Talk Portuguese - Shopping for food

How to buy food in a market

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Key language: Shopping for food in a market
  • Português
  • (o) peixe
  • (o) salmão, (os salmões) *
  • (o) fiambre
  • (o) queijo
  • (o) pão, (os pães) *
    bread, (breads)
  • (o) azeite
    olive oil
  • (a) fruta
  • (os) legumes **
  • (as) sardinhas **
  • (as) azeitonas **
  • (os) morangos **
  • (as) maçãs *
  • (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 favor
    I would like two kilos, please
  • meio quilo destas
    half a kilo of these
  • isto
  • Quanto custa?
    How much is it?
  • ... euros o quilo
    ... euros per kilo
  • 250 gramas
    250 grams

* Pronunciation guide

  • Pão, salmão
    The end of words ending in ão is pronounced like the ow in the English miaow.
  • Maçãs
    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.
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Cultural notes - Never far from the sea

A description of food markets 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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