha” 🍋 and “samba”), 💚💛) you can learn it from scratch here.

And if you already speak a little Portuguese, this guide will help you refresh your memory and you will surely learn something new, such as fun language facts and interesting words in Portuguese.

💡You have the same content explained in 🇧🇷 Portuguese!

Learn Portuguese from scratch with a little help in English

Challenge yourself to leave your comfort zone! Learning a new language makes us see the world in a different way. It also allows us to meet different people and taste a new culture – new places, sounds, experiences …

In a few minutes (which, I assure you, will make your day even more productive), you’ll learn useful phrases and be able to pronounce adequately any Portuguese that you see written.

You have two video options. You can watch the video with the explanation in English … Or in Portuguese, with subtitles in Portuguese, English, or Spanish.

🎬Video in English:

🎬Video in Portuguese (with Portuguese/English subtitles)

Or you can watch one video first, then the other. The important thing is that you have fun learning the new language.🥰

Download the material to learn Portuguese for free

🏆In this post you have the following FREE resources:

📑The PDF that you see in the video, with theory, vocabulary, exercises, and answers + summary (to download and/or print).

📑An extra PDF with for you to download (“cheat sheet”).

🎧Audio in MP3 format that you can download.

🖊A quiz to practice. 🌟In this blog post you have an additional quiz to practice this information.

📌📌📌Interactive vocabulary flashcards: you can choose your preferred learning or game mode. You can download this material and print it.

🎵Tables with all words and phrases with their translation and audios with example words.

🤩This beginner Portuguese material is the first lesson of the FREE ONLINE minicourse: Portuguese Brazilian for English speakers. Read on to know the details.

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😎In the Portuguese mini-course you will learn the most elementary aspects of communication and you will be able to speak with simple phrases that you can use, for example, on your next trip to a Portuguese-speaking country.

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What will you learn in this Portuguese lesson for beginners?

👏We will learn new basic expressions in Portuguese so that you can assimilate the letters and sounds of this new language – and start speaking it right away!

🎬You can learn these relevant words and phrases in Portuguese starting on minute 01:25 in the video.

First part: useful phrases in Portuguese to greet and to say goodbye

🎬Video: from the minute 01:25 of the English video

😊We begin with simple conversation starters, so you can easily learn to greet, how to say goodbye and how to be kind in Portuguese.

☝You will even be able to build your first sentences! You will learn how to order a coffee and how to order the check at the café.

These are the expressions you will learn. You have them in the PDF, in the table with the English translation and you can hear them in the audio.

🤝OI!Hi!
🌞BOM DIA!Good morning!
🍰BOA TARDE!Good afternoon!
🌜BOA NOITE!Good night!
😏COMO VAI?How are you?
😊BEM.Fine.
😐NORMAL.Not bad.
🙌OBRIGADO. / OBRIGADA.Thank you.
👋ATÉ LOGO. / ATÉ.See you later. / until.
👋ADEUS.Farewell.
👋TCHAU.Bye.

🖐The fastest way to greet in Brazil is saying “OI”. This greeting works anytime, day and night, and is short and informal. In Portugal, it is customary to say “OLÁ”.

  • You can also greet in Portuguese by saying:
🌞BOM DIA!Good morning!
🍰BOA TARDE!Good afternoon!
🌜BOA NOITE!Good evening/ night!

🦜You can hear a very clever (😅native Portuguese speaker) parrot saying “BOM DIA” in this video.

😏To ask the person how they are doing, you will say “COMO VAI?” This question works in any situation, formal or informal.

😉The most common response to “COMO VAI?” will be “BEM” (“well”). If he or she is not doing particularly well, but things are not bad either, the answer will be “NORMAL”.

🙌Out of politeness, you will add “thank you”. You will say “OBRIGADO” if you are a man. If you are a woman, you say “OBRIGADA”.

🙌This difference is due to the fact that the endings -O and -A in adjectives like “OBRIGADO/A” vary depending on the gender of the person they refer to.

😏You can add “COMO VAI?” to your response (“BEM, OBRIGADO/A, COMO VAI?”) and thus you are politely showing interest in the other person.

😏COMO VAI?How are you?
😊BEM.Fine.
😐NORMAL.Not bad.
🙌OBRIGADO. / OBRIGADA.Thank you.

👋To say goodbye in Portuguese, it is customary to say “ATÉ LOGO”, which is a rather long sentence. Therefore, some people prefer to say “ADEUS”, which is shorter.

