5 Must-Know Brazilian Portuguese Words & Phrases

In this post, we’ll practice five, very useful Brazilian Portuguese words and phrases that every learner should know.

And even if you speak a little bit of Brazilian Portuguese already, you’ll still benefit from watching this video to improve your pronunciation of these Portuguese words.

 

1. Number one is an extremely common greeting that literally means All well?

Tudo bem? 

Pronunciation tips here: the O in ‘tudo’ is pronounced as [oo], and the em sound in ‘bem’ is pronounced as [ayng]. A very common mistake is for learners to force that M sound and say [bayM]. Don’t do that – that M is just there to tell you that the vowel before is nasalized.

To answer to that question all you need to do is to repeat the same phrase with the intonation of a statement: Tudo bem!

2. Number two is an extremely common word that Brazilians of all backgrounds and ages use. This word  means cool, nice. It’s the adjective

legal 

Pronunciation tip: the L at the end of the word is pronounced as [oo] [legaoo]. 

There are three ways you can use this word in a sentence.

You can use it as a greeting, similar to the one we saw before:
Tudo legal? 

and you can repeat it with the intonation of a statement to say All cool! (Everything is great):

Tudo legal!

You can also use ‘legal’ as a way of responding to something someone says to you, similar to the English Ah, cool! or Ah, OK:

Ah, legal!

Additionally, you can use it as a way of saying How cool!:

Que legal!

Number 3 is a phrase for please:

por favor

The first O is pronounced as [oo], and the second O is pronounced as [oh].

The R in both words is pronounced as a light trill, when the tongue lightly brushes the roof of your mouth. One more thing about this phrase: you can also use it to start a question, like ‘-Excuse me…’ in English / ‘Por favor…’ and then you ask the question.

4. Number four is a word for thank you:

men say obrigado, [oo] sound at the end,

and women say

obrigada, [ah] sound at the end.

In colloquial conversation the first O is sometimes silent, so you might hear people saying

‘brigado

or

‘brigada

5. Number five of our list is how to say goodbye – the easiest and most common way is by saying:

Tchau!

and, you can add

Até mais! which is a way of saying See you later!

Tchau! Até mais!

I hope you enjoyed practicing these 5 Brazilian Portuguese words and phrases. If you would like to learn 15 more, click here to register to watch a live lesson.


 

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