Talk Portuguese - Greetings
- OláHello, hi
- Bom dia *Good morning
- Boa tardeGood afternoon, good evening
- Boa noiteGood night, good evening
- Obrigado **Thanks (if you're a man)
- Obrigada **Thanks (if you're a woman)
- Como está? *How are you?
- Estou bem, obrigado *I'm fine, thanks
- Estou bem, obrigada *I'm fine, thanks
- Muito bem, obrigadaVery well, thanks
- E você?And you?
- Adeus *Goodbye
- Até logoSee you later
* Pronunciation guide
- Bom dia
The om in bom is an example of a Portuguese 'nasal' sound.
In nasal sounds, the final m isn't quite fully pronounced.
- Está, estou, adeus
At the end of a word and before consonants s sounds like sh.
** Grammar notes
- Obrigado, obrigada
In Portuguese, everything and everybody (people, places and things) has a gender: they are either masculine (m) or feminine (f).
Many masculine words end in o and feminine words often end in a. Likewise, the word for thanks is obrigado when said by a man, or obrigada when said by a woman.
In Portuguese, people use the expressions Bom dia, Boa tarde and Boa noite both when saying hello and goodbye, as in Olá, bom dia - Hello, good morning or Adeus, boa tarde - Goodbye and good afternoon to you.
For good evening, boa tarde is used before it gets dark and boa noite after.
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