👋”ADEUS” may be a final farewell, but not necessarily. It sounds a bit formal, so you can substitute “ADEUS” for “TCHAU” if you prefer.

👋A brief way of reacting to “ATÉ LOGO” is “ATÉ”. But we cannot answer “ATÉ” if the person says “ADEUS” or “TCHAU”.

👋ATÉ LOGO. / ATÉ.See you later.
👋ADEUS.Farewell.
👋TCHAU.Bye.

Second part: Useful Phrases in Portuguese to be Polite

😇Let’s see more useful expressions in Portuguese:

❗IMPORTANTEimportant
🙏POR FAVOR.Please.
🙌OBRIGADO/A.Thank you.
☺DE NADA.You are welcome.
😪PERDÃO.Pardon.
🙃NÃO TEM PROBLEMA.That is OK.
👍SIM.Yes.
👎NÃO.Not.
☕UN CAFÉ, POR FAVOR.A coffee, please.
🤵A CONTA, POR FAVOR.The check, please.

👍To say “yes”, in Portuguese, we say “SIM”.

👎To say “no”, in Portuguese we use “NÃO”.

👍SIM.Yes.
👎NÃO.No.

😪To apologize, the shortest formula in Portuguese is “PERDÃO”.

🙃The proper reaction to “PERDÃO” is “NÃO TEM PROBLEMA”.

😪PERDÃO.Pardon.
🙃NÃO TEM PROBLEMA.That is OK.

🙏”POR FAVOR” is said to ask for something.

✔So, if you are in a store or restaurant, you can order saying what you want and add “POR FAVOR”: it is fast and easy. For example:

☕UM CAFÉ, POR FAVOR.A coffee, please.
🤵A CONTA, POR FAVOR.The check, please.

🙌 -> 👨‍🦰 / 👩‍🦰 When you get what you want, it will say “OBRIGADO” if you are a man and “OBRIGADA” if you are a woman. Informally, people will simply say “’BRIGADO! / “’BRIGADA!”.

  • If we want to politely accept something in Portuguese, we can say “SIM, POR FAVOR”. To decline an offer, we say “NÃO, OBRIGADO/A”.

😊The proper reaction to “OBRIGADO/OBRIGADA” is “DE NADA” (“you are welcome”).

🙏POR FAVOR.Please.
🙌OBRIGADO/A.Thank you.
☺DE NADA.You are welcome.

❤🏠In English, to react to thank you, you say “you are welcome”. But you cannot do the same in Portuguese!

  • In Portuguese, “BEM-VINDO” (directed at a man) and “BEM-VINDA” (when you speak to a woman) is what you say to tell the person he or she is welcome (at your home, for example). You will use “BEM-VINDO/A” only in this situation.

👋 Do you want to learn more expressions to say hello and be polite in Portuguese? You have this guide with 38+ must-know phrases in Portuguese with video, audio, quiz, flashcards, and material to download for FREE.

😍Learn to greet in Portuguese like a Brazilian! In this FREE guide you will find 89+ ways to say “hello”, “bye” and “how are you?”. The guide includes video, audio, quiz, flashcards, and material to download and practice.

Part three: what is the name of the letters in Portuguese?

🎬You can learn the alphabet in Portuguese starting on minute 25:00 in the video.

📌📌📌You also have vocabulary flashcards to help you memorize the letters.

To learn how to pronounce sounds in Portuguese, it is important to know what the letters are called in this language.

A = AJ = JOTAS = ESSE
B = BÊK = KAT= TÊ
C = CÊL = ELEU = U
D = DÊM = EMEV = VÊ
E = E/ÉN = ENEW = DÁBLIO
F = EFEO = O/ÓX = XIS
G = GÊP = PÊY = ÍPSILON
H = AGÁQ = QUÊZ = ZÊ
I = IR = ERRE 
the Portuguese alphabet for English-speaking learners

the Portuguese alphabet for English-speaking beginners

Fourth part: how to pronounce any word in Portuguese

🎬You will learn the vowels in Portuguese starting on minute 09:41.

🎬You will learn the word stress in Portuguese starting on minute 20:44 of the video.

🎬You will learn the consonants in Portuguese starting on minute 23:30 of the video.

🦜In the video you will discover all the tricks and secrets to pronounce correctly in Portuguese. You will also learn how to stress words in Portuguese.

