Talk Portuguese - Greetings

How to greet people

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People greeting each other with different ways of saying 'hello' and 'goodbye'. Also, how to ask and answer the question 'How are you?'

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Key language: Greeting people
  • Português
     
    English
  • Olá
    Hello, hi
  • Bom dia *
    Good morning
  • Boa tarde
    Good afternoon, good evening
  • Boa noite
    Good 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, obrigada
    Very well, thanks
  • E você?
    And you?
  • Adeus *
    Goodbye
  • Tchau
    Bye
  • Até logo
    See 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.
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Cultural notes - Greetings

The expressions to use when meeting and greeting people 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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