Talk Portuguese - Introductions

How to introduce family and friends

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Key language: Yourself, friends and colleagues
  • Português
  • Como se chama? *
    What's your name?
  • Chamo-me… *
    My name is... I'm called (lit.)
  • O meu nome é…
    My name is…
  • Este é o meu amigo **
    This is my (male) friend
  • Esta é a minha amiga **
    This is my (female) friend
  • Queria apresentar
    I would like to introduce
  • O meu colega *
    My colleague (m)
  • A minha colega
    My colleague (f)
  • O meu namorado *
    My boyfriend
  • A minha namorada
    My girlfriend
  • Muito prazer *
    Pleased to meet you
  • e

* Pronunciation guide

  • Chamo-me, Como se chama?
    The ch is similar to the sh sound in English: shop.
  • O meu colega, O meu namorado
    A final or single o is always pronounced oo like moo in English.
  • Muito prazer
    Z at the beginning or in the middle of a word sounds like the z in English: zebra.

** Grammar notes

  • Este é o meu amigo, Esta é a minha amiga
    The words for the in Portuguese are o for masculine and a for feminine people or objects.
    O amigo is a male friend and a amiga is a female one.
    With human beings the gender of a noun is obvious enough. However, with other objects, you'll need to learn the gender as you go along.
Key language: Introducing family members
  • Português
  • A minha família
    My family
  • Esta é a minha filha
    This is my daughter
  • O meu filho
    My son
  • Esta é a minha mulher
    This is my wife
  • Tem ... anos
    She is ... years-old
  • Somos casados
    We are married
  • O meu pai
    My father
  • A minha mãe
    My mother
  • A minha irmã
    My sister
  • O meu cunhado
    My brother-in-law
  • O meu sobrinho
    My nephew
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Cultural notes - Cultural Renaissance in Portugal

A description of cultural Renaissance in Portugal Lisbon is one of the most exciting places for artists to work in the Iberian peninsula, with countless art galleries, museums and other cultural attractions. Every summer, there's a simultaneous opening of many of the city's art galleries.


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