🕵️  Do not worry about memorizing the example words. It is not  a vocabulary you need to learn now.

🆓You have a complete and FREE Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation guide for English speakers. ⭐You will find many examples, audios, quizzes, and helpful tips to pronounce like a native!

Learn the Portuguese word stress for English-speaking beginners

Finally: the summary and a quiz so you can self-assess your knowledge

📑To review what you’ve learned in this Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation guide, you have a summary in the PDF.

Learn your first Portuguese phrases for English speakers for free
your first phrases in Portuguese for English-speaking beginners

🧐In the PDF you will find exercises to practice, but also here you can take a test to check what you learned.  I hope you have fun!

With -> are indicated the questions of type “action -> reaction”.

There’s always at least one wrong answer in the quiz.

Bom __!

Leblon, Rio de Janeiro (Brasil)
Correct! Wrong!

Boa __!

Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Please select 2 correct answers

Correct! Wrong!

Como vai? --- >

Goiás, Brasil

Please select 2 correct answers

Correct! Wrong!

Até logo! --- >

Belém, Pará (Brasil)
Correct! Wrong!

Obrigado! --- >

Ceará, Brasil
Correct! Wrong!

Perdão. --- >

Paraná (Brasil)
Correct! Wrong!

H, J, Q, G, X

Petrópolis (Rio de Janeiro)
Correct! Wrong!

À

Tocantins (Brasil)
Correct! Wrong!

Ã

Maranhão (Brasil)
Correct! Wrong!

If a word finishes in -A, -E, -O, -AS, -ES, -OS, -AM, EM, we stress the __ syllable.

Paraíba (Brasil)
Correct! Wrong!

🤗You have another quiz below so you can see more examples of how the Portuguese language sounds.

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Frequently asked questions about the Portuguese language and fun facts about it

🔹How many words does Portuguese have?  It is impossible to say for sure, because the language is alive and constantly changing, and the dictionaries of greater authority record different numbers of words. The Priberam Dictionary (available online) records 115,000, Aurélio in its 5th edition (2010) includes 143,000 and Houaiss (2001), 193,000.

🔹How many words does a native speaker use?  It is also not easy to answer this question, because it depends on his/her communication needs.

  • A highly-educated native speaker knows 4,000 words.
  • It is estimated that the average native speaker uses about 1000 different words each day.
  • As a beginner (A1 level), you may be able to communicate your basic needs Portuguese with about 500 words. Or even less!

🔹 How many words do I need to know to speak conversational Portuguese?

This question has 1️⃣ a standardized answer and 2️⃣a more appropriate answer to the reality of language learning.

1️⃣The first answer to the question is: to finish level A1 (the one you have if you start from scratch), between 500 and 1000  words will suffice. 500 is the number of words you will see in the glossary of many textbooks for beginners.

  • When you finish level A1 you know the basics of the language, and you can have brief and simple conversations in day-to-day life.
  • It may seem like an awful lot to you, 1000 words! But it will not be hard to learn them if you have the methodology and the right stimuli to optimize your study.
  • You can see for yourself studying Portuguese from scratch in the complete online course 😉.

2️⃣The second answer to the question is: there is no magic number of words to achieve fluency. Each student has specific communicative needs.

  • All students need a common, core vocabulary.  I am referring to must-know words, a list of vocabulary that includes those 500-1000 relevant words that any beginner should know.
  • This vocabulary will increase depending on the interests and lifestyle of each student.

😎For example, if you want to speak Portuguese to make short trips to a Portuguese-speaking country, those 1000 words may be more than enough.

🙆 In this case, I advise you to take a look at this guide with the vocabulary and the 62 essential phrases for your next trip to a Portuguese-speaking country. You have free material (phrasebook included) to download and to practice.

👨‍🔬 However, if you intend to live in a Portuguese-speaking country, and you have a professional occupation with specific jargon, your vocabulary should be much more extensive. It would therefore include those technical terms that are necessary to the exercise of your profession.

  • Something similar will happen if you intend to study at a Portuguese or Latin American university: apart from knowing complex language structures, you need an extensive vocabulary to be able to carry out your studies.

🥰If you have a partner whose mother tongue is Portuguese, your needs will be different. You will want to know vocabulary related to people, social relationships, and feelings so you can have meaningful conversations with your partner, his/her family, and friends.

