Talk Portuguese - Shopping for food
How to buy food in a market
An introduction to the importance of the sea and fishing in Portuguese life. People are buying fish at a local market.
Buying fruit, vegetables and olives at a local market.
A documentary about the famous custard tarts at the ‘Antiga Confeitaria dos pastéis de Belém’ and an interview with chef Henrique Almeida.
- (o) peixefish
- (o) salmão, (os salmões) *salmon
- (o) fiambreham
- (o) queijocheese
- (o) pão, (os pães) *bread, (breads)
- (o) azeiteolive oil
- (a) frutafruit
- (os) legumes **vegetables
- (as) sardinhas **sardines
- (as) azeitonas **olives
- (os) morangos **strawberries
- (as) maçãs *apples
- (os) pastéis de nata **
(o pastel de nata)custard tarts, (custard tart)
- Diga, faz favor!Can I help you?
- Tem...?Do you have...?
- Mais alguma coisa?Anything else?
- Mais?What else?
- Queria…I'd like…
- Dê-me...Could I have…? / Give me (lit.)
- Queria dois quilos por favorI would like two kilos, please
- meio quilo destashalf a kilo of these
- Quanto custa?How much is it?
- ... euros o quilo... euros per kilo
- 250 gramas250 grams
* Pronunciation guide
- Pão, salmão
The end of words ending in ão is pronounced like the ow in the English miaow.
Ç before a, o, or u and c before e and i sound like the c in the English lace.
** Grammar notes
- Sardinhas, legumes, azeitonas, morangos, pastéis de nata
Words ending in vowels are made plural by adding an s: azeitona, olive becomes azeitonas, olives.
Words ending in consonants generally add es: doutor becomes doutores. But there are a few exceptions, for example: l becomes is, as in hotel and its plural hotéis, and m becomes ns, as in jardim, garden and its plural jardins, gardens.
Most towns in Portugal have a regular fresh produce market, Um mercado. They’re excellent places for buying fruit, vegetables, olives and, of course, for the freshest of fish, Peixe, straight from the Atlantic.
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