😏 It is not just me who says that.  Brazilian singer Anitta, whose English skills are impressive, said the secret was that she learned the language with the lovers she  had. A piece of advice: find yourself a hunky Brazilian like Rodrigo Santoro (or a gorgeous Brazilian woman like Alice Braga, if you prefer) who will stimulate you to learn their language! This os only one of the many perks of dating a Brazilian!

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  • Having a partner whose mother tongue is Portuguese is a great motivation to learn the language. You will want to know their language and culture and you will have someone to practice what you learn with.
  • If you become able to successfully  have a “define the relationship”-conversation in Portuguese you can be sure that you have achieved fluency in that language. Those DTR are difficult enough in English, so having one in a foreign language is even more meritorious than to have a job interview or presenting a PhD dissertation in Portuguese.  😅

❗This is what you, as a beginner, need to know for your vocabulary learning to be effective:

🔝Part of this basic vocabulary of 500-1000 words consists of the most used words in the language.   Many of them are prepositions, conjunctions, and other kinds of grammatical words.

  • These are words you must learn in context. Although they can be translated, each language has its nuances and knowing them is part of mastering a foreign language.

✅With a vocabulary of between 500 and 1000 worth-knowing words, that is, words are really used by any speaker of the language to meet their daily communicative needs, you can express yourself and understand a lot of information with ease in daily conversations.

  • The secret is that those words are well chosen. The teacher must provide you with a vocabulary that is generic, but frequent and practical, so that – as a beginner – you can begin to grasp the language
  • A good teacher knows what a beginner’s priorities are and only provides information that helps him/her to have a strong foundation of the language.

🤩You can learn the essential vocabulary  of Portuguese in an enjoyable and visual way with this series of videos. Each has free material for you to practice.  I provide you with the links of the free material at the end of this post.

🔹Do you like grammar? If you do not, you can blame Fernão de Oliveira, author of the first grammar of the language (1536).

🔹Portuguese is the 8th most spoken language in the world, and the Day of the Portuguese Language is celebrated on May 5th. If we only consider the number of native speakers, Portuguese is the 6th most spoken language in the world.

🔹 The Portuguese is the fifth language on the  Internet, after English, Chinese, Spanish and Japanese. But only 32.5% of Portuguese have internet access (in Japan  78% of the population has access to the world wide web).

🔹Where in the world is Portuguese spoken?  Portuguese is the official language in the following sovereign states and territories (named here in order, regarding the number of inhabitants): Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Portugal, Guinea-Bissau, Timor-Leste, Equatorial Guinea, Macau, Cape Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe.

🔹Which countries have the highest number of Portuguese speakers? The first one is Brazil  (214 million speakers) and then Angola and Mozambique (31 million each).  In Portugal there are approximately 10 million people and in the remaining territories, 1 million or less.

Interesting fact: when the Portuguese arrived in Brazil in 1500 there were between 600 and 1000 languages spoken by the native population (8 million in 1500).  Many of these languages have disappeared.  Currently, 154 indigenous languages are acknowledged.

This video – which you can watch with subtitles in Portuguese and English, if you want, but don’t worry if you don’t understand almost anything – caused a lot of controversy a few years ago because it shows, in a humorous way, the first contact between the indigenous people and the European and the cultural contrast between them.

You will see how the discoverer Pedro Alvares Cabral “negotiates” with the indigenous people the acquisition of the land, offering them manufactured goods brought from Europe.

The video uses a very colloquial and current Brazilian Portuguese (warning: contains explicit language) to portray how the cultural shock could be perceived, from the point of view of the indigenous people.

The video was criticized, among other reasons, for representing indigenous people as naïve. It may be, but – according to the official chronicle – the first encounter between Portuguese and native Brazilians was peaceful, friendly and there was even music and dancing!

Learning tip: if you want to know more about the history of Brazil, these and other events are narrated by Eduardo Bueno in a very entertaining manner. His channel videos have subtitles only in Portuguese. You must have strong Portuguese skills to understand the content. Here is the channel tip for, if in the future, you want to discover the fascinating history of Brazil.

Back to the influence of indigenous languages ​​on the Portuguese we speak in Brazil…

  • If you travel to Brazil, you will find amazing the amount of typically Brazilian words that originate in indigenous languages.
  • 🦜Many place names have indigenous origin and a meaning in these original languages. For example, the name of “Maracanã” (famous stadium in Rio de Janeiro) means “many parrots”.
  • 🍿But many everyday words in Brazil, too, originate in native languages, such as “to poke” (“CUTUCAR”) or “popcorn” (“PIPOCA”), which means “exploded grain”.

“Untranslatable” words from Portuguese

All languages have untranslatable expressions, but do you know the Portuguese words ” SAUDADE “, “MALEMOMÊNCIA” or “ENXOTAR”?

“SAUDADE”: loosely translated as “longing”

  • It is a fact that in other languages there are even words like “saudade”, as in German “Sehnsucht” or in Spanish “añoranza”. But each culture understands reality in a special way. Therefore, although we can translate it as “longing” to English, in Portuguese “saudade” has many nuances that are absent in the equivalent words in other languages.
  • “SAUDADE” is the feeling of lack of something or someone. It is a kind of nostalgia, and is a word that dates back to the time of the Portuguese navigators, to the end of the Middle Ages. At that time, Portugal was the largest maritime power that reached India and China (did you know that to this day there are Lusophone communities in Goa and Macau?).
  •  ” SAUDADE ” is a word so used in Portuguese that – despite being an abstract noun – it can be used both in the singular (“SAUDADE”) and in the plural “SAUDADES”). “SAUDADE” also has derivations such as “SAUDOSISTA” (person who dwells in the past) or “SAUDOSO” (something that causes nostalgic feelings).
  • Brazilians use the word “SAUDADE” so much that, when we write emails or text messages, we use the abbreviated form: SDD or SDDS.

Do you want to hear a delicious song about something as delightfully melancholic as “SAUDADE”?

“MALEMOLÊNCIA”

  • “MALEMOLÊNCIA” is a synonym for “calm.”  It originates in “mole”. ““MALEMOLÊNCIA”” can be understood as something positive, the relaxed calm, a hot laziness of a sunny afternoon.
  • It can be also understood as “laziness” or “softness” (“MOLEZA”), which is another synonym of “laziness” that derives from the adjective “soft”, “MOLE”.
  • “MALEMOLÊNCIA” is also understood as a synonym of “rhythm” (“MOLEJO”), or “MALANDRAGEM” (“swagger”), which are more very Brazilian words that I will explain in another opportunity …

There is nothing better to grasp the nuances of a foreign language than a musical example, like this song, that conveys in melody the concept of “MALEMOLÊNCIA”:

“EXOTAR” (“to chase away”)

  • “ENXOTAR” is a synonym for “to expel”. What makes this word special is that it derives from a very Brazilian interjection, “XÔ” , which is what we say to get rid of an animal.
  • “XÔ” is similar to “shoo” in English, both interjections even sound almost alike…
  • …But you can also use “XÔ” informally to order a person to leave, or to protect yourself from bad energies (“XÔ, AZAR!” = “shoo, bad luck!”, “XÔ, BAIXO ASTRAL!” = “shoo, bad vibes!”)

Here you have another musical example of this beautiful word of the Portuguese language.

What Portuguese should I learn as a foreigner, Portuguese from Brazil or European Portuguese?

The natives speak a little differently depending on the region. This happens in Portuguese and in any language in the world.

  • The two major variations of Portuguese – European and Brazilian – are different, but not so much.

👍The basic vocabulary in the two variations Portuguese is very similar, and the grammar is almost the same.

  • 🙋 The most notable grammatical difference is that in Brazil, when you address a person in an informal situation (when talking to family or friends), you use the pronoun “VOCÊ” (“you”), but in Portugal you use “TU”. But in the plural in both countries is “VOCÊS” (“you”).

🤨The way to pronounce is what draws the most attention.

  • A Brazilian can understand a Portuguese without problems, and vice versa. But – usually – foreigners who decide to learn Portuguese decide to learn one variation or the other.
  • 🇧🇷 👨‍🏫A Brazilian teacher knows the key aspects of European Portuguese, but usually does not know how to speak with the same Portuguese accent someone from Lisbon would speak. He can imitate the accent, but it wouldn’t sound natural.
  • 🇵🇹👨‍🏫The same thing to the reverse: a teacher from Lisbon probably cannot use Brazilian Portuguese with the same naturalness of a Carioca (a person from Rio de Janeiro).
  • 👩‍💻Therefore, the Portuguese of Brazil and that of Portugal have slightly different sounds. But when you read a written text, you’ll see that the differences are minimal. Depending on the type of text, the differentiating can be imperceptible even to a native!

🤔If I study European Portuguese, can I communicate with Brazilians? Yes, you can rest assured, because Brazilians will be able to understand the way you talk without problems.

  • If you study Portuguese Brazilian and are traveling to Portugal, you can be sure that locals will also be able to understand your Portuguese, even if the way they pronounce is different from yours.

🇵🇹🚢Interesting fact: there was a strong immigration from Portugal to Brazil during the first half of the 20th century.

  • Immigration was especially intense between the years 1900-1930, when more than 25,000 Portuguese arrived in the country each year.
  • This number decreased yearly, until the situation was reversed at the beginning of the 21st century. In 2015, there were more Brazilians residing in Portugal (162,190) than Portuguese living in Brazil (137,973 in 2010).

⭐In a nutshell: no matter where you go, whether to Brazil or Portugal, the Portuguese you learn in this guide, blog and courses on this site will allow you to communicate with the natives without problems.

A Portuguese quiz just for fun!

Is your “Brazilian sixth sense” good? In this quiz you must guess the meaning of the words in Portuguese. Do not worry, those are not words that a foreigner needs to know.

But they are fun words to pronounce, and with also quite interesting meanings that may not exist in your language.

Take the opportunity to practice your pronunciation! Read the words in the quiz and then listen to them in the audio.

URUCUBACA – MOZÃO – CHUCHU –  JURURU – THE REBOMBICA DA PARAFUSETA – GAMBIARRA – MUAMBA – FIOFÓ – ESTAPAPÚRDIO – PELADA

What does "URUCUBACA" mean in Portuguese?

Correct! Wrong!

It's bad luck, bad energy, usually sent by an enemy person using black magic. Other synonyms are "zica" or "ziquizira".

What does "MOZÃO" mean in Portuguese?

Correct! Wrong!

It is an affectionate way of calling the loved one (man or woman). It is a variation of "amorzão" ("big love").

What does "CHUCHU" mean in Portuguese?

Correct! Wrong!

It is a vegetable from Latin America (in English, "chayote") that is usually eaten in Brazil cooked or sautéed. But it is also used as an affectionate pet name for the boyfriend/girlfriend, for one's children, or any beloved person.

What does "JURURU" mean in Portuguese?

Correct! Wrong!

It is a familiar way of saying "sad", a word possibly of indigenous origin. "JURERÊ" is a planned neighborhood in Brazil.

What does "A REBIMBOCA DA PARAFUSETA" mean in Portuguese?

Correct! Wrong!

It's a car part that doesn't exist. When a mechanic wants to deceive the customer, he says that the car's problem is the "A REBIMBOCA DA PARAFUSETA", an expression that sounds like something real, but that part is not real. Synonyms of it are "MOLA DA GRAMPOLA". "ARRUELA DA GRAPETA" "ROSQUETA DA PARAFUESTA".

What does "GAMBIARRA" mean in Portuguese?

Correct! Wrong!

É um trabalho técnico malfeito, não-profissional. É uma solução temporal para um problema.

What does "MUAMBA" mean in Portuguese?

Correct! Wrong!

É um nome para se referir a objetos variados, normalmente trazidos de um país estrangeiro, possívelmente de contrabando.

What does "FIOFÓ" mean in Portuguese?

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É um nome muito informal e familiar (mas não ofensivo) para se referir ao ânus.

What does "ESTAPAFÚRDIO" mean in Portuguese?

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It is an adjective to say "strange", "bizarre".

What does "PELADA" mean in Portuguese?

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"PELADO / PELADA" is the informal adjective to say "naked". But informally "PELADA" is also a colloquial name for an informal football match ("let's play a pelada").

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About the author: I am Alicia, your Portuguese teacher 💙. I was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and I was raised trilingual. I did my undergraduate and Ph.D. studies in Madrid and Berlin. After completing my Masters in Didactics in 2010, I applied my knowledge to foreign language teaching. I worked in Berlin with face-to-face classes until 2018. Since then, I have specialized in online teaching and the creation of digital learning content.

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About the author: I am Alicia, your Portuguese teacher 💙. I was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and I was raised trilingual. I did my undergraduate and Ph.D. studies in Madrid and Berlin. After completing my Masters in Didactics in 2010, I applied my knowledge to foreign language teaching. I worked in Berlin with face-to-face classes until 2018. Since then, I have specialized in online teaching and the creation of digital learning content